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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sun is still shining on the Isle of Wight this autumn, as shown by the picture below of Orchard Bay, Ventnor, from Sunday. Having been washed away by a storm 2 years ago, the footpath and steps to this secluded gem just beyond Ventnor Botanic Gardens have just re-opened, allowing locals and visitors to enjoy this wonderful spot.
Perfect for a picnic or playing about after a trip to the gardens, they offer a lovely place to enjoy what the island has to offer.
We’re open all year round, with our new apartments, Highlands, launching in a couple of days, so get in touch to book your autumn and winter breaks on the Isle of Wight.
It is a busy old weekend on the Isle of Wight this bank holiday. With the start of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival (Walk the Wight) along with the Randonee cycling race, everyone is out and about enjoying the fine weather.
Here’s the boats that took part in the Ventnor Races organised by Shanklin Sailing Club coming in after reaching the finishing line this morning: