Isle of Wight

Amanda's verdict
Walking the coastal path from Ventnor to secret Steephill Coe is a highlight whenever we visit this family-friendly island, rolling down meadows dotted with daisies and rock-pooling along the way. From dinosaur museums and ice cream parlours to fossil hunting and adventure parks, there’s more than enough to keep kids occupied for weeks. And the 30-minute ferry journey is always an exciting start to the holiday.

Recommended company: Classic Cottages

Classic Cottages says

The Isle of Wight is the perfect place for a family holiday. The adventure begins from the moment you step onto the ferry for the short, picturesque crossing over the Solent. With over 68 miles of coastal paths to discover, fabulous beaches, woodlands, lush green downs, and a myriad of water sports on offer, there really is something for everyone here.

  • easy to reach
  • lots to see and do
  • wide choice of cottages

Seaview, on the eastern side of the island, is a pretty village overlooking the Solent with a great selection of places to eat. Buy lunch from the local deli and sit on one of the three local beaches, the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy some good old fashioned seaside fun.

Not far away, the popular village of Bembridge awaits, with its iconic lifeboat station and the only surviving windmill on the island. Walk along the harbourside and see the fabulous houseboats or stroll for miles along the beach.

Visit west Wight and spend time in Freshwater, with its stunning beach where you can learn to surf and paddle board, or perhaps walk to Tennyson Monument and the Needles for a truly dramatic landscape and some family fun on the chair lift.

The cosmopolitan town of Cowes is a delight and a day can be spent here wandering around the old town and visiting the lovely cafes and restaurants. Nearby you’ll find beautiful Osborne House where Queen Victoria lived – explore the formal gardens, private beach, children’s Swiss House and gardens and the house itself.

Inland, footpaths criss-cross for miles through woodland and across open countryside; wherever you are, you are never far from a sea view. And if you want to share your walks with your four legged friend on holiday with you, take a look at our dog-friendly properties. We also have a selection of properties which are baby-friendly.

Frequent daily ferry crossings are available year-round from Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington – we can arrange them at a discounted rate. You can travel from London to the Isle of Wight in less than four hours.

Classic Cottages have a collection of over 160 gorgeous properties, each one handpicked and perfect for your family holiday on the Isle of Wight – short breaks are available too. Take a look at our portfolio and start planning your island adventure.

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