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1 Highlands Apartment


Prices from £325

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms

  • Off-street Parking
  • Walking distance of beach
  • Walking distance of shops
  • Cot/Travel Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • High Chair
  • Linen Provided
  • Television
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi
  • Children Friendly

Apartment 1 at Highlands is a spacious duplex two bedroom apartment in an imposing cliff top location in Shanklin.

Taking its name from the imposing Victorian residence that stood on the cliff top site for over 100 years, it was originally built for the Lord Mayor of London, Sir James Thomson Ritchie, and subsequently used by Reverend William Page Roberts, Bishop of Salisbury, for his final years. It was later owned by the McAuslane family, who turned it into a well known hotel. After its closure, it was then used by Upper Chine School for its final years.

After being left for a decade, the current Highlands was then constructed, a grand and impressive mock Georgian manor house that lived up to its predecessor in terms of scale and views across Shanklin. However, it was never finished and derelict, open to the elements, for a decade. Now, after an extensive refurbishment and conversion, it is now restored into 5 spacious, luxurious apartments.

Apartment 1 is an upside down duplex apartment accessed via own entrance directly from your car parking space with a ramp to road and direct access to the communal garden. It has a large king bedroom and bunked bedroom with spacious Jack and Jill bathroom on ground floor. In the first floor, there is a quaint loft kitchen with sea views, WC and vaulted living area with dining and views across the downs and Shanklin town.

All of the apartments benefit from oak furniture and leather sofas, oak floored living areas with fitted kitchens with granite worktops and all your key appliances, 32″ LED TV with Freesat and DVD and free wifi. Communal gardens are available for all apartments to enjoy with seating available alongside off road parking and cycle parking bays.

Highlands benefits from spectacular panoramic sea, town and countryside views around the building, going across to Sandown Bay, Shanklin town and the Downs towards Ventnor. The property is found on the coastal path between Shanklin and Sandown and just down the road from National Trust land and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is also a few minutes walk from the picturesque Old Village and its thatched cottages, plus shops, pubs, restaurants and the main town, as well as the cliff top, Esplanade and Shanklin’s beaches.

For larger families, there are 4 other apartments sleeping 3 to 5 each over the four levels at Highlands, Shanklin Manor, sleeping 4, and The Priory, sleeping 4, close-by, enabling large families to holiday together.

Extra Information

Short breaks available for late availability plus winter months

Hallway with staircase to first floor and bedrooms

Ground Floor

Bedroom 1: King bed, bedside tables, chest of draws with mirror and chair, and wardrobe (all oak) - leading to:

Jack and Jill Ensuite: Fully tiled bathroom with bath with shower over, toilet, sink, shaver light, heated towel rail and mirror

Bedroom 2: Bunk bed, bedside table, chest of draws with mirror and wardrobe (all oak)

First Floor

Living Area: Oak floored open plan lounge with views over the downs and Shanklin town, leather sofas and TV/DVD, oak dining table and chairs

Kitchen: Granite kitchen with sea views and WC with toilet, sink, shaver light, heated towel rail and mirror

Garden: Communal garden with grass, trees and sea views plus foldable seating available

Parking: Off road parking and bicycle stands available

Electric central heating
Electric oven & hob
Washing machine
Iron/Ironing Board
Flat screen TV with Freesat and DVD/CD player
DAB/FM radio
Books, games, binoculars and DVDs

Free off road parking and bicycle stands

Garden furniture – foldable seating available

Welcome pack on arrival (tea, coffee, fresh milk, Isle of Wight biscuits, sponge, J cloth, bin bags, toilet rolls plus selected cleaning products)

Duvet and pillows on beds. Linen and towels provided (please bring own beach towels)

High chair and travel cot with linen available (please request at time of booking)

What the South Wight has to offer:
The South of the Isle of Wight incorporates some of the most exciting coastline from long stretches of beach with hidden fossils and exposed dinosaur footprints, to rugged cliff tops with exhilarating views and historical monuments and pretty villages steeped in history, the inspiration for artists and authors old and new.

You must visit
Blackgang Chine is a must for all the family with a fantastic variety of activities for all the family to spend a great day out. Themed areas like Frontierland where you can play Cowboys and Indians in a full sized Cowboy Town, and rides like Waterforce where you can choose the fast 'overflows', or the scary 'plug-hole' - you'll have to see it and experience it to believe it!

Superbly situated beside the sparkling waters of Sandown Bay, the twin resorts of Sandown and Shanklin have delighted generations of holiday-makers for over 150 years. Along Culver Parade you'll find tennis, bowls, GoKarting, crazy golf, a pitch and putt course, the Tiger Sanctuary and Dinosaur Isle Museum. At the southern end of town the Heights Health and Leisure Base has indoor swimming pools and further inland is a fine 18 hole golf course.

With its charming thatch-roofed cottages and winding main street lined with tearooms, Godshill is the quintessential English Village. Traveling South to Wroxall there's the Donkey Sanctuary and Appledurcombe House now offering Owl and Falconry displays. Visit Chale Green Deli and Coffee shop and on to the Southern most tip of the Island St Catherine's with its ancient Pepperpot. Ventnor Botanic Garden provides a lovely walk and then lunch at their very successful café.

There are coastal paths around the Island and this section features the Isle of Wight's famous chines. Whale Chine is the most spectacular in a series of Chines along this stretch of coastline. Devil's Chimney provides an exciting walk through enchanted woodland down to the beach; Chale Bay is stunning; Wealdon Beds which have yielded fossilized remains of dinosaurs. With features like St Catherine's Lighthouse many feel this section offers the best walking and views of the entire Isle of Wight.

Beach Life
Sandown and Shanklin on the south-east coast share a wide crescent of golden sand, with safe swimming, water sports and a range of bars, pubs and cafés. The southern stretch, below Shanklin Chine, is the quietest and most attractive.

Ventnor has a wonderful Mediterranean light and, like Sandown and Shanklin, an enviable sunshine record. Steephill Cove is its prettiest beach, a peaceful little bay with a good beach café. Reach it via the coastal footpath from the Botanic Gardens, or La Falaise car park in Ventnor.

Places to eat
Try the local seafood, in particular crab, lobster, haddock dishes. The vast majority of pubs are highly geared up for food and usually the portions are on the large side. Fresh crab in particular can be tasty from beachside cafe's and can also be purchased from the fisherman at seafood huts selling direct, two places spring to mind: Ventnor Fresh Crab Beach Hut and a fisherman's house at Steephill Cove next to the café.


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