Beautifully presented and tucked away in a peaceful and tranquil location, within a level walk of the well tended Rylstone Gardens, a relaxing park in stunning location between the mystical Shanklin Chine and the cliff path with crazy golf, band stand (which hosts events on Wednesday evening and Sunday throughout the summer) and tea gardens in a flower filled setting.
Downdale Cottage adjoins Downdale Lodge and is configured over two storeys providing very tastefully furnished and decorated accommodation - ideal for families and couples alike.
A spacious and comfortable, conservatory style lounge leads to a private and secluded garden with a paved patio area, oval teak garden table, chairs and parasol and BBQ, perfect for al-fresco dining, lights in the trees provide subtle lighting and set the mood for relaxing evenings. A store is also available for bikes, kayaks, pushchairs etc.
Also within a short level walk, is the picturesque Old Village with its thatch roofed pubs, tearooms and gift shops. A 'must' is a walk though Shanklin Chine, a natural wooded gorge, to the beach where you will find The Fisherman's Cottage for good food and drink or the Chine Inn, a small, cosy inn nestled in the Chine.
The long safe sandy beach of Shanklin has a stunning backdrop of Luccombe Cliffs and St Boniface Downs beyond. By the beach there are children's amusements, pitch & putt and selection of pubs & cafes. Coastal paths make for scenic walking to neighbouring Sandown or to the pretty village of Bonchurch through the winding paths.
This popular resort town, as well sporting a variety of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, benefits from a railway station, enabling you to leave your car behind and travel to Sandown and the holiday resort of Ryde with its white sandy beaches and attractions.
Downdale Cottage is the perfect self-catering holiday cottage, enjoying a location that is not only close to amenities, attractions and stunning scenery, but is peaceful and tranquil. This, complimented by spacious, tasteful and comfortable accommodation, that caters for all types of holiday party, leaves those who choose Downdale Cottage delighted.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The South of the Isle of Wight incorporates some of the most exciting coastline from long stretches of beach with hidden fossils and exposed dinosaur footprints, to rugged cliff tops with exhilarating views and historical monuments and pretty villages steeped in history, the inspiration for artists and authors old and new.
You must visit
BlackGang Chine is a must for all the family with a fantastic variety of activities for all the family to spend a great day out. Themed areas like Frontierland where you can play Cowboys and Indians in a full sized Cowboy Town, and rides like Waterforce where you can choose the fast 'overflows', or the scary 'plug-hole' - you'll have to see it and experience it to believe it!
Superbly situated beside the sparkling waters of Sandown Bay, the twin resorts of Sandown and Shanklin have delighted generations of holiday-makers for over 150 years. Along Culver Parade you'll find tennis, bowls, GoKarting, crazy golf, a pitch and putt course, the Tiger Sanctuary and Dinosaur Isle Museum. At the southern end of town the Heights Health and Leisure Base has indoor swimming pools and further inland is a fine 18 hole golf course.
With its charming thatch-roofed cottages and winding main street lined with tearooms, Godshill is the quintessential English Village. Traveling South to Wroxall there's the Donkey Sanctuary and Appledurcombe House now offering Owl and Falconry displays. Visit Chale Green Deli and Coffee shop and on to the Southern most tip of the Island St Catherine's with its ancient Pepperpot. Ventnor Botanic Garden provides a lovely walk and then lunch at their very successful café.
There are coastal paths around the Island and this section features the Isle of Wight's famous chines. Whale Chine is the most spectacular in a series of Chines along this stretch of coastline. Devil's Chimney provides an exciting walk through enchanted woodland down to the beach; Chale Bay is stunning; Wealdon Beds which have yielded fossilized remains of dinosaurs. With features like St Catherine's Lighthouse many feel this section offers the best walking and views of the entire Isle of Wight.
Sandown and Shanklin on the south-east coast share a wide crescent of golden sand, with safe swimming, water sports and a range of bars, pubs and cafés. The southern stretch, below Shanklin Chine, is the quietest and most attractive.
Ventnor has a wonderful Mediterranean light and, like Sandown and Shanklin, an enviable sunshine record. Steephill Cove is its prettiest beach, a peaceful little bay with a good beach café. Reach it via the coastal footpath from the Botanic Gardens, or La Falaise car park in Ventnor.
Places to eat
Try the local seafood, in particular crab, lobster, haddock dishes. The vast majority of pubs are highly geared up for food and usually the portions are on the large side. Fresh crab in particular can be tasty from beachside cafe's and can also be purchased from the fisherman at seafood huts selling direct, two places spring to mind: Ventnor Fresh Crab Beach Hut and a fisherman's house at Steephill Cove next to the café'.