WHERE TO STAY Haven Hall, Shanklin
Set in two acres of carefully landscaped gardens and with uninterrupted cliff-top views up the English Channel, to the east, Haven Hall has been wholly refurbished, sympathetically redecorated and extensively modernised, with great attention to guest comfort and satisfaction. The owner/manager team of David and Arielle Barratt have achieved a remarkable transformation of a grand but ‘tired’ old hotel into a unique contemporary concept, providing a bright, discreet and peaceful haven, with reassuring levels of luxury, privacy and personal security, both in the capacious car park and gardens as well as the accommodation and splendid public rooms. Freshly launched on the market in late 2017, Haven Hall, within easy walking distance of ever-popular Shanklin, offers seven top-notch self-catering suites and six spacious en-suite double bedrooms. Although these rooms can be booked, individually, as bed-and-breakfast units, when taken on an ‘exclusive-use’ arrangement, a half- or full-board basis can be negotiated. Fully licensed, and with civil-marriage facilities, this adults-only boutique hotel boasts, for its guests’ pleasure and relaxation, a large sun-terrace, an outdoor, heated swimming-pool and a tennis-court within its manicured grounds. For the committed walkers, a path leads from the garden to the base of the cliff, easy going down but rather more of a challenge on the return leg!