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Timber Clad Cottage south of Shorwell village on the Isle Of Wight, England, UK



Updated: 02-Dec-2016
Comfortable Home-from-Home in peaceful, rural location on the south west of the Island. Set in 2.5 acres and surrounded by farmland.

The Little Barn is 1.5 miles south of Shorwell, which has a pub, Church and small shop/Post Office.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms - one with two single beds and one with a king-size double bed. The double bedroom has an ensuite shower/loo. There is a wet-room on the ground floor with shower, basin and loo. The ground floor is a large open plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting room.

We have worked hard to ensure that the cottage is kitted out with everything you might need during your stay, including a washing machine, dishwasher, oven, fridge-freezer and microwave.

Sitting in the grounds of The Main Barn, there are approximately 2.5 acres of private land, with areas of landscaped garden, field, wetland, lake, and two small streams. Ideal for families, couples & small groups of friends, the main living areas and the large deck face away from the main barn towards St Catherine's Down (south-east), providing visitors with a great sense of privacy. The secluded location benefits from a lack of light pollution, making night skies beautifully clear and great for stargazing. The Island has over 300 walks with over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths and you can walk to the coast from the cottage in approx 1 mile. The many beaches and visitor attractions that the Island offers are easily accessible by car. We are on the Round The Island Cycle route and there are both cross country mountain bike tracks and flatter cycle tracks nearby.

Sorry we do not accept pets and do not allow smoking inside the property.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We (Richard and Susan) moved to the Isle of Wight from the mainland in 2007 and converted The Little Barn in 2009. We live in the original 18th century sandstone thatched barn next door. The nature of the Island allows us to enjoy the outdoor life - cycling, swimming and walking. For Richard the Island's main attraction is the numerous paragliding sites which he takes advantage of at every opportunity! Susan prefers the less adventurous activities - nurturing the garden and working on her painting and textiles.

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Speaks English, very basic French & Spanish.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The cottage was absolutely idyllic - quiet and relaxing. Very well equipped. We would definitely recommend The Little Barn and will definitely come back"

Mr & Mrs M, Buckinghamshire, 2010

"Last night of a lovely week on low. House was a perfect retreat after busy days of cycling, walking and eating. Thank you for making us so welcome"

Mr & Mrs G, Berkshire, 2012

"We have had the best holiday ever at The Little Barn. Plenty of sun, surfing and cycling - it has been brilliant" Mr & Mrs G Rogers, Monmouthshire, 2012
Aug 2012
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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews


Great cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed by the high standard of the Little Barn. The position in the beautiful grounds of our landlady and landlord is ideal; the sliding doors enabled us to admire the landscape and the local fauna. The cottage was clean, spacious and light. Although we have picked up our lives and winter may be on the doorstep: we still experience a kind of homesickess. We hope to be able to come back to enjoy another overseas holiday...

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Quiet Retreat

  • 4 of 5

A lovely place to stay- even when the weather does its best to spoil that! Although it's next to the owners property, the Small Barn isn't overlooked and has a great open view form the main lounge windows. Well decorated and furnished. A relaxing retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
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From the Owner

We love the sense of space and being close to amazing beaches, woodland walks and views over the fields with continually changing crops. We have tried to make The Little Barn as comfortable as our own home by having all the modern facilities people require, but still sit well in the beautiful surroundings. It is wonderfully quiet here and the secluded location benefits from the lack of light pollution, making the clear night skies great for star gazing. Driving on the Island is easy as you never have to go far! There are easy drives to local towns for shopping & great village shops a short bike ride away. The slower pace of life on the Island means people have time for you and are generally very friendly.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Southampton at 38 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Crown, Shorwell at 1.4 Miles Nearest Ferry : Yarmouth, Fishbourne or East Cowes at 10 Miles Nearest Golf : Freshwater Bay at 8 Miles Nearest Beach : Brighstone Bay at 3 Miles Car: necessary

Richard (one of the owners) is an enthusiastic paraglider pilot, and is very happy to show qualified visiting pilots the Island flying sites (subject to weather and his availability!). The Island is also a great place for all levels of Cycling and we can advise on the best places to go.

On the Island, you are never far from a beach. There are loads to choose from and something to suit everyone, from deckchairs on the sand to fossil hunting! A one mile walk brings you out at the cliffs at Atherfield. A 3 mile drive (approx 12mins) gets you to Brighstone, Brook or Compton Beaches, which are beautiful, natural, sandy beaches, with no commercialism. A 10+ mile drive (approx 30 mins) gets you to Ventnor, Sandown or Shanklin beaches, which have shops, cafes and other attractions.

Travel to the Island is by Ferry from Southampton to East Cowes (Red Funnel Ferries), Portsmouth to Fishbourne or Lymington to Yarmouth (Wightlink Ferries). Both companies run very regular services. Driving time from any of the Island's ports to The Little Barn is approximately 40 minutes. If you cannot bring your own car over it is advisable to rent a car whilst on the Island as there is no public transport to or near the property.

1.4 miles to Shorwell - Pub, shop/Post Office, Church

3.5 miles to Brighstone - Pub, newsagents, general store, Post Office, Library, tea shop, Church and Doctors surgery.

9 miles to Newport - main town on the Island with the usual facilities, banks, supermarkets, shops, swimming pool, bus station etc.

All the main towns and visitor attractions are easily accessible by car.

Further Details:

The Island is packed with great places to go, from the historic Osbourne House (Queen Victoria's home on the Isle of Wight) to the wild remoteness of The Needles Battery. Alum Bay, Blackgang Chine & Robin Hill Country Park have fun parks for children. Carisbrooke Castle, Dinosaur Isle, Owl & Monkey Haven and the lOW Steam Railway provide fun mixed in with a bit of education! If you don't want to spend every day on the beach you will never be short of things to do. Sailing, surfing, fishing, golf, cycling, tree climbing - you name it you can do it!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter Nov 16
4 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas 2016
16 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Jan 2017
6 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Feb 2017
24 Feb 2017 - 9 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May Half Term '17
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Shoulder Summer 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
14 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Shoulder 2017_2
8 Sep 2017 - 14 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October Half Term '17
13 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
10 Nov 2017 - 7 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
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

Booking Notes:
A non-refundable deposit of £200 will secure your booking.
The balance is payable no later than 30 days before your arrival date.
For bookings made within 30 days of arrival, full payment is required.

We recommend that you consider taking out travel insurance, as refunds cannot be given for cancellations, unless we manage to re-book.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday
Arrival from 2.30pm onwards. Please vacate by 10.00 am
Short stay/weekend breaks may be available on special request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


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


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 132 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs Bathroom is a wet-room with shower, wash basin, wc, heated towel rail and shaver socket. Upstairs Bathroom - en-suite to main bedroom, has shower, wash basin, wc, heated towel rail, shaver socket and towel storage.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Cottage sleeps 4-5 people in 2 Bedrooms. Bedroom 1 - King-sized bed. Folding travel cot. Bedroom 2 - Two standard single beds + single futon Both bedrooms have bedside tables, lamps and chest of drawers.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Wooden floors throughout the living areas. Anti-slip flooring in the wet room and en-suite shower. Underfloor heating and hot water supplied via Ground Source Heat Pump. Mains Electricity supplemented by photovoltaic panels. Mains water with septic tank off-mains drainage. Suitable for families - children welcome. Sorry no smoking & no pets allowed. Outside: The cottage sits within approx 2.5 acres of private land, shared only with the owners. A large area of deck runs round the east and south sides of the building, with outdoor table, chairs, loungers & parasol. There is a brick built BBQ on the landscaped terrace alongside the deck (these are solely for the use of the guests). A field (wild flower meadow during the summer), lake, streams and natural wetland provide areas for exploration by adults and children alike. There are two designated parking areas for the guests holding up to 4 cars. Utility Room: Washing machine, sink, vacuum cleaner, additional cleaning equipment, iron, ironing board, clothes drying rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Bedding & linen, including duvets and covers provided. Towels are provided but guests need to bring own beach towels. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned before guests arrive. Sorry no pets allowed & no smoking permitted.

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