Travel Notes

Cowes on the Isle of Wight is a charming seaport town and international yachting center on the Solent, separating the small island from England. Given its proximity to the major English port of Southampton and frequent ferry service, Cowes is often the gateway to the isle which hosts both a popular music festival and one of the longest running regattas in the world, known as Cowes Week. Queen Victoria built her beloved summer residence, the Osbourne House, in East Cowes which remains a major attraction for island visitors.

Many notable English thinkers and poets have taken up residence on the island over the centuries, including Lord Alfred Tennyson, in search of quiet respite amongst its peaceful, awe-inspiring vistas and natural landscapes.

Pound Sterling

Time Zone
Greenwich Mean Time

Local Cuisine
Crab and Cream Teas
Best time to visit
May - September

Dress Code
Seasonal Layers
Stories + Objects Global Travel Notes

North House

30-32 Sun Hill
West Cowes, Isle of Wight
England PO31 YH7
44 1 983 209 453

Villa Rothsay

29 Baring Road
West Cowes, Isle of Wight
England PO31 8DF
44 1 983 295 178

The Fountain Inn

High Street
West Cowes, Isle of Wight
England PO31 7AW
44 1 983 292 397


The Coast Bar & Dining Room

14-15 Shooters Hill
Cowes, Isle of Wight
England PO31 7BG
44 1 983 298 574

The Oyster Store

30-32 Sun Hill
Cowes, Isle of Wight
England PO31 YH7
44 1 983 209 453

Murrays Seafood

106 High Street
Cowes, Isle of Wight
England PO31 7AT
44 1 983 296 233/p>

Stories + Objects Global Travel Images
Stories + Objects Global Travel Notes

The Osborne House

York Avenue
East Cowes, Isle of Wight
England PO32 6JX

Sir Max Aitken Museum

The Prospect
83 High Street
Cowes, Isle of Wight
England PO31 7AJ



The Objects

Exclusive Edition 025 Lander & May Bespoke Globe

The globe derives its name from the latin word “globus” which means sphere. The earliest form of the terrestrial globe appeared during the mid-second to third century BCE, around the time that the sphericity of the Earth was established by Greek astronomy. Globemaking became prominent in Great Britain in the eighteenth century CE when the country was known as the scientific and commercial center of the world due to its fervent exploration and empire expansion.


Lander & May based on the Isle of Wight offers bespoke hand-crafted globes that range in size and aesthetic styling, from historical reproductions to modern interpretations. Globemaker Chris Adams specializes in both fine art painterly detailing and custom cartography allowing commissioning clients to highlight locations important to them, whether it be their hometown, cherished sailing routes or all the places they’ve traveled to throughout the world. Please inquire at the link below should you be interested in commissioning a globe for your home.

The Story


Chris Adams is a globemaker residing on the Isle of Wight just off the coast of England near Southampton. An early curiosity of orienteering was fostered by a childhood of exploring the moors solely by himself in his native Devonshire. As Adams grew into an adult in search of a meaningful profession, an opportunity to become a globemaker arose to further cultivate this passion of mapmaking allowing him to utilize his collegiately refined painterly and fine art skills. Today, Adams is the founder of Lander & May, an atelier specializing exclusively in bespoke globes and high-end historical restoration. Through this work, he aims to create relevancy for globes in the modern digital world without abandoning the traditional techniques of the makers who came before him.