Golden Hill Fort is an amazing building, not many people get to stay in such a historic property.
The stunning open plan living-room with the fantastic brick arched ceiling, this is a very sociable space for relaxing with family and friends.
The spacious main bedroom on the ground floor with comfy bed and crisp white linens, perfect to sink into after a day out exploring.
The interior is enhanced by mood lighting which you can set to the colour of your choice!
A wine cooler has been installed in the kitchen.
The roof terrace offers plenty of areas to relax and take in the views, a perfect spot for a picnic on a sunny day!
The views are simply breath-taking in all directions.
Doors open onto the inner balcony from the living room, this is a great spot for an evening drink or at anytime even when its raining
The Tap Room is open plan living at its best.
Dine with family or friends, the fabulous kitchen is a cooks dream!
The interior is modern throughout and decorated to a very high standard.
 The stylish en suite shower-room to the main bedroom.
The lovely second twin room on the ground floor.
The pretty third bedroom on the ground floor is light and airy.
Lovely touches throughout.
The family bathroom on the ground floor.
Sit back and relax after a day exploring the Island.
Arriving at the Tap House feels like a great adventure, on arrival a code is required before you can enter through the Fort gates.
Golden Hill Fort is a Grade 1 listed building surrounded by wonderful countryside and sea views.
Guests can access the shared roof terrace via a separate entrance within the fort, enjoy the fantastic views from here.
The stunning building with roof terrace and amazing views.
The balcony to The Tap Room faces the central courtyard, space to dine and relax on holiday.
There are lovely touches from the owner throughout, including personalised towels for The Tap Room.
There is a gated entrance into the centre of the Fort with parking for two cars for guests of The Tap Room.
The water feature takes centre stage.
The Tap Room is styled with beautiful artwork throughout.
The original brick work curved ceiling has been preserved.
Lovely plantation shutters have been added to the first floor sitting room and all bedrooms.
The Tap Room is located in the incredible Golden Hill Fort situated between Freshwater and Yarmouth.
The panoramic views from the roof terrace which can be accessed by all residents.
Take a seat on the shared roof terrace with a drink and a good book.
Please supervise all children on the roof terrace at all times.
A perfect spot for a picnic in the  beautiful park  that surrounds the fort.
An ideal spot to soak up the Island's sunshine.
There is separate entrance to the roof terrace, accessed via a spiral staircase which was once an ammunition hoist!
There is additional parking along with nature walks which can be found just outside of Golden Hill Fort.
There are some amazing walks right from the fort, some trails taking you into the town of Yarmouth.
The famous Needles is a short drive away from The Tap Room.
Spend an afternoon at the beautiful Freshwater Bay.
Compton Bay is a real delight in those summer months, with breathtaking views.

The Tap Room

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Red Lion (¾ mile)

A traditional cozy inn with an open fire and garden in summer. The blackboard menu changes daily and the pub has its own herb garden to accompany fresh local fish and meat. There are lots of lovely walks in the area so this is the perfect place to stop for refreshments. Dogs are welcome.

Nearest beach

Colwell Bay (¾ mile)

Located in the west of the island this delightful family beach offers good car parking, easy access and a seaside cafe and shop. Access for disabled users is good and the beach is gently sloping sand and shingle. There is a lovely walk from here along the sea wall to Totland Beach but due to a recent landslip the pathway is currently closed. Dogs are allowed year round but only to the right of the slipway. There's no lifeguard cover here.

Nearest walk

Turf Walk (1 ¼ miles)

If you're looking for a moderate 4 mile walk taking in the Needles then this is a good one to try. Start and finish in Totland with moderate climbing, dogs are welcome and it should take you around two and a half hours. Take a look at the National Trust website link for a detailed route.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2019

Reason Warren walk

Beautiful easy walk, magnificent views.

Nearest town

Freshwater (1 mile)

Situated at the point of the island where it seems the western tip might break off and float away, Freshwater is the largest town on this side of the Isle of Wight. Explore Tennyson Downs on foot, have a round of golf, walk the chalk cliffs of the beautiful bay and sample delicious morsels in the many eateries.

Also nearby

Totland Bay (1 ¼ miles)

Check the tide times before you visit as at high tide there is very little beach. At low tide the beach is pebbly with some sand. A promenade goes through to Colwell Bay which is a nice walk with lovely views across to the mainland. There is a disused pier and other facilities are available including toilets and a restaurant. Dogs are not allowed from May until the end of September. No lifeguard cover is available here.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Totland Bay

A great beach for all the family and very quiet before the school term ended. When the tide is out there is plenty of sand, but once the tide comes in the beach is reduced considerably. There is still enough for access. The Waterfront restaurant serves excellent food and has wonderful views.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2019

Totland Bay

Children absolutely loved Totland Bay both at high and low tides and sunset. Rocky corner provided lots of excitement when watching for baby crash and Little fish.
Dog owners do walk dogs on the Beach thought, it is not too often but it does happen there are no signs about dogs not being allowed too. Some People arrive atTotland bay by boat with dogs too.
Overall beautiful beach with a lot of sand at low tide. Not very crowded and loved by children. Walk to The far left sidę to the peaceful atmosphere near National Trust park side.

Freshwater Bay beach (1 ½ miles)

A pretty bay with a sand and pebble beach nestled in between chalk cliffs. Located just to the east of Needles headland, the beach is popular but usually has ample space and facilities. Parking is available and dogs are not allowed from May until the end of September. There's no lifeguard cover here.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2019

Refreshing

We sat on the wall next to the short promenade, the air is so fresh, the sun was warm and the sea was noisy around this lovely bay crashing over nearby rocks and rushing up the beach. It was only 30 minutes but wonderful in October.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Treasure April 2017

If you visit at high tide, there's a good spot along the sea wall to jump off and go for a swim. At low tide the 'cabbage patch' of rocks appear, a great spot for rock pooling and exploring, but shoes are advised!

Off The Rails (1 ½ miles)

The original station was transformed into a restaurant in 2014 and is now open for lunch and dinner throughout the year. This is a popular spot for walkers and cyclists and dogs are made very welcome. Give them a call for opening times before you go as they don't open every day during off season months.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2017

Fantastic meal and a nice location for a bit of birdwatching

We had some great burgers and a delicious roast duck leg with a savoury waffle (loved the sauce too!) What a great location! Shame it was too cold for us to explore the wetlands and foreshore, however still managed to spot a few interesting birds on the way back to the town centre. Dogs are welcome too, which is a bonus, and they can even sample some "doggy treats"

Yar Estuary Ramble (1 ½ miles)

Have a little pootle around the Western Yar Estuary on this east access walk. It's just under 4 miles long so will take up to two hours, but the IOW Ramblers have put together a lovely illustrated map to download for free with lots of interesting snippets.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Yar Ramble

Interesting walk along the Yar, then through woodland and farmland which took about one and a half to two hours. It was perfect for the dog and walkers and took in some lovely scenery.

Compton Bay (3 ½ miles)

Park above the beach and take the steps down. There's two miles of open sandy beach, sandstone cliffs and the chalk cliffs of Freshwater further afield. There are no facilities apart from toilets so take all your food and drink with you. It's a popular spot for kitesurfers and windsurfers. Dogs are not allowed from 1st June to the end of September and there is no lifeguard cover.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Great beach shame about the dogs

Beautiful beach shame they allow dogs on it while summer months and children are there as I witnessed ignorant owners allowing their dogs to foul the beach and leave it there


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2017

A great spot for an Ice cream if you're out for a drive along the South Coast. One of the few places on the Island you can usually find some Surf

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