B & B,
Apartments and family rooms
Halcyone Villa is just a five minute walk from the heart of Cowes. A Victorian property which has been recently renovated and further extended in 2019 to include self-contained flats/holiday lets. Families are welcome and pets by prior agreement. If you have any requirements just ask and we will do our best to help. Collection for you and your luggage from the Red Jet or Floating Bridge by prior arrangement. On road parking is usually available right outside the property.
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We are exceptionally lucky to enjoy phenomenal sea views across the Solent from family rooms and both apartments, which can be enjoyed with a cool drink from our Juliet balconies.
We offer B&B guests a five star full English breakfast, we happily cater for vegetarian, vegan and allergens. Cereal, toast, juice, fruit and yoghurts are always available for breakfast. These options are available for apartment guests with prior request and approval.
We provide a choice of food packages for apartment guests which can be requested in advance. If you choose this service, food will be placed in the kitchen just before your arrival, to make for a hassle-free stay.
Every room is checked, serviced, cleaned and replenished as needed on a daily basis.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, it’s fast and reliable.
THINGS TO DO
Calbourne Water Mill
Calbourne Water Mill is a family favourite on sunny days, our kids enjoy feeding the peacocks, ducks, doves and chickens. There is a beautiful lake with fish and rowing boats to hire and (in our opinion!) the best crazy golf course on the Island. There are some ‘different’ museums here such as the TV museum and old household goods museum, a working flour mill with demonstrations a couple of times a day. Lovely fresh food available here – we can recommend the cream teas!
Carisbrooke Castle is an English Heritage attraction in Newport, it has a beautiful walk around the very top of the castle. There is an open field ideal for a picnic and several donkeys who demonstrate using the big wheel to collect water from the very deep well! Our kids particularly enjoy the tester food at the entrance, they recommend trying the peanut butter!
The Needles has rides such as teacups and crazy golf, a chairlift which takes you down the edge of the cliff down to a boat ride out to the lighthouse. There is an arcade and ice cream shop, best to visit on dry days.
Colwell Bay is our favourite beach to visit, as it is sandy and has minimal tide making it safe. The little ice cream shop is a winner along with the cheesy chips in the Captain’s Cabin. If you were to arrive at Colwell Bay and walk right along the seafront to Warden Ledge along with your crabbing lines and some bacon, this is good for crabbing or rock pooling.
Tapnell Farm is a lovely attraction, our younger children love the indoor hay play area, the go-karts and particularly love the big bounce pillow. There are many animals to enjoy, a lego and soft play area. There is a lovely cafe with yummy meals. This is suitable for wet and dry days as most of the farm is undercover, although is particularly nice to enjoy in the sun.
Amazon World is a zoo with plenty of animals to watch and enjoy. Mostly inside so good for drizzly days.
Osborne House is an English Heritage attraction in East Cowes. This is where Queen Victoria once lived, has a spectacular house to explore, the Swiss Cottage is an indoor children’s cottage with dressing up, some cool beasties and an explorer bag to borrow with a microscope and a torch for some discovering. There are several outdoor play areas here and best of all is the beach! It is a private sandy beach good for swimming, has some deckchairs and quoits for playing. There are often entertainers here such as Punch and Judy shows and chestnut roasting. We can normally offer discount vouchers for this venue.
Butterfly World is a favourite with our family, there are hundreds of butterflies to walk with, little quails and plenty of fish in several ponds. Our favourite area is the fountains, which we save until the end as the kids have a whale of a time running through the water plumes and getting soaked head to toe! This is all inside so good for even rainy days.
Walking and Cycling
The Isle of Wight has miles of beautiful coastal walks and cycle tracks suitable for all ages and abilities. Lonely Planet Travel Guide names the Isle of Wight as one of the top 10 destinations in the world for cycling. Walking & cycling routes can be found on numerous websites with full itineraries. There is a cycle hire shop on Cowes seafront and we have a safe, secure lockable garage where you’d be very welcome to store bikes. The Isle of Wight has an exceptionally well-organised walking festival, where walks are mapped and routed for all abilities.
“Heather and Simon are excellent hosts - friendly, welcoming and always smiling. Great family feel to the place, children are delightful, makes it feel like a home (which it is, of course). I would definitely stay again!”