Isle Of Wight
If you are looking to explore the countryside, the Isle of Wight is renowned for its collection of footpaths, coastal paths and more that cover all parts of the island.
Whilst the coastal path rightly gets most of the attention, another gem in Shanklin is the Red Squirrel Trail from Shanklin to Wroxall. The trail is actually a 32 mile route around much of the island, perfect for cyclists, walkers and more. The Shanklin to Wroxall section goes off to Newport and beyond as well as being part of a loop that goes on to Godshill, Sandown, Lake and back to Shanklin.
The Shanklin to Wroxall route starts at Lower Hyde opposite Shanklin train station, which is part of the history of the route. It is formed on the former railway track that previously went from Shanklin to Wroxall and beyond to Ventnor, which means that you get a lovely flat route that is perfect for all. As you wander along the route, you can see the remains of the rail past with plenty of bridges to go under and then views across Shanklin and the downs.
As you go along, you can see fields galore, a couple of farms with horses and cows on view and even a horse or two going along the track itself. There is a footpath off to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and once you reach Wroxall, you can make your way to the historic Appuldurcombe House, where the route continues on.
If you are looking for a family friendly cycle route or a walk through some of the island’s best views, you’d be hard pushed to find better.
For more information and cycle hire information, visit redsquirreltrail.org.uk.
Over at Highlands, the highlight of spring is the daffodils that pop up in the garden. Having undertaken the conversion over several years, there wasn’t any life in the garden. However, as soon as the garden was finished, in its first spring, daffodils were appearing around the garden.
With the site being unused since the early 1990s, the daffodils date back to at least then and may be even older. Along with the selection of trees, many of which grew whilst the site was unused, there is our landmark sweet chestnut, which, by our calculations, dates back to the 1870s and must have been planted by Sir James Thomson Ritchie, the first owner of the original Highlands.
Whilst 2018 seems an age away, we’ve been celebrating our success in the year after winning at the Booking.com Guest Review Awards 2018.
We were delighted to win for Highlands Apartments 2, 3, 4 and 5, plus The Priory, with scores over 9 out of 10 for all our properties. Shanklin Manor just missed out after being 1 review short of the awards, which it has now received.
It is great to receive the lovely reviews from our customers and we’re pleased to add them to our ongoing Airbnb Superhost status and EnjoyEngland 5* rating.
Thank you to all of our guests who stayed in 2018 – we look forward to welcoming you back in 2019.
With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve got the presents covered with our gift vouchers.
Available for a value of your choice, you can give that special someone the first step on their way to an island escape with a gift voucher for a stay with Shanklin Holiday Homes.
The vouchers allow purchase via the website and phone, making it easy to redeem.
To request a voucher and find out more, click here.
The Isle of Wight is still very much open this winter.
There are plenty of attractions that are open throughout the year to provide fun and excitement on a island escape.
Some of those that are open for all or part of the week include The Needles, Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, Wight Karting, Monkey Haven, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Quarr Abbey, Dinosaur Isle, Amazon World, Isle of Wight Zoo, Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and Brading Roman Villa.
To book your apartment, visit our accommodation page.
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.
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.