New Bonny Blink Photos 2017

There are new photos of Bonny Blink self catering in Seaview Isle of Wight to show updates and changes for the 2017 self catering holiday season. This large and luxurious holiday home has a new bedroom available on the ground floor and there are numerous changes and updates across the property.

Bonny Blink is best known for its fantastic position by the sea and has immediate access to Seaview Beach. This sandy stretch of coast is a beautiful seaside location and the gently sloping beach has excellent swimming waters.

For a complete description showing updates and changes, as well as all the new photos, live availability, prices and online booking visit Bonny Blink Seaview Isle of Wight

Where to spot wildlife on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight’s climate and physical makeup makes it the perfect place to do a spot of wildlife watching. The island is home to over 200 species of birds, and with plenty of areas of water (lakes, rivers, creeks and of course, the sea) it’s a great place to spot wading birds, ducks and waterfowl. You’ll also find 43 of the UK’s 61 butterfly species, as well as plenty of exciting plants, insects and of course; red squirrels. No matter what kind of wildlife and nature you enjoy, there is sure to be somewhere you’ll enjoy in our list below.

The Medina Estuary

The River Medina is a hotbed for local wildlife. Many birds can be seen here, from little egrets, grey herons and curlews. You’ll also be able to spot red squirrels along the way. The estuary itself lies within a valley, and is bordered by mudflats and some areas of saltmarsh as well, which are vital to the ecosystem of the area. The saltmarsh areas provide a vital place for young birds to shelter in the summer, as well as a place to thrive for rare and vulnerable plant species.

Borthwood Copse

The remnants of the ancient woodland which used to cover most of the eastern side of the island, Borthwood Copse is one of the best places on the island to observe a huge range of wildlife. Covered in bluebells and other beautiful wildflowers during the spring, the trees take over the light come summer. And, once summer is over, the stunning colours of the changing trees becomes the view. Make the trip here for the chance to see all kinds of animals; dormice, bats and butterflies, as well as (of course!) the red squirrel.

Newton Nature Reserve

The only national nature reserve on the island, you can easily spend many hours exploring the ins and outs of the reserve. The medieval woodland features rare butterflies, red squirrels and plenty of different flowers and trees. You can also spot beautiful meadows of wildflowers and explore the numerous walking and flat, peaceful cycling tracks around the reserve. There’s a pond for spotting dragonflies, and three bird hides as well, where you’ll find volunteers ready to answer your questions.

St Helens Duver shoreline

The shoreline of the Duver attracts lots of different types of wildlife, and offers a different experience to the more woodland and river habitats above. The fine sands are perfect for rock pools, in which you can find whelks, limpets and periwinkles. You might also be able to spot small fish such as Guppies or Blennies, and there has even been the occasional seahorse, small lobster and shrimp spotted! You’re also likely to find various kinds of crabs such as hermit crabs, porcelain crabs and shore crabs. There is also a plethora of insect life to be seen, from bees, wasps and spiders to grasshoppers and crickets.

Mottistone

The gardens of Mottistone Estate are absolutely stunning, with a large amount of varied plants including Mexican fleabane and rose bushes. The plants are much loved by bees and butterflies alike. The common is home to many species of birds including the nocturnal nightjars, which may be spotted in the highest areas and in the right conditions (they like hot weather.) You might also spot buzzards and ravens. The churchyard is home to beautiful wildflowers in the summer, and there are many types of birds such as bluetits, wrens, great tits and robins.

Image – By Christine Matthews, CC BY-SA 2.0

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

Shiloh Cottage New Photos 2017

Shiloh Cottage near Whitwell on the South East of the Isle of Wight is a rural family self catering cottage ideal for family holidays within a short drive of the beaches at Ventnor and Shanklin. Shiloh cottage also makes a wonderful base for those wishing to cycle or walk as the area is criss-crossed with numerous walks and footpaths. Many Isle of Wight attractions and destinations are within cycling distance of this self catering cottage.

Shiloh Cottage has had a number of updates and improvements for the 2017 holiday season and the new photos reflect these changes.

For more information and all the new photos visit Shiloh Cottage Self Catering Isle of Wight

Meadow End Wing Self Catering Updates 2017

Meadow End Wing is located in a beautiful rural area on the East of the Isle of Wight which is within a pleasant walk or cycle of Sandown or Shanklin Beach via the footpath or cycle track. This 2 bedroom cottage has a large living room, a sunny balcony with rural views, a beautiful kitchen with separate dining area and a courtyard garden.

This cottage is ideal for East Isle of Wight family self catering holidays where proximity to the best beaches can be enjoyed alongside the peace and tranquility.

For all the new photos of Meadow End Wing as well as much more visit Meadow End Wing Self Catering Isle of Wight

Glass House Holiday Home Cowes Photos 2017

The Glass House in Cowes is a luxurious self catering holiday home with sea views and 4 beautiful bedrooms to sleep a family of 8  or 4 couples. This spacious and elegant property is perfect for enjoying Cowes and the beautiful views over the Solent. Sailing boats share the waters with international vessels which means there is always a fantastic view from the large windows or the sunny balcony or terrace.  The roof of The Glass House is a beautiful space for relaxing or looking out over the sea.

The new photos of The Glass House reflect updates and improvements made for the 2017 self catering holiday season. For more photos, a full description, prices and online booking and availability visit The Glass House Cowes Isle of Wight

Ryde Photos for Sea Whistle Cottage Isle of Wight

Sea Whistle in Ryde is a wonderful beach side cottage within a 2 minute walk of the sandy beach. This recently refurbished holiday home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and perfectly located for a peaceful holiday near the sea.

Ryde Beach is known for the wide and long stretch of sand which is ideal for sun bathing, relaxing or swimming. The southern end of the beach is a beautiful section with just a couple of small cafes and plenty of space. Here you will also find a small park and access to a historic WW2 castle if you need to break up the day.

For more information about Sea Whistle and to see pictures of Ryde beach visit Sea Whistle Cottage Ryde Isle of Wight

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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Cottages for Group Holidays

Sometimes going away on your own is peaceful, and going away with a partner is something most of us do regularly. And of course, going on holiday as a family is something we all love to do; taking the time to relax with the ones we love most. How about doing something a bit different though? Our larger cottages are perfectly suited to groups that consist of couples; and many are situated near pubs and restaurants. All this adds up to our idea of a perfect holiday!

Isle of Wight

Apse Wood Cottage

This cottage sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms. With huge gardens to enjoy soaking up the sun or an evening barbeque, this cottage is perfect for a grown up group. The cottage is situated a short drive away from the attractions in Shanklin; which is a traditional seaside resort on the east of the island. Shanklin Old Village has a wonderful atmosphere, with thatched roofs and unique gift shops, and there are several open green spaces to enjoy the sunshine and wildlife. Shanklin Esplanade is a great spot to explore the restaurants and pubs.

The pretty village of Godshill is also a short drive away from the cottage, meaning you’ll be perfectly positioned to explore the island.

The cottage itself is equipped with some little extras to make your stay more comfortable; an iPod docking station, WiFi and a flat screen TV amongst others. The kitchen has all you need to cook wonderful meals for the group, and the bedrooms are comfortable and cosy.

The Glass House

This house really is the epitome of luxury. Sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms, the glass walls and extensive balconies present stunning views over the sea at Cowes. With tonnes of outdoor space for enjoying meals and the view, The Glass House is a perfect option if you are interesting in boating or the boutique style stores in Cowes itself. Decorated to a really high specification, with a well-equipped kitchen and dining area and beautifully presented bathrooms, this is a stunning property and would suit a group of couples down to the ground. The views across the sea are uninterrupted and really do offer something special compared to more traditional holiday cottages.

The village of Cowes is, of course, world-famous for the annual regatta, but it has other attractions as well. The shores are always filled with interesting boats, and there’s also plenty of artisan shops and designer stores to trall around. Cowes also has a thriving nightlife scene; mainly centered around the numerous pubs and the regular live music nights.

The Isle of Purbeck

St Edmunds House

St Edmunds is a Grade II listed Purbeck stone cottage with beautiful, large gardens and gorgeous hill-views. The cottage itself is within close walking distance of the village centre of Corfe, with the castle taking over the foreground views. The cottage is also within walking distance of open fields and pubs, and within a taxi ride of numerous more pubs in the local area. The gardens are a great place to enjoy a BBQ in the sun, as well as simply sitting and soaking up the sunshine. The cottage is handily situated on a bus route; which goes to Wareham and its train station in one direction (handy if you’ve decided to leave the car at home and travel to the cottage by train) and the Victorian seaside resort of Swanage in the other.

The cottage has a large, open kitchen and dining area, which is perfect for enjoying time together as a group. It has 4 comfortable bedrooms and 2 baths and a walk in shower. The cottage offers a well-equipped study, which includes an xbox, a printer, photocopier and a monitor so you can bring a laptop and work if you need to.

The Bakery Cottage

The Bakery Cottage is situated centrally in the quaint village of Langton Matravers. It has an enclosed courtyard style garden with garden furniture and a BBQ to enjoy in the sunny weather. You can also enjoy a pint of beer or a glass of wine in the front terrace which overlooks the main thoroughfare of Langton; perfect for people watching! The cottage has a large sitting room, which is brilliant for playing games together or just putting the world to rights. Sleeping 8 comfortably, with an extra bed provided in the top floor double bedroom, this cottage offers plenty of space for a group of couples to relax.

Bakery Cottage will also accept two medium sized dogs, which means that you don’t have to worry about finding suitable kennels or dog sitters!

Langton itself is a relatively small village, with a shop, some pubs and a post office, however it is only a short bus ride or taxi journey to the nearby seaside resort of Swanage. There is more to do in Swanage, with plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops, as well as a thriving seafront and event calendar. The cottage has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Dog Friendly Purbecks

If you’re coming to the Purbecks with your dog, you might be wondering what there is to do that will keep you both busy. Well, the Purbecks’ open countryside and coastal paths means there’s plenty of walks to wear you both out. Once they’re sleepy, make your way to one of the dog-friendly restaurants, cafes or pubs listed below.

Walks

There are plenty of trails and paths across the Purbecks to entertain and tire your pooch out. One of our favourites is the walk from Swanage to Durlston. Start from the Peverill Point lookout station in Swanage, and walk up ‘The Downs’ across the top. As well as being surrounded by sea for nearly 360 degrees, you’ll be able to spot Durlston Castle from this point, which will give you a good idea of the distance. Keep going until you reach a wooded area, and continue along the path. Dogs are allowed inside the castle as well, and there’s water provisions which have been made around the castle.

Another great walk is from Swanage to Corfe (or the other way round) across Nine Barrow Down. Forming the north of the Purbeck hills, one side gives views over Studland, Poole Bay and Harbour, and the other gives views of Swanage and the surrounding countryside. There are nine stone age burial mounds (barrows) on the hill, hence the name.

Swyre Head to Kimmeridge is another wonderful walk to do with the dog. A short trip, you should start at Swyre Head near Kingston. This is the highest point of the Isle of Purbeck, and on a clear day you can see as far as Dartmoor to the west. You can then go to Clavell’s cafe and restaurant in Kimmeridge, which is dog-friendly and serves gorgeous locally sourced food.

There are also plenty of beaches that are dog-friendly all year round, including; Kimmeridge, Worbarrow Bay, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Shell Beach and Knoll Beach and Man O’ War Beaches. Some of these do allow off lead dogs, but it’s best to check each individually before your holiday to confirm.

Refreshments

After traipsing through the countryside and beaches, you’ll be tempted to stop for some refreshments. Luckily, because of the dog-friendly nature of the Purbecks, there are plenty of places to stop and eat.

Harry’s Cafe Bar in Wareham serves Mediterranean style food, and welcomes dog inside. It’s a good option if you’ve been for a walk through Wareham forest (which is another great place for a dog walk.)

Coffee Saloon in Wareham welcomes dogs, with water bowls and dog treats for your pooch. Focussing on coffee, they do offer a selection of cakes and snacks, which are lovingly handmade.

The Ship Inn based in Swanage does classic pub meals. They allow dry dogs inside (to the right of the bar only) and there is a small seating area out the front as well. The food really is delicious, and the pub normally has a busy atmosphere with major sports games being shown.

The Red Lion is tiny inside, and although dogs are welcome, it’s better to sit out in the large beer garden. The pub serve food and has a wide range of ciders as well. There’s normally a few dogs outside though, so this might not be a good option for shyer dogs.