Newly Updated Holiday Cottages – May

Some new photos from cottages with updated features or information in May.

Apple Tree Lodge Shanklin Isle of Wight Apple Tree Lodge Shanklin Isle of Wight Dunnose Field Cottage Ventnor Isle of Wight Dunnose Magna Cottage Ventnor Isle of Wight Jasmine Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight Beaulieu Cottage Borthwood Isle of Wight Jasmine Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight Bonchurch Beach Isle of Wight Vestry Cottage St Lawrence Ventnor Isle of Wight Vestry Cottage St Lawrence Ventnor Isle of Wight Vestry Cottage St Lawrence Ventnor Isle of Wight

These photos include pictures of Apple Tree Lodge in Shanklin, Dunnose Field Cottage near Ventnor, Dunnose Magna Cottages which is also near Ventnor, Jasmine Cottage in Godshill, some horses near Beaulieu Cottage in Borthwood, Bonchurch beach on the South of the Isle of Wight, and Vestry Cottage at St Lawrence Near Ventnor.

You can click on any of the photos and go to the page which includes that photo.

We really enjoy photographing the Isle of Wight. If you have photos of the Isle of Wight you would like to share you can send them to us via and take part in the photo competition.

Latest Isle of Wight Holiday Videos

The following videos were filmed over last weekend and show the sights and sounds from holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight. These videos try to capture the feeling of relaxing quietly at your holiday cottage and allow you to hear the sounds you might hear.

Redway Farm Cottages, Isle of Wight – Sights and Sounds

Dunnose Magna Cottage, Isle of Wight – Sights and Sounds

Beaulieu Cottage, Isle of Wight – Sights and Sounds

There are more Isle of Wight videos on our Island Cottage Videos page.

May Purbeck Dorset Holiday Cottage Guest Comments

These comments are some of the ones shared with us from holiday guests to Purbeck Cottages in Dorset.

Topsail House – Swanage, Dorset

“Lovely cottage, convenient quiet location in Swanage. The owners were nice to deal with. The website was easy to use and efficient. Security deposit refunded without delay. Overall a very good experience, would highly recommend.” – Russell Poynter – 28 May 2014

Afflington Manor Cottage – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“Our third visit to this lovely cottage, and once again we appreciated the peace and lovely outlook from the conservatory.” – A Breese – 15 May 2014

Willow Cottage – Langton Matravers, Dorset

“Really lovely cottage, would definitely stay again” – Louise Tuffin – 28 May 2014

Honeypot Cottage – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“high standard furnishings, comfortable and clean. A delightful property. Lovely garden.” – Teresa Robbins – 28 May 2014

May Isle of Wight Holiday Cottage Guest Comments

There have been some lovely comments coming in this week. Here are just a few of the most recent ones for cottages on the Isle of Wight. We love to hear about your holiday experiences and also receive a number of photographs which you can see on our Facebook page –

The Old Chapel – Brighstone, Isle of Wight

“Superb renovated chapel. Everything you require for a home from home holiday. Very comfortable and well equipped. Brighstone is a delightful village and excellent base from which you can easily explore the Isle. We couldn’t have asked for a better location or accommodation.” – Karen Durrant – 28 May 2014

Medham Farm Cottage – Cowes, Isle of Wight

“Highly recommended. Very high standard of cottage with welcoming hosts and beautiful setting.” – Liz Porter – 08 May 2014

Stable Cottage – Brighstone, Isle of Wight

“An enjoyable stay in a very user friendly cottage in a beautiful part of the Island, what more could you ask for? The sun even shined for us. No doubt we will return at some time in the future.” – Eileen Anderson – 15 May 2014

Shalfleet Manor Cottage – Shalfleet, Isle of Wight

“First class peaceful location in lovely garden. Ideal for a couple plus dog. Our week was much enjoyed and we’ d choose this cottage again.” – John Spivey – 28 May 2014

November Cottage – Brighstone, Isle of Wight

“We had a fabulous holiday and would definitely recommend Island Cottage Holidays. We’ll be back! Thank you.” – Nicola Cornick – 28 May 2014

Apple Tree Lodge – Shanklin, Isle of Wight

“A comfortable and convenient base. We felt immediately at home here and will probably return.” – Angus Russell – 28 May 2014

Little Granville – Whitwell, Isle of Wight

“Little Granville is just that- a compact cottage with lovely views over the local farm’s fields to St Catherine’s Down. It’s perfectly designed & laid-out for two people, clean & modern & homely, quiet & relaxing & well looked-after. Local pubs do good food. Highly recommended!” – Malcolm Simpson – 15 May 2014

Dunnose Magna Cottage – Luccombe, Isle of Wight

“We had a wonderful stay at Dunnose Magna, its probably the most impressive place we have stayed at and as holiday home ownners we know what that takes,the house and gardens were superb, we cant praise Dunnose Magna enough,we hope to return very soon. Carole & Tom Muldoon” – Carole Muldoon – 28 May 2014

Apple House – Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

“A very comfortable we’ll equipped holiday home. Really appreciated the welcome pack.” – Christine Jones – 15 May 2014

Two Mead Cottage – Alverstone, Isle of Wight

“Very nice cottage, lovely and warm. Owners very welcoming and it was interesting to watch the hens being fed and other farm happenings. Would happily return to this accommodation again.” – Linda Bailey – 28 May 2014

One Mead Cottage – Alverstone, Isle of Wight

“We were made very welcome by the owners. The welcome pack of lemon cake, milk and home produced eggs plus the vase of flowers was a lovely touch. The cottage is located in a delightful rural area – a most relaxing holiday.” – Alison Goulter – 28 May 2014

Manor Park View – Shanklin, Isle of Wight

“We found this property extremely well appointed, in a beautiful and tranquil setting, within walking distance of Shanklin. It was lovely and clean throughout and very well equipped. The welcome pack was a kind and thoughtful gesture. Would not hesitate to return!” – Sara Merry – 08 May 2014

High Rising – Gurnard, Isle of Wight

“The house was perfect. Very spacious and able to accommodate a family with ages ranging from 2 to 87 years old. Lovely walks along the sea front to Cowes We would certainly go back.” – B Goodchild – 15 May 2014

Western Lines – Ventnor, Isle of Wight

“beautiful property with lovely views and kept to a high standard of cleanliness would consider on going back next year” – Kathryn Lewis – 28 May 2014

Wyncott and Russett Cottage Corfe Castle Update

There are new photos of Wyncott Cottage and Russett Cottage in Corfe Castle. Both Purbeck cottages are located on the same quiet street in Corfe Castle called West St and both cottages have made made improvements to make them even more comfortable.

Wyncott Cottage changes include new decoration and fittings in all the bedrooms and Russett Cottage has improvements to the kitchen and a new wood burning stove  in the front room.

Wyncott Cottage Corfe Castle
Wyncott Cottage Corfe Castle
Russett Cottage Corfe Castle
Russett Cottage Corfe Castle

For more information about Wyncott Cottage and Russett Cottage visit their cottage web pages:

Wyncott Cottage – Corfe Castle Dorset
Russett Cottage – Corfe Castle Dorset

or go view All Corfe Castle Cottages Dorset

New Woaddens Photos Corfe Castle

Woaddens Cottage Corfe Castle
Woaddens Cottage Corfe Castle

New photos of Woaddens Cottage have just been added. This beautifully furnished traditional cottage in Corfe Castle has an excellent location within a few minutes walk of Corfe Castle village square, where there are a number of public houses, and on a quiet street. From Woaddens it is a short walk to Corfe Castle common and longer walks take you to the coast or along the ridge to the beach at Swanage.

View Woaddens Cottage Corfe Castle


Summer Holiday Cottages Isle of Wight

summer holiday cottage isle of wightThe school summer holidays are a wonderful time to visit the Isle of Wight. The warm climate combined with a rich variety of family activities and good food makes the Isle of Wight a great escape with the children.

To help you choose the perfect self catering accommodation on the Isle of Wight over the school summer holidays we have a dedicated page of available cottages. Choose the size and maybe the location you wish to stay in and we will show you what is available for each of the weeks of the school summer holidays.

View School Summer Holiday Cottages Isle of Wight

April Isle of Wight Holiday Cottage Guest Comments

Guests who visited the Isle of Wight in April this year enjoyed some good weather and and excellent start to the summer and a number have written to tell us about their holidays. Here are a selection of guest comments from self catering holidays in April 2014.

Belmont Villa – Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

“A beautiful house; warm, friendly, helpful and caring owners who go to great lengths to ensure enjoyment of the holiday. It breaks our hearts to leave.” – Judith Booth

Briary Cottage – Cowes, Isle of Wight

“Excellent accommodation in a wonderful position right on the esplanade. The ever-changing view of the Solent was fascinating.All rooms were spotless and very comfortable; perfect for a relaxing break. Elderly parents felt the en-suite room and easy walking along the esplanade allowed them a great deal of independence. Highly recommended!” – David Booth

Castle Coach House – Ventnor, Isle of Wight

“Clatterford House was an oasis of calm – even with two active boys in tow! Had a wonderful relaxing holiday. Gardens beautiful, views stunning.” – H A Osborne

Clatterford Coach House – Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight

“I had a lovely holiday. Your staff were very helpful when I was trying to find the place that was right for me. Sylvia and David could not have made more welcome. They were very generous and did everything to ensure my comfort.” – Marilyn Phillips

The Cottage Stone Farm – Newport, Isle of Wight

“The cottage was very clean, comfortable and was home from home , everything we needed for a happy holiday. Set on a farm / riding school. We definitely would recommend this cottage and we hope to return…. Kids are missing the friendly donkey and pony. Thank you for a great holiday.” – Heather Nicholls

Dairy Cottage – Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight

“It is a cottage we would go back to anytime.Dairy Cottage is well stock with all you need and the garden was good for the two dogs and us to sit in.The cottage has plenty of room.Its the best cottage we all have stay in.” – Donald Fermer

Dairymaid Cottage – Shanklin, Isle of Wight

“Excellent cottage. We had a lovely, relaxing stay and would love to return later in the year.” – Joan Dawson

Dunnose Magna Cottage – Luccombe, Isle of Wight

“Beautiful cottage, setting & very cosy. Well equipped. Ideal position to travel around the Island. Loved the early morning walks into Shanklin and Bonchurch along the Coastal Path. Bill and Jane very welcoming and friendly.” – Karen Fraser

The Hayloft – Godshill, Isle of Wight

“The Hayloft is a perfect holiday cottage set in a beautiful island. The Hayloft gave us a wonderful base to enjoy the island, Absolutely perfect, comfortable and modern accommodation. I can only say thank you for letting us stay there.” – Peter Yacomine

High Rising – Gurnard, Isle of Wight

“Ideal location for 3 generations. Lovely, warm and comfortable house. Stunning views and pretty garden. Very well equipped and remarkably child friendly considering the unusual layout. Very spacious, excellent en suite facilities and well equipped kitchen and utility room. Beach,pub and cafe all excellent and within walking distance. Great week!” – Janet Bartley

Hildas Cottage – Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight

“Hilda’s Cottage is peaceful and comfortable. Sheila and Jim do everything to make guests feel welcome and at home. We have just returned from our third stay at the Cottage and are looking forward to returning as soon as possible.” – Bridget Spring

House of Om – Godshill, Isle of Wight

“Very warm welcome ! The Cottage is ideally located and very comfortable. The owner is very nice and helpful, she also provides art and craft lessons that our kids enjoyed a lot ! An ideal cottage for a great holiday… Strongly recommend.” – Samberger N

Jasmine Cottage – Godshill, Isle of Wight

“Jasmine Cottage in Godshill is simply delightful, beautifully furnished and decorated and spotlessly clean. The garden was a joy and the summerhouse was a real treat to be able to relax in after a day’s sightseeing on the IOW. Very happy with the location and the excellent local eating establishments” – Jennifer Anson

Keats House – Shanklin, Isle of Wight

“Our third stay in this house. We like the ambience and the space.” – Brenda Pearson

Knighton Gorges – Newchurch, Isle of Wight

“A lovely cottage with Everything you could want for. Peace & Quiet, comfort, Spotlessly clean, warm, with Superb Views. With access to lots of local interesting places to visit.We had a very enjoyable stay and hope to go back soon. Thank you Mr & Mrs Brooks” – Stuart Brooks

Milk Parlour Cottage – Godshill, Isle of Wight

“We had a lovely time at Milk Parlour cottage. The cottage was comfortable, and warm for the time of year. Sadly the IOW wasn’t so warm. Thank you to Alison for making our stay so enjoyable.” – Graham Dutton

Mill Cottage – Whitwell, Isle of Wight

“We enjoyed our stay very much at Mill Cottage which is in an excellent and idyllic location. Our dogs enjoyed the garden and stream and the walks nearby. The cottage was extremely comfortable and well equipped and we will certainly be back.” – Clare Wentworth

Pictou Cottage – Niton, Isle of Wight

“Pictou Cottage had everything you could ask for. Excellent location, views, walks,great for the dogs. My daughter loved the pink bedroom looking over the front garden. The village of Niton has a very friendly community feel and every one made you so welcome. Will definitely come again. thank you” – Lana Evans

Redway Granary – Merstone, Isle of Wight

“The kids loved the time we spent there, time to remember.” – Rukayah Alhedayani

Rose Cottage – Shorwell, Isle of Wight

“Wonderful cosy cottage, very comfortable and attractive. Ideally situated in a beautiful village with local pub and shop within 5 minutes’ walk. Fantastic walks on the doorstep. Huge variety of birds including a pair of pheasants by the birdfeeder! Already booked next stay.” – Sarah Morris

Sea Whisper – Shanklin, Isle of Wight

“Fabulous accommodation, excellent location and impeccably presented throughout. Perfect for a fun packed family holiday would thoroughly recommend.” – Juliet Williams

Stanwell Barn – Bembridge, Isle of Wight

“Fantastic property, want to book again!” – Tanya Trimnell

The Long Isle of Wight Cycle Route

Godshill Rural Cycle Route
Isle of Wight Cycling

If you are looking for a longer bike ride on the Isle of Wight you might want to try The Big One.

The Big One is a cycle route which goes right across the Isle of Wight from Yarmouth in the West to Bembridge on the East Coast. The route goes along the spine of the Isle of Wight and has fantastic views of the West Coast as well as a number of small villages with good pubs at which to stop along the way. Although this is a challenging cycle ride it can be spread over an entire day or two days so that you can stop and enjoy the scenery along the way.

The Big One is just one of a number of great bike rides on the Isle of Wight so if you are looking for something a little easier or want to look at our other long bike rides go to our Isle of Wight Cycling pages