Over a thousand years of history have created a unique architectural and historical legacy at Priory Bay. With its secluded setting, between the eastern coastal towns of Bembridge and Seaview, the coastal estate exudes a certain magic and spirituality.
Recorded as the second oldest site of human habitation in the United Kingdom, Palaeolithic remains and ancient artefacts, such as Stone Age axes (over 345,000 years old), have been found on Priory Bay’s sandy shores.
The hotel's origins lie in the monastery, which once dominated the site, dating long before the Doomsday Book. The two thatched barns, situated to the south west of the hotel, provide the oldest surviving buildings. Believed to be nearly 1,000 years old, they were part of the original Priory Farm. The imposing Tithe Barn, now a ruin, was originally constructed in the 13th century, then reconstructed in 1749.
The 14th century portal provides an imposing entrance to the hotel and Tudor farmers and Georgian gentry have made their own contributions to the charming medley of beautiful buildings and interiors which create this unique hotel. Each of the bedrooms has its own very distinctive character and all are superbly furnished and appointed, retaining many of the original features
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