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Cycling Holidays on the Isle of Wight

Cycling Holidays Isle of Wight

Welcome to the Bicycle Island for your cycling holidays Isle of Wight!

Have you heard the quote that “you cannot be sad while riding a bicycle?” Well, this quote cannot be denied and may be this time it is your turn to have a joyful experience of your life by spending your vacations at the “Bicycle Island”.

Isle of Wight is also known as “Bicycle Island” as it is perceived as one of the best destinations to spend one’s cycling holidays. The place consists of spectacular landscapes which make one’s bicycle ride extra worthwhile. Interestingly, no matter what the person’s fitness level is, the place offers a wide variety of routes suitable for every individual. Your cycling holiday adventure at Isle of Wight’s most challenging hills, woodland routes and locations where it is impossible for cars to reach can turn to be the most exciting and thrilling trip of your life.

The perfect cycling destination is waiting for you to have your truly active and adventurous experience. It is time to get your full body workout and enhance your overall fitness level by cycling which is an amazing aerobic activity.

Cycling Holidays Isle of Wight
Cycling Holidays on the Isle of Wight

Great Cycling Experience

You do not need to worry if you are not a cycling pro as Isle of Wight has some great news for you. A 5 mile route from Sandown can give you your wonderful adventurous experience by offering you a short, comparatively simple ride which takes you through the Eastern Yar’s wetland which is captivatingly famous for being rich in wildlife. The route begins at Dinosaur Isle which is located in the close proximity to the Montpelier providing one of the best facilities of bed and breakfast in Isle of Wight. Your cycling holidays Isle of Wight can become more interesting if you follow the cycling maps to explore the island’s attractive sceneries. On the other hand, if you are a pro cyclist then you must go for the very challenging Chalk Ridge Extreme route to test your leg muscles. Whether you consider yourself a pro bicycle rider or not, one should not limit their challenges and instead must challenge their limits.

Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

The upcoming IW Cycle Fest which is going to begin on Saturday, September 23rd of 2017 is a great opportunity for everyone who wants to have an awe-inspiring experience. This family festival will provide everyone a relaxed environment filled with great entertainment. In this festival, number of rides will occur from several destinations. The bicycle rides taking place will be suitable for every participant. The festival will continue to the second week dedicated for an off-road extravaganza comprising of various races such as junior racing, Cyclo-Cross race, etc. In the end of the IW Cycle Fest, a cycle themed closing party will take place. Keep the track of the IW Fest schedule.

Where to Stay?

If you are looking for an affordable bed and breakfast facility in Sandown, The Montpelier is one of the best businesses located there offering you the best room services, plus an amazing view from the window.

 

Isle of wight zoo

The Isle of Wight Zoo is a family-run zoo with a special interest in tigers and lemurs. The Isle of Wight zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown’s coast, which means we face one of the Isle of Wight’s nicest beaches. Once upon a time the zoo owners used to walk tiger cubs on the beach, and we’re still famous locally for it. Nowadays we focus on looking after older tigers and giving them a happy retirement.

 

isle of wight zoo

 

Our fundamental goals can be divided into Care, Conservation and Education.

Providing top-quality day to day Care for the animals at the zoo is our ongoing mission. This isn’t just about the keepers and veterinary staff – it also involves people such as the maintenance and horticulture staff who look after their enclosures. Every single person who works or volunteers at the zoo makes a contribution to animal welfare.

  • Our long-term goal is to keep contributing to Conservation. Many of our animals are threatened in the wild, largely through human activity. We fund conservation projects in India and Madagascar, and also participate in European Endangered Species breeding programmes for some of our Madagascan animals.
  • Through Education, we want to inspire our visitors and friends with a passion for the natural world. We are always looking for ways to make it fun and easy to find out more about our animals. Our tour guides make the experience interactive, with friendly presentations in which they share some of the animals’ secrets. We also work in formal education, hosting school groups and going out to visit classrooms.
  • After 40 years of being a family business we are proud to announce that we have become a charity!
    The Isle of Wight Zoo now belongs to The Wildheart Trust (reg charity 1171144) which was set up to make a meaningful impact on the health of the natural world as well as improving the well-being of animals in human care.
    The Trust is committed to providing a life-long home to rescued big cats as well as providing a loving home for other animal residents. We aim to engage, involve and empower people from both the heart and the head to help us in the global challenge to make the world a better place for animals.
    We also actively contribute towards conservation projects in India,Madagascar and more locally,on the Isle of Wight and,as a charity,we expect to grow our capacity to do so.
    We look forward to welcoming you,our ‘Wildheart Friends’,to the zoo.

Model Village Godshill

Model Village Godshill is a family run business and very proud of it!  Robin Thwaites bought the Model Village in the late 1960’s when it was much in need of repair.  His vision and attention to detail had set the standard for much of what you see today.  Stuart and Penny (daughter of Robin, are the current owners) are passionate about everything you see here and working with a great team aim to give every customer a wonderful and nostalgic experience here.

Model Village Godshill

Set in the grounds of the Old Vicarage the Model Village in Godshill is a timeless place to escape the busy world outside.  As Kevin McCloud of Channel 4’s Grand Designs said: “If you really do want to indulge in a uniquely Fifties Isle of Wight experience replete with bathing huts, vintage buses and a slower pace of life, then there is only one destination for you: Godshill Model Village”.

The Model Village Godshill opened to the public in 1952 after Mr Dams created models of Shanklin to populate the top section of the Old Vicarage gardens.    The lower half of the garden (the first section you will see when you arrive) contains models of Godshill (the village we are situated in) that Dad made with help of model makers at Pinewood – this was the sixties remember with Thunderbirds and Lady Penelope at the top of their game!

All Saints Church sits proudly overlooking the other cottages and houses just like the real church up on the hill.  If you stand in the right spot you can see the real church, the model church, the model of the model church and then the model of the model of the model and even a tiny model of the model.

Our Model Village in Godshill is a 1/10th scale version of the village of Godshill and Shanklin Old Village and Chine, two of the oldest tourist areas on the Isle of Wight.   You can find all of our houses, cottages, churches and pubs in real life for a proper Gulliver experience!  Our models are fantastic replicas of these real buildings, made with sand and cement so they weather as they age. We even thatch them just like the real thing using authentic materials and methods.

Osborne House

Osborne House was built between 1845 and 1851 to provide Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with a private family home. It was built in the Italianate style in order to fit its setting on an island whose temperate climate and panoramic views over the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.

Osborne House

Victoria and Albert’s House

Osborne House has all the elements of an Italian house: the palazzo style, the picturesque silhouette with its pair of towers and the terraces connected by flights of steps. The terraces with their outstanding views are one of Osborne’s most successful features.

Osborne House is divided into four distinct but connecting blocks, arranged around two courtyards. Three of these blocks were completed in Prince Albert’s lifetime: the Pavilion, in which the royal family had their rooms; the household wing, used by senior members of the royal household; and the main wing, used initially by the older royal children and later for the principal guest rooms.

The planning of the Pavilion combined freedom of circulation through linked reception rooms with close attention to the efficient arrangement of the domestic areas and their connection to the main rooms. The large plate-glass windows of the reception rooms on the ground floor make the rooms especially light and provide views across the terraces to the sea. The private rooms on the upper floors are more domestic in scale and have simpler decoration.

The most significant addition to Osborne House in the years after Prince Albert’s death was the Durbar Wing (completed in 1892), which contained a large reception room and accommodation for Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria’s youngest married daughter, and her family.

Externally the Durbar Wing was given the same Italianate style as the rest of the house. The Durbar Room, however, was designed by Lockwood Kipling (father of the author Rudyard Kipling and director of the Mayo School of Art, Lahore, India). His elaborate Indian design was intended to reflect Queen Victoria’s status as Empress of India. The plasterwork in the Durbar Room was executed by the Indian plasterer Bhai Ram Singh.

The Gardens and Estate

The 19th-century gardens and estate eventually covered more than 2,000 acres (800 hectares). The current estate extends to 354 acres (143 hectares) and includes formal terraces with statuary, a walled garden and extensive parkland.

Within the grounds are the Swiss Cottage, Swiss Cottage Museum, and a miniature fort with redoubts (detached earthworks), which were all built as educational tools for the royal children. The area around them was also reserved for the children’s education, and was used by them to grow fruit, flowers and vegetables.

Prince Albert was concerned with every aspect of the development of the gardens and estate. His planting scheme was to some extent dictated by the already well-established late 18th-century landscape. Other influences included his liking for poplars, and for the Italian fashion of lining principal drives and walks with evergreens, such as myrtle and laurel. Magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas were also planted. The prince planted many of the trees in the parkland himself, sometimes with the children: in 1847 the queen noted in her diary ‘we walked out with the children, & they helped, or at least thought they did, in planting some trees’.

The parterres on the terrace, which have been restored to their original appearance, were interspersed with statuary and were framed by formal walkways of coloured imitation lava. A rich variety of bedding plants were used: Queen Victoria writes in her journal of geraniums, stocks and heliotropes and the summer evening air scented with orange blossom and roses.  Many of these plants are used today in seasonal bedding schemes.

Within the 18th-century walled kitchen garden the original cross-path layout has been restored, and a garden was added in 2000 to the design of Rupert Golby as part of the Contemporary Heritage Garden project. It incorporates many plants with names associated with Victoria or Albert, in a contemporary planting style.

Shanklin Theatre

Shanklin Theatre

Shanklin Theatre was formerly known as The Institute and opened in 1879. In 1884 new rooms were added, the Reading Room and Amusement Room. Visitors were charged 1d to use the Reading Room and this was housed in the lower section of the building to the right of the main front facade. The Amusement Room had two billiard tables and was managed by the Shanklin Chess Club.

 

Shanklin theatre

In 1913 the Council ordered that the words Institute and Reading Room be erased from the building and it then became The Town Hall.

In 1925 a serious fire occurred, which seriously damaged the Institute, but not the Town Hall. After much deliberation by the Shanklin Urban District Council, approval to proceed with reconstruction was given in 1932. However the planned £17,000 was not spent, as the Shanklin and Sandown Urban District Councils amalgamated to form the South Wight District Council, The Sandown Councillors objected to the amount, which was finally reduced to £13,000. Building commenced in 1933 and on 21st March 1934 the new Town Hall and Theatre opened.

During World War Two the Theatre was used for dances and many other kinds of entertainment.  The Theatre seated more than 700 people but when it was used for dancing, the staff would push all the seats to the side or under the stage to leave a large expanse of dance floor.  In the basement of the Theatre is the lower town hall room, this was used for meetings and as a bar until about 2005.  The Bar has now been re-installed and is currently open an hour before shows and during the interval. Behind the Bar is the old Wartime Control Room which is strengthened by large steel girders to safeguard users in case of bombing. These rooms continued to be used by the Civil Defence during the early part of the Cold War with the Eastern Block. Also on this floor, but only accessible from outside, was the Town Mortuary, now used as an Internet Radio Station.

After the war the Theatre came into its own with the Barry O’Brien Company putting on repertory plays every week of the summer season, and on Sundays there would be concerts shared with Sandown Pavilion, to include many famous names of the era.  One cast would perform at Sandown Pavilion during the first half, while the other would be at Shanklin Theatre they would  change over during the interval, being shuttled by taxi between the two theatres.   In the winter the local drama groups, such as The Unity Players or The Palmerston Players, would hire the theatre to stage their own productions.   From the 1970’s Shanklin Theatre was the base for the Island Savoyards a local amateur group performing Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas and other Musicals.  The group still performs at the Theatre on a regular basis.  Tickets in those days were sold from the former Box Office, now used as a sweet kiosk, in the front foyer.  In 1992 a new Box Office was created and this is sited to the right hand side of the main front entrance a little further up Steephill Road.  In what was the former Reading Room.

The Theatre remains open throughout the year where it hosts events ranging from a Christmas Pantomime, a professional summer season, local amateur dramatics, a children’s stage school, the Isle of Wight Dance Festival and workshops for visiting school parties.

Dinosaur Isle Sandown

Dinosaur Isle Sandown is Britain’s first purpose-built dinosaur museum and visitor attraction; based in Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The Island’s diverse geology contains a wealth of fossils that tell us much about the past and gives clues to the effects of possible future environmental changes. Starting around 126 million years ago the rocks record the best exposures of dinosaur material in Europe. Progressively younger rocks record a variety of animals that were living on the land, in the rivers, and those that flew above lakes and lived in the seas. Plants are also well recorded on the Island. These remains show that for much of the time we were once a lot warmer and further from the sea. The youngest fossils are those from the more recent cold climates of the Ice-Ages.

 

Dinosaur Island Sandown
Dinosaur Island Sandown, Isle of Wight Bed and Breakfast – The Montpelier

This story is displayed in the museum’s galleries for you to learn and enjoy. We are sited next to some of the oldest rocks on the Island – why not come and join us on one of our advertised Dinosaur Isle guided fossil walks.

 

Dinosaur Island Sandown
Dinosaur Island Sandown, Isle of Wight Bed and Breakfast – The Montpelier

 

The Dinosaur Isle Sandown museum provides an all-year education service for schools and other organisations, and a programme of public walks at places of geological and palaeontological interest. The collections were started by members of the Isle of Wight Philosophical Society about 200 years ago, and have been added to over the years.  Many of Dinosaur Isle’s fossils appear in scientific publications and continue to be researched. Dinosaur Isle is the most recent building to house the collection, opening in 2001.

 

Our mission is “To be a national centre of excellence in the conservation, interpretation and acquisition of the Island’s dinosaurs and diverse geological heritage.”

For nearly a century the Museum of Isle of Wight Geology, above Sandown Library, housed the Island’s geology and fossil collections.  On August 10th 2001 this changed with the opening of Dinosaur Isle, a purpose built interactive museum which replaced the old museum. Dinosaur Isle Sandown provides the space and facilities to properly display and conserve the rich geological collections. Dinosaur Isle is managed by the Isle of Wight Council and cost £2.7 million, half of which was provided by a Millennium Commission grant. The new museum is located on Culver Parade, a short distance from the old building, and was designed by local architects Rainey Petrie Johns in the shape of a giant pterodactyl.  The interior was designed by Leicester based Haley Sharpe Design, who employed an array of sub-contractors to make everything from showcases to rock re-constructions to full sized fleshed dinosaurs!

Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle Museum is an Accredited local history museum run by an independent Charitable Trust, sited within a medieval castle in the care of English Heritage. It was founded in 1898 by HRH Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, as a memorial to her husband, Prince Henry of Battenberg.

 

Carisbrooke Castle

The Museum cares for some 27,000 items connected with the Isle of Wight, including social history, medieval history, King Charles I, ecclesiastical history, costume, military history, photographs, paintings, decorative art, ephemera, and documents.

The Museum is hosting Wight at War, the official website for the commemoration of the centenary of World War I, which will run until 11 November 2018 after which it will be archived.  Here you can find information relevant to the Isle of Wight, learn ways to obtain resources, be able to look through slide presentations and use links to other related sites.You will also be able to send in and share family stories, research and information with others and schools have an area that they can use.

Carisbrooke Castle was the strongest castle on the Island; though it is visible from some distance, it does not dominate the countryside like many other castles.

There are traces of a Roman fort underneath the later buildings. Seventy-one steps lead up to the keep; the reward is a fine view. In the centre of the castle enclosure are the domestic buildings; these are mostly of the 13th century, with upper parts of the 16th century. Some are in ruins, but the main rooms were used as the official residence of the Governor of the Isle of Wight until the 1940s, and they remain in good repair.

The Great Hall, Great Chamber and several smaller rooms are open to the public, and an upper room houses the Isle of Wight Museum. Most rooms are partly furnished.

One of the main subjects of the museum is King Charles I. He tried to escape from the castle in 1648, but was unable to get through the bars of his window.

1st May Bank Holiday

The 1st May bank holiday is nearly with us and we still have some rooms available and we still have rooms available for the 2nd May bank holiday so don’t miss out and book now.

The summer holiday season is fast approaching and rooms are starting to go  so now’s the time to book your family holiday with us out our great bed and breakfast in Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The Montpelier is ideally situated for your stay on the island and central for those great days out exploring the great things the island has to offer for you and your family.

We are opposite Sandown Pier, the only one on the island. There’s the Lost World indoor golf adventure, with special lighting and sound effects, Ten Pin Bowling and Magic Island Play Area which specialise in children’s birthday parties. and lots of amusements, as they say ” a wholes days fun in one”.

Just a few minutes away we have the dinosaur museum with it’s exhibition of fossils mostly found on the island and if you feel lucky you could even find your own along the way at the base of Culver cliffs.

Next along is the Isle of Wight Zoo with it’s tigers and meerkats, well worth a visit.

The island has a lot more for all ages from walking, with over 500 miles of well sign posted national trust walks to just lazing about on the beach soaking up the sun’s rays, a deck chair or sunbed can be hired for the day. Sandown Bay has six miles of glorious sandy beaches just waiting to be explored, so why not come and see for yourself and it all starts with a trip across the sea on one of the ferries or a hovercraft to start your adventure.

Don’t forget to book for the 1st May bank holiday before it’s to late!!

1st May Bank Holiday .isle of wight bed and breakfast
Looking towards Shanklin from Sandown Pier

NEW CARPETS ETC.

NEW CARPETS

It’s been about 5 weeks of back breaking work with all the floors ripped up and looking like a bomb site but at long last I’m just finishing the re wiring of most of the rooms and putting them back together ready for new carpets, each room has a USB charging point in the double socket so you can charge your phone. the flat screen TV’s have USB ports in them so you can watch a film of your storage stick if you bring it with you.

I’ve had new carpets in rooms 2,3,4,5,7 &8 and touch bed side lamps which dim. Rooms have had a fresh lick of paint some of the bathrooms have had ceramic tiles put on the floors , new carpets in the rest will have to wait till the end of the season. Room 2 has had new wall tiles as well as floor and it looks completely different now.  Most have also had new curtains a couple have had new fridges. Very pleased with the way the rooms now look. We’ve had a couple of return guests stay this week who are very impressed with the way the rooms now look. I will be uploading some new photo’s of the rooms over the next week or so. Watch this space.

Next on my list is to take down the wooden fence in the garden, where people lean on it the wood is wearing out and breaking. Bought a couple of Victorian railings with finials on the top, so hopefully I’m going to get them fitted in the next couple of weeks, paint them black and paint the finials gold, it will make it much more presentable. Then we’re changing this years theme in the garden, last year was a church with vicar and grave stones, this year will be totally different. I’ll post pictures when it’s done.

new carpets isle of wight bed and breakfast
Last years garden theme with church, vicar and gravestones.

 

FERRY INCLUSIVE PRICES 2017

FERRY INCLUSIVE PRICES

Red Funnel car ferry from Southampton:

ROOM ONLY

1 NIGHT £53.50,    2 NIGHTS £78.50,    3 NIGHTS £58.50,    4 NIGHTS £128.50

5 NIGHTS  £160,    6 NIGHTS £185,     7 NIGHTS £203

WITH BREAKFAST

1 NIGHT £57.50,  2 NIGHTS £86.50,  3 NIGHTS £115.50,  4 NIGHTS £144.50

5 NIGHTS £180,  6 NIGHTS £209, 7 NIGHTS £231.

Minimum of 2 persons sharing.

More nights please contact for price.

The price is cheaper if 3 or more share a car, contact for price.

Subject to availability.

isle of wight bed and breakfast
Red Funnel ferries to the island

Southampton is the Red Funnel home port and gateway to the Isle of Wight. The city has excellent road, rail and air connections and is easily accessible from all parts of the UK using private or public transport. If travelling to the Island by car just enter SO14 2AQ into your SatNav. There is ample parking in close proximity to our terminals for those wishing to travel by foot.

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with a history spanning over 153 years in its present form but with roots stretching back as far as 1820. Much has changed since Red Funnel’s paddle steamers ran excursions from Southampton as far as Brighton, Cherbourg and Torquay but they are still just as passionate about delivering great customer service and providing  value for money.