We’ve just come back from a lovely little trip to the Isle of Wight and would definitely recommend a few places to see if you’ve never visited the island before.
The main advantage to getting there has got to be how close and easy it is to get to from our base in Guildford. Even if you’re on a weekend hire it’s dead easy to collect your camper on a Friday afternoon and be set up on a site by tea time. That’s a real clincher for us, as it’s nice to be sat overlooking the sea with the BBQ on the go, having not endured miles of heavily congested roads. Especially true if you have children in tow.
We stayed at a lovely little site called Grange Farm. The site is just 13 miles away from the ferry terminal but owing to the small size of the island you’re already there before you know it. There are no manicured lawns and it’s a small site but what a gem it is. We parked up so that opening the side door of the camper offered beautiful uninterrupted views out towards the sea. It’s the perfect spot for a BBQ too, but on this occasion we decided to do something we had never done before at a campsite. We ordered a curry takeaway and had this delivered to the site. Now remember what I said about easy, stress free camping? Well he we are sat at our own personal table in the campervan watching the sunset over the sea, eating curry washed down with a fine red wine. Hard to believe we were in Guildford just 3 hours ago and it’s still only Friday evening so we have the whole weekend ahead of us, perfect!
In the morning we collected our fresh warm bread from the small shop on site ready for our bacon sandwiches. I had to laugh at the owner who explained that all the animals on the farm are actually pets and they order their meats in from the local butchers. Good news for the two pigs I saw at the farm, amusingly named ‘Bangers and Mash’.
Although the campsite is very child friendly with a great adventure playground and plenty to do, we were without kids for the weekend so decided to taken in some culture by visiting the amazing Osbourne House, Queen Victoria and Prince Alberts private home, just outside Newport. It’s an English Heritage building and you will spend pretty much all day there if you visit the house and gardens. There’s even a great walk to a little private beach where the young royals would play. Fascinating history and a beautiful place to visit.
The final day was spent with a quick trip to Ventnor. This picturesque seaside town has lots of charm and character and it’s lovely to sit at a café and enjoy a drink looking out at the world go by. The sheltered location on the cliff of the Island’s south coast means the area experiences a microclimate with more sunny days than much of the British Isles, and fewer frosts. Leaving Ventnor it’s then just a short dash into East Cowes to catch the ferry and then an hour later you’re back in Southampton. Continuing the theme of a well-chilled weekend we came off the M3 a few miles up the road at Winchester and bumbled up the A31 through the countryside arriving back home in Guildford.
So all in all, it’s a great place to visit, especially for a long weekend.