We stayed here (my husband having read about it 10 years or so ago and always wanting to visit) for a two night honeymoon. We had room 12 - a most peaceful and calm room, up at the top of the hotel with a balcony and far reaching sea views. The beds were so comfy and it was a perfect honeymoon hideaway. The hotel's location is really special - from our room, all we could hear was the wind in the trees and the sea - a real break from noise and bustle. The walk down to the beach is lovely - and we swam in the sea every morning before breakfast and then walked across to Seaview for crab sandwiches and pints of Ale of Wight at the Old Fort. The hotel has a certain faded glamour about it - so if you want swank - this is probably not the place for you. However, the food is top notch and lots of the staff were delightful (Sarah and Ralph on reception, James the sommelier). What it fell down on was, in part, we think start of summer season hiccups - (i) some of the staff were unsure about procedure; (ii) although we had arranged some champagne on arrival as it was our honeymoon, it never materialised; (iii) although a beach hotel, beach towels are charged at £2 a time (it would be great if one beach towel per stay/day could be absorbed in the cost of the room like so many other beach side hotels); (iv) although we had half board, the bill did not initially take account of this and it needed to be pointed out; (v) we booked a tennis court for half an hour and were not told of the charge until check out - we also had to wait for our court as people who had not booked were playing when we arrived. These are minor points and, had it not been for these the rating would be higher. We certainly plan to go back very soon - next time with our children as it was a great place for them - lots of lovely grounds to run around in and the lovely secluded beach.
- 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