First look inside this impressive transformation (photo gallery)

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A few weeks ago, The Terrace Rooms, Ventnor very quietly opened its doors to guests.

Acorn Interiors’ transformation of the former 12-room hotel into a six-room boutique hotel, terrace restaurant and 300+ bottle wine store has been underway since mid-2021 and many people in the city, and beyond, eagerly await its opening.

One of the biggest openings of the year
Coinciding with some much needed time out of the office for the Ventnor Fringe Festival, News visited Ventnor’s brand new restaurant and boutique hotel.

What we encountered was incredibly impressive and cements The Terrace, Ventnor’s place as one of the biggest openings of the year on the Isle of Wight.

Exceptional menu
Open Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 3pm for lunchtime snacks, The Terrace Rooms menu changes daily based on what’s available from local fresh produce vendors.

The items on the menu are called snacks, but they are nothing like the snacks that might come to mind when you think of that word.

Everything we tried, from cream of Swiss chard, kale, kohlrabi leaves and walnuts on toast to mackerel pâté rolled up with zucchini, chilled zucchini soup, melon and mint salsa was sensational.

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Mackerel pâté rolled with zucchini, cold zucchini soup, melon and mint salsa
Salted and flambéed mackerel, seasoned fennel and red currants

All dishes are designed and created by Tom Fahey, one half of the driving force behind the new venture.

Cream of chard, kale, kohlrabi leaves and walnuts on toast
Swiss chard with cream, kale, kohlrabi leaves, walnuts and parmesan cheese on toast

So impressed with the coffee we had after lunch, came back the next day for another early afternoon lift. You can come anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (in season) if you fancy a coffee, a tea or a glass of wine.

The terrace overlooking the Ventnor Esplanade
Overlooking the terrace

Wine cellar with more than 300 bottles
After we finished perusing the menu, Ali, the General Manager, showed us around, starting with the impressive wine cellar of over 300 bottles.

Lots of effort has gone into the tasting and choice of wines on offer, with a good range of prices to suit most budgets.

The impressive wine cellar with more than 300 bottles

The Wine Room is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Tuesday and Wednesday unless by prior appointment) and guests are welcome to visit and choose a bottle (or two) of wine to buy and take away, or to taste a drink on the terrace, while enjoying the fabulous views.

The impressive wine cellar with more than 300 bottles
The impressive wine cellar with more than 300 bottles
Superb table in the wine cellar

Impeccably tasteful interior design
It is clear from the interior design on the ground floor that great attention to detail has gone into the transformation of this former hotel, which was once the residence of Russian revolutionary Alexander Herzen.

That’s where Ashley Keen, the other half of The Terrace’s driving force, comes in.

Stunning colors and textures
Stunning colors and textures
Stunning view from the window seat
Stunning view from the window seat
View through the window from the freestanding bath
View through the window from the freestanding freestanding bathtub

Ashley was responsible for the design of the five rooms currently open for reservations. The effective use of unusual spaces to make the most of the 176 year old building and the stunning views is brilliant.

Freestanding tub on wheels
Freestanding tub on wheels

In one room, you can even sit on the toilet while looking out over the bay. In another, relax in the clawfoot tub while taking in one of the best views on the island, along the coast to Steephill Cove.

Bathroom hidden behind the bed
Bathroom hidden behind the bed

When we looked around there were still a few pictures to hang and finish dressing the pieces up, but we’re sure you’ll agree from the pictures that they look great.

View of the waterfall from the stairs
View of the waterfall from the stairs
View down the stairs
View down the stairs
Very comfortable sofas
Relax in the very comfortable sofas
A quiet place to read
A quiet place to read

take a ride
Ashley and Tom invite everyone to come and visit the building to see what they have accomplished over the past few months.

See The Terrace Rooms and Wine website for contact details and more details.

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