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A secret shared: The Clifton shares all-important local knowledge

When it comes to any holiday, wherever you go in the world, you really can’t beat a bit of local knowledge to help you find the best sights to see, the best deals to be had, the best places to eat and the best attractions to visit. Sometimes, locals are keen to keep these hidden gems to themselves – but here at The Clifton we believe in sharing all that we know about this beautiful Island, so everyone can benefit from it. We are always helping our guests benefit from our local knowledge, showing them places to visit that may not be as obvious in the tourism guides.

Here are just a few of the places we’d recommend stopping by when on the Island, at any time of the year. We’ll be doing a few of these blogs over the next few weeks and months, sharing all of our secrets with you!

1. Steephill Cove, Ventnor
This tiny cove, nestled in the heart of Ventnor down an unassuming path is truly a place of natural beauty and tranquillity. This little bay has no road access, making it a unique noise and pollution free beach. Parking is five minutes away in the award winning Botanical Gardens, or the private car park above the cove. For this reason, the beach is usually only frequented by those staying in the houses on the seafront, and small groups of tourists and locals, it’s a peaceful glimpse into true Island life.

The Cove’s resident fishermen provide tourists and locals alike with mouth-watering, fresh lobster and crab which is brought ashore daily and served to diners at the Boathouse restaurant or the Crab Shed. The Boathouse is perfect for a special dining experience, whereas the Crab Shed is great for informal dining. If you don’t fancy sampling the seafood, you can also enjoy the café for teas, coffees and cakes whilst watching the world go by.

2. Mottistone Manor Garden
For visitors not on the National Trust scheme who are looking for a day out, Mottistone Manor’s National Trust garden is often overlooked due to its rural location away from the Island’s main towns. However, if you have your car with you, it’s a perfect day out. There is a featured rose garden, where Hummingbird hawkmoths are attracted by the flowers. There are also a series of Mediterranean style plantings and a small organic kitchen garden to make the most of. If peckish, the garden has a café and tea room where you can enjoy freshly made sandwiches, salads, cakes, scones and other delights.

Whilst Mottistone Manor may be a hidden gem in one of the most rural parts of the Island, if you enjoy seeing natural beauty and getting a true taste of the British tearoom, then it’s certainly a place to put on your itinerary.

Remember, whether you are looking to find the best crab restaurant on the island, or simply looking to be entertained by the personal insights of Isle of Wight residents into the island they love, speaking with our staff is the easy way to get that “local knowledge” that is so invaluable for having a brilliant Island holiday.