Priory Bay, a new high-end resort on the Isle of Wight will transform the island’s reputation as a genteel destination with a slightly faded glamour, into a year-round option for the discerning modern holidaymaker.
Once complete, the resort will offer a variety of holiday experiences in a range of well-designed rooms and suites, offering outdoor independence but always supported by the first-class service and facilities provided by the adjacent hotel.
The newly modernised and extended Grade II listed Priory Bay hotel will provide 27 hotel rooms and 14 suites, alongside an additional 12 woodland retreats and 56 individual lodges, all set within the hotel’s 19.7 hectares of grounds. Existing listed barns and outbuildings will be refurbished along with new facilities to provide a restaurant, bar, spa and gym, farm shop and swimming pool. The scheme will provide local job opportunities as well as promote local food and produce.
A consistent design approach across a range of disparate buildings will bring an aesthetic coherence to the overall site. Historically important structures and outbuildings are sensitively restored. Contemporary additions reference traditional architectural vernacular with agriculturally inspired retreats and lodges, stonework and materials. Lodges have been designed to combine Scandi-chic with comfortable family living, creating forest hideaways with views out to the Solent.
The scheme will include the planting of 1.72 hectares of new woodlands, and a major upgrade to existing landscaping.