Perched high above Alum Bay on The Needles Headland is a row of former coastguard cottages now used as holiday lets.
Named after local shipwrecks, Pomone, Irex and Varvassi, each cottage sleeps between four to five people. Access to the cottages is via a private road which follows the cliff from Alum Bay and winds upwards to a private parking area.
On your doorstep
Step outside one of the cottages on to acres of downland waiting to be explored. One of the most popular walks is along spectacular cliff tops to the Tennyson Monument; the highest point of the chalk cliffs of West Wight.
Head in the opposite direction and you'll come across the Needles Old Battery and New Battery. Step inside and discover the interesting history of these coastal defences.
Just a stroll away
The Needles Headland takes it name from The Needles rocks, the most well-known view of the island.
The Coastguard Cottages are just a short stroll away from The Needles, so what better way to end the day than by watching the sun set over the rocks?