Glade Cottage is tucked away in a quiet country lane, nestled beneath the historic Carisbrooke Castle, with easy access to walks around the Castle and surrounding countryside including the famous Tennyson trail.
A short stroll from the bungalow, along Millers Lane and over the pretty ford, will lead you to the village centre with local co-op / post office, The Eight Bells and The Waverley pubs as well the popular Valentino’s Italian restaurant the new ADA Meze Kitchen Mediterranean & Turkish Restaurant.
Local bus stops nearby connect to Newport town centre, Yarmouth, Freshwater and Ventnor. Newport's main bus station has excellent bus links for exploring the Island so that you can leave the car behind. There are various weekly bus tickets which offer a significant saving.
The county town of Newport offers a range of shops, mixing smaller independents shops with well-known chain stores and supermarkets include M&S, Morrison's, Sainsbury's and the new Asda. There is also a regular farmers market selling a range of local produce on Fridays in St Thomas's square.
Attractions include the Quay Arts centre and Newport Roman Villa all within walking distance of the centre. Newport has a variety of restaurants, bistros, cafes, pubs, takeaways and bars with a diverse range of entertainment both during the day and most evenings. You'll also find a large multi-screen Cineworld complex just outside the town centre, with the Medina and Apollo Theatres both offering a range of shows at various times of the year. The Medina Leisure Centre offers two swimming pools; one for children, as well as a hi-tech gymnasium and other facilities.
The bungalow is central to the Island and is the perfect location for exploring all the Island has to offer.
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 has played host to this popular music festival for many years. The Festival is held in early June just outside Newport and has been going since the 60's. Popular with families, both attract some of the great new and old musical acts and the Island's atmosphere is electric over these festival times.
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 Olivo'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.