Destination guide

Sailing over to Cowes

A hop across the Southampton Solent to the Isle of Wight will see most travellers alight in the boat-spotted harbour of Cowes. It's a pretty place, draped over a series of low hills and adorned with brick-faced Georgian townhouses. You can lose yourself wiggling through the steep streets, flitting between islander art galleries and boat museums. Or, you can stick to the salt-washed Esplanade by the sea – a medley of playgrounds and yachting clubs, where the yearly regatta really gets into full swing. Cowes holiday rentals are your ticket to it all.

Things to do

Boats and rigging in Cowes

You can carry on the sailing theme by hitting the main attractions in Cowes. Start at the Classic Boat Museum on the far side of the River Medina. Vintage yachts and age-stained skiffs, models and billowing sails all make for an exciting journey through the recreational past of the town. After that, you can keep your marine adventure going at the Cowes Maritime Museum. It tells tales of local shipbuilding and seafaring and sits in a handsome library building close to the marina itself.


Joining the festivities in Cowes

There's a veritable forest of sails swaying in Cowes' marina. It's a clue to just how focused this town is on the sea. If you're looking to pack your deck shoes and tack your own wakes out on the Solent and the Channel, there's no better time to book those Cowes holiday rentals than in August, for the Cowes Week regatta. You'll find the whole place a hubbub of yachters and boaters. As many as 40 sailing races can erupt each day during the festival, while the whole promenade becomes a medley of beer bars, ale tents and food stalls.


Warming to Cowes?

If you're warming to the idea of a cosy Cowes holiday rental close to the marina and the boat museums, then it's a good idea to plan your trip to the Isle of Wight for the summer. All of the regattas and festivals in this loveable port happen in the months between May and August, which is also the top time for getting out on the water on your own charter. What's more, coming then means dodging the wet and windy weather of winter, between November and March.

Natural features

Cowes: winds and waves and waters

Cowes is a marina through and through. It stretches across the River Medina, with its wide quaysides, and fast becomes a long esplanade that runs for miles, past the shingle beach of East Cowes and pockets of pretty coastal woodland. On the other side of town is another range of rock-spotted sands, the best of which is Gurnard. Then comes the Hamstead Heritage Coast, a land of clay cliff faces and chalk rock, swaying seagrasses and rare red squirrels. That looks out over some of the most pristine waters on the Solent, home to seabirds and seals.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Cowes

The nearest airport is in Southampton (SOU), located 13.3 mi (21.4 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), which is 23.4 mi (37.6 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Cowes?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,197 holiday lettings around Cowes. From 237 flats & apartments to 601 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Cowes?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Cowes:

  • Southsea: 136 holiday homes
  • Gunwharf Quays: 56 holiday homes
  • Buckland: 15 holiday homes
  • Portsmouth City Centre: 91 holiday homes
  • Old Portsmouth: 58 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Cowes? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Cowes. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Cowes Beach: 1,948 holiday lettings
  • Island Sailing Club: 1,931 holiday lettings
  • Cowes Harbour: 1,930 holiday lettings
  • Gurnard Beach: 1,947 holiday lettings
  • Royal London Yacht Club: 1,935 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Cowes listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Cowes?

Yes, of course. offers 237 Flats in Cowes. Our other popular types of Cowes holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 601 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 221 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 601 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Cowes?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 167 holiday homes with pool available in Cowes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.