This 18th century, Grade II listed town house in the heart of Cowes Old Town on the Isle of Wight has been making a name for itself since 2016 as a place that offers great food and a seaside experience with a difference. Not actually on the seafront but in a quiet location off the high street, you are close to the shops but not to the noise. It’s a stone’s throw from Town Quay as well as Northwood Park so the location is hard to fault. North House has a library, a private dining room, a bar, a restaurant, and an outdoor heated swimming pool. Other outdoor areas include the rear terrace dining space and small but cute gardens which are a huge bonus. The 14 bedrooms all differ in their quirky design while sharing the same high standards. With three categories of rooms – cosy, comfy, and spacious – prices cover a useful range. Some have sea views while others have a view over the town and start at the reasonable price of £145 per night, including breakfast. The well above average food is priced as you would expect. We enjoyed the hot smoked anchovies as a starter and a spicy Goan seafood curry to follow.