The Isle of Wight has long been a popular holiday destination for visitors of all ages and with spectacular beaches and trail rides, it is ideal for riding holidays too.

Island Riding Centre has a range of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom self-catering cottages and whether you are on holiday, visiting friends and family or here for work, we are our central location on the Isle of Wight is an ideal base for exploring the many tourist attractions and beaches the Island has to offer.

Our range of accommodation sleeps from 2 to 10 people or larger groups of up to 50 plus if booking multiple units. We offer limited mobility and wheelchair-friendly accommodation in some of our cottages and have dog-friendly houses too, so please ask for more details. Adjacent to the holiday accommodation is a children’s play area and our resident sheep and Shetland ponies are right outside.

We welcome our four legged friends on site too, so give your horse a riding holiday to remember! However, whilst we have a range of facilities for horse riders on site, we welcome non-horse riding guests too.

See below for more details on our self-catering accommodation options.

Our ‘What to do on the IW’ page is jam packed with ideas and suggestions of what to see, do and where to eat when you stay with us.

Click the links below to to find out more about our properties:

Big Bucks • FrankelMarengo • The OrchardPegasusRed RumSeabiscuitSeftonShergarValegro • WarriorSafari Tents

Marengo – So glad to have found this place! Exactly what we needed. The house is beautiful and well equipped, and the garden patio a lovely serene spot to relax after a busy day. Our children loved the play area with football, see saw and swings, and the extra special part for my daughter was having some lessons at the on site riding school. The ponies were so gentle and the instructor very experienced; we were very impressed indeed. The location is brilliant too for getting around the island. We loved hearing the monkeys in the morning (from monkey haven) and feeding the extremely friendly sheep who often walked up to the garden fence. The beds were extremely comfortable too I must say! And having an electric car charging point on site was absolutely fantastic for us. Overall a wonderful stay and I hope we can come back again.

First class accommodation

We just got back from staying here for the Isle of Wight festival. The accommodation (we stayed in Seabiscuit) was gorgeous – really clean and very comfortable with some lovely touches to the interior decor – everything you need for a self-contained holiday accommodation. There’s a little park for the children and football nets, which my kids loved to use, too.


Pegasus is a fantastic house with great accommodation for a larger group or family. Everything was sparkling clean on arrival and beds were comfortable. Paul was quick to respond to any questions we had and everyone enjoyed their stay. The location is great as it’s close to ferries and to Newport, it’s very central on the island. Would definitely recommend and stay again!

Marengo – Great location, brilliant accommodation in a fantastic setting

This is an awesome place. Clean, well maintained, and well kept. Staff really friendly. The best space for families with children and real value for money. Thank you Island Riding Center for making our holidays so memorable.

Louise and Martin were fantastic, friendly, easy to contact and very accommodating with extras such as cots! The accommodation was amazing especially the Orchard, we celebrated a birthday and attended the Isle of Wight Festival so there was a large group ranging in age from 1-50+ years.

“what a gorgeous accommodation. plenty of space for a family lovely decor. and a nice secure park for the children to enjoy. children loved feeding lambo and cloudy the 2 resident sheep. Will book again”

Wow…What a place!

Already booked to go back in October. What was really great was free full on powerful wifi. At one point we had 2 iPad on Sky Go and a laptop on the internet all as quick as you like. Highly recommended.


Great place to stay. Accommodation of the highest standard and the team helped with the needs of a disabled guest and a teenager horse riding with equal skills. We will go back.

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Sefton – A great stay – great location & facilities. A really nice place, quiet, clean, bright & airy! Perfect location for all the IOW attractions. Great to see the horses being ridden on site & to be woken by the monkeys from the Haven down the road. We will be back for sure

From quality accommodation to the highest quality equestrian facilities – including indoor arena and outdoor ground (with plenty of space to enjoy the activities), the Island Riding Centre seems to have it all. There is particular attention paid to anyone with differing abilities, with a Changing Places facility that is self funded. A world class venue, with world class facilities for all abilities!

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Pegasus – Lovely accommodation in a great setting. I would thoroughly recommend a visit. All of the people that we came into contact with, both at the accommodation and at the riding centre, were warm, friendly and helpful. The accommodation itself was clean and well kitted out for a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Valegro – An amazing location, fantastic house, very clean and lots of space! We can’t wait to return!

Sefton – Really great place – the layout is wonderful, lots of amenities. If you want to book some horse experiences, do so well before you arrive, as it books up fast! A wonderful stay, allowed us to access all of IoW – we would love to come again!

Shergar – Great property located close to Newport – nature, animals, and fresh air. The property is in excellent condition, very clean throughout. Out of the dozen of Airbnb properties we stayed at in UK, Paul’s place is by far the cleanest. Paul and his staff is very welcoming. I would definitely stay here again in the future.

The Orchard – We had a wonderful stay at the Orchard. Such an amazingly spacious house and extremely comfortable. The location was great and we weren’t far from anything at all. Would definitely stay here again.

Fantastic countryside accommodation in the centre of Isle of Wight. Beautiful surroundings. Play park kept the toddler very happy. Walking around seeing the chickens, ducks, sheep and horses was also a highlight.

Stunning accommodation in an ideal location. Would definitely stay again. My first visit to the island but certainly won’t be my last. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.

Warrior – We had a wonderful week staying in Warrior. The accommodation is spacious and clean, and the location is lovely for young families. My 2 year old had her first riding experience and enjoyed it so much, we did it again! Feeding the sheep digestive biscuits (now forever known as sheep biscuits!) was great fun too. It was great having the play area available and the picnic area

Marengo – The accommodation was brilliant and very spacious. The location was perfect, being in easy reach of all corners of the island. It was lovely to be able to hear the gibbons at the neighbouring Monkey Haven in the mornings.

Valegro – We arrived at the holiday homes and it was exactly as described. Beautiful location, central to everywhere. The house has everything for a comfortable stay and our grandson loved the sheep and we went to see the chickens and horses everyday, he had lots of fun running and playing in the grounds and playground and it was lovely for us to just let him run as it is so safe.

Frankel – Excellent stay at the riding centre with my family. Great location for all the local destinations including plenty of places to eat nearby. We didn’t stay for the horse riding but having animals around kept the kids entertained. Lovely friendly atmosphere and everything you would need is provided within the accommodation.

Shergar – Wonderful holiday. Spotlessly clean. Spacious and comfortable. We had an amazing stay at Paul’s place. Perfectly located to explore the island. Our children loved feeding the friendly sheep their digestive biscuits each day. As well as pony pamper sessions. We will be sure to visit again.

A wonderful stay in a brilliant place the children had the best time too and particularly loved the animals and parks. The accommodation is fab stylish spacious comfortable beds very clean. I can’t recommend this place enough we loved it

Marengo – Not our first stay at The Gallops – great accommodation and amenities as always. A fantastic location on the Island – we could even hear the Lars Gibbons from The Monkey Haven at breakfast time! Would highly recommend this as a place to stay.

Valegro – Great stay in a lovely location. The little ones can play safely and the sheep, Lambo and Cloudy will be missed, our son loved them!! Central for all attractions on the island and only a few minutes from the ferry. Spotlessly clean and excellent modern facilities. Cannot recommend highly enough and we will definitely be returning. Thanks to the team for a highly enjoyable and relaxing week. Would be giving six stars if I could!!

Seabiscuit – After many holidays on the island in many different places, this was by far my favourite. Stylish decor, spotlessly clean, lots of space, comfy beds and perfect location. My 8 year old son also loved the two Pony Pamper sessions he had and the girls were great with him. Thank you for having us and hopefully see you next year!

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