The small rural villages with traditional thatched cottages is one of the principle attractions of the Isle of Wight and Isle of Purbeck where such idyllic scenes are common. On the Isle of Wight this is epitomised by Godshill or Brighstone and on the Isle of Purbeck by places like Corfe Castle and Kingston.
We have picked out a selection of attractive thatched holiday cottages from each area.
Isle of Wight Thatched Cottages
The Poplars – St Helens Isle of Wight
The Poplars is a traditional holiday cottage with a thatched roof on the East coast of the Isle of Wight between Seaview and Bembridge. This thatched cottage is located in a village with a number of other small thatched cottages. View The Poplars Isle of Wight
This large and luxurious thatched holiday cottage nestles in a secluded valley between the beach resorts of Shanklin and Ventnor. It is possible to reach both beaches via a short walk along the Isle of Wight coastal path. View Dunnose Magna Isle of Wight
Old Rock Cottage – Brighstone, Isle of Wight
This stunning thatched rural cottage is located at the foot of the downs and within a pleasant walk of the beach at Brighstone. This thatched cottage mixes traditional features with modern luxuries such as a swimming pool. View Old Rock Cottage Isle of Wight
Penny Cottage is a traditional thatched cottage in the centre of Corfe Castle. The village of Corfe Castle is known for the quantity and quality of the thatched cottages and if you decide to visit you will notice a number of admiring looks at the cottage from passers by. View Penny Cottage Corfe Castle
We were asked which of our Isle of Wight holiday cottages has the best sea view. We couldn’t agree on just one so here are a few of the best sea views and we hope you will let us know which you think is the best. – facebook.com/islandcottages
The sea view at Bonny Blink in Seaview, Isle of Wight takes in the sweep of the bay, the gently sloping sandy beach and the beautiful blue water. It is a view which can be enjoyed from almost every room in the house. Bonny Blink, Seaview, Isle of Wight
The Glass House has been designed to take full advantage of this amazing sea view which affords a chance to see the sail races as well as the comings and goings of the luxury cruise liners. The Glass House Cowes Isle of Wight.
The View from Marine Villa takes in the beach and the bay but one can also glimpse the white cliffs that eventually end at The Needles. From here the sun appears to set behind the bay and few resist the opportunity to take a photograph. Marine Villa Freshwater Isle of Wight
Niton Undercliff and the Lighthouse from St Catherines Cottage
The view from the garden at St Catherines Cottage includes one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic buildings, the gently rolling shape of the countryside and a beautiful seascape. A bench has been positioned so you can enjoy the view in comfort. St Catherines Cottage Isle of Wight
Orchard Bay from Orchard Bay House
The view from Orchard Bay house is almost 180 degrees of sea with a beach of rich orange sand in front. A truly unique sea view which can be enjoyed most of the rooms in the house. Orchard Bay House Isle of Wight
Coming Soon; Sleeps 14 in 6 bedrooms
Substantial 6 bedroom detached house set in its own grounds of over 1/4 acre within a five minute drive of the sandy beach and small resort of Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. Wonderful open rural views from the house. The Knook is equipped to a very high standard and is very spacious. It has a hot tub on a first floor terrace; a sauna; games area with snooker table and dart board; outdoor children’s play area and an Arctic style barbecue lodge with internal seating. Electric gates. Four bedrooms have en-suite facilities and there is an additional family shower room. There are three double rooms with super king size beds including a water bed. In the master bedroom, two twin bedroom and a family room with a double bed and two twin beds. There is an electrically operated cinema screen, WiFi and a central music system allowing music to be played in every room. View The Knook Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Coming Soon; Sleeps 3 + a baby in 2 bedrooms
Pretty stone cottage which dates back to the 15th Century and is Grade 11 listed. It stands in St Lawrence, a small peaceful coastal village on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The cottage is attractively furnished and well equipped with central heating and a wood burning stove. Sleeps 3 plus a baby in 2 bedrooms – all on one level. One double bedroom and a single room; a bathroom with bath and overhead shower, sitting room with wood burning stove, comfortable sofa and chairs plus television with DVD player and Freeview; newly equipped fitted kitchen with cooker and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer and washing machine. WiFi available. Delightful small enclosed garden with garden furniture and barbecue so meals can be enjoyed outside in the sunshine. Parking space for 1 car in the drive. View Vestry Cottage St Lawrence, Isle of Wight
The small coastal village of Brook on the West side of the Isle of Wight is a very attractive holiday destination and one of those places which draws visitors back year after year. The strong appeal stems partly from the long sand and shingle beach, the proximity to walking trails, the beauty of the village green and the proximity to Freshwater Bay and the other beautiful location on the West side of the Isle of Wight.
Thing to Do and Places to See in Brook
Brook has a number of hidden treasures such as a beautiful historic church, a peaceful village green with a brook and an abundance of local wildlife.
The beach at Brook is a peaceful bay and never very busy. The shore is a mix of sand and shingle and the water is suitable for swimming. Further up the coast towards Freshwater the water is popular with surfers.
Eating and Drinking at Brook
There are a number of excellent pubs and restaurants near to Brook either in Freshwater to the East or Brighstone to the West:
Sun Inn, Brook – A public house with a sunny garden between Brook and Brighstone. sun-hulverstone.com
Red Lion Public House, Freshwater – The Red Lion is a traditional public house serving great food using local produce and local caught seafood. A traditional pub feel with a friendly atmosphere makes it a very enjoyable place to enjoy lunch or stop off at on a walk around the Western side of the Isle of Wight. Find out more Red Lion Freshwater Website.
Highdown Inn, Alum Bay – Attractive little public house serving good food. Located along the Freshwater Bay to Alum Bay back road and can be nicely incorporated into a walk between Freshwater Bay and Alum Bay via the coastal path. Highdown Inn