Hi.

Welcome to my blog. I write about my life with my family, renovating our cottage and trying to lead a more creative life.

Travel:  The Isle of Wight

Travel: The Isle of Wight

IMG_8730.JPG

Our summer holiday was spent in the Isle of Wight this year.  We had heard lots of good things about the island but were not expecting to love it as much as we did.  There is so much to see and do that we came away feeling like we need to visit again soon.  The island has a nostalgic charm and feels very unspoilt.  It also hasn't been ruined by too many crowds and over priced accommodation and restaurants.  Here are my five favourite places that we visited so that if you ever visit (and I recommend that you do) you will make sure that you see these five top spots.  

The boat runs regularly from the beach near the Needles.  

The boat runs regularly from the beach near the Needles.  

1. Getting a slow boat to see The Needles.

We were a bit wary about going to The Needles as the cliff top near is covered with arcade games and cheesy tourist shops.  It looks from a distance that you have to pay a fortune to get through but it is actually free and you don't have to walk through any of the amusements like you do in other tourist attractions that I've been to.  There is a cable car to the beach but we decided to walk down which isn't very far.  Once on the beach we decided to get a boat to The Needles which was wonderful and well worth the money.  It was so much more special to get up closer to the impressive rocks and the birds sitting on them.  

The sun shining off the white of the rocks was so beautiful.  We wouldn't have appreciated this as much had we not gone on the boat.  We then got the cable car back up to the car park which was also wonderful.

The sun shining off the white of the rocks was so beautiful.  We wouldn't have appreciated this as much had we not gone on the boat.  We then got the cable car back up to the car park which was also wonderful.

Baxter loved the boat ride to the Needles.

Baxter loved the boat ride to the Needles.

2.  Have a crab pasty at The Crab Shed, Steephill Cove.

The very special crab pasty at The Crab Shed.  A taste of the sea!!!

The very special crab pasty at The Crab Shed.  A taste of the sea!!!

Steephill Cove is such a special place.  It had been recommended to us by friends and Instagrammers and we were so glad we made the time to visit it.  You can park in the car park of Ventnor Botanical Gardens and make the short walk down steps nearby.  When I arrived at the cove it literally took my breath.  It's so cute.  There are a selection of individual cafes and restaurants.  The cove is bright because of the fishing nets, buoys and colourful beach huts.  As we arrived the waves crashed against the rocks, causing large splashes and loud squeals of delight from the children trying to dodge them.  We went to The Crab Shed for lunch but also The Boathouse and Beach Shack come highly recommended.  There was such a happy atmosphere in The Crab Shed and everyone seemed really pleased with their orders.  Our food was simple but fresh and well done.  We could hear the sea as we ate and the see the sparkle of the sun reflecting off the water.  It was really special.

Some images from Steephill Cove.  It is like something from a fifties children's book and feels like a very loved place.  There was laughter and the smell of crab pasties baking in the air.  We loved it and wish we had discovered it earlier on in our holiday.

Some images from Steephill Cove.  It is like something from a fifties children's book and feels like a very loved place.  There was laughter and the smell of crab pasties baking in the air.  We loved it and wish we had discovered it earlier on in our holiday.

3.  Have a relaxing afternoon on Ventnor Beach

Ventnor has a Mediterranean feel to it.  There are a range of good bars and restaurants along the Esplanade plus a cute shack on the beach that sells snacks and drinks.  The beach is long, made up of small pebbles and sand and the sea was warm(ish) and really clean.  Even though this beach is so lovely it isn't too overcrowded as a Cornish equivalent would be.  The sea is not too far and doesn't get too deep making the beach perfect for families with younger children.  We stayed on the beach until 6pm and weren't the last ones to leave.  The children just loved playing on here. There are vintage deckchairs to hire as on a lot of the beaches on the island that have been the business of the same family for years.  

The vintage beach huts on Ventnor beach are painted in pastel colours.  The fishery serves freshly caught fish in the daytime.  The sand is a gorgeous golden colour.  

The vintage beach huts on Ventnor beach are painted in pastel colours.  The fishery serves freshly caught fish in the daytime.  The sand is a gorgeous golden colour.

 

4.  Visit Osborne House for the day

image5.JPG

Osborne house was the holiday home for Queen Victoria and Albert and their family.  They spent their summer here entertaining away from the public eye.  The house is opulent and has a feel of the Mediterranean with its orange exterior and brightly planted gardens.  

image2 (4).JPG

The path from the house leads down to the private beach.  There was a male choir singing when we visited and there was an amazing, happy atmosphere.  The view of the sea can be seen from a lot of rooms in the house and the grounds are tranquil and beautiful.  Visitors can walk down to the beach or get the minibus that runs very regularly. 

image1 (4).JPG

The stunning building of Osborne House houses opulent yet homely rooms throughout.  The tour gives you an extensive look at family life here.  

This is the Durba Room which was inspired by Victoria's love of India.  Osborne House has been used to film the recent film Victoria and Abdul because the house reflects her love for this part of her empire. The ceiling is really breathtaking.  The table setting is an example of how the table would have looked for formal dinner parties.  As you walk through the kitchen you can view the chef's log of the meals they cooked for the Queen. Lets say it's no wonder she had to have rather large dresses made!

This is the Durba Room which was inspired by Victoria's love of India.  Osborne House has been used to film the recent film Victoria and Abdul because the house reflects her love for this part of her empire. The ceiling is really breathtaking.  The table setting is an example of how the table would have looked for formal dinner parties.  As you walk through the kitchen you can view the chef's log of the meals they cooked for the Queen. Lets say it's no wonder she had to have rather large dresses made!

This room shows the opulence that runs throughout the house.  Just like your average holiday home!!

This room shows the opulence that runs throughout the house.  Just like your average holiday home!!

Make sure that you take your beach stuff with you on your visit to Osborne House.  It's really quiet and clean.  There is a lovely cafe on the beach and lots of families had their picnics on the grass overlooking it.  The sea was so inviting that we went in for a swim.  

Make sure that you take your beach stuff with you on your visit to Osborne House.  It's really quiet and clean.  There is a lovely cafe on the beach and lots of families had their picnics on the grass overlooking it.  The sea was so inviting that we went in for a swim.  

image2 (9).JPG

Watching Punch and Judy on the beach.  There is also a playground for the children and a trail to follow around the house.  Visiting here has something for everyone and definitely needs the whole day to see and do everything.

5. Have breakfast at The Garlic Farm

Just a small example of the vast variteies of garlic available to buy from the farm.

Just a small example of the vast variteies of garlic available to buy from the farm.

The Garlic Farm is an institution on the island.  It's recommended by everyone but until you visit it's not obvious why.  The farm is so well kept and presented.  It is an excellent example of how to do a tourist attractions.  The grounds are so beautifully green surrounded by wild flower fields.  You can get on the farm tractor trailer and have a tour around the farm which is packed full of education about the history and nutrition of garlic.

image1 (10).JPG

We visited the farm for breakfast which is served until 11am.   I had the bacon sandwich on ciabatta which was so delicious with the mushrooms cooked in garlic and herbs and the bread rubbed with garlic butter.  The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner but booking is essential due to it's quality and popularity.

The farm caters for children well and Baxter didn't want to leave the playground.  It's also surrounded by bushes and trees that are perfect for dens.

The farm caters for children well and Baxter didn't want to leave the playground.  It's also surrounded by bushes and trees that are perfect for dens.

The shop is excellent on the farm and perfect for getting any presents for home.  A lot of their produce have won awards for the quality.  We bought some Celebration Chutney which is absolutely delicious (it's nearly all gone!!).

The shop is excellent on the farm and perfect for getting any presents for home.  A lot of their produce have won awards for the quality.  We bought some Celebration Chutney which is absolutely delicious (it's nearly all gone!!).

So that's a little snippet of our wonderful holiday on The Isle of Wight.  There is so much more to see and do than what I have mentioned here but these were my highlights.  If you have any other recommendations for island I'd love to hear them as we will definitely return soon.  I'd also love to know what you think of my post.  Please leave any comments below or on my Instagram.

Thank you for reading!! Rebecca xxxxxx

IMG_8731.JPG
image4 (3).JPG
IMG_8733.JPG
Heart Vintage and Ivy Cottage Collaboration

Heart Vintage and Ivy Cottage Collaboration

Ivy Cottage Renovation:  Bathroom

Ivy Cottage Renovation: Bathroom