Island Hopping Style
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
With Emma Thompson in the news this week for mixing up the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man, UK tourism expert iknow-uk has compiled a must-visit guide to these two unique islands.
Marcus Simmons, managing director of iknow-uk, said: "The Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man are both extremely popular destinations, visited by thousands of iknow-uk customers each year.
"They both have something very different to offer the UK holidaymaker, and are packed with the very best places to stay and things to do - Brits who haven't yet tried a break on these two islands should definitely give it a try. They really do offer the best in British hospitality and have a stunning coastline too.
"Hopefully our guide to some of the best places to stay in both destinations will give Emma some inspiration to visit these beautiful islands!"
The Isle of Wight
The Enchanted Manor, Niton (www.iknow-hampshire.co.uk)
This luxury AA 5* awarded guest house offers guests a unique chance to enjoy the beautiful Isle of Wight coastline, set amongst the stunning Sylvan woodlands overlooking the rugged St Catherine's Point.
The boutique retreat offers a secluded hideaway for discerning guests fed up with run of the mill accommodation - including Mad Hatter's champagne tea parties and fairy grand high teas.
The Lake Bed and Breakfast, Bonchurch (www.iknow-hampshire.co.uk)
This 4* guest accommodation is set in the beautiful 'olde worlde' village of Bonchurch, famous for its past literary residents, Dickens, Swinburne and Shaw.
The property is just 400 yards from the sea and retains the charm of days gone by. Visitors can head to the village's famous pond and relax watching the friendly ducks and fish leading their uncomplicated lives, much to the amusement of passers by.
After a day enjoying the local scenery, guests can relax in one of four comfortable lounges, or enjoy an in-room holistic massage or pampering session.
Godshill Park Farm Godshill (www.iknow-hampshire.co.uk)
This luxury bed and breakfast is located on an organic working farm in the countryside of the Isle of Wight, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The farm offers plenty of sights to see, with Aberdeen Angus Cattle, country mule sheep, rare pedigree Castlemilk Moorit sheep, llamas, chickens, dogs, ponies and horses, whilst guests are invited to try a full English breakfast made using local and organic produce. There are even home made preserves on offer, made from fruit from the farm.
The West Bay Club, Yarmouth (www.iknow-hampshire.co.uk)
A stylish holiday village with luxury self catering cottages, a gym, swimming pool and children's club.
The village is set in 28 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is made up of 'New England' style cottages. The club is the ideal base from which to explore the 150 square miles of magnificent coastline and countryside of the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Man
Kinsale Bed and Breakfast, Dalby (www.iknow-northwest.co.uk)
This 4* luxury bed and breakfast in Dalby, near Peel, has two large en suite rooms, and outstanding views over the sea.
Perfect for a romantic break away, the award winning B&B offers a delicious Manx breakfast to help set guests up for a day exploring the island. The property is perfectly placed, just a short walk away from the village of Niarbyl which was made famous by the film 'Waking Ned' - and after a hard day of exploring, guests can relax with afternoon tea in the sun lounge.
Inglewood Guest House, Douglas (www.iknow-northwest.co.uk)
This 4* silver awarded guest accommodation has a perfect seafront location, with uninterrupted views across Douglas Bay.
The charming family run guest house comes complete with spacious Bayview suites and superior rooms. Located on Queens Promenade, the Inglewood is ideally located for accessing all local amenities and is within a short horse tram ride or gentle walk along the promenade to Douglas town centre.
The Swiss Chalet, Jurby (www.iknow-northwest.co.uk)
This self catering cottage was built 100 years ago and is the perfect destination for families and groups. It's a pet friendly cottage, which has room for up to eight guests.
The accommodation is part of the beautiful Ballamoar Castle Estate, which lies on the northern plains of the island, six miles from Ramsey and 17 miles from Douglas. The estate is the perfect place to take in some extremely rare species of plants and trees - many over 200 years old - and enjoy watching the herons and other bird life in the peaceful location.
Kionslieu Farm Cottages, Higher Foxdale (www.iknow-northwest.co.uk)
Kionslieu Farm Cottages are set on a traditional farm yard in the heart of the Isle of Man, with friendly animals and play area complete with play-house and tree-house.
The property is centrally located, and is the perfect location from which to explore the beautiful Isle of Man.
All of the cottages are furnished in traditional pine wood, and are well equipped and attractively furnished, with full central heating, double glazing, flat screen TV and DVD and kitchen.
Notes to Editors:
- - iknow-uk ltd launched iknow-yorkshire in September 2003. They have since launched iknow-scotland, iknow-lakedistrict, iknow-northwest, iknow-cornwall, iknow-devon, iknow-wales, iknow-dorset, iknow-kent, iknow-somerset, iknow-sussex, iknow-hampshire, iknow-northeast, iknow-peakdistrict and iknow-london.
- - April 2009 saw the launch of a comprehensive hospitality section to iknow-yorkshire, which is now also available on iknow-lakedistrict and iknow-northwest.
- - Since their launch, the sites have received over 25 million visitors and created two million booking enquiries, which equates to £290 million worth of bookings, making iknow a leading authority on online bookings across the UK.
- - For enquiries contact iknow-uk on 01772 521166.