Osborne House – originally the summer residence of a Cheshire brewer – dates to 1850, and was one of the first houses to be built on the promenade. It fell into the hands of Elyse’s parents in the mid-1980s, who refurbished from top to toe, turning 23 small rooms into seven enormous suites. They didn’t hold back – expect a grand Victorian feel with a dash of Belle Époque. You’ll find Corinthian columns, crystal chandeliers, noble portraits on the walls, comfy sofas in front of the fire. Downstairs, there’s a sitting room at the front with views of the bay, a bar in the middle for the daily papers, then curtains that open theatrically onto a muralled dining room at the back. Suites are huge – big sitting rooms, brass beds, claw-foot baths and walk-in showers. You’ll find rugs on wood floors, ornate marble fireplaces, armchairs and sofas to take the strain; all but one have sea views. Bistro food waits downstairs, perhaps seared scallops, a rib-eye steak, baked toffee and chocolate sponge. There’s off-road parking, too, and you can use the pool at the Empire, Osborne House’s sister hotel.