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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…)

Take A Ride Down To Ryde!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
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Ryde established itself as one of the fashionable resorts of Isle of Wight during the Victorian era, and today it maintains an air of genteel charm. For anyone travelling to one of our holiday cottages there, Ryde is served by ferries from Portsmouth and Southsea and offers easy access to the UK mainland. The long stretches of golden sand and sweeping views first attracted the Victorians, and today it is still one of the most popular towns on the island. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Newport, Isle of Wight

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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The geographical centre of the Isle of Wight, Newport is the island’s largest administrative and shopping centre, with a host of services and attractions for anyone staying at a holiday cottage there. One of the most popular visitor attractions is Carisbrooke Castle, together with the museum of local history, located in the centre of town. Charles I spent the final year of his life here, and artefacts on display range from toys to military pieces to fashions and textiles, always with a local connection, as well as information on much earlier evidence of settlement on the island. Look out for the donkeys still working the well in the well house, which dates from mediaeval times. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To East Cowes

Monday, October 25th, 2010
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Last week we looked at what to see and do if you booked one of our holiday cottages in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. With today’s guide we’re moving a little to the East …

Osborne House, at East Cowes, is one of the island’s most visited attractions. Built in the mid nineteenth century, this fabulous mansion was the summer residence of Queen Victoria, and makes a great day out for all the family. Visit the royal rooms and apartments, including the Durbar room packed with glittering Indian treasures, and enjoy the beautiful grounds, featuring an original walled garden and hot houses filled with exotic plants from the Tropics.

For an altogether different perspective of island life, take to the trees at Goodleaf Tree Climbing Adventures, which will have you swinging through the trees, monkey-style, in no time at all, or for a more sedate view on East Cowes and its history, call in at the Heritage Centre in town.

To read more about places to visit in Cowes, please click here.

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Cowes On The Isle Of Wight

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
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As anyone who has ever stayed in one of our holiday cottages there will know, Cowes, at the northern tip of the Isle of Wight, is probably the most well known of the island’s towns, largely thanks to its important annual yachting festival – the prestigious “Cowes Week.” Taking place in late July/early August each year, this internationally important regatta draws crowds from around the world, and whether you’re a fully paid up member of the sailing fraternity or a confirmed landlubber, there is much to be enjoyed by everyone at this annual event. Yachting is key to the town, and there’s always a jaw-dropping collection of crafts to marvel at in the harbour.In town, trendy shops, boutiques, cafes and delicatessens, together with some excellent seafood restaurants, cater for the constant swell of offshore visitors. For those not arriving on their own yacht, then a regular high-speed ferry service links Cowes with Southampton on the mainland.

Aside from people watching, shopping and relaxing in town and around the harbour, there are a number of places to visit around Cowes. At East Cowes, linked to Cowes by way of an old-fashioned chain ferry, crowds flock to stunning Osborne House. Built in the mid nineteenth century, this beautiful mansion became the summer residence of Queen Victoria, who favoured holidaying on the island. It is now one of the Isle of Wight’s biggest attractions, and makes a great day out for all the family. In Cowes, visit the Maritime Museum, and nearby Isle of Wight Military Museum. Northwood Park is the place for a game or tennis or putting, overlooking the waters of the Solent, whilst the Isle of Wight Model Railway has something for children and railway enthusiasts alike. Nearby, the attractions of sister town, East Cowes, can be easily if unusually reached, by means of one of the few remaining chain ferry floating bridges in the country, which link the two towns across the river Medina.

To see our selection of self-catering holiday cottages in Cowes, please click here.