The Little Gloster is closing at the end of September 2020. A Scandinavian breeze flows through this pretty corner of the Isle of Wight. Visitors in 2019 share Guide inspectors’ enthusiasm for the ‘lovely, fresh food’, ‘amenable service’, and sweeping Solent views from inside and out at this buzzing restaurant-with-rooms.
Atop the cliffs of Sandown Bay, Mike and Carole Hailston’s ‘delightfully relaxing’ island hotel enjoys a ‘lovely’ setting: it stands within the perimeter of public gardens with steps leading down to the sands.
‘We enjoyed the waterside location,’ write trusted readers this year, drawn back for a third stay at Sam and Janet Bakose’s 350-year-old inn overlooking Pagham Harbour with its reserve of mudflats and salt marsh.
At the end of a long drive past rustic cabins, a helipad and a forest-fringed meadow, this 21st-century rebuild of a Georgian lodge is a ‘highly professional, near faultless’ modern country house hotel.
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Hotels near Portchester Castle
Portsmouth - 4.1 miles away
Small and personal, with a stylish interior, this hotel (part of the Mercer Collection) is in a restored Edwardian house retaining many of its original features. A short stroll from the seafront and the group’s gastropub, The Florence Arms (home-cooked food, ales, ciders, gins and fine wines).
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