Isle of Wight’s “country town house by the sea”

North House is a Grade II listed townhouse located in the heart of Cowes Old Town.

The house has been sympathetically renovated throughout and retains many of the original features and period quality, including its beautiful authentic fireplaces.

Opened in 2016, North House bills itself as “a country town house by the sea”.

The brainchild of business partners Lewis Green and Luke Staples – who also own and operate the popular Coast Bar & Dining Room in Cowes’ High Street (as well as the stylish interior design store Staples & Green, next door) – North House stands in an elevated position a short distance from the water’s edge.

Green and Staples took ownership of the property in the summer of 2014 and then bought a neighboring theatre, which boasts a Grade II listed façade.  Having gutted both, they then started from scratch to shape North House into a new venue to be enjoyed by staying guests, visitors and locals alike.

Based within the former Rawlings Hotel and an adjoining former theatre, both were completely renovated in order to create North House, which offers its guests a sumptuous mix of 14 individually decorated boutique bedrooms, a bar, restaurant, library and lounge, The Oyster Store restaurant, a swimming pool and country garden, and a sun terrace with sea views.

As well as being individually decorated, each room boasts a monsoon shower and a pantry packed with goodies, including fresh homemade cookies by the Oyster Store chefs.  Some have open fires and roll top baths with views extending over the Solent.

The interior design has also been created by the pair – combining the traditional with the more contemporary.

All 14 rooms have king-size beds, nine of which enjoy sea views over the rooftops of Cowes, framing the old town and seaside location of this historic property.

The new hotel creates a new chapter in the history of the property, and offers rooms from £145 to £245 per night.

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