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Isle of Wight

Annabelle's verdict:

Deeply etched into the history of English summer holidays, the Isle of Wight still delivers traditional seaside pleasures along with a host of other activities. Enjoy a walk on the rolling chalk downs, take to the Solent in a sailboat, sample the mouthwatering local produce or set up camp at the isle's famed music festival.

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Island Cottage Holidays says

Tennyson, Dickens, Keats, Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf are amongst the many literary greats to be inspired by the natural beauty of the Isle of Wight. It was also a favourite of Queen Victoria, whose beloved Osborne House is one of the island’s most popular attractions.

What draws people to this unspoilt island? Its sheer diversity for one thing: there are 60 miles of beaches, dramatic chalk cliffs, sweeping valleys and ancient woodland, as well as a host of attractions, events, activities, pubs and restaurants.

More than half of the island is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with miles of footpaths and cycle routes to enjoy.

With frequent ferry services from Lymington, Portsmouth and Southampton, it’s easy to reach with or without your car.

We have hand-picked more than 60 cottages sleeping from two up to 14, the majority of which have received Visit England awards of 4-star and above. Some are also wheelchair accessible. You can opt for a rural or coastal location.

The sea views from Britannia’s Beach Apartment, for example, are second to none with the whole of Ventnor and its sandy beach right on your doorstep. It sleeps up to five and has a large seafront terrace.

Romantics will find the period charm and quirkiness of The Clock Tower Cottage hard to beat. Set in a secluded spot overlooking Ventnor Park, the beach and restaurants are just a five minute stroll away.

Families are spoiled for choice with great places to stay. Monks Path Cottage, for example, is a gem with five bedrooms, a large heated swimming pool, trampoline, swings and even a giant doll’s house.

Check out our dog-friendly properties such as Upper Dolcoppice Farmhouse, which accepts up to four dogs (as well as nine humans!). Set in 33 acres, this airy stone farmhouse has underfloor heating and a log-burner for cosy winter breaks too.

Get together with friends in one of our larger houses such as Woodington Cottage, a grand Victorian villa with sea views and accommodation for up to 12.

We offer midweek and weekend breaks – many properties have a Friday changeover day so you can finish work, settle in for a relaxing dinner and wake up ready to explore or simply chill out in your home away from home.

Explore our Isle of Wight cottages.

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