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‘There is so much more to Cowes than Sailing’ (VisitIsleofWight.com).

Remember when you book with VIP Cottages you get to take advantage of our concierge service and we help you create the perfect holiday by taking the stress out of your hands. At the bottom of the blog is a list of properties in Cowes as we know as soon as you finish reading this blog, a holiday may well want to be booked.

Cowes, an English seaport town and civil parish, faces the smaller town of East Cowes on the east bank and the two are linked by the Cowes Floating Bridge. (Make sure you vote for your favourite name for the new ferry, our favourite is Floaty McFloatface).

Access to the island is easy from Cowes with the Red Jet Catamaran to Southampton, and Red Funnel.




A history of Cowes – https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/blog/read/2017/04/an-abbreviated-history-of-cowes-b166


Points of Interest

Osborne House

“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of Osborne House. Surely that says it all. Osborne House just a short trip from Cowes situated in East Cowes is an extremely popular visitor attraction. Osborne reflects Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s passions, tastes and style. Visit the official website for more details, dates and events.


Cowes golf club

‘Set in the heart of Cowes this golf course this course is an oasis of peace and quiet occasionally interrupted by the antics of red squirrels and a variety of other wild life, from pheasants to foxes and the occasional hawk’.


Northwood House

‘Where the Island has come to celebrate for over 175 years’.

The house is set in Northwood park at the heart of Cowes. It is a grade 2 listed Georgian manor house, in a stunning location available to hire for any occasion! Defiantly worth a visit.




Cowes is of course famous for Cowes Week. This year Cowes week takes place from July 29th to August 5th. Cowes week is the world’s best-known sailing regatta which attracts up to 1,000 boats. More information on Cowes week can be found below;




Name of ClubDirect link to website
Royal Yacht Squadronhttps://www.rys.org.uk/
Girls for Sailhttp://www.girlsforsail.com/
East Cowes Sailing Clubhttp://www.eastcowessc.co.uk/
Island Sailing Clubhttp://www.islandsc.org.uk/

For the sailing parties, out there some dates of interest and



Food and Drink in Cowes.

There are plenty of quaint restaurants, pubs and bars in Cowes. It is advisable to book tables during the summer to avoid disappointment. Some of our favourites are listed below and remember our concierge team can set up reservations for you or even book you a chef to cook from the comfort of your cottage.

The Oyster Barhttps://www.theoysterstore.co.uk/

The Coast Bar and Dining Roomhttp://thecoastbar.co.uk/

Mojac’s Restaurant and Bar– (Rated 1st for Restaurants in Cowes by Trip Advisor) http://www.mojacs.co.uk/

Tiffin’s of Coweshttps://www.facebook.com/TiffinsOfCowes/

Number 3 – http://number3cowes.com/


So, fancy a stay in Cowes? Below are easy links to each of our properties in Cowes and some key details.

Cowes Properties

Name of PropertyWhereSea ViewsWhat ratingSleepsLink to Property
The Bird HouseCowesNo4*4http://vipcottages.com/details/?id=403670
Osborne ApartmentCowesYes4 Gold4http://vipcottages.com/details/?id=403695
Solent HeightsCowesYes4 Gold10http://vipcottages.com/details/?id=395085
The PenthouseCowesYes5 Gold8http://vipcottages.com/details/?id=492115
Solent ViewGurnardYes4 Gold4http://vipcottages.com/details/?id=413458
CamdenCowesNo4 *7http://vipcottages.com/details/?id=489445
Harbour ViewCowesYes4 Gold4http://vipcottages.com/details/?id=415087
Little OrchardCowesNo4 *4http://vipcottages.com/details/?id=404590


Another great insight into Cowes can be found at isleofwight.com linked below;


Check out our recent blog all to do with The Penthouse, a property on the seafront in Cowes.


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By Abigail Rivers