Why move to… Cowes

Whether you’re an island native or looking to move from the mainland, the Isle of Wight promises a rich and peaceful quality of life. Island life has many appeals and one place in particular stands out…  It embodies a relaxed lifestyle, proudly boasts a strong sense of community, has good schools, a rich history and most importantly, it has reasonably priced properties.

Welcome to Cowes.

Heard enough already? Get in touch with Pittis to find your dream home in Cowes. Otherwise, let’s explore and see what else it has to offer… 


What are Cowes’ nearest towns?

The Isle of Wight’s gateway town has a population of 11,000 and makes for the perfect indefinite holiday destination. Cowes itself is a town of two parts, poetically identified by Charles Godfrey Leland in the 19th Century:

 "The two great Cowes that in loud thunder roar

This on the eastern, that the western shore".

East Cowes is home to Osborne House, Norris Castle and Saunders-Roe. It’s connected to Cowes by the floating bridge, which is otherwise a 10-mile, half an hour car trip, round the River Medina.

Ryde has been a popular holiday destination since the Victorian period. It has the oldest seaside pier in England and is less than eight miles from East Cowes and about a 25-minute car journey.

Gurnard is a mile a half away and a seven-minute car ride and the shopping haven of Newport is less than five miles away.

What’s in Cowes?

We can’t mention Cowes without mentioning the town’s great tradition of yachting and the annual Cowes Week. The world’s oldest regatta takes place in the first week of August on the Solent, and has done so since 1826.

There’s a strong connection to the sea, so expect sailing and power boats. On dry land, Cowes has a golf club, various museums including The Wight Military and Heritage Museum and Sir Max Aitken Museum. Moreover, residents will want to check out Northwood House & Park, which hosts various events and things to do throughout the year.

Cowes transport links

Island Line trains connect to bus services in Shanklin and Ryde, while other services connect Brading, Lake and Sandown.

The Isle of Wight also has a steam railway that’s definitely a charming feature to be cherished and admired.

Travel between the island and the mainland is possible by a number of different ways. The most popular is the ferry to Lymington, Portsmouth or Southampton, which takes between 30- 60 minutes. The Isle of Wight has two airports that cater for light aircraft, but for international travel the nearest airports are Southampton and Bournemouth.

Eating and drinking in Cowes

Hailed the best pub in Cowes, The Anchor Inn is a traditional pub that anyone would be proud to call their local. Also, The Union Inn, just off the Parade, is a popular establishment for younger yachting enthusiasts.

When it comes to grabbing a coffee, Cowes is steeped with independent and charming little places to mull over an Americano or grab a latte to-go. Among our favourites are Tiffins of Cowes and The Watersedge Beach Cafe.

Mojac’s Restaurant and Bar, Number 3 and Murrays Seafood Restaurant are the top three places to grab a bite to eat in Cowes and popular with locals and tourists alike.

Things to do in Cowes

Many of the best places to eat and drink are found up and down the picturesque, pedestrianised High Street, which boasts many quirky shops and places to while away a Saturday afternoon.

Steeped in history, the Isle of Wight itself has plenty of sights and points of interest for residents to explore during lazy weekends and holidays all year round. Like some Italian villa in the Naples countryside, Osborne House was once the palatial holiday home of Queen Victoria and is a great day out for all ages.

In keeping with the royal theme, the romantic Carisbrooke Castle has been a king’s prison, a fortress and a summer getaway during its long and colourful history. Today it’s begging to be explored and in return will inspire and ignite your imagination.

Finally, the Esplanade connects Cowes to Gurnard and makes for a great excuse to walk the dog, or wear the kids out on their bikes, not to mention a beautiful route for joggers.

Schools in Cowes

When it comes to primary schools, you’re served by Cowes Primary School, Gurnard Primary School and Lanesend Primary School. As for secondary schools, Cowes County High School is the town’s nearest. 

House prices in Cowes

  • Large detached houses: £500,00 – £750,000+
  • Detached houses: £275,000 – £500,000
  • Semi-detached: £180,000 - £325,000
  • Terraces and cottages: £150,000 - £220,000
  • Flats: ££100,000 – £250,000

Renting in Cowes

  • £600-£700pcm for a flat.
  • £750-£1,300pcm for a 2-3 bedroom house.

Best fish and chips:

Corries Cabin is an award-winning chippy serving traditional fish’n’chips. Whether it’s take-away or eat-in, lunch or dinner, this establishment serves delicious staples – with lashings of salt and vinegar, please – right by the marina, which we think makes them taste all that bit better.


Cowes’ Trinity Theatre is one of the county’s oldest amateur dramatic societies and regularly performs productions. The Commodore Cinema in nearby Ryde screens the latest blockbusters and charges a flat fee for adults and children that’s significantly cheaper than Newport’s Cineworld.

Local Supermarkets:

Expect everything from top-end supermarkets like Waitrose and M&S in Cowes. There’s also Sainsbury’s and bargain powerhouse, ALDI, further south between Cowes and Northwood.

Famous residents:

Previous residents include Queen Victoria and poets Swinburn and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Today, Cowes inhabitants include Gran’s favourite, Alan Titchmarsh and Oscar winner, Jeremy Irons.

So, do you fancy living here? Have a chat with your local Pittis branch or take a look at current properties in Cowes.