‘We are wary of accolades,’ says Gert, the Danish owner of Hillside. ‘We prefer to give people happy surprises rather than expectations. We know we are only as good as the last guest who left contented.’ The 12-bedroom, all-white Scandinavian guesthouse – with Danish designer furniture and CoBrA-inspired abstract paintings – offers breakfast, dinner and a wonderful night’s sleep. Hillside’s kitchen team is proud to offer a daily changing set menu of French cuisine with a Scandinavian twist inspired by home-grown produce from its walled garden together with island specialties. All the bedrooms, including the two apartments, are coolly contemporary, with colourful vintage Welsh wool throws. Hillside’s past – it was the home of the poet John Sterling and visited by Thomas Carlyle, as well as Dickens – is charmingly displayed in photographs and documents on the walls of one of the lounges. A one-off delight, in a delightful place. Doubles from £156.
Name to Know: Or not in this case. Avoid the grumpy Danish owner, Gert, who comes armed with seriously bad Danish humour. When he offers you Gammel Dansk at breakfast, look the other way!
See: Check out the art around the hotel, which changes frequently.
Eat: Make sure you are around on Friday nights for seafood at the hotel’s restaurant.
Buy: Opt for Hillside’s wellbeing package, which includes sumptuous suppers and pampering treatments.