Candlelight Cottage is opposite Ventnor Park entrance so you are always encouraged to go for a stroll through the park and up the slope to see the sea and then either walk West to Ventnor beach, or East to the botanical gardens and Steephill Cove Beach plus easy access to local shops, pubs and restaurants. The climate is mild – hence the botanical gardens with banana plants growing outside and lots of ferns. There are also walks up to St Boniface Down behind Ventnor, quite a climb from the Cottage but well worth the effort for the views inland and out to sea. There is no sea view from Candlelight though.
This spacious Victorian villa has spacious accommodation with large rooms with high ceilings and original features such as large entrance hall with carved wood staircase, plus a modern kitchen and 3 bedrooms (2 with big bay windows with views into the Park), and 3 spacious bathrooms plus a downstairs toilet (one bathroom has an original fireplace). Every room seems to have a TV – there were 6 TVs, so no arguments over what to watch, plus a choice of DVDs and Wii so plenty to do within the house should it rain.
We sat outside on the verandah at the front in the mornings to catch the sun, and there is also seating outside in a private back garden decking area. The whole property is very private with a drive for parking.
There are wonderful welcome gifts on arrival, wine, muffins, fruit, chocolates, milk etc which we enjoyed consuming during our stay for a week. We booked through cottages4you so had a Tesco voucher discount and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and recommend this property for up to 6 people on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The arts festival was on in Ventnor, so we heard music most days over the Bank Holiday, but there is music in Ventnor Park every Sunday from 2-4pm.