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Where to Live?


A little piece of Island history at Bembridge Windmill


If you’re considering relocating to the Isle of Wight, but not sure where to begin your property search, take a look at this comprehensive guide of what the Island’s many towns have to offer. Here you’ll find the lowdown on the perfect places to consider if you’re looking for a vibrant lifestyle surrounded by shops, bars, restaurants and leisure activities, as well as a heads up on which places might be better if you prefer the quiet life.


fine dining for that special occasion. Cowes is certainly the perfect town for sailors and those with a love of the sea, with many water sports facilities and a high-speed ferry service to Southampton. You’ll also find an abundance of schooling options, from nursery years, through to primary schools and a newly built secondary school.


Tranquillity is always just a short walk away in the Island’s coastal towns


Let’s begin in Cowes, the home of sailing and international yacht racing. The world’s oldest regatta, Cowes Week, is held in August and attracts yachts and crews from around the world, so if sailing is your sport, then Cowes is the place for you. As well as a myriad of chandlers, Cowes also boasts sailing clothes shops, quaint gift, homes and accessories shops and a large M&S food store.


There are some great traditional pubs too, with the Anchor and Cowes Ale House being among the favourites. It’s the perfect place to go for a drink with friends, for a bite to eat, or for


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Wootton Bridge is another wonderful area to consider setting up home. Lying between East Cowes and Ryde, Wootton is an easy five minutes from the Fishbourne to Portsmouth Ferry and has many quiet residential areas with beautiful sea views, as well as a number of shops, eateries and schools.


Along the coast, you come to Ryde which is known as ‘the gateway to the Island’ as it has excellent travel links to Portsmouth and Southsea, via ferry and hovercraft. The beautiful Appley Beach with its sweeping expanse of sand is popular with families and kitesurfers and, backing on to Appley Park, it is the archetypal British seaside town.


There’s loads to do for children on the esplanade and the town itself has some excellent small independent shops and galleries, selling clothing and decorative home accessories to bring a taste of the coast to your new abode. On Union Street, there are numerous bars and restaurants. Nearby, you’ll find Ryde School, which provides independent day and boarding education for children aged two and a half to 18. Ryde and its surrounding areas also have a number of nurseries, primary schools and a secondary school.


Ryde, the quintessential Victorian town by the sea


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