The George – Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
The location could not be more stunning: right on the water’s edge between the castle and the pier in bustling Yarmouth. A short ferry hop from Lymington on the mainland (with sea vistas that are second to none), this 17th-century townhouse, most famously frequented by King Charles II, has recently been extensively refurbished under new ownership, and is now the hip boutique retreat on the island. Seventeen characterful and airy bedrooms house fabulously luxurious beds, many of which look out to sea or the harbour. Waking up to the gentle lapping of waves is always a treat. Its new Italian-inspired beachfront garden, with a driftwood-clad bar nicknamed Fin & Tonic and an outdoor kitchen, offers al-fresco dining at its best. It’s a perfect spot to soak up the view: a canon on a battlement, the charming pier and the Solent stretching across to the Lymington River, with its needle-like forest of masts bunched in the distance. And inside, don’t miss the freshest seafood at The Conservatory restaurant, a family-friendly brasserie with uninterrupted views of the Solent.
Doubles from £170
+44 (0)1983 760331; thegeorge.co.uk