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

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

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
Laurence Smith and Sharon Boyse-Smith
Laurence Smith
Garden Cottage, Ditton Park Road
SL3 7JB Datchet Berkshire United Kingdom
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 a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

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 house in 2014

Why Laurence Smith chose Isle of Wight

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 house 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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)


Amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

There were 3 generations of the family staying. 13 in total.

Very well equipped and more glasses than most pubs have. Only slight downside is that en suite was not in vogue when the property was built. There are however enough bathrooms to allocate one to each bedroom, so only a very minor problem.

It is definitely in a much better condition that all other placed that I have stayed in and it is obvious that it is also the home of the owners.

It was very cold when we were there, but the heating system was up to it.

The Hidaway bar and restaurant is a 5 minute walk from the back gate and is open for breakfast. So no need to do too much cooking.

We all enjoyed ourselves, and have happy memories of Grandads 70th Birtday treat for the family.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there, and thanks very much for your review. We know it was probably one of the coldest weekends of this winter, but it was great you managed to enjoy yourselves 'out of season' and the central heating was certainly up to keeping you all very warm. Fully get your point about the fact the bathrooms, while all very modern are mainly not en-suite (except for 2), but we made the decision it would ruin the house if we made such a dramatic change to the bedrooms, so we kept it that way. We are planning to introduce robes this year so people do not have bring their own!!! It really is our home, and we are delighted that shines through! Marine Villa is the perfect place for a multi-generational get together, probably 60% of our bookings have 3 (or more!) generations staying! Thanks very much for looking after Marine Villa and we hope to see you again some time....(try coming when it is a bit warmer next time, so you can enjoy lying around in the garden too!) All the best from Laurence and Sharon
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Beautiful property. Wonderful views.lovely walks

  • 5 of 5
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We were a large crew of serious foodies ... the kitchen works very well and the dining room is spacious and easily seated our crew. Beds were very comfortable and the house has a great ambience. The cliff walk at the end of the garden is lovely and you can walk for miles which we all loved. Cannot rate it highly enough ... easy walk to shops. The wines we ordered were delicious

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, especially the comment about the ambience. We work very hard to try to create a real home for our guests to come and use, we try to avoid the feeling that its a typical place, but we want people to feel that Marine Villa, The Art Deco House is something that little bit special. The walks are something we also love whenever we get the chance ourselves to enjoy Marine Villa. We are also delighted you enjoyed the wines. Sharon takes a very special pleasure in selecting quality wines and offering them at a good price. Even more than the house, the wine is another labour of love! Please come back another time! All the best from Sharon and Laurence.
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Wonderful property for a special celebration

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Marine Villa for a week at the end of August and had a most enjoyable time with family in this beautiful house. Such a lovely location, fantastic sea views from the first floor and very well equipped for a family celebration.

Wonderful period decor in such a charming property, lovely touches added made the birthday celebrations very special. Would recommend for a special family gathering.

Thank you, for sharing.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Matthew. Thanks for your review. When we rent out our second home, it is more than a business for us, but a labour of love too! We are so pleased you enjoyed staying and you enjoyed the work we are always doing to improve the house. Hope to see you another time! Laurence and Sharon
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Quite stunning accommodation and grounds

  • 5 of 5
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A quiter wonderful art deco house, very clean and extremely well equipped. Beds and bedding were excellent for a good nights sleep for all 13 of us. The weather during our visit was good, so we enjoyed use of the barbeque, and the extensive garden provided ample space for the children to run around and hide, and for playing organised games. Views over the sea from the house were memorable. The house is extremely well situated, being just a few minutes walk to Shanklin, and a little further, but still an easy walk, to Sandown. A walk down steps/slope give you immediate access to the vast sandy beaches between these resorts. The train station at Shanklin was only 8 minutes walk away. The Hideaway restaraunt/bar on the clifftop path is only minutes away on foot, and provided a good alternative to home cooking, or just a place to visit for a drink while watching the wonderful views. Overall this was one of the best holiday accommodations that we've had, and certainly excellent value for the money.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, we really enjoyed having you stay. Sounds like you explored the nearby area too. The fact that you do not need a car to reach the nearest 'pub' The Hideaway as well as the beach is a real bonus. We just rebuilt the BBQ area and everyone has used it ever since (including ourselves when we last stayed there), so provided this weather carries on, its a great way to enjoy the garden. Please come back in the future, as we invest every single penny back into the house, all year round, this is a real labour of love for us, and the bonus is when people have fun staying! Thanks for staying and sharing your visit with us!
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Absolutely Beautiful Holiday Home

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a stay at the beautiful Marine Villa on the Isle of Wight.

This is a most stunning home, with many period features and objects d'art.

We would not normally submit a review but felt compelled to express our genuine appreciation of this Art Deco home and the way it has been lovingly restored.

The whole house is very well equipped and spotlessly clean. The beds are extremely comfortable with good quality bedding. There is plenty of space for entertaining - especially in the dining room where there is one the largest dining room tables we have ever seen !

We were very lucky with the weather during our stay so we were able to use the large double barbecue and sit outside in the fabulous garden.

Marine Villa has STUNNING sea views and easy access to the nearby beach, therefore we would not hesitate to recommend this absolutely beautiful holiday home and look forward to our next visit as soon as our schedules permit ....

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Nicola, we are so pleased you had a great time renting our home and that you appreciated the extras we have provided. Our one and only holiday home is a real labour of love, and it delights us when people share in our passion for this unique house! Hope to see you again soon! Laurence and Sharon
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The perfect getaway for a special occasion

  • 5 of 5

Had a truly magical weekend with friends at Marine Villa. If you have a large party and are looking for something special I'd highly recommend staying here! Each bedroom is decorated to an extremely high standard (there may be fights over who gets the master bedroom!), and the kitchen and dining room comfortably allowed us to cater for 14 people.

We were lucky enough to get perfect weather so got great use out of the large, beautiful garden. This is definitely a rental for people who appreciate beautiful architecture and period design; plus the views over the sea are as spectacular as the house itself!

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review, and we are so pleased your weekend was indeed magical. The Master Bedroom is indeed very special, probably the highlight of the whole house, we always wonder how guests agree who gets that one! Please come back some time soon! Laurence and Sharon
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter Spring 17
4 Jan 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Easter 2017
14 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
21 Apr 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 17
8 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
October Break 17
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
Autumn to Winter 17
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
New Year 17/18
28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Shanklin in South East England

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
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 ...
  • 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
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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