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Best-rated stays on the Isle of Wight

Discover the island's top self-catering

Enjoy a luxury getaway

The Isle of Wight is a unique holiday destination that has held enduring appeal for centuries. Just four miles off England’s south coast, a short ferry ride across the Solent will unveil dramatic scenery, beautiful beaches and an impressive range of self-catered stays that are just as special as the island itself.

Here's our pick of top-rated stays, all of which have been awarded at least four stars.

Bayside Cottage, Colwell Bay

A stone’s throw from the beach and with excellent footpaths right from the doorstep, Bayside Cottage is a wonderful base for exploring the island. Enjoy meals al fresco on the raised patio and relax in the summerhouse after a day of adventures.

Chine Cottage, Totland

Everything on the island is within a 45-minute drive of this ideally located five-star cottage. Take in the sea views from the rooms at the front of the house as you wind down after a day at the beach – the sandy bay of Totland is only a three-minute walk away.

Dairy Barn, Wroxall

Located on a working farm within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this tastefully converted dairy parlour offers three en-suite double bedrooms along with a private two-acre woodland garden. The popular beaches of Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown are also within easy reach.

Dairymaid Cottage, Shanklin

This impressively renovated Grade II listed cottage is over 300 years old. Sleeping four guests, its attractive period features and pretty, enclosed garden make for an idyllic escape, with fabulous walks to nearby woodlands and downs accessible directly from the doorstep.

Driftwood Cottage at Forelands, Bembridge

This lovely detached cottage sleeps up to four guests and boasts direct access to Bembridge Beach. Located in a picturesque, tucked away coastal area, a friendly pub and beach café is within walking distance along with a small riding stable offering lessons.

Haviland Cottage, Ventnor

Ideally situated for exploring the countryside, history and heritage of the island, this elegant period cottage has a rich history itself with links to Charles Dickens. Sleeping up to seven people in four bedrooms, guests can make themselves at home in the hot tub or cosy up by the wood burner in the colder months.

Little Halt, Freshwater

Furnished in traditional country-house style, this chocolate box thatched cottage sleeps ten people across five bedrooms. Recharge in the tranquil surroundings and explore the local footpaths to the coastal path and Tennyson Down.

Sea Whisper Cottage, Shanklin

This bright, fresh and modern property is spread over three storeys and boasts fantastic sea views. Perfectly positioned in the heart of Shanklin, enjoy a spacious and comfortable stay that’s a short walk from both a sandy beach and the Old Village.

The Art Deco House UK, Shanklin

This magnificent house exudes stylish comfort across all six large bedrooms. Also known as Marine Villa, the house is decorated in a fabulous Art Deco style and offers a self-catering holiday like no other, with stained glass windows, an upstairs sun room and a striking green roof.

The Mill House, Brighstone

Accommodating up to 12 guests in six individually styled bedrooms, this beautiful Georgian farmhouse has spectacular views across fields to the downs. The shops, tea rooms and pubs of Brighstone are within walking distance, as is the beach at Brighstone Bay.

Vestry Cottage, St. Lawrence

This delightful Grade II listed cottage dates from the 15th century and offers welcoming period-style accommodation for three guests. The property has been carefully refurbished, with many of the original features retained – including the wooden beams and beautiful doorway.

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