What’s Newchurch Nook like?
Newchurch Nook is the kind of place I dream of building – if only I had the practical skills. But enterprising owners Lisa and Rob have done a fantastic job with this lodge in the grounds of their home, Cedar Cottage.
The rustic chalet, which sleeps two, is perfectly placed for exploring the Isle of Wight. It’s surrounded by lush countryside yet a 15-minute drive from the county town of Newport. It’s right on the Red Squirrel Trail, too. More on that later.
How dog-friendly is Newchurch Nook?
It’s brilliant. Visiting doggos have the run of a secure south-facing garden and patio. Water bowls are also provided, as well as old towels to wipe down muddy paws.
Tell me more about Newchurch Nook
The open-plan lodge is the perfect place to retreat to. Much of the furniture has been lovingly hand-crafted or restored, especially in the kitchen, which has a rustic, country vibe. The on-trend sage green units are packed with everything you need for a short break. You can also enjoy your meals on a handy dining table for two.
The cosy lounge area is right next to the wood burner. Across the room, you’ll find an inviting bed with garden views. Cyclists will be glad of the safe store for bikes and on dreary days, guests can snuggle up with the selection of books and DVDs.
What’s the food like at Newchurch Nook?
This is a self-catering lodge so you’ll need to bring your own food but the owners provide a handy welcome pack to get you started with eggs, milk, cereal and so on.
If you don’t fancy cooking though, never fear – there are a whole host of eateries within walking distance. In one direction is The Garlic Farm, while in the other is the dog-friendly Pointer Inn. The latter is one of the most popular pubs on the island so can get very busy. It’s certainly something to be aware of if your four-legged friend is a little on the large side!
Pedallers, on the Red Squirrel Trail, is also great for coffee, cake and big breakfasts. This quaint, dog-friendly cafe (pictured below) is a two-minute walk from Newchurch Nook and as the name suggests, is a big hit with cyclists.
Are there resident dogs at Newchurch Nook?
A friendly Basset hound called Honey lives in the main house and if she’s around, will likely say hello.
Where are the best dog walks near Newchurch Nook?
The lodge is right next to the Isle of Wight’s Red Squirrel Trail. The 32-mile network of paved pathways runs from East Cowes to Sandown and is mostly traffic-free as it follows the old railway line. When we visited, we were lucky enough to experience an art trail, too.
From Newchurch Nook, it’s around 2.5miles to the coastal town Sandown via the trail. And if you’re lucky, you may well spot one of the elusive red squirrels that are native to the island. For more inspiration when it comes to things to do, check out our Ruff Guide to the Isle of Wight.
What Ernie loved about Newchurch Nook
Exploring his very own garden, hunting for red squirrels
What I loved about Newchurch Nook
Curling up in front of the wood burner, being so close to the Pointer Inn
How to book Newchurch Nook
A one-night stay starts from £60. For more information or to book a break, call 01983 865238 or visit the Newchurch Nook website.