I am not, by any means, a seasoned traveller but I have stayed in plenty of hotels.
I have also been disappointed by plenty of hotels. The rooms are either not as big as they look on the internet or the view isn't the same or the service/food is lacking….you get the idea.
What I expect from a hotel is that it should be my home away from home or at least feel like it.
The Priory Bay felt like that from the minute we walked into reception and were met with a very warm and very friendly greeting to the minute we settled our bill and left two days later.
Our accommodation for the weekend was a Tithe barn. The barn was spacious, clean and well maintained and the view across the grounds to the sea was heavenly.
We dined in the restaurant on Saturday evening, had lunch in the drawing room and also had Sunday lunch before we left.
The food is cooked to perfection and second to none. Both of my children cleaned their plates without any prompting and were eager to try bites from our plates too.
It is genuinely worth visiting just for the food.
All of the dining room staff were knowledgeable about the menu and seemed genuinely proud of the fact that the produce is all sourced and grown on the island.
The Priory Bay hotel is superb. It is set in beautiful grounds, has an extremely friendly atmosphere, helpful, attentive staff and excellent food.
I cannot recommend it enough. The only disappointing thing about the whole weekend was the fact that we had to leave.
- 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