For our third instalment of summer holiday inspiration, this week we bring you the Isle of Wight. Located just a few miles from the south coast and easily accessible by ferry and hovercraft, a holiday on the Isle of Wight leaves you feeling like you’ve left everyday life behind. Add to this one of the best climates and glorious beaches and it’s easy to see why the Isle of Wight is one of our most popular holiday destinations year after year. Here’s just a few things to add your holiday itinerary…
It comes as no surprise that the Isle of Wight is blessed with fantastic beaches. Whether you’re a sun worshipper looking to top up the tan or a surfer wanting to catch a few waves, you can be sure you’ll find the perfect beach for you. Try the sandy beaches at Sandown and Ryde for a day out with the family, surfing in Compton Bay and Gurnard near Cowes to catch a glimpse of sailing clubs racing. There’s also a 67 mile coastal path which snakes its way around the edge of the island and deliver breathtaking views of the coastline at every turn.
For a small island, the Isle of Wight sure knows how to throw a party with a great choice of festivals throughout the year. Music fans should head to Bestival in early September which this year sees a headline performance from Elton John and Fatboy Slim as well as fan favourites like Bombay Bicycle Club and Franz Ferdinand. If you don’t fancy slumming in a tent, one of our Isle of Wight cottages is the perfect way to relax and get your fill of the festival atmosphere. For a more energetic festival experience, the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival which takes place in mid September is a good bet. According to Lonely Planet, the island is one of the best places to cycle in the world and with more than 200 miles of unspoilt countryside and dramatic coastal scenery, it’s not hard to see why. The festival offers a good mix of routes for aspiring Bradley Wiggins’ (Hills Killer, anyone?) and those new to the world of Lycra and panniers so it’s a great way to explore the Isle of Wight during your holiday.
History and Heritage beckon
Lying just off the Hampshire coast and offering views of incoming attacks over the centuries, the Isle of Wight has a real sense of history worth exploring on your holiday here. In the centre of the island lies the well-preserved Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles I was imprisoned, and has lived through more than 800 years of history seeing off a French invasion and the Spanish Armada. Today you’ll find the Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden, a donkey sanctuary and an impressive collection of Charles I memorabilia. The Isle of Wight has also been given the royal seal of approval by Queen Victoria who used to holiday here and today you can visit her former residence, Osborne House, in East Cowes.
With so much on offer on the Isle of Wight, why not start planning a getaway to this fantastic island. Take a look at our website where you’ll find a great selection of holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight from thatched cottages, timber-framed lodges and coastal retreats. Happy holidays!