This charming character cottage is situated at the end of a quiet pedestrian mews within the centre of the attractive old town of Yarmouth. Within 2-3 minutes walk from the Town Square and shops, and 4 minutes from the ferry and the harbour, Raglan Cottage was in origin two small Victorian cottages which were knocked together and modernised. When converted, Raglan Cottage was also ‘inverted’, so that the darker downstairs became the bathroom, utility and bedrooms, leaving an open and spacious living, kitchen, dining and patio area upstairs, which gathers natural light from all directions. While not be fitted out in a super-modern state-of-the-art way, you should certainly find Raglan Cottage a very clean and comfortable, well-equipped and characterful cottage with many more personalised touches (by way of pictures, books games, etc) than average. Once the owner's much-loved home, we have tried to retain its friendly feel and charm.
Having spent much of my life on the Isle of Wight, for the last 30 years the small but charming historic town of Yarmouth has been my home. While Raglan Cottage was my much-loved base, my teaching career saw me spend much time away as a Housemaster in a large boarding school. Since then, working independently advising/writing on university admissions, I have combined this with my life-long love of history. Frequent requests to talk on the history of Yarmouth led last year to a book on that subject. Besides this I have been active in many aspects of Yarmouth' diverse life, from Chairman of the school governors, to helping organise local events, from the Old Gaffers Festival to Christmas Carols in the Square. Meanwhile I remain an equally enthusiastic supporter of our local hostelries!
Kevin Shaw purchased this cottage in 1980
The West Wight is much the quieter & less populated end of the Isle of Wight, but Yarmouth, though small and picturesque, proudly boasts one of the most active communities found on the Island. The oldest town on the IOW (founded 1135) and the 2nd smallest in England, much of the quaint and largely unspoiled appeal of this pretty old port town is explained in its geography: Given the busy waters of the Solent to the north, the lively harbour and tranquil river estuary to the west and the untouched marshes encroaching from south and east, these beautiful surroundings mean that the town’s small boundaries have never been, and cannot be, extended further. Yet it abounds in activity, especially in the summer with the annual Carnival Week and the 3-day 'Gaffers' Festival which draws over 25,000!
This charming character cottage is situated at the end of a peaceful pedestrian mews near the heart of Yarmouth. Within 2-3 minutes walk from the Town Square and shops, and 4 minutes from the ferry and the harbour, Raglan Cottage was in origin two small Victorian cottages which were knocked together and modernised. When converted it was also ‘inverted’, so that the darker downstairs became the bathroom, utility room and bedrooms, leaving an open and spacious living, kitchen and dining area upstairs, which gathers natural light from all directions and opens onto a small south-facing patio. While the 'town' offers a castle, pier, boat/fishing trips + a dozen good cafes, pubs and restaurants, within 3 miles are 4 fine beaches, 2 golf courses, horse-riding and 2 amusement parks for children.
Debbie and Mark Giddings: 7th June 2012:
We just wanted to say we had a lovely time and won't hesitate to recommend Raglan cottage to our friends. … the only thing we wished was there was some salt and pepper for our fish and chips! [Now corrected!] Otherwise we thought it was very well kitted out.
We hope to return again in the future. Hope you are well.
Debbie & Mark
Peter Kent: July 2012
We had a wonderful time. Raglan is the perfect place to stay!