"A Sunny Bay Where the Salt Sea innocuously Breaks." Ventnor - "The English Madeira" - is a charming and popular seaside resort on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Hills 800 feet high, giving magnificent land and sea views, shelter the town from cold winds. The climate is remarkably mild in winter, and meteorological observations prove it to be exceptionally cool in summer. Sir James Clarke, in 1841, first called attention to the remarkable climate of Ventnor.