Enchanting Isle of Wight
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
- Royal Appointment
Look forward to visiting Osborne House, the summer retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
- The Ocean View Hotel
Your hotel is located in a wonderful location just a stone’s throw from the waters of Shanklin Beach.
- Visit Ventnor
Enjoy an included excursion to the spectacular Botanic Garden at Ventnor.
- Wight sandy beach
Perhaps take a barefioot stroll on the golden sands of Shanklin Beach, close to your hotel.
- Half board
- Short breaks
Award-winning beaches and spectacular scenery...
This new getaway in a charming seaside hotel just yards from the golden sands of Shanklin Beach on the Isle of Wight allows you to explore the beautiful surroundings of the island – the preferred holiday destination of Queen Victoria.
The locally rated 3-star Ocean View Hotel (3Q) enjoys a superb location overlooking Sandown Bay on a spectacular stretch of coastline which is steeped in history, both recent and ancient. You can look forward to included trips to visit the stately former summer home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in Osborne, see St Mildred’s Church in Whippingham where Princess Beatrice was married and enjoy a tour of the Botanical Gardens at Ventnor, where you will see the UK’s oldest palm trees.
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Ferry crossing
- Saga Host
- Porterage at your hotel
- Cancellation rights
- East Cowes – Whippingham Church and Osborne House (full day)
- Ventnor Botanic Gardens (three quarter day)
Ocean View Hotel, 5 Park Rd, Shanklin PO37 6BB
The Isle of Wight can boast award-winning beaches and beautiful scenery. The locally rated Ocean View Hotel (3Q) in the popular resort of Shanklin is a perfect base, whether you wish to explore the island’s rich history or simply enjoy the sand between your toes on a golden beach just a minute’s walk from your hotel.
There are 90 traditional bedrooms at the hotel, many of which boast sea views and a balcony. Superior rooms are available for a supplement, subject to availability – please call for details.
There is a lift to all floors
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Your stay at the Ocean View Hotel is on a half-board basis. You can look forward to a traditional English breakfast in the large restaurant each morning, where you’ll also enjoy your evening meals served by waiters. Contemporary meals are created using fresh local ingredients wherever possible. An a la carte menu is available (extra charge). Light lunches are also available (extra charge) while the large, well-stocked bar offers a range of drinks with which you can settle down in the comfortable piano lounge to unwind at the end of the day.
Heated indoor pool
On the south east of the Isle of Wight, Shanklin – named after the famous ‘chine,’ a ravine carved by a river which flows into the sea – is one of the island’s top resorts and boasts beautiful beaches and gardens as well as a warm climate and friendly locals. The Chine forms part of the Victoria’s Island Trail which allows you to follow in the Queen’s footsteps and visit the landmarks which meant so much to her including the palatial summer home at Osborne, East Cowes, which you will visit on an included excursion.
If you wish to explore independently, Shanklin railway station is an eight minute walk from your hotel while the closest bus station is five minutes on foot. Just up the coast is the town of Sandown, known for its sandy beaches, traditional pier and a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. It’s also home to the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle, an interactive museum dedicated to the history and geology of the Isle of Wight, featuring more 1,000 fossils discovered on the island. In the opposite direction, to the south, is Ventnor which boasts glorious views over the Channel, Botanical Gardens – which you will also visit on an included excursion – and well-preserved 19th-century architecture which offers you an insight into what the town was like in its Victorian heyday.
Away from the coast towards the centre of the island lies Godshill, a quintessential English village, with traditional thatched cottages, a medieval church and bustling main street lined with tea rooms, pubs and craft shops. It is also host to a Model Village and a Toy Museum.
East Cowes - Whippingham Church and Osborne House
Queen Victoria said of her palatial holiday home Osborne House: "It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot," and this included excursion allows you to make up your own mind. See the Victorian opulence and extravagant interiors of Victoria and Albert's private apartments, the stunning Indian decor of the Durbar Room and the Swiss Cottage children's play-chalet for an intimate glimpse into royal family life at a property which hosted heads of state, dignitaries and royals and from which Victoria ruled the British Empire. You can also stroll through the award-winning gardens where the stunning views across the Solent are said to have reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.
Your tour also includes a visit to nearby St Mildred’s Church in the heart of Whippingham. This church was frequented by Queen Victoria when she was on the Isle of Wight and the building is rich in royal history and heritage. Victoria’s fifth child Princess Beatrice and Prince Henry of Battenberg were married at the church, which hosts memorials to them and many other members of the royal family and household.
Included on 5 nights itinerary
Ventnor Botanic Gardens
One of Britain’s top gardens, Ventnor Botanic Garden lies in the remarkable microclimate at Undercliff. Known as Britain’s hottest garden, Ventnor is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk hills and its average rainfall of just 28 inches a year is more akin to the Mediterranean than the UK. The unique conditions allow a wide variety of plants to flourish which might be considered too tender to survive elsewhere in the country. The subtropical and exotic plant collection is unrivalled in the UK and the mild climate and sheltered setting mean they do not need protective glasshouses to thrive. Plants are presented as they would be seen in their native, wild environments, with more than 6,000 species of plants grown there.
Included on 5 nights itinerary