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Make an Isle of Wight cottage your home away from home

The Isle of Wight is a magnificent place to get away from it all. Somehow, despite the islands proximity to mainland Britain, the ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight makes it seem like you are many miles from home. There is a huge amount to see and do on an Isle of Wight holiday, especially around the coastline.

Things to do on holiday in the Isle of Wight

Being a small island, the Isle of Wight has a strong maritime atmosphere, and it is around the coastal regions that the vast majority of the islands towns, historical monuments, scenic spots and activities are based. The sailing heritage is well documented, with the largest regatta in Britain, Cowes Week, set to the backdrop of the world famous white Needles. The coastline is also perfect for surfing, kayaking, kite-surfing and jet skiing, so there are plenty to keep a water sports enthusiast happy from Isle of Wight cottages. Fishermen will also love a self catering Isle of Wight holiday home. There are boat charter companies around the 64 miles of coastline and freshwater reservoirs, lakes and ponds across the island, where you can catch trout or bass to cook in your self catering Isle of Wight accommodation.

The island has an amazing number of sporting opportunities for visitors to enjoy, from the usual activities of walking, cycling and horse riding to the slightly more bizarre (but magnificent fun) activities of llama treks and off-road driving. With 165 miles of bridle paths, 500 miles of footpaths and numerous mountain biking trails, the whole island is accessible from an Isle of Wight cottage. You can also see the island from the air. When you arrive in a self catering Isle of Wight holiday cottage, you can easily arrange to take a pleasure flight or go paragliding too.

There are also no less than eight golf courses on the island, meaning you can almost certainly get a round in during your Isle of Wight holiday. Accommodation anywhere on the island will be in close proximity to one of the windswept courses, either down by the coast or inland in lush parkland.

There are a huge number of attractions in the Isle of Wight, especially considering the size of the island. With two large music festivals, cottages on Isle of Wight are rarely empty. The bird sanctuaries, fun parks, Osborne House, medieval castles, roman villas and pre-historic dinosaur remains attract a huge number of visitors every year.

Places to holiday in the Isle of Wight

Newport is the capital of the Isle of Wight, and the commercial centre of the island. There are a number of fascinating historical sites ranging from Roman villas to a Saxon Fort. The tiny Apollo Theatre is a wonderfully atmospheric place to see a production, and there are limitless sporting options here too. The whole island is easily accessible from Isle of Wight holiday homes in Newport too.

Weather in Isle of Wight

The climate in the Isle of Wight is very similar to that of the south of England, although due to its unsheltered position in the Channel, weather conditions can be unpredictable at times.

Travel to the Isle of Wight

There are a range of transport options for reaching accommodation on the Isle of Wight. Red Funnel Ferries offer remarkably cheap car and passenger ferries from Southamptonto Cowes, and if you are planning on attending the Isle of Wight Festival, inclusive tickets are available from them. The ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight takes a maximum of an hour. You can also fly to the Isle of Wight on a private plane.

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                                                                                          Recent Reviews

                                                                                          A great week in Cowes

                                                                                          5 of 5
                                                                                          What a wonderful house in a stunning location. Mismusters is spacious, light and airy - excellent facilities. Nothing better than having supper on the balcony as the sun sets over Cowes Marina.
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                          Superb week at the Villa Amanti, Ventnor

                                                                                          5 of 5
                                                                                          We arrived at probably the most glamorous property on the Isle of Wight coast line after a long journey. Wow! The property, which has been beautifully restored has real kerb appeal. On arrival the owners had arranged a thoughtful basket of essential supplies, with one or two little luxuries and a wonderful vase of flowers. The two bedroomed apartment, which is in the basement was immaculate in every way. (Sea views from the living room and master bedroom) The apartment has a small private terrace in the back with chairs and table for alfresco dinning, though it seemed to get a little windy here. The windows are framed with palm trees which along with the perfect blue sky's made you feel that you could be anywhere in the world. The apartment is spacious and well laid out, bags of character and high quality furnishings, fittings, fixtures and equipment. You had everything you could possibly need and if felt for us like a real home from home. In fact we were very sad when our week was over and could have stayed longer. The owners lived above in the main house which has a different entrance. We didn't see them much during the holiday but when we did meet they were absolutely lovely and seemed to really care about us as guests to their property. The island itself is compact and easy to travel around, with most things you would want to do in less than 10 miles in any direction. My wife and I haven't visited since we were kids and it was wonderful to re-live our childhood memories. There is lots of things to do and most places were good value. Ventnor itself is full of charm, it has a fine shingle beach and safe bathing for families. When we visited the sea was a lovely turquoise colour and everywhere was very clean. The property sits directly opposite the beach, nestled between some nice café bars and restaurants, all of which were dog friendly. For a livelier seaside experience it was a short drive or bus ride to the sandy beaches at Shanklin and Sandown. It was well worth getting the tourist parking ticket for the week before we arrived as this made getting about so much easier. Because the apartment is on the beach front you may have to drive up and down a few times before you can secure your spot but as we didn't return to the apartment until early evening most nights we could park right outside. Overall this was a great break. I would be delighted to recommend this wonderful apartment to anyone who wants something just a little bit special.
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                          Excellent accommodation, great location

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                                                                                          My wife & I took our 2 daughters for a 3 night break & this property catered for all of our needs. Clean, tidy with well decorated spacious rooms, this was a perfect place to come back to after a days exploring! Would highly recommend.
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Aug 2016