The Isle of Wight, England’s largest Island, is a top-rated self-catering holiday destination for those looking to stay in the UK. This is due to its warmer climate, golden sand beaches, superb sailing and notable events such as Cowes Week and the Isle of Wight Festival in Newport. Food festivals, jazz festivals and outdoor concerts also regularly take place on the Island. Travel to the Island by car or passenger ferry from Lymington, Portsmouth or Southampton on companies such as Wight Link. For a more peaceful experience, experience, pedal the many idyllic cycle paths that have recently given the Isle of Wight the status as one of the top cycling destinations in the world, with over 500 miles of cycle tracks. Relax in quaint Victorian resorts - now much restored, such as Yarmouth, Ventnor and Freshwater.
Fancy a lighthouse holiday? Book Gunard, a Ventnor holiday cottage, part of St Catherine's Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight. With superb sea views, this pet-friendly waterside cottage sleeps 5 in a secluded rural location.
Relax in style at Oak Cliff Villa, a luxury Victorian house with a pool on the Isle of Wight in Wootton offers uninterrupted sea views over the Solent to Portsmouth. This large, light and spacious, holiday cottage is set in five acres of grounds and sleeps 16.
West Winnowing is a holiday cottage near Ventnor on the Isle of Wight in the peaceful coastal village of Niton with spectacular sea views over the island's coastline. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this luxury coastal cottage sleeps 5. Pets welcome.
Enjoy relaxing coastal holidays in this stylish, contemporary terraced property set near the village of Wootton Bridge on the Isle of Wight. Marina House sleeps six people in three bedrooms.
A romantic holiday retreat for two awaits visitors to the Isle of Wight at The Sail Loft Annexe. Just west of the historic harbour town of Yarmouth affords guests easy access to a private beach from this delightful ground-floor beach apartment.
Starboard is a beautiful Isle of Wight coastal retreat located on a shingle beach in charming Yarmouth. A small and romantic open plan studio apartment sleeping 2, Starboard is also dog-friendly.
A unique Scandinavian-style eco-friendly cottage with a swimming pool blessed with timber finishes and surrounded by lawned gardens in a tranquil Isle of Wight coastal setting. Furnished to a very high standard, romance and relaxation are assured in this child and pet free luxury getaway near Ryde.
Book an Isle of Wight holiday cottage with superb sea views at Landward, a beautifully renovated ex-Lighthouse keeper's cottage at St Margaret's Lighthouse. This attractive cliff-top rural holiday cottage near Ventnor, a few minutes-walk from the beach, sleeps 4. Pets welcome.
This detached luxury holiday cottage in Ventnor lies in the south of the Isle of Wight a short stroll from the beach at \Steephill Cove. The beach at Steephill Cove is a short stroll away and Ventnor Botanical Gardens are just a two minute walk.
Explore the picturesque Isle of Wight and The Solent from the perfect holiday home base of Sail Loft, a family-sized seaside 2-bedroom apartment just west of the historic harbour town of Yarmouth.
Penda is a beautifully restored ex-lighthouse keeper's cottage at St Catherine's Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight. Its rural cliff top location with superb sea views makes it a most appealing Ventnor holiday cottage. Sleeps 2-5. Pets welcome.
The Isle of Wight has an ongoing programme of events and is home to some of the biggest festivals in England. The music festivals including The Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival, draw in huge crowds and famous artists year after year during the summer period. If music isn’t your thing, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival (currently the biggest walking fest in the UK) occurs at Easter. Here, you will find some incredible hidden-away walking routes. After a hard day’s walk, what can be better than to return to the comfort of a well equipped self-catering cottage and luxuriate in a hot bath or shower?
Two major English historical characters made their home here - the Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Queen Victoria. Victoria’s final home was Osborne House at East Cowes, where the house and gardens have been beautifully preserved and are open to viewers daily. The Isle of Wight is also renowned as one of the richest areas for Dinosaur discovery in Europe, which has subsequently earned it the title “Dinosaur Island”. This history has meant that some of the best Dinosaur museums are on the Isle of Wight, including the award-winning Dinosaur Isle. You can even get involved with fossil hunts to discover your own fossils, ideal for a family day out.
If you’re looking for something more adventurous for your holiday, you can paraglide, race land yachts along the golden sands or go-kart across the all-weather track at Wight Karting. With miles of award-winning sand and shingle beaches, rugged cliffs, hidden coves and clear waters, a trip to the beach is an essential part of any visit to the Island. Surrounded by the English Channel, the Isle of Wight has lots of beautiful beaches across its 57 miles of coastline.More than any other destination in England, over 17 have blue-flag and seaside awards in 2013.
Water sports are also particularly popular and there are countless places to hire surfing equipment or kayaks. The first hovercraft was developed on the Island, so for a truly unique experience, hop on the Hovertravel, Isle of Wight’s Hovercraft service between the Island and Portsmouth.