I knew that I would be going to the Isle of Wight for the weekend, but what I didn’t know was how unbelievably beautiful it would be.
The Isle of Wight is a small island off the southern coast of England, about two and a half hours from London via a coach and then ferry. This island is old…and I mean old. There is a church on it that was founded in 1320!
But, this island is also beautiful. From thatched-roof cottages to smooth, limestone bluffs, it offers visitors natural and materialistic wonders. Needless to say, I took some incredible pictures that I’m hoping will give you a taste of the Isle of Wight.
While on this beautiful island, I was able to travel all around. With a tour group, I went from the northern tip of the island (East Cowes and Cowes) down to the southern tip and then out to the west. This post will be dedicated to East Cowes and Godshill, while Part 2 will be dedicated to Sandown, Shanklin and Yarmouth.
East Cowes is most notably home to the Osbourne House, which was built by Prince Albert for his wife Queen Victoria. Apparently, the Queen conducted a lot of her business in this palace and would frequently vacation here with her family.
Now open to the public, it boasts elaborate interiors meant to be admired, a stunning garden and views of mainland England.
The Osbourne House offers a nice gift shop filled with wine, chutney and Victorian-style trickets along with a cafe. Looking for something more? You can pack a lunch and eat it on its premises that contains lush, endless fields.
On our way down to our hotel in Sandown, we stopped in Godshill–your staple countryside English village.
This is the side of England that I’ve been waiting to experience while in London: thatched-roof cottages, rolling hills dotted with sheep, small streets, authentic little tea rooms…need I say more?
Well, this is exactly what you get in Godshill, named after a church that was placed upon a hill in the village. And guess what? I went to that church that apparently dates back to 1320. 1320. That’s some Dark Ages stuff right there.
While you’d think a village like this has few options for enterntainment, you are mistaken. While it definitely isn’t New York City, you’d be surprised at the things that could keep you entertained.
For instance, you could have an authentic English tea at The Batswing that apparently dates back to the 16th century. Or, you could pop into the Chocolate Island and grab yourself a bar of chocolate that is made on sight. Or, you could stop by the church on the hill and literally feel the history that is Medieval England.
One thing that the Isle of Wight also offers? Some of the purest air in the world, I am definitely convinced of that.
One of my favorite moments in these two villages was standing atop the hill (where the church is perched) and looking out over the village. Wow, aren’t views like that hard to come by.
All in all, the Isle of Wight is a hard place to come by and I can’t wait to share Part 2 with you all.