51. Some suitable for disabled.
lift, lounge, bar, 2 restaurants, conservatory, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, spa treatment rooms, summer terrace, 2-acre grounds, outdoor heated swimming pool (May–end Sept), rigid inflatable boat for charter.
in public areas, pianist on peak-season weekends.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms for ‘a small supplement’, not in public areas where food is served.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £195–£305, D,B&B £265–£375. Set dinner £31–£40, tasting menu £50. 2-night min. stay at peak weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Built in 1832, as Ventnor burgeoned from fishing hamlet to resort for health tourists, the Fisher Hotel became ‘royal’ thanks to the patronage of Queen Victoria. Today, under the ownership of William Bailey, it’s a ‘luxurious’ place that ‘well deserves’ its Guide entry, says a trusted reader this year, praising the ‘staff consistency, comfort, good food and very personal welcome’. ‘WONDERFUL!!’ another concurs. ‘The reception team are most pleasant and helpful. They booked our ferry both ways, sending us tickets and useful directions.’ The traditionally styled bedrooms have fresh fruit, flowers and garden views; family rooms sleep four or five. The ‘splendid’ Royal Tea is one of the old-fashioned charms, but prudence suggests settling for a slice of Battenberg at cake o’clock, leaving room for new chef Jon-Paul Charlo’s inventive cooking. ‘Our starter, the Gallybagger cheese soufflé with white onion purée, is amazing! Our favourite pudding is the blood orange panna cotta, candied pistachios, yogurt sorbet, blood orange syrup.’ An ‘excellent breakfast’ has ‘many cooked choices’. The sub-tropical gardens and sea bathing are as salubrious today as they were during Victoria’s reign. (Mary Coles, Mary Woods).
Day trips available to a Gaelic-speaking, traditional area off the west coast of Ireland.