Isle of Wight
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.
Red Funnel have added an extra 16 sailings per week, making it even easier to get to the island for your next escape.
The service, which runs from Southampton to East Cowes, has added the new services after receiving positive feedback from customers. To go with the new timetable, they are also offering 2018 prices for 2019 sailings when booked during 2018, with just a £25 deposit required when booking for 30+ days in advance.
We are delighted to be working with Red Funnel for another year, so when booking, don’t forget to request a promo code for 15% off car ferry sailings.
For more, visit RedFunnel.co.uk.
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.
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.
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.