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Lovely Detached Chalet-style House With Glorious Sea Views Near Steephill Cove

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Detached House in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England, Full Sky TV In Lounge & Master Bedroom, Free Unlimited WiFi, BT Sport (lounge)

'Tara' is a detached chalet-style house situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in the hills above Steephill Road, Ventnor with glorious sea views, We particularly love the view from the upstairs master bedroom as well as having a sea view from the lounge downstairs - we enjoy watching the ships and boats on the English Channel. Tara is a real home-from-home with good quality, modern furnishings and decor which provides excellent, spacious and uncluttered accommodation. Key features include: full Sky TV (including Movies, Sports and Children's channels) with Sky multi-room in lounge and master bedroom, PLUS BT Sport in lounge; 36" flat screen TV and DVD player with surround sound in lounge; flat screen TV/DVD in master bedroom; FREE UNLIMITED WiFi broadband; iPod docking station; washing machine, dishwasher and microwave, downstairs bathroom and upstairs shower-room; plus full central heating. 'Tara' has a sunny, landscaped back garden, with a raised patio, grass border and lawn to the side which has sea views. You might be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel, or glow worms after dark. The area is also good for bird watching. At night during the summer months you can hear the welcome chirping of crickets in the garden. Steephill Cove is within walking distance; an old fashioned 'picture post card' beach, safe for families, with bathing and rock pooling. Ventnor Botanic Gardens, one of Britain's great gardens with subtropical and exotic plants, is also a short walk away. All in all, 'Tara' is a beautiful holiday home with everything you'll need for a perfect holiday, whatever the weather.

Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

About Caroline

We live on the English mainland with our 3 sons and have enjoyed annual holidays on the Isle of Wight every year since our first son was born (he was born in 1994!). In fact, Jez and I have been enjoying annual holidays on the island ever since we were children in the 1960s, when we visited every year with our own parents and families. This was many years before Jez and I met and got married and was one of the main things we had in common (apart from both supporting Crystal Palace FC too!). We love the Isle of Wight so much that whatever other holidays we have, we always make sure we spend at least one week on the island each summer and visit whenever we can during the rest of the year. Steephill Cove has always been our family's favourite place and we spend most of our time there - we enjoy its relaxed atmosphere, charm and seclusion, plus the fact that it has remained unspoiled and much the same over the years. We also love being able to eat and drink whilst sitting literally right next to the unparalleled, spectacular views of the English Channel, at The Beach Shack, our favourite venue on the cove.

Caroline purchased this house in 2007

Why Caroline chose Isle of Wight

We've always particularly loved the Isle of Wight and finally managed to buy a property of our own, Tara, in 2007 with a view to permanently moving there ourselves one day! With this in mind, we've made sure Tara is much more than a holiday rental property; we've used all our experience gained over many years of staying on the island to make it our second home and as such, it provides everything we would want in a 'home from home'. It really is a special place to us and if we were able to, we would certainly spend most of our time there.

One important factor in deciding to buy a property on the island was to make sure it was within our 'golden' location near to Steephill Cove. When we came across Tara we immediately fell in love its location and the spectacular sea views. It's a 20 minute, beautiful coastal walk into Ventnor, and there are unlimited walks and cycle routes on the island, but nothing is very far by car!.

What makes this house unique

We completely refurbished inside and outside to make sure it really is our home from home. That means that unlike many other holiday properties we have a full Sky package i.e. Sport, Movies, Children's channels, in the Lounge and in the main bedroom and also full unlimited WiFi broadband. We have also added BT Sport in the lounge so that we can watch the sport that Sky don't offer. We have full central heating throughout to ensure it remains warm and cosy at any time of year.

We landscaped the back garden in 2012 and we love relaxing there when we're not at the beach, or out and about, and enjoying an alcoholic beverage (or two!) and a BBQ whenever possible. It's a real sun trap in the summer and is an ideal spot for sunbathing, but has some shaded areas for cooling off and chilling out.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ventnor in South East England

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No outdoor shoes to be worn in the house
  • Please clean up any mess you've made
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Downstairs opposite bedroom 3: bathroom with modern bath with electric shower over, WC, sink and heated towel rail. Upstairs: shower-room with shower cubicle and electric shower, WC and sink. Shaver points in both.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs: Master bedroom - kingsize bed, unit with drawers, double wardrobe, TV/DVD and Sky Box, spectacular sea views; Twin room - 2 x single beds, drawers, wardrobe, garden view. Downstairs: Twin room - 2 x single beds, drawers, wardrobe, garden view.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
PLEASE NOTE: Strictly no pets & no smoking. Children welcome. A travel cot is provided but please bring bedding for this. There is no child safety gate on the stairs. Rear garden is gated but children should be supervised at all times as there are steps leading up to the patio and a steep tree-covered slope behind. OUTSIDE - REAR GARDEN: landscaped raised patio with grass border, lawned area to side with sea views, area for patio furniture with sea views, lawned side area ideal for relaxing on sun loungers. Rotary clothes line. FRONT GARDEN: grass lawn and tidy shrub/flower border. French door in lounge opens onto a small patio to front garden with sea views. WILDLIFE that may be spotted from the garden includes red squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, bats and glow worms. PARKING: on front drive for one car plus parking on quiet road directly outside if required. IN GARAGE: patio table and garden chairs, sun loungers, sun parasol, BBQ. CLEANING / TOWELS / LINEN / WELCOME PACK: All clean bed linen (beds made up), towels and tea towels are provided at the beginning of each stay. Please bring own beach towels. Mid-stay linen change and/or Welcome Pack available if required, each at extra cost, please enquire on booking. OTHER: Also provided: ironing board, clothes horse, clothes pegs, hoover, cool bag.

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


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Tara - Frankly my dear, it was excellent!

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a week at Tara, a lovely contemporary property set in a quiet edge of Ventnor. It has all the practicality of purpose-built holiday accommodation, but with the charm and cosiness of the owners' home-from-home. Well outfitted and spacious it also has many nice touches in terms of ornaments and pictures which give it character but not clutter. Everything is light and airy and the large front windows have views out over the rooftops to the sea.

Our visit had very mixed weather, and it was great to be able to pull the curtains and pop the heating on to shut out torrential rain one day, then open up the big windows and have lunch on the patio in the sun the next.

Tara is managed by the owners, and they were very responsive and helpful before, during and after our stay. There was also a wealth of information on site about the house, equipment, local places of interest, etc which we found very useful. The wireless broadband (essential these days) worked well and the Sky ‘everything’ package was a bonus. It is worth noting, though, that mobile phone coverage is patchy around this part of the island.

Ventnor has a lot to offer - coffee at The Royal Hotel, the 'fish three ways' meal at Foggs, lovely walks along the coastal paths and fish & chips from The Chippy were all highlights, as was a visit to the Heritage Museum for local history.

We had a great time here, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a base for exploring the island. Tara offers a homely coastal retreat from mainland hubbub without losing key practical comforts such as Internet access and a dishwasher.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Tara and really appreciate all your positive comments. We try really hard to make sure that Tara is equipped with everything for a comfortable and relaxing holiday so it's good to know we're getting it right. We hope you will consider staying at Tara again if you visit the IOW in the future.
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2
16 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 3 Bank Holiday 1
30 Apr 2017 - 6 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 4
7 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 5 Bank Holiday 2
28 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 1
4 Jun 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2
23 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 3
3 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 1
24 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2
22 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 3
29 Oct 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 1 Xmas/New Year
24 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
A flat deposit of £150.00 is required to secure your booking (this is to cover any damage or breakages that may occur during your stay and is refunded in full to you shortly after your departure from Tara). Following this, the Total rent should be paid no later than 40 days prior to the arrival date. PLEASE NOTE if the booking date is less than 40 days from the arrival date then the total rent should be paid along with the deposit at the time of booking. We strongly recommend that you insure your booking with a cancellation and curtailment policy.

Changeover Day:
Saturday - Saturday. Arrival from 4pm, departure by 10am.

Please also refer to "Tara Booking Terms and Conditions."

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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