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Although its name conjures up visions of two friendly bovines greeting visitors as they approach the island from Southampton, the town actually owes its name to the 2 forts built on either banks of the river Medina in 1539 to keep out the French and Spanish.
Cowes is in fact two places, East Cowes and West Cowes , separated by the Medina.

West Cowes
Walk throught the narrow little streets of west cowes to the Parade, with its splendid view across the Solent and reach Cowes Castle where the Royal Yacht Squadron is to be found.

East Cowes
East Cowes is quite different from West Cowes with its boat yards and aeronautical industry, but still manages to remain very attractive and full of surprises , like the Shell House, which, as its name suggests is entirely covered in sea shells. East Cowes leads you past Albert Cottage and Osborne Cottage, once the home of HRH Princess Beatrice to one of the most interesting and reputed attractions of the Isle of Wight : Osborne House


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Things to see in Cowes

Cowes Castle, home of the Royal Yacht Squadron Castles and Historic Houses
Founded in 1815, this venerable institution, is the premier yacht club of Great Britain, and members ( all 300 of them) are allowed to fly the St George's ensign which gives them free entry to all foreign ports.
Only members of the Royal Yacht Squadron and officers of the Royal Navy may land at the sacrosanct landing stage in front of the Castle.
Cowes Castle was at the heart of D-Day landing operations during World War II and houses the 21 brass canons fired at the start and finish of races and on special anniversaries.
Cowes Regattas Festivals and Fetes
Cowes regattas - the Fastnet Race
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Cowes becomes the playground of the yachting aristocracy all through the summer but above all during Cowes week.
In that very special week, the major yachting clubs manage to pack lots of different races and events to watch or to join in. This boating flourish of activity culminatess with the annual Regatta of the Royal Yacht Squadron.
The world famous Fastnet race starts from Cowes every alternate odd year, attracting huge crowds of yachting enthusiasts.
Almost every week end , as well as Thursday and Friday evenings, more races are organised by the Island Sailing Club, the East Cowes Sailing Club and the Corinthian Yacht Club.
Osborne House, home of Queen Victoria Monuments and buildings
Osborne House is a splendid mansion with very attractive grounds. It became Queen Victoria's favourite home after the death of Prince Albert, her beloved husband. There , in the peaceful grandeur of her appartments and the glorious gardens, she found solace and time to remember and grieve.
Both the State and private appartments are open to the public, the latter a poignant reminder of the Queen's sorrow.
In the immaculately kept gardens is the Swiss Cottage, a play house for the royal children where they would practice being grown ups. It is fully furnished and arranged exactly as it was in 1854.
Osborne House Museum contains an impressive collection from the great Victorian era

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The Fountain Inn, CowesThe Fountain, a traditional period inn in the heart of Cowes, is still doing brisk business. Our property is an ideal haven for yachting enthusiasts, business people and holiday makers.
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