Chine Side Updated Photos 2017

Chine Side Cottage Shanklin Isle of Wight

There are new photos showing Chine Side cottage in Shanklin Isle of Wight. These 2017 photos show some of the changes and updates to this self catering holiday rental near the sea on the East coast of the Isle of Wight.

Chine Side 2017 Photos

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Chine Side 2017 Updates

Chine Side is a very popular holiday cottage and its especially suitable for large families who need the space to bring generations together. This 4 bedroom cottage can sleep up to 8 people. There is a large kitchen and comfortable sitting room, a large balcony and a beautiful garden. This luxurious 5 Star self catering holiday rental is a true delight and every year there are updates designed to make your holiday even more enjoyable.

In 2017 there were extensive changes to the kitchen, a number of the bathrooms and the garden as well as new additions in the bedrooms and dining room. Chine Side has been quick to implement guest suggestions and guest satisfaction their ultimate goal.

2018 Holidays at Chine Side

Chine Side is accepting bookings for holidays in 2018 and there will be new photos at the beginning of the holiday season showing improvements made over the winter. Subscribe to this blog to see the new photos first. If there is anything you would like us to photograph at Chine Side Cottage please leave us a comment in the section below.

Learn more about Chine Side Isle of Wight

To see all the new photos as well as read a detailed description and view prices, availability and short breaks visit Chine Side Shanklin Isle of Wight

First Look at Rubstone Cottage Isle of Wight

Rubstone Cottage Isle of Wight

Rubstone Cottage is an attractive Shanklin self catering cottage located near the sea in Shanklin Old Town, the historic part of Shanklin comprising numerous small boutique shops, thatched cottages, and thatched public houses. Shanklin Old Town has a beautiful gardens which one can walk through enroute to the sandy beach.

This idyllic location also affords access to the coastal path and a number of footpaths and cycle routes heading inland via the nature reserve.

Ventnor and this can be reached via the coastal path or by a regular bus service. This stretch of the coastal path includes a visit to Devils Chimney

There is a large open parkland space near to Rubstone which is ideal for family games, picnics and simply sitting in the sun. A small duck pond is at one end and a friendly group of ducks to feed.

The nearest Public House is The Crab and there is a thatched tea rooms next door.

Inside Rubstone Cottage Isle of Wight

Rubstone is a two bedroom cottage sleeping 4 people. There is a double and a twin bedroom as well as a family dining room and relaxing front room. The cottage is in a central but secluded location away from the more bustling end of town.

This cottage is centrally heated but also has a number of separate heaters making it ideal for winter and autumn breaks on the Isle of Wight.

For more information, as well as prices, availability and a full description visit Rubstone Self Catering Cottage Shanklin Isle of Wight

First Look at Bats Wing Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

Bats Wing Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

Bats Wing Cottage is a new self catering holiday home in the centre of the historic village of Godshill. This 3 bedroom cottage is located within a 2min walk of the historic church or the highstreet with its boutique shops and excellent choice of cafes and tea shops.

Bats Wing Location Godshill Isle of Wight

This rural location is connected to the sea at Shanklin and Ventnor by cycle tracks and footpaths but can also be reached by car with a 5 to 10min drive. The surrounding countryside is crisscrossed with footpaths and many choose to explore the old railway line that runs past Godshill and goes all the way to the coast at Sandown.

In Godshill you will find one of the Island’s best public houses. The Taverners has excellent food and serves local beer from the Isle of Wight. On the edge of Godshill there is an excellent local farm shop selling local produce if you choose to cook at home (Brownrigg’s Farm Shop).

Inside Bats Wing Cottage Isle of Wight

The cottage has 2 bedrooms and can sleep 3 people. An additional bed can be made available on request. There is a comfortable living room for relaxing and a spacious dining room with space to entertain.

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For more information, as well as prices, availability and a full description visit Bats Wing Self Catering Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Events Autumn/Winter 2017

Festival of Light 30th September – 4th November

This regular Diwali inspired event will celebrate 70 years of India’s independence this year. The event lights up Robin Hill Country Park, with creative light, colour, sound, and entertainment to reflect the many facets of Indian culture. There’s also activities such as art workshops, aerial silk displays, and a bird of prey showcase. With authentic Indian food, as well as a free bag of Holi powder for every first time visitor, this really is a great thing to do with the whole family.

Isle of Wight Literary Festival 12th – 15th October

Jam-packed with loads of speakers, the Literary Festival is a wonderful celebration of the written word, with talks about history, publishing, illustration, and social politics, amongst others. Some of the speakers include BBC’s Andrew Marr, leading Literary Agent Caroline Sheldon, and Grantchester screenwriter Daisy Coulam, and the main venue is the stunning Northwood House in Cowes. Take a look at their website to see the full programme and plan your visit.

Classic Buses, Beers and Walks 14th-15th October

With over 100 vintage buses taking visitors on tours of the island, this event is one not to miss if you’re into anything nostalgic. The tours will be stopping at some of the best pubs on the island, and there’s also walking routes for those who prefer to walk off their pints! Travel on the buses is free, although you can support the festival by buying one of their programmes for £6. The brochures detail the routes, beers, and buses available, so are definitely handy to have.

Wizard Week and Halloween Fright Night 23rd – 27th + 28th October

The Isle of Wight steam railway is a great place to enjoy the build up to Halloween. Wizard Week involves magic shows, steam train rides, a woodland walk, crafts, and fancy dress with prizes. It’s a perfect place to take the children during the half term week. Then, Halloween Fright Night gives a slightly scarier experience, with multiple ‘fright’ trains running, scary stories and tales of paranormal explorations, and entertainment in the station yard. The restaurant will be serving Halloween meals, and there will be dancing in the evening as the bar is staying open until 11pm. There’s also night time trains to take you around the gorgeous, if slightly spooky, nighttime countryside.

Santa Specials Various dates throughout December

This one will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit! There will be an extremely festive atmosphere at Havenstreet Station, with live Christmas music, crafts market, entertainment, and magic shows for the children. They’ll be able to meet Santa, receive a gift, and then enjoy a cosy ten mile round trip through the island’s countryside. There will be seasonal food and drink available in the refreshment rooms, and a Christmas gift shop as well.

 

Isle of Purbeck – Events Autumn/Winter 2017

The summer may be well and truly over, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty of things to keep you busy in the quieter season. Here are our top picks of events happening between now and the end of the year.

Purbeck Outdoor Weekend – 15-17th September

Although entries have now closed for this outdoor athletic event, there’s still plenty of opportunities to watch the runners, cyclists and walkers along their courses. With each event starting from either the Downs or Sandpit Field in Swanage, the atmosphere in town is sure to be busy. There are also individual events happening throughout the town; including yoga, kayaking and talks with a real-life explorer available for the adults and the kids. Use the link above to find out more and to book a space.

Film Nights @ Purbeck Golf Course – Various Dates

Set within the stunning surroundings of the golf course, these film nights are a wonderful way to spend a cosy evening. Cheap and cheerful, the films being shown are Rocky Horror (25th of September), Lion (15th November) and Hackshaw Ridge (29th November). Each film will be showing from 7pm, and the bar will be open for ice cream, snacks and drinks. The course has exquisite views over to Poole Harbour, as well as valleys and generally lovely countryside. You can book in advance from the reception.

Stargazing at Durlston Castle – 29th September

These stargazing events offer the chance to use the various telescopes at Durlston, including their main telescope inside the new observatory. There is also a short talk beforehand to give you more of an idea of what you’re looking at and what specifics to look out for. The Purbeck skies are extremely clear and offer a really good chance to enjoy stargazing without light pollution. The new observatory is supported by members of the Wessex Astronomical Society, which means the talks are informative and interesting.

Swanage Blues Festival – 5th – 8th October

The biannual Swanage Blues Festival is the towns last music based festival of the year. Growing ever more popular as the years go on, the Blues Festival takes place in almost every venue in Swanage, with over 30 bands and 15 indoor venues taking part. The support wristbands are only £10, and although they’re not compulsory for each venue, buying one supports the festival and allows it to continue each year. There are also jams and open mic nights, so if you want to get more involved you can!

Purbeck Film Festival – 13th -29th October

A huge number of films are being shown at various venues throughout Dorset and the Purbecks over this festival. There’s everything from indie comedies, blockbuster dramas and kids flicks, so no matter what your taste, you’ll definitely be able to find something to suit you. The film festival is also showing several foreign language films as well, which really backs up the idea of education through film that the charitable trust behind the event stands for. For more information, including how to book tickets, use the link above.

Santa Special Trains – Various Dates

These ones are perfect for the kids! A return journey on the steam train, with the opportunity to meet Santa, these trips are really quite magical for the little ones. Starting from and returning to Swanage train station, the journey is an hour long and includes a gift, soft drink and biscuit for the children, and a mince pie and seasonal drink for the adults. Whilst taking in the beautiful Purbeck countryside, you’ll also be entertained on board. The trains run four times a day, on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the beginning of December, and every day throughout the week from the 18th to the 24th. There is also a canapé and champagne version for the grown ups, held in the luxurious Pullman Observation Car, and Christmas Luncheons on the Wessex Belle as well.

New Bembridge Cottage Larkspur House Isle of Wight

We are pleased to introduce Larkspur House, a new self catering holiday cottage in Bembridge on the East of The Isle of Wight. This coastal town is surrounded by beach and the nearby resorts of St Helens, Seaview and Shanklin are within walking distance via the coastal path.

Lurkspur is a 4 bedroom holiday cottage and available for self catering holidays from now. The beautifully decorated cottage has only just been released so there is still availability for school holidays on the Isle of Wight.

For more information, including prices, availability and much more visit Larkspur Bembridge Isle of Wight

New Photos of Rosemary Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

There are new photos of Rosemary Cottage at Godshill on the East of the Isle of Wight showing the bedrooms and living room.

Rosemary Cottage is located within a short walk of the centre of Godshill and is on the grounds of a beautiful farm surrounded by countryside. This lovely location gives excellent access to walking trails, footpaths and cycle routes with lead to some of the principle attractions on the Island. A footpath to Ventnor and Shanklin are located close to the cottage.

For more information visit Rosemary Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

What to do on the Isle of Wight this bank holiday Monday

Are you looking for something to do on the island this bank holiday Monday? There’s lots for the whole family to enjoy, here are a few options;

International Scooter Rally (25th-28th August)

With 5,000 scooters expected on the island during the festival, if you’re a mod at heart you won’t want to miss this! One of the biggest scooter rallies in the world, there will be entertainment over the weekend, and a showstopping ‘ride-out’ from Ryde seafront on the Sunday. Centering in Ryde, definitely make your way there to marvel at the various scooters, as well as entertainment at Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde Pavillion Bar amongst others.

Island Steam Show (25th-28th August)

Set to be a brilliant day out for the whole family, the 43rd Island Steam Show involves steam train trips, entertainment in the main arena, comedy, fair rides and vintage cars on show. There will also be a chance to pick up some local crafts from stalls, as well as refresh yourselves at the beer tent. Moto-Stunts International will be putting on a must-see stunt show – which won’t be one for the faint hearted!

Cowes Classic Powerboat Race (27th August)

This 200 mile race is compared to Le Mans, for its sheer difficulty, and can be completed in 3 hours. The best places to watch from our Egypt Point and Victoria Fort, so why not set up with a picnic and lovely sea views to watch the thrilling race? Fort Victoria also houses lots to keep the children entertained, from an underwater archeology centre to a planetarium.

Arreton Barns

The biggest arts and crafts centre on the island, Arreton Barns truly has something for everyone. You can watch skilled crafters in their workshop, or explore the duck pond, village green or sweet shop. The barns also has a pub called The Dairymans Daughter, which is a great spot for some lunch and a drink. Over the bank holiday weekend, Isle Bounce will also be at the barns, with various bouncy castles to wear the children out!

Monkey Haven

Definitely one for the animal lovers, Monkey Haven is a rescue for primates such as monkeys, gibbons and marmosets. They give these lovely animals a new life, and also care for meerkats, owls and reptiles. There are lots of chances to educate as well, with keeper talks and feedings, as well as the chance to get up close and personal with many of the creatures.

 

The best spots for sea swimming in Dorset

Dorset is full of stunning beaches and seaside locations, most with plenty of cafes and restaurants around for refreshments; perfect for setting up for a day of sunbathing and swimming. Here are our favourite locations for beach days;

Swanage Beach

Swanage beach is a traditional, long stretch of golden sands, set within the quaint town. It’s perfect for families, as you’re never far from a cafe, shop or restaurant (try the Fish Plaice for the best fish and chips in town!) There are regular Punch and Judy shows during the summer for a nominal cost, and the views back to the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth are stunning. Make a day of it by walking to Peveril Point to enjoy some even more spectacular views, or by visiting the railway station and taking the steam train up to Corfe Castle.

Weymouth

This beach is another very popular tourist beach, and for good reason as well. With the traditional Georgian buildings surrounding the esplanade, the sights to be seen include donkeys on the beach, and more Punch and Judy shows to watch. The town itself has lots of cafes and restaurants, there’s also live music and fireworks displays throughout the summer. The sand is soft and the waters are fairly shallow, so it’s a great one to visit with smaller children.

Studland

The beaches at Studland are split into distinct areas; South Beach, Middle Beach, Knoll Beach and Shell Bay. Each one is good for swimming, however it is worth noting that there is a short stretch of the beach designated to naturists, so please make sure you follow any signage where appropriate. Knoll Beach is probably the best for setting up for the day, with sands which gradually slope into the water, along with watersports equipment for hire. There’s also cafes for refreshments, and an ice cream kiosk for when that craving hits! Studland can be accessed from Swanage by car or bus, and can be easily reached from Corfe Castle or Langton Matravers by car.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth is across the chain ferry from Studland, so is around a 45-60 minute drive from Swanage and the Purbecks. It’s a hugely popular resort, with good reason too, the 7 miles of golden sands, surrounded by vibrant town centre shops, restaurants, and cafes means you’ll need plenty of time to explore. The main beach has lots going on year round, with events throughout the year, as well as the pier and it’s attractions. There are several things on the pier of interest, including RockReef (all-weather climbing and obstacle courses), as well as a zipline down the pier, and an indoor caving area – perfect for children.

Sandbanks

Known as the home of many of the UKs rich and famous, Sandbanks has the 4th highest land value in the world (by area). Besides that however, it’s also a lovely stretch of sand, and has been recognised with the Blue Flag award countless times over the years, showing how safe it is for swimming. There’s a wide selection of watersports equipment to hire, as well as a crazy golf course. There’s shops, cafes, and restaurants, including Rick Stein’s which is great for fine dining. Sandbanks is just a short journey from the Purbecks over the chain ferry.

Best spots for sea swimming on the Isle of Wight

There is nothing that can come close to stepping into the (normally freezing!) sea for a swim, especially when the weather is glorious during the summer. Whether you’re planning on a paddle, a dip, or a full on workout, there are definitely risks which can occur if you’re not swimming in a safe area. The Isle of Wight has plenty of beaches with safe swimming waters and things to keep the family busy, here are a few of our favourites;

Colwell Bay

Colwell is situated to the west of the island, in between Yarmouth and Totland. There are plenty of cafes, shops, and a restaurant as well, so you won’t be far from amenities. You can also hire equipment for watersports, as well as purchase inflatables to enjoy the water even more. The waters are clear and calm, and offer views back across to the mainland. The water gently slopes into the sea, so it’s perfect for sea swimming. The only thing to note is that the bay is a hotspot for windsurfers and jetskiers, so practise caution and be aware of your surroundings.

Shanklin

Shanklin is possibly the most famous beach on the Isle of Wight, partly due to it’s stunning swimming waters. The beach itself is sandy, so is great for setting up for the day, whether sunbathing, building castles, or swimming. The promenade that sits next to the beach has plenty of things to keep the whole family busy; with crazy golf, cafes, shops, go-karting, and pubs. From Shanklin there are lots of good walks and places to visit, including walking round to Luccombe Beach at low tide.

Freshwater Bay

You might need to make sure you’re wearing sturdy shoes on this beach as it is a little pebbly, however once you’re in the water there is soft sand underfoot. This is a great spot to visit for those who like something a little different than the standard ‘beach day’, with caves that can be explored by kayak (with local instructors). You can also walk along an exposed rocky ledge to see a smaller bay to the west of Freshwater Bay, though this can only be done at extremely low tide so it’s worth checking before you travel. Freshwater Bay also has rock pools to explore, and is popular with surfers. From Freshwater Bay you are close to Tennyson Down and Monument, which are both things you should see whilst on the island.

Springvale Beach

The shallow waters at Springvale Beach make it absolutely perfect for younger children wanting to swim in the sea. The beach itself is made up of shingle and sand, and the waters are sparklingly clear, perfect for a paddle. It’s generally a fairly quiet beach as well, which makes it a nice change from some of the more popular tourist areas. If you fancy extending the day out, there is a nearby pub called ‘The Boathouse’, and the beach is only a short walk away from Puckpool Park, which offers refreshments as well as other activities such as mini-golf and tennis. There is a lot of free parking around as well, so a perfect cheaper day out.

Steephill Cove

Although Steephill Cove is only accessible via foot, it really is a hidden gem and well worth a visit. It’s a really quiet and picturesque spot to admire the views from, and has a much different atmosphere to some of the busier beaches on the island. The area also has lots of cute fisherman’s cottages and beach huts, which really add to the feeling of stepping back in time you get whilst here. There are several restaurants to refresh yourself in, which all serve fresh seafood, and the beach is dog friendly (although do double check with local information.) The only downside is the accessibility, as the cove is down (you guessed it!) a steep hill, which does mean it’s probably not suitable for those with lower mobility.

 

Care should be taken when swimming in any water, so make sure all children are supervised and you triple check for dangers, as well as being aware of any dangers which may be unseen.