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A seafront holiday home with changing veiws of Cowes Harbour and the Solent.

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

House in East Cowes, Esplanade, Isle of Wight, England - Ideal For A Stroll Along The Esplanade, Fishing Off The Sea Wall Or A Short Walk Into Town

The Watch House is a Grade II Listed Old Coastguard Boathouse with spectacular views of Cowes Harbour Entrance across to West Cowes and the Solent across to the Hampshire Coast from all rooms, garden, balcony and patio. This is in an ideal location to watch the large assortment of ships and sunsets; sleeps 5/6 in 3 bedrooms.

The house was built in the 1880’s as part of the boat house for the coastguards. To the north is a terrace of Coastguard Cottages. During the 1920’s it was converted into a home. For a short time during the Second World War it was a munitions store and a lookout point.

The Watch House is a short, level walk from the town centre, the Boat Museum, the Chain Ferry to West Cowes, Red Funnel’s Terminal or strolling along the Esplanade to a café and children’s playground and woods beyond or fishing & crabbing off the sea wall.

You may see a sand piper at low tide or a Cormorant siting on the breakwater.

The kitchen diner has French Doors onto the patio; while the living room has triple aspect sash windows.

There is a double, twin and a single (with a pull out bed under) bedrooms and bathroom with shower over the bath. The balcony is off the single bedroom, from here you have spectacular views of the water activities and drinks while watching the sunset.

More Details

Owner
Angela Harris
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 December, 2017

About Angela Harris

We fell in love with The Watch House & its idyllic location from our very first visit. 2012 was spent renovating the house allowing us to open in the spring of 2013. We have had so much positive feedback with many guests each year. We have lived on the Island for over 30 years & have a wealth of local knowledge; in our opinion there is no better place to be than sitting on the balcony on a warm summer evening with a glass of wine watching the sunset.

We look forward to sharing our little haven with you.

What makes this cottage unique

Sea views

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely house, had some rain but who care with such fantastic view. Perfect place for a holiday, everything so handy, shops, chain ferry etc. Thank-you for making sure everything was spotless & for your kindness & hope to see you again. Barbara



A perfect House in a perfect location – so wonderful This is such a beautiful house and so well equipped. Thank-you for making us so welcome, it has been a fantastic break; we hope to come again. Moya



We've had a lovely week, a warm & cosy house. Views are the best we have ever had. Quiet & peaceful location, although plenty to watch. We'd look to come back. Susan.



Just as wonderful as last year. Zoe



Had a relaxing time in a wonderful house and superb views. It was great to come back to my home town & see all the changes that are taking place. Ann



Our 2nd visit. Enjoyed the shipping movements (even in the rain!) The house is so comfortable & very handy for Waitrose. Pam

time

Many thanks for letting us use your fantastic house for Cowes Week. We had a fabulous. I am sure we ill be back again. Lynda
Jan 2013
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Location

Special interest holidays:

Tennis court on the Esplanade, 5 min. walk.

Sailing schools, fishing trips, water sports and yacht charters 20 to 30 mins walk and chain ferry away.

Sandy beaches at Ryde, Sandown & Shanklin 8 to 10 miles

Riding schools with half hour drive.

Adgestone & Rosemary Vineyards - 8 to 10 miles

Children's Parks at Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine - 8 and 15 miles

Ice Skating in Ryde - 8 miles

Leisure centre at Sandown.

Swimming pools & Cinema's Ryde and Newport.

Para Gliding at Chale and Freshwater

Art Galleries in Cowes

Coast/Beach:

Across the road to the sea wall for fishing, crabbing and the slipway. A 5 to 10 minute walk to the shingle beach along the Esplanade or 20 to 30 minutes in a car to the sandy beaches of Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin.

Travel:

Car ferry to Southampton 5 minute drive or walk.

Bus stop access to all the Island via Newport or Ryde; 5 minute walk.

Chain ferry to West Cowes 6 minute walk.

Southampton to West Cowes - Red Jet 20 min. walk and chain ferry and taxi.

Portsmouth to Fishbourne - Car ferry 5 miles drive

Portsmouth to Ryde - Fast Cat, 8 miles drive or bus

Southsea to Ryde - Hovercraft 8 miles drive or bus

Lymington to Yarmouth - Car Ferry 15 miles 40 minute Drive or Bus.

Car Hire in Newport or Ryde

Distances:

West Cowes 5 minutes on the Chain ferry.

Osborne House 1 mile

Newport 6 miles

Ryde 8 miles.

Further Details:

East and West Cowes have a good selection of Restaurants and cafes within walking distance.

East Cowes has a Waitrose and the Co-op Supermarkets plus a couple corner shops, a hardware store, Library, Health Centre + Chemist, Red Funnel Ferry port, Marina, Delicatessen

West Cowes has a larger choice of clothes & gift shops, a bank, yacht brokers, chandlery shops

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in East Cowes in Isle of Wight

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom has a shower bath, a ladder towel rail, wash basin and toilet. There is a second toilet downstairs.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 adults plus baby(3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrm 1. 5ft. double bed, cupboard, wardrobe, fireplace, sea views. Bedrm 2. Twin 3ft. beds, wardrobe, chest of draws, fireplace sea views. Bedrm 3. 3ft single bed with patio doors onto the balcony & sea view’s
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • pier fishing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Pets are accepted, there will be an extra charge of £12.50 per animal, but please they are only allowed downstairs and not on the furniture. Outside: The garden includes a patio, lawn and shrubs, flowers and herbs. There is garden furniture for the patio and balcony. Seaviews. Parking is on the road outside or Albany Road a Road back form The Esplanade. Also there is a free car park along the Esplanade. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed Linen and bath towels are provided. Please supply your own beach towels. End of stay cleaning is included and a bucket of cleaning products is supplied.

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A seafront holiday home with changing veiws of Cowes Harbour and the Solent.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Just amazing

  • 5 of 5

I am not sure that words can do our stay justice. The practical things first, the house is well equipped with everything you could possibly need for your stay. The house is warm and very comfortable and a quiet oasis with everything is close to hand and the walks are great.

The views are stunning and constantly changing, you really do not need a TV here!

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Breathtaking

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this beautiful holiday home to anyone who loves to people and boat watch!

Stunning views across the Solent to the mainland, with something to see throughout the day and night.

To watch the huge cruise ships setting sail from Southampton from the comfort of this lovely home is amazing!

The house itself caters for your every need. It is well equipped, clean, and comfortable. In fact, so comfortable that you have to tear yourself away from it to go exploring!

We love the history of the listed building, and the fact that the owners have restored it so beautifully, saving it from dereliction.

Angie and David are very helpful and attentive, making sure that all is well for you. We would certainly go back if ever we have the chance.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect house in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We had another wonderful stay in the beautiful Watch House from 8th - 12th September 2014. The views are amazing and the house is perfect, Angie has thought of everything and is so welcoming. The house is very close to the supermarket, buses, car ferry port and chain ferry to West Cowes making it ideal for holidaymakers with or without a car. We hope to return again for our 3rd stay next year.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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AN ABSOLUTE GEM

  • 5 of 5

This delightful house provided a very relaxing and comfortable week's holiday. Everything was immaculate and the view was magnificent - in fact you could sit all day and every day watching the activity and never be bored. We had to make ourselves go out but always were keen to return. Angie has done a wonderful job of restoration and conversion and richly deserves the plaque of commendation which is on the wall by the front door. We would highly recommend this property to anyone. With Waitrose just round the corner, who could ask for more!!!

We have returned feeling refreshed and relaxed - thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful break

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Angie for being so accommodating during our recent visit to the Watch House. We had a perfect few days with amazing views over Cowes harbour. Very comfortable and well equipped property. We are looking forward to our next visit already.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: November 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property with a wonderful view - plenty of room, well equipped and comfortable with everything we needed.

A wonderful property to watch the world go by, it was hard to move

With plenty of shops etc in walking distance.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in East Cowes, 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
 
Nov -mid Dec
4 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
From
£125
£375
 
 
Xmas & New Year
21 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£600
for 4 nights
From
£150
£800
 
 
January
3 Jan 2018 - 8 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
From
£125
£375
 
 
Feb half term
9 Feb 2018 - 22 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
£540
for 7 nights
£540
 
 
March
24 Feb 2018 - 22 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
£400
 
 
Easter
23 Mar 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£775
for 7 nights
£775
 
 
Mid April
20 Apr 2018 - 26 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£485
 
 
Late April
27 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£575
 
 
early May
4 May 2018 - 17 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
£560
 
 
Mid May
18 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
£575
 
 
May half term
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£875
for 7 nights
£875
 
 
early June
1 Jun 2018 - 7 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£420
for 3 nights
From
£140
£630
 
 
Mid June
8 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
£680
 
 
late June
22 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
early July
6 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
mid July
20 Jul 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
late July
27 Jul 2018 - 2 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
Mid August
11 Aug 2018 - 16 Aug 2018
6 night minimum stay
£960
for 6 nights
From
£160
 
 
late Aug
17 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
early Sept
31 Aug 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
£950
 
 
2nd week Sept
7 Sep 2018 - 20 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
£695
 
 
last wk Sept
21 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
£575
 
 
early October
28 Sep 2018 - 11 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£475
 
 
2nd half Oct
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£675
for 7 nights
£675
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
20% deposit is payable on booking by Bacs or Cheque, the balance is due 3 weeks before you arrive, All payments will be acknowledged by email or letter.

Please ask for special winter rates for 2 or 4 guests

Changeover Day:
Change over day is a Friday. Short breaks are welcome Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday during the quiet months but not during the school holidays.

Notes on prices:
Please ask for Cowes Week prices.
Please enquire for prices if you would like a longer stay during the winter months.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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