Monday, 9 December 2019

Drayton Villas, St Helens, Ryde, Isle of Wight (Sleeps 1-4)

Drayton Villas are two lovely refurbished holiday apartments in the village of St Helens on the east coast of the Isle of Wight.

Each of the two self-catering apartments can sleep 4 people. The living room has a well-sprung sofa bed and there is also a double bedroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom.

The first floor flat has full-size windows which open onto a sea view (almost a balcony), and the ground floor a sheltered garden complete with furniture and BBQ. Both flats have the benefit of Wi-Fi.

The major attraction of the apartments is the unique position situated on a quiet residential street which leads from St Helen's village green via Mill Lane to the sea. From the bottom of the lane, one can turn left at the Old Mill and walk across the Duver to the coast and perhaps sample the menu at Baywatch cafe or to the right to Bembridge Marina and the village, or more beaches and wooded walks.

At the top of the road is one of the two excellent restaurants of the green and across the green a general store which hardly ever closes and of course the village pub.

St Helen's Duver (a sandy dune area of coastline) and the shoreline around the area are noted for their extraordinary variety of maritime plants and wildlife, and much of the coastline in the immediate vicinity is under the care of the National Trust. Nevertheless, there are many child-friendly sandy beaches which are relatively quiet all year round. The larger resorts of Ryde, Shanklin and Sandown are only a short drive or bus trip away.

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