Our home on the Isle of Wight is a true treasure trove of stunning scenery and iconic landmarks, so along with Liz and James, we thought we’d share our top 5 favourite island gems with you…
The Beach Hut, Bembridge
'The Beach Hut is a wonderfully rustic seafood café which overlooks the spectacular Forelands Beach. It’s exposed to the wind, sea and sun and therefore is usually only open from March to October. It uses local seafood and produce which is kind to the surrounding environment. I love that you can take your own wine – it’s a great place to enjoy family time.'
Liz Earle MBE
Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Ventnor
'Ventnor Botanic Gardens has to be my favourite spot on the Isle of Wight. Towering palm trees meet beach house type architecture, and for a botanist, its massive collection of wonderful plants make it a sort of horticultural Disneyland. Add that to the fact that it has probably the warmest microclimate in the UK and some pretty amazing cake, asking for any more would just be greedy.'
James Wong, Ethnobotanist
Steephill Cove, Ventnor
Wonderfully secluded and often touted as the prettiest spot on the island, this traditional sandy fisherman’s cove is a far cry from the neon lights of typical seaside resorts – it’s a sleepy retreat that invites you to build sandcastles and sample the exemplary fresh lobster (or a local crab pasty) while admiring the sunset.
Osborne House, East Cowes
The island’s most iconic residence was acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1845 and soon became a holiday haven for the monarch. Delve into the opulence of an age gone by, with stately rooms lined with portraits, frescoes, marble sculptures and tributes to the British Empire. We love the Italianate gardens, which boast a summer house, a museum, and a miniature fort and barracks.
St Catherine’s Point and Lighthouse
For stunning coastal views, head to the island’s most southerly point just five miles from Ventnor and close to the village of Niton. With 94 steps to the top, a quick drink to recover at the nearby Buddle Inn is always on our itinerary.
Cliffs of Compton Bay, West Wight
You’ll be captivated by the wild splendour of Compton Bay, a sandy stretch much loved by surfers and paragliders for its rugged high cliffs and tenacious waves. The perfect picnic location, it’s also a great fossil-hunting spot – look out for the dinosaur footprints when the tide is low.
Our Island store, Ryde
Our very first Liz Earle store, located on Union Street in Ryde, holds a special place in our hearts. Pop in and visit the friendly team who’ll happily help you with your skincare queries and talk you through our full product range while you enjoy a cup of herbal tea.
22 Union Street, Ryde, PO33 2DT
+44 (0)1983 813 980
For more of our top spots, visit Our Island Home
Where’s next on your island list? Let us know in the comments below!
The Liz Earle Beauty Team x