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Just a short ferry trip across the Solent from the Hampshire or Dorset coast, the Isle of Wight is a great destination for family holidays. One of the prettiest parts of the UK, albeit offshore, the island has lots going on during the year and plenty to offer couples or groups of friends as well as families looking for a traditional seaside break. Choosing a self-catering rental allows you so much more freedom to come and go as you please, perfect for exploring the many facets of the Isle of Wight. The island is an area of outstanding natural beauty, from the Oakhill conservation area to the iconic Needles, it's a unique area and ideal for family breaks. The annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival takes in some of the most beautiful scenery and seascapes. Cowes is the town closes to the UK shore and scene of some of the most prestigious sailing events in Europe including Cowes Week, the round the island yacht race and the Challenge Cup Regatta. Perfect for days out where you can join in with the thrills and excitement as the events draw to a close. Cowes is a wonderful choice for shopping with a pretty high street where you can browse in designer boutiques, arts and craft shops and galleries, many of them with a nautical slant. Neighbouring East Cowes has a vibrant marina and promenade area, and you can visit Osborne House, one of the main attractions here, and once the favoured seaside retreat of Queen Victoria. During the summer it has many events and re-enactments to keep kids amused. Excellent equestrian displays and the Redcoats parade are just a couple of features. Try taking a trip to Osborne House at Midsummer for the annual Midsummer's Eve picnic. Those with an interest in the past may like to visit Bembridge Windmill. It's the only working windmill on the island and dates back to 1700, and as well as films about how a mill works there are treasure hunts for kids and other activities. The Isle of Wight is known as one of the best areas in Europe for fossil remains and finds relating to dinosaurs and the Wealdon Outcrop between Sandown and Compton is a favourite with explorers. In March 2013 a local girl had a previously unknown species of dinosaur named after her after finding remains; join one of the dinosaur fossil hunts, certain to be of particular interest to kids of all ages. Amazon World Zoo Park is well worth a visit. See marmosets, sloths, monkeys, toucans, penguins and more at this popular Newchurch zoo. Ryde is the island's biggest town and with its ferry and hovercraft links, a first stop for many visitors. Fabulous sandy beaches are perfect for catching the sun or enjoying water sports, while the town has good shopping and lots of museums and galleries as well as excellent restaurants and bars. Be sure to see Appley Tower and the Victorian fortification battery at Puckpool Park just along the promenade. Visit the Isle of Wight with a group of friends for the famous Isle of Wight Music Festival which features big names from the world of international pop and rock and is a major yearly event.

Holiday Letting in Isle of Wight for Your Short Break

There are some excellent choices when it comes to accommodation for summer holidays, short breaks or vacations at any time of year on the Isle of Wight. Choose from holiday cottages in Ryde for a relaxed home from home environment where you can plan your own itinerary at your leisure. There are holiday houses in Ryde with lots of room for larger groups or families, as well as holiday apartments for couples, singles and smaller groups. Perhaps you're visiting the island for business and need a holiday home as an alternative to a hotel where you would be restrained by timetables and curfews? A holiday cottage in Ryde, an apartment in Shanklin or a house in Ventnor could be the perfect choice for you. There are some great luxury holiday homes on the Isle of Wight. Why not try a holiday villa with a hot tub or a fabulous converted cottage with a pool and Jacuzzi? From the quaint like a beautiful boater's cottage on the beach at Yarmouth or the traditional such as the many family homes in Shanklin, Cowes or Ryde, there's something to suit all tastes and budgets. Look for some of the top last minute offers, or for cheap holiday cottages or apartments on the Isle of Wight to get a great deal? The perfect way for families or those on a budget to get a wonderful vacation home at a bargain price. Many of the holiday houses, apartments, villas, chalets and cottages on the Isle of Wight are pet friendly, so you can even bring the dog for a truly authentic family seaside holiday.

Best Time to Enjoy Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is exceptional in that it's possible to visit at any time of year and still find lots of exciting things to do such as the Cowes Literary Festival Each Autumn or the wonderful Donkey Sanctuary which is open all year round and makes a wonderful day out. Summer holidays are of course the most popular time to visit, and the Isle of Wight Music Festival also takes place in summer so book early for the holiday apartment or house you have your eye on. The regattas and sailing events also attract many visitors throughout the year. The Isle of Wight is the perfect romantic getaway for a really special Valentine's Day and you can rent a luxury holiday home to make it truly magical. School holidays are busy times. Easter, half term breaks and summer holidays are popular with families. Groups of friends might enjoy a bank holiday break for one of the regattas or a local sporting event with the freedom that a holiday cottage or apartment of their own provides. Christmas and New Year are marvellous times to visit. From shopping in Ryde to the many events all over the island, you'll have a great festive season in your own luxury Isle of Wight holiday home.

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