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Thank you for taking a little look at our bed and breakfast here in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
We are a super base from which to complete the famous Isle of Wight Randonnee (Round the Island cycle route) or take on any other part of the many cycle paths and trails the Isle of Wight has to offer.
Bring your bike over on the Red Funnel Car Ferry (www.redfunnel.co.uk), cross the river on the floating bridge and you are ready to put your bike into our secure cycle store (takes up to 12 bikes) overnight and wander into town to grab a bite to eat at one of the many pubs and restaurants just a 5 min wander down the road in Cowes.
Up early for a wonderful breakfast made using the best local produce and you are ready to explore our wonderful Island. The main route starts right outside our door and is well signposted throughout and we can always supply the odd map too.
Outside taps for water bottles and a hose to wash down the bike at the end of the day and a few handy tools are all on hand.
Have a look round the rest of the site and give us a shout if you have any questions on 01983 293599
Mark & Andrea
Come and stay with us for Cowes Week 2016. We have 9 beautiful rooms, wonderful freshly cooked breakfasts using Isle of Wight produce and we are very friendly to boot!
Free parking, great WiFi and only a 5 minute walk to Shepards Wharf Marina, 8 min walk to Cowes Yacht Haven and a 10 minute walk to Island Sailing Club.
Minimum 8 nights stay. Room rates and availability are online www.the-caledon.co.uk, click on Book Now or call us on 01983 293599 to reserve your room.
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
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
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 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
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
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.