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chickenlegs Mon 12-Jun-17 17:15:42

I wonder if anyone can help me that has been to Freshwater in the Isle of Wight. I've found a flat I would like for a holiday but as it's in the north of the island I wonder if it has plenty of restaurants and maybe a promenade to walk along in the evenings. Any advice would be very welcome.

callgirl1 Mon 12-Jun-17 18:09:28

I haven`t been to Freshwater for a number of years, but when I did it was in West Wight, not the north. I can`t remember a lot about Freshwater itself, but Freshwater Bay is a pretty place, or it was back then.

Chewbacca Mon 12-Jun-17 19:38:08

Hello chickenlegs, I've holidayed at Freshwater Bay for the last 18 years! It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful part of the island. There is a small promenade along the bay but not really enough to have an evening stroll along. However, the Albion Hotel is situated right on the bay, overlooking the sea and it's a lovely place to sit and enjoy either a meal or just a glass of wine. The food is good and reasonably priced. Across the road from the bay is the Sandpiper and that's also good for meals. If you are driving around the island, you'll find many brilliant places to visit and pretty much everywhere has good restaurants and cafes to eat. If you're not driving; you'll find that the buses are frequent and zigzag across the island and so everywhere is accessible. The next little town next to Freshwater is Yarmouth and that has a great pier that you can walk along in peace. Gossips Cafe is at the beginning of the pier and commands wonderful views of the sailing boats and ferries. There is also a castle at Yarmouth that's worth a look and also a good selection of interesting little shops. Plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from too. Newport is the islands capital and that's quite a busy town with the usual high street stores, plus a large market every Thursday. The art gallery down near the estuary is very good and also has a very good cafe for lunches.
You can catch a bus from Freshwater Bay up to The Needles and the Old Battery and, from there, you can go in the chairlift down to the coloured Sands and the boat trip that goes out to the Needles and lighthouse.
I hope you enjoy your holiday, Freshwater is just beautiful!

merlotgran Mon 12-Jun-17 20:01:25

We lived just outside Freshwater in the late sixties/early seventies. Our first two children were born there. West Wight is beautiful and I agree with everything Chewbacca has said.

On the Isle of Wight, everything is near.

Chewbacca Mon 12-Jun-17 20:12:29

Oh Merlotgran , you lucky devil! I would give my eye teeth to live at Freshwater! Heaven on earth! smile

merlotgran Mon 12-Jun-17 20:19:36

I'd go back in heartbeat, Chewbacca but all the family is over here now.

We lived on a farm at Tapnell - where the 1970 festival was held. Oh how I miss the Island.

whitewave Mon 12-Jun-17 21:16:18

I love the isle of wight and it is only a couple of hours away

chickenlegs Tue 13-Jun-17 11:27:12

Wow, thank you so much for your enthusiasm Chewbacca. I've booked for September and am now really excited about it.

ninathenana Tue 13-Jun-17 12:26:40

I'm another that loves Isle of Wight. As merlot says nothing is far away.