St Catherines Down
Isle of Wight
Tel: 01983 730010
Additional FeaturesNon Smoking
Television in all rooms
Up to 22nd December
ANY 2 NIGHTS FROM £75pp INCLUDING FERRY
(Extra Nights £35 per person)
Price includes Bed, Full English Breakfast and FREE Car Ferry. Minimum 2 persons sharing
Surcharges apply to upgraded rooms
To make your reservation, please telephone 01983 730010
Description"ADULTS ONLY - A HAVEN OF PEACE AND TRANQUILITY"
The Hermitage, nestling within its own grounds of about 12 acres of garden and woods, is situated at the top of St Catherine's Down, the Isle of Wight's second highest point, on the southern most part of the Island.
The remote setting offers the ideal retreat for those wanting a restful break.
The gardens and grounds offer quiet seclusion and the setting is ideal for those who enjoy country walks. Footpaths abound in all directions and the top of the downs is National Trust land with panoramic views across the Island.
It was originally the home of Michael Hoy, a successful late eighteenth and early nineteenth century merchant trading mainly with Russia, and was originally built in 1813. He erected the Alexandrian Pillar, known locally as the Hoy Monument, in commemoration of a visit by the Russian Czar. In the 1860's the main house burnt down and was re-built, as it is today, in 1895.
Its more recent chequered past includes being the Island's first Youth Hostel in 1935 and a centre for Hitler Youth until the start of World War II, when it was used as a school for Ventnor children. During the 1970's it traded as a restaurant, hotel and conference centre until 1987. In 1990 the Hermitage was purchased as a private home. In 1998 it was decided to open the doors to guests, the aim being to offer the finest bed and breakfast accommodation on the Isle of Wight.
All bedrooms feature fully restored antique beds to add a touch of class to your stay. All rooms are furnished with antique furniture and equipped with remote control television, tea and coffee making facilities, clock radios and hairdryers. As well as full central heating, each room has a wall mounted convection heater.
All rooms have en-suite bathrooms or shower rooms with heated towel rails. Breakfast is served in a large attractive drawing room overlooking the patio.
A study on the first floor overlooking the gardens offers guests a selection of books and magazines as well as being an excellent vantage point to admire the flora and fauna.
Several public houses serving food are a short drive away and several island restaurants are highly recommended.
All bedrooms are non-smoking, but ashtrays are provided on the patio. We regret we cannot accommodate children or pets.
The English Tourism Council have awarded the Hermitage 5 diamonds gold award - its highest grade for serviced accommodation.