Hayling Island, just east of Portsmouth on the south coast of England is a peaceful holiday destination with a good stock of cottages, cravans and chalets to rent for self-catering holidays. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, separated only by a narrow body of water where yachts and boats bob about.
What Hayling island offers for Cottage Breaks
There is a long shingle beach on the southern side of Hayling Island, edged in places by brightly coloured beach huts. The beach is popular with fishermen, some of whom erect tents for shelter as they sit hopefully with fishing rod in hand. A small funfair and amusement park sits at the western end of the beach, there is a parade of shops, a leisure centre and a few amenities for tourists. Several blocks of public lavatories stand back from the beach at intervals, mostly adjoining the various pay and display car parks.
A World War II Heritage Trail at Sinah Common might be of interest to people who like history. There is also a nature reserve, one of several on the island. A foot and bicycle ferry carries passengers from the south west of the island to Portsmouth; an easy way of reaching the heart of the city for sightseeing.
One of the most attractive aspects of Hayling Island is the plentiful wildlife, squirrels and foxes are common and fairly tame. There are birds galore, including waders, kingfishers and owls.
There are sufficient supermarkets and shops on the island to supply tourist everyday needs and places to eat out. Hayling Island is a pleasant holiday spot, 45 minutes away from the New Forest, day trips to Portsmouth and Southampton are easily achievable. Find a cottage, holiday apartment or self-catering log cabin to rent and spend a few days messing around and relaxing near water on the island.
Book a Hayling island cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Hampshire on holiday.