Pictures: Luccombe Coastal Path

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Here are a selection of photos from the coastal path through Luccombe to Ventnor. A perfect walk alongside countryside, National Trust land and coastal views.

Appuldurcombe House

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Appuldurcombe House

If you are looking for a day out where you can step back into time and live like a lord or lady of the manor, then look no further than Appuldurcombe House.

The house was originally one of the grandest on the island and home to Worsley family. An example of baroque architecture, the current house was dates back to 1702 and a house has been on the site since 1100, when it was originally a priory and later a convent. Over the years, the house has been extended and in later life, it became a hotel, an academy for young gentlemen and home for the monks that would later move to Quarr Abbey.

Appuldurcombe House – Grounds

However, its most significant time was during the Second World War, when the house was taken over by the military. In 1943, the beginning of the end for the house took place when a bomb hit close by and a large hole appeared in the roof. With the hole unrepaired, the house gradually deteriorated and much of the house was sold off, leaving the shell that can be seen today.

Appuldurcombe House – Farmland

Now, the house is open to the public to wander around the remainder of the house and see its grand proportions and imagine what it would have been like in its heyday. You can also explore the grounds, see the farm animals that graze on the land and see what remains of the garden designed by the famous Capability Brown. A small section of the house has been reroofed, which is available for weddings.

Entry is free – so why not pop in and then travel along the road to its free neighbour, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.

For more, visit english-heritage.org.uk.

2018 Late Availability + 2019 Open

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Spyglass Inn, Ventnor

As the year moves on, we are are already looking to 2019 with our first guests booked and 2019 availability open for all. Prices have been held at 2018 rates, so get booking to secure your 2019 holiday.

However, back to this year, with the summer sun now upon us and the thoughts of a sunny summer holiday on the Isle of Wight in the air, there are just a handful of weeks left across our apartments for June, July and August of 2018.

Check out our availability to nab a week away before they go – 2018 has been a hugely popular year, so the Isle of Wight is the place to be.

Don’t forget we can offer a discount for Red Funnel and also have travel cots with linen and high chairs available to our guests free of charge.

For 2018 and 2019 availability, visit our booking page.

2nd Place For Isle Of Wight In Countryfile Magazine Awards

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Osborne House
David Short On Flickr

After a battle of the UK’s top holiday destinations, the Isle of Wight has got the silver with a 2nd place finish in the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018.

In the Holiday Destination Of The Year 2018 category, our island got the accolade after nearly 30,000 readers voted in the awards, with the food, walks and of course fossils noted.

On the Isle of Wight, judge Mark Rowe has said:

The Isle of Wight deserves its recognition. As a holiday destination it has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years – still keeping its bucket and spades close to its heart but opening up to good food, walking and local crafts.

There is still availability across our properties including limited July and August weeks – but getting booking quick, as the calendar is filling up fast.

For more on the awards, visit countryfile.com.

Picture: Spyglass Inn, Ventnor

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It may only be February but the sun is shining on the Isle of Wight, as shown on the picture taken this morning outside the Spyglass Inn on Ventnor Esplanade.

2018 is already booking up fast with guests already having stayed in January and booked through to October, so get your holiday booked to avoid disappointment.

Spyglass Inn, Ventnor

Gift Vouchers Now Available

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Gift Vouchers

We’ve got your next gift for that special occasion covered with the introduction of our holiday gift vouchers.

Shanklin Holiday Homes can now offer gift vouchers of any value to provide the unique gift of an Isle of Wight holiday for weddings, birthdays, Christmas and much more. You are able to use the vouchers to contribute towards a short break or full week, or even pay for a whole stay, across all of our apartments.

The vouchers allow purchase via the website and phone, making it easy to redeem.

To request a voucher and find out more, click here.

2018 Bookings Now Open

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The Priory

With summer now well and truly over, 2018 is just around the corner and we’ve got it covered.

We’ve opened up booking across our properties for next year, so get booking your next stay in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

You can pick from the historic manor house of Shanklin Manor, former gentleman’s residence on the cliff top with The Priory or our newest properties, the selection of 5 apartments at the restored and spacious Highlands. As well as standard individual apartment bookings, we can also take bookings for large groups across several apartments, with all apartments only a few minutes away from each other and Highlands offering convenient group accommodation.

However, if you are interested in a break this year, our short breaks are now available for the remainder of the year and up until Easter. Prices start at just £240 for a 3 night stay and we can offer 15% off your ferry as well.

Get booking!

Places To Visit: Osborne House

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Osborne House

A trip to the Isle of Wight isn’t complete without a visit to the island’s royal gem, Osborne House.

Home to Queen Victoria, the historic house was her summer residence designed by her husband Prince Albert in an style of an Italian palace, which you can really feel on a gloriously sunny day such as today. During her later life after the death of Albert, she continued to spend much time at the house and died there in 1901. In recent years, it has opened its door to the public and run by English Heritage, so if you are a member, entry is free.

Many rooms in the house itself are open, set up as they would have been during Queen Victoria’s occupation, including dining rooms, the studies of the Queen and Prince, the nursery for younger members of the royal family, the Queen’s bedroom and the Durbar Room, inspired by the Queen’s association with India. The Queen’s love of India is featured in a new film, Victoria and Abdul, based on her friendship with servant Abdul Karim. Starring Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, it is out in September and the film extensively filmed in the house and grounds, with an exhibition of costumes from the film currently on display. Outside of the house is the terraced gardens, which have recently been restored to their original glory.

Further away from the main house, there is the ice house, a novel way to keep ice cool for cooking, drinking and cooling rooms before refrigeration was invented, the Swiss Cottage, which was used to teach the young royals skills such as gardening, cooking and carpentry, and the magnificent walled garden, full of flowers and crops that flourish in the microclimate. Furthest away is the private beach that the Queen and her family enjoyed, which is open to visitors.

There are a selection of eating establishments, including the Terrace Restaurant and Petty Officers’ Quarters cafe, a shop, museum and much more. With such a sprawling site, there are a number of walks to get around or alternatively a courtesy minibus can take you to the key locations.

For more information, visit english-heritage.org.uk.