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Make a self catering villa or holiday rental in Cowes, Isle of Wight your home away from home

The small coastal town of Cowes sits on the northern tip of the Isle of Wight, closest to Southampton. The Solent has unusual tides which wash in and out of the estuary making it an interesting challenge for sailors. Cowes is known for its annual sailing regatta which draws yachts and crews in their thousands to this delightful port town. The beginning of the event is marked by the firing of 22 brass cannons on the West Parade.

The town is a great centre all year round for exploring this small but charming island. It has good shopping and great pubs, many with a nautical theme, and a busy harbour.

Things to Do in Cowes, Isle of Wight

Sailing

Cowes draws sailors of all abilities to enjoy this challenging sport. Charter a boat and enjoy the towns many sea-based events along with the excellent social life in this yachting mecca. Beaches

The Isle of Wight is known for its gorgeous sandy beaches and there are plenty just a short drive from Cowes. Sandown and Shanklin both have large family-friendly beaches with plenty of amenities and water sports. The quieter Freshwater Bay is on the west side of the island. Walking

The Isle of Wight has some beautiful scenery and sea views from the coastal paths. It is an ideal place for walkers and cyclists to enjoy a holiday rental. Woodland walks are popular in Parkhurst Forest; take a walk to St Catherine’s Lighthouse or enjoy a stroll around St Boniface Down.

Places to Visit Near Cowes, Isle of Wight Osborne House

This lavishly appointed stately home was the favourite residence of Queen Victoria. After a tour of the magnificent interior with its opulent furnishings and historic artworks, spend time in the delightful gardens and enjoy the gorgeous sea views.

Carisbrooke Castle

This ancient fortress now managed by English Heritage is remarkably well-kept with battlements, a keep and an Edwardian inspired garden.

The Needles and Alum Bay

This interesting area has amazing coloured sands and cliffs which look across the bay to the interesting formation of the Needles Rocks. There are boat trips around the coast, a chairlift and a theme park with rides for the children to complete an action-packed day.

Weather in Cowes, Isle of Wight

The island location gives the Isle of Wight exceptionally mild winters with temperatures averaging 40-47°F (4-8°C) in the winter. Summer months are warm and dry, averaging 72°F (22°C) in August.

Getting to Cowes, Isle of Wight

The easiest way to reach Cowes on the Isle of Wight is by car or airplane to Southampton Airport which is just 14 miles from the port of Cowes. From Southampton there several car ferries which sail into Cowes. Other ferry services run from Portsmouth and Lymington.

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                                                              Clean, comfortable and central

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              We stayed for a week at the cottage and it felt like a home from home. It's one of the cleanest places we have stayed. Well equipped, comfortable and quiet, the house is cosy yet spacious. It has a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer which were all very welcome. The secluded garden is lovely with sun most of the day and garden furniture, BBQ and wood burner to suit all seasons. The location is central, just a 5 min walk to the centre of Cowes high street with its mix of individual and mainstream shops and a great choice of pubs and restaurants. Free parking on the street - we got a spot immediately outside the house and left the car there for the week as everything you need is in walking distance and the great IOW bus network easily accessed a few minutes walk away. Great location and fab house. Friendly booking service, nice to be greeted on arrival and prompt return of deposit.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                              Absolutely Stunning Property

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              We stayed at Mismusters the weekend of the Isle of Wight Festival, celebrating our friend's 50th birthday, and had a fantastic time. The accommodation was absolutely wonderful - the best we have ever stayed in over the 15 years we have been hiring houses when travelling to the Festivals or the Isle of Wight on holidays. The views from every room and the balcony are stunning. The house was spotless and the furnishings and equipment were of a very high standard. There were 8 adults in our party and there was plenty of room. The house is conveniently located only a few minutes walk from the passenger ferry and all the shops, bars and restaurants in West Cowes yet is in a quiet area. The pub nearby The Duke of York does a fantastic Sunday lunch (but you best book!). My brother-in-law was with us and is a pilot for British Airways and travels all over the world and he said the house was up there with some of the best 5* hotels he has stayed in! Great customer service too. I would highly recommend this property and can't wait to go back there again with our children next time! Thank you for a wonderful holiday!
                                                              • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                              Perfect apartment to relax & watch the world go by

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              What a wonderful apartment with fantastic views of the marina & solent. It has been beautifully furnished by the owner to ensure a relaxing holiday....A great map feature has been provided for you to plan days out but you could quite easily stay in, relax and watch the yachts & cruise ships sail past! Cowes is a great base and has plenty of options available to eat in or out....Thank you Graham for all your help & advice with the booking & greeting.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2016