'The Royal Hotel is a refined, elegant historic jewel and has been a destination for the discerning traveller for more than 180 years.
The Royal was built in 1832 as an Inn on what was then a new road from St. Lawrence to the new town of Ventnor. Built to accommodate travellers and visitors to Ventnor who were seeking to benefit from the special climate and air that Ventnor was well known for.
It has also been suggested that the hotel was used as an Annexe for guests invited to stay with Sir John Hambrough at his newly erected residence of Steephill Castle, one mile west of Ventnor.
Originally called Ventnor Hotel, the Royal was run by John Fisher from 1833 to 1841. In 1844 the hotel was kept by a Mr Keatly and her Majesty took refreshment here that year before visiting Steephill Castle.
Built in 1832, The Royal is one of the oldest hotels on the island and shares the rare privilege of being one of only 30 establishments to be listed in every Michelin Guide since it was first published in 1911'
Around two months ago, local Niton artist Kate Gooden, brought a little present into the workshop. The Royal had been undergoing one of its many refurbishments, which included the reupholstering of its leather armchairs.
Kate was kind enough to bring over the old leather chair fabric, for us to turn into very limited edition bags.
Each one is entirely unique and weathered by years of Isle of Wight history...
These are definitely some of my favourite bags so far. Totally Island sourced and sewn... and one of a kind
A complete circle.