Frenchman's Cove Hotel

A friendly establishment set in an acre of secluded grounds, our house is beautifully situated beneath Tennyson's Monument amidst National Trust downland. One of the most westerly guest houses on the Isle of Wight and close to the Needles.

The Isle of Wight is a short sea crossing from the mainland. With a history that extends from the Stone Age, through the Roman and Medieval eras to the present day via Tudor, Regency and Victorian times, and is an Island for everyone. Today there are many family attractions together with impressive coastal scenery, wonderful downland, unspoilt 'English' villages and splendid beaches. The island measures a mere twenty three miles by thirteen so everything is within easy reach. It also enjoys excellent weather.

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The Guest House

Our house, set in an acre of secluded grounds, is beautifully situated amidst National Trust downland. Nestling beneath Tennyson Down, not far from the magnificent cliffs towering above `Frenchman's Hole', it has splendid country and Solentviews. Here you can enjoy many interesting and varied walks. For that feeling of being on top of the world, try the walk across the Downs to the tip of the headland for breathtaking views of the Needles and the sweep of the Dorset coastline.

We offer a traditional English breakfast, but of course you may order a light Continental breakfast if you prefer.

In the evenings you can relax in the comfort of our guests lounge and if conversation runs short there is an eclectic choice of books or magazines to entertain you. You may of course like to take a short stroll and explore our acre of grounds around the house or just relax on the terrace.The house has eight bedrooms and two family suites. Four bedrooms are on the ground floor, four on the first floor and the family suites, (comprising two bedrooms and bathroom), are on the second. The spacious bedrooms, all of which have en suite facilities, are each furnished with an individual charm and have delightful rural aspects or sea views. Each room has a colour television and hot drink making facility.

The Hotel The Hotel Restuarant & Bar One of eight Bedrooms Bedroom with sea view

Ground Floor en-suite rooms available - We can lend you a wheelchair during your stay with us - so you don't have to bring one with you, saving valuable luggage space in the car.

Please note:
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate pets
The House is designated as a no smoking area

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Reductions for children (2 - 9 yrs ½ price & 10 - 16 yrs ⅔ price)

Low Season - Jan 2nd - March 18th / Oct 29th - Dec 16th
Mid Season - March 19th - May 27th / Sept 3rd - Oct 28th
High Season - May 28th– Sept. 2nd / Dec 19th - Jan 6th 2017
Bed & Breakfast Short Breaks Available Prices are per person
Low Season Rate from 2 nights £66 / per week £210
Mid Season Rate from 2 nights £72 / per week £230
High Season Rate from 2 nights £80 / per week £255
Low Season Rate 3 nights £96 / 4 nights £124
Mid Season Rate from 3 nights £105 / 4 nights £136
High Season Rate from 3 nights £120 / 4 nights £156
Prices are per person - We can offer ferry inclusive prices on application
Single persons £10 per night / £60 per week
Sea view room £10 per night / £60 per week
Family Suite £10 per night / £60 per week

(Deposits not refundable)
£30 per Adult for Guest House
£75 for Coach House per week
(Deposits not refundable)
Deposits by Cheque made out to C.E. & S.E. Boatfield
Or Bank transfer

Sorry No Smoking or Pets

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Coach House

The Coach House is a self contained apartment in the grounds of Frenchman's Cove with delightful views of Tennyson Down and the surrounding countryside, it offers self catering accommodation for four, with a well appointed kitchen area which includes microwave, fridge / freezer, electric cooker, kettle, toaster, cafetière and a good selection of pots, pans, cutlery, kitchen utensils, crockery and glasses.

The lounge / dining area offers a table and four folding chairs plus comfortable seating and for your entertainment a TV, DVD and CD/radio/cassette player.

The master bedroom has en suite bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and washbasin.

The ground floor has a lobby and utility room complete with a washing machine, tumble dryer etc. plus a WC and washbasin. A door leads to a sleeping area with 2'6" Bunk Beds, suitable for children only, a wardrobe and chest of drawers and stairs leading to rest of accommodation which is on first floor.

Please note:
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate pets
The House is designated as a no smoking area

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Coach House Availability

(Total price per week for 2 adults or Family of 4)

January 2nd to February 12th £245 - February 13th to February 26th £270
February 27th to March 18th £245 - March 19th to April 8th £315
April 9th to April 29th £270 - April 30th to May 27th £315
May 28th to June 3rd £400 - June 4th to July 15th £385
July16th to September 2nd £450 - September 3rd to October 7th £315
October 8th to October 21st £270 - October 22nd to October 28th £315
October 29th to December 16th £245 - December 17th to January 6th 2017 £370

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Our Surroundings

One of the most westerly located guest houses on the Isle of Wight, set in the countryside alongside Tennyson Down, with fantastic views of The Solent, Headon Warren and Afton Downs. The Needles at Alum Bay are located within two kilometres, with the beaches of Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay within three kilometres.

Frenchman's Cove is surrounded by footpaths enabling ramblers to keep off the roads and appreciate the local countryside with magnificent views.

Not far away is the town of Yarmouth and the river Yar with plenty of birds to keep ornithologists happy. In the spring and summer the flowers are a delight to see as are the butterflies.

    • Tennyson Down

    • Headon Warren

    • Alum Bay

    • Freshwater Bay

    • Totland Bay

    • The Needles

    • Afton Down

    • The Solent
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  • Local Attractions

    • Local

    • Fort

    • Fort

    • Hang Gliding

    • Golf
      on Afton Down

    • Country Walks
      with Magnificent Views

    • Water Sports
      in Colwell Bay

    • Badminton
      in the garden

    • Rocket
      Test Site

    • Rocket
      Test Site

    • Needles
      Pleasure Boat

    • Local Pubs
      and Restaurants

    • Alum Bay Pleasure
      Park - Chair lift

    • The
      Old Battery

    • Tennyson

    Where are we?

    How to find us: From Yarmouth follow signs to Totland, then Alum Bay. About ½ mile after leaving Totland, look for a sharp left-hand fork doubling back. This is Alum Bay Old Road and we are ¼ mile down on the right.

    The nearest car/passenger ferry service to Frenchman's Cove is the Lymington to Yarmouth route, a short crossing operated by Wightlink. The journey from Yarmouth to the Guest House is about 15 minutes by car. The Island has a good network of bus routes and we are a few minutes walk from the nearest bus stop. Good value 'Rover Tickets' can be obtained.

    Ferry Information

    On-Line Booking

    0333 999 7333

    • Lymington / Yarmouth
      car / foot passenger- 40min
    • Portsmouth to Ryde -
      high speed foot passenger - 22mins
    • Portsmouth to Fishbourne -
      car / passenger ferries -45mins

    On-Line Booking

    0844 444 9988

    • Southampton to East Cowes
      car / passenger service (55 mins)
    • High speed foot passenger service - 25 mins

    More Information

    Ryde: 01983 717700

    • hovercraft
      foot passenger service - 10 mins

    It is advisable to book in advance for all crossings