The Albion’s history is as rich and colourful as the Isle of Wight’s itself


It’s unique location in the shelter of Tennyson Down, as it later became; a cove sheltering flimsy boats from the South West blows; and a Southerly aspect with many caves to tuck into, out of the prying eyes of the mainland, all go to make this an ideal spot for a hostel. There is no other spot along the South West coast of the Isle of Wight which can provide all of those.

This unique position on the South Coast of the island, together with an abundant supply of fresh water, made it ideal as a victualing stop before crossing the channel. It became so important that Fort Redoubt above was built to protect the bay from the enemy.

“Trade” was good, and so two hostels sprang up in the early 1700’s: The Mermaid Inn to the West and the “Cabin”, as it was known to the locals, to the East. No-one is 100% sure which came first, but you can be sure they would have vied for the trade of locals and visitors alike.