Cowes, emblematic of glamorous sailing and dramatic regattas, swarms with sailors in summer and meditates in peace all winter. Every conceivable craft is berthed along the pontoons by the Solent. Just the place for lovers of sea and sail, beach and jetty. Backed by a wooded park, 24a fronts onto the heart of old Cowes with its colourful fishermen’s cottages. The new three-storey house is Danish-style inside with steep stairs, a big, bright living space – high ceilings, white walls and luscious timber cupboards, chunky oak dining table and snuggle chair – opening to a generous deck with a big table for al fresco dining. The other end overlooks the leafy park. Gorgeous uncluttered bedrooms, from the smallest single with extra pull-out to the largest on the top floor with sea views, have white furniture, beautiful built-in cupboards and soft blue seaside touches. Highly sleep-inducing rooms. Bathrooms are equally sleek and handsome. Walk to the high street, waterside cafés and regatta-watching spots, or book some sailing for yourselves. Take the coastal path to Gurnard for lunch at the famous Woodvale pub.