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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.

 

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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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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…)

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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.
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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…)

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