Northwood House, Cowes

Northwood House looking beautiful in the autumn sunshine ☀️ Just a 10 minute walk from The Caledon, Northwood House and it’s surrounding park is well worth a stop off for a peaceful stroll among it’s beautiful trees, once considered ‘the finest collection of evergreens in England’. Host to weddings, parties and events such as The Isle of Wight Literary Festival, the Wight Proms, and the fabulous Isle of Wight Gin Festival bar during Cowes Week! #northwoodhousecowes #isleofwightwalks #bedandbreakfastcowes #thecaledoncowes #cowes #coweshistory #isleofwightliteraryfestival #wightproms #isleofwightginfestival #cowesweek History of Northwood House, Cowes The Ward family held the estate Continue reading →

Two Elements – Bike and Paddle Board Hire

We are super super pleased to have these guys down the road from us now offering Paddle Board and Mountain Bike hire in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Check out their great website – www.twoelements.co.uk – for guides of where to go and what to do, as well as all the prices etc They will deliver up to us at The Caledon if you ask and they can stay safe and secure in our bike store overnight if you rent for more than 1 day. Check out Continue reading →

Come and cycle the Isle of Wight

Come and cycle the Isle of Wight and stay with us at The Caledon Guest House in Cowes. Really convenient location right on the round the island cycle route with secure cycle storage, beautiful rooms and great local breakfast. We are a super base from which to complete the famous Isle of Wight Randonnee (Round the Island cycle route) or take on any other part of the many cycle paths and trails the Isle of Wight has to offer. Bring your bike over on the Continue reading →

Victoria & Abdul at Osborne House

From this Autumn onwards, visitors to the Isle of Wight will be able to follow a new ‘Victoria’s Island’ Trail, and explore the monarch’s home – Osborne – where many of the events depicted in the new movie ‘Victoria & Abdul’ were filmed. Osborne on the Isle of Wight, the seaside residence of Queen Victoria, was one of the key locations used in the filming of the movie, due to be released September 2017, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Dame Judi Dench and renowned Continue reading →

Tennyson Down Walk, Freshwater to Tennyson’s Monument

We love this walk, stunning coastline views, beautiful wide open downs, the reward of Tennyson’s monument at the top and if you’re feeling energetic you can continue all the way to The Needles. One not be missed From the car park at Freshwater Bay, walk right along the road and turn left past the loos along the footpath until you reach the gate that takes you onto Tennyson Down, from there just keep walking on up! Some useful links: Nationaltrust.org.uk Telegraph.co.uk/travel Walkingbritain.co.uk

National Trust on the Isle of Wight

We are very lucky here on the Isle of Wight to have so many beautiful National Trust sites, from ancient woodlands and nature reserves to open downlands and dramatic coast lines with sheer chalk cliffs, not to mention a The Needles Battery, the 300 year old Bembridge Windmill,  a Victorian fort under restoration, and an historic 17th century town hall with an interesting political past. Have a look at The Isle of Wight section on the National Trust website. It’s a brilliant resource, full of Continue reading →

Cycling maps of the Isle of Wight

Click on this post to see many useful cycle maps all over the Isle of Wight. The Island offers the cyclist dedicated cycleways – many following the course of disused railway lines, signed routes, miles of bridleways and quiet country lanes as an alternative to busy main roads. All of the maps below need the Adobe Acrobat Reader Here are some of the Island’s well established cyclepaths/ routes: Round the Island Cycle Route Chalk Ridge Extreme Yarmouth to Freshwater – Route 1 Yarmouth – Route Continue reading →

Walk on Mottistone Down, Isle of Wight

What a beautiful sunny, windy, chilly morning to wrap up and stroll up Mottistone Down with Charlie dog. We started at Mottistone Down car park, PO30 4JH where you can park for free. Wander through the gate and up the hill as far as you want to and back down again enjoying the wonderful coastal views, or go the whole hog and walk the 5 miles to Freshwater beach, have a little sunbathe and head back again to make a day of it. It’s is quite Continue reading →

Chocolate Mad Cowes

If you’re looking for something really fun to do for the afternoon while in Cowes, why not try a very informal couple of hours in Cowes brilliant Chocolate shop ‘Chocolate Mad Cowes’. For as little as £30 per couple you can have a go at making truffles, lollipops and bars of delicious chocolate! Great idea for a winter weekend once you are feeling windswept and shopped out! Chocolate Mad Cowes is run by a friendly team and is situated at 13 Bath Road, Cowes. Just give Continue reading →