Hotel Review | North House, West Cowes


The owners of North House in Cowes started their ventures with the popular Coast Bar in town, and expanded to open this boutique just last year, and they’ve nailed it! Whilst also running a local interior design store in town there’s no surprises when it came to the furnishings everything was impeccable. It’s chic, homely and sophisticated all at once, and quite frankly (in my opinion) the only choice you want to make when heading to Cowes for a trip away!

The Location:

10/10! Located on the aptly named ‘Sun Hill’ – North House has been given a prime spot in town. Just minutes from the bustling high street, as well as the sea. The bus stop is just around the corner, and the views from all aspects of the hotel are second-to-none.

The Rooms:

With just 14 rooms in the hotel I’d be surprised if you could find one that disappoints. They’re decked out with romantic fireplaces, pillows to-die-for, quintessentially beautiful bed linen and views of the sea — could you ask for anything more?

Oh wait.. to top it off you’ve got Cowshed Spa toiletries to use until your heart is content. (It might be cheeky – but take some refill bottles and take away some of the lotions and potions with you to remind you of your stay – don’t take their bottles.. unless you want to fit the bill)

The Food:

North House oozes seaside chic with its in-house restaurant – The Oyster Store! The food was quite simply, sublime. We opted for dinner and breakfast in the hotel and neither left us disappointed. The specials menu is full of the fresh catch of the day (and really choosing anything other than fish when on the IOW would be a mistake).

For dessert, in my eyes there’s no competition for the sticky toffee pudding & salted caramel ice cream. But if you’re looking for a savoury option, the cheese board won’t disappoint.

The breakfast offered a variety of choices from the ‘market table’ (yoghurt, fresh fruit, cereals, toast etc) as well as the choice of a variety of hot options (think avo, smoked salmon, eggs benny, the whole shabam!)

TOP TIP: If the seafood chowder is on the specials menu – order it!

The Drinks:

They outdid themselves on the cocktail front, offering not only sublime tasting cocktails, but also at a very decent price! (For a Londoner anyway). If you’re a gin fan (& female) opt for ‘The Pink One’. It’s even served with ‘Mermaids Gin’ – the only gin distilled on the island.

The Facilities:

For a small boutique hotel, they really outdo themselves on ‘the added extras’. The sun-trap pool was huge hit, with French Riviera style loungers & towels to match! It’s heated all year round, so no excuses.

If you’re heading in the winter they’ve got a cosy fire pit, complete with blankets on the terrace. The perfect setting for a glass of rosé and a toasted marshmallow!

With Cowes high street on your doorstep you won’t be struggling for things to do. Take a stroll to Gurnard Beach – or head off to Queen Victoria’s old summer stomping ground at Osborne House. Both well within reach by foot from the hotel doorstep.

The Service:

The front of house team were a godsend – they couldn’t have offered to do more and they truly were the most friendly bunch.

Being such a young hotel, it’s inevitable there’s to be a few teething issues, and this seemed to be on the ‘new staff’ front. Not sure if it was that we chose to go at the end of the summer (perhaps when the new staff were joining) but there was a lot of newbies on the team. Whilst I’ll give them their due that they were trying their best, there were moments where you’d have thought a bit of ‘prior training’ could’ve been of use, before letting them loose on the main affair.

But don’t get me wrong – this hotel is a winner. From arriving to departing, everything was tip top!

The Habit Hunter x