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1850 's Coastguard Cottage with Panoramic Sea Views



Updated: 07-Nov-2016
Seaside cottage in Hill Head, Hampshire, England - Ideally located for Southampton, Historic Portsmouth, The Hamble and The New Forest

Welcome to Cowes View, your seaside home from home, a place where smugglers were once stopped bringing whisky and tobacco ashore and later where coastguards aided seafaring folk. Now you can soak up the history and the whisky! This seaside cottage is one of a terrace in a slightly elevated position overlooking the beach enjoying amazing sea views across the Solent. A shingle path with steps to the beach, shingle at high tide, sand at low. Renovated as an holiday cottage it is cosy, modern and comfortable, a place to relax. This coastal retreat is just 70 miles from London an hour and half drive or similar by train, there is wireless internet access for those who want to keep in touch. The waterside cottage has two bedrooms to sleep 5, a family bathroom, plus a shower room each with wc. This seaside home from home, is a secret made to share.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the Owner

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful view, lovely cottage,had a great couple of weeks here, thank you. Caleb Somerset.

Very much enjoyed our stay, a wonderful view from a beautiful and interestingly converted cottage. L&M Cambridge.

Gorgeous retreat with a fantastic view, we all really liked the attention to detail and the use of maritime objects. G&I London.

What a wonderful cottage, had a fantastic holiday and enjoyed the calming sounds of the sea, perfect location for sightseeing. Penny Canada.

We loved our stay, fantastic New Years Eve, fireworks on the beach, with a toasty cottage to welcome us back after our cold adventures. Paul, Nikki Australia.

What a great place even in winter, Meli and Andre are excellent hosts, thank you. J&S Greece.

Our wedding night, We could have not wished for a more spectacular view to wake up to, a more stunning place to eat breakfast and a more comfortable place to be the day after our very special day. J&R Hampshire.
Nov 2007
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Southampton at 13 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Osborne View at 0.2 Metres Nearest Ferry : Portsmouth at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Fareham at 6 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M27 at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : the garden leads down to the beach at 15 Metres

Special interest holidays:

Green Tourism, spend a week at Cowes View and leave the car behind, there is a week of suggested activities using public transport, there is plenty to full the week without using the car, including various activites from shopping at GunWharf Quays to walking along the river Meon.


The cottage has direct access to the beach via some steps and a shingle path, the beach is shingle at high tide, low tide it is sandy. There are coastal walks,the Solent Way, which is varied from man made paths to beach to cliffs. Wind and kite surfing is 5 minutes away eastwards along the beach and sailing courses available on the river Hamble 7 miles away. The local pub is several minutes walk along the beach serving good family pub food.


Hill Head is 70 miles from London, Southampton airport is 12 miles, Portsmouth french ferry port is 10 miles, Fareham train station is 5 miles, Portsmouth Harbour train station is 6 miles if you take the Gosport passenger ferry. Winchester is 15 miles. A car is not essential as the local bus service is close by.


There is a wealth of waterbased activities all year round, kite and wind surfing, including instruction, sailing courses on the River Hamble and at Haslar Marina, rib excursions from Gunwharf quays, Portsmouth. There is a foot passenger ferry that runs between Gosport and Portsmouth where you can catch the ferry to the Isle of Wight, visit the Spinnikar Tower, HMS Victory, the Mary Rose, HMS Warrior,and there are many other maritime and cultural places of interest in Southampton and Portsmouth.

Further Details:

Stubbington is 2 miles, supermarkets, banks, Post Office Doctors, restaurants, bakery, butchers, library. Fareham is 5 miles, larger shopping with cinema and theatre, leisure centre.

Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays outlet shopping with cinemas and lots of waterside restaurants, 6 miles. Breezes, a new deli bistro has opened,a few minutes walk.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
warm cosy cottage, great view
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
diet and resolutions
6 Jan 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
enjoy the Mary Rose
17 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early spring
25 Feb 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
spring buds
25 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter and chocolate
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
spring time, spring flowers
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
summer sun half term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
summer and great sunsets
3 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
sunshine watch the sailboats
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
sun, BBQ beach, sea
15 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
still long warm sunny days
9 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
If you would like to book our coastguard cottage please telephone or email. 20% deposit on booking and balance 2 months before arrival. There is a £200 refundable deposit against damage paid on with the balance

Changeover Day:
Friday during summer month, but can be flexible in non peak times.

20% of rental balance to secure the booking and the final balance due 8 weeks before arrival, if the booking is taken within 8 weeks of arrival then the full balance is due.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


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


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


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


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • waterfront


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom with bath, wc and sink with shaving point. Ground floor: wet room, shower, wc and sink.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms] Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 5ft double bed with south facing balcony overlooking the Solent, a mezzinine with a ladder with a sofa bed. Bedroom 2 with 4ft 6 double bed.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, radiators upstairs, suitable for children. No pets. No smoking. Utilities included. Cot and high chair on request. Cowes View has been awarded 4 stars in February 2015, from Visit Britain, the official tourist board guide. Outside: Table and chairs on a deck, overlooking the Solent. Utility Room: In separate building, washing machine, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Duvets, sheets, tea towels, bath and beach towels included. Other: Utility room secure for bike storage.

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