Isle of Wight
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Isle of Wight

Earlier this year I started thinking about a potential trip to the Isle of Wight for a bit of an odd reason… it is going to sound loopy but I had a very vivid dream that we moved to the Isle of Wight. I don’t usually pay much attention to dreams! However it was such a weirdly specific thing and the dream version of the Isle of Wight was so nice that it put the idea in my mind that it would be a good place to visit.

Many months later, with Simon and my sister, we ended up planning a short holiday there. This has been a summer of small trips with long weekends stretched as far as possible. We were only there from Friday to Monday, so we barely scratched the surface of things to do, but at the bottom of the post are the things we did and what we enjoyed. The real-life Isle of Wight lived up to the dream version!
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Isle of WightView from the Needles Old Battery
Isle of WightShtandart moored in Cowes
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Osborne House
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This is where we were staying!
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The area around the cottage.
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Elizabethan singing at Wolverton Manor
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Wolverton Manor Garden Show
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Yarmouth

Here, in no particular order, are some of the places we enjoyed on this short trip:

Yarmouth town

What a lovely area! We spent lots of time here as we really liked it. Yarmouth seemed to be a town that suited us well, being small but very nice. There are lots of pretty houses, particularly on The High Street, nice shops, and we really enjoyed the pier and the little beach next to the pier.

The west coast

The Airbnb cottage we were renting for the weekend was in a spectacular spot on this coast. It had its own hidden path down to the beach. We did lots of walks from the cottage along here, we also stopped up and down this area when going to-and-fro to other places. It is a spectacular coastline.

The Red Lion, Freshwater

We ate here on our last evening, it’s a lovely pub serving great food in hearty portions. It seems like making a reservation is essential at busy times. It was a good place to eat on our last night for a good end to our trip.

Off The Rails, Yarmouth

We had a late breakfast here before going to the ferry. This bistro is in an old railway station and is open all day. It has a very nice view of the nature reserve. This seemed like a very nice spot for a potter about.

Rust, Yarmouth

Beautiful imaginative jewellery and leather goods, I want it all! Seems like a perfect place to get special occasion jewellery and gifts.

Yarmouth deli

This was useful at the end of the trip to get food gifts for our housesitters. They had good bread. This deli and the Nisa opposite provided everything we needed for breakfasts at the cottage. It also looked like it would be good for picnic supplies.

The Book Room, Yarmouth

A small second-hand bookshop. We all found something to buy here. They had both the holiday-read type books and older gems.

Gossips Cafe, Yarmouth

We had a cuppa here right after getting off the ferry, they have Minghella ice cream and a nice view of the water.

Needles Old Battery, Alum Bay

There is a beautiful view from here of the Needles, including from the cafe.

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair, Shorwell

This was on near to where we were staying. It had more than just garden stuff – we had a very entertaining morning looking at different breeds of chickens, at Elizabethan reenactments, and browsing old stalls. My sister found some old woodworking tools for her carpentry.

Warren Farm cream teas, Alum Bay

A perfect cream tea! The scone was wonderful. They even had gluten free scones which made my sister very happy.

Cantina, Ventnor

We had an early dinner there one evening. Really good food and we also bought some of their bread to take home. My sister had some of their gluten free bread and she said that it almost made her feel emotional it was so good. They sell gluten free bread on saturday mornings so next time we are on the island with my sister we will phone them in advance to make a gluten free bread order. Overall my sister was very impressed with the amount of gluten free provision on the Isle of Wight.

Osborne House, East Cowes

Loads to see. It was a beautiful day so I think my favourite bit of our visit here was just walking about in the grounds. We saw a red squirrel hopping about. The walled garden had lots of pretty planting even this late in the summer.

Bliss Ice Cream Parlour, Cowes

We tried a couple of scoops of Minghella ice cream from here while walking around on the shore. Simon got asked to take a picture of the crew of the Shtandart tall ship that was moored at the dock.

Logistics

The ferry
To get to the island we used the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry because it sounded like the nicest one and the Airbnb owner also recommended it. It also landed on the side of the island that we wanted to be on. My sister was coming from Bristol on the train and we picked her up from Southampton station and then drove through the New Forest to get to the ferry. Very easy.

Where we stayed
We rented this clifftop coastguard cottage via Airbnb, it’s on the west coast of the Island. Initially I’d been looking at somewhere nearer Yarmouth but the location of this cottage was so unique. It has views out of two sides towards the sea so you get a grand view of the sun setting over the ocean. There are paths from there along the coast and also a hidden path down to the beach.

Thanks for having us Isle of Wight! Hope to be back very soon…

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3 Comments

  • Reply Cathy 15th September 2015 at 10:25 am

    Hurrah! I love posts like this, I’ve saved it to ma’ Pocket for my anticipated visit to Isle of Wight in December.

    • Reply Alice 4th October 2015 at 5:53 pm

      I hope it is useful. We only barely scratched the surface of all the things to do there. IOW really won us over. We will 100% be back there very soon :)

  • Reply Bobbi 4th October 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve always been attracted to the Uk but not specifically to London…i’d love to see the smallest, remotest villages. I think you can really taste the culture and the personality of a nation in small places. The Isle of White looks enchanting and of course you’ve put Rust on your list. Artemis and Nao are incredible people.

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