Eight BellsCarisbrooke, Newport, PO30
The Eight Bells is a family-run, family orientated pub in the heart of the village of Carisbrooke.
With beautiful beaches and stunning walks, over half of the Isle of Wight is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Plus, house prices are cheaper here than on the mainland. What's not to love?
'It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot,' said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her beloved home on the Isle of Wight, where she brought up her family.
This charming island, located off the south coast of England, offers a unique blend of natural beauty and history - and is a haven for those who love sailing.
And the beaches are incredible. Pretty beach towns like Ventnor and Shanklin are well worth a visit for a day in the sea and fish and chips at sunset.
With its stunning coastline (featuring dinosaur footprint casts - yes really), rolling hills and lush countryside - including miles of public footpaths, it's the place to enjoy the great outdoors.
Life here has a slower pace compared to mainland cities, making it perfect for those seeking a peaceful lifestyle. Plus, you can drive anywhere within 25 minutes of the centre.
For fun times, there are loads - and we mean loads - of festivals, carnivals and events taking place on the island throughout the year, from skateboarding, cycling & race driving festivals, to music events featuring jazz, folk, house - you name it.
For sports enthusiasts, it's a sailing paradise, with 14 marinas filled with boats bobbing on the water.
Walkers can enjoy no less than 500 miles of public footpaths, incredible for an island that's 22.5 miles from east to west and 13.5 miles from north to south.
And of course, you simply must visit Queen Victoria's Osbourne House. English Heritage manage no less than seven historical gems to visit on the island, while there are seven National Trust spots to soak up the glorious countryside.
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IslandLine operates from Ryde Pier Head, serving Ryde town, Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin. Trains connect with Wightlink’s passenger ferries to Portsmouth Harbour from Ryde Pier Head, and Ryde’s bus station is a brief stroll from the Hovercraft terminal. The line is operated by South Western Railway and you can buy a through-ticket from London Waterloo to any station along the Island Line network.
The Isle of Wight has regular, frequent routes operating daily connecting most parts of the Island. Services run until late at night to most towns and resorts, with buses to rural areas finishing earlier each day. The Island’s main bus station is in Newport, with foot passenger ferry routes in Ryde and Cowes well served.
It takes less than two hours to drive around the whole of the Isle of Wight and the entire coastline stretches around 57 miles.
Traffic isn't really a major problem on the island thanks to its low population (just under 142,000) and it's easy to get around by car. Plus there are some wonderful views to enjoy en route.
Ferries to the Isle of Wight sail from Portsmouth, Lymington and Southampton.
Wightlink and Red Funnel are popular ferry operators and sail to the island at least 15 times a day.
Sadly for those who don't own a private jet, the Isle of Wight airport is exclusively for those with access to their own aircraft.
There are plenty of good primary schools to choose from on the Isle of Wight.
Carisbrooke Church of England School, Nine Acres Primary School, St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Newport Church of England Aided Primary School, Hunnyhill Primary School, Barton Primary School and Summerfields Primary School are all rated Good by Ofsted.
For secondary schools, there are currently three state secondary schools on the island but each has been given a rating of 'Requires Improvement' by Ofsted. They are: Carisbrooke College, Medina College, Christ the King College and the Isle of Wight College.
For further education, The Isle of Wight College and HTP Apprenticeship College have both been rated Good by Ofsted.