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The Isle of Wight offers a rich rural beauty that rivals that of anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Couple that with a wealth of spectacular, dramatic coastlines and pristine beaches, and it's easy to see why the Isle of Wight is one of the UK's most desirable holiday destinations. Among the island's many appealing attractions is the UK's best-known Garlic Farm. Situated a short way inland from Sandown, in the island's east, there are plenty of fabulous hotels in the vicinity, making it a must-stop for your trip.
Visitors to the Garlic Farm are free to explore at leisure. The pretty grounds are not only home to many varieties of garlic, but also houses plenty of wildlife - from peacocks and cattle to rare red squirrels (although you won't find any vampires anywhere near the place!).
The farm offers visitors the chance to pick up some key tips on growing all different kinds of garlic. In summer, there's a tractor trailer tour which explores the grounds. After checking out the farm, visitors can enjoy food in the exquisite restaurant, or head to the shop to pick up a tasty souvenir. There's good disabled access and free parking on-site.
The closest town, and one of the most popular with visitors on the island, Sandown is a smart choice for accommodation. Those seeking some relaxation can look at the Melville Hall Hotel and Utopia Spa. There are a handful more hotels in Sandown which offer their own swimming pool. Of course, there's also excellent swimming at some of the nearby beaches. Jumping in the ocean is probably best saved for the summer months, though!
Inland options include the Blanding Guest House, which makes the most of its picturesque, rural location.
With so many excellent hotels on the Isle of Wight, it's not unusual for visitors to move between a few during their stay, getting the most from this diverse island. While some of the more exciting towns are in the west (Ventnor, Sandown, Ryde), the east is a good bet for natural beauty. Here, visitors can enjoy Tennyson Down, the iconic Needles, and the gorgeous Freshwater Bay.