Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Ford Barn is a beautiful semi-detached recently completed barn conversion, with 2 bedrooms and off road parking. The accommodation has the added benefit of being on one level making it ideal for either couples or families, with disabled access.
This cottage is ideal for relaxing or activity holidays because fantastic central but rural location.
It is situated close to the small village of Whitwell, in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by stunning views. This idyllic rural setting gives you the chance to see the numerous species of birds who regularly visit the area, and you may also see other wild-life including foxes, badgers, rabbits and hares.
The nearby village of Whitwell has a good public house for meals and a few minutes' drive brings you to Niton village, where there is an excellent general stores, public house, pharmacy and a beautiful church.
There are fishing lakes in Whitwell and golf courses in Ventnor and Sandown. Other nearby places to visit include Ventnor Botanical Garden, St Catherine's Lighthouse, with Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House about 30 minutes away.
A short drive away you will find The Buddle Inn at Niton Undercliff which serves outstanding meals in the setting of an original smugglers pub, or slightly further away is the award winning family pub, White Mouse Inn.
If you like an active holiday, as well as the many scenic walks on your doorstep, there is sailing, surfing, body boarding and microlighting all within easy access.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ventnor 5 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1.7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton 76 km, Nearest railway: Sandown 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Isle of Wight region
Situated in the English Channel just a short ferry ride from Portsmouth, Southampton or Lymington and less than 2 hours from London, the UK's Holiday Island and Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination at any time of year. If you bring a car to the Island it will take between 40 to 60 minutes depending on the route you take. Alternatively you can travel as a foot passenger on a number of routes which can be a short as 20 minutes. Most routes allow bicycles to be carried on by foot passengers, although the red jet (Southampton/West Cowes route) allow folding bikes only*.
The Island offers fantastic award winning beaches, stunning countryside ideal for walking and cycling, fabulous pubs and restaurants and a wide variety of activities and family attractions. The Island also hosts several festivals catering for all tastes such as The Isle of Wight Festival, The Bestival and The Garlic Festival.
Our mild climate ensures that the Isle of Wight is home to a huge variety of local produce the freshest seafood straight from the fisherman's catch, locally brewed beer, wine and cider, organic fruit and vegetables and delicious locally made ice creams and deserts you might like to try Edulis at Ventnor Botanic Garden or Shoreside Inn, Shanklin.
With more than 500 miles of public foot paths including coastal paths, on the Island, walking is a very popular pastime. You can leave your car at the barn and walk out straight from there to explore the surrounding countryside. Over 50% of the Island has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with about half of the coastline named as Heritage Coast – an honour only awarded to the finest stretches of coastline in the country.
Within an area of just 147 square miles you will find over 200 miles of cycle routes enticing you into the countryside or along the coast. Quiet country lanes and scenic off – road routes means cycling is an ideal way to explore the Island. There are routes to suit everyone, with a choice of challenging off-road bridleways, peaceful byways and level purpose-made tracks on former railway lines.
*Please check with the ferry company if you plan to come as a foot passenger with a bicycle.
Whitwell, Isle of Wight
The nearest pub is the White Horse Inn just over a mile south in the village of Whitwell. It was built in 1454, making it one of the oldest pubs in the UK. They offer a good selection of food, from home made burgers, fish dishes, vegetarian and gluten free options, and they are happy to welcome you to their family run restaurant/pub.
Whitwell is situated 3 miles from Ventnor and Godshill, and just 8 miles from the main Island town of Newport.
Whitwell is famous for its past with a 12th Century church and 6 red cast iron pumps or 'boys' that provided water to the village. These pumps were introduced and built in 1887 by William Spindler, a prominent figure from St. Lawrence whose tomb now lies in Whitwell Graveyard. The boys are still there dotted around the village today. You will see one at the 'White Well', opposite the church, which is where the annual Well Dressing takes place, two in Kemming Road, two in the High Street and one in Nettlecombe Lane. White Well was a place of pilgrimage during mediaeval times.
Also within easy driving distance are the rolling beaches of the Bay area. The small towns of Sandown and Shanklin have entertained 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 Leisure complex has indoor swimming pools and a newly refurbished gym. Further inland is a fine 18 hole golf course.
BlackGang Chine has a fantastic variety of activities for all the family to spend a great day out. There are themed areas like Frontierland where the kids can play Cowboys and Indians and hunt for gold in a full sized Cowboy Town, or ride on the rollercoaster or water rides, there is a museum and many other play areas to delight all ages.
Nearby Godshill is the quintessential English Village with charming thatched cottages, model village and home baking in the tearooms.
Appledurcombe House is only a short journey away and offers Owl and Falconry displays. Also woth a visit are Chale Green Deli and Coffee shop and on to the Southernmost tip of the Island St Catherine's with its ancient Pepper Pot. Ventnor Botanic Garden provides a lovely walk and then lunch at their very successful café.
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.
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. It can be reached via the coastal footpath from the Botanic Gardens, or La Falaise car park in Ventnor.
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