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Probably the most spectacular self-catering property in the south of England

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's2
Space 4,843 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

6 Large Bedrooms, Stunning Views, Luxurious Glamour Of A Bygone Age

Marine Villa, The Art Deco House offers luxury self catering family holiday accommodation for 14+ people.

A wonderful original Art-Deco House overlooking Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight which is probably one of the most spectacular self-catering properties in the whole of Southern England.

Offering spectacular sea views (and sunrises) over Sandown Bay towards Culver Cliff, this magnificent villa was built in 1929 and takes full advantage of the cliff-top location, and is probably one of the Isle of Wight’s premium properties.

This grand detached house has decadently proportioned rooms: all main living and bedrooms have large windows topped by stained glass detail, framing the vistas. Art Deco influences include an upstairs sun room with huge sliding picture windows to enjoy the breathtaking sunrises by day and bay illuminations by night. Huge stained glass windows bring out the oak-panelled hallway, magnificent staircase and galleried landing.

Sleeping 14 adults comfortably (plus up to 5 extra guests in bunk beds or sharing rooms- best suited for children/teenagers) across 6 bedrooms (plus the 'Morning Room' which has 2 additional single day-beds), with a magnificent Art-Deco lounge (seating 18 comfortably) and a 20 seater dining table, this house is perfectly suited to a multi-generational family get together (it has mobility access for wheelchair users) for a self catered holiday, where you can treat the magnificent house as your own, with total privacy for your extended family.

Just about all of the furniture has been rediscovered and is lovingly resurrected from the 1930's. From the walnut cocktail cabinet in the lounge (which apparently was used on the Elstree Studios set for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) to the stunning wardrobe and dressing table suite set in Bedroom 4, which were rescued from a house in East London, this house is simply Art-Deco at it's best.

Start your day in our house, by experiencing the most stunning and beautiful colours of sunrise, by leaving your seaward facing curtains open, even just a little so that you awake naturally. The sunrise photo shown here is a 100% genuine view from the window, taken on a mobile phone!

From the house, there are wonderful cliff top walks (or runs), you are right above the beach (actually it is a lot of steps to get down, perfect for walking off the dinner. If you have the excuse of a pushchair or use a wheelchair, then you may take the more leisurely slope down!) There are lots of cycle routes across the island. The whole of the Isle of Wight awaits you.

Included in the price are all linens (bedding and towels, except cot bedding), and free wifi.

Highest Grade Award by English Tourist Board ( 5 Stars and GOLD STANDARD for Customer Service )

Visit-Britain Mobility Grade 1 & 2

At an additional price, a special dinner including an in-house chef and hostess/stewardess can be provided for the evening or freshly pre-prepared gourmet meals delivered which you simply heat up and serve. A special event cake can also be organised.

The property is fully licensed for alcohol and we can provide a list of carefully selected magnums of wine and some fine champagne (and not at silly prices). For those seriously into wine, we also have a private collection that we can draw some exceptional cases of wine for the discerning palate.

More Details

About Us

Laurence Smith
Laurence Smith and Sharon Boyse-Smith
Garden Cottage, Ditton Park Road
SL3 7JB Datchet
Laurence Smith & Sharon Boyse-Smith T/A Marine Villa, The Art-Deco House Marine Villa Shanklin Isle of Wight
VAT Reg No230 3519 46

Laurence Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2018

About Laurence Smith

Sharon and Laurence bought this property in 2014 as their one and only holiday let property, which one day, when they both retire, will become their family home. Sharon is an executive in the music industry with a wonderful eye for design and colour. Laurence works in the IT (computer) industry, so leaves all the design to Sharon, he simply has no idea! Look for us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN and YOUTUBE, (look for artdecohouseuk and Marine Villa, the Art Deco House.

Laurence Smith purchased this villa in 2014

Why Laurence Smith chose Shanklin

This property was bought because we love it, we love the architecture and we love the design. Each year we will introduce more and more Art-Deco 1930's features including more Art-Deco furnishings and furniture. Our goal over the next five years is to make MARINE VILLA one of the leading Art Deco houses in the UK. Uniquely, our business plan is that any profits we make from this house will be reinvested in the house, upgrading it continually. This is our home, and we are delighted to let you borrow it for your holiday or short break.

What makes this villa unique

The design of the house is so wonderful and so true to the designs of the Art Deco era. It is a house that as you wander around you will say 'wow!' as you see the original incredible designs of the windows, the views of the sea, the spacious lounge and the sun room. You will not have stayed anywhere quite like this before. We hope that if you stay with us, you and your guests/friends will watch our journey into the incredible designs of the 20's and 30's as we continually take the property back to the luxury and wonder of a bygone age, and maybe, in the years to come, come back and see how it has changed. It is wonderful right now, but will be truly amazing in the years to come.

(we defy you to not say 'wow' as least 4 times when you first arrive!)

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an absolutely fabulous weekend thank you. The house was amazing and everyone loved it - i'm sure they will be taking about it for a long time. You have certainly put in a lot of effort and it really shows.
Jun 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Shanklin in Isle of Wight

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4843 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Accessible Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs, en-suite with wheelchair accessible bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bedroom 4 Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Downstairs Guest Toilet - Toilet , with 3 stained glass windows!
    Downstair Toilet 2 (off kitchen) - Toilet , Off kitchen; convenience
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 3 Family room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 2 Child Bed , Double bed and bunk beds, sleeps 5, stunning views
    Bedroom 4 Ensuite - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Stunning views; ensuite, Large double with one day bed
    Bedroom 2 Large Double - 1 Large Double Bed , Sea views and access to upstairs sun room
    Bedroom 6 (accessible) ensuite wet room - 2 Single Bed , Wheelchair accessible, ensuite wetroom, own entrance
    Master Bedroom Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Huge stunning room with panoramic views; triple aspect
    Morning Room / Optional Bedroom 7 ground floor - 2 Single Bed , Single daybeds for kids, teenagers or anyone you like!
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , Smaller room with double aspect and side sea view.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Licensed for the supply of PRE-ORDERED Magnums of Champagne and Fine Wines, contact us for more details. English Tourist Board graded 5 Star with gold award, the highest rating possible. Mobility Graded 1& 2. Ideal for family get-together, reunions, group of friends. Also perfect for anyone who appreciates the splendour of a bygone art- deco age. This house will make you say 'wow' the minute you walk through the doors and look at the wood- panelled entrance hall and stairs. Short breaks possible. Walkers and cyclists welcome. Weddings by request.


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Probably the most spectacular self-catering property in the south of England
average rating of 4.962963 based on 33 reviews

Definitely recommend the Marine Villa. So much history and decor. Fantastic location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a 60s birthday party with 10 friends and we all had a fabulous time. Great to come ‘home’ to gather in the drawing room after a nice long walk just leaving from the back gate enjoying the seaside of Shanklin. All aminities were great, very well equiped kitchen, and all the bedrooms perfect for everyone. I can’t thank Laurence enough for the service he provided us, and Lizzy who helped us settling in.

We had an unforgettable weekend!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed yourselves, even in January when we could not promise you the best of weather! Please come back sometime in the summer (when we still will not be able to promise you the best of weather, but the odds are a lot better!). Thanks for coming to Marine Villa, The Art Deco House, we really appreciate your visit, we loved having you there.
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Beautiful house, wonderful views, delightful owners.

  • 5 of 5

We booked Marine Villa for a house party with family and friends to celebrate a special birthday. As all of us are fans of the Art Deco period the house was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for staying, what a great way to celebrate to have different groups of people come at different times! Wonderful, and to think you booked Marine Villa over 2 years ago! You have been great guests! Delighted you enjoyed your stay! Laurence and Sharon
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fantastic long weekend stay with friends

  • 5 of 5

the house and garden exceded our expectations. It was stately with views over the sea from the top storey. The inside had an art deco theme with no expense spared, in the kitchen there was everything you could possibly need. American fridge-freezer and to our delight, (there were 10 of us) there were 2 dishwashers. we did the huge, stately dining room justice with banquet feasts (one evening we used the outside barbeque) the beds had top of the range tempur mattresses which were not too hot like some. the weather was a bit cold because it was October, so we didnt use the outside dining table or sun loungers, but it would be excellent for hot weather. the gardens were grand with a large well kept lawn with a central pond and fountain ( which wasnt on) there was fish food in the house to feed the fish in the pond. Wed would like to thank Laurence and Sharon for allowing us to share their much loved home

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, and thanks for looking after our home. Its great to hear you did the dining room justice with some big meals, we love doing that too, its such a grand room, anything small, just doesn't do it justice! Please come back over the next couple of years, we are continually striving to improve the house and take it back in time to the 1930's but with all mod-cons! It is our own wedding anniversary next weekend, and there is only one place we can think of going to celebrate it...and that is Marine Villa, The Art Deco House, this really is our home, that we love to share and we love people appreciating all the work we put in to make Marine Villa special and unique, and a home!
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Fantastic House and location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Marine Villa for 2 nights with 7 friends.

The house is fantastic and in a stunning location. Perfect for summer BBQs.

Lizzie was very helpful and there when we arrived to make sure we knew where everything was and that everything was working.

If I come to Isle if Wight I will try and stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were so lucky with the weather, its great to sit in the garden having a BBQ, the wine/beer/Pimm's flowing! Thanks so much for coming and thanks for looking after Marine Villa too! Hope to see you again some time!!
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Fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a break for a large family The Art Deco House at Shanklin will do very nicely. The family owners are clearly passionate about this lovely house that takes you back in time to when children would play hide and seek in the magnificent gardens for hours, which ours did.

Beautiful dining room, good bedrooms and fitted out to the period when one dressed for dinner. A unique experience on the cliff top of Shanklin which boasts a magnificent beach with an abundance of cafe's, restaurants and bars.

This is not a City, it is an average sized seaside town.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lee, we are so pleased you enjoyed our time machine of Marine Villa, The Art Deco House and were transported back to a bygone age! Shanklin has much to offer, but you need to seek it out. The beaches are actually quite spectacular (and we promise, in the winter months too!). There are some great places to eat (and a few not so great too!!). We love our house (and seaside home) being enjoyed by family groups, its that icing on the cake for people to enjoy, what genuinely is our labour of love!
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A Very Special Place!

  • 5 of 5

The unique Art Deco style and ambience, together with the wonderful location, make Marine Villa an exceptional property. The spacious rooms, large garden and panoramic sea views afford a wonderful feeling of opulent relaxation. Our visit was for a 70th birthday celebration with all of the family. One of the presents was a personalised monopoly board game with all of the places and streets important in those 70 years. Mayfair was Marine Villa! It certainly deserves that position! Laurence and Sharon, thank you for allowing us to share your home to make such happy memories.

Susan B

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Susan for your lovely review. We loved being a secret for the birthday boy until you all arrived at Marine Villa, The Art Deco House, that really is doing it in style! We are so pleased to have such different groups of people enjoying Marine Villa and respecting our home too (the group that followed you were a group of 'mature men' having a pre-wedding grown up drink together for a few days and the group after that were several young couples all going away together post graduation!). We do hope you will come back soon, and stay a little longer next time! Happy 70th Birthday to the Birthday Boy! Laurence and Sharon.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bournemouth, Southampton
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
1000 Miles
French Alps
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Just walk down the stairs close to the house
Car: recommended

Excellent attractions locally including National Trust houses and gardens, (check out Osborne House, built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat), Carisbroke Castle and Osborne House. Historic Shanklin, Dinasaur museum and Tiger Island. Spectacular cliff top walks from the house. Close to shops, restaurants and pubs.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Shanklin, South East England

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 18
3 Mar 2018 - 4 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Summer
5 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Summer
2 Jun 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Weekly Rate
28 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 15 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
3 Sep 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Year 18/19
28 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 17 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Winter Spring 19
5 Jan 2019 - 19 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £750
Tax Rate 20.0%

Catering can be arranged for your special night at the house
Licensed to offer champagne/wine from Nov14, it will be there when you arrive, all chilled!
Midweek is four nights: Mon To Thurs or Tues to Fri
Arrival is from 4pm. Departure by 10 am.
Bookings only confirmed once deposit has been received.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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