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Cowes Accommodation Directory – some of our friends

Book Direct - put more money into the local community.

Obviously we always want you to stay with us at The Caledon but it's not always possible - Book Directly Online  with us first or call on 01983 293599 if you can't find what you are looking for.

If we are full don't despair there are plenty of wonderful places to stay in Cowes - here are just a few of our friends:


OneFifty Cowes - website - 07795 296399 - book online on booking.com

Mimosa Lodge -  website - 01983 241490 - Book Direct Online

Holly Tree House - website - 07933 364519 - Book Direct Online

Endeavour House - website - 01983 297406 - Book Direct Online

Grays Inn - website - 01983 200770 - Call to book

24 Ward Avenue - website  - 01983 292070 - Book Direct Online

Halcyone Villa - website - 01983 243195 - book online on booking.com

The Union Inn - website - 01983 293163 - Book Direct Online

Watch House Barn - website  - 01983 293093 - Book Direct Online

Westbourne House - website - 01983 290009 - book online on booking.com

The Woodvale (Hotel) - website  - 01983 292037 - Book Direct Online

North House (Hotel)  - website  - 01983 209453 - Book Direct Online 

Villa Rothsay (Hotel) - website  - 01983 295178 - Book Direct Online


Remember to always book directly with your accommodation - not only do you guarantee a better service and the best price but you will also keep a bit more money in our local community rather than paying booking agencies a big slice of the cake.

Noble Isle Luxury Toiletries at The Caledon

Our New Noble Isle Toiletries

The new tradition in luxury bathing, inspired by the British Isles - at The Caledon Guest House

We have taken 18 months and many many samples (lots of showers, and lots of making friends and family smell little bottles) to find our new beautiful toiletries - www.nobleisle.com

We chose Noble Isle as not only do they make the most amazing products but also they are a British company making all their products in the British Isles which fits in with our choice to try and shop local as much as we can.  Noble Isle source all extracts from local celebrated producers within the British Isles and that makes us feel good.  Finally all the fragrances are fine fragrance with clearly defined top, heart and base notes which sounds posh but means you really can tell the difference when you step out of the shower.

Here at The Caledon we currently give our guests 50ml bottles of Summer Rising Bath and Shower Gel, Perry Pear Shampoo & Perry Pear Conditioner

These beautifully refreshing fragrances are an amazing part of your stay and we are more than happy for you to take home the rest of the bottle to remind you of your stay with us.

We are so confident that you will like them that we also stock a small range of Noble Isle gifts - take a look in the reception room when you have a spare minute.  We are not just any bed and breakfast, we want you to feel that The Caledon is your home from home when you are here with us in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. 

Mark & Andrea

Where to drink in Cowes

If you fancy a few drinks while in Cowes, whether it’s to watch the game, listen to  live music, sit in the sun with a glass of wine or slurp on a few fruity cocktails then read on, Cowes had lots to offer!

Traditional Pubs we like to frequent:

The Fountain oldenglishinns.co.uk

The Anchor Inn theanchorcowes.co.uk

The Pier View pierview.co.uk

The Vectis Tavern thevectistavern.co.uk

The Union unioninncowes.co.uk

Restaurants with bars:

Coast thecoastbar.co.uk

The Grill thegrillcowes.co.uk

North House northhousecowes.co.uk


Restaurant Guide for Cowes, we are spoilt for choice!

We are very lucky in Cowes, there are lots of great places to eat and drink! It’s definitely worth booking ahead as they’re either very busy or quite tiny, either way they can get booked up quickly. Here we’ve put together a list of our favourites, most of them have menus on their websites to peruse…

The Grill – Website – see our review

Coast – Website  – see our review

Nomad – Website

North House , luxury hotel and restaurant  – Website

Harbour Kitchen – Website

The Basque Kitchen – Website

Mojacs – Website longstanding favourite in Cowes

Murrays  – Website Fish restaurant

Number 3 – Website intimate little restaurant, limited but good menu

Toninos Website

We also have plenty of pubs and a few curry houses too so there is plenty of choice for all.

Or a 5 min drive away in Gurnard:

The Little Gloster – website – lovely food, right on the seafront, great sunsets


Here’s a link to Tripadvisor reviews of restaurants in Cowes:


Victoria & Abdul at Osborne House

From this Autumn onwards, visitors to the Isle of Wight will be able to follow a new ‘Victoria’s Island’ Trail, and explore the monarch’s home – Osborne – where many of the events depicted in the new movie ‘Victoria & Abdul’ were filmed.

Osborne on the Isle of Wight, the seaside residence of Queen Victoria, was one of the key locations used in the filming of the movie, due to be released September 2017, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Dame Judi Dench and renowned Bollywood star Ali Fazal.

See if we have any rooms left – Book Now

Download your Osborne House discount voucher here – osborne-entry-voucher

Check out the full Visit Isle of Wight website – Click here

“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot”

When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert chose the Isle of Wight as their favourite holiday spot in the 1840s, little did they know they’d be changing the destiny of a compact and stunningly beautiful Island for ever.

The creation of their family holiday home at Osborne brought a new status to the Isle of Wight. Not only was the Isle of Wight the place where the family relaxed in private, it was also the location where affairs of state were managed. Queen Victoria ruled her worldwide empire from the tranquillity of her seaside palace on the Isle of Wight, entertaining foreign royalty and visiting ministers.

The Isle of Wight reflected Queen Victoria’s private life as well as that of her role as Head of Empire. Visits with family and friends to local scenic spots were paired with the creation of state rooms for formal visits at Osborne. The Durbar Room, designed and installed by Lockwood Kipling and Bhai Ram Singh in the 1890s will feature in a new film ‘Victoria and Abdul’ in cinemas September 15 and the next ITV series of ‘Victoria’ will end with the Queen and her husband buying the house that will become their “beloved Osborne”.

When on the Island the royals loved many of the pleasures we consider to be modern day holiday pleasures: dining al fresco, swimming in the sea, visiting local attractions and simply taking time out from the bustle of busy mainland life.

Let the Victoria’s Island trail take you on a journey across the Isle of Wight – visiting some of the places that the Queen loved alongside lesser known locations that reveal the strong connection that the royal family had with the Island; both as off duty, private people and as heads of state.

The Mess Canteen & Bar, Cowes

Unfortunately The Mess Canteen has now closed – but there are plenty of other great places to eat and drink in 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


New in room local goodies

Introducing The Caledon Guest House new in room baskets of local goodies for our guests to purchase. Filled to the brim with Isle of Wight Crystal drinks, Chocolate Mad Cowes handmade fudge, The Isle of Wight Biscuit Company biccies, Minibar Products collections and more! We really hope you like them!

Tennyson Down Walk, Freshwater to Tennyson’s Monument

We love this walk, stunning coastline views, beautiful wide open downs, the reward of Tennyson’s monument at the top and if you’re feeling energetic you can continue all the way to The Needles. One not be missed :)

From the car park at Freshwater Bay, walk right along the road and turn left past the loos along the footpath until you reach the gate that takes you onto Tennyson Down, from there just keep walking on up!

Some useful links: