Located off the south coast of England, The Isle of Wight has been a popular holiday destination for centuries. Known for its sandy beaches, seafront promenades, colourful beach huts and dinosaur fossils, it is a wonderful place to unwind by the sea. Fishbourne is a pretty village on the island’s north coast, looking across the Solent to the mainland. Ferries run between Fishbourne and Portsmouth on England’s south coast, making it easily accessible by public transport. Wootton Creek lies to the west of the village, on the other side of which is the village of Wootton. Lovely walks along the wooded banks of the creek can be enjoyed on the village’s doorstep.
Near the ferry terminal, The Fishbourne is a charming pub serving a fine selection of ales and award-winning food, prepared with the best local ingredients. There are several historic landmarks to look out for on self-catering holidays in Fishbourne, including a ruined Norman abbey which dates back to 1132, and a Benedictine monastery. To the east of holiday cottages in Fishbourne, Ryde is a charming seaside resort with a vast beach. A promenade stretches from the foot of a historic pier, past the harbour. From here, a glorious, sandy shore runs all the way to the distinctive, Gothic Appley Tower, and on to Puckpool. Swimming, kitesurfing and other activities are popular, and sun loungers and windbreaks can be hired at the beach. Another popular attraction near your Fishbourne holiday cottage is the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Kick back in one of the line’s beautifully restored Edwardian or Victorian carriages, and watch miles of ancient woods float by.