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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for a pitstop on your walk to Ventnor, why not pop into Dunnose Magna in Luccombe?
Historically a tea gardens, it is a return to old with a new tea gardens now opened in the gardens of the thatched house. Open 11am to 5pm (not Wednesdays), it offers Purbeck ice cream, homemade cakes, light lunches and a selection of hot, cold and alcoholic beverages, all nestled in the Luccombe valley.
In addition to this, you can also see one of the streams that feed Luccombe Chine, currently closed due to landslips, and also the family of chickens that liven just next door.
For more, visit DunnoseMagna.co.uk.
The dinosaurs have arrived in Shanklin this year.
Brand new for 2017, Jurassic Bay golf has been discovered on Shanklin esplanade. Taking its new look from the Island’s dinosaur history, the themed golf course takes the place of the former esplanade golf and see a new lake, jurassic themed holes and new dinosaur models around the course, complete with the sounds of the dinosaurs.
It is a really great addition to the seafront and perfect for dinosaur lovers. It joins Shanklin Seafront’s other attractions, Pirate Coves Adventure Golf and Fun Park, Summer Arcade and Jungle Jim’s Indoor Play Area and Golf, so there is plenty to do down on the esplanade, plus the beach of course!
For more, visit ShanklinSeafront.co.uk.
It’s been a sunny couple of days over here on the Isle of Wight, as shown by the picture of Ventnor Haven and the fishery from this weekend.
The season is in full swing with attractions, restaurants and much more back open to welcome visitors, including the launch of Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf on the seafront and Shanklin Chine’s 200th year of opening.
So, if you fancy a last minute trip to the Island, we’ve got some late availability for the remaining weeks in April.
To get 10% off these weeks, use the code APRIL17 when booking. If your stay is less that a week away, give us a call to book.
With thanks to Red Funnel, Shanklin Holiday Homes is now able to offer 15% discount on your ferry sailing from Southampton to East Cowes, Isle of Wight with all bookings.
Simply book with us to stay at one of our luxurious apartments and during your online or telephone booking, you can request a promotional/discount code. You can then use the code to gain the discount when booking with Red Funnel for their car ferry service.
We’re delighted to offer our guests a cheaper way to travel to their holiday home this year.
If you need any assistance when booking your ferry, do get in touch.