“This mellow stone Georgian villa with an unusual thatched roof has fallen into talented hands. Gert, Danish, and Anna, English, have created a Scandinavian-chic essay in pristine white, the perfect backdrop for their stunning Danish designer furniture, lighting and CoBrA inspired abstract paintings. Potentially impractical it may be, but it also succeeds in being airy, harmonious and tranquil and guests respect the owners’ faith in them not to spoil it, some even taking off their shoes on the all wool carpets. Hillside’s past – it was at one time the home of the poet John Sterling – is respected too, charmingly displayed in photographs and documents on the walls of the bar. The twelve all white bedrooms have colourful vintage Welsh wool throws, V-sprung beds and fine Egyptian cotton linen. An excellent dinner is served between 7pm and 8pm, for those who wish it. The restaurant offers fine European dining with a Scandinavian twist, prepared using the finest ingredients from their own garden. No tea and coffee in the bedrooms; however, you quickly fall in with the warmly welcoming hosts’ ways, and tranquility ensues.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“What is there to do in the area?
Ventnor Botanical gardens, Bonchurch downs, many beautiful walks, Stunning beaches, Historical landmarks such as Osbourne House.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
The breakfast menu consists of a continental buffet with of a selection of cereals including home-made muesli, yoghurt, bread and preserves, and fresh juices, porridge, croissants, as well as an option of a cooked breakfast.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Hillside Restaurant offers fine European dining *(European style fine dining) with a Scandinavian twist, made of our own and local produce - freshly prepared and presented in menus which change frequently - giving a choice of 5 starters, 5 mains and 5 desserts - Monday to Saturday, seating between 7pm and 8om. You could also try Hillside Bistro, which is located in the heart of Ventnor - serving traditional, rustic French cuisine, only a few yards from the sea. Open every day for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Hillside Hotel's rooms are all special in their own way. Bedrooms are comfortable and tranquil, most of which overlooking the sea. Rooms are modern, minimalist and decorated in a neutral palate, with stylish lighting, bold paintings and vintage blankets and accessories providing a dynamic, yet understated elegance.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms?
Hillside Hotel, Apartments, Restaurant & Bistro welcome children of the age of 12 years plus. As an alternative to the Hotel, Hillside also offers Apartments - Hillside Stables and Hillside 30PS (down town Ventnor ) - as accommodation, which gives you the luxury of being close to our eateries, easy use of the facilities of the Restaurant and Bistro and a more secluded feel to your stay. Both sleep 4 in either twin or double configuration - See more on Apartments - Stables or 30PS.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
The team at Hillside will strive to offer the highest standard in hospitality and service, ensuring your stay is as comfortable, as it is memorable.”