The Isle of Wight – a long weekend getaway

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Last weekend was my very good friend Sanita’s 30th Birthday and she came up with the most perfect way to celebrate, a weekend getaway to the Isle of Wight with her nearest and dearest. It was an absolute honour to be invited and I could not wait to create more unforgettable memories with her and her friends.

We hopped on the Red Funnel Ferry from Southampton to East Cowes. The crossing only takes an hour and was a very pleasant trip. We of course went onto the decks for some compulsory selfies. Landing at East Cowes we then headed straight to our accommodation, The Mission, it took us approximately 30 minutes and was a lovely drive through picturesque countryside. There is definitely a lot less traffic on the Isle of Wight compared to Berkshire!

Where we stayed –

Our accommodation was found and booked on the Vintage Vacations website (please see link above). It is run and owned by Helen & Frazer Cunningham who left us the most informative welcome pack which was not only useful but interesting too. They have a variety of different properties and also a fleet of caravans, all sleep various numbers to cater for a range of group sizes. I would highly recommend you check out the website. The Mission made a great base for our stay offering everything we could need. I fell in love with the sunken bath and decided that should be a must have in any home. We also had a log burner which kept us so toasty throughout the weekend and added to the cosy vintage atmosphere.


Just around the corner from The Mission is the most delightful pub, The Wight Mouse Inn which we visited frequently during our stay both for lunch and dinner. Portion sizes are generous to say the least, yet the quality of the food is superb. On a Saturday night the pub has a real buzz and it is recommended you book a table if in a group. We strongly recommend the steak and ale pie and the chocolate brownie!

Find out more about The Wight Mouse Inn here –


After lunch at The Wight Mouse Inn on Friday we set off on a walk to get our bearings and explore our new and exciting surroundings. The weather was windy but the sun was out in full force. We found a Dinosaur, a very unusual antiques shop with resident Shetland ponies next door and the most beautiful views from the coastal cliffs just a short stroll down the road.


The weather wasn’t ideal on Saturday, blustery and rain for most of the day. We didn’t let this defeat us and set off exploring the island, making our way down to Steephill Cove for a hot chocolate on the beachfront!


We had the most fabulous weekend and I hope you have enjoyed the read and that it may just inspire you to take a trip over to the Isle of Wight. If you have already been, or even visited any of the places mentioned above I would love to hear from you (use the comment box below).

And last but not least…wishing one of my best friends a very very Happy Birthday xxx

sanita birthday


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