SMUGGLERS LODGE
at Ventnor Botanic Garden

Experience Victorian history from inside the Island’s only Botanic Garden

NEW TO 2021. Bookings now open- please contact stay@botanic.co.uk directly.

As Smuggler’s Lodge is a brand new addition to Ventnor Botanic Garden’s Self-Catering offerings, we are therefore starting at an attractive introductory rates, as we work the kinks out. Please contact us for full availability and pricing.

The Smugglers Lodge is a newly restored Victorian building originally part of the TB Hospital founded in 1869. The National Hospital history is brought to life in the Lodge through a series of period black and white photographs and antique plaques from two of the hospital’s thirteen wings or blocks.

Smuggling also played a part in the Isle of Wight’s history along the coves, beaches and chines of its southern coast. Years ago, a Smugglers Museum was located in the basements below the Lodge, so we retained the name in deference to this chapter of the building’s story. More on the Hospital’s history can be found in the Heritage Centre.

A large bright bedroom with high ceilings and downlighters looks out onto a generous private terrace and part of the Garden’s palm collection. Below this terrace engineers once ran the large coal-fired boiler which heated the entire Hospital. The Victorians certainly loved a decent sub-basement with hand cut stone walls. It has a king size Victorian bed and a roll top bath for two with distinctive chrome feet in an open alcove.

A snug with a high, close boarded pyramid hip ceiling capped with a dovecote features a large leather sofa, a wood stove, an antique wicker log basket and a full kitchen (two induction hobs and conventional oven) with a small oak dining table for two.

The Lodge sits just inside the working entrance to the Botanic Garden where Lodge guests have free and out of hours access. The Coastal Path runs through the south part of the Garden and offers lovely walks to Steephill Cove, Ventnor and St Catherine’s Point where several less visited coves are found.

The café and restaurant at the Garden are open from 9 to 6 in summer and bespoke meals can be ordered in advance through the chef. Frozen meals made in the Garden’s restaurant for the edulis@home brand are available daily in The Larder. edulis Restaurant is open for dinner from 6 until dusk Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

To make the most of your stay, you may wish join in with of our daily wellbeing classes. You can find the wellbeing schedule here, and can read more about the classes here.

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