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Destination guide

Hit local festivals and beaches from an Isle of Wight lodge

The stunning Isle of Wight is a popular destination for letting New Forest lodges. It boasts gorgeous beaches and seaside promenades with vintage beach huts. You could spend your days lounging on the sand, swimming in the clear waters or trying out exciting water sports like surfing or windsurfing. Some other popular attractions are the dinosaur fossils and remains at Yaverland Beach and Compton Bay, and the Needles, large white chalk formations near a historic lighthouse. With a New Forest lodge, you’ll have access to all the wonders of the Isle of Wight.

 
History

Historic sites near Isle of Wight holiday rentals

In addition to its natural history, the Isle of Wight offers an array of history and culture sites to explore. Holiday rentals can be found near places like the Carisbrooke Castle, a medieval castle and museum with events and a library, and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, a railway history attraction with exhibits, train stations and rides on steam-powered locomotives. You could also visit the Mottistone Manor Garden, a Mediterranean-style, 20th-century garden with an olive grove and an Elizabethan manor house.

Things to do

Attractions near Isle of Wight holiday homes

Palaeontologists assemble, because the Isle of Wight might even give Patagonia a run for its money on the dinosaur front. While you can't personally pull gigantic stegosaurus spines from the soil, you can wander the marked fossil trails and delve into Dinosaur Isle in Sandown. That's packed with life-size models of the mighty iguanodon and polacanthus – 2 of the resident monsters discovered here. You'll keep the kids wide-eyed with wonder as you wander exhibits detailing the land's Jurassic and Triassic past, controlling robotic dinos and hearing pterodactyls cry overhead.

Activities

Things to do near Isle of Wight holiday homes

There must be something about leaving the mainland that makes folk feel free, easy and ready for a shindig. How else could the Isle of Wight have become such a mecca for festivalgoers? There are 2 annual blowouts that come to mind. There's the rocking Isle of Wight Festival, which has been attracting big-name acts to the countryside parks since the 1960s – a certain Jimi Hendrix even made an appearance. The other is the Cowes Week of August. Hailed as one of the most prestigious regattas on the globe, it fills the northern harbours with competing sailors, ale tents and live music.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Isle of Wight holiday lettings

With its sands and surf, its country parks and coastal walks, this little cut-off of southern England really is a destination built for fair weather. The rush for the top Isle of Wight holiday rentals starts in May, when the spring sailing season begins and the mercury starts to creep up. Most people opt to come in the summer months of June, July and August, when the crowds of beachgoers are only bolstered by people heading for the music festivals and yacht regattas.

Natural features

Godshill in farms and fields

Godshill holiday rentals sit nestled close to the very middle of the Isle of Wight. The landscape surrounding them is typical South Coast stuff – green fields, pockets of oaks and beech trees, farms and their wiggling hedgerows. You can actually link up with walking routes to take you straight to the coast from here. They shoot up and down over the undulating hills until reaching St Catherine's Lighthouse, standing tall on the cliffs above the English Channel.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Isle of Wight

Fly into Southampton (SOU), the closest airport, located 19.3 mi (31.1 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), which is 24.5 mi (39.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Shanklin Station, Sandown Station and Sandown Lake Station are the main stations in the area.

Family friendly

Family fun near Isle of Wight holiday homes

Families with children will be spoilt for choice for how to spend a holiday in Isle of Wight. Holiday rentals are available near kid-friendly attractions like the Needles Landmark Attraction, which boasts crazy golf, boat rides and a chairlift on the beach. Kids will also like the Blackgang Chine, a theme park with thrill rides, cowboys, pirates, dinosaurs and fairies. Kids will also like Robin Hill, a nature park with family fun rides, a tractor train, a treehouse and falconry displays.

How many holiday rentals are available around Isle of Wight?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,593 holiday lettings around Isle of Wight. From 787 cottages to 325 houses, 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 are the most popular destinations to visit in Isle of Wight?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Isle of Wight. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ventnor: 1,178 holiday homes
  • Cowes: 1,264 holiday homes
  • Ryde: 1,191 holiday homes
  • Bembridge: 1,015 holiday homes
  • Freshwater: 781 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Isle of Wight! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Isle of Wight?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Isle of Wight with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Ventnor: 1,178 holiday lettings
  • Cowes: 1,264 holiday lettings
  • Ryde: 1,191 holiday lettings
  • Bembridge: 1,015 holiday lettings
  • Freshwater: 781 holiday lettings

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Isle of Wight?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Isle of Wight are:

  • Bembridge Airport (BBP): 1,771 self catering accommodations
  • Bournemouth Airport (BOH): 1,634 self catering accommodations
  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,746 self catering accommodations

For other airports, 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 in Isle of Wight?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Isle of Wight. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Seaclose Park: 1,859 holiday rentals
  • Carisbrooke Castle: 1,825 holiday rentals
  • Shanklin Chine: 1,619 holiday rentals
  • Isle of Wight Zoo: 1,712 holiday rentals
  • Cowes Beach: 1,948 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Isle of Wight listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.