The Seaview Hotel Restaurant and Bar is a rare example of a unique independent British coastal hotel. Located on the north-east Isle of Wight in the picturesque sailing village of Seaview, it is very close to the Victorian town of Ryde. Seaview has a nostalgic feel as if not much has changed since the Fifties. In the summer, the Solent is teaming with pretty boats and out of season there’s an unspoiled singular charm to the place. There’s plenty of pretty walks along the coast and the island is renowned for good cycling should you wish to leave your car at home.
The hotel is situated 2 minutes from the sea and minutes from Seagrove and Priory Bay. There’s plenty of good old-fashioned fun to be had crabbing, rock-pooling, and beachcombing. It’s also the ideal place to bring your canine companion as many of the rooms are dog-friendly. In August, the village plays host to the Seaview Village Regatta which is one of the oldest regattas in England. There are many competitions including sailing, rowing, diving, children’s sports as well as all the hijinx of the greasy pole and tug of war.
Good food is taken seriously at the hotel and The Restaurant has a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for exceptional and creative food for five years running. At the heart of the hotel is a pub, the Pump Bar, serving classic bar food and real ales from Goddards and Island Ales as well as a range of artisan gin including Mermaids Gin made by the Isle of Wight Distillery. There is also a larger eating venue opposite the Pump Bar.
There is a real sense of history throughout the hotel and the walls have a fascinating collection of nautical and naval memorabilia, many images have been donated by members of the public over the years. This naval theme continues into the lounge where there are many examples of ships in razzle-dazzle camouflage
As part of a commitment to reduce carbon emissions, the hotel also has two Telsa destination charging points and a universal electric vehicle (EV) charger in the car park.
Whilst undeniably sleepy out of season, the village does have a delightful café (Lilys), Seaview art gallery, the Old Fort pub, local shop, chemist and Bistro. There is also a local church, St Peter’s, built in 1859 and designed by accomplished Ryde architect Thomas Hellyer. One of the windows, The Good Shepherd is by William Morris. Conveniently the number 8 bus to Ryde or Newport stops just outside the church. All in all the Seaview Hotel is an ideal coastal retreat and the perfect antidote to the hurly-burly of modern life.