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free WIFI, panoramic sea views, beach side, Coastguard Cottage, Hampshire

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine


About the property

Seaside cottage,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.

Mel V
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fareham in Fareham District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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
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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free WIFI, panoramic sea views, beach side, Coastguard Cottage, Hampshire
average rating of 4.571429 based on 8 reviews

Charming house with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay. We loved the quirky sea side theme of the decor. It was very comfortable with everything we needed. The view is breathtaking and we loved watching it at different times of the day. The owners were very helpful and accommodating. We would definitely be looking to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent location would stay there again.

  • 4 of 5

If you want a sea view with direct access to the beach this is for you charming place.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really great place to stay with stunning views and all the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was excellent with everything you need for a great break. We really enjoyed our mini break and thanks to Mel for all her help in the last minute arrangements. Would definitely recommend to friends

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alan for leaving the cottage clean and tidy, it was very much appreciated, let’s hope we can welcome you , your wife and lovely dog again, thanks Mel
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  • 5 of 5

This was my second visit to Cowes View and it was just like coming home. All the little quirky touches are really to my taste, and there is something interesting to look at in every room – even the shower room! I’ve never stayed anywhere that’s felt so personal and individual – obviously lots of people stay at the cottage but somehow it feels as if it’s your own little getaway.

I live in London, which is great, but it is noisy and busy and at times stressful so being able to ‘escape to the seaside’ is wonderful. The amazing view is both uplifting and calming at the same time, while just up the road there’s a lovely pub and a very good café/shop which are usually bustling so you don’t ever feel that you’re too isolated – important for me as I stayed there on my own.

The weather was amazing, the beach is beautiful, and my dog and I swam in the sea every day. Then it’s just a short walk back to the cottage to get dry, have a cold beer, and sit in the garden to watch the kite surfers and the sea and the sky and the world go by. Bliss!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ali, lovely to welcome you back to the sunny south, looking forwad to welcoming you back to Cowes View sister cottage Solent Sea View in September.
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Lovely views but have reservations about the property

  • 3 of 5

View were great but some reservations about how it is managed.My late wife and i stayed for 4 nights seven years ago.Comments were passed to the owners about various plumbing issues being that loo,s did not flush properly.On this visit they are still a problem.On this visit the washing machine tripped the ring main so food was at risk of going off.The owner was informed but did not respond until later after i had located the incoming mains panel and reset it.No thanks were forthcoming after the event.Due to my mistake about changeover day we had to vacate sharply but was offered no compensation about losing 2 days holiday even though facilities were not used.My mistake, but it would have been nice if a rebate could be offererd.A welcom box would be nice and should be considered by the owners.The garden was overgrown the week we arrived but not tended during our visit until the day we hurriedly left due to my mistake but the gardener was Mellie,s husband who was aggressive on discussing our dispute.The booking document was altered by Mellie as to the changeover date but as i had signed for the departure was different from the Sunday departure we were expecting it left a sour taste.We do feel that another form should have been sent due it being a legal signed document.We hope the owners heed these comments

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There are always 2 sides to a story, here's mine, Mel the owner. When Roger first enquired about the cottage for a retrun vidit he requested a Sunday to Sunday period.My instant response was during this time of year the changeover is Friday to Friday, he responded agreeing the Fridays in May were fine with him..The correspondance continued and 5 times in emails the Friday to Friday dates were stated..Compensation was not offered as When my cleaner arrived to commecne her normal Friday changeover duties she was confronted by Roger, who told her he wasn't leaving. I arrived and showed him our correspondance that we had had with one another, where upon he denied they were from him, his name clearly on each email. People make mistakes, unfortunately and sadly for Roger and his wife he had made one and this can be hard to swallow, especially as your holiday has been cut short a few days. The washing machine did trip the electrics and when I spoke to Roger a few hours later, he was very happy that he had found the fuse box and switched the electrics back on, he was very proud to tell me he was a 'retired electrician so it wasn't a problem.' The toilets flush is variable and it does depend how much paper is used, it suits some and not others. To make the assumption that the gardener is my husband is incorrect, he was there at the time and spoke to Roger in a firm voice as Roger was refusing to leave.I had incoming guests arriving that afternoon.. Sadly,some people feel the need to hurt others whne they have made a mistake, mistakes happen, swallow your pride and accept them, not try to blame others.
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Summer retreat

  • 5 of 5

Mel was the best host, we arrived at night and were able to let ourselves in and get settled ; neztvday she was there to welcome . The cottages were the perfect location to cycle into the village and walk the dog on the beach every day ! Swimming was joy recommended at high tide as the wooden breakwater posts cause a hazard , but we were not swimming too cold ! We would love to have taken a canoe and gone out on the water but we could not find a craft to take out ! The weather was great and it is cooler on the beachfront obviously , but a sweater did not detour us from enjoying the view of Isle of Wight and walking .

The beds were not very comfortable , and the shower downstairs is a wet room; so literally the whole bathroom gets flooded -- not the best. Especially with children; but everything else was superb, especially the neighbours! We would love to come back next summer , as the coastal location is so unique and relaxing ! It inspires art and creativity , and a home from Home .

The quirky decor is so nautical and natural , quite unique , only big enough for 4 , 2 adults and 1-2 children . As long as you can deal with street parking Which is limited , and the shower you have a home from home ! Great Shangrala!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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HMS Victory
Portchester Castle
Beaulieu National Motor Museum
New Forest National Park
Go Ape! Itchen Valley
Osborne View
Osborne View
Spinnaker Tower
Gunwharf Quays
Milestones Hampshire's Living History Museum
Nearest Airport
13 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Metres
Osborne View
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Metres
the garden leads down to the beach

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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Fareham, South East England

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
summer and great sunsets
2 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
sunshine watch the sailboats
23 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
sun, BBQ beach, sea
14 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
still warm to sit out on deck
2 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
autumn colours
22 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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 between March and November is Friday.

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

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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