Garden Isle Hotels

The Finest Hotels on the Isle of Wight

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About Us

 

 

Clare Farrelly, Director, Garden Isle Hotels, Isle of WightA Warm Welcome from Garden Isle Hotel Director, Clare Farrelly

 

Hello, I'm delighted to welcome you to Garden Isle Hotels.

 

As a family we are passionate about providing a service that gives you an experience to remember. Based on the beautiful Isle of Wight, each of our hotels has been carefully selected to give you the break you deserve. You'll find our staff have been hand picked because they share our family values of professionalism, friendliness and service.

 

Here is Our Family Isle of Wight Story So Far.....

 

In January 1986 Ken Wells and his late wife Lyn took over as the proud owners of Melville Hall Hotel in Sandown on the Isle of Wight.

 

They moved over from Southsea after looking at a few hotels on the island, deciding on Melville Hall Hotel in Sandown after over hearing a couple of ladies discussing their choice of wedding reception destination as having to be at Melville Hall as it was the best hotel...

 

Back in the day, Melville Hall was a 39 bed hotel with no en-suites but with sinks in every bedroom and a few strategically placed communal bathooms and toilets along each corridor.

 

About Us, Garden Isle Hotels, Lynn and Ken WellsOver the years Ken has refurbished the hotel many times catering the trends in place at the time. Spacious public areas with sliding doors that once allowed for functions of up to 300 guests now form treatment rooms and indoor leisure facilities and all rooms now do of course enjoy private en-suite bathrooms!

 

After a few years of successful trading at Melville Hall Ken went on to purchase the Luccombe Hall Country House Hotel due to its superior cliff top setting and then later went on to buy Chine Court Hotel which he later re-named the Luccombe Manor Hotel. A few years later Ken purchased the Burlington Hotel which, seeing a trend towards luxury self catering breaks, renovated in to 4 and 5 star contemporary apartments.

 

Ken's work is not yet done, although the day to day operation is successfully managed by his daughter Clare. Melville Hall is just undergoing yet another refurbishment programme with all Classic Bedrooms being upgraded along with some of the public areas.

 

Ken is most proud that the hotel continues to be under his families management with daughter Clare, now based at Luccombe Hall in Shanklin, running both the hotel and group as a whole, having worked all her life for the family business – starting at a young age by collecting the daily newspapers for the hotel guests in exchange for her pocket money and is now also a co-owner. Over the years both of Ken's sons have spent time working and managing the hotels too, with the youngest now Head Chef at Luccombe Manor Country House Hotel. Even one of Ken's 10 grandchildren spent some years working on reception at Melville Hall too.

 

About Us, Garden Isle Hotels, Isle of WightIn addition to Clare, Ken is delighted that some of his original team from back in 1986 – or thereabouts – are still working for him in some way. The most notable being the ever popular Noel who works behind the bar and assists in the Melville Hall Hotel's Summerhill Restaurant. He was actually working at Melville before Ken! Mary who works as breakfast waitress was also there almost from the beginning as was Pam who is now Housekeeper at Luccombe Hall. Pam's daughter, Kirsty, was a baby at the time, but later went on to become Assistant Manager to Clare at Luccombe Hall before leaving to start her own family!

 

How ever many changes Ken has made to his hotels over the years his objective has remained constant: To provide a service that gives you, the guest, an experience to remember...

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Isle of Wight Walking Routes

Isle of Wight Walking Routes

The Isle of Wight offers some of the best walking routes in the country with varying levels of dificulty so there is plenty of choice to suit everyone. 

Take a look through the routes below by clicking on the links. Don't forget to enjoy the Sandown to Shanklin walk whichever Garden Isle Hotel you choose to stay in.

For more walking options why not use Map My Walk and share your route on facebook so other guests can enjoy the route and compete on timings etc if they so wish!!

 

Sandown to Ryde Walking Route 

Sandown to Ryde Coastal Walking Route

 

12 Miles - approx 4 hours

 Bembridge Trail

Bembridge Trail

 

11 Miles - approx 3 Hours

 Brightstone to Niton Trail

Brightsone to Niton Walking Route

 

8 Miles - approx 4 hours

 Cowes to Yarmouth Trail

Cowes to Yarmouth Walking Route

 

16 Miles - approx 7 hours 

 Hamstead Trail

Hamstead Trail

 

7 Miles - approx 3 hours

 Niton to Sandown Walking Route

Niton to Sandown Walking Route

 

9 Miles - approx 4 hours 

 Nunwell Trail

Nunwell Trail

 

7 Miles - approx 3 hours 

 Ryde to Cowes Walking Route

Ryde to Cowes Walking Route

 

 8 Miles - approx 4 hours

 Shepherds Trail

Shepherds Trail

 

7 Miles - approx 3 hours 

 Stenbury Trail

Stenbury Trail

 

10 Miles - approx 3 hours 

 Tennyson Trail

Tennyson Trail

 

14 Miles - approx 6 hours 

 Warrior Trail

Warrior Trail

 

 

 Worsley Trail

 Worsley Trail

 

13 Miles - approx 6 hours

 Freshwater Way Trail

Freshwater Way Trail

 

 5 Miles - approx 2 hours

 Yarmouth to Brighstone Walking Route

Yarmouth to Brighstone Walking Route

 

14 Miles - approx 5 hours 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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