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Sykes’ Spotlight on The Isle of Wight

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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With much better weather than mainland Britain and some award winning beaches to soak up the rays, it is no wonder that the Isle of Wight is one of Britain’s most popular tourist destinations. In 1963 half the Isle of Wight was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and taking a look at the soft cliffs, woodlands and unspoilt coastlines boasted by the county it’s not difficult to see why. Within this beautiful scenery however, The Isle of Wight plays host to a number of activities to make your holiday truly memorable! Just don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy the views…

Theme Parks

Tea Cups at Disneyland

Fun for both families and couples alike, the Isle of Wight plays host to a number of theme parks that are perfect for fun-filled days out. Take a trip to Blackgang Chine to play a game of snakes and ladders, or if you fancy a thrill take a ride on the Cliff Hanger; a rollercoaster positioned near the edge of vertical cliffs!  Another brilliant day out can be found at The Needles Park in Allum Bay. Take a look around the on-site shops to buy a souvenir or two, get a hole in one at Jurassic Golf or just take a sit back and relax in one of the parks tea rooms.

Zoo

Owl portrait

Animal lovers will be in their element with the variety of animal related attractions available on the Island. A must have is a visit to the Owl & Monkey Haven; home to a number of rescued primates and birds of prey, and with full charity status, visitors to the Owl & Monkey Haven can see and learn about these wonderful animals in an environment that has been created with the animals in mind. A trip to Amazon World Zoo Park is perfect if you want to see a huge variety of animals. From Degu’s and Lemurs to Toucan’s and Snails, this zoo is bound to bring enjoyment to any animal lover.

 Museums

Dinosaurs Alive! @ Dorney Park

If you want to spend a day learning or doing then you’ll be spoilt for choice on the Isle of Wight. With a large number of museums and galleries across the Island, there really is something for everyone. The Island Planetarium is perfect for stargazers who want to take a look to the skies. Take in one of the planetariums shows at the theatre then have a look around the exciting space displays and exhibitions. Prehistoric fans will love Dinosaur Isle, Britain’s first purpose built dinosaur museum and attraction. Playing host to both life size models and also fossils, a trip to Dinosaur Isle is sure to be enjoyable and educational for the whole family.

If our activities short-list has left you yearning to pay this enthralling island a visit, then you can browse our selection of holiday cottages in the Isle of Wight here.

Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Travelling By Public Transport To Your Holiday Cottage

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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Apparently getting there is half the fun. Here at Sykes, we hope that all of the fun happens at your cottage but still believe that travelling should be an enjoyable part of your time away. Whilst it may seem like the easiest way to travel to your holiday cottage is by car, here at Sykes we think that using public transport to travel to your holiday destination can be just as simple.  We have compiled a list of some of our favourite ways to travel to your UK holiday destination with no car keys in sight.

By Rail

Day 1: A train from Euston to Liverpool Lime St

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With tracks reaching even the furthest corners of the UK, you will find that many of our cottage destinations can be reached by train. Not only is travelling by train usually quicker than by car, but the views are often  better; swapping the car for a train means swapping views of grey tarmac for views of rolling green hills and countryside. Browse our selection of properties that are close to a railway station.

By Ferry

Ferry turning

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If you want to head a little further afield and across the water, then a ferry is the way to go. Whether you’re heading over to Ireland, or to the Isle of Wight you can take a ferry and not only travel, but get your holiday started. With many ferries now containing places to eat, bars and entertainment for the kids; the whole family can enjoy the journey.

By Bike

Bicycle

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If you’re not heading too far away, like to feel the wind in your hair and have no problem with packing light, then travelling by bicycle to your holiday destination could be a great idea. With no transport timetables or road traffic to get in your way, cycling could be a great way to take away the usual stresses of travel. We have a choice of holiday cottages that are perfect for cyclers.

Stay in a Converted Carriage

If you never want your travel time to end or just want to spend your holiday in truly unique accommodation, staying in a converted railway carriage could be the way to go. Converted to a high standard, yet still having original features means that with this accommodation your holiday truly will be first class.

Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Summer holidays on the Isle of Wight

Friday, July 12th, 2013
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For our third instalment of summer holiday inspiration, this week we bring you the Isle of Wight. Located just a few miles from the south coast and easily accessible by ferry and hovercraft, a holiday on the Isle of Wight leaves you feeling like you’ve left everyday life behind. Add to this one of the best climates and glorious beaches and it’s easy to see why the Isle of Wight is one of our most popular holiday destinations year after year. Here’s just a few things to add your holiday itinerary…
Isle Of Wight Needles

Brilliant Beaches

It comes as no surprise that the Isle of Wight is blessed with fantastic beaches.  Whether you’re a sun worshipper looking to top up the tan or a surfer wanting to catch a few waves, you can be sure you’ll find the perfect beach for you.  Try the sandy beaches at Sandown and Ryde for a day out with the family, surfing in Compton Bay and Gurnard near Cowes to catch a glimpse of sailing clubs racing.  There’s also a 67 mile coastal path which snakes its way around the edge of the island and deliver breathtaking views of the coastline at every turn.
GURNARD BAY NR COWES. ISLE OF WIGHT UK.

Festival Fever

For a small island, the Isle of Wight sure knows how to throw a party with a great choice of festivals throughout the year.  Music fans should head to Bestival in early September which this year sees a headline performance from Elton John and Fatboy Slim as well as fan favourites like Bombay Bicycle Club and Franz Ferdinand.  If you don’t fancy slumming in a tent, one of our Isle of Wight cottages is the perfect way to relax and get your fill of the festival atmosphere.  For a more energetic festival experience, the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival which takes place in mid September is a good bet.  According to Lonely Planet, the island is one of the best places to cycle in the world and with more than 200 miles of unspoilt countryside and dramatic coastal scenery, it’s not hard to see why.  The festival offers a good mix of routes for aspiring Bradley Wiggins’ (Hills Killer, anyone?) and those new to the world of Lycra and panniers so it’s a great way to explore the Isle of Wight during your holiday.
i heart bestival

History and Heritage beckon

Lying just off the Hampshire coast and offering views of incoming attacks over the centuries, the Isle of Wight has a real sense of history worth exploring on your holiday here.  In the centre of the island lies the well-preserved Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles I was imprisoned, and has lived through more than 800 years of history seeing off a French invasion and the Spanish Armada.  Today you’ll find the Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden, a donkey sanctuary and an impressive collection of Charles I memorabilia.  The Isle of Wight has also been given the royal seal of approval by Queen Victoria who used to holiday here and today you can visit her former residence, Osborne House, in East Cowes.
Carisbrooke Castle
With so much on offer on the Isle of Wight, why not start planning a getaway to this fantastic island.  Take a look at our website where you’ll find a great selection of holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight from thatched cottages, timber-framed lodges and coastal retreats.  Happy holidays!

Sykes’ Spotlight on the Isle of Wight

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
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While the Isle of Wight may be small at only 23 miles long and 13 miles wide, this popular tourist destination is no shrinking violet. Journey across the Solent for a holiday on the Isle of Wight and look forward to a holiday with something for everyone.

 

Sailing Heaven

The highly popular Cowes Week regatta is held each August on the Isle of Wight and unsurprisingly attracts experienced sailors from around the globe.  Even if you’re a newcomer to this exciting sport, soak up the atmosphere on the quayside and you’ll soon be hooked.  Where better for a first sailing lesson than the home of Cowes Week?  And, where there’s water, there are beaches.  You’ll find lots of amazing beaches to discover, 13 of which are award-winning and many have attained coveted Blue Flag status.  For families hoping for a traditional seaside break, a visit to Sandown beach is a must.  Look forward to safe paddling, golden sand perfect for sandcastle building and a variety of amusements close by should you need a change of pace.  Compton Bay is popular with surfers due to its excellent conditions and once the tide goes out the palaeontologists take over when dinosaur footprints are visible.  Have a look at our Isle of Wight cottages to choose the perfect place for your summer holiday.
Totland Pier sunset

Iconic Landmarks

Mention the Isle of Wight and it’s the iconic ‘Needles’ which first spring to mind.  Head to the west of the island to view the three distinctive chalk stacks which have been moulded by the weather and sea over many years.  Visit today and you can enjoy a fantastic visitor centre; take the cable car from the beach for far-reaching views over the coloured sands at Alum, watch glass being blown or enjoy hours of family fun at the amusement park.  Why not find a property in Yarmouth or Freshwater for easy access to The Needles?  Queen Victoria made Osborne House on the Isle of Wight her summer residence, and who can blame her?  Today you can explore her summer home or discover the fascinating castles of Carisbrooke and Yarmouth for a fun-packed day out.  What are you waiting for?
The Needles

Natural Beauty

Head away from the gorgeous beaches and you’ll find yourself in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers almost half of this pretty island.  You’ll find miles of unspoilt countryside, a heritage coastline and woodlands which are the chosen habitat of the red squirrel.  Enjoy a walk through the island and enjoy the solitude or take to two wheels to get the adrenaline going.  Lonely Planet has even chosen the island as one of the world’s best cycling destinations thanks to its varied terrain, a pretty fantastic accolade as I’m sure you’ll agree!  Keen stargazers should also head to the Isle of Wight which boasts some of the darkest skies in the UK making for stellar star-spotting opportunities!  However you choose to explore the island, I guarantee you’ll be back for more!

 

Choose a charming Isle of Wight holiday cottage.

Choose a charming Isle of Wight holiday cottage.

 

To start planning a wonderful holiday to the Isle of Wight, browse our cottages or call the expert reservations team on 01244 356666 until 9.30pm, seven days a week.

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Ventnor

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
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Backed by high cliffs on the southeast corner of the island, Ventnor basks in one of the sunniest and most sheltered locations on the Isle of Wight. This is a great location to rent an Isle of Wight holiday cottage, with the lovely beaches of the eastern side of the island on your doorstep, beautiful coastal walks, the shops, pubs, restaurants and green spaces of Victorian Ventnor and proximity to many of the island’s principal visitor attractions, a holiday here brings together many of the island’s considerable charms. The town itself has something of a history as a health spa; the unique microclimate and quasi-Mediterranean setting attracting convalescing Victorian visitors and today, a visit here still provides a lift to the spirit and the senses. In summer, flower-filled gardens cascade down towards the sea, Ventnor Botanic Gardens bloom with flowers, herbs and trees. There’s a children’s play area and a Temperate House, brimming with a profusion of exotic plants. Visit St. Boniface Down, the island’s highest point, and see the ancient Bronze Age burial mounds. The wide sweep of the Esplanade overlooks an excellent, sheltered family beach, and makes a pleasant place for a seaside stroll in either direction.

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