Autumn and winter is a great time to visit the Isle of Wight. Less crowded than the warmer months but still with the abundantly beautiful scenery. Enjoy the stunning colours as the leaves turn, the miles of countryside and coast to explore and the almost deserted beaches. Finish off with a pub lunch in front of a roaring fire – bliss.
There are plenty of cosy places to stay on the Island. Here are our picks perfect for the whole family, a romantic getaway and one for the four-legged friends…
Take the whole family for a break in a picture-perfect, chocolate-box thatched cottage in the heart of the West Wight. Afton Thatch can be rented through Classic Cottages – full of character with its thatched roof, oak beams, open fireplaces and glorious river views, this cottage is bursting with period features and has ‘rural retreat’ written all over it. Family dinners can be served straight from the warming Aga in the country kitchen. Take a walk along the Causeway and the nearby River Yar, making sure to stop at locals favourite, The Red Lion for a winter warmer or two.
Get away from it all on a romantic break in Ventnor, the Island’s Mediterranean town. The Spyglass Inn is an institution and a perfect base to explore the south of the Island. Popular with locals in the winter, cosy up in the quirky bar area whilst a local band plays. Then, at last orders, you only need stumble up a couple of steps to one of the fourself-contained apartments. Sit on the terrace facing the English Channel whilst you cook up a feast of a breakfast with the local produce provided.
Four-legged holidaymakers (and their owners) will love a stay at the National Trust’s Longstone Cottage. Try a digital detox when you stay in this Edwardian rural hideaway. Free of modern technology and surrounded by rolling hills and wildlife, why not switch off your phones for a week of serenity and simplicity. It’s a gas only cottage with a wood burner and wall heaters warming the rooms and solar panels powering the lights. It sits on the Mottistone Estate – a farmed landscape with sheltered valleys and glorious sea views and looks out over ancient monument, The Longstone. A perfect place for a walk, or you will find nearby Brighstone Forest to explore or Compton Bay which allows dogs all year round (turn left at the bottom of the steps).