Our peaceful surroundings hide the opportunity for plenty of action…. If required.
St Catherines Down is full of history from ancient burial mounds and the Oratory locally known as The Pepper Pot a medieval lighthouse.
A network of the islands well known bridleways and footpaths can be accessed from the front door leading you onto over a hundred miles of the finest and best maintained footpaths in Britain and onto our beautiful seaside towns. A short walk across the Downs leads you to Niton our closest village for those wanting an evening meal without driving. Both walking guide books and OS maps are available for you to use during your stay.
A fabulous base to explore the bridleway structurer of the Isle of Wight using the best mountain bike trails in Britain straight from the front door. We have a lockable barn for you to store bikes overnight. Bike hire can be arranged for you during your stay through a local supplier. OS maps are available for you to use during your stay.
Due to our secluded and peacful location a wealth of wildlife can be seen both during the day and night time. Red Squirells are now happily habitating in the woods around The Hermitage and in and around the trees on the farm. The beautiful Hares can be seen over the ploughed fields and during your night drive home badgers will amble along infront or alongside your car. During the night time barn owls can be seen and during the day time we have both Sort Eared Owls and Little Owls. There is plenty more including the partridge and pheasants and a wealth of birdlife.
During your stay rest and relaxation will be important. During the warmer months the Sun Deck accessed from the first floor has sofa and chair patio furniture, it’s a wonderful area to sit and enjoy a drink, read a book or chat to fellow whilst guests gazing over the Downs. The Breakfast Room has sofas to sit during the day with a supply of guide and animal books to entertain you.