The George’s location could not be more stunning, right by the water’s edge between the castle and the pier in bustling Yarmouth. In the panelled hall hangs a portrait of Admiral Holmes, the island’s governor, for whom the house was built in 1670. Isla’s Restaurant is noted for its fine cuisine, while the airy Conservatory has a distinctly Mediterranean feel and opens onto a waterfront lawn, perfect for summer dining. The 17 bedrooms are stylish and relaxing, with fabulous large beds, crisp white cotton linen, plump pillows, well-equipped bathrooms and designer furniture. The deft decorative touches – a sailboat, a bowl of shells, scented candles – make all the difference. Many rooms have spectacular sea or harbour views and two have wide wooden terraces, from which you can soak up the view: a canon on a battlement, the charming pier (perfect for a stroll after dinner) and the Solent, stretching across to the Lymington River, with its needle-like forest of masts bunched in the distance.
Doubles from £160
+44 (0)1983 760331; thegeorge.co.uk
The iconic Needles for breathtaking views over the Islands rugged coastline – can be reached by foot, along the scenic coastal path, by boat or by bus.
The Conservatory, The George’s renowned water’s edge restaurant or step it up a notch and dine in Isla’s, the elegant, sophisticated fine dining restaurant.
Check out the online gift voucher for the hotel, where there are great ideas for all the family.
CLAIM TO FAME
King Charles II stayed in room 12 in 1671.
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