Search Haven Hall Hotel
Overlooking the sea, this Edwardian clifftop house on the Isle of Wight is just a short walk along the coastal path from the beach at Sandown Bay, yet feels tucked away from the crowds that gather in warmer climates. The owners, Arielle and David Barrat – who live in a separate wing – have created a quirky, friendly and thoughtful slice of island life here, with carefully chosen period pieces adorning the rooms and suites, and almost all rooms have water view. The day begins with an assortment of fruit, cereals, bread, jams and homemade compotes in the breakfast room, whose doors open onto the patio and flower beds in the award-winning landscaped gardens, while a swimming pool and a grass tennis court are at your disposal. handy for those with a slower pace of life. Several of the bedrooms offer self-catering facilities, and a clutch of bedrooms on the ground floor allows dogs.
The George Hotel & Restaurant, Yarmouth
Forget the restaurants and pool bars we’ve grown accustomed to in sunny overseas resorts – when it comes to hotels on the Isle of Wight, the hot ticket is all about ‘sailing-up’ “, and the George Hotel & Restaurant offers just that. On the water’s edge, between the castle and the pier in bustling Yarmouth, the historic hotel – once the residence of Admiral Sir Robert Holmes, governor of the island from 1668 – enjoys a prime waterfront location that allows sailors to moor on the dock and walk straight in, making it ideal for people (or boats) watching too. Far from the much-loved terrace – which comes alive day and night – the 17 rooms each showcase touches of charm – a sailboat, a bowl of seashells, scents candles – and the varied views – a cannon on a rampart, the charming pier and the Solent, stretching out to the River Lymington, with its forest of needle-like masts clustered in the distance – are well worth the trek bed.