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“Relaxed food and dining to die for” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Rothsay Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Cowes
South Coast
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124 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Relaxed food and dining to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2011

We have not stayed here overnight, but have had two very special meals here.
Villa Rothsay is 10-15 mins walk from the West Cowes ferry terminal (though the owner, Margaret Ankers, is happy to pick up guests from the Terminal in her own people mover) with an externally unimposing Victorian villa frontage.
Once welcomed through the door, however, the delights of a characterful wood-panelled hallway are revealed, with displays of sailing and boating memorabilia, and thanks from previous famous and yachting guests on display.
The living room is in an elevated position facing North across the Solent with extensive views from two windows and many comfortable sofas and chairs.
The dining room is on the floor below with similar views.
Both times that we have been, the food has been of an excellent "country house" standard, most recently with a joint of rib of beef to die for.
I cannot stress highly enough how pleasant the welcome and ambience are and how much you are made to feel like an honoured guest.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2010

One of the most characteristic small hotels you are ever likely to stay at in the UK. A short ride from Cowes harbour (Margaret the owner will be glad to collect) leads to a somewhat bland entrance which soon blossoms out into a 4 storey Victorian mansion overlooking the sea. Excellent food and a self-service bar in the most fascinating hotel around. All rooms well equipped and comfortable. The mixture of sporting pictures and cups with literature and antiques give a very special experience.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2009

We loved our stay at Villa Rothsay. It was pricey, but most places were. Margaret, the owner, treated us with great care, running us to the ferry early in the a.m.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2009

I've stayed a couple of times at the Villa Rothsay in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, and was excited to see they are finally up here on TripAdvisor. I really have nothing but wonderful things to say about the Villa. The Villa offers a bed & breakfast type of stay, but many of the conveniences of other hotels. The owner, Margaret, really goes out of her way to make your stay wonderful and to help with anything she might need. She even picked up some collegues I was travelling with at the ferry terminal with her own car!
Meals at the Villa are really a feast. Dinners consist of a choice of main courses and appitizers and feature brilliantly prepared carved meats and fish. They can even accomidate vegetarians nicely. There are more side dishes than you can eat, and no one leaves hungry. After dinner the pleasure is sitting around the fireplace and lounge area upstairs where there are a great selection of drinks and snacks and games. Breakfasts are wonderful and you get a choice of a full english breakfast, or whatever else you might prefer.
The rooms are very comfortable with nice beds, large flat-screen TVs, and an english tea service. There is wi-fi in the rooms, and the views of the water are amazing.
I really have nothing but great things to say about the Villa. The only tinest thing of note is that it is a bit of walk from downtown Cowes. But, there are plenty of taxis and worse comes to worse, Margaret can arrange something for you!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Villa Rothsay Hotel

Property: Villa Rothsay Hotel
Address: 29 Baring Road, Cowes PO31 8DF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Cowes
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Cowes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Rothsay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Villa Rothsay Hotel & Restaurant is a characterful & charming boutique hotel located near to the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes with commanding views from it's many balconies and reception rooms, across the Solent towards the New Forest.The hotel has long been the choice of sailors and business personalities from around the World to meet their accommodation, dining and hospitality needs, as is evidenced by the huge collection of nautical memorabilia throughout the hotel.The 14 bedrooms are all en-suite and offer all mod-cons including LCD Freeview TVs and complimentary WiFi.The perfect place to 'get away from it all' and a perfect base to explore the magnificent Isle of Wight. ... more   less 
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