The Isle of Wight has been on my bucket list of UK places to visit for a very long time and last weekend I finally managed a visit. It all stems back to the beginning of the year when I found a great deal on Secret Escapes for a spa hotel and the price was too good to be true as it included dinner, breakfast, a massage and ferry transport. It didn’t take long to convince Luke and soon enough we had it booked.
We knew we’d head over there Friday afternoon so we got there for dinner with the expectation of spending the whole weekend there, but due to our friend running the London Marathon we opted for an earlier ferry time on Sunday leaving a single day to spend actually on the island.
Our hotel was the Lakeside Park Hotel & Spa which was situated right by a beautiful lake in stunning green surroundings which was even better as we’d paid a tiny bit more for lake views which was the perfect way to wake up. The room itself was really nice and spacious with a great bathroom and a super comfortable bed. Beds are always something I can be a bit funny about when I go away as we have such a comfy mattress at home and getting a good nights sleep is so important, especially while you’re away when you’re on the go all the time but thankfully this one fit the bill.
Friday night was spent having dinner and just relaxing and then on Saturday morning after our yummy buffet breakfast we headed into the spa to the heated outdoor jaquizzi as the weather was absolutely beautiful with not a cloud in the sky and no one else had ventured into the spa as early as us even though it was about 10am. After a relax and a swim we headed in for our massages which was just what we needed to relax.
Our first stop out of the hotel was a little town called Ventnor which contained the islands only store taking part in Record Store Day so we had to pop along to grab a vinyl or two, and some yummy homemade chocolate cake and brownies. After this we drove over to Osborne House which was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s royal residence on the Isle of Wight. I’d been told that the grounds and house were stunning and they really were especially the front gardens which were in full bloom with tulips. We spent about 2 hours exploring the main house, wandering around the grounds and stocking up on local produce in the shop before heading back to the hotel for a relax before dinner.
We’re huge fans of using Trip Advisor for restaurant recommendations so we settled on The Harbour Kitchen which was a burger joint/ diner about a half an hour drive from our hotel which is pretty much the other side of the island but thankfully the choice was worth it. I munched away on mac and cheese balls, a yummy burger and chocolate chip ice cream before our evening was over.
Our trip to the Isle of Wight might have been short but I had a lovely time and thankfully the weather was on our side and I know I’ll definitely be back to explore more including Carrisbrook Castle and The Needles.
Have you been to the Isle of Wight before?