We set off on the Saturday morning heading for Lymington to catch our ferry to the Isle of Wight and encountered a little snow shower on the way, so knew we were in for an exciting weekend ahead.
Arriving at the ferry port ahead of schedule we enjoyed a cup of coffee and cookie whilst we waited. The ferry crossing takes less than 1 hour and even in fairly choppy seas it was a smooth ride, and at only £65 for a return with the Blue Chip Holidays discount, a very reasonable journey too.
On disembarking the ferry, the drive from Yarmouth to Ventnor only took around 30-40 minutes and we chose to take the route along Military Road to the south to enjoy some of the coastal views. We made a quick stop at the large Coop supermarket in Freshwater to stock up for the weekend ahead with all the essentials.
Arriving at the property we parked the car on the residential road to the rear of Southgrove View Cottage. We found ample on-street parking available directly outside the house which made unloading our bags nice and simple. As we entered the large and well-appointed kitchen, it put a big smile on our faces to see the welcome basket with yummy biscuits and coffee for us to enjoy, and the lovely note left by the owners made us feel very welcome and straight at home here.
The snow really started to come down as the afternoon went on, but the cold didn’t worry us as Southgrove View is a wonderfully warm house with very simple to use heating. We enjoyed sitting in the comfy living room looking out across Ventnor to the coast and out to sea, watching the snow fall and all the birds swirling around in the trees – we wasted many hours relaxing here!
Even with the snow we wanted to head into town for dinner, after all it was Saturday evening and we were on holiday. Initially we were worried that not many places would be open, but after a short stroll down the hill into the town centre we were pleasantly surprised to see that there were many places to choose from. After a wander around to review some menus, we settled on a cool little bistro called Cantina which offers fantastic food inspired by German, Austrian and Swiss cuisine. We enjoyed three wonderful courses and lovely service from the staff all for less than £70 so amazing value for money too!
On the Sunday we woke up refreshed after a restful night in a very comfortable bed, an essential part of any holiday. We looked out the window and realised that more snow overnight meant we wouldn’t be using the car today. After a refreshing shower, we made some breakfast and were impressed by how well stocked the kitchen was. We had everything we needed and more, and a dishwasher too so no arguments over who would be washing up either!
After a few hours relaxing in this wonderful family home, we decided to wrap up warm and head out for a walk down to the sea front, of course launching a few snow balls at each other along the way. The sun and salt had meant most of the snow had melted away down on the front and we were pleased to see some of the pubs and restaurants open for lunch. We finally stopped in at the Spyglass Inn and were pleasantly surprised to find a live piano session taking place too, so here we stayed for a few hours.
Sunday evening, we decided to stay in at the house and enjoy some quality time cooking and relaxing together. On our walk back from the town centre we had popped into the local Coop to buy ourselves some yummy treats and upon returning to the house we certainly made use of the range of board games and movies thoughtfully provided, and after a 2 hour battle of Scrabble to finish, we retired for the evening.
On Monday morning we were pleased to see that the snow had begun to melt away, so we could head home, but at the same time felt a little sad to be leaving our lovely Isle of Wight retreat. We truly had enjoyed our time in this fantastic family home and we can’t wait to return in the future!