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Fountain Hotel Isle of Wight
Fountain Hotel Isle of Wight

High Street, Cowes PO31 7AW

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (103 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Cowes Harbour, Island Sailing Club, and Cowes Maritime Museum …

£60
The Caledon
The Caledon

59 Mill Hill Road, Cowes PO31 7EG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Situated in Cowes, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Cowes Maritime Museum and Cowes Harbour. Island Sailing Club …

£79
Best Western New Holmwood Hotel
Best Western New Holmwood Hotel

Queens Road Egypt Point, Cowes PO31 8BW

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (24 reviews)

Located in the heart of Cowes, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cowes Beach and Island Sailing Club. Cowes Harbour …

£90
Theatre House Apartment Two
Theatre House Apartment Two

32A Sun Hill, Cowes PO31 7HY

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Cowes, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Island Sailing Club, Royal London Yacht Club, and Cowes …

£495
24 Ward Avenue
24 Ward Avenue

24 Ward Avenue, Cowes PO31 8AY

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Situated in Cowes, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Cowes Beach, Royal London Yacht Club, and Island …

£85
Villa Rothsay Hotel
Villa Rothsay Hotel

29, Baring Road, Cowes PO31 8DF

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (10 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cowes Beach, Royal London Yacht Club, and Island Sailing …

£120
Grand Harbour Hotel
Grand Harbour Hotel

West Quay Road, Southampton SO15 1AG

4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (485 reviews)

Located in the heart of Southampton, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Quays and Southampton Maritime Museum …

£89
ibis Portsmouth Centre
ibis Portsmouth Centre

Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2LX

2.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (700 reviews)

Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays …

£49
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays

The Plaza Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3FD

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (499 reviews)

Situated in Portsmouth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower. Portsmouth Historic …

£99
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

34-35 High Street, Southampton SO14 2HN

4.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (552 reviews)

This family-friendly Southampton hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Tudor House and Garden and …

£65

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Pocket Guide: Cowes

Heading across the sheltered Solent on the ferry, it becomes immediately clear why the Isle of Wight is one of the country's most treasured holiday destinations. Quite apart from its friendly ambience and rich history, the island is home to some breath-taking natural beauty too. For most visitors, the standard is set very high, as they disembark in the popular sailing town of Cowes. Sandwiched between the Solent, the River Medina, and the rest of the island, the entry point of Cowes boasts some of the finest B&B and hotels on the Isle of Wight.

The River Medina

Running along the eastern edge of the town is the River Medina. At its mouth, the river is a lively sight, peppered with pleasure boats, fisherman and regular ferries. As it heads south, to the island's heart at Newport, the river passes through some of the most peaceful, rural spots on the Isle of Wight. Water taxis from Cowes Harbour can take you all the way up, or just across to East Cowes.

The eastern part of town is home to many of the nicest bed and breakfasts. Here, guests can take in the ambience of the river, and can enjoy the sight of the water across the pontoons.

The Picturesque Solent

The northern edge of Cowes provides panoramic views out across the Solent and towards the mainland. The esplanade offers a gentle stroll between the town centre and some of the large, independent hotels on its edge. At the end of the esplanade, visitors will find a small beach, equally great for swimming or watching the races happen just offshore. When the beach gets crowded, there's a fantastic alternative just across the river in East Cowes.

Central Cowes

Visitors who can tear themselves away even momentarily from the waterfront are rewarded with the delights of central Cowes. The pretty, pedestrianised streets are lined with independent shops, cafés and bars, open all year round. Some of the town's most exclusive accommodation is set just back from the centre and waterfront, by Shooters Hill. Expect enchanting maritime names like Yachter's Cottage, Bosun's Retreat and Shipshape.

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