#visitwight

 

#visitwight

 

#visitwight

 

#visitwight

"She thinks of nothing but the Isle of Wight and she calls it 'The Island' as if there were no other island in the world" Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

The Isle of Wight

England’s largest island, the Isle of Wight, sits just a short sea crossing over the Solent from the southern mainland coast of the United Kingdom. It has been enjoyed as a holiday and short break destination since the 18th Century and became one of Europe’s most fashionable resort areas after Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert chose the Isle of Wight as their family’s home in the 1800s at Osborne House

The Island, as it is known, is just approximately 23 miles long from the most easterly point near Bembridge to the famous landmark of the Needles stacks and lighthouse which sits on its western tip. The internationally renowned sailing town of Cowes sits at the northern point and at the most southerly point is marked by a lighthouse 13 miles away at St Catherine’s. The total area of the Isle of Wight is approximately 147 square miles and almost half has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty