Isle Of Wight Accommodation Guide

Isle Of Wight - Chalk Cliffs
Chalk cliffs on the Isle Of Wight

Welcome to Stay In Britain’s guide to accommodation on the Isle of Wight. Each of the accommodation choices listed below has been handpicked by our team of travel writers. From barn conversions to converted farmhouses, we present our definitive list of the best accommodation on the Island whether you are travelling on holiday or for business.

Furthermore, where we include a link to an accommodation booking site, you can book with complete confidence. Our ‘Price Pledge’ ensures that you receive the lowest available prices. In addition, our regular quality audits ensure that only the very best Isle of Wight accommodation make it into our ‘Top 10’.

In addition to highlighting some of the best overnight accommodation on the Isle of Wight, we will also list some interesting facts about the island and feature some of our favourite local attractions.  Enjoy your stay on the Isle of Wight!

Best Accommodation In Isle Of Wight

Windy Ridge Cottage, Yarmouth, Isle of WightWindy Ridge Cottage (Yarmouth): Located in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, Windy Ridge Cottage is one of the best holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight and one of our absolute favourites. Sleeping 4 people across 2 bedrooms the cottage affords spectacular views across the Solent and across the marshes to the Tennyson monument.

Lower Calbourne Mill Lower Calbourne Mill (Calbourne): Lower Calbourne Mill is arguably one of the best options for a holiday stay on the Isle of Wight. A former mill that is situated on a delightful waterway, this incredible holiday house is located in the pretty village of Newbridge near Calbourne. Accommodation wise, the house sleeps 7 people across 4 bedrooms.

Levante House, Cowes, Isle-of-WightLevante Cottage (Cowes): This modern terraced cottage (with accommodation over three floors) overlooks Cowes harbour which is often referred to as the ‘Home of Yachting’. If you are looking for accommodation during Cowes Week (the world’s largest sailing regatta), this could be your perfect place.

Isle Of Wight: Interesting Facts

The Isle of Wight is a large island situated off the south coast of Great Britain. With approximately 57 miles (92 km) of coastline and some of the finest beaches in the United Kingdom, the island has become an extremely popular holiday destination. Being located in the extreme south of England, the Isle of Wight is known for its warm summers, incredible coastal scenery and verdant interior landscapes.

Disconnected from the mainland, the pace of life on the island is much slower and the general atmosphere is much more relaxed. It is no surprise therefore that the Isle of Wight has become a tourist hot spot, attracting visitors from all over Britain. In this brief tourist guide, we will exhibit some of the island’s best accommodation. We will also explore some of the island’s key visitor attractions.

There are many different theories as to where the island gets its name. The most popular theory is a reference to an ancient Celtic word ‘Wight’ meaning a place of division thereby referring to the separation of the island and the mainland. It is one of the few surviving Celtic names to have survived on the island.

There is no direct road or rail link to the island from mainland Britain although there are plans in place to build an underground tunnel. Currently the way to get to the island is by ferry and there are numerous service available to and from different locations. The main ferry services from the mainland leave from Lymington, Portsmouth and Southamptom. There is also an extremely popular hovercraft service from Southsea (Portsmouth) which is the only commercial hovercraft service operating in the UK.

Despite the need to cross the Solent (the body of water that separates the island from mainland Britain), the numbers of holiday visits to the island typically total about 1 million every year. There is a wide selection of accommodation choices as a result from wooden lodges to uber modern luxury holiday houses. Here at Stay In Britain, we feature the best of the bunch!

  • County Town: Newport
  • Land Area: 380.2 km2 (146.8 square miles)
  • Population: 141,771 (2019)
  • Population Density: 372/km2 (960 / square mile)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 20 °C)
  • Days Of Rain: Dry for 183 days a year

Best Attractions On The Isle Of Wight

Cowes: The town of Cowes, situated in the north of the island, is perhaps the most famous yachting town in the entire world. It is home to the Royal Yacht Squadron and hosts the most famous annual sailing regatta in the world (Cowes Week) attracting around 1,000 boats and 10,000 competitors every year. The annual Round The Island Race, another famous sailing event, attracts up to 2,000 boats!

Osbourne House: Osbourne House is one of the most famous former Royal Palaces in the British Isles and is located in East Cowes. Built over six years and opened in 1851, Osbourne House was a summer house and rural retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Built in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo, Prince Albert designed the house himself.

The Needles Landmark Attraction: The Needles are a row of three large chalk stacks that rise out of the sea on the south-western tip of the Isle of Wight. Built in 1859, the Needles Lighthouse stands on the outermost stack and is one of the worlds most photographed lighthouses. For the best views of the Needles, take the chair lift from the beach to the top of the cliffs. The views from the top are simply stunning!

Dinosaur Isle (Sandown): The Isle of Wight was once roamed by fearsome large dinosaurs including the Eotyrannus, Iguanodon and Neovenator. Dinosaur Isle is the Great Britain’s first purpose built dinaisaur attraction and is designed to take visitors back to the period of the dinosaurs 120 million years ago. Come face to face with life sized models of the Isle of Wight’s famous dinosaurs and watch the centre’s staff work on the latest fossils that have been recovered from the Isle of Wight in recent months.

Stay In Britain is the ultimate guide to places to stay and things to do in Great Britain. Whether you are looking for a luxury self-catering cottage, a cheap B&B for a weekend stay, a short break in a caravan park or a business-friendly hotel on the Isle of Wight, we have everything you need. Enjoy your stay in Britain!