Picture postcard-perfect, Godshill has been attracting visitors for as long as anyone can remember. The ancient parish existed before the compilation of the Domesday Book, when it was known as ‘Godeshulle’.
The name refers to the church on the hill – where legend has it that work on the building originally started at the foot of the hill but, overnight, stones were mysteriously moved to the top. It was then assumed that God wished the church to be built at the top of the hill.
Today, the church and surrounding village are one of the most photographed places on the Island and on visiting, it’s easy to see why, with its charming thatched cottages and a winding street lined with traditional tearooms and cosy pubs.
Giving the gift of chocolate is an always welcome one and Chocolate Island is a treasure trove of all things cocoa. Wandering through the doors is like stepping in to a scene out of Willy Wonka, Brightly wrapped parcels, beautiful bon bons and cute chocolatey critters all make welcome additions to Christmas hamper gifts and stocking fillers.
A visit to Xanadu will likely result in buying a gift for the kids as well as yourself! There is so much to choose from, you will find perfume alongside Yankee Candles; handbags to beanie toys and garden ornaments to wall clocks.
For the magpies amongst you, a visit to Island Gems is a must. Inside, you will find fossils, minerals, gemstones, crystals and jewellery with a rock and gem theme. There is also a good selection of amber jewellery and some more unusual designs made from gemstones, pearls, jet, petrified wood and fossilised dinosaur bone!
The Cider Barn is a definite must visit when going to Godshill especially if you’re looking for local liquor. Pick up a bottle of strawberry wine, local scrumpy and not forgetting the very well known Mermaid Gin. Your festive dinner table will be the envy of your friends and family.
After all that shopping and sightseeing, you will want a well-earned drink and bite to eat. Woods Kitchen is a popular spot. A family-run restaurant, showcasing some of the best in local produce including a quaint little shop selling Christmas decorations and ornaments at the front of the restaurant. If you’re after a more traditional pub lunch fear not, Godshill has two public houses, The Taverners and The Griffin. Both serving hearty meals and a great selection of ales, including local brews. Maybe pick up a voucher as a gift for that tricky person to buy for.