{"LocationDetails":{"Id":534,"Name":"Ventnor \u0026 South Coast","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Ventnor holiday cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFound 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eEven the beach huts were once the bathing machines used in more prudish times, and there\u0026rsquo;s a quaint feel to the resort that makes it popular with families throughout the year. Look out for the children\u0026rsquo;s paddling pool that\u0026rsquo;s also a map of the island, and don\u0026rsquo;t forget your walking boots as Ventnor is a convenient starting point for many of the Wight\u0026rsquo;s hikes and walks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Ventnor\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA beautiful Victorian resort, Ventnor has so much to occupy the whole family. Start your trip with a visit to Ventnor Botanic Gardens. Situated at Undercliff Drive, the Botanic Gardens have an exotic plant collection that would rival anywhere else in the UK. If you are lucky, you might see the shy Ventnor lizards sunning themselves on the walls. At weekends and during most of the holiday periods, there are exhibitions from various (usually local) artists. The children can be entertained by the workshops, which are a regular attraction, or by using up their energy in the outdoor childrens play area. If you book, you can also venture into the secret tunnel to the sea.\u0026nbsp; Start your visit with a stopover at the Mediterranean garden before you move on to the Australian and New Zealand Gardens and maybe round off with the South African Terraces. There are guided tours daily plus all areas are accessible to disabled visitors and guide dogs are welcome.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen you think of a traditional little fishing village, the image conjured up would be that of Steephill Cove. Steephill cove is just perfect with its unspoilt beach and its boulders to climb on or lean against to catch the warm sunshine. The cove is home to traditional island fishermen selling their freshly caught crab, mackerel and other mouth-wateringly fresh fish and seafood.\u0026nbsp; A lovely sandy beach slopes down to the sea where the fishermen bring their boats out of the water. To get down onto the beach you have to use the steps or you could sit on the wall and imagine you are actually on the Riviera. Steephill Cove is accessible by road along Love Lane to the signposted pathway which is for foot traffic only. There is no vehicular access to the cove.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Ventnor\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOne of the hidden gems of Ventnor is the Longshoremans Museum on The Esplanade. Sited in the back of the little shop, behind the beaded curtain, is a collection of historical items and nauticalia. Here you will find an array of photographs, maps, engravings and pictures pertaining to the history of Ventnor. There is reference to Ventnor Esplanade during the Victorian period and the Ventnor hospital which was used to treat chest diseases. The shop at the front is small but packed with an eclectic range of items from fossils to dolls houses, or original watercolour paintings and jewellery - the shop itself is an attraction. In the museum are shipwreck finds and models and a detailed history on each photograph.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\r\nVentnor Beach is a delightful sand and shingle south facing beach, very sunny and warm in summer as Ventnor is protected by the St. Boniface Down cliffs at the rear of the town. Ventnor beach is watched over by a lifeguard service and is great for swimming. For the little ones there is a childrens play area. Alternatively you could hire a deck chair and just watch the world go by. The beach is also great for catching your supper as sea fishing is very popular here.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eVentnor restaurants\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you are someone who enjoys a good breakfast to start your day then a visit to Besty and Spinkys Cafe Bar on the Esplanade is a must \u0026ndash; even if only because of the quirky name! Outside is an Isle of Wight shaped paddling pool for the children to splash in while the adults sit in the sun enjoying one of the best brekkies ever; if you are hungry, then a Ventnor Bay Brekkie is for you. There are daily specials including freshly caught seafood and most dishes include lots of local produce. In fact, if you choose a fish of the day meal, it\u0026rsquo;s likely the staff will nip to the fishery across the road to pick it up \u0026ndash; how fresh is that! The cafe is also licenced and, like most island establishments, dog friendly. The menu includes vegetarian and gluten free options, offers highchairs and is wheelchair accessible.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNo guide to Ventnor is complete without mentioning Crave at The Ventnorian on Spring Hill. This is THE place for anyone who enjoys ice cream. And don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you are vegan, dairy intolerant or have to have a gluten free diet as all are catered for at this peach of an ice cream parlour. 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Start your journey at Shanklin Beach and head south, keeping the sea to your left. You\u0026rsquo;ll soon reach a flight of steps that take you up the cliff and if you follow the path at the top inland you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to pick up the signs for the coast path.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll pass several little tea shops (and a tea garden at the top of the cliffs) during this walk so there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of opportunity to pause for awhile and take in the views (catch your breath!). When you make the descent from the cliff tops you\u0026rsquo;ll find yourself in the pretty village of Bonchurch, noted for its pretty little church and pond. Cross the road when you reach the pond and follow Shore Road along the coast to Ventnor. You can either retrace your steps back to Shanklin or catch a bus back.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6298,"LocationLongitude":-1.1723,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Ventnor Down2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"shanklin/ventnor-south-coast/walking-shanklin-to-ventnor","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Ventnor Down2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary between the resorts of Shanklin and Ventnor, and its friendly resident donkeys love to welcome visitors between April and October. Although the sanctuary relies on donations entry to the attraction is free, and it\u0026rsquo;s great fun watching the donkeys enjoy their retirement in their grassy paddock.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors can pet the donkeys which makes this a lovely place to visit with children, and it\u0026rsquo;s great fun trying to match the donkeys to their descriptions and pictures. The donkeys have been rescued from all kinds of plights and countries, and the volunteers who have nursed them to health are always happy to tell visitors all about their lives and how they\u0026rsquo;re doing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a cafe and souvenir shop, and if you want to take a donkey home you can do the next best thing and adopt one before you leave. The sanctuary is ranked number one out of the family attractions in Ventnor on TripAdvisor and its many glowing reviews have gained it a Certificate of Excellence. Don\u0026rsquo;t miss the chance to drop by and see some great work in progress whilst you\u0026rsquo;re on the Isle of Wight, the donkeys are well worth calling in on.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6261,"LocationLongitude":-1.2223,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/donkey-sanctuary.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/ventnor-south-coast/isle-of-wight-donkey-sanctuary","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/donkey-sanctuary.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Ventnor Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf it\u0026rsquo;s all the charm of a traditional day by the sea you\u0026rsquo;re after then it\u0026rsquo;s got to be Ventnor Beach, the southernmost stretch of sand on the Isle of Wight and a Blue Flag holder. Tucked beneath the Victorian town this sand and shingle beach still has everything we love about a bucket and spade holiday, from vintage beach huts available for hire to deckchairs and a paddling pool.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach huts were once wheeled down to the sea with the gentry inside, and although we can\u0026rsquo;t promise you\u0026rsquo;ll receive that treatment you will have your wind break hammered into the sand with a mallet if you hire one!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe bandstand on the seafront adds to the quaint feel we all love about Ventnor, and if you step inside the views are uninterrupted. The paddling pool has been a favourite with children for more than a century, and if you look closely you\u0026rsquo;ll notice it\u0026rsquo;s in the shape of the Isle of Wight. The seafront has everything you\u0026rsquo;d expect from a beach that has welcomed visitors for decades, including arcades, shops, a bistro, ice creams and the Spyglass Inn.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to swim while you\u0026rsquo;re at Ventnor then try to swim from the centre of the beach. The channel in this section has no rocks as the fishermen cleared it years ago.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5932,"LocationLongitude":-1.20873,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Ventnor Beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/ventnor-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Ventnor Beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Godshill Model Village","Body":"\u003cp\u003eEverybody loves a model village, and Godshill Model Village is set in two acres of scenic landscaped gardens. Wander around this peaceful attraction and peer amidst the 300 trees and shrubs to glimpse the world in miniature.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe models depict the resorts of the Isle of Wight in miniature, and the model railway chugs its way between them. Like all good model village\u0026rsquo;s, this one has been created with a smile and it\u0026rsquo;s one of the island\u0026rsquo;s quaintest family attractions. The model village is open every day between April and October, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find it on Godshill High Street.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTickets include free re-entry to the attraction for another week, so if you don\u0026rsquo;t manage to take in everything there is to see (or you just fancy another stroll around spotting what you missed) you\u0026rsquo;ll be free to return. There\u0026rsquo;s a picnic area for those of you who want to make a day of it, and there are few spots that make a nicer place to enjoy some al fresco fodder than beside the world in miniature.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGodshill Model Village is open from 10am \u0026ndash; 5pm and you\u0026rsquo;ll need at least an hour to make sure you take in the whole attraction. Why not take the opportunity to explore the real Godshill Village while you\u0026rsquo;re there? It\u0026rsquo;s as picturesque as the models!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.6329,"LocationLongitude":-1.25467,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/09/model-village-train.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/godshill-model-village","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/09/model-village-train.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Ventnor Botanic Garden","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s always something special about gardens found within microclimates, and Ventnor Botanic Garden enjoys its own, nestled within the area\u0026rsquo;s Undercliff. The chalk downs shelter the gardens from the chilly northerly winds, enabling all kinds of plants to thrive that wouldn\u0026rsquo;t flourish half as well on the mainland.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe area\u0026rsquo;s average rainfall is so low that its climate is closer to the one you\u0026rsquo;d expect to enjoy in the Mediterranean than in a quiet corner of the Isle of Wight, and this collection of subtropical plants has been grown completely outdoors. Ventnor Botanic Garden is home to a newly refurbished visitor centre that enables it to host events throughout the year, bringing the seasons to life for visitors of all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe giant water lilies give the gardens an enchanting feel that continues throughout the grounds, and they make a peaceful spot to enjoy the warm temperatures and some time out during a busy holiday. The water lilies are tricky to pollinate as they change sex from day to day, and gardeners actually have to don their swimwear and get into the water with them at night to make sure these complicated flowers are successfully pollinated.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe garden is open throughout the year (and only closes on Christmas Day) and dogs are welcome throughout the outdoor areas as long as they\u0026rsquo;re on leads.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5895,"LocationLongitude":-1.22666,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/waterlily-pond.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/ventnor-south-coast/ventnor-botanic-garden","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/waterlily-pond.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Phileas Fogg\u0027s Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003ePhileas Fogg\u0026rsquo;s Restaurant in Ventnor serves up world flavours with local flair, and its menu tends to offer the freshest catch of the day all year round. The staff work closely with local suppliers to ensure that all meat comes from local produce, fish comes from the surrounding waters and even the vegetables are grown in the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBecause the restaurant\u0026rsquo;s emphasis is always on providing the freshest local produce, the daily specials board changes to reflect the tastes and flavours of the season. Who said Sundays have to be about traditional roast beef? Phileas Fogg\u0026rsquo;s opens for its Seafood Sundays, and diners have the choice of the fresh catches and seafood found on the specials board. Regulars on the menu include mussels, seafood platters and (now here\u0026rsquo;s a real favourite) the seafood pizza.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is the kind of restaurant where diners take their time and pore over the papers while they wait, so it\u0026rsquo;s a popular choice for those with families or who just fancy award-winning food in a relaxed environment. It\u0026rsquo;s the kind of restaurant that will make room for a new special on the menu because a supplier recommends something new or rare, and if you love seafood you won\u0026rsquo;t want to miss out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5954,"LocationLongitude":-1.20482,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/prawns.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"ventnor-south-coast/sandown/phileas-foggs-restaurant","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/prawns.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Spyglass Inn","Body":"\u003cp\u003eForget the drinks and hot food (well, don\u0026rsquo;t really but you know what we mean...) The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor is one of the country\u0026rsquo;s best spots for coastal views. This popular pub looks out across Ventnor Beach and the picturesque seafront, and its outdoor terraces mean visitors can sit back and enjoy uninterrupted views across the Solent. This is the place to pick a table and forget the time as you watch the boats coming and going across the channel and the coloured yachts bobbing about on the waves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026rsquo;s a handy tip for those of you planning to catch the Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in June \u0026ndash; arrive to The Spyglass early and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to pick a prime spot to watch the action out on the water. There are two patios to choose from (known to locals as upper deck and lower deck) and the views out to the Solent are so uninterrupted that it\u0026rsquo;s easy to imagine you\u0026rsquo;re about to sail the waters rather than tuck into a meal.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pub is something of a Ventnor landmark and with a history that dates back to circa 1850 it\u0026rsquo;s an Isle of Wight institution. 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We have it on good authority that the food\u0026rsquo;s well worth trying, and the service is so impressive that you can expect a selection of the day\u0026rsquo;s papers if you\u0026rsquo;re content or just sit back and listen to the sound of the waves on the shore.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s outside seating for those who want to make the most of the location, and there are more than fifty wines to choose from in the wine bay. The Met also specialises in tapas and serves a selection of coffees if you want a winter warmer during a chilly walk.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith a stunning setting right on Ventnor Esplanade, The Met makes a friendly place to hang out, catch up and wind down. The sandy beach is just a moment away, so if you\u0026rsquo;re not ready to leave until you\u0026rsquo;ve seen the sun set behind the Solent then we\u0026rsquo;d recommend you pull up a seat, grab a glass of wine and watch it from here.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5933,"LocationLongitude":-1.20703,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/Bistro.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"ventnor-south-coast/sandown/the-met","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/Bistro.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Appuldurcombe House","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAppuldurcombe House was once the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s most striking building and it opens to the public between April and September. 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Perched high on the top of a cliff, the octagonal tower was built by a parishioner as penance for stealing the items belonging to the church from the wreck of a ship, and it\u0026rsquo;s well worth a visit if you get the chance. It\u0026rsquo;s thought the tower was built by Walter de Godeton as punishment for stealing church wine when the ship transporting it was wrecked nearby at Chale Bay.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe tower perches on one of the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s highest points and belongs to the Tennyson Heritage Coast, so it\u0026rsquo;s a favourite landmark with walkers exploring the monuments of the Wight\u0026rsquo;s coastline. If you walk on a little further you\u0026rsquo;ll see another lighthouse nearby, although this one\u0026rsquo;s much later than St Catherines Oratory. 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The paella\u0026rsquo;s so fresh you\u0026rsquo;ll need to order the day before to give them time to prepare everything just so, and there\u0026rsquo;s always a freshly cut serrano home on hand for that authentic Spanish flavour.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eReview after review points out the great service from the friendly team of staff, the cosy restaurant complete with flickering log fire for cooler evenings and best of all, the homemade tapas that\u0026rsquo;s perfect for couples, groups and celebrations .\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s no need to worry if you have special requirements, every dish is freshly prepared and if you give the kitchen enough notice they\u0026rsquo;ll prepare a paella especially to suit your needs. Vegetarian, seafood and mixed options are always available so you can enjoy your meal just the way you like it. 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