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Comfortable cottage with stunning sea view in Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Thermos Flask


About the property

2 bedroom cottage with fabulous view overlooking the English Channel

Chelsea Cottage is extremely comfortable and well-equipped, and has recently been comprehensively renovated and redecorated to a high standard throughout. The lounge, front bedroom and patios face south east and command a panoramic view of the English Channel and its shipping; the top patio receives the sun all day. The cottage is set back from the street and is very quiet. There is satellite TV, a DVD player, radio/CD player, internet/wifi, a large assortment of board games and a good selection of books, including literature about the Island. In the front bedroom there is a large desk which makes this a great place for those wanting to get away to work in a peaceful environment with a view. The well-equipped kitchen adjoins the dining room, which seats 6 comfortably. The stairs are quite steep, but there is a handrail, and 2 stair gates are provided. Steps lead down to the secluded lower patio where there is a garden seat and washing line.

The cottage is ideally situated, since, while quiet and with a fantastic view, it is in Ventnor town and so close to shops and other facilities. It can also easily be reached by public transport (frequent local bus services to all parts of the Island). It takes 10-15 minutes to walk to Ventnor and Bonchurch beaches.

Ventnor was developed as a resort in Victorian times and had many famous holiday residents, including Edward Elgar. Its history is evident in its houses and in such details as the rings for bathing machines still visible on the beach. The neighbouring village of Bonchurch is steeped in history, with its tiny Norman church and its Victorian mansions. Charles Dickens wrote part of David Copperfield whilst staying at Bonchurch, which he described as 'the prettiest place I ever saw in my life, at home or abroad'.

Ventnor and the Undercliff are renowned for their benign climate, since they receive the fresh sea air and are sheltered from cold northerly winds. The famous Botanic Gardens, built on the site of the old TB hospital, have plants from all over the world.

Today Ventnor has all essential shops as well as an interesting selection of cafés and restaurants catering for all tastes and pockets. Fish landed straight from the boat is on sale daily at the beach.

Ventnor's situation is stunning, nestling on the slopes of St Boniface Down. It is steeply terraced and has been called the English Madeira. It is a centre for many interesting walks - through Bonchurch and the Landslip towards Shanklin or along the cliffs to Steephill Cove, where you can buy fresh seafood products or have tea on the lovely beach. This beach is our favourite: quiet and great for swimming and rock-pooling. The coastal path continues to St Catherine's Lighthouse and beyond towards the wilder West Wight., where there is a stunning view from the View Point car park above Blackgang Chine. The Island is a geologist's paradise, and along this coast you can go on a guided dinosaur trail, looking at fossils.

The Isle of Wight packs a huge amount of interest into a small space. Inland there are miles of footpaths and cycle routes on the Downs and along the old railway lines. Historic houses such as Osborne House (the holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert), Nunwell Manor and Arreton Manor are worth a visit, and you can go even further back in time at Carisbrooke Castle (where Charles I was imprisoned) and Brading Roman Villa with its unique mosaics. There are vineyards and local breweries, and plenty of good fresh local food to be found.

There are lots of family attractions: Sandown Zoo, Blackgang Chine, crazy golf, Robin Hill country park and Havenstreet Steam Railway to name but a few, and you are never far away from a family-friendly pub.

The Isle of Wight has events such as the Walking Festivals, Cycling Festival and Garlic Festival, and each town has its own Carnival in August.

More Details

Mary Pountain
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 March, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Chelsea Cottage is a lovely cottage with absolutely stunning views. It is in a really quiet area, within walking distance of the town centre. It is a very well equipped, cosy, comfortable home from home.

We were warned prior to going that the stairs are quite steep, they are, but handled with care ( worse coming down than going up ! ) they are fine.

Everything was well thought of. It was lovely to see lots of little personal things around like family photos, little knick knacks, and favorite bits of art.

There was only one tiny little thing that I would comment on, I would of liked a mirror in the main bedroom. But such a minor detail really.

On the whole it was a really enjoyable experience and a real pleasure to come back to after a day out.

We would definitely book it again and recommended it to our friends and family.

We would rate it 10 out of 10 with 100 out of 10 for the views!

We very much hope to come back to the Island very soon and your beautiful home will be our first choice. We loved it so much

Thank you again.
Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ventnor in Isle of Wight

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom is small, with a toilet, sink and a bath with an electric shower. It is is accessed through the back bedroom. The airing cupboard contains the immersion heater which is on a timer. There is storage space underneath and there are hot water bottles and extra blankets available for use.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , with kingsize duvet
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , 1 Cot , these are bunks and single bed + travel cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , the sofabed is in the lounge
  • The front bedroom has a double bed with king size duvet. The bedroom window faces looks out to sea so you can lie in bed and watch the boats and the sunrise. With a wardrobe, chest of drawers and book case, there is plenty of room for storage. There is a large desk and this makes a great place for those wanting to get away to work in a peaceful environment with a nice view. The back bedroom has a set of good-sized bunks, a single bed and a wardrobe with drawers. The bathroom leads off the back bedroom. The travel cot can be used wherever it is convenient. There are two stair gates that can be used at the top and bottom of the stairs. Under the bed there are toys suitable for young children. The good quality sofabed in the living room opens out to a double bed.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The heating is by new efficient electric Rointe radiators downstairs and convector heaters upstairs, all thermostatically controlled. There is an electric stove in the living room for extra or instant heat. The cottage is set behind the houses on South Street so there is hardly any street noise. Car-parking is on street. There is space outside to pull in to unload if a parking space isn't available in the street. There are other streets nearby where a car can be safely left, and a car park below St Catherine's Street. There are steps from South Street right down to beach level. Ventnor and Bonchurch beaches can be reached by walking along the sea wall. Fresh fish and seafood is available daily from Ventnor Haven - you can watch the fishing boats from the cottage. Ventnor has some lovely places to eat and there are lots of family-friendly pubs and restaurants on the island.


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Comfortable cottage with stunning sea view in Ventnor, Isle of Wight
average rating of 4.891892 based on 42 reviews

Well equipped cottage with amazing view

  • 5 of 5

Chelsea Cottage is a lovely place to stay, with beautiful sea views from the sitting room and main bedroom. It is clean, well equipped and comfortable with a lot of useful information for visitors about local places of interest. The cottage provides a good base to explore the island, but equally good are the many local walks along the coast or across the downs. The front terrace is a wonderful sun trap, even in the winter and a great place for meals, weather permitting! We have used the cottage on many occasions and would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We know how much you enjoy coming to stay in Chelsea Cottage - we have lost count of the number of times you have returned! You are always very welcome and we are glad that you find the cottage comfortable and a restful place to come back to after trips out on the Island, whether local or further afield. Mary and Chris
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The perfect weekend home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We cannot recommend this cottage highly enough. As a group of 6 we thought perhaps the rooms might be too small, but the bunk beds are easily big enough to fit me at 5ft 9! The kitchen is fully equipped, and there are plenty of blankets for an evening sat at on the balcony.

The view is very special too, and the living room feels spacious and airy with the massive windows.

We would happily book again, and found the price to be very reasonable! Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sending your review. We are glad you had a good relaxing time in our cottage. We hope you'll come again sometime. Best wishes Mary
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Lovely property, beautiful views and good location for Ventnor esplanade and high street

  • 5 of 5

The house was lovely and clean, really comfortable accommodation - a great place to relax and spend time as a family.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed staying in Chelsea Cottage and found everything as you would like to and were able to enjoy some relaxing family time there. Mary and Chris
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the cottage, location, isle never fails us....

  • 5 of 5

As always the cottage is very welcoming, comfortable and has everything you need for a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. The view from the back living room is absolutely fab for a sea view property. Its so wide and such fun to look out and watch the ferries passing at night with their lights on. Ventnor is re-inventing itself as a foodie destination. Lots to choose from and we enjoyed a cheese fondue at Cantina. The staff were very helpful and friendly...best to book. The island has so much to offer...something different to visit each day to suit all ages. Nothing takes long to get to as the island is not that big. The ferry over from Southampton to Cowes takes an hour and so much to look at on the way.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you had another good, relaxing holiday in Chelsea Cottage. It is always nice to be able to welcome our guests on return visits. Certainly for a small island there is plenty to do that is easily accessible. We look forward to welcoming you again another time. Mary and Chris
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Lovely cottage with stunning sea views

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely short break at Chelsea Cottage with our two young children. The cottage has everything you need with the added bonus of amazing sea views. It is decorated beautifully and has a very homely feel; we all noted how comfy the beds were! The highlight of our stay was eating dinner on the terrace - in April! It is only a short walk from the shops and sea front so a great location - as well as being a good base to explore the rest of the island. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your family holiday in Chelsea Cottage and found it comfortable. You were lucky to have had such mild weather in April - although the garden is very sheltered and we have often been able to enjoy being outside when it is less possible elsewhere! We look forward to welcoming you again another time. Mary and Chris
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Beautiful property with spectacular views.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here. The cottage was well equipped with all the essentials. The view from the lounge and master bedroom was breathtaking. We were blessed with some beautiful weather too. The only downside was the lack of parking near the property. As we went during peak season, even the surrounding roads were busy. We often had to park a long way from the cottage. Although we knew this would be the case, it would put us off staying again. This us a real shame as the cottage itself was wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your holiday in Ventnor and found the cottage an excellent and comfortable place to stay. We know that the parking can be frustrating at times, in the peak season particularly, but we are at least fortunate to have spaces across the road where it is always possible to drop off before finding a parking space. Many people have said that although it can be a bit annoying at times not to be able to park outside, once inside the cottage this is more than compensated for by the cosiness, the spectacular view, the garden and the convenient location. Mary and Chris
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
St Boniface Arms
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
El Toro Contento
Nearest Beach
0.75 Miles
Car: not necessary

Chelsea Cottage is peacefully situated on a hill with a stunning panoramic view overlooking the English Channel and only 5 minutes from the shops. It is ideal for those wanting a relaxing holiday. For a more active holiday, there are many beaches with safe swimming to choose from, wonderful walking on coastal, downland and woodland paths and it is a great place for cycling and golf. Nearby are the beautiful Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight Glass and the Donkey Sanctuary. The picturesque Bonchurch beach and village where Charles Dickens and other famous Victorian writers stayed is a short walk away. There are many places of interest such as Queen Victoria's residence Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle and Brading Roman Villa. With the Dinosaur Museum, the Steam Railway, family-friendly pubs and theme parks at Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill there is plenty for all the family. The West Wight has wonderful beaches and walks leading to Tennyson Down, Alum Bay and the Needles.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ventnor, South East England

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
19 Feb 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter holiday & Late Spring
31 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring Half term
26 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Summer
4 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
15 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Autumn & Half term
22 Sep 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Winter
29 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Short breaks are accepted throughout most of the year and the start date is flexible.

From mid-July to the end of August short breaks are not available and the start date is Saturday. We cannot accept last-minute bookings (ie less than 1 week before start date).

We do not accept bookings for hen or stag (or similar) parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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