“What a wonderful time we had on this island and in Julie's house! A nice house with all amenities, in a quiet place and with a beautiful garden! We played badminton over the clothesline and read books in the garden or conservatory. We also visited the highlights of the island on Julie's recommendation. What a beautiful place, the sea, the beaches, the rocks, the villages. Fantastic! Many thanks Julie for this exchange!”
Julie's reviewsAs a host (2)
“We have spent a week in Julie’s house on the beautiful Isle of Wight in July and had a splendid time. On our arrival we had dinner with Julie, her partner Ian and her son Phin which was ever so pleasant (and tasty). It was fun to meet them before they set off for our house. During the first day of our stay we have hardly left the huge garden with the greenhouse, Julie’s art studio / caravan and its many hideaways in which you can sit in or escape from the sun. The house is very agreeable with its well equipped kitchen and the adjoining conservatory, THE place to have breakfast. The bedroom overlooks the garden, so quiet with just the sounds of the birds. Almost forget to mention Ian’s well equipped music studio where drums, bass and guitar are waiting to get played on. During our stay we were spoilt by next door neighbor Phylis who secretly left fresh eggs, beans and cupcakes on our doorstep. Briefly, an ideal and very idyllic place surrounded by sloping farmland, several villages and the beach within hand reach, what else does one need?”
Where is it?
Wellow is a small and rather picturesque village about ten minutes from the attractive port of Yarmouth, (with its lovely shops, pubs and restaurants) on the northwest side of the Isle of Wight. We have arable farmland all around us and the Downs just in front. A short ferry ride across the Solent brings you to Lymington and just beyond, The New Forest.
Our neighbours are friendly, kind and helpful. Wellow makes an ideal starting point for cycling or walking...we have bikes...and we are well- placed for bridleways and footpaths. We have swallows, bats and pheasants around us, as well as the occasional badger. In the field in front you can sometimes spot a hare running through the wheat!
To the south of us is Compton, a long sandy beach favoured by surfers and swimmers. Surfing lessons are available here for all ages. Beaches on the Island are safe and family-friendly. We're not far from Cowes, the town made famous by its yacht racing. There is also a buzzing music scene with various festivals throughout the summer including the IOW Festival and IOW Jazz Festival, all attracting big-name bands. The Island has a great variety of scenery, all within a really short driving distance; forests, downs, undercliffs, beaches, rivers and lovely villages. We feel really lucky to live here!
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