Cowes, United Kingdom

Villa Rothsay Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This historic family-run hotel overlooks the Solent & is 15 minutes' walk from Cowes
  • The quaint library is filled with sailing memorabilia & has an honesty bar
  • Rooms are large & some have balconies with sea views


Map & Directions

Red Funnel Ferries operates a car ferry from Southampton to East Cowes, which takes one hour, and a passenger ferry to West Cowes (which takes 25 minutes). There is parking on site for up to 25 cars.

Rooms & Rates

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"Blessed with a quiet, rural atmosphere, a mild climate and a long shoreline of pretty beaches", the Isle of Wight is a popular island for holidays, says Condé Nast Johansens. Explore its treasures from the Villa Rothsay Hotel, which sits on a hill above the seaside town of Cowes. The family-run property dates back to 1873 and, in the days when it was still a family residence, hosted King Edward VII. Now a boutique hotel, it remains a real home-from-home and has a quaint atmosphere that matches its Victorian background.

Cowes is home of the largest sailing regatta in the world, held annually in August, and hotel guests can enjoy excellent views across the Solent from the garden terrace. The property is a 20-minute walk from the centre of town, where you'll find shops, a pebble beach and West Cowes ferry, and neighbours the 18-hole Cowes golf course. Osbourne House, Queen Victoria's summer home, is just across the River Medina in East Cowes, which is a 25-minute drive or an hour's walk from the hotel.

The hotel's library makes a charming resident's lounge, filled with antiques, yachting memorabilia and the day’s newspapers. There's an honesty bar and a log fire burns here in the winter. The hotel's carvery restaurant serves up generous portions of classic dishes and, for afters, there’s a menu of traditional dessertd. The restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings and advance booking is required. Breakfast is made with local ingredients and there is a full-English option.

It is an intimate place with only 13 rooms, each equipped with free Wi-Fi and individually decorated in Victorian style. All are large and airy, and some have balconies with sea views.



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 11am

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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