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“A pub with comfortable bedrooms” 4 of 5 stars
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The Woodvale
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   1 Princes Esplanade, Cowes PO31 8LE, England   |  
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Ranked #7 of 29 Cowes B&B and Inns
Bath,England
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“A pub with comfortable bedrooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This is a popular beach front pub with five well equipped en-suite bedrooms, four of which overlook the Solent. It is not some pretentious gastropub but one which prides itself on an extensive pub menu of well sourced and cooked ingredients served in generous helpings.
The crab sandwiches and the breakfast sausages were particularly memorable..
The owners and all their staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
As geriatrics we did find the two flights of stairs to the top floor a bit challenging but help was readily provided with the baggage. By the time we left our companions were managing without their sticks so it seems the 'work out' did them good.
We arrived during dinghy week at the nearby sailing club so the free on-road parking was fully occupied. However we were helped to park on the grass bank owned by the pub.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Firstly, online booking was very easy. I always research everywhere on Trip Advisor and the reviews were good, so we were shocked when we arrived. If we had not pre-paid I would have driven away. Parking is on the road. The luxury b and b is above a very tatty looking pub. There is no separate reception so you have to tramp through the bar where your reservation is dealt with in full view of everyone in the pub. The stairs to the accommodation are quite steep so would be a challenge for the elderly. The room itself was very nice, but a bit small, but it was clean and so was the bathroom. We couldn't get the wifi to work but since we always bring our own dongle it didn't really matter. The menu looked really nice, and I had also checked this before we booked, but we did not fancy eating in the pub, which was very full and noisy, so we went elsewhere to eat.

The bed was comfy and if you are in the front, you must get a really nice view over the sea but we only had some houses and a wooden construction in the garden. One down side was that every time someone closed the fire door, every door on the landing slammed, including our bedroom door, which was very annoying during the night.

Breakfast is in the Solent Suite which was really nice and had super views over the sea. Breakfast was good and with a good selection, you won't leave feeling hungry. Think this room is probably also used as a function room, and it was newly decorated with nice furniture.

Overall the accommodation was good but we didn't feel you can describe somewhere as luxury b and b when its above a dingy pub.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cowes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Having made it on this earth for 85 years I decided to ask my family to come to the Island and celebrate.We hired the "upstairs" room and it was great. A first rate place to have a private function. The service by staff was excellent, they were very attentive and our thanks go to the chef for a really choice of good food, well cooked and nicely presented. The family were full of praise for the choice of venue.

I would recommend the Woodvale it to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

My husband and I had our wedding reception upstairs at the Woodvale and we also stayed for 3 nights in the hotel. We would like to say that everything from start to finish was the best. The food was excellent the staff were friendly and helpful, the manager Kevin was absolutely fantastic taking time to make sure everything before, on the day and after went according to plan and that there were no problems. If we could award them with more than 5 stars we would. So we would like to thank Kevin and all the staff for doing such a fantastic job of making our day the best ever.
Thank You All
Mr & Mrs Harvey
(Kevin and Sandie)

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cowes, England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Superb food, very well presented at a very busy time. The staff were very helpful, and tweaked the menu to suit Jennys` demanding requirements with no fuss at all! Perhaps a little expensive, but probably worth it for the view, and the overall experience

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

We have been going to the IOW for the Music Festival for the last 9 times. For the last 5 years we have stayed at The Woodvale. Yes it's quiet and you have to use your car to get to most places. But it's good to get away from the festival (and the mud) and switch off at the end of the day, with a hot shower, cup of coffee and catch up with emails via the free internet access...very civilised. Also excellent views in the morning of the Solent and of the quiet beach, while you eat your breakfast. Staff are always welcoming and helpful....roll on next festival - G Bradshaw

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We are lucky to live locally, so regularly frequent The Woodvale for food and drinks. Although we have never used the b+b.
The service is always outstanding, but I would advise booking if you want a window seat. The food is moderately priced, but the portion sizes are more than generous.

It is the perfect place for a walk along the seafront, and a glass of wine watching the sun set!

There is also a lovey play area for children, just across the road.

If you are based in Cowes, it is about a 15 minute brisk walk along the seafront, well worth a visit!

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 1 Princes Esplanade, Cowes PO31 8LE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Cowes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Cowes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Woodvale 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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