We stayed at the Priory Bay Hotel for 3 mid-week days in May 2011 and agreed it was just so relaxing. The delightful house was pleasing from the first sight of it coming from the car park and once inside had the feel of a comfortable and well cared for establishment. Beyond the back gardens over the trees the sea shimmers.
There are 2 restaurants, 1 is formal – called the Island restaurant - and 1 informal (doubles as the breakfast room) called the Oyster. We used the Oyster twice and the Island once, both were excellent. The staff were very efficient, helpful and attentive, eager to assist us with anything.
The Hotel has great grounds to explore including cliff walks and a 6 hole golf course, which devours balls for those who do not hit straight! We had a large attic room (actually 2 separate areas as well as the bathroom), no lift, but worth the effort as the views from our tiny balcony over the gardens/golf course and towards Southampton/English Channel were stunning. The room was very prettily decorated in pale blue and white; immaculately clean with complimentary water and coffee/tea making equipment. One minor gripe was that was no shower cubicle but there was a shower head attached to the bath tap for purpose of washing hair.
The whole island is accessible within about an hour in the car. We were glad we took our car, although buses stop close to the hotel entrance should you choose not to. Definitely will return and would recommend to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Priory Bay is the Isle of Wight's leading country house hotel. Set within a 60-acre estate, it's period buildings have spectacular views out to sea, with gardens and woodland running down to the bay. It inspires our chefs to use the finest seasonal ingredients, whether foraged, farmed or fished we are passionate about local produce. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Priory Bay Seaview
- Hotel Priory Bay
- Priory Bay Hotel Isle Of Wight/Seaview