Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $110.66 (£79), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Room rates usually include a full-English or à la carte breakfast (included in the extra-bed rate for kids).
Ask the concierge for a map of the Boat Trail, a four-mile walk that takes you through East and West Cowes. Taking you down some of the oldest streets and passing many historical points of interest, it's an excellent way to see the whole town.
At the hotel
Terraced garden, laundry services, free WiFi throughout the hotel. In rooms: King-size beds, a well-stocked in-room pantry, flatscreen TV, Robert’s radio, Cowshed toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
We like room three, one of the Cosy Rooms, which more than merits its name thanks to its own working fireplace. The Spacious Rooms have in-room bath tubs for romantic fire-side soaks. If it’s a room with a view you’re after, ask for one in the part of the hotel that was once a theatre, as many of these rooms look out to sea.
Found outside on the walled terrace, the heated pool is surrounded by wicker chairs and parasol-covered tables – the perfect place for an after-dip drink.
Blues, whites and marine stripes – you’ll look great next to the wallpaper in the bar.
With the exception of the terrace and lawns, all of the public areas are wheelchair accessible; however, the historic nature of the building means that guest rooms are not yet able to accommodate wheelchair users.
Pets are welcome subject to room availability, so be sure to mention that you’ll be travelling with them when booking. They cost an additional £15 a night, for each dog, and they get their own bed and treats – organic dog food and bowls are available too. See more pet-friendly hotels in Isle of Wight.
Children of all ages are welcome. SomeComfy and Spacious rooms fit a baby cot (£15 a night) or Z-bed (£20 a night). The Oyster Store doesn’t have a children’s menu, but the kitchen can adapt dishes from the regular menu as well as heat milk and baby food.