Home to miles of rolling hills and rugged coastline, the Isle of Wight can seem a timeless place. In fact, this is one of the many things which attracts vast numbers of holidaymakers to the island each year. The island has a rich history stretching back thousands of years, thanks to its importance as a major trading point. The Brading Roman Villa offers visitors to the island the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what life on the island would have been like some 2,000 years ago. Situated in the east of the island, there are plenty of exquisite hotels to choose from nearby.
The Brading Roman Villa
Back in 1879, a Brading farmer was digging his land when he came across some remarkable mosaics. With local help, the farmer eventually had almost all of his land excavated, to reveal the remains of a large and ornate Roman Villa. Today, the site is home to an impressive museum.
The extensive villa houses some 12 rooms of varying size, five of which contain mosaics. The mosaics depict a number of scenes, most of which speak to the wealth of the original inhabitant, as well as representing various Roman gods and myths. One bizarre feature is a cockerel-headed man!
As part of the museum complex, visitors can also take advantage of the Forum Cafe, shop and garden area. The garden area has been restored, with a variety of plants true to Roman times. Conference facilities are also available.
Hotels near Brading
Brading is located in the east of the island, close to some stunning coastline and a number of the nicest hotels on the Isle of Wight. The Lodge on the Marsh is a unique B&B that takes full advantage of the natural setting. Sitting on the edge of Brading's RSPB nature reserve, the Lodge is ideal for those seeking some peace and quiet.
Those in search of somewhere more lively to stay can head to the nearby towns of Sandown or Shanklin, both of which offer an array of accommodation options, from affordable B&Bs to luxury hotels. Meanwhile, Sandown Manor boasts a swimming pool, making them popular among families.