Redway Farm Cycle Network Access

We have a photo showing just how perfectly situated Redway Farm is located for cyclists and walkers wishing to have access to the old railway line cycle track which acts as a speedy way for cyclists and walkers to access Godshill, Shanklin and Carisbrooke.

As you can see, the farm is located within 300 meters of the main cycle route to Shanklin and Sandown and is connected by a track. All the cottages at Redway Farm have easy access by cycling down past the lake, along the track and onto the cycle path.

Redway Farm Cottages include Hackney Stable Cottage, Parlour Cottage, Fodder Stable Cottage and The Brew House. For more information visit Redway Farm Cottages

Redway Farm Self Catering New Photos 2017

Redway Farm self catering cottages on the Isle of Wight are located at Merstone and within a short cycle ride or pleasant walk of Godshill or Newchurch. This truly stunning rural area is a beautiful holiday destination in a peaceful part of the East side of the Isle of Wight and only a short drive from the beach resorts at Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor.

The farm has five holiday cottages available for holidays throughout the year. The cottages have new photos for the 2017 self catering holiday season and reflecting updates and changes made since last year.

Hackney Stable Cottage Isle of Wight

This stone built cottage has 3 bedrooms and can sleep a family of 6 or a group with 3 couples. The historic cottage has a comfortable sitting room for relaxing in the evening and at the rear or the cottage is a private garden with a table for enjoying meals outside.

Here are some of the new photos of Hackney Stable Cottage. To view all the new images visit Hackney Stable Cottage Isle of Wight

Parlour Cottage Isle of Wight

Parlour Cottage is a wonderful cottage with an amazing living room that extends to the full height of the building. This converted barn building retains historic original features but doesn’t sacrifice comfort and convenience. There are 2 bedrooms at Parlour cottage and it can sleep a family of 5 (of which one is on an extra bed) or two couples.

For more photos as well as a full description visit Parlour Cottage Isle of Wight

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Updated Marvel Cottage Photos 2017

Marvel Cottage is a two bedroom family self catering holiday cottage at the heart of the Isle of Wight and within a lovely cycle ride of Shanklin Beach via the cycle path. The rural location has numerous walks and the grounds of the farm on which the cottage is located includes a lovely fishing lake and a pond which both attract wonderful wildlife.

There have been numerous updates to Marvel cottage for the 2017 holiday season. For all the latest information and photos visit Marvel Cottage Isle of Wight

Photo Update for Cart House Cottage Dorset 2017

The Cart House is a self catering holiday cottage in the Dorset woodland area outside of Wareham and on the edge of Purbeck. This wonderful location is popular with walkers who explore the woods and visit the lakes. It is also a short drive from the beaches and coast of the Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast.

Here are some of the photos recently added to show The Cart House ready for the 2017 holiday season:

There are many more new images as well as a full description at The Cart House Cottage Dorset

Mead Cottages New Photos 2017

Mead Cottages have new photos showing the front of the cottage.

One Mead Cottage and Two Mead Cottage are located in a beautiful rural area on the East of the Isle of Wight and are within a short cycle journey of the beach via the cycle path across the wetland reserve. This incredible location puts you in peaceful surroundings but gives you access to some of the most amazing attractions on the Island.

Borthwood, Alverstone and Newchurch Walk Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a wonderful place for cycling and walking and many of our guests recommend walks to us so we can share them with others holidaying on the Isle of Wight. This walk is an easy to moderate walk on the East of the Island and visits the woodland at Borthwood, the nature reserve at Alverstone and the historic village of Newchurch. This walk is nearby for anyone holidaying around Shanklin, Godshill, St Helens, Seaview and Sandown.

For a map of the route visit Borthwood, Alverstone and Newchurch Walk Os Maps link.

The walk starts at Borthwood but it is easy to follow if you wish to start at Newchurch or Alverstone. Park your car at the small car park on Alverstone Rd near where the road branches off to Forest Road.  The Postcode PO36 0LE will help your satnav find it.

Wetland Walkway across the nature reserve Isle of Wight
Wetland Walkway

From the car park walk into the woodland following the footpath and continue straight but bearing left at any forks. The woodland is full of wildlife and it is common to see red squirrels if you sit quietly and wait. You will exit the wood on the North East corner and join a tar road for about 10 meters before bearing right onto a gravel track (do not take the track going behind you but continue in the same direction as you exited the woodland).

This farm track takes you down to some housing and a small farm. Continue straight and follow the footpath through a gate and across the field in an Easterly direction. This path quickly reaches the edge of the wetland reserve and a gate leads onto a raised wooden path across the reserve. Follow the wooden path to the t junction and turn right through two gates before turning left to walk in a northerly direction.

Orchard Picnic Spot Isle of Wight
Orchard Picnic Spot Isle of Wight

Here the small path joins a larger gravel road onto which you turn right and follow it East with the Sandown and Shanklin Golf Club on your right. After a short way you reach the road and turn left for 10 to 15 meters before tuning left again into a small orchard. Here there is a picnic table and a orchard garden with sculptures carved in wood. Follow the path through the orchard and through an arch to join the main Sandown to Newport cycle route.

Turn left onto the cycle route and follow the wide track to Alverstone. Either side of the cycle route is open countryside and a rich variety of birdlife. Look out for birds of prey by looking along the rows of fences. The birds like to sit on the fence posts and observe their surroundings.

Sandown to Newchurch Cycle Route Isle of Wight
Sandown to Newchurch Cycle Route

At Alverstone the tack crosses the road and heads onwards towards Newchurch. Along this stretch there fields either side of the track and many contain long haired highland cows.

When you reach the next road you have reached the outskirts of Newchurch. Turn left and follow the road into the centre of Newchurch where there is a public house serving food. The pub has a lovely pub garden with views over the countryside. Newchurch also has a historic church with a wooden spire.

Newchurch Countryside Isle of Wight
Newchurch Countryside Isle of Wight

In Newchurch take School Lane on the left and follow it past the school and down to a field. Turn right to follow the edge of the the field before crossing over to continue along the path to the road. Turn left onto Skinner’s Hill Road  and up the hill, down the hill and then up the hill to a junction. Continue straight on and turn right into the woodland at the small style 20 meters further on. Follow the path till you reach the path in the woods you followed at the beginning of the walk. Turn right and retrace your earlier steps back to the car park.

Holiday Cottage Wildlife Isle of Wight

The wildlife on the Isle of Wight is wonderfully rich and varied and there are species that cannot be seen on the mainland.

Red Squirrel Isle of WightOur most famous resident is the Red Squirrel which is especially attractive with tufty fur on their heads and a big bushy tail. They can be seen easily by choosing a piece of woodland and sitting very still. For the best results bring some hazel nuts and place them is a visible spot about 10 to 15 meters away.

Some great locations to see them include the woodland at Borthwood (near Newchurch, Alverstone and Sandown) and the coastal path between Ventnor and Shanklin.

Badger Isle of WightUndisturbed woodland will often have a badger set and it is possible to spot them at dusk. Badgers on the Isle of Wight are often much smaller than people expect as they don’t have access to the fast food they have in the towns and cities. Badgers often forage along the cycle path between Newchurch and Sandown at dusk or in woodland areas across the Island. Badgers will come out in the evening to look for grubs, beetles and earthworms which they find in large numbers under logs and piles of leaves. To see the badgers you will have to be patient and sit very still and quietly. The badgers will be very wary of you and will keep you at a distance but may come closer if you are patient. We would like to thank our holiday guests Paul & Tina Godden for this wonderful photo of a badger which they snapped on their holiday.

If you would like to send us pictures of wildlife you see on your holiday please submit them to our photo competition – www.islandcottageholidays.com/photography/

Isle of Wight Cottage Guest Cycling Comments

We love hearing about our guests holidays and all the activities enjoyed as part of their cottage holiday on the Isle of Wight. We have put together a little selection of comments from guest who talk about cycling on the Isle of Wight.

Hackney Stable Cottage

Hackney Stable Cottage Isle of Wight

“Wonderful holiday in a well equipped, pleasant and very interesting cottage. The children loved the play area and the lake and the proximity of Walks and cycle paths was a great advantage. We will certainly return.”.

One Mead Cottage Isle of Wight

One Mead Cottage Isle of Wight

“First family trip with 2 teenagers to the IoW, picked a gem to stay in. Top class-contemporary accommodation, extremely well equipped. Lovely rural setting with long cycle/walking routes a stones throw away. Great pub meals close by too! Owners always on hand. Will be back for sure.. ”

Paperbarn Cottage

Paperbarn Cottage Isle of Wight

“Great location with easy off road access to cycle path (Sandown to Cowes). Super pub – Pointers – a short walk away. Cottage had everything you could wish for and owners are friendly but unobtrusive.”

Moonfleet Cottage

Moonfleet Cottage Isle of Wight

“Lovely views, comfy size for two. Easy to get to by bike with a beautiful cycle ride from the ferry at Yarmouth.”

Indian Summer House Cottage

Indian Summer House Cottage Isle of Wight

“We really enjoyed our stay, the cottage is on its own in secluded woodland. Cowes is also a very nice town with good shops either side of the water. We hired bikes from the bike shop in Cowes midweek and really enjoyed a cycle around the estuary.”

We look forward to welcoming many more guests with their bikes this summer. For more information about Isle of Wight cottages for cyclists and Isle of Wight cycling information visit Cyclists Welcome Cottages Isle of Wight and Isle of Wight Cycling.

Welcome Schemes Self Catering Isle of Wight

Quality in Tourism grade all the cottages at Island Cottage Holidays to give an independent star grading as well as Gold Awards. This year we are adding Welcome Schemes and each cottage will be assessed on the facilities it offers to walkers, cyclists, families and pet owners. Those able to provide these facilities will be awarded the Welcome Scheme award in each area.

Welcome Scheme cottages are available all over the Isle of Wight and the first to be assessed include cottages in Bembridge, Seaview, Ventnor and Shanklin.

There are four Welcome Schemes:

Walkers Welcome Cottages Isle of WightWalkers Welcome

Isle of Wight holiday cottage accommodation suitable for walkers and those wishing to hike around the Isle of Wight. Cottages come with walking information and clothes drying facilities.

Walkers Welcome »

Cyclists Welcome Cottages Isle of WightCyclists Welcome

Isle of Wight holiday cottage accommodation suitable for cyclists. Cottages come with cycling information, clothes drying facilities, a first aid kit and basic tools.

Cyclists Welcome »

Welcome Pets Cottages Isle of Wight Welcomes Pets!

Pet friendly cottages which have those little extras which make pets feel at home. Welcomes Pets cottages have facilities for pets, local information you might need for your pet and details of local vet services.

Welcomes Pets! »

Families Welcome Cottages Isle of WightFamilies Welcome

Isle of Wight self catering holiday cottage accommodation for families that have special facilities for those traveling with young children.

Families Welcome »

For an overview of the Welcome Schemes visit Welcome Schemes »

Monks Path Cottage Holiday Updates

Monks Path Cottage Isle of WightMonks Path Cottage has been preparing for the 2015 holiday season on the Isle of Wight with a number of updates and improvements. To reflect the changes and to show you latest decorations there are new photographs of Monks Path on the website.

Monks Path has made special arrangements to be more accommodating for walkers and cyclists and there is now space to wash and lock away bikes as well as dry outdoor shoes and clothing. The local area around Brighstone has a large number of walks and cycle routes and there are instructions for routes into Carisbrooke, Freshwater, Alum Bay and Yarmouth.

For all the latest images visit Monks Path Isle of Wight