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Lovely Garden Apartment. With WiFi & wide views over RSPB reserve. Brading

Overview

Property

Updated: 06-Dec-2016
Two bedroom apartment with spa and wonderful country outlook for any season.

A truly unique base for your holiday, elevated above, and bordering Brading Marshes and the river Yar, the lovely, private, apartment of Foinavon has wonderful green views over a RSPB wetland reserve and Culver Down beyond, from it's main spaces to the rear.

Foinavon really is a year-round place for you to stay. You have two Full-sized bedrooms and a cosy lounge with balcony – as well as the huge conservatory / sunroom (with spa!) which gives you plenty of space to spread yourselves out, even in the depths of winter

Your own private, lawned garden is a great sunbathing place on a sunny morning, too.

Full central heating runs throughout the house, the conservatory has efficient portable heaters. We have, in fact, held our last two family Christmas dinners in there, without any need for heating!

If the weather happens to be against you, or you simply want to shut yourselves in together - away from the world - you won't feel crowded at Foinavon. There's always enough places to find a quiet spot all to yourself. Both bedrooms are both the same size, whereas, in so many places, the twin often turns out to be cramped. The 2 deep settees in the cosy sitting room have equally good views of the TV and the countryside. Table and chairs in the kitchen are not only for eating, but they're good for kid's activities also. The conservatory offers not just the spa, but plenty of casual seating and even a dartboard! This area is ready for you to use at almost any time of the year.

Brading is well positioned to explore our beautiful Island, situated on the main road from Ryde, and only a little over a mile to the resort of Sandown, then on to Shanklin and so to Ventnor and the more open countryside of the West Wight. Also, the scenic road from Brading, over the ridge of the chalk downs, with it's fantastic views encompassing Sandown Bay, half of the Island, and even back to the mainland, takes you to Newport - the Island's capital, or on to Cowes - the sailing capital - or the West Wight, allowing an easy round-the-Island trip.

Park in your allocated space on the private drive and walk down the easy-going steps to Foinavon's secluded front door. You arrived on a busy road, but now, all of that, and the cares of the world are behind you; you are in your own private place, no-one can see you, or interrupt. You're on your own. The steeply banked front garden with it's mature planting forms the outlook from the front windows, the road is out of view. This little outside area is a nice sheltered spot to sit for a smoke, too. Here, you'll collect your key from the coded box.

Through the door to the welcoming hall, central heating throughout the house according to season, mirrors bouncing the daylight around, access to all rooms. On the shelves you will find plenty of reading material as well as games and a few dvds/cds, also local maps and flyers for various attractions around our lovely Island.

There are 2 large bedrooms, one with quality twin 3' divans, the other a matching kingsize (all new this year as well as the bedding). Each room has matching wardrobes, drawer and bedside units, sensible size mirrors and a seat.

An east facing, cosy lounge overlooking the RSPB reserve, with 2 deep settees and swivel wall-mounted Sony flatscreen tv with all Freesat channels also a dvd player and a digital radio. Patio door to the elevated balcony with 'bistro' table and chairs – for a sunny breakfast? - and views ranging from Bembridge Harbour to the north, round to Dunnose point in the South. There are binoculars to hand so you can view the geese, ducks, moorhens, herons, sparrowhawks, buzzards, owls, waders and even the occasional egret.

Bathroom – with a view! (but not overlooked) 'P-shape' bath with glass screen and powerful, instantly hot shower (no waiting for hot water in this place), vanity basin, large illuminated mirror and concealed-cistern toilet, heated towelrail that actually works throughout the year! Plenty of shelf space for your toiletries and stuff!

Kitchen: recently fitted; high-gloss units, almost new stainless steel oven and hob, also a microwave, Bosch dishwasher and a fridge-freezer. And a sink with a view! A small table with 2 chairs is handy for breakfast for a couple, or perhaps for feeding the children. Well provided with all the crockery, glasses and utensils you'll need.

Through to a porch with Bosch washing machine. There is an outside rotary line as well as a folding airer. (we'll happily do your tumble-drying if asked). Iron and ironing board are kept here, too.

Now, down a half flight of steps to Foinavon's hidden secret – the huge roofed and glass enclosed space – with a large in-ground spa ready and waiting for you to use!

Here, you'll also find the dining set for four, as well as plenty of casual seating for your whole party, some of which can also be taken out to the private rear garden, over two levels, laid to lawn, or the decking, under a pergola (which affords more privacy from the side neighbours).

Plenty of unbreakable plates and glasses supplied for use in this area.

All delightfully private – the closest anyone can actually see any windows of the property is over 200m away!

The nearest visible buildings are ¾ mile away, and, as it faces the due east, where there is absolutely no artificial light, there are some truly dark skies to be enjoyed.

The river Yar passes so close that it is possible to stand in your garden and throw small stones into the water, (but not when there are people on the path please!)

The Island's own public railway runs, below your view, past the end of the garden, the trundling sound of the little vintage (1939) two coach trains muffled by the steeply sloping bank beyond the lawn.

The property was originally built as a bungalow in the 60's, before an independent upstairs apartment was recently added. Foinavon was then brought fully up to date with all new plumbing and wiring, new kitchen and bathroom and redecorated. It had no alterations to the original bungalow layout, other than adding the new large conservatory/sunroom, which means that it retains it's 'open' feel, rather than that of the usual 'basement style' garden apartment conversion.

You should always be comfortable at Foinavon, with it's varied choice of places to relax or play, whatever the season or weather.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We - Sue & Rob - both grew up on the Island and have always stayed our side of the water. We moved to Foinavon with our small daughters in 1991, drawn by it's situation and views. We've spent many happy years here, the girls attending the local schools before leaving for university. As teachers, one still lives and works on the Island, the other having moved to live and work on the mainland with her husband, whose work took them away.

Rob has recently retired and partly looks after the property, while Sue continues to work part-time at the local hospital.

We chose to buy Foinavon (a bungalow at that time) as our home, some years ago primarily for it's location, it's outlook and ease of transport and travel. More recently we had the opportunity to invest in building a new home for ourselves, but, not wishing to lose our glorious views, we chose to build ourselves an independent apartment above Foinavon, which is where we now live.

Our guests now benefit from the spa, the large conservatory, stylish kitchen etc that we created originally for ourselves. We can't, of course, take the credit for that view!

Where else could you find these facilities, convenience, open outlook and, yet, privacy?

We really can't see ourselves moving from here; we'll continue to share our outlook with you, our guests.

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8 Reviews

4.5
based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

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Lovely property

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for a week at Foinavon, and loved the view from the balcony, and the hot tub was fantastic, as not had this on holiday before, was great in the evening for us, was lovely down stairs, had all you needed, as with the kitchen too,

Love the Island, was a good week all round, bedrooms lovely, had really good mirrors, as sometimes on holiday they seem to be missing in places that you need them,

Many thanks to Sue and Rob for the welcome goodies,

best wishes Anne and Mel, and Janet, Romford

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

We loved everything about this place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Foinavon for 2 weeks and had a fantastic time! The house is lovely and has everything there that you need and really felt like home. The kitchen is well equipped and everything you need during your stay is provided. The whole house was very clean and comfortable and had the added bonus of the conservatory and hot tub which was a big hit with all of us and was put to use most evenings. It's very peaceful at Foinavon with fantastic views, some of the best we've ever had on holiday and we really didn't want to leave!!

The house is ideally situated for visiting all the attractions the IOW has to offer, with Brading Roman Villa being nearly on the doorstep. We spent a lovely morning at the Roman Villa followed by lunch there and really recommend a visit. We also ate at the Bugle Inn one evening and really enjoyed the food, and can also highly recommend the fish and chip shop on the high street! There are some great beaches around, Yaverland being a favourite of ours - nice and sandy and also by the cliffs so the fossil hunter among us could look for fossils while we went in the sea. St Helen's is also another really nice beach, quieter than some others and with a nice cafe. There really is so much to do on the island that we didn't manage to fit everything in to the 2 weeks.

This really is one of the nicest holiday homes we've stayed in. Sue and Rob are lovely and very happy to help if you have any queries or requests. I can't recommend this place highly enough, and we will definitely look to stay here again next time we are on the island.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful view, clean and cosy

  • 3 of 5

Views were lovely from the rear of the property. It is well located for access to most of the places of interest on the island.

It was spotless when we arrived with lovely crisp fresh linen on the beds. It is an ideal size for a holiday and we felt really at home there. The jaccuzi was a hit with my twins and ourselves! The owners kindly provided us with milk and bread to welcome us which was very useful too.

Although situated on a busy main road you don't notice once inside.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you appreciated it all; our guests' enjoyment matters a lot to us. The road is busy, certainly, but as you found, with Foinavon being set well below the road, it's surprisingly muffled.
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5

Amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very well equipped and clean, the welcome starter groceries were a nice touch and the hot tub was a bonus. Although we were not aware just how close the railway line was (at the bottom of the garden) it did not impede our stay and the views certainly made up for it. A short walk to Brading Railway Station/visitor centre was a pleasant experience. Foinavon location is central to visiting many attractions and beaches and bus stops nearby provide a route both north and south.. Plenty of leaflets available in the property to help you plan days out. The beds were comfy and the bed linen was first class. We had one or two 'teething problems' which Rob managed to sort out quickly and could not have been more helpful. Once we got used to the 'parallel parking' and that it was easier to park at certain times of the day (due to the very busy road) we planned days out accordingly. A smaller car would have been an asset. Tesco supermarket is 5 mins down the road and the Busy Bee Garden centre off the same island is well worth a visit. We found a little farm shop next to the Oasis Gift Centre were we bought most of our fresh veg and fruit - tastes so much better when just picked. Mixed reviews about the local bars/restaurants. The Bugle served reasonable family meals whereas The Yarbridge was more fine dining. The Wheatsheaf didn't get good reviews from the locals but we found that although it was a basic pub the ale was well kept and cold! The bar staff and customers were very friendly. Refurbishments were taking place so no food was being served but there was an outside seating area. We would not recommend this apartment for wheelchair users as it is reached by steps (unless the user had some degree of mobility). We were made aware of this by viewing the 'walk around' video made by Rob so it did not prove a problem. Overall we had a wonderful Sapphire Anniversary stay at Foinavon and look forward to returning for our Diamond. Many thanks to Sue and Rob for being flexible with our dates.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely base with stunning view and great facilities

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week at Fionavon at the end of May and enjoyed our stay. It had everything we need there and more! We enjoyed using the hot tub and it was a nice touch to have colouring books and pencils for the kids. We took advantage of the disposable bbqs as we were lucky with the weather. The views out the back were stunning and it was lovely and quite. The train does run along the back of the garden but this actually added novelty for us and the kids loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent, comfortable, fun place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was beautifully kept, very clean and comfortable. The first thing that strikes you is the wonderful view from the balcony in the lounge and the great position of the property; 5 mins walk from fabulous pubs and the historic village of Brading and on the gateway of some of the most fantastic walks to Bembridge, St Helens and Sandown. We spent most of our time when in the property downstairs in the conservatory, where the view is even more pleasing, and we started and finished most days in the fun hot tub! A great way to punctuate your day. The owners are truly wonderful, so helpful, and everything about this stay was perfect. Thank you! We totally recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

We chose to buy Foinavon (a bungalow at that time) as our home, some years ago primarily for it's location, it's outlook and ease of transport and travel. More recently we had the opportunity to invest in building a new home for ourselves, but, not wishing to lose our glorious views, we chose to build ourselves an independent apartment above Foinavon, where we now live. Our guests now benefit from the spa, the large conservatory, stylish kitchen etc that we created originally for ourselves. We can't, of course, take the credit for that view! Where else could you find these facilities, convenience, open outlook and, yet, privacy?

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : at 4 Miles Nearest Train : at 0.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : at 0.5 Miles Car: not necessary

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
29 Oct 2016 - 24 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£195
for 3 nights
From
£65
£350
 
 
Early Spring
25 Mar 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
 
Spring
27 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Early Summer 017
17 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£575
for 7 nights
£575
 
 
Full Summer 017
15 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£675
for 7 nights
£675
 
 
Late Summer 017
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We Provide bed linen, personal towels and tea-towels.A small welcome pack will be left for you.
Foinavon will be ready for you at 3pm on Saturday, Please be able to leave by 10, so we can make it ready for the next guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Even after dark, Foinavon's views go on giving! Facing due east, with no development between us and the sea, we get some fantastic dark skies. You can watch the moon and stars rise over Culver Downs (and the Sunrise, if you're up that early). There are so many countryside walks that you can start from Foinavon that it'd take you a week just to do the easiest ones. (and still have enough for your second week). Do you want to walk to the sea? Barely over a mile. The full length of the Island to the Needles? About 25 miles, footpaths most of the way (there's a sponsored walk each spring). A wide range of walks for everyone, all starting on your doorstep, level or energetic. In fact, if you're keen, you could be 400 feet up within a mile of your front door! For drives out, you have quick and easy access to the whole of our beautiful Island,with few traffic hassles. We've left you a range of maps and guides to give you some ideas.

Property Type

  • apartment

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...

Suitability

  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • bay
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 90 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Wide showerbath, immediate hot water, view, but private!

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, King-size bed, wardrobe, 4 drawer chest, bedside chests.
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 3' beds, wardrobe, 6 drawer chest, bedsides, dressing top.

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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