family time on the isle of wight

Family Time Isle of Wight

Last week we enjoyed a fabulous half term family holiday on the Isle of Wight.

We absolutely love our life on the farm but occasionally we need to take a week out to spend quality time together with no animals to feed and no beef to pack. Our mini farmers embrace family farm life but relish totally undivided Mum and Dad time.

We stayed in a picture perfect cottage in Ventnor with my parents Sue and Chris. Ventnor is located on the south side of the island and was a short walk from the beach at ‘Steephill Cove’. A beautiful beach with no road access. The cafe’s and houses have to carry everything down the steep path by hand!

Over the week we visited a host of places across the island including Sandown where Charlie and Flora loved the pier. Charlie was absolutely savage on the dodgems!

One day we visited Osborne House which was highly recommended by several customers as a ‘must visit’. We absolutely loved it and were almost the last ones to leave! With a stroke of luck English Heritage were running a special ‘half term’ event where they had traditional fairground rides, games, circus performers and even Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made an appearance. We all went round the house first which was really interesting…or the bits I saw as I flashed through with the children! Mum, Dad and Will really enjoyed a more leisurely look around. Then we ate some sandwiches in the rain (the only rain we saw all week!). Mum and Dad headed off for a walk around the gardens while we all headed for the beach where the children made instant friends with a lovely family from Bristol. A visit to the Swiss Cottage built for the Royal children to play in followed and a good session at the playpark. Then we all wearily made our way back up the hill to the car park where the children had the very last ride on the Swingboats! Find out more about Osborne House here

Treway beef of course featured heavily on the evening menu with an almost nightly BBQ. We sampled our new ‘Skinny Rib Strips’ which turned out to be a big hit. We also conducted a very thorough study of ice cream suppliers across the island!

We sailed back to the mainland on Friday and had an overnight stop in Taunton so that we could pick up our Goslings on Saturday. That’s right the Christmas countdown is now on with the arrival of our beautiful bundles of yellow fluff!

We are now back into weekly fresh beef straight through for the next 10 weeks until our next family break in mid August.