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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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.

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