About the Island
Residing approximately three miles from the South Coast of mainland Britain, the Isle of Wight is a uniquely beautiful community. Recognised as the host of some of the most iconic activities in the European summer event catalogue, the Island, as it is known to residents, offers a wealth of opportunities for people of all ages, to live and work where ‘quality of life’ really means something. With a low crime rate, accessible housing costs and excellent transport links it is a truly unique place to live. Karl Marx hit the nail on the head when he called the Island ‘a little paradise’.
The Isle of Wight measures 23 miles by 13 miles and is littered with picturesque villages and bustling small towns. Cowes itself, hosts a series of major yachting events throughout the rest of the year along with the yachting world’s premier sailing event in August – Cowes Week which attracts over 8000 competitors from around the world as well as 100,000 spectators and one of the best firework displays on the closing evening. If sailing is for you then this is the place to be. There are numerous sailing clubs giving lessons and marinas to moor the yacht of your dreams.
The isle of Wight also boasts 500 miles of footpaths, 30 miles of coastline and award winning beaches so there are no excuses for not getting out and about to get fit and see some stunning scenery! There are also numerous golf courses including the 9 hole course at historic Osborne House and the spectacular course overlooking Freshwater Bay. As well as all of these activities, the Island has a very artistic leaning. In addition to the internationally famous Isle of Wight Music Festival, we have a flourishing amateur and professional acting scene, art galleries, theatres, comedy clubs and arts centres and play host to the Ventnor Fringe as well as the Literary Festival which attracts authors from around the world.
Cowes sits at the northernmost point of this popular tourist island. It is widely regarded as the world’s premier yachting centre and hosts the oldest yacht club in the world – the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron. Cowes hosts both a passenger and car ferry terminal and the Academy is in easy commuting distance from the mainland, with the passenger ferry fast catamaran service taking just 25 minutes.
Cowes has a great deal of character, with a winding pedestrianised high street lined with a mix of yacht chandlers and clothing providers, national retailers, independent traders and quirky gift shops.
The town also has a strong industrial heritage and as such has a good supply of very affordable housing with prices approximately two thirds those of similar properties elsewhere in the south of England and a fraction of the price that would be paid near London.