Isle of Wight

Exploring The Red Squirrel Trail To Wroxall

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Red Squirrel Trail In Wroxall

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.

Picture: Spring At Highlands

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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.

Daffodils At Highlands

Awards Galore For Shanklin Holiday Homes

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Booking.com Guest Review Awards 2018

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.

Wightlink Ferry Ticket Discount Now Available

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Victoria Of Wight

We’re delighted to announce that Shanklin Holiday Homes are now able to offer discounts for Wightlink ferry crossing over to the Isle of Wight.

New for 2019 and with thanks to Wightlink, we are able to offer 15% off car ferry sailings from Portsmouth and Lymington over to the Isle of Wight for your island escape this year.

We’ve updated our website, so all you need to do is request a discount code, which can be used online and on the phone, during the check out process for your holiday and get saving on your sailing.

For more information on all of our ferry discounts, visit our new page.

Terms and conditions apply.

Get Your Christmas Gift Vouchers Now

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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.

Winter Attractions Open On Isle of Wight

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Osborne House

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.

Extra Sailings For 2019 With Red Funnel

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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.

Pictures: Luccombe Coastal Path

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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.

Appuldurcombe House

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Appuldurcombe House

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.

Appuldurcombe House – Grounds

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.

Appuldurcombe House – Farmland

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.