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PostSubject: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:05 pm

With a 14:30 pm ferry booked (as only available time) we attempted to get to Southampton early in the hope they would wave us through on the earlier one. However, the ferry was packed and late due to the weekend festival. We were sent to a full car park to while away 40 minutes until the next boat and spent it going around the car park about four times. Eventually it was time and back to the ferry port



To watch them unload what seemed hundreds of cars



Eventually we were allowed on



Finally the last of the cars were loaded, the gate was shut



and we were away cheers cheers cheers



One liner was already in dock



Eventually we arrived at East Cowes and we headed for Niton, many youngsters were heading for the ferries, some still half asleep. Our journey actually took us passed Robin Hill, one side of the road had been closed for the entrance to the Pop festival. We noticed a few coaches left waiting to pick up the revellers. The concert area was full of marquees and the festival looked to have been massive. So sad to hear the news of the accident the following morning

after about 40 minutes we arrived at Niton and the Enchanting Manor



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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:31 pm

Looking & reading good so far mate. clap clap

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:12 am

Now that's what I call a prompt review . . surely the car engine hasn't even cooled down yet! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:26 am

We rang the bell and the owner Rick welcomed us in to the reception area, he spoke in an Australian accent not unlike Crocadile Dundee, "Now if you would like to drop your bags here for a minute, I show you around"



"This is the lounge, Maggie and I are holding a cheese and wine party tonight, between 6:30 and 7:30 and we love to see you and you can meet the other guests"





Many many certificates hung on the wall of 5 star awards and there were so many things to take in, the paintings by Josephine Wall adorned every wall

"This is the games room", said Rick, "There are DVD's games and quiz books, just help yourself"





"Now through here",said Rick, "Is where we serve the breakfast between 8:00am and 9:30am, we'll leave a menu in the room each day to pick your selections"



"At the end, is the garden and a little wood beyond that, you can walk around and in the evening, we feed the badgers, which you are welcome to watch and we even get foxes"



"Now if you would like to follow me, I'll take you to your rooms"

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:30 am

Looks a very quirky place mate. Thumsup

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:10 pm

So this was our room, sorry didn't get the camera light quite right on the sweep



In the corner there was a bath to match the Victorian House



In the corner a leather sofa that was sooo comfortable and that headless Angel, Boss



A TV / recorder with a hidden fridge in the cupboard underneath and one of the paintings by Josephine wall over the fire place



In the bedroom there was a four poster bed



On the wall was another of those painting



On the bed were fresh towels and a rather expensive box of chocolates



special Angel bed lights for effect



Also a toilet and shower room done in a Victorian style







In the wardrobe, two white robes were available to wear



A record player with records to woo Mrs Db cheers One was "Unforgetable that's what I am" but Mrs Db said on the turntable was "Have I told you lately that I love you", must have been the previous occupant having a guilty complex lol!



It was late in the afternoon, so we looked for the tea



So it was a relaxing cuppa before we decided to look around the garden

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:44 pm

Brilliant loving the read upto now mate

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:51 pm

Ahhhhh! I see cookies in the tea drawer . . . Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:14 pm

I ate them Boss
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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:47 pm

What a great looking room, has all sorts of things in it.

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:06 pm

Well we decided to shower as it was getting late, Mrs Db had just bought a 3/4 empty bottle of shower gel with us Shocked and we noticed that there wasn't any laid out in the bathroom, perhaps they had forgotten it. No problem we had enough and used the power shower. After changing we went down to the cheese and wine party.

It was a lovely cheese board and Rick introduced us all, he can remember everyones name but I managed to forget most as they were quoted Embarassed. Anyway, after a glass or two of wine, we found we were in very nice company. Maggie joined us and we enjoyed the evening and after the fifth glass, I heard in conversation that the Inn that we were going to eat in, stopped serving at 9.00pm Shocked and the 7:30 finish was now into eight thirty affraid

So it was off to the Buddle Inn, only 5 mins away, an Inn with a history of Smugglers



I had ribeye and Mrs Db had pork medallions the black bit is a mushroom





Delboy came rolling home to see the drive all alight



was it Christmas affraid



by the door was a model village



Then it was up to the room and to try out that bed, the light when out and we were in complete darkness, except a tiny light above us, was it a one eyed angel looking over us or just the light from the fire detector

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:08 pm

The whole place has so much quirky stuff that we were forever spotting things we hadn't noticed before Mick
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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:26 pm

I am not surprised mate. lol! lol! Great story so far though. clap clap

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:34 pm


Loving it Db - fab pics Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:08 pm

So after a good nights sleep in was down for breakfast, we were the second couple up and Rick was there to greet us. We had both selected the full English breakfast and Rick pointed out the cereals and said we also have buck's fizz if you would like it or orange.



Oh we will try the bucks fizz and it was help yourself.



We had museli



And after proper perked coffee out came the breakfasts affraid



I couldn't eat the toast and marmalade, as we sipped coffee a red squirrel came down to eat



I think it must be 60 years since I have seen one, the IOW is one of the few places that still have them, the grey squirrels carry a virus that kills off the red ones.

So after breakfast we had a ramble in the garden



The garden is as quirky as the house



these butterflies were in abundance down there, either read admirals or painted ladies can't remember which





The lawn and places to sit in the summertime



A place where I would eventually sit (but later)



Niton has a lighthouse at Catherine's Point and we were told it was open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so we would give it a go

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:25 pm

Looks fabulous. My kind of place. Rep from me
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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:08 am

So we set off down the cliff path



and headed towards the lighthouse



but when we got there, we found it didn't open till 1 o'clock



so we had a walk along the shoreline



around the corner we could just make out the needles probable 6 / 8 miles away, love my new camera by the way



Then we decided to turn around and go to the pub for a beer until 1 o'clock



so it was back up the hill



and to the Buddle Inn



Too full to eat any dinner we just had drinks, real ale Daryn was £3.70 a pint



The place is steeped in history and was used by smugglers



It is in the Daily Telegraph's top ten pubs and in the old days when the IOW ran coach tours this was one of their visiting venues. The pub has a band playing in the summer months

but for us it was a quiet beer



Well 2 o'clock I think it was when we left and Mrs Db wanted to pop back to the room to freshen up

Well I going to have one of those delicious looking chocolates



Oh this place never stops surprising us



Anyway back to the lighthouse trip, the sun had come out cheers



and it was open, £3.50 or £3 for OAP's, Mrs Db doesn't do spiral staircases, so it was down to me to get the facts for you. It was a guided tour



The story goes, this coastline has the South Westerly wind blowing and sailing ships in the 1300 century ran a ground regularly, and the the locals nicked the cargoes. However, the Pope had a ship full of wine run a ground and was furious and said he would excommunicate the governor unless he built a lighthouse (you didn't argue with the Pope in those days).

So the first lighthouse went up in 1300 now called the Pepper Pot, and still sits on a hill about a mile inshore good these zoom lens lol!



It would have had a house attached to it and a couple of Monks would have to light a fire in the tower every night. What good it would have done a mile away in fog, is anybody's guess but it pleased the Pope and all was well for another two hundred years or more.

A poet once wrote of the coast, it is a place where farmers don't farm, fishermen don't fish but they always had money in their pockets

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:25 am

Anyway things were rosy until Henry the VIII time, when Henry got annoyed with the Pope as he wasn't allowed to behead his wife and remarry lol! Henry in retaliation ordered the lighthouse closed. This resulted in ships running a ground monthly but nothing was done until The Clarendon ran a ground in 1836 with the lost of passengers and crew. One of the passengers was a daughter of the Naval Chiefs and she was washed ashore at South Sea.

This resulted in a new lighthouse being built in 1838, but it was built too high and disappeared in the mist. So it was lowered and rebuilt in 1876 as it is here today (history leasson over)

In this picture the two cyinders hold compressed air to be pumped to work the lighthouse horns, they are no longer used



Today it is all automated and runs on not much more than a car headlight. If the bulb goes out, an alarm goes off in Trinity House and the spare bulb kept at right angles then automatically rotates into place, after machine sensors detect it

we had to go up a 90 degree ladder and pull ourselves up over the top, like swimming pool bars (Mrs dB wouldn't have liked that)

This whole light weighs 3 tons and sits on a bed of mercury, something the EU is not happy about but its been there nearly 150 years



94 steps to the top





I asked why there were chips (some big ones) in the glass housing

And was told the German's thought it was a special target in the war and dropped a bomb yards away, three engineers lost their lives and the debris hit the glass housing, you can see one of the chips in the bottom of this picrure



Well you have to ask on behalf of the forum don't you



View of the Needles again, apparently according to the lighthouse guide it was and exceptional clear day



Mrs Db patiently waits down below, whilst I grill the info from the poor guide



Then it was back to the room to try out that Victorian bath (no pictures of that)

Then it was dinner at the Buddle Inn, Mrs Db had Buddle steak and ale pie which she said as delicious



I had fresh fish and chips, very nice too



We spoke to a very nice couple in the games room looking at Badgers, they said bring some glasses down and they came down with a bottle of wine that we shared. My badger pictures were fuzzy at this time. A lovely evening

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:22 pm

The next morning Mrs Db had heard about the fish cakes the owner makes and had selected them for her breakfast, I was sticking to the traditional one



she said they were lovely, and so was mine



and squirrel was down again



plenty of quirky things through the window too



This morning we had decided to walk the coastal path towards Black Gang, so we took the old Black Gang road which ran out to a dead end, I assume the cliff face had fallen and ended the road

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A group of cows had gathered to see what we were doing there



So it was about turn and head back, the weather was looking a bit iffy



But we found this cliff path that Mrs Db said, "We will give it a try", it went up hundreds of feet and she didn't like it, however, we were committed



Puffing and blowing we eventually reached the top



Yesterday's lighthouse was well below us and we were on top of the world



Well a few hundred feet anyway lol!



so we headed off, following the coastline



this is the IOW Jurassic coastline which is eroding fast revealing Dinosaur bones





It started to spit with rain but we shook our packer macs at it and it went away, eventually arriving at this place, was it a hotel?



As we got nearer we could hear children screaming, no it wasn't Tesco's aisle, as we descented, we were faced with this



Dadsbarmy came to mind

what happen next

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:02 pm

Well there was a tea house on the side and it had just started to tip down with rain, Mrs Db had a hankering to go into Blackgang chine itself. But why, it's for children, it has pixies, fairies and gnomes, why would we want to go there? However, the rain drove us into the entrance and I thought here goes a fiver each. To my horror it was £8.50 for OAP's and even more for the rest of you.

I went in to great discussions with the guy at the booth, who insisted we could go again the next day on the same ticket silent

As we went through a wall of mirrors, one actually was quite complementary (but not £8.50 worth of imagination)

As we came out, gone were the gnomes and pixies, they had gone over the side on a cliff fall cheers

There was a maze but it had to have been lowered for health and safety reasons and for Daryn

Most of the partipants looked like jockey's looking over the fences at the Grand National



Snow white and her group of friends were probably down there somewhere



In their place, were steam engines driving logsaws and a new theme of "World of Wood", allowing us to watch the process of wood. Shocked

No World of Leather wasn't next door to try out the sofas

They still had a pond with fish in









apart from half of the original Blackgang chime disappearing other houses have been lost as well, it won't be too long before this one reaches a frightening stage



Down below on a walk there are loads on fibre glass Dinosaurs laid out, I remember them making the news many years ago, as they all had to come over by ferry lol!



also they have a structure of a full size whale



can't trust the kids lol!





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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:28 pm

There was a rollercoaster ride which only seem to run about every twenty minutes, so you couldn't just get on it



Others would be extremely disappointed if they didn't reach the height



There was a cowboy western thing, with a marshals office, but the town was lawless, as I was immediately robbed of £3 for two plastic cups of tea having spent £17 to get in the place





On Boot Hill on the way out had some interesting graves


nor did I Claire, £3 for two cups of teas



There were two Pirate ships for the kids to play and walk the plank. All in all, a good day out for the kids and Mrs Db.

We had now been on our feet for about 5 hours and as the others jumped in their cars we still had 2/3 miles to walk home





and that welcome hot bath



and rabbit pie, where's my gun lol!



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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:41 pm


rep for pics so far Db - love them ! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:46 pm

So after that bath and a change of clothes it was down to the Buddle Inn

Mrs Db had Peppered Chicken



and I had that delicious Buddle pie



washed down with a bottle of wine

Then I was going to get some pictures of badgers whilst Mrs Db watched some TV



Tonight there was no food out for them, they were turning up but wouldn't stay still and walk off



I spent about an hour out there but loved it, I was able to make some camera adjustments but the only way to get a good picture in that light was to snap them whilst they are still, as the shutter speed is slow. However, it was time to call it a night and perhaps tomorrow night I would get a better shot.

So Thursday morning our last full day, Mrs Db had fancied ordering Eggs Benedict but I was getting to handle the traditional breakfast



today we were going to attempt the coastal path to Steephill Cove accessed by foot only and a memory from Mrs Db's childhood, I had never been and then perhaps on to Ventnor not sure whether we can walk back as it's a long way and not much practise this year at walking

We were a mile from the coastal path which said 4 miles to Ventnor on a sign



It was a walk through the edge of farm land but hedge rows blocked some of the views of the sea



but it did open up eventually, this is looking back at where we had walked from



One can see over the far side of the island in this picture



as Steephill Cove was by the sea we needed to get down at sea level and we chose the village of St Lawence as the route down



Funny we passed the St Lawence church, only a week earlier a church of the same name at High Wycombe

however, we found our way to the sea, not hard I know



but a little while ago we were up there





Soon in the distance about a mile and a half away we could see Steephill Cove and beyond, Ventnor



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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:02 pm

Great photo's accompanying your stories mate. clap clap

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Enchanted Manor, Niton, Ventnor, Black Gang and St Catherine's Point   Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:21 pm

as we got closer



we passed another little bay



one just doesn't see these places in a car



Not far from Steephill Cove and just above it was Ventnor Botanical Gardens that we had visited many times but never knew Steephill Cove was below it



We have read that Ventnor Council are charging to go into the Botanical Gardens but will not enforce it, however, a car and passengers will be charged £12.50



So we had at last arrived at Steephill Cove and time for a tea and perhaps a little sandwich





Years ago when Mrs Db was little, Steephill Cove was owned by Plymouth Bretheren



one could buy teas etc and hire deckchairs, except on Sunday and everything was closed



however, one could still hire a deckchair as they had a honesty box



a nice little bay



but it was time to move on



and head for Ventnor



Mrs Db was bulking at walking up a lot of steps, so I guessed it would be a bus going back



I guess at this point we had walked a good 6 miles, sign post aside

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