Welcome Scheme Cottages Isle of Wight

The Welcome Scheme for self catering is an award or recognition for the  thoughtful provision of extra facilities to make a cottage more suitable for either walkers, cyclists, families or pet owners.

A cottage achieving a Welcome Scheme award for walkers or cyclists provides local walks, places to dry clothes as well as, in the case of the Welcome Scheme for cyclists, a place to lock away a bicycle.

The assessments for the scheme are done by Quality and Tourism and will take place over 2015 but there are some cottages that have already received awards and most of our cottages in both the Isle of Wight and Purbeck already make these provisions for Walkers, Cyclists, Families and Pet Owners so many more awards will be added soon.

Here are a short list of some of the cottages that have received Welcome Schemes for Cyclists and Walkers.

Sea Shells by the Beach self catering Ventnor South Isle of Wight

Sea Shells by the Beach Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight » South » Ventnor » Bonchurch

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms + 1 extra bed; Children welcome

A wonderfully spacious and welcoming seaside holiday cottage within a few paces of the beach at Bonchurch and located on the coastal path to nearby Ventnor. Sea Shells on the Beach has 3 beautiful bedrooms decorated with a luxurious seaside theme. Within a short walk is the centre of the village of Bonchurch where there is a village pond and excellent local restaurant. The beach at nearby Ventnor is a popular holiday attraction. View Sea Shells by the Beach Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

Romany Cottage self catering West Tip Isle of Wight West Isle of Wight

Romany Cottage Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight » West » Totland

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; Children 12+ yrs welcome

Delightful self catering cottage at Totland within a 12 minute walk of the sandy beaches of Colwell Bay and Totland Bay. This west side of the island is a wonderful walking area with easy access to the coastal path to The Needles and marvellous downland walks and bike rides. The centre of the small market town of Freshwater is within a 15 minute walk and this offers a good range of shops, public houses and restaurants plus a sports centre with indoor pool and a golf course with panoramic views. Romany Cottage is furnished and equipped to a high standard and an open fire in the sitting room and a wood burning stove in the dining area. These fires provide a lovely central focus in colder weather. In the warmth of summer three sets of french doors can be opened from the ground floor rooms into the garden giving the cottage a lovely open feel – the garden is a delightful protected spot to enjoy a barbecue and drinks in the sunshine. View Romany Cottage Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

To learn more about the Welcome schemes visit http://www.qualityintourism.com/quality-schemes/welcome-schemes/

Isle of Wight and Purbeck Cottage Brochures

The new brochures for Isle of Wight Cottages and Purbeck Cottages in Dorset are now going off to be printed. We have some exciting new cottages featured as well as lots of new photos of all the cottages and updated descriptions for all the updates and new cottage features.

Isle of Wight Holiday Cottage Brochure 2015
Isle of Wight Holiday Cottage Brochure 2015
Purbeck Holiday Cottage Brochure 2015
Purbeck Holiday Cottage Brochure 2015

Get your copy of the 2015 Brochure

If you wish to receive a copy fresh off the press, or have one sent to a friend, simply email us at mail@islandcottageholidays.com with a postal address and the words “2015 brochures“.

When you receive your copy you might like to look out for new cottages including Iona Cottage at Seaview; Wagtails Cottage at Brighstone, Milton Stable Cottage at Freshwater, Elm Cottage near Godshill, Driftwood Cottage at Brighston and many many more.

Purbeck Cottage Feedback for Winter Holidays

Purbeck in Dorset is a popular destination for those who enjoy country walks and dramatic seaside views and, due to the mild climate, these can be enjoyed as part of a winter holiday as much as any time of year. There are also a number of excellent country pubs to warm up in after a walk around Corfe Castle or a longer walk up to Kingston or Worth Matravers.

A number of holiday guests have mentioned how much they have enjoyed having an open fire, a wood burning stove or an AGA to create a cosy atmosphere and cook traditional winter food.

Below are a handful of comments we have received in the past couple of months from guests visiting Purbeck cottages in the Winter months.

Penny Cottage – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“A lovely stay in a great cottage for us and 2 boys who loved having the castle just a short walk away! We would love to return!” – Ro Hemingway – 17 Nov 2014

Russett Cottage – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“This is a lovely cottage in a great location. The living areas and garden were perfect for our family 2 adults 3 kids 1 infant and we will definitely be booking again. We had no issues with lights as they are all clearly labelled now!” – Stephen Hughes – 17 Nov 2014

Chapel Cottage – Kingston, Dorset

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The aga was a new experience – only used the electric oven twice in the week! Porch area (not mentioned in description) is ideal for a wet dog! A really well equipped and cared-for property.” – Helen Wiffen – 17 Nov 2014

Coastguard Cottage – Worth Matravers, Dorset

“Coastguard cottage was a warm haven from the storm that was raging when we arrived! We all loved the cleanliness and log fires and aga cooker. The kids loved the games room!! I will be returning – that is probably the best recommendation!” – Jonathan Stone – 02 Dec 2014

Afflington Manor Lodge – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“Cottage was very warm ,very clean, very well equipped, everything was provided including a lovely welcome pack of wine,biscuits and jam,lovely! Very special cottage. We have stayed in cottages all over Europe in the last 30+ years and I must say this is one of the best.” – Valerie Kelly – 17 Nov 2014

Isle of Wight Cottage Feedback for Winter Holidays

A winter holiday on the Isle of Wight is a lovely time to enjoy the peace and serenity of the Island. The countryside often has a wonderful stillness or a fresh blustery wind and both make for invigorating walking or cycling weather.

The Isle of Wight beaches are still open and although sunbathing might sound a bit crazy there are still lots of natural sun traps against the cliffs where you can enjoy the winter sunshine. The large sandy beaches and Sandown and Shanklin become wonderfully social places in the winter and everyone acknowledges each other as they pass.

After some healthy exercise is lovely to visit a warm country pub or come home to your self catering holiday cottage to have a hot shower and curl up in front of the fire.

Here is some holiday guest feedback for cottage holidays on the Isle of Wight in November and December this year.

Well Cottage – Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

“a very pleasant and well-equipped house” – Elizabeth Gorman – 02 Dec 2014

Elm Cottage – Roud, Isle of Wight

“The cottage is absolutely beautiful and we had a wonderful week’s stay. We couldn’t ask for anything more in terms of what the cottage had and it is perfectly positioned for exploring the island in any direction. The decor is perfect and we hope to stay again.” – Matthew Ellison – 17 Nov 2014

Groom Cottage – Shanklin, Isle of Wight

“Beautiful location (even in November)within easy reach of Shankiln, Godshill and Ventnor. Loved the cosy atmosphere of the cottage and all its facilities” – Alison Shepherd – 02 Dec 2014

Little Halt – Freshwater, Isle of Wight

“A beautiful cottage, in beautiful surroundings. Perfect for a large group. Everything little detail has been thought of, and it was spotlessly clean! Would definitely recommend Little Halt and Island Cottage Holidays” – Helen Ford – 17 Nov 2014

Briary Cottage – Cowes, Isle of Wight

“A true gem! Fabulous location, superb accommodation, gorgeous bed linen! Surprise welcome pack! A must to book! Could have stayed forever!! Thank you. Ally, Brighton.” – Ally Hubbard – 17 Nov 2014

The Brew House – Merstone, Isle of Wight

“We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful place. the location was ideal in the fact that we were isolated enough for privacy and yet a stones throw from all the major attractions, simply idyllic” – Christopher M Butcher – 17 Nov 2014

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New Isle of Wight Cottage Gradings

Several of our new Isle of Wight cottages received cottage gradings for the first time and some have been updated with upgraded star ratings from the Tourist Board and Quality in Tourism.

1. Apse Manor Forge received a 4 Star Gold Award grading which is the first year that this cottage has had a Gold Award to show that it sits at the top end of the 4 Star band. The cottage was upgraded with new kitchen facilities, new paint work and a refurbished hard wood floor.


Apse Manor Forge Cottage Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Apse Manor Forge Cottage self catering Shanklin East Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight » East » Shanklin

Sleeps 4 and a baby in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
This delightful cottage is very attractively situated in a peaceful rural hamlet in beautiful countryside but is only 1.5 miles from the lovely sandy beach of Shanklin, a small coastal town with a variety of restaurants and entertainments. The neighbouring seaside towns of Sandown and Ventnor are within an easy 10 minute drive. The cottage is in a good walking area with nearby footpaths leading to woodland and to the downs above Ventnor. View Apse Manor Forge Cottage Shanklin, Isle of Wight


2. Sea Shells on the Beach is a new cottage and has received its first grading from the Tourist Board. The excellent quality of this beautiful cottage impressed everyone and Sea Shells received a 5 Star rating.


Sea Shells by the Beach Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

Sea Shells by the Beach self catering Ventnor South Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight » South » Ventnor » Bonchurch

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms + 1 extra bed; Children welcome

A wonderfully spacious and welcoming seaside holiday cottage within a few paces of the beach at Bonchurch and located on the coastal path to nearby Ventnor. Sea Shells on the Beach has 3 beautiful bedrooms decorated with a luxurious seaside theme. Within a short walk is the centre of the village of Bonchurch where there is a village pond and excellent local restaurant. The beach at nearby Ventnor is a popular holiday attraction. View Sea Shells by the Beach Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

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October Photo Competition

The Winners of the October photo competition has been announced on our Facebook Page – facebook.com/islandcottages but we thought you might like to see a round up of some of the wonderful photographs we received of the Isle of Wight and Purbeck in October.

Seascape at Sunset Isle of Wight Dog walk at Alum Bay Isle of Wight Ventnor Beach View Isle of Wight Old Harry Rocks in Purbeck Dorset Totland Beach Isle of Wight The Needles Isle of Wight Isle of Wight Sunset Compton Beach Isle of Wight Freshwater Bay Isle of Wight Sandown Bay Isle of Wight Rainbow on the Isle of Wight Woodland Walk Isle of WIght

The photographs include images by Cathy, Eileen Bicknell, Nick Metcalfe, George Edwards, Mark Cliff, Dean Phillips, Kayleigh Cope, Sarah Morris, Carl Brewster and Heather Male.

Photographs include images of Alum Bay, Freshwater Bay, Compton Beach, Sandown, Shanklin, Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, Ventnor and various rural and coastal location on the Isle of Wight and Purbeck.