Here’s an Isle of Wight hotel beautifully remodelled in chic cosmopolitan style, while keeping lovely old fireplaces and other period features intact. Three listed buildings – an 1820s built theatre and two Georgian townhouses – are combined with an impressive frontage on a quiet road. A couple of minutes away downhill is Cowes High Street, with shops, restaurants and a hubbub of boatie endeavours, at its most lively during race weeks. Bedrooms come in three sizes, all immaculately furnished with well-chosen bed linens and metro-tiled bathrooms; from some you can watch the water traffic passing on the Solent. Larger rooms have free-standing baths, perfect after blowy coastal walks or days out at island attractions. There’s no hotel parking, but staff will advise – they aim to please with personalised service. Downstairs, there are stylish spaces to relax – the traditional library is perfect for reading or catching up with some work, the bar and ‘Oyster Store’ restaurant are also open to the public. Outside, take a dip in the small heated pool all year round, with deckchairs and a neat suntrap terrace for summer.