Dog Friendly Lodges Isle of Wight
Blessed with an abundance of wide open space and award-winning landscapes, featuring sandy bays, chalk cliffs and rolling hills, you and your four-legged friend can re-discover the great outdoors on the Isle of Wight.
- East Cowes, EnglandThis beautifully appointed, two-bedroom holiday cottage, which is part of a former lifeboat station and Grade II listed, is located right on the waterfront looking out across to West Cowes and the Solent. It combines the heritage of the coastguard’s boat house (where the life boats were stored) with modern architectural design, offering a bright and airy space, with exposed beams and high vaulted ceilings.
The property is 20 yards from a public slipway, so if guests had a small boat, this could be stored at the property and launched via the slipway straight out into the Medina Estuary and then onto the Solent.
The Boathouse accommodation is on the ground floor and there are lovely walks along the esplanade just outside the property. There is a large, beamed open-plan living space with two sets of patio doors leading out onto the enclosed lawned garden with waterside views. The first cosy bedroom has a kingsize bed an en-suite bathroom, whilst the second bedroom has twin beds.
There is a park nearby with a children’s play area and The Needles, its with chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay, is also within easy reach. Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, is nearby, and other attractions include Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle, a donkey sanctuary and Calbourne Water Mill, which has a 17th-century working watermill. Osborne House and Gardens (Queen Victoria’s holiday residence), Carisbrooke Castle and the sailing town of Yarmouth are worthy of a visit.
Cowes in the north west of the island is renowned for its sailing. Also within easy reach are vineyards and quaint villages, some with thatched roofs, such as Godshill, Old Shanklin and Brighstone. Outdoor pursuits include scenic walking, horse riding, fishing, cycling, water sports and golf. The island can be explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points.£77Price per night from
- Ventnor, EnglandNestled in the beautiful countryside and set in a small courtyard, these holiday properties combine period features with home comforts to offer extremely comfortable accommodation. The complex also offers stunning uninterrupted countryside views perfect for walkers, cyclists and lovers of the outdoors. Property 1 (ref PSSB) is a reverse level barn conversion and Property 2 (ref PSSC) is a single-storey barn conversion. It is a perfect base for the beach and the cosmopolitan town of Ventnor, which is just a 5-minute drive away. Ventnor’s popular shingle and sand beach is a firm favourite with all ages, where freshly caught fish of the day can be purchased at the marina, and fishing and boat trips around the coastline are available daily. There is a wide selection of great eateries, pubs and boutique-style individual shops within a short driving distance. Blackgang Chine is nearby, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, and within easy reach are the Needles and Alum Bay. Attractions include Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle, Donkey Sanctuary and Calbourne Water Mill, which has a 17th-century working watermill. Osborne House and Gardens, known for being Queen Victoria’s holiday residence, and Carisbrooke Castle are a short distance away. The sailing towns of Yarmouth and Cowes, and the popular resorts and Shanklin and Sandown are nearby. The island can be explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points. Beach 1½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.£81Price per night from
- Apse Heath, EnglandOnly 3 miles from the sandy beach at Sandown, this very comfortable single-storey cottage boasts wonderful panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Adjoining the owners’ home, with lovely walking from the doorstep, it makes an ideal base from which to explore the numerous places of interest on this beautiful island. Bembridge, its natural harbour crammed with yachts and houseboats, Brading Roman Villa, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House – the summer home designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in the 1840s – are all well worth a visit, as are the island’s steam railway, the zoo and the busy yachting centre of Cowes. Riding and golf close by. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.£52Price per night from
- Brighstone, EnglandThese three holiday properties, adjacent to the owner’s home and farm, are set with others in a courtyard and share use of various grassed areas and 2 tennis courts. Chilton Farm is situated ¼ mile from the coast, set in beautiful countryside, and forms part of the Chilton Farm Estate. Brighstone has chocolate box cottages, National Trust museum, several places to eat, shop and a post office. There are scenic coastal and country walks as well as cycling routes such as the Tennyson Trail. Discover towering cliffs, farmland, woodland and river valleys, all linked by a 500-mile network of footpaths. The cottages are within easy reach of Freshwater Bay, Shanklin Chine, Godshill, St Catherine’s Lighthouse, The Needles, Alum Bay, Carisbrooke Castle, Calbourne Mill and Blackgang Chine. Sailing, watersports, golf, fishing and horse riding are all available locally. Many National Trust homes and gardens, wildlife centres, vineyards, farms with local produce and adventure parks can all be easily reached. Beach ¼ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
Appletree (ref 28555) can be booked together with Cherry (ref 28556) and Damson Cottage (UKC3266) to accommodate up to 18 guests.£61Price per night from
- Apse Heath, EnglandThis delightful holiday property is comfortably furnished and well placed for relaxing, and enjoys views over the open countryside. Noted for its temperate climate, the island is easily explored from the scenic beauty of West Wight to the sandy beaches of Sandown Bay, Shanklin and Ventnor. Also worth a visit is the busy yachting haven at Cowes. Osborne House, holiday home of Queen Victoria, and Carisbrooke Castle, are both easily accessible, as are the picturesque villages of Godshill or Old Shanklin. Shop
1/4mile, pub 1 mile.£49Price per night from
- Niton, EnglandOffering far-reaching views over fields and surrounding countryside, this compact, detached, single-storey holiday property offers superb walks from the door across miles of countryside. Standing next to the owners’ home on an unadopted lane on the edge of the charming village of Niton, a 10-minute walk, with a church, local shops, post office, library, chemist, hardware/gift/pet supplies shop, a GP centre and a pub serving food. The island is renowned for ramblers and has a 500-mile network of footpaths, including a 68-mile coastal walk with spectacular views. The nearest beach is a 10-minute drive, an observatory and St. Catherine’s Lighthouse are also nearby. Water sports, cycling, riding, sailing, fishing and golf can be found on the island. Blackgang Chine Theme Park is ¾ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.£95Price per night from
- Sandown, EnglandLocated in the village of Lake, between the popular resort beaches of Sandown and Shanklin, the property is set adjacent to the owner’s home. The chalet benefits from a fully enclosed south-facing rear garden and has a rear gate that provides access directly out onto the cliff top coastal path, presenting you with a stunning view over Sandown Bay and its pier.
The beach at Lake can be accessed from a set of steps from the top of the cliff path, alternatively you can gain access from Shanklin or Sandown Esplanades via a short walk in either direction along the sea wall. Because this beach is tucked away and not as straightforward to reach, it is very often quieter than its resort neighbours Sandown and Shanklin during the busier months, making it a peaceful alternative for a day on the beach. As the waters are quieter, this is a great beach for surfing and water sports, as the sea is shallow and clear. There is an instructional school which is located nearby that offers a whole range of activities for all ages and abilities, there’s also a café and barbecue area which is always popular during the summer season. There’s also beach huts which you can look to hire and a number of benches to sit on along the sea wall path when the tide is further in. The walk along the sea wall between Sandown and Shanklin along the back of the beach is highly recommended as it offers a wide, flat path which is ideal for both walkers and cyclists.
For guests choosing to visit the island without their car, a favourable way to reach the property is to take the Wightlink Fast Cat service to Ryde Pier head and then the train to Lake Station which is only a 3-minute walk from the property. The island has become a real hot spot for cycling enthusiasts, with a choice of challenging off-road bridleways, peaceful byways and level purpose-made tracks running along former railway lines. You can cycle across the width of the island to the famous Needles landmark, or try the full round the island route, which is 66 miles long and is used for the annual Isle of Wight Randonnee held over the bank holiday in May. You can also travel along the route at a more leisurely pace, stopping off along the way at one of the many restaurants, pubs and cafés that can be found in the quaint villages and towns.
Sandown is a truly traditional British beach resort with pier, amusements, pitch ’n’ putt, Isle of Wight Zoo, children’s play area and the Dinosaur Isle attraction at the northern end of the esplanade towards Yaverland and Culver Cliff. The town is brimming with attractions to entertain visitors, most of them right on the beach front itself, so you never have to stray too far from the golden sands. At the other end of the path you will reach Shanklin Esplanade which is again packed full of amusements and crazy golf, as well as several places to eat. Away from the beach the main town hosts a multitude of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants to enjoy. The old village is world famous with its pretty thatched cottages, cosy tea rooms, pubs, restaurants and craft shops to discover. Outdoor pursuits on the island are well catered for and include horse riding, fishing, paragliding, golf and water sports. There are numerous attractions across the island to discover for all ages, such as The Needles (with its chairlift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay), Blackgang Chine, Dinosaur Isle, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Tapnell Farm Park and Carisbrooke Castle - or why not pay a visit to Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday residence, Osborne House and its gardens? The sailing towns of Yarmouth and Cowes also make for a great day out. Beach 500 yards. Shops, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.£43Price per night from
- Bembridge, EnglandThis static houseboat on stilts is situated over Bembridge Harbour in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With its nautical décor and wonderful views, this holiday property, with the owners conveniently located next door, is ideal for those wanting a seaside retreat. The fenced decking area around the front, back and one side of the house boat with table and chairs is great for watching the boats come in and out of this sheltered picturesque harbour. Just ½ mile away is a stone and pebble beach, with sand dunes and great views out over the Solent. The village of Bembridge offers a small host of shops, pubs and restaurants which have fresh local crab on the menu. The impressive Bembridge Lifeboat Station is situated at the end of a long pier at Lane End Beach, 1¾ miles, which is dog-friendly. Just over 1 mile away from the property is the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. It was built around 1700 and it last operated in 1913, but still has most of its original machinery. There are many scenic walking routes including the National Trust area of Culver Down, 5 miles. Opposite Heyvon at St Helens Duver, there is National Trust land and also opposite the houseboat there is RSPB land for bird watchers. Other attractions to visit include Dinosaur Isle Museum, home to the island’s fossil and geological heritage, 6 miles. Blackgang Chine, the UK’s oldest amusement park, is 17 miles. The island can also be explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points. Outdoor pursuits include cycling, riding, sailing, golf and fishing. Beach ½ mile. Shop ¾ mile, pub/restaurant ½ mile.£110Price per night from
- Sandown, EnglandThis attractive and spacious single storey holiday home offers stunning panoramic views over the countryside and downs. Located within the grounds of a peaceful caravan site in the delightful village of Newchurch which has a renowned pub and the famous Garlic Farm slightly further. It is ideal for families wishing to enjoy the numerous sight seeing attractions that this popular island offers, and there are also super walks locally. The seaside resort of Sandown, with its long golden stretch of sandy beach, pier and promenade is about a five minute drive, with various entertainment including trampolines, fun-rides, putting, crazy golf, leisure centre with indoor pool, the zoo (where Tiger Isle was filmed), slides, and many cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs. Also within easy driving distance are National Trust homes and gardens and the English Heritage Property; Osborne House, where Queen Victoria used to reside, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Mottistone Manor. Other places of interest are The Needles, Blackgang Chine, Donkey Sanctuary, Rosemary’s vineyard, Havenstreet steam train, Shanklin Chine, Dinosaur Isle and Tapnell Farm Park. There are many quaint villages with thatch-top roofs, bays, coves and woodland to discover, as well as walks along miles of heritage coastline. Shop 2 miles, pub 0.5 miles, restaurant 4 miles.£102Price per night from
- Ventnor, EnglandLocated in St Lawrence on the south coast of the island are these semi-detached, 3-storey Edwardian properties.
St Rhadagunds East (UK32097) is a dog friendly house and sits alongside St Rhadagunds West (UKC3331) which was a winner of a Customer’s Choice Award for 2020. St Rhadagunds East has a bedroom with en-suite facilities on the ground floor making the property ideal for less mobile visitors. There’s also a well-equipped kitchen leading through to the dining room/conservatory, a cosy living room and a utility room/side entrance which can be used to store your bicycles. On the first floor are three spacious, double bedrooms one of which has en-suite facilities. The rear aspect rooms offer views towards the English Channel, whilst across the hall is a family bathroom. On the top floor is a children’s playroom, a lovely place for kids to escape. St Rhadagunds West (UKC3331) provides spacious and well-furnished holiday accommodation for larger families or groups of friends. Sorry, no hen or stag parties. It has undergone a modern makeover; on the ground floor is a double bedroom with en-suite facilities which may be suited to less mobile visitors. The spacious living room has a cosy open fire and a 43” Smart HD TV, with a glass door to the upper-level patio. On the lower level is a well-equipped, open plan kitchen/dining room with a Smart TV. On the first floor are two spacious, kingsize bedrooms with views towards the English Channel, whilst across the hall is a family room with a zip and link bed and bunk bed, and a family bathroom suite. Enjoy an evening barbeque before jumping into the 6-person hot tub. The large shed within the rear garden can be used to store bicycles.
Outside, each property has an enclosed, 3-tiered garden and on request, the garden gates can be opened up between the two houses so all guests can enjoy the facilities. The garden features a raised patio area and garden furniture for soaking up the great weather. The mid-level is mainly laid to lawn, ideal for the children, whilst on the lower level is a further sunken patio area with an outdoor table tennis area. Located in an area known as the undercliff, a unique location between the cliff and the sea which provides a micro-climate, an ideal haven for a variety of flora and fauna, many species of which are only found in Mediterranean countries. The surrounding coastline gives access to beaches and coves such as Woody Bay and Steephill. Ventnor is just over a mile away where you will find a number of lovely seaside tea shops, pubs and restaurants dotted along the esplanade. There are also some quirky and bespoke shops, a park and a children’s paddling pool. The town, which for the most part is built on the steep hill leading to the beach, retains its original seaside charm and makes a great day out for all the family.
Sea and cliff walks can be found along the coastal paths in both directions from the property, and outdoor pursuits on the island are well catered for and include horse riding, fishing, cycling, paragliding, water sports and golf. There are numerous attractions to discover for all ages, including The Needles with its chairlift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay. Why not pay a visit to Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday residence, Osborne House and Gardens, Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Tapnell Farm Park, Carisbrooke Castle or the sailing towns of Yarmouth and Cowes. Beach ¾ mile. Shop and restaurant 2¼ miles, pub 2 miles.£160Price per night from