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National Trust on the Isle of Wight

We are very lucky here on the Isle of Wight to have so many beautiful National Trust sites, from ancient woodlands and nature reserves to open downlands and dramatic coast lines with sheer chalk cliffs, not to mention a The Needles Battery, the 300 year old Bembridge Windmill,  a Victorian fort under restoration, and an historic 17th century town hall with an interesting political past.

Have a look at The Isle of Wight section on the National Trust website. It’s a brilliant resource, full of information on what to do, how to get there and it’s very easy to use www.nationaltrust.org.uk


Walk on Mottistone Down, Isle of Wight

What a beautiful sunny, windy, chilly morning to wrap up and stroll up Mottistone Down with Charlie dog. We started at Mottistone Down car park, PO30 4JH where you can park for free. Wander through the gate and up the hill as far as you want to and back down again enjoying the wonderful coastal views, or go the whole hog and walk the 5 miles to Freshwater beach, have a little sunbathe and head back again to make a day of it. It’s is quite hilly and challenging in places but well worth the effort.

Have a look here www.iwight.com for a circular route 4.25 miles, going past Mottistone Manor and The Long Stone dating back from Neolithic times. There’s a useful map and good instructions to tell you where to go.

Coincidentally, The Telegraph has an article today featuring Mottistone as their Walk of the Week! www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

 

Stunning new ensuite room for 2016!

We have recently opened another brand new beautiful double ensuite room to add to our collection! And very pleased with it we are too!

Relax on plump pillows on a luxury 1600 pocket sprung mattress and enjoy the lovely views over Cowes and The Solent with a Nespresso coffee…mmm sounds good to me!

The room features a stunning brick wall lovingly stripped back and restored by Mark, a beautifully restored original fireplace matched with stylish black lamps and ceiling lights, natural wood furniture set against calming green walls. Take a look at our pics…

The Mess Canteen & Bar, Cowes

The Mess Canteen is a great little bar in Cowes High Street. The food is really good – Mark’s favourite dish is their amazing fish cakes, I have a penchant for their delicious burgers with rosemary fries and my bro-in-law Rob nearly always has their lovely big slab of ham with egg and chips. YUM!

The Mess is also a really fun evening venue, well known in Cowes for their fruity jam jar cocktails, definitely worth a visit.

The Mess Bar & Canteen, 63 High Street, Cowes PO31 7RL   01983 280083

www.facebook.com/Themesscanteenofcowes

Coast Bar and Dining Room Cowes

Without doubt the most popular place to eat and drink in Cowes, Coast bar and Dining Room guarantees a buzzing atmosphere! Great food and wine with friendly service in a relaxed setting. Booking recommended as its always busy whatever the day of the week.

On our last visit there for a friend’s birthday, Mark had an excellent Bembridge crab and chilli risotto and I really enjoyed my Pork Fillet in Orchard Pig Cider & Mustard Sauce.

I am also a fan of sharing a selection of their yummy little starters, with wine of course, then moving straight to dessert, usually a huge sticky toffee pudding!

Book online using their reservation system www.thecoastbar.co.uk or call on 01983 298574

The Coast Bar & Dining Room, 14-15 Shooters Hill, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7BG

Taxis in Cowes

If you are staying at The Caledon Guest House in Cowes and need to arrange a taxi to or from work or a wedding, then here are a few local firms you can call.

TJ Taxis – 01983 520274 or 07768 426645

Cowes Taxis – 01983 294444

Rounsevell Taxis, East Cowes – 01983 280800

We really would recommend that you try and book in advance, as it can be really difficult to get a taxi at short notice. Also ask for a rough idea of price so you don’t get a nasty surprise when you arrive, they can be on the pricey side.

Alternatively see our Travelling by Bus page.

Meeting room in Cowes

If you need a meeting room or interview room in Cowes, Isle of Wight then please give us a call to discuss on 01983 293599 or drop us an email at [email protected]

We have three elegant rooms available for your use in our beautiful guest house; if you are after a relaxed environment you can choose to chat over a coffee on comfy sofas in our Reception room. This can also be used as a great meet and greet area. If you want to hold a more formal interview or small team meeting around a table for up to 8 people then the smaller of our two meeting rooms may suit you. Alternatively you can make use of our larger meeting/function room for up to 16 people.

Tables and chairs can be arranged to suit the occasion – everyone around the table or conference style.

We provide the best WiFi available – up to 100Mb fibre optic broadband. Office and printing facilities are on site.

Tea, coffee, water and biscuits are included and please just ask if you require a working breakfast, brunch/lunch.

Meet and greet services – we can be here to answer the door, invite people in and offer tea and coffee on arrival too – please just ask.

We have onsite parking for up to 4 cars, and there is also road side parking very close by.

Prices start at £50 for a half day, rooms are available from 10am.

Call Mark or Andrea on 01983 293599 or email us at [email protected]

Check Out Time

Our usual check out time at The Caledon is 10.30am, which we hope you will find allows plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast before you depart. If however you would like to stay a while longer and have that well deserved lie in, you can extend your check out time to 1pm for just £10.

To choose this option when booking on our website, simply select Late Check Out on the Booking Extras page (after you have selected your room). If you have already booked then just email us at [email protected] or call on 01983 293599 and we will gladly add to your booking.