Holiday Homes

Food and Drink: Dunnose Magna, Luccombe

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Dunnose Magna

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.

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Places To Visit: Jurassic Bay Golf + Shanklin Seafront

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Jurassic Bay Shanklin

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!

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Photo: Sunny Times In Ventnor

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The sun is shining on the Isle of Wight, so why not book a last minute break? You can visit our Booking page to check our late availability.

Here’s Orchard Bay in Ventnor recently, just next door to the Ventnor Botanic Gardens:

Orchard Bay Steps Ventnor

10% Off For Late Availability In April

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Ventnor Haven Fishery

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.



Save 15% On Your Red Funnel Ferry With Shanklin Holiday Homes

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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.

Terms and conditions apply.

Photo: Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

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Busby the Donkey at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
Busby the Donkey at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Here’s a snap from a visit to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary to pick up some Christmas cards yesterday with Busby the donkey keen for a photo!

The sanctuary offers a home for over 90 donkeys and 25 horses and ponies, all funded by donations to the charity. Open all year around to the public, it is a great day out with the family to visit the donkeys, enjoy a meal in the cafe and adopt a donkey or visit the gift shop to support the sanctuary’s work.

All of this for free – yes, free! – so don’t forget to visit during your next break on the Island and help keep the donkeys and their friends enjoying their new life at the sanctuary.

Highlands + 2017 Season Launched

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Highlands - Front
Highlands – Front

Shanklin Holiday Homes are delighted to launch both our newest apartments at Highlands and the 2017 season.

After a two year refurbishment and conversion, Highlands, an imposing mock Georgian manor house nestled on the cliff in Shanklin, has now been finished and been formed into 5 spacious, luxurious apartments. For guests that have stayed before at The Priory and Shanklin Manor, the standard of finish to the same high standard as our existing apartments and for new guests, take a look at our galleries to get a flavour of our offering.

The apartments each sleep between 3 and 5 people in two and three bedroom apartments. There are views across the sea, town and countryside from different apartments covering Sandown Bay, Shanklin town and the Downs, along with communal gardens, parking and cycle spaces. All include oak furniture and floors, leather sofas, granite topped kitchens, 32″ LED TVs with Freesat and DVD and free wifi from 2017.

With 5 apartments in one location, we can now offer bookings for either individual apartments as normal or, for larger groups and if you are coming with several families, up to 5 apartments to cater for up to 20 guests. For more information on Highlands, click here for our summary and links to individual apartment galleries.

Bookings are now open for both Highlands and our existing apartments, The Priory and Shanklin Manor, for the 2017 and also for winter breaks in November and December.

To celebrate the launch, we’re offering no booking fee (saving £35) for bookings made in 2016 for 2017.

Just use the voucher code 2016 when booking.

To book, click here.

Photo: Orchard Bay, Ventnor

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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.

Orchard Bay Ventnor

Photo: Bank Holiday Sailing In Ventnor

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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:

Ventnor Beach Boats


Places To Visit: Steephill Cove

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Steephill Cove
Steephill Cove (click to enlarge)

Just around the corner from Ventnor is a hidden gem, waiting to be explored – Steephill Cove.

The tiny fishing village is a short walk away from both Ventnor esplanade and the Botanic Gardens along the coastal path. With no cars in the village (parking is available further inland) and the paths simply covered in the shingle from the beach, when arriving in the village, you’ll feel like your stepping back in time.

Away from modern life, the huts and houses form a perfect setting for a relaxing day out. It’s a no fuss kind of place, with a few restaurants and cafes, some of which feature fresh fish caught by the fisherman of the cove, and of course, the beach.

And that’s it. But with the view, who needs any more?