Knight's Rest B & B
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Knight's Rest was built in the early 1800's at a time when the Isle of Wight was emerging as a favoured location for those seeking a seaside holiday or holiday home. It was built to a very unusual design consisting of gothic and Florentine architecture, not previously seen on the Isle of Wight. It has served as a building for various purposes since it was originally built.

It was a day school for girls before becoming a series of apartments and then going on to become Acacia House and then the Acacia House Hotel. This was largely because there were two acacia trees planted in the front garden either side of the gate posts. One has since died but the one which remains will be at least 150 years old. In the rear garden there is a eucalyptus tree which is probably a similar age and suggests that trees were brought here from far-away places.

In recent years, Knight's Rest has been sympathetically modernised in order to provide an acceptable standard of accommodation given the constraints of a building designed and built nearly 200 years ago.
Highlights

read more › Shanklin is only 3 hours by train from London Waterloo, including the ferry journey from Portsmouth Harbour and a connecting train from Ryde to Shanklin. We will be happy to pick you up from Shanklin station with advanced notice. Trains run every half an hour from Waterloo to Portsmouth and the Wightlink catamaran to the island meets the train at Portsmouth Harbour station. From Southampton Red Funnel's High Speed Ferry has a crossing to West Cowes. There are buses from Cowes to Shanklin or with prior arrangement we will be happy to offer a pick-up service.

read more › The Isle of Wight is becoming very popular with cyclists due mainly to the railway lines which were abandoned 40 years ago having been developed into cycling paths. There are various other on and off road routes. All of them are documented here. At Knights Rest we are located close to the Sunshine Trail which is so called because is passes along a route comprising cycle paths, fields, bridle ways and roads which reputably enjoys the greatest amount of sunshine in the country.

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