Our guide to Ventnor holiday cottages

Found on the south of the Isle of Wight, Ventnor is very much the traditional seaside resort of the island. The days when Victorians flocked to the town to enjoy its warm micro-climate may be long gone but the weather still outshines the rest of the island, and that means long sunny days with plenty of time to enjoy the sand and shingle beach.

Even the beach huts were once the bathing machines used in more prudish times, and there’s a quaint feel to the resort that makes it popular with families throughout the year. Look out for the children’s paddling pool that’s also a map of the island, and don’t forget your walking boots as Ventnor is a convenient starting point for many of the Wight’s hikes and walks.

Isle of Fright

It may seem all sandy and family friendly by day, but the Isle of Wight also has something of a reputation as being one of the spookiest spots in the UK after nightfall, and it’s even known as ‘Ghost Island’. So what better place to spend Halloween and join the fun of Isle of Fright, an event that sees all...

El Toro Contento

El Toro Contento is the only restaurant on the Isle of Wight that serves authentic tapas, and we should probably start by pointing out that it’s top of the TripAdvisor reviews for restaurants in Ventnor. The paella’s so fresh you’ll need to order the day before to give them time to prepare everything just so, and there’s always a freshly...
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