The bustling port of Cowes is situated by the mouth of the river Medina, and is divided into two distinct towns, linked by the regular floating bridge chain ferry.
Both communities have much to offer visitors, with West Cowes known as a world famous yachting centre, with superb facilities for all kinds of watersports, as well as being considered the cycling gateway to the island with the National Cycle Route 23 running through it. It also has a beach and a wealth of excellent restaurants, inns, and plenty of interesting niche shops; there is something for everyone with a fabulous vibe.
East Cowes is best known for Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s Italian style country retreat - a tour of the sumptuous royal apartments and magnificent gardens is a must.
Cowes is an ideal base for exploring the rest of the island, such as sandy beaches, lovely walking country, picturesque chines and many family attractions such as the The Needles and the Isle of Wight music festival.
Somerton Farm is situated on the main bus route from Cowes to Newport and 1.7 miles from the passenger Red Funnel Red Jet Southampton to Cowes route. You can walk into Cowes (it is a good walk - uphill on the way back!).
Bring your bicycles (you may store in a stable) and cycle - only 10mins to Gurnard to watch the sunset. There are lots of great routes to follow and some of our visitors come just to cycle around the Isle of Wight ( you can do it in a day but we suggest a more relaxed approach via some great cafes!
The Isle of Wight is full of things to do and to see -when you book I will send you a local guide of places that are popular, local and come recommended.
If you enjoy walking the Isle of Wight offers miles of footpaths - for inspiration visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/things-to-do/walking
For more information on all there is to see and do, please get in touch.