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1850 's Coastguard Cottage with Panoramic Sea Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

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.

Meli Vennis
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2017

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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5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)


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: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, even in the rain!

  • 5 of 5

What a super cottage, warm and very cozy for a winter break. The views across the Solent are superb and ever changing. Even if you don't want to venture out on a rainy day the ever changing vista makes you feel you have travelled all the way along the Southern Coast.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jo, lovely to welcome you back to the cottage. Mel
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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
Autumn colours appearing
6 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
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 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fareham in South East England

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 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
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • 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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