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Ventnor from the downsOne of the older seaside resorts on the Island, Ventnor became popular for its mild climate. It is a small town clinging to the steep hillside of St Boniface Down with hairpin bends on the roads and paths to the sea. Ventnor flourished during Victorian times as a health resort giving rise to some beautiful buildings and different architecture from the rest of the Island . The warm climate is ideal for the attractive Botanical Gardens which host a great variety of plants and can be reached along the seafront on the cliff path or from the main Ventnor to St Lawrence road.

Ventnor Beach

Along the seafront you will find a sandy beach with cafes and small shops. At the western end is the Spyglass Inn, a pub serving good food with a beer garden overlooking the sea. Around the corner between the pub and the Botanical Gardens is Steephill Cove, a tiny bay that can only be reached by foot. White cliffs rise up on either side blanketing it from the world. A few cottages, boats and a cafe line the sea wall.

At the top of the town, nestling under the downs, lies Hillside Hotel, known for quality food, peace and tranquillity in an ideal setting.

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