As one of the sunniest destinations on the Isle of Wight, Ventnor is the perfect place for a coastal break. This Victorian town is a relaxed seaside resort which lays in the shadow of St Boniface Down, the highest point on the entire island. Whether you're after a cheap, mid-range or luxury bed and breakfast Ventnor will have something to suit your needs.
During your stay at a Ventnor b and b, you must take in the spectacular views from St Boniface Down. Reachable on foot or by car, a sunset visit is a beautiful way to end an evening. Ventnor is filled with winding roads that lead you down to the seaside, and the local beaches are safe and great for swimming. The western esplanade is where you will find the part-sandy, part-shingle blue flag beach, and a short walk to the eastern promenade will lead you to Bonchurch, where Dickens is said to have written part of David Copperfield. The Bonchurch area has been well preserved and is a beautiful Victorian village - a lovely spot for a leisurely stroll.
For a local day out from your B&B in Ventnor, enjoy a walk along a coastal path and visit the Ventnor Botanic Gardens. Spread over 22 acres, you can view over 10,000 species of rare and subtropical plants - surely a botanists dream! En-route, you will pass Steephill Cove, a working harbour where you can observe the local fisherman drawing in their daily catches, which could very well end up on your dinner plate! Ventnor's restaurants serve up beautifully fresh seafood, ofter straight from the harbour, so seafood lovers are in for a real treat.
If you fancy getting out on the water, boat trips operate daily from the Ventnor Haven harbour. For a family friendly bed and breakfast Ventnor has some fantastic options and the kids will love the area. From the Cascade and Paddling Pool to swimming at the beach, there is lots to keep them amused. Pack up a picnic and spend a sunny day in Ventnor Park.
With wine bars, quality restaurants and luxury bed and breakfasts in Ventnor, it offers a taste of the coastal life with many big-city comforts. It has been hailed as the new 'Notting Hill', due in part to the annual Ventnor Carnival and Fringe Festival, a series of parades and acts that draw the crowds every year. If you're interested in some festival fun, book your guest house early to avoid disappointment as the area will fill up with many flocking to discover its charms.