Kitty's Loft cottage is approximately 2 miles from the village of Godshill and 1.5 miles from Chale Green, where there is the award winning Chale Green Stores, comprising a Store, Deli and Cafe. A trip further a-field, (approximately 3 miles), to the coastal village of Niton, will provide you with a small general store, a Butcher, Post Office, Off- Licence, Chemist and the olde worlde charm of The White Horse Inn. The old smuggling tavern, The Buddle Inn, part of which dates back to the 1500's, is just a short distance away from Niton, and is well worth a visit for its atmosphere and character.
At nearby Chale, the Wight Mouse Inn caters for families to a high degree, with 1 indoor and 1 outdoor children's games rooms. There is also live music every Wednesday and Friday nights.
From the cottage, with over 130 trails and 500 miles of footpaths available, walkers (hikers) can trek to their heart's content, public footpaths and bridleways being well signposted and boasting a large variety of scenic routes. There are also two Horse-riding centres at nearby Rookley and Godshill for those who prefer someone else to do the walking.
Cycling enthusiasts too can enjoy over 200 miles of routes, some arduous, some easy and at Freshwater there is a single track known as the Seven Hills Killer! You can hire bikes from the The Bike Shed at Perreton Farm, Arreton (Telephone 01983 868786).
And what can we say about beaches - except that the Isle of Wight, being surrounded by them, offers wonderful unspoilt beaches to suit every taste. From popular to practically deserted, water-lovers will find that the sea is warm and inviting.
Beachcombers will love the southern part of the Isle of Wight, Fossil-hunters will be in their element, especially when they find the fossilised Dinosaur footprints at Brook Bay, and children of all ages will love the shallow waters, on the east coast, at Shanklin and Yaverland. A paradise for surfers, sail- boarders and sailing enthusiasts, you can even spend some time sea fishing, should the mood take you and enjoy the catch for supper!
Children (and grown-ups!) cannot fail to love the diverse range of activities on the Isle of Wight, because there is so much to do and see. You will find it hard to cram everything in during your holiday, which is why, we guess, that people come back to the Isle of Wight year after year.