At the southernmost tip of the island, Ventnor and the surrounding area enjoy some of the UK's sunniest summers and mildest winters.
The cottage is located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with some of the most magnificent landscapes in the South of England on its door step. There are few better places for peace and quiet, and for getting away from it all. There is an abundance of wildlife to enjoy as you stroll on the downs that surround the cottage or through the sheltered valleys and ancient woodland. Yet, it is only a short drive away from the popular beaches, shops, restaurants, pubs, golf courses and sailing arenas.
3 miles south of the cottage is Ventnor, a traditional seaside resort and one of Britain's most famous Victorian health resorts due to its unique micro-climate.
The town lies beneath St Boniface Down (the highest point on the Isle of Wight) and for the most part is built on the side of a steep hill leading down to the seafront and its sandy beach.
Ventnor has plenty of things to do both in the town and nearby.
Ventnor Beach is a great suntrap, and the sand and shingle beach is great for sunbathing and family swimming.
The beach huts that line the back of the beach are converted Victorian “bathing machines” and are available to hire, along with deckchairs.
Ventnor Harbour and the bandstand development are very prominent on the seafront and offer a great viewing platform to look out to sea, and the Ventnor Haven Fishery sells the best in local crab and lobster.
On the main promenade there are a selection of cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlours then opposite the harbour the spectacular Cascade Gardens run down the side of the cliff where the main road zig-zags its way back up into the main town.
Further along there is a children’s paddling pool which features a giant map of the Isle of Wight, for hours of fun.
Tucked away at the foot of the Ventnor Undercliff area, and only accessible by foot is one of the Isle of Wight’s true hidden gems; Steep Hill Cove. A great place to relax and escape from the world, Steep Hill Cove offers a great mixture of beautiful scenery, clear swimming waters and rock pools to explore.
The buildings in the cove make up a large part of its charm with brightly coloured beach huts and old fisherman’s cottages, with traditional deck chairs, lobster pots and fishing tackle dotted around the area.
There is a beach café to the rear of Steep Hill Cove which serves hot and cold refreshments and food, and there are also restaurants serving locally caught seafood during the season. Steep Hill Cove is a beautiful place to visit whatever the time of year, however out of season many of the cafes and restaurants are closed so be sure to pack your own lunch and refreshments if you are looking to explore the area during the Winter months.
For adventure Blackgang Chine Adventure Park is just 15 minutes drive from the cottage. The fun packed park is designed to appeal to the child in all of us! Again 15 mins drive from the cottage is the islands favourite award winning country attraction of Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park which is set in 88 acres of beautiful countryside and boasts a whole day of entertainment and more.
10 minutes north of Wroxall is Godshill, a picturesque village renowned for its thatched cottages and cream teas.
Within easy reach of Wroxall is Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles I was held prisoner before his execution or a little further on in Cowes is Osborne House, Queen Victoria's favourite country retreat. For more historical houses visit Appuldurcombe House or Arreton Manor.
There are an abundance of beaches as well to visit: Shanklin and Sandown with miles of sand, Bembridge where the life boat is, Seaview with its rock pools and sailing club, Compton Bay for surfing and body boarding or Chale for fossil hunting.
Ultimately this is the Isle of Wight - much to do with nothing too far away.
Wroxall was once a small agricultural settlement changed by the coming of the railway. Lord Yarborough of Appuldurcombe would not allow the tracks to be built over his land so a tunnel 1190m long had to be dug through St Boniface Down. Many of the old cottages in the main street of Wroxall were built to house the workmen involved. The railway is now closed but one of the crossing gates has been salvaged and is at the end of Wroxall Manor Farm drive which neighbours Manor Farm Cottage.
Wroxall is an inland village that nestles in the rolling downland to the north of Ventnor with lovely walks leading to Ventnor Shanklin, Whitwell and Godshill. It also boasts a handsome church built from stone excavated from the tunnel. St John's Church has a conical tower and a blue clock.
Wroxalls main attraction is Appuldurcombe House. The ruin and surrounding park has an interesting history mainly centered around the Worsley family who originated from Lancashire. James Worsley was a page to King Henry VII and a companion to the future King Henry VIII. On the latter's accession to the throne Worsley was knighted and made Captain of the Isle Of Wight. He then went on to marry Ann Leigh the heiress of Appuldurcombe, starting a dynasty that would be closely involved in Island life and politics for the next three centuries. The Worsleys pulled down the old house and built a classical mansion in its place. By the end of the 18th century its contents of old master paintings and classical antiquities attracted visitors from far and wide. In 1855 the estate was sold the house then became a hotel followed by a school then a temporary home for the Benedictine Monks while Quarr Abbey was being built. From 1909 the house stood empty, its decay hastened by a land mine. The house, although now a ruin, is surrounded by beautiful parkland and maintained by English Heritage.