"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Monday, 6 July 2015

Isle of Wight Holiday - Day One: Arrival

We arrived home last Friday from a week's holiday on the Isle of Wight. We haven't had a holiday there for a few years but this was our tenth visit (it's our favourite holiday destination!) so it was good to be back.

I won't dwell too much on the journey but it took much longer than expected due to the closure of a large section of the M40!

Departing on the Wightlink Ferry from Lymington - finally, on our way!

We were staying on the outskirts of the village of Niton in a thatched cottage, dating back to the 1600's. I wouldn't normally post so many photos of our accommodation but the cottage itself was just charming and full of period features (as B and D will testify suffering from rather a few banged heads from low doorways!). The cottage garden was a total delight full of perennials and annuals which attracted a great many bees and butterflies.

The car parking area was at the rear of the cottage (even that area was full of flowers - Valerian, Alliums and Thrift and in a few weeks it will look even more lovely when the lavender and nasturtiums are flowering).

First view of the cottage.

I took a few photos of the garden during the week - unfortunately they do not do it justice. It was much larger than it appears with pathways and archways leading to benches.

Those lovely Planters again - when I see one of these in a Nursery I am going to buy one!

Front view of the Cottage.

There was a folder in the cottage full of photos of the restoration/renovation of the cottage which took place about 20 years ago. A great many of the original features of the 17th century cottage were revealed and restored including hidden windows and inglenook fireplaces.

This is the Sitting Room.

The oar above the fireplace in the Dining Room was found in the roof when the cottage was re-thatched. (Excuse the pile of bags and books on the little settle by the fireplace - I was in the middle of packing stuff to take home when I took the picture).

The cottage even has it's own tiny stained glass window :)

The bedrooms were lovely too especially the Lavender bedroom - unfortunately I never got round to taking many photos but the single Yellow Bedroom had a panel showing some of the original cottage walls

and there was light you could switch on that illuminated part of the inside of the thatch through the bedroom window.

The cottage was very cosy and homely and well equipped and we will definitely be returning. It's probably one of the best cottages we have stayed in. By the way I am not receiving a discount from the holiday cottage company for my rave review :)

Day Two will include an encounter with a very special mammal, a visit to a chocolate box village including a cream tea I refused to miss and a trip to Brading Down.


David Turner said...

A very beautiful cottage indeed Caroline, it must have been wonderful spending a whole week there :-)

Looking forward to Part Two :-)

Margaret Adamson said...

I know you always love seeing my photos from the I.O.W. and that cottage is so pretty as are the gardens. Make sure you go to Brading Marsh adn Laundry Lane for bird watching. Look forward to seeing more on Day 2.

Pete Duxon said...

Isle of Wight?? surely not......

hope you got a mammal photo!!

Ragged Robin said...

David Turner - Thanks very much David :) A lovely cottage to stay in :) Godshill Church (though a fleeting visit) will be in the next post.

Margaret Adamson - Thanks so much Margaret - yes your IofW posts always bring back happy memories. Didn't manage Brading Marsh this time but we did visit once in the past.

Pete Duxon - lol :) Pete. Thought we'd return again this year (for a change!!!!). Have found a thatched cottage I want to retire to!! Not the one we stayed in but in another Village. Sadly, its come on the market a year too early :(

Yes photo indeed of the mammal!!! :) Though not by me - the Bridge Camera D was wielding came in handy!! :)

amanda peters said...

It's so lovely, the garden and all the little details inside the cottage, my family would have sore heads too, average hight 6 foot 3...
Amanda xx

Ragged Robin said...

Amanda Peters - Thanks Amanda - so much thought had gone into furnishing the cottage - as you say the little details. B and D around 6 foot - luckily the beams weren't too low!! I didn't have to even dip my head (I'm only 5 foot 2 inches!!) but I did have to remember there were steps up and down absolutely everywhere!!

Millymollymandy said...

Gorgeous cottage and what a delightful garden. Sounds like you had a lovely time and we are only on Day One! Did someone mention cream tea? ;-)

I've only been to the IoW once, for primary school camp. I have memories of hot sunny days every day. I sometimes wonder if we ever had bad summers during my childhood and teens - it always seemed like lazy summer's days back then! Guess it's selective memories. :-)

Ragged Robin said...

Millymollymandy - Thanks so much. Yes, it was a great week (I'll post a photo of the cream tea!!).

I have the same memories as you of long hot summers when I was little and the school holidays seemed never-ending (in those days too as children we had far more freedom to wander). Apart from our last IofW holiday about 4 years ago we have always had brilliant weather there. I think rainfall there is low and sunshine hours high! Although have to say it got far too hot for me last week!

Toffeeapple said...

It is so long since I was last in IOW that I can't recall much of what I saw, but I don't remember such prettiness as you had.

Ragged Robin said...

Toffeeapple - Thanks so much for the comment. Its very beautiful there especially West Wight which is less commercialised and more rural. I'd happily move there tomorrow - it just seems to have stood still in time and is so unspoilt :)