Riverside Cottage is the newest Isle of Wight cottage in the Island Cottage Holidays family. This cottage was selected for its unique location, by the Cowes Estuary, and original interior, which preserves many period features.
Riverside Cottage Location
This historic cottage is located by the estuary which connects Newport with Cowes. This attractive water habitat is home to many species of birds and is popular with bird watchers. A cycle path and footpath follow the river and make it easy to walk into Cowes for dinner or to breath the sea air. – Cowes to Newport Cycle Track
Newport is at the heart of the Island and therefore is only a short drive from any beach or bay on the Island. The East coast of the Isle of Wight is especially easy to reach with a regular bus service and a direct cycle path along the old railway line.
The centre of Newport can be reached on foot within 10 minutes and here you will find an excellent range of shops, cafes and restaurants. The historic town has an impressive town hall and church. Around the church there is a beautiful courtyard with cafes opening onto it. This is a fantastic place to relax with a coffee or have breakfast.
Inside Riverside Cottage
This beautiful cottage has a traditional interior which preserve original features. However, it is not at the expense of comfort. Riverside Cottage sleeps six people in 3 bedrooms. There is a double, a triple bedroom and a single bedroom.
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 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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The wildlife on the Isle of Wight is wonderfully rich and varied and there are species that cannot be seen on the mainland.
Our 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.
Undisturbed 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.
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.
“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.”.
“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.. ”
“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.”
“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.”
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:
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.
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.