Yarmouth is the oldest town on the Isle of Wight and the second smallest in Britain: the George is located at its heart between the old castle and the pier, with the sea at the end of the garden. Built originally in the 16th Century, in 1668 it became the residence of the Governor of the Island, Admiral Sir Robert Holmes.
The house gave him the perfect opportunity to increase his fortune by sacking many of the ships passing by, the wealth accumulated by these dubious means being put towards some notable entertaining, with Charles II visiting on several occasions. Intimate rather than grand, the George maintains this hospitable tradition by offering romantic and comfortable surroundings in which to be pampered and appreciate excellent food and wine. The entrance hall is stone-flagged leading to a panelIed Bar and Sitting room with log fires. The beautifully furnished and well-equipped bedrooms are equally comfortable and accommodating: one room offers a huge four poster, and two others have timber balconies and views out to sea. Dining is a central part of life at the George, with the choice of the cheerful yellow and pine Brasserie with its constantly and dramatically changing views of the Solent, or the sumptious burgundy Restaurant for more serious food and a cellar particularly well stocked with fine claret.
With its own private beach, the many attractions and activities of the island, including world-class saling, are all within easy reach.
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The George Hotel
Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0PE
Location: adjacent to the old harbour, Yarmouth
Tel: +44 (0)1983 760331
Fax: +44 (0)1983 760425