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“All in One” 5 of 5 bubbles
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India
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9 reviews
15 helpful votes
“All in One”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2010

There are lots of cities with beautiful beaches, quite some other places with landscaped mountain cliffs, and some other places beautiful calm country sides. But it is rare that we get to see all of them together at one place. That is Isle of Wight located in the south western part of UK, near to the cities Southampton and Portsmouth.
Island residents are most the elderly and except for 2 or 3 big employers most of the other residents here are in the tourism and allied industries. Given the tranquil nature of this place, it is mostly the families with kids who come to this place. This island is also a favorite for sailors who come in droves from all over UK to spread out their sails. Unfortunately, island does not seem to offer much for the party and mall seekers. There are some shops and pubs but nothing like those in the other cities of UK.
Within the island, east and west Cowes is for the sailors since this is place where all the yachts and boats are anchored. On the other side are the downs of Ventnor, Sandtown and Shanklin which have some beautiful beaches and some great views across too. Needles point offers some excellent views and the cable car to go down the cliff is wroth taking.
For those who are interested in walking, there are excellent pathways for both walkers and cyclists all across the island. Walking I guess is the best way to digest the beauty of the whole island. Some of the paths are adjacent to steep cliffs which adds to the thrill.
There are lots of hotels ranging right from 30 pounds. Going around in public transport is also easy with good bus service being present. One should not miss the open air island coaster which takes around all the places around the island.

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bristol
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4 reviews
19 helpful votes
“nettlestone house in the isle of wight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2010

stayed here for a week at seaview realy nice we booked a cottage with wight locations. nettlestone house is a five bedroom 3 sitting room fantastic home sleeps 10 and was so well equiped toys and books in the childrens room. we realy didnt want to come home and it was 3 doors down from the local pub. it cost us £100.00 each and was worth every penny has a fantastic rear garden this place realy made a fantasic holiday home.

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colchester
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8 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Kemphill Farm Accommodation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2010

patti08
colchester
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We have just returned from a week in the Old Dairy on Kemphill Farm at Upton which is a 20 minute drive from ferry at Fishbourne. The accommodation is in the form of 5 double en-suite bedrooms, a massive kitchen with a huge table & a mezzanine floor above with a large comfy lounge with TV & DVD player plus WiFi computer connection. The view from the dining area was breathtaking. The welcome food goodies was the best we had ever experienced. It is a working farm with cows & pigs much in evidence & they have recently acquired the woodland close by which is beautiful to walk in & see many birds & red squirrels. Sue, Ron & son Jaime are so friendly & helpful with a mine of information about the island. Nowhere is to far to drive on the island & the sea is visable so ofton. Those who are walkers are spoilt for choose, there are historical houses, many beachs & amusements for the children. There are 2 other farm buildings housing accommodation & we can't recommend this place enough.

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
31 helpful votes
“My favourite place in England ......... would love to live there.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2009

My husband and I have visited the Island about 8-10 times now, years ago with the children when they still lived at home, now just the two of us. It is full of surprises and there are some parts we regularly go back and visit and other areas, that as yet, we have not discovered.

Whilst the Island is quite small, there is so much packed in - so never a dull moment, although if you want to sit and watch the world go by - you can do this very comfortably here.

The weather is generally quite good, certainly more dry/sunny days than wet ones! We have visited in virtually every month of the year now, and are always delighted with how different it looks as the seasons change.

We generally go to self catering accommodation, then a combination of eating out - or buying local crab and lobster with some salad!

Generally the locals are all very friendly, if you visit in the height of the season, traffic can be slow especially around the larger towns - but in general the pace of life on the Island is much slower and more relaxed than on the mainland.

Its a fun place to go ................ only 10 weeks until my next visit!

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uk
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6 reviews
5 helpful votes
“So much to do for everyone of all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2008

Wow what a great holiday, the Isle of Wight has everything.
Shopping for all ages - the shops in Ryde and Shanklin are great (Radley bag fans head down to Zabre in Ryde) and jewlerry fans looking for something different head to Fossil cavern in Shanklin.
All of the shops in Shanklin are great for christmas gifts you could shop for days, then at night the pubs all have lovely food and warm fires. The little fairy lights all along Shanklin front and Ventnor front are so pretty at night too. (great at christmas time)
The hovercraft is a wonderful experience, great fun and good value - you can head to Portsmouth day return for £10 each. When you get in to Portsmouth walk over the park towards the white terraces and you will find a little pub with a lush garden and little conservatory - what amazing food.
Parking on the island is quite expensive especially in Ryde but you can buy bus saver week tickets.
Sandown is my favourite part and I would like to stay there next time, the beach is lovely and clean with little cafes and amusement arcades all the way along.
So much to do but you can spend a fortune !!!!!!! - cant wait to go again.

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