Watch the yachts go by from this elegant townhouse on the waterfront. A welcoming drink and chat with Richard in the drawing room sets you up well: antiques, oil paintings, a bevy of guitars, family photos – and stunning views. Bedrooms (one downstairs) have WiFi, home-baked biscuits, cosy well-dressed beds. Kate’s a marine artist and gives you breakfast looking over the water: lots of choice, homemade marmalade, Bucks Fizz too; if you’re an early bird you can help yourself to a continental spread. Between the two main marinas and close to the high street, so shops, bars and restaurants (as well as Southampton ferry) are all a saunter.