Ventnor - Gateway
to the Undercliff
Ventnor is a Victorian seaside town situated
on the southern side of the Isle of Wight, right in the heart of the
famed Undercliff, much of which is designated as an area of outstanding
Sheltered from the north by the national trust owned St Boniface Downs,
Ventnor benefits from its own micro climate. This climate provides an
ideal haven for a variety of flora and fauna, many species of which
are only found in Mediterranean countries.
Ventnor town's crest bears the figure of Hygeia, the goddess of health,
who serves to remind us that, since Victorian times, many visitors have
benefited from the revitalizing and restorative properties that this
micro climate offers.
Visitors to Ventnor will find a great variety of established local shops,
restaurants, public houses and holiday accommodation. All provide a
friendly service both to their local community and its visitors. Many
serve local freshly caught fish and locally brewed ales. The town is
currently undergoing a revival with exciting developments including
its harbour and off-shore deep sea moorings and a range of new accommodation,
restaurants and retail outlets.
To the east of the parish of Ventnor lies the village of Bonchurch renowned
for its literary connections. Writers and poets such as Dickens, Stackpole
and Swinburn all resided here for a time.
To the west lies St.Lawrence nestling in the Undercliff. Here there
are many miles of coastal walks, bays and places of interest to explore.
For excellent bed and breakfast accommodation overlooking the beach and boat haven, one
of the best hotels in Ventnor is the Harbour View Hotel.
The hotel has seven rooms, all with sea views,
including some rooms with spectacular views over the sea.
"the prettiest place I ever saw in my life,
at home or abroad" - Charles Dickens