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Researching Sunny Days & Sea Breezes





Carole Matthews latest novel, Sunny Days and Sea Breezes, is set in the Isle of Wight and to celebrate paperback publication we asked Carole to share with us her favourite spots to visit, where to eat and photos from her research trip!


Places to eat


The Beach Shack, Steephill Cove:

A wonderful place to eat and I imagined this vibe for Ida’s cafe in the book.


Osborne House, East Cowes:

A fabulous place to visit. It’s the palatial former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. So many beautiful things to see.


The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor:

Busy, bustling pub right on the beach. I used this for my inspiration for the pub Ned’s band plays in.


The Beach Hut, Bembridge:

Beachside cafe specialising in seafood. Gorgeous.


The Old Thatch Tearooms, Shanklin:

Old-fashioned tea room with a secluded garden filled with fairies. Also truly excellent scones.


Mottistone Gardens and Estate, Brighstone:

Beautiful gardens and an excellent place for outdoor lunch.


Photo diary


Gorgeous coastal views and the little coves that inspired me:



The Needles and the stunning multi-coloured cliffs of Alum Bay:



Houseboats in our harbour and the view from our houseboat:



More lovely views!