Sailing, sandy beaches and some of the Isle of Wight’s best seafood can all be enjoyed on self-catering holidays in Bembridge. This pretty village lies on the easternmost point of the island, on Culver Headland. It has three beaches, a harbour and an airport, and is said to be England’s largest village. Wander into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Bembridge to explore a maze of historic streets, packed with family-run businesses. Bembridge is home to many of the Isle of Wight's best restaurants, where you can enjoy seafood fresh from the harbour. The Crab and Lobster Inn, Fox’s, The Shed and Lockslane Bistro are all good options for a delicious evening meal. Bembridge is scattered with pretty churches and there is a war memorial on the green, in the heart of the village. Other landmarks to look out for include Bembridge Windmill, which lies to the west of the village and is the island’s only windmill, and the coastguard lookout, which offers breathtaking views across the Solent.

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Bembridge has a rich marine heritage and remains one of the island’s most popular bases for sailing. The three beaches: The Lane, the Ledge and Bembridge are shingle and pebble, with stretches of golden sand at low tide. All three are glorious spots for sunbathing and swimming, and there is plenty of space, even in the height of summer. From the shore, you can make out Portsmouth and St Helen’s Fort, built by Palmerston in the late 19th century. At Lane End, the timber lifeboat station is one of the island’s most striking landmarks.

Bembridge holiday cottages are ideal if you are looking for a laid-back base from which to explore the Isle of Wight. It lies on a particularly peaceful stretch of coast, surrounded by unspoiled countryside, crisscrossed by footpaths and bridleways. Ryde, Shanklin, Sandown and St Helens are less than 20 minutes away by car.