Images taken at Steephill Cove and surrounding area. January 2017.
We enjoyed a very rare child-free weekend away for our 10th wedding anniversary and stayed in Steephill Cove, near Ventnor. It’s such a unique and picturesque little place, hidden away below Ventnor Botanic Gardens. There are just a handful of cottages and cafes (although nothing is open here during the winter), adorned with quirky decoration, buoys and fishing tackle.
We also headed into Ventnor itself, just a short walk along the coastal path, and enjoyed a Royal Afternoon Tea at The Royal Hotel (which earned its name when Queen Victoria also enjoyed afternoon tea here). It’s a little on the pricey side, but well worth it for a special treat – and we certainly didn’t need a big evening meal afterwards! The staff were friendly and welcoming and the food was delicious. We couldn’t manage all of the cakes but were given a box to take the rest away with us.
We stayed at a chalet style property, Little Tamarisk, a secluded and homely place with beautiful views of the cove below. Despite being January, we were snug and cosy here and all we could hear from outside was the sound of the waves.
After a stunning sunrise (with the silhouette of exotic plants, this could easily have been mistaken for a tropical paradise), we set off on the coastal path toward the Needles, with some breathtaking views along the way. Our plan is to return sometime and walk the entire coastal path over a few days.
During the weekend, we also visited Robin Hill’s Electric Woods event, you can view the photos here.