The location could not be more stunning: on 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 large fabulous beds, crisp white cotton linen, plump pillows and well-equipped bathrooms as well as designer furniture and charming touches – a sailboat, a bowl of shells, scented candles – that make all the difference. Many 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.
Name to Know: Dame Dianne Thompson, proprietor and former CEO of Camelot. She’s passionate about the island and The George and has a home in Yarmouth.
See: 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.
Eat: 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.
Buy: Check out the online gift voucher for the hotel, where there are great ideas for all the family.
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