Our second visit to HCF. Nothing has changed- Jayne and Chris , the perfect hosts , provide an unrivalled service. Spotless surroundings, great breakfasts, comfortable room.
This time we had extras! We arrived on the IoW on Monday 11th March, in a snowstorm! We managed to get halfway up the Hermitage Trail before the ice on the road brought us to a halt. Wheelspin, no further progress. Pulled into the side, contacted Jayne, who arranged for a friend to pick us up in his 4x4. Transferred our gear and carried on, where it became obvious our little Fiat could'nt have gone any further as the wind blown snow on the track was too deep. Arrived at HCF to the usual welcome of tea and Victoria sponge ( I dream of that Victoria sponge!)
Next morning, after Chris , Jayne and their sons had cleared a route out (over an adjacent field, as two abandoned 4x4's were blocking the last 300 yds of the approach track) Chris took us down to recover our car. But- another car from a near by hotel was stuck on the track! An hour or so later, after a local farmer had towed them out , we reached our car. From then on, Chris decided that we should park the car at the bottom of the track, and he would come down and pick us up. A sensible decision, and much appreciated by us.
On our last evening (Wednesday) we were able to get up the track as far as the nearby Hermitage Court Hotel, Chris was away dealing with another problem, so Ian, the hotel manager invited the Memsahib and self in for coffee while we waited. Much appreciated!
So, thank you,Chris and Jayne, for all your efforts, and Ian, for your consideration
- Also Known As:
- Hermitage Court Farm Whitwell, Isle Of Wight
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hermitage Court Farm is the Isle of Wight’s most secluded and tranquil Bed and Breakfast accommodation: the ideal place in which to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern living and relax for a while between the green of the downs and the blue of the sky, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Perched cosily under the tops of the National Trust’s St Catherine’s Down, and gazing down over the beautiful rural Isle of Wight countryside towards the waters of the Solent, the ten-acre Farm is hidden away, well off beaten tracks and more than a mile from the nearest main road, on the southern side of the Island. From here, and from the Downs at our doors, you can see everything ... yet hear nothing but the odd rabbit thumping across the lawn, a pigeon chortling, or the woodpeckers dining in the trees.Our peaceful surroundings, however, hide the opportunity for plenty of action. The Downs of the isle of Wight are full of history-from ancient burial mounds and a medieval lighthouse to one of Britain’s most amusing Victorian follies - and full of opportunities for leisurely exploration. A network of the Island’s well-known bridleways and footpaths crosses various parts of the property, and there is direct access to over a hundred miles of the finest and best-maintained footpaths, riding tracks and mountain-bike trails in Britain.A twenty-minute stroll across the Downs (or a very much shorter car trip) brings you to the nearby village of Niton, with its charming shops and friendly pubs, while a little further on you come to the famously picturesque village of Godshill with its much-photographed thatched roofs and celebrated cream teas. The Isle of Wight coastal towns of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor - famous as holiday venues from Victorian times -- with their glorious beaches and their cliff walks are just a short drive away. ... more less
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