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Cottage In Charming Small Town Location Near The Solent

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine


About the property

Cottage in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England - Yarmouth Is Surrounded By The Sea, River And Beautiful Countryside, Near Beaches, Sailing, Etc

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.

Kevin Shaw
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2015

About Kevin Shaw

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

Why Kevin Shaw chose Yarmouth

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!

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Debbie and Mark Giddings: 7th June 2012:

Dear Kevin,

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.

Kind regards,

Debbie & Mark

Peter Kent: July 2012

We had a wonderful time. Raglan is the perfect place to stay!

Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Yarmouth in Isle of Wight

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • One roomy bathroom/wc with bath and shower over. It has a door to a large airing cupboad, containing the boiler.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 bedrooms (1 double king-size bed, 1 with twin beds) + double bed-settee in living room.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
Notes on accommodation: Open all year round, we offer a friendly, personalised approach, competitive prices and flexible bookings (minimum 2 nights) than you will find with other more commercial local alternatives. We are not constrained by weekly turn-arounds, or fixed arrival and departure times. Many of our visitors are friends or recommended friends of friends, and we include extra value added by way of a personally produced up-to-date package of local information: where/where not to shop, eat, swim, etc. based on the closest of up-to-date experience of the owner, who still lives all year in Yarmouth, and the cottage manager who works there. Outside: Outside space is limited. In front of the cottage is a small garden area, with wooden bench, but the main outside feature is the small south-facing patio off the living area and kitchen upstairs. Table and chairs there make a good venue for alfresco breakfast or lunches in the summer (though the sun passes out of sight by early evening). Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble drier, iron & ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (though not beach towels) and linen are included, and are freshly laundered before each new arrival. For longer stays the property is cleaned weekly, and towels and linen changed.


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Yarmouth is on the Solent and you can walk to the water's edge within 300 yards. The town has its own beach, but there are four much better ones, of different styles, within 3 miles (5-10 mins by car). Buses serve 2 of them very well/frequently. They vary from rock pools and cave opportunities, to sandy, safe swimming for children.


Yarmouth is directly served by the Wightlink ferry from Lymington in the New Forest, which itself is easily reached by train or car. (The train links easily with Southampton Airport). For short stays you can have a good time in Yarmouth without a car, using buses/taxis if required. But even though the car ferry costs are high, the IOW in general, and the West in Wight in particular is well worth exploring in a car if possible.


Yarmouth itself is of some interest, with its busy harbour (including Lifeboat), Castle and Pier. The county town of Newport is 9 miles away (buses every 30 mins), but hardly fascinating! Near it though is Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles I was imprisoned and c 5 miles beyond is Osborne House, Queen Victoria's remarkable/intriguing home. For children there are many, many attractions besides.

Further Details:

It is hard to think of anywhere else with a population so tiny (under 1,000) and an area so small (97 acres) which boasts the following: a Castle and a Pier; a River and a Harbour; a thriving School, Church and Post Office; Police, Fire and Lifeboat stations; a Ferry and two Boatyards; two Sailing Clubs; an Historic Hotel, three good Pubs and nearly a dozen other places (mostly very good) to eat, drink and/or stay. To these should be added a range of other useful services and shops from Doctor, Dentist and Pharmacist to Newsagent, General Store and Chandlery – besides all of which are an interesting range of specialist outlets, from a Delicatessen to two art galleries. In Freshwater, 2-3 miles away, are 3 Banks, a large Coop Supermarket and a Sainsburys Local as well as Take-away outlets for Chinese, Indian and Pizzas (which will deliver, usually free).

Boat and fishing trips, cycle hire (it's a good place on bike), horse-riding, etc are all close to hand.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Yarmouth, South East England


  • Booking Notes:
    Contact by phone or (preferably) email to book. Deposits of 50% are required at the time of the booking, and the balance is due one calendar month before arrival.

    Changeover Day:
    As explained elsewhere, change-over days, length of stays and arrival and departure times are all flexible.

    Notes on prices:
    On a minimum 2 night short-stay per-night basis, the cottage rental ranges between £65 and £100, but weekly lettings in the lowest season correspond to as little as £42 per night.
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