Daphne the 'wondersossige' sure is a character. If she’s not accessorising with hats, scarves and sunglasses, then she’s cosying up in a snuggly jumper and showing off her marvellous giant flappers (her ears!). It’s little wonder that this sleek and beautiful Chiweenie was the winner of our Mini Mutt category at the 2020 Canine Critics’ Awards, and as a reward, she got to take her humans to the Isle of Wight for a full week of island antics.
Famous for being England’s largest island, the Isle of Wight boasts hundreds of miles of coastal walks and a good handful of award-winning beaches. Therefore, it’s no surprise that after setting off from her city home, Daphne alighted the ferry and found that she had a whole new leash of life and so started roaming all the rugged coastline had to offer.
Read on below to find out why Daphne was so paw-ssionate about the Isle of Wight.
Hi, I’m Daphne and I took my humans to stay in Yar Brook View in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight for a week. It was our first time on the island, and we loved the cottage I picked. Yar Brook View is a beautifully appointed property within walking distance of the pretty village of Yarmouth and its ferry port. The cottage has a large open-plan kitchen and sitting room, a spacious master bedroom with en-suite, a smaller guest bedroom and bathroom, and on-site parking. The cottage sleeps four humans, and one dog is welcome (downstairs only and not on the furniture).
Cottage best bits
It was lovely to have such a spacious borrowed home. The owners provided a comprehensive guide to the cottage and local area, which was helpful for us first-timers. They also telephoned to check everything was ok, which was very thoughtful. A dog bowl and shower were provided and local yummies for the humans, such as milk, bread, butter, eggs and cake, which was much appreciated. Although situated by a road, the cottage is quiet and tranquil – we all slept very well. The highlight for me was the garden, where I spent most of my time – my humans were safe in the knowledge that it was secure, so there were no ‘sossige escapades’. The garden gets the sun all day, so my humans bought me a paddling pool, so I didn’t get too hot.
Because the Isle of Wight is small, it meant that we had time to explore everywhere! I enjoyed local walks in fields by the cottage (although my humans were less enthused about the gnats) and sunset strolls along the coastal paths. We loved the beaches at Ryde (St Helens and Seaview particularly as they are dog friendly all year round) and I had some refreshing swims to cool down.
We looked for the elusive red squirrels at Parkhurst Forest and I chased rabbits in Borthwood Copse. We visited the beautiful Ventnor Botanic Garden and took a tour of The Garlic Farm and its incredible shop and restaurant. A real highlight was the Godshill Model Village – my smaller human delighted in me towering over miniature buildings!
Why dogs will love it
What was not to love about this holiday? I don’t have access to a garden at home, so I was obsessed (can’t you tell?) with the outdoor space. So much variety in terms of walkies – forests, beaches and countryside. We all appreciated the fact that most shops and restaurants were dog welcoming (XV Stripes pictured below), which meant a full family experience. The beaches are clean and safe, perfect for a dip on a hot day. After long days out exploring, I was very excited to return to my borrowed garden and was reluctant to come inside, even after midnight!
Why humans will love it
The cottage is brilliantly located - a mere 5-minute drive from the ferry port, which was great after such a long drive. Bigger human is a keen cook and loved the spacious and well-equipped kitchen. Smaller human appreciated staying in such a light and airy property – it did wonders for her after lockdown in a city. As a family of foodies, we were hugely impressed by the choice of local produce in farm shops and the many beautiful restaurants. We celebrated Bigger human’s birthday early at the wonderful Hut in Colwell Bay, which was spectacular - booking is highly recommended.
Yar Brook View and the Isle of Wight gets a solid five-paw rating from us! The cottage felt like a home from home and was so conveniently placed for adventures. It provided us with everything we needed and more. We will be returning next year for a fortnight because the week went too quickly.
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