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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Yarmouth

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
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Yarmouth is a lovely place to visit on an Isle of Wight cottage holiday. Yarmouth is one of the larger towns on the Isle of Wight’s west coast, giving access to Lymington on the mainland and close to major attractions, such as the Needles Park at Alum Bay. Explore the town’s quaint, narrow streets, ancient castle built by Henry VIII, busy harbour and historic timber pier. Take a boat trip out around the stunning Needles; enjoy a brisk walk to neighbouring Freshwater, or tackle the longer Hamstead walking route to Brook. Visit Yarmouth Castle, dating from the sixteenth century, with lovely views out over the Solent, and the Fort Victoria Model Railway, two of Yarmouth’s biggest attractions. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
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A popular resort on the Isle of Wight’s east coast, thanks to a superb sandy beach, water sports and safe family bathing. Shanklin, an ideal place to visit on a cottage holiday, is a lovely quaint and charming old town and a site of natural beauty in its ancient chine, or ravine. Indeed Shanklin Chine is one of its main visitor attractions, and can be accessed either as a distraction from the beach, by the Esplanade, or perhaps after wandering the gift shops and coffee shops clustered around the charmingly thatched Crab Inn, in the old village.

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Freshwater, Isle of Wight

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
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Freshwater is one of a number of small towns making up the lovely area known as West Wight, an ideal area to visit on a cottage holiday. Here you’ll find a large designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, featuring a varying landscape of rolling farmland, precipitous chalk cliffs and fabulous beaches and sea views, together with access to the Isle of Wight’s most iconic landmark, the famous Needles. Freshwater itself is popular with golfers and families, thanks to an excellent 18-hole golf course and proximity to lovely beaches. The town itself has a small, sandy bay, whilst nearby Alum Bay, Compton, Colwell and Totland all offer a different beach experience. Alum, with its striking sandstone cliffs, is a good beach for viewing the Needles; you can also take a boat trip out to the lighthouse and rocks from here. Windsurfers are drawn to Compton, whilst Totland and Colwell are popular with families. Freshwater has a leisure centre, with an indoor swimming pool, for when the weather is less favourable, and there are plenty of shops and places to eat. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Sandown

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
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Another of the Isle of Wight’s fine Victorian resorts, Sandown, on the east coast of the island, makes a great location for an Isle of Wight cottage holiday. For a classic British seaside break, this lovely town has all the essential attributes. There’s a wide stretch of sandy beach, ideal for bathing and sandcastle building. The pier houses a host of traditional seaside amusements while the promenade and sea wall walk are perfect for beachfront strolls. Behind the Esplanade, the town is well laid out with parks, gardens and all the shops, restaurants and pubs needed for a holiday cottage stay.  (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Brading, IOW

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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A small inland town just a short drive from the popular beaches and resorts of the Isle of Wight’s east coast, Brading and its environs is the location for a number of the island’s cottage holiday attractions, including, most notably, a new £3 million heritage centre dedicated to the preservation of an ancient Roman settlement. The Brading Roman Villa consists of an excavation of twelve rooms of an ancient Roman dwelling, now protected and showcased together with ancient exhibits, such as pottery, mosaics and jewellery, which were unearthed at this historic site. On a rather less grand scale, the town’s Lilliput Doll and Antique Centre is one of the country’s largest collections of antique dolls, and enthusiasts and casual visitors alike will find something of interest. (more…)