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.
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.
Terms and conditions apply.
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.
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.
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.