Sandown holiday cottages are surrounded by sandy beaches, open moors and ancient woods, on the Isle of Wight. This bustling Victorian resort is a few miles north of Shanklin, on the island’s eastern coast. With its unusually long beach and spectacular views across the Channel, towards France, it is easy to see why Sandown has been attracting visitors for centuries. Wandering through the town’s pretty streets from your holiday cottage in Sandown, you will discover a delightful mix of family-run businesses, from beach shops and ice cream stands to cosy pubs and restaurants serving fresh seafood. Sandown has plenty of old-fashioned amusements, arcade games, bowling and crazy golf. Stroll along the sweeping seafront esplanade from Devonia Steps to Yaverland, past the bandstand, Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle – an excellent interactive museum of fossils and geology. Next, visit the graceful pier, with dodgem cars, teacup rides and Scruffy Jack’s bar.
Standing in a rural village location on the Isle of Wight near the beaches at Sandown, Esher is a large, spacious holiday cottage with a swimming pool that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms. This child friendly country house with panoramic views, has woodland and riverside walks from the front door.
Sandown is backed by chalk Culver Down and towering cliffs, crisscrossed by beautiful National Trust footpaths. Sandown Levels are home to freshwater wetlands which are a haven for rare birds, while a little further inland, Borthwood has woodland walks which are carpeted in bluebells in spring. Self-catering holidays in Sandown would be incomplete without a day on the town’s glorious beach, where swimming, sunbathing and sandcastle-building are popular activities. This vast stretch of sand is dotted with watersports centres, if you fancy kayaking or windsurfing.
Dating back to the 1800s, Sandown’s quirky carnival is one of the island’s oldest, with great food, fancy dress parades and a variety of entertainment. If you fancy eating out in Sandown, try Bellamy’s Bistro on the high street, where locally caught crab and lobster are a speciality. On the seafront with views across the Channel, the Reef serves delicious pizza, pasta, fish and steaks, prepared with the finest local ingredients.