Whereas charming seaside Seaview village has remained unchanged for decades, the long-established Seaview Hotel – stylish and relaxed – has evolved with the times. There are endearing echoes of the past in both the Pump Room, with traditional wood panelling and roaring log fire, and the Naval Bar, modelled on a wardroom and filled with memorabilia, while the Restaurant has a contemporary, if nautical, feel. Here the affordable, creative cooking of Bruce Theobald has won a Michelin Bib Gourmand. The lounge now occupies the front of the hotel and displays a collection of razzle-dazzle camouflage used in both wars to disguise craft. As well as the 13 neat, pretty bedrooms and one apartment in the main house, there are seven in a designer annexe, The Modern, immaculately furnished and with state-of-the-art equipment. There are also five large suites in the lovely neighbouring Old Bank, plus self-catered Myrtle Cottage. Dogs are particularly welcome. Doubles from £95.
Name to Know: Philippa Meeres, the breakfast waitress for over 20 years, who knows everything about Seaview’s history and the local arts scene.
See: Rock pools revealed at low tide at Priory Bay and the neighbouring towns of St Helens and Bembridge.
Eat: The Restaurant at the Seaview Hotel currently holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand for creative, affordable food.
Buy: HMS Victory naval strength gin by the Isle of Wight Distillery Company based at Rosemary’s Vineyard, Ryde. Made using local rock samphire and produced in collaboration with Portsmouth Historic Dockyards.
Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.
Back to all Great British Hotels