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Cowes, Isle of Wight

Cowes has a lively high street which is great for shopping with many boutique stores mixed in with more sailing orientated shops. With Marks and Spencers and Sainsburys in the high street, Waitrose just over the floating bridge in East Cowes.

There is a parade in the west part of the town and from there you can walk to Gurnard along the seafront.

Of course sailing is very popular in Cowes and there are plenty of charter companies where you can rent vessels of all types.

Plenty of restaurants from many different cuisines or just a coffee shop and a sneaky ice cream if you fancy. There is a lot to choose from!

Cowes - Isle of Wight
Red Jet Ferry

Easy to reach from Southampton

We are just a few minutes from the high speed Red Jet coming from Southampton if you are coming over by foot into West Cowes.

If you are bringing a car then Red Funnel comes into East Cowes and from there you can come on the floating bridge.

Of course you can also come via Wightlink which is my preferred route. Feel free to contact me for any questions regarding ferries.

Discounted Ferry Tickets available for guests.

There is also a frequent bus service going from Park Road if needed – a 30 second walk to the bus stop from the apartment.

Local attractions

Osborne House
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Things to Do

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Cowes Week

Cowes Week is famous – not just in the UK but all over the world. Started in 1826, it is one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world. With 40 daily sailing races, up to 1,000 boats, and 8,000 competitors ranging from Olympic and world-class professionals to weekend sailors, it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.

Fastnet Race

It’s one of sailing’s most famous events –  seeing the best sailors in the world come together to test themselves in some of the trickiest conditions around.

Simply put, it’s the largest ocean race in the world, featuring a mind-boggling array of boats. This 608-mile race from Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, to Fastnet Rock, sitting on the southern tip of Ireland, and back into a finish off Plymouth. The Fastnet has been raced since 1925 and has its place on the calendar of sailing’s most prestigious events.

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