There are good reasons why a holiday in a Shanklin holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight is a popular choice these days. With its sandy beaches, pretty village and dramatic wooded ravine, it’s no wonder Shanklin has been a favourite among visitors to the Isle of Wight for so long. This quintessentially English resort lies on the sweep of Sandown Bay. A graceful esplanade follows the shore while high above the sea, the old village is scattered with unique gift shops and traditional bakeries. For centuries, visitors have been drawn to this quaint village by Shanklin Chine, a spectacular ravine with waterfalls, woods and lush vegetation. Self-catering cottages in Shanklin are perfect for exploring this natural wonder on the footpaths which meander through the woods, offering breath-taking views of the plummeting drop to the water below.

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Shanklin has two stunning beaches, Small Hope Beach and Hope Beach, both of which are perfect for whiling away a day in a deckchair on the sand. Above the beaches is Shanklin’s esplanade, packed with nostalgic seaside attractions, including an amusement arcade, bouncy castles, crazy golf and ball ponds. As you wander along the waterfront, you’ll notice some of the Isle of Wight’s grandest Victorian architecture, and there’s no shortage of cafes and restaurants if you fancy watching the sun set on the horizon with a plate of fresh seafood. Holiday homes in Shanklin tend to be within walking distance of both the beaches and the old village. Don’t leave without taking a wander to Rylstone Gardens, where open-air concerts are regularly performed on a traditional bandstand. For an evening out, see what’s on at Shanklin Theatre, one of the island’s most distinctive landmarks, on Prospect Road, with comedy, dance, drama and more. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Shanklin’s event calendar, which includes carnivals and the dazzling Shanklin Regatta. Holiday cottages in Shanklin benefit from close proximity to many of the island’s most idyllic beaches and a charming selection of local businesses in the village centre.