Escape to the Grandeur of a Stately Home
The height of luxury in an exceptional destination
Priory Bay is currently undergoing an extensive redevelopment programme and will re-open in 2019.
Set within an historic 60 acre estate on the sandy shores of the sunny Isle of Wight, Priory Bay has long been a resort favoured by discerning members of British society. The private beach, swimming pool and luxurious accommodation will be served by an exclusive bar and restaurant. The beautiful gardens at Priory Bay were designed by notable Arts and Crafts movement pioneer, Gertrude Jekyll and visited by Queen Victoria.
Facilities will include a private beach, swimming pool, bar, restaurant and much more. The resort is expected to open in 2019 and the beautiful hotel, outbuildings and grounds are currently undergoing a sensitive restoration.
Walk down the woodland path at the edge of the estate and you will emerge onto the pristine sands of Priory Bay. This beach is renowned as one of the best in the UK.
With no direct road access and large areas privately owned, this is the perfect secluded destination for a relaxing summer holiday. Even at the height of the season, you'll find that the tree-lined sands are quiet and peaceful. The gentle slope into the sheltered eastern waters of the Solent makes this perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
Over 1000 years of history have created a unique architectural and historical legacy at Priory Bay. Palaeolithic remains and ancient artefacts, such as Stone Age axes (over 345,000 years old) have been found on the estate. The 14th century portal provides an imposing entrance to the hotel and its many period features. However, the monastery which once dominated the site dates back to long before the Domesday Book. The two thatched barns are the oldest surviving buildings; at nearly 1,000 years old, they were part of the original Priory Farm. The imposing Tithe Barn, now an atmospheric ruin, was originally constructed in the 13th century, then reconstructed in 1749.
The medieval buildings of Priory Bay are nestled amongst beautiful Victorian gardens that sweep down to the sea. Take a walk through the grounds and you will find charming stone walls, pristine woodland and acres of well-kept lawns, tended by our dedicated staff.
A private helipad is available for visitors from the mainland on request (Latitude 50' 42.33" North, Longitude 1' 6.09" West) or you can wind your way along the charming driveway, arriving at the dramatic front gates of the mansion.