Throughout history, the Isle of Wight has been the perfect backdrop for the romantically inclined, from the Pre-Raphaelite artists of the 19th century who were drawn to the romantic poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson at his Island hideaway in the stunning West Wight, to the passionate love affair of a Queen and her prince played out at their palace by the sea – Osborne at East Cowes.
Still popular with today’s generation looking for a romantic getaway – most recently Benedict Cumberbatch who married here on Valentine’s Day 2015 – the Island is the perfect place to spoil your loved one with a wonderful break away.
There are lots of heavenly hotels, cosy holiday cottages and coastal retreats, which are ideal for couples looking to get away from it all this February and March. Choose from an amazing range of accommodation, from historic houses, stylish hotels, boutique bed & breakfasts, dreamy cottages and other intimate hideaways. And whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or are indulging in some time away together, the Island offers that little extra something to make your stay one to remember.
Visit atmospheric castles, interesting museums and galleries and let the Island’s legendary and literary lovers inspire you. Follow the antiques trail – the Island is a great antiquating destination, with auction rooms and shops selling something for everyone from bargain hunters to lover of fine art.
After the winter solstice, the days get longer – especially on the Island where Spring comes early because of our southerly position and our unique maritime climate – allowing you more time to discover hidden coves and walk the Island’s glorious beaches. Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin have wide expanses of sand where you can watch the tide come rolling in.
The Island’s beautiful and diverse scenery make it a walker’s paradise and there are plenty of footpaths that will lead you through ancient woodlands, open farmland, leafy green lanes, visiting historic towns and charming villages along the way.
Visit Isle of Wight produces a range of free walking and cycling trails as well as inspirational one and two-day itineraries to get you started - and don’t forget to look out for the banks of wild daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops which all arrive earlier than on the mainland. Click here to view some of our trails.
This February, visitors can also enjoy the stunning spectacle of Oriental light, sound and entertainment at Robin Hill’s Electric Woods event. Watch the dragon procession and amazing late evening falconry show and enjoy quiet moments as you explore the woods with their beautifully lit trees and displays.
Follow in the footsteps of a Princess, like the couple in the photos, and see where she got married. In 1885, Queen Victoria's youngest child, Princess Beatrice, had her Royal Wedding at St.Mildred's Church at Whippingham. This beautiful church was re-built for the Queen, and sits overlooking the River Medina.
A bike ride can create the perfect backdrop for romance and adventure and the Island’s 500 miles of cycle paths will take you on a journey through dramatic and contrasting landscapes. Look out for the Bronze Age Longstone at Mottistone, pay a visit to the medieval Carisbrooke Castle and incorporate a bit of off-road cycling in the majestic woodland of Parkhurst Forest.
These days, the introduction of the Red Squirrel Electric Bikes means you can cover much more ground and have more time exploring the hidden corners of the Isle of Wight than you would on a conventional bicycle. Find your own secluded place for a picnic, or take afternoon tea in one of the Island’s tea rooms or elegant hotels.
If the two of you are all about action and adventure, there are exhilarating activities to enjoy from rib rides and zorbing to paragliding and stand-up paddle boarding – and treat yourselves to a soothing body massage afterwards. Ventnor has a long tradition of being a Spa town and these days, there are spa retreats and treatments on offer in towns and villages across the island, including stunning seafront treatment rooms, providing the perfect antidote for couples stressed out by city life.
When you’re done with sightseeing, visit a traditional inn with a roaring log fire, serving local ales and top-notch pub grub. Many Island pubs host regular live music events provided by the very best local talent and which are well worth seeing. Sing the blues, jazz things up or just have fun as you settle back on comfortable sofas and let the sounds of aspiring artists wash over you.
If fine dining is the order of the day, then spend a candlelit evening at a Michelin guide restaurant that celebrates Island produce on its menu and afterwards enjoy a stroll hand in hand on a beautiful beach or wander through an illuminated town buzzing with night life.
It’s said that couples that play together stay together and on the Island, there are lots of fun and exciting activities that are designed for just you two…
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Set into Bonchurch Downs on the pretty Southern side of the Isle of Wight, Paul, Cheryl and daughter Carla welcome you to their Victorian country home with spectacular panoramic sea views.
St Helens Holiday Park is located on the Southeast of the island and is one of the most peaceful and relaxing holiday parks here on the Isle of Wight.
Fancy the chance of sharing a bed with Charles I? Well, not exactly snuggling down with the king - but if you stay in this second floor apartment across the courtyard from where Charles was imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle.
Charming cottages in delightful rural surroundings and close to the sea. Beautiful views and lovely gardens. Carefully selected individual cottages situated throughout the Isle of Wight, accommodating from 2 to 12 people.
The Clifton’s stunning cliff top location boasts fabulous views from its conservatory lounge and garden which opens onto the coastal walk. Shanklin Old Village, Shanklin Chine and the beach are a 5 minute walk.
The Seaview Hotel is situated adjacent to the sea in the picturesque sailing village of Seaview, on the North East coast of the Isle of Wight.
Colwell Bay Holiday Cottages is situated on the beautiful west coast of the Isle of Wight and just a short stroll from the wonderful Colwell Bay beach.
Chale Bay Farm is a beautiful award winning luxury guesthouse nestling among rolling fields with stunning sea views on the south-west of the Isle of Wight, ideally situated for short breaks, family getaways and seaside holidays.
The Harrow Lodge Hotel is in a prime location on the cliff tops, offering superb sea views. The ideal spot to relax and enjoy our fully licensed bar/lounge decking and tea gardens.
Comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation for 2-3 adults. Available for short or long breaks all year round.
Nettlecombe Farm is nestled in the heart of the rolling South Wight countryside offering luxurious self-catering accommodation in 9 high quality self-contained properties that sleep between 3-10 situated in the main farmhouse.
Luccombe Manor is a striking Victorian Residence located less than five minutes walk from Shanklin Old Village and Chine. We have direct access to the beach below, and this family friendly hotel accepts both children and dogs.
5 Star and David Bellamy Gold award Family run Holiday Park situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Perfect base for walkers and cyclists. Access to glorious coves and beaches within minutes. An ideal location for any pursuit
Landguard Holidays enjoys a beautiful woodland setting on the edge of Shanklin, close to the town centre and the picturesque olde worlde village of Shanklin.
Close to the beach, surrounded by National Trust land & in the middle of the AONB, Brook House is a beautiful and peaceful location for a lovely self-catering holiday cottage.
The Dairyman's Cottage is a beautiful holiday cottage in the Heart of Tapnell Farm which boasts spectacular views over the west of the Isle of Wight towards Tennyson downs and Freshwater Bay.
A secluded friendly family park with attached pub restaurant within 5 minutes walk of Sandown town & award winning beach. An ideal base to explore the beautiful Isle of Wight. Within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, clubs and pubs.
Nearby Cowes has plenty to offer! From the Park, a leisurely walk through peaceful woodland will take you straight down to the sea.
Three cottages located within the grounds of Osborne where Queen Victoria made Osborne House her country get-away for 50 years.
Come and spend your holiday with us at The Orchards Holiday Park. Winner of The AA Campsite of the year, The Orchards has stunning, countryside views and high quality facilities. We also have SPECIAL OFFERS and DISCOUNTS, see website.