This apartment looked too good to be true when we found it at short notice to escape Olympic London chaos.
The photos suggested that it was a very modern, clean rental, overlooking the sea, with modern fittings - a home for home. Perfect for a family of four, with two demanding teenage children. (Which reminds me, the rental has a good Wifi connection).
The location also seemed excellent - overlooking the sea and a short walk to all the shops, restaurants and pubs. Surely this could not be true? On the Isle of Wight? For how much?
Well, we were amazed. The rental is better than the photos. It has been lovingly created, is in excellent condition and, importantly works well. The owners were friendly, helpful and charming.
This is FAR better than the average rental. We strongly recommend it.
Do we have any suggestions for change / improvement? Not really, as it is far better than most rentals. If you pressed us, some of the local shops and restaurants need to "raise their game" but Londoners don't come to The Island to shop.
We had fantastic weather - much better than on the Mainland. In a restaurant someone said that Ventnor has "French" weather, something to do with the currents and hills sheltering the bay.
As recommendations on things to do, Dad played Golf at Sandown (good quality), and Ventnor (a funky 12 hole with sea views). Mum ran along the coastline. Son copied Bradley Wiggins by cycling up and down the hills. Daughter watched the Olympics (sic) on the good quality TV and lobbied for one like it at home.
We will certainly go back again. We think it's worth going to Ventnor JUST to stay in this perfect little holiday rental. Our only worry is whether we will be able to book at short notice again.
Just spent a short break at Marina Apartments. Sea views are amazing and the location is great, right next to the beach. Ventnor is a great place to stay with lovely cafes and interesting shops. Children loved the local paddling pool and the walk to Steephill cove was great.
Just returned from a week at Marina Apartments. The apartment was clean and tidy and well equipped with everything we needed. Lying in bed and listening to the waves was fantastic and the sea views are lovely. We will definitely go back again