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Sykes’ Guide to Isle of Wight Beaches

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
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This week on the Sykes Cottages Blog, our posts have been focusing on the enchanting Isle of Wight and to make sure we finish the week in style, we’ve put together a post dedicated to the Isle of Wight’s fabulous coastline! Keep reading as we walk you through some of the island’s best beaches, but get ready to pack your bags as these tempting bays are sure to persuade you to visit the Isle of Wight on your next beach break.


Best Beach for Families

Located on the southern coast, Sandown is a popular family retreat; with golden sands, inviting cafes and sea-front stores, it’s the ideal spot for a traditional seaside getaway with your bucket and spade. As well as extensive golden sands and calm swimming waters, Sandown also has a fantastic pleasure pier. This pier is great for hiding away on a rainy day, with its indoor golf course, bowling lanes and soft play area, the kids can have a fun-packed day at the beach no matter the weather.

Lake Beach

Best Beach for Couples

If you’re in search of a quiet cove with tonnes of character where you can spend the morning relaxing with your better half on the sand, or the afternoon walking hand in hand along some great coastal paths or even on bike rides, then Lake is the beach for you! Ideal for couples, this picture-perfect beach is a little harder to get to, making it quieter than other bays on the island. With its dramatic cliffs, gentle sloping sands and crystal clear waters, it’s more than worth the journey.


Best Beach for Dogs

The Isle of Wight is an extremely popular holiday destination and because of this many of the beaches don’t allow dogs during the peak summer season. For a beach that allows dogs all year round, we would suggest packing the frisbee and heading to Yaverland. This lengthy stretch of coast not only offers safe swimming waters and soft sand, but as one of the Isle of Wight’s Dinosaur beaches you’ll also be able to join one of the many guided fossil walks.

Freshwater Bay

Best Beach for Water Sports

With beautiful chalk cliffs and stunning coastal views, Freshwater Bay is one of the Isle of Wight’s most picturesque beaches. Along with the wonderful scenery, the bay also has a fantastic history as smugglers once used the chalk cliff caves to stash their loot. Kayakers can explore these caves and the small bays at Freshwater Bay on a flat day, but for those more interested in hitting the waves, the beach is also great for surfing and kite surfing.

Rent a Cottage on the Isle of Wight with Sykes Cottages

As you can see, the Isle of Wight boasts some pretty impressive beaches but don’t forget along with this amazing coastline, there are also parks, attractions and restaurants, not to mention the culture and history of the Island! If you fancy escaping to the Isle of Wight this year then take a look at our selection of Isle of Wight cottages; full of charm, these cottages are the perfect accompaniment to your island getaway.

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Nicole Jones-Gerrard

By Nicole Jones-Gerrard

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her husband.

Sea View Properties on the Isle of Wight

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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With its mild climate, blue flag beaches and easy accessibility, it comes as no surprise that the Isle of Wight is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. It goes without saying that no matter where you find yourself on this brilliant little island, you won’t be too far from the sea so today we’re putting the Sykes’ spotlight on a few of our Isle of Wight properties that have the benefit of having sea views. Be ready to swoon…

West Sea View No 4

Isle of Wight Sea Views West Sea View no 4

With a name that includes ‘Sea View’ you’d be forgiven for expecting something spectacular when glancing out of the window of this three-person apartment. Luckily, it does not disappoint and fully lives up to its name! West Sea View No 4 has direct access to the beach as well as access to a private slipway so you can launch your own boat and having shared use of the outside patio area means that you can enjoy the views or dine al fresco.

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102 Gills Cliff – The Deck Studio

Isle of Wight Sea Views 102 Gills Cliff - The Deck Studio

If it’s a romantic and cosy yet luxurious coastal getaway you’re after then you need to get yourself to 102 Gills Cliff in Ventnor. The property benefits from a private south-facing decked area which is ideal for enjoying a drink and the sea views al fresco, but if you fancy a lazy morning don’t worry as you can still enjoy the views from the comfort of the property’s king size bed. This ground floor studio apartment has been given a Sykes Cottages tick rating of five so you can be sure that your holiday will be one to remember!

Click here to see the full profile of 102 Gills Cliff – The Deck Studio


Isle of Wight Sea Views Chartfield

Located in the popular town of Yarmouth and sleeping nine, Chartfield is the perfect base for a family holiday on the Isle of Wight. The panoramic views from the upper floor allow guests to enjoy not only coastal views but also stunning views of the Isle of Wight countryside. As this property also benefits from having a south facing garden, there’s no need for you to stay indoors to enjoy the view as on sunny days you can dine alfresco with a BBQ as you enjoy the lovely Isle of Wight weather!

Click here to see the full profile of Chartfield

Book a Self Catering Holiday on The Isle of Wight

These are just three examples of our stunning, high quality Isle of Wight holiday cottages. We currently have over 60 properties available to rent for your self catering UK holiday that you can see on the Sykes Cottages website here. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your choices, our friendly holiday advisors are on hand from 9am until 9.30pm 7 days a week to help you choose and book your perfect holiday cottage and you can speak to them by calling 01244 356695 or send us an email.

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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.

What you need to know when visiting the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
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Thinking about visiting the Isle of Wight? Not too sure on how to get there or what transportation to use once you’re actually on the island? Well you’re in the right place! In this most recent post on the Sykes Cottages blog, we’ve tracked down all of the need-to-know information about holidaying there, from ferry crossings to bus companies on the island. So go on, take a look!

How to get to the Isle of Wight

As you might expect, the Isle of Wight has great transport links over to the mainland. Ferries run regularly over to the island from a variety of terminals on the South coast. Wightlink have two car ferries, which both take less than an hour, from Portsmouth across to Fishbourne and from Lymington to Yarmouth, which can transport all manners of vehicles. Red Funnel also provides crossings, this time from Southampton to East Cowes.

There are also options open to people looking to cross without a car. Wightlink can offer crossings via a high speed catamaran that takes just 22 minutes, whilst Hovertravel services take only 10 minutes!

Getting around the island

Of course if you’ve taken the car over on the ferry, getting around the island shouldn’t be too much bother as all of the major towns on the island are connected by “A” roads. But don’t worry if you’re going to be using public transport on your break! Southern Vectis are responsible for the Isle of Wight’s buses and offer regular services between all of the main towns and the majority of the villages. They also offer open-top bus tours during the summer months that will allow you to experience all that the island has to offer.

Finding somewhere to stay

Well that’s the easy bit! Here at Sykes we have a wide selection of stunning holiday cottages situated all over the island! So whether you’re after a somewhere tucked away amongst the green hills of the Isle of Wight or a beachside retreat, we’ll be able to help! Just take a look at our full portfolio of Isle of Wight properties where I’m sure you’ll be able to find your dream cottage!

Do you still need some convincing to visit the Isle of Wight? Well you should take a look here at our 10 reasons why you should have a break there!

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

10 reasons you need to visit the Isle of Wight

Monday, June 1st, 2015
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As one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, both for Brits and those travelling from abroad, the Isle of Wight needs no introduction. However, there are still many of you out there who haven’t visited this beautiful place and so we’ve made it our personal mission to convince you! Here are ten reasons why you should pay a visit to the Isle of Wight as soon as possible:

1. The beaches are some of the best in the UK, with over 57 miles of stunning coastline on offer.


2. It’s not only the beaches that are pretty here, the villages aren’t too bad either!


3. You’ll be spoilt for choice with all the delicious food on offer.


4. There are plenty of fun festivals throughout the year, from Old Gaffers to the Garlic Festival!


5. The island is actually one of the best places for dinosaur discovery in Europe and at Compton Bay you can see real dinosaur footprints at low tide!


6. There are plenty of spectacular walking and cycling paths for you to explore.


7. The island also has a thriving population of endangered red squirrels. It is actually an offence to introduce grey squirrels to the island.


8. It’s officially the sunniest place in the UK, with over 1,800 hours of sunshine a year- perfect for a summer holiday!


9. The Isle of Wight is the home of yachting and the sailing here is considered some of the best in the world.


10. “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of her Isle of Wight holiday home- well, if it’s good enough for royalty!

To see our full collection of holiday cottages in the Isle of Wight then please visit our website. We have a dedicated team of holiday advisors who are on hand seven days a week from 9am until 9.30pm. You can get in touch by giving us a call on 01244 356 695 or by emailing us; we’d be delighted to help you to book your Isle of Wight holiday!

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Weird & Wonderful: 10 things you didn’t know about the Isle of Wight

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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To most mainland folk, not much is known of the Isle of Wight, a relatively tiny island lying twenty or so miles off the Hampshire Coast. They’ve probably heard about its annual music festival, which has drawn some of the world’s biggest performing artists. They might have heard that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert used to spend their summers there, or that it’s a haven for the endangered red squirrel. But apart from these few things, what’s really known about the island of the Solent?

To illuminate you mainlanders of the joys of this remarkable little isle, we scoured the web to bring you ten weird and wonderful facts about the Isle of Wight. So let’s get to it.

  1. The Isle of Wight is the sunniest place in the UK, with 1,800-2,000 hours of sunshine each year – more than some parts of Spain! Why not rent a cottage on the Isle of Wight for a sunny summer break?
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  1. Garlic has been produced on the island for centuries and is one of its most important exports. Islanders are so besotted with their crop of this wonderful superfood, they created the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, a celebration of all things garlicky.
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  1. In Victorian times, the Isle of Wight was home to several high-profile “celebrities”, including Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria. Other famous faces who’ve graced the isle include Winston Churchill and Karl Marx.
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  1. Despite its size, the Isle of Wight is said to be the most haunted island in the world, with an assortment of spectres lingering among the living. Supernatural sightings include phantom monks, marching Romans and grey ladies.
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  1. Speaking of Romans: during their occupation, the Isle of Wight was known as Vectis. Surprisingly, this name is still used widely to this day, despite being dropped after the Romans left in the 5th century.
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  1. At high tide, the Isle of Wight becomes England’s smallest county. When the tide is low, the historic county of Rutland near Leicestershire reclaims this title.
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  1. The Isle of Wight is home to what is thought to be the world’s oldest amusement park: Blackgang Chine. Built in 1843, the park was named after a former chine (coastal ravine), and provided entertainment for Victorian holidaymakers.
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  1. Throughout the year, the Isle of Wight receives over twenty times more overseas visitors than its permanent population. In 2011, the population of the Isle of Wight was around 140,000, but the island received over two million visitors.
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  1. Due to its location, the Isle of Wight was considered an excellent location for housing some of the UK’s most infamous prisoners. Notorious names incarcerated on the isle include the Kray Twins, the Richardson Brothers, and king of England, George I.
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  1. In 1896, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi established the world’s first radio on the Isle of Wight. His invention was placed near the Needles, and went on to be distributed throughout the world.
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Whether you’re interested in renting a holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight, or are just swatting for Friday’s pub quiz, we hope this has shed some light on this fascinating little isle. The Isle of Wight is a timeless destination for both young and old, with great beaches, charming countryside, and a warm, island welcome – why not give it a go on your next getaway?

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Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.