Beaulieu Cottage is located in the beautiful rural location of Borthwood and is within a short drive of the coast at Shanklin. Borthwood is best known for the natural woodland which offers visitors one of the best chances to see red squirrels on the Isle of Wight.
Borthwood is within a pleasant walk or short bikeride of the coast. Footpaths and a cycle track across a nature reserve take you to Sandown, Shanklin or Yaverland where there are sandy beaches. Borthwood is also within walking distance of a golf course.
Inland from Borthwood is small village of Newchurch which has a good public house and a garlic farm which runs tours and has a small shop.
Borthwood is well connected with other seaside resorts such a Ventnor in the South and Seaview in the North East. Both can be reached within 15 or 20 minutes by car.
Leading the way with interactive wildlife adventures this multi-award winning park really stands out from the crowd! Tucked away on the North East Coast of the Island this hidden gem is a full day out for all the family packed with fun, hands-on wildlife activities and special V.I.P. Encounters.Website: www.seaviewwildlife.com
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway takes us back to the golden age of steam by offering a fun packed and informative day out. Apart from rides on the steam trains there is a walk, a museum, a cafe and a childrens play area.Website: www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Chocolate Island is a factory and a shop and a café, all in one. They make their own delicious chocolates and there is a delightful café courtyard where you can make those difficult decisions over real hot chocolate and cake.Website: www.chocolate-island.co.uk Address: Chocolate Island, Godshill, Isle of Wight. PO38 3HH
Hill top fortification which played an important role in British history. Learn all about this fascinating site as well as enjoy the small donkeys which do occasional light exercise turning the wheel which raises the water. A good tea shop and a walk around the battlements completes the day. The site is administered by English Heritage.Address: Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1XY Telephone: 01983 522107
Stroll round the vines, tour the winery, watch our ‘vine to wine’ video and enjoy free tasting of our wines, liqueurs, juices, and ciders.
Admission is free and there are free vine tours every Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday at 11am, 12 noon and 1pm.Website: www.rosemaryvineyard.co.uk Address: Smallbrook Ln, Ryde,
A historic coastal fortification at Yarmouth with views over the sea.Address: Yarmouth, PO41 0PB Telephone: 01983 760678
Historic coastal defences on the Western tip of the Isle of Wight. Packed with interesting historical information as well as gruesome details for the children. The defences are now run by the National Trust and open to the public to explore.Address: West High Down, Alum Bay, PO39 0JH Telephone: 01983 754772
The beautiful summer residence of Queen Elizabeth and now open to the public for tours of the house and to explore the gardens down to the coast. A tea rooms and restaurant are also found in the gardens.Address: Osborne, East Cowes PO32 6JX Telephone: 01983 200022
A Isle of Wight landmark and beautifully restored piece of Isle of Wight History. The windmill has been opened to the public to explore by the National Trust.Address: High Street, Bembridge, PO35 5SQ Telephone: 01983 873945
A wonderful way to introduce children to nature and the variety of bird life on the Isle of Wight. A poster of birds you might spot turns this into a great game for children as they try to see as many of them as they can. A pair of binoculars are handy.Address: Newtown, Nr Shalfleet, North West Isle of Wight. - From Yarmouth drive through Shalfleet (and single lane traffic light system) and take the first left after leaving the village. Take the next left and follow the road till you reach Newtown. Park at the car park and follow signs to the bird hide.
Undercover and outdoor play areas. Huge Straw Fun Barn, including hayloft, zip slide, swings, slides, tunnels, pits and climbing wall. Pedal tractor park and garden model railway.Website: www.colemansfarmpark.co.uk Address: Colemans Lane, Porchfield, Isle of Wight. PO30 4LX Telephone: 01983 522831
Widely recommended restaurant by the sea in Gurnard. Excellent food and wines as well as a relaxing garden in which to enjoy lunch on sunny days.Website: www.thelittlegloster.com Telephone: 01983 298776 Address: 31 Marsh Road, Isle of Wight, PO31 8JQ
Cafe and Farm shop with great food served in attractive surroundings.
Very popular for lunches so book ahead to ensure your dining pleasure.Website: Bluebells Cafe Telephone: 01983 882885 Address: Briddlesford Road, Wootton, Isle of Wight. PO33 4RY
Delicious food and very friendly people at a wonderful village pub and restaurant. Popular with locals and visitors to the Isle of Wight alike.Website: pointerinn.com Telephone: 01983 865202 Address: Pointers Inn, Newchurch, Isle of Wight. PO36 0NN
Ganders has an à la Carte Menu which is varied and interesting and is in addition to the specials menu which includes meats from Island farms and locally caught fish. The specials have an emphasis on seasonal, local produce.Website: www.ganders.co.uk Telephone: 01983 872014 Address: Upper Green Road, St Helens, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 1UQ