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 Conservatory is bright and airy with a distinctly Mediterranean feel and opens onto a grassy lawn that runs down to the water. The 19 bedrooms are a delight, with pretty patterned fabrics, comfortable beds, Oka furniture and charming touches – a sailboat, a bowl of shells, a scented candle – that make all the difference. Two have wide iroko wood terraces, from where 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. And now The George is in new hands, and a new lease of life for this venerable address is well underway.
IN THE KNOW Dianne Thompson CBE recently took over ownership, bringing with her fellow island resident and Michelin-starred chef Robert Thompson.
Doubles from £190