"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, 16 July 2018

Isle of Wight - Day One Friday 6th July : Arrival

We left home just after 10.00 a.m. on Friday, 6th July.

Timothy feeling excited at the thought of his first trip to the Isle of Wight

"Are we there yet?"!

On this journey we managed to spot 6 Red Kites along the A34 in Oxfordshire.

Last stage of the journey through the New Forest.



Just after 1.00 we arrived at the Ferry terminal. It had been a good journey although we didn't stop and approached Lymington from a different direction via Beaulieu as we had left the M27 early due to long delays.

It is always worth picking up this free publication from the ferry terminal.

After lunch it was onto the ferry for the 2.00 p.m. crossing.

Goodbye to Lymington and the mainland for a week.


The Needles in the distance


Arriving in Yarmouth after about 40 minutes (the Lymington-Yarmouth crossing is the shortest and quickest).

Timothy pleased to have finally arrived.

We couldn't arrive at the cottage before 4.00 pm. so we drove into Newport to buy a few essential food items.

Rowan berries are already ripening!



Driving across the island en route to Niton where we were staying. Niton is a small village on the south of the island with several good pubs, shop and a lighthouse.


We have stayed in this particular thatched cottage, which dates back to the 1600's, before and it really is delightful - roomy and spacious with lots of character and a large pretty cottage style garden with fairy lights at night. There is an interesting folder in the cottage which is full of photos of the restoration/renovation of the cottage which took place about 20 years ago. A great many features of the original 17th century cottage were revealed and renovated including hidden windows and inglenook fireplaces. I wouldn't normally post so many photos of a holiday cottage but it is so lovely I just wanted to share. It is definitely a place I could move to tomorrow!

The parking space is at the rear of the cottage.


A view of the cottage from the front

Timothy making a new friend :)

The oar above the fireplace in the dining room was found in the roof space when the cottage was re-thatched. If you can make out the sunflowers in the photo this area of the fireplace is an original bread oven.

The Yellow bedroom where

part of the stone wall is displayed behind glass.

Lavender Bedroom

View from the window in the Green Bedroom

The Sitting Room

which even has its own stained glass window!

Timothy with part of the "welcome pack"

The back garden

A winding path between yews eventually leads

to a secluded bench.

After unpacking we walked a short way to where the Fish Fryer visits on a Friday evening for fish and chips and for the vegetarians - veggie burger and chips.

Day 2 will include a walk to St Catherine's Point and a walk along Compton Beach to Brook returning along the coastal path.

*D Photos taken by my son with the Canon SX50hs
Rest of photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330


Midmarsh John said...

A delightful and fascinating place to stay.

Ragged Robin said...

Midmarsh John - Thanks so much :)

Caroline Gill said...

I have been waiting in anticipation for these posts, RR! What a beautiful corner of this lovely island you have found for your holiday, and the garden looks idyllic. I'm assuming you had pretty good weather, and can tell Timothy has been having a whale of a time! I look forward (in your own time, of course... we have recently returned home and it's taking me ages to catch up with everything!) to St Catherine's Point, which will be new to me. Sadly we didn't see many butterflies on our northern travels, but David saw his first Northern Brown Argus, confirmed by the wildlife warden on the cliffs at St Abb's Head in Scotland.

Ragged Robin said...

Caroline Gill - Thanks so much Caroline - pleased you liked the garden and location :) Timothy did so enjoy himself along with a couple of the Isle of Wight Bears!

I hope you had a great holiday and congratulations to David on his first Northern Brown Argus (great news) - I look forward to seeing some photos of your holiday in due course.

I know what you mean about catching up when you get back (loads of unpacking and washing, shopping, catching up on housework! getting back to dealing with my mum's estate which is a nightmare! and yesterday we had gas boiler serviced only to be told we need a new one and now have no hot water until it is replaced!!!!) Just wish I could disappear in a puff of smoke back to the IofW and leave my problems behind!! :)

Pam said...

I'm looking forward to the rest of this, I sneak a read during my break at work! I enjoyed seeing the Isle of Wight through your posts on your last trip :)

Ragged Robin said...

Pam - Thanks so much. A few new places visited this time and a few of our old favourites too. Struggling to find time at the moment to upload photos but will try and do another post later today or tomorrow.

Caroline Gill said...

Oh no, what a homecoming. I feel for you so much over having to deal with the unexpected nightmare of the boiler etc. when there are other pressing matters, particularly your mother's affairs, on your mind. Please be kind to yourself - we will all love to see the next post, but we can wait!

Bovey Belle said...

Oh it's SO long since I last went to the IoW. Lymington much more recently though (and that's a lovely High Street to wander up and down). What a lovely cottage you stayed at - they have done a good job of renovating it.

Looking forward to exploring the island again with you.

Ragged Robin said...

Caroline Gill - Thank you so much for your very kind comment and thoughts - they are much appreciated :) tbh it has not been a good 18/20 months starting with the car jacking and then all the problems with my mother's house and the relative who lives there last year. I just keep telling myself once mum's house is cleared and sold and the estate settled things will settle down again!

Blogger and Twitter keep me sane to a certain extent at the moment as they take my mind off things. Hopefully another post later today :) Thanks again and best wishes Caroline

Bovey Belle - Thank you so much.By coincidence we said that one year we will go earlier and have a look round Lymington :)

Nice story behind the cottage apparently the current owner's parents bought it and when they died she couldn't bear the thought of parting with it and so bought the rest of the family out and now uses it as a "bolt-hole" and rents as holiday cottage until she can live there permanently.

amanda peters said...

Such a lovely cottage to stay in, have to say it has been a lovely trip with you on your holiday (started at day 5 and worked my way backwards) , great photos and you managed to see many a wonderful things.

Back a week now dealing with normal life's ups and DOWNS ! but you have your lovey posts and photos to look at and perhaps one day you will be blogging from the Isle of Wight.
Amanda xx

Ragged Robin said...

Amanda Peters - Thanks so much Amanda for your lovely comment :) I am so pleased you are enjoying the posts :)

British Gas Electrician currently doing much work - power is on at the moment but not sure for how much longer! I can't believe the electrical work needed for a gas boiler!!

Yes, it would be lovely to blog from the Isle of Wight :) I would never run out of things to photo!

CherryPie said...

This looks like a lovely cottage to stay in.

Ragged Robin said...

CherryPie - Thanks so much and yes it is delightful. Our second visit - we couldn't stay there last year as it was already booked :( In fact it seems fully booked for June next year too :(