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Surfing holidays on the Isle of Wight

Pick your destination, find a place to stay and ride the waves

Surfers in the sea at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Compton Bay

Probably the best surfing spot on the Isle of Wight with swells ranging from 2 to 5ft. The best conditions for surfing here are low to mid tides, with winds from the south east of the north west.

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The exterior of 1 and 2 Compton Farm Cottages, Newport, Isle of Wight

1 Compton Farm Cottages 

This detached farmhouse has been converted into two holiday cottages, each boasting panoramic views of the iconic chalky cliffs and the sea of Compton Bay.

The exterior and surrounding area of Compton Farm cottages, Newport, Isle of Wight

2 Compton Farm Cottages 

The other half of the Compton Farm Cottage lot. Ideal if you have a large party and need the extra space.

The exterior of Mottistone Rose Cottage, Isle of Wight

Mottistone Rose Cottage 

Mottistone Rose Cottage is a 5-minute drive to Compton Bay. Built from Island stone, it has two bedrooms and feels exceptionally homely inside.

Looking west from the sandy beach at Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight, with white cliffs, Tennyson Down and Afton Down, divided by Freshwater Bay, in the distance

Freshwater Bay

This sheltered bay on the west of the island can offer good right-hand swells from low to mid tide when conditions are right. It's best suited to more experienced surfers as the rocky bay and strong rip can be quite challenging.

The exterior of Pomone, Isle of Wight


A former coastguard cottage, Pomone sits high on The Needles Headland with far-reaching views over the sea. It's less than a 10-minute drive to Freshwater Bay.

The exterior of Pomone, Irex and Varvassi, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight


Next to Pomone is this single-storey former coastguard cottage. It sits at the edge of 370 acres of open downland and is a 10-minute drive to Freshwater Bay.

The sitting room at Irex, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight


Three-bedroom Irex feels very cosy inside especially when a storm is brewing on the horizon. It's next to Pomone and Varvassi if you need more space for family and friends.

National Trust Surf Ambassador surfing at Sandymouth, Cornwall

Niton to Sandown

The southern coastline of the island from Niton to Sandown is fringed with surfing spots. Rocky Niton is best for experienced surfers with its fast swells that break over boulders at high tide. If the surf is too fierce here, drive 30 minutes north to Sandown stopping at other surf spots, Ventor and Shanklin, to check the conditions.

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The exterior of Knowles Farm Cottage, nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Knowles Farm Cottage 

Perching on the most-southern tip of the island, it's within a short walking distance to the coastline so you'll be close enough to check the surf.

The exterior of Chert, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight


Stylish and symmetrical, this 1970s build offers a unique stay for a cool surfing family, less than a mile to the sea. Check out its chic interiors and balcony with a view.

The sitting room at Little Chert, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight

Little Chert 

One-bedroom Little Chert is the guest annex of Chert. It has colourful 70s inspired interiors and is a 30-minute drive to Sandown surf beach.

The balcony at Chert, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight

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We have a collection of holiday cottages on the island, from rustic farmhouses to contemporary homes.