Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Cowes, Isle of WightIt takes about 2 hours to travel by ferry from London to The Isle of Wight, England's largest island. The Isle of Wight is an English county with a temperate climate due to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream.

Major attractions include Bembridge Windmill, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Carisbrooke Castle and Yarmouth Castle, a Tudor castle by the sea. Exhibits at the Museum of Island History trace the island's history from pre-historic times to the present. Godshill Model Village depicts life as it was on the island in the 1920s.

Outdoor activities include golf, horse riding, para-gliding, cycling, sailing and fishing. Other watersports include kayaking, surfing and paddle boarding.

As a result of the number of special events and festivals that take place annually, Isle of Wight has been nicknamed "Festival Island." The Isle of Wight Festival, which takes place in June, is one of the UK's largest summer music events. In August, Cowes Week is the world's largest sailing regatta.The Electric Woods Festival of Light takes place in October.

Places to Stay

With extensive gardens, The Royal Hotel , which has the ambiance of an English country house, is a 53 room hotel that has been listed in the Michelin Guide. In classroom style, The Appuldurcombe Room has space for 50 participants and The Albert Room can accommodate 30. The Top Lounge is ideal for a meeting with 10 attendees.

Set on 70 acre country estate that dates back to the 14th century, Priory Bay has beach access. The main house has 18 rooms. There are 5 bedrooms in the Coach House, 4 bedrooms in Cluniac Cottage and 3 additional bedrooms in the Tithe Barns. There are 4 self-catering cottages on property.

For meetings, The Island Room has a a capacity of 50 when configured in theater style. There are breakout rooms in the Coach House and Tithe Barn. For recreation, there is golf on a 6-hole course, croquet and tennis on property.

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