Overview Set in a three-storey villa on the seafront, chef Robert Thompson’s Michelin-starred haute cuisine might be the draw, but it’s the cosy suites and lovely staff that keep customers bedded in for a long weekend.

It isn’t glamorously luxurious, á la the likes of the W, but succeeds at a more accessible charm.

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r Where to start? The sublime (and affordable at six courses for £60) gastronomy, served up as the waves of the Channel crash soothingly outside?

The gourmet breakfast they deliver to your room? Or that there’s a conscious effort to make you feel comfortable despite the high-end credentials? Take your pick.

Contemporary ‘homey’ decor gives you no choice but to kick back. Try for a suite with a balcony.

Bill please
From £150pn.

%TNT Magazine% stars 4

Hambrough Road, Ventnor,
PO38 1 SQ, Isle of Wight


Photo: Tom Riby