Driftwood is a well presented chalet style bungalow situated at Gurnard Pines accommodation village complex. For the more active guests, the ‘Cowes Club’ is located a short stroll away within the complex, offering a range of activities to include a leisure suite with gym and 25 metre Indoor Pool. Guests can purchase a 7 day pass (£21 for adults/ £15 for children up to 15 / under 4’s free – Prices may vary but correct at point of publication.) Check out www.cowesclub.co.uk for further details.
Conveniently located within a 20 mins walk of Gurnard seafront where you can enjoy a lovely lunch/coffee & cake or try fresh seafood at the Watersedge Restaurant and Beach cafe located at the eastern end of the seafront. Also on the sea front is Gurnard Sailing Club where you can become a visiting member for the summer months.
Gurnard is popular for sailing/ water activities or those wishing to BBQ by the beach, and enjoy the sun, sea and sand. With great views across the Solent, and some of the best sunsets on the Island
Behind the seafront beach huts there is a large sloped green with children’s playground area.
The Woodvale pub is overlooking the Esplanade at Gurnard enjoying fantastic views across the Solent. The perfect viewpoint for all the yachting regattas serving good family food and frequently hosting live music.
The world famous resort of Cowes is a pleasant 45 minutes waterfront walk away , along the Princes Esplanade. Cowes is the home of yachting, famous as one of the world’s main yachting centres, and in August hundreds come to race and enjoy the bustling nightlife. Cowes Marina and Yacht Haven are both ideal locations for those with an interest in yachting, or simply those wishing to soak up the great atmosphere. Cowes Parade is an interesting place at any time of year to watch passing ships. The town centre has an abundance of small shops and supermarkets, with a varied choice of fine cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Staying in Gurnard provides easy access to all other areas of the Island, with its choice of beautiful beaches, superb coastline, and stunning walking and cycling country.
What the North Wight has to offer:
The North of the Isle of Wight is home to the County Town of Newport, with the Medina River running through it towards the Solent dividing East Cowes and West Cowes. To the West are the villages of Shalfleet and Newtown Creek with a stunning Nature Reserve; to the East are Wootton Bridge and Quarr Abbey.
Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle are both with English Heritage, shrouded in their history and surrounded by beautiful grounds, definitely worth a visit. Quarr Abbey, further down the coast from Osborne, is a spectacular working Monastery with tea rooms. The Roman Villa in Brading often has educational classes in the café. Newtown is one of the oldest towns in the UK, situated near a nature reserve, a lovely place to walk and enjoy the wildlife.
Best known as the world's premier yachting centre, Cowes is the Island's main port. Yachtsmen from all over the world participate in the season's prestigious sailing events, the best known being Cowes Week, held annually at the beginning of August. Shopping in the narrow pedestrianised High Street is a delight, with some excellent shops, many catering for the yachting fraternity. The town also has an array of fashionable clothing shops, gift shops, delicatessens, cafes, restaurants and lively pubs.
The Nature Reserve at Newtown is the beautiful home to many species of wild fowl. In land, Parkhurst Forest offers acres to walk dogs and children, with squirrel trails and woodland for picnics and adventure games.
The Isle of Wight plays host to the very popular Isle of Wight music festival. The Festival is held in early June just outside Newport and has been going since the 60's.
Places to eat
This part of the Island holds some of the best restaurants and pubs. Cowes being a place of destination for many yachtsmen offers a wide range of cuisine of which Lugleys with its sea frontage is popular. There is also a Lugleys in Newport and Olivio's in Newport and Ryde offing delicious menus. Pier View pub in Cowes serves the best hamburgers, the Sportsman Rest in Porchfield is very popular too with families and is close to good walks.