Freshwater Bay House

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About Freshwater Bay House

Set in extensive grounds overlooking a beautiful semi-circular bay at the western tip of the Isle of Wight, Freshwater Bay House is a country house hotel boasting superb English Channel views and direct beach access.

Individually-decorated rooms enjoying sea or Tennyson Down views feature en suite bathrooms, TVs, hot drinks provisions and hairdryers. An accessible room is available as are spacious upgrade rooms.

Amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool and terrace overlooking the sea, lounge, drying room, gardens, bike storage, free Wi-Fi and complimentary parking.

The dining room hosts a free continental or cooked breakfast plus optional evening meals. Picnic lunches are available as is a relaxed bar. There’s also a cafe serving light bites.

Freshwater Bay House is about five minutes’ drive from Compton Bay, where dinosaur footprints can be seen at low tide. The Needles coastal chalk formation overlooked by a Victorian fort is three miles away.

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • A/C
  • Parking
  • Balcony / Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • TV / Entertainment
  • Hairdryer
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking rooms

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Hotel facilities

  • Car park
  • Conference rooms
  • Direct beach access
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Good food and customer service

Guests often praised the welcoming, professional and helpful employees. The reportedly excellent and plentiful breakfasts set visitors up for the day ahead. Diners also enjoyed the affordable, tasty and freshly-prepared evening meals.

Island location with direct access to beach

This property's peaceful location amid beautiful coastal scenery on the Isle of Wight appealed to beachgoers who loved the direct access to Freshwater Bay beach via steps from the hotel gardens. It also proved to be a handy base for cyclists and walkers exploring the southern and western areas of the island, including the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Drivers appreciated the free on-site parking and easy access to beauty spots, golf courses and amusement parks plus terminals for ferries and hovercrafts to the mainland. It was also conveniently a short walk from bus stops.

Popular rooms and shared facilities

Reviewers often expressed positive opinions about the comfortable, tidy and well-cleaned rooms. There was admiration for the superb sea views from selected rooms. There was also praise for shared amenities like the heated outdoor swimming pool and cafe with terrace seating offering coastal views.

Negative Reviews

Occasional grumbles over dining format

The evening meal timings were reportedly a little bit inflexible for some diners. There was also criticism from some quarters of the way diners were seated at large tables with other guests in the dining room during breakfast and the optional evening meals.

Patchy Wi-Fi signal encountered

Travellers welcomed the availability of free Wi-Fi at this hotel. However, some critics claimed they encountered patchy network coverage or slow speeds at times in certain areas of the building.

Minor maintenance issues

Critics sometimes mentioned occasional minor cosmetic maintenance issues in certain rooms such as tired-looking furniture, dated decor and aging carpets.

Rating Overview

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8.6 /10
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8.6 out of 10 based on 91 reviews