Ventnor, on the sunny south coast of the Isle of Wight, makes a glorious destination at any time of the year, but its beautiful landscape really shines throughout the autumn and winter seasons.

The grounds at The Royal Hotel

The beaches are stunning, but quieter than the summer months, so you can stroll along the sand in blissful solitude, or navigate some of the island’s 67-mile coastal path. Further inland, the hedgerows glisten with berries and burnished foliage, and the cooler seasonal weather makes it a great time of year to tackle some of the more challenging walking trails or cycling routes.

For a more leisurely outing, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, open all year round and just a short distance from The Royal Hotel, the gardens benefit from the local balmy microclimate to allow exotic plants, such as flowering Agaves, palm trees and South African Bird of Paradise, to flourish all year.

Entrance to The Royal Hotel

If you have been inspired by ITV’s recent drama series about Queen Victoria, you will enjoy following in her footsteps and taking Afternoon Tea at The Royal. It was Victoria’s patronage that lent the hotel its name, and though their lavish afternoon tea is still fit for a queen, we believe the tradition is a delicious treat that everyone deserves to enjoy.

Afternoon tea at The Royal

For those interested in exploring the royal connections to the island, the hotel has put together a special Historic Holiday offer, to include two adult tickets to visit Osborne House, the Italianate palace in East Cowes that Victoria and Albert built as their summer residence (or choose from two alternative English Heritage properties, Carisbrooke Castle or Yarmouth Castle).

The pool at The Royal Hotel

Famous for its award-winning food, as for its superlative service, the hotel’s winter menu reflects the wealth of produce available locally at this abundant time of year: wood pigeon and quail star alongside seafood risotto or crab and langoustine bisque. They also offer a mouth-watering selection of vegetarian dishes to ensure that all their diners enjoy an outstanding experience.

Lunch at The Royal Hotel Ventnor


Thanks for reading! The Royal Hotel is definitely worth a visit at this time of year.

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