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Charming Apartment With Garden & Private Parking - just for couples

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Garden Apartment in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England - Excellent Location, Furnished As A 'Home From Home'

We have a little house in France* and over the years have been collecting furniture and other items we've found in Brocante shops and markets and bringing them back to England. Our décor includes some of these pieces and mixes vintage French country with fabrics and colours from familiar names such as Laura Ashley and Annie Sloan. It's very much a 'home from home' with a lived in feel - if you're looking for bland, soul-less or flat-pack uniformity, then you'll be disappointed!

The house itself was built around 1870 and features in some of the original Victorian paintings of Ventnor. It stands at the foot of St Boniface Down and overlooks the rooftops of the town down towards the sea. We've lovingly converted the ground floor into a romantic, private and thoughtfully equipped space, just for couples. You have your own front entrance, private parking plus full use of the garden (which you can access via the side gate or through your own back door).

The focus really is on comfort so the apartment is spotlessly clean and offers special touches such as a choice of slipper bath or walk-in shower, high quality linens and toiletries and a well equipped kitchen to help you feel 'at home' straight away. We've thought of the practical things too with complimentary WiFi and central heating throughout - a perfect place to cosy-up for a winter break.

After a day of exploring, you'll have the perfect place to sit and relax with a glass of wine or cup of tea. The Downs are literally at the end of the garden path and if you're a nature lover, you'll enjoy seeing our regular wildlife visitors throughout the seasons including a wide range of butterflies, birds and bees. We consider ourselves very lucky to also have a pair of red squirrels raid our hazelnut feeder daily, we've named them Fred and Ginger and they're very entertaining!

Ventnor really is the perfect location for a romantic break. The town has individuality, character and everything within walking distance; perfect for strolling on the beach or the beautiful downland, wildlife spotting, seeking out rare flora and fauna at the Ventnor Botanic Garden, water sports, sea safaris, tennis, golf and of course challenging cycling routes. Ventnor hosts its own carnival and several festivals throughout the year; the Isle of Arts in May and the Ventnor Fringe Festival in August. And with it's famously temperate climate, Ventnor is also ideal for an off season visit - don't miss the Boxing Day swim when islanders brave the icy cold water for charity. If you take the coastal path from Ventnor or walk down through the Ventnor Botanic Garden, you'll discover Steephill Cove, a hidden gem inaccessible by car.

Bonchurch is also just a short stroll away and offers a wealth of pretty walks. You can relax in the Pond Café, visit the pottery studios, explore secluded coves along the coastal path, tackle the more challenging footpaths weaving their way up the undercliff or take the gentle stroll along the waters edge stopping at the SeaPot for fresh crab pasties at Wheeler's Bay.

While there's a lot to keep you in Ventnor and Bonchurch, you'll also be conveniently located for visiting other favourites such as Steephill Cove, Shanklin Chine, Godshill, The Needles, the Isle of Wight Festival, Cowes Week, walking and cycling festivals - even a Garlic Festival! Nothing is too far away on the island and we'll even share a few lesser known gems that visitors don't always find.

So whether you're looking for a few days of quality time together, celebrating a special occasion, or have weeks of water-sports and hiking planned, rest assured that we'll do everything we can to make your stay memorable - for all the right reasons!

We're welcoming guests this year for short off-season breaks and longer summer stays.

*Owners Direct property reference FR5911.

More Details

Shelley Andrews
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2017

About Shelley Andrews

Simon and I both grew up in North London but have started a new adventure with our move to the Isle of Wight.

As well as continuing with our house renovations and exploring this stunningly beautiful island, we're now able to welcome couples to stay in our Garden Apartment here in Ventnor (OD E13567) and of course continue to visit our beloved second home in beautiful Carcassonne (OD FR5911).

Shelley Andrews purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Shelley Andrews chose Isle of Wight

We'd talked about moving out of London and wanted to relocate somewhere beautiful by the sea, with lots of period properties and still be near to friends and family. It had to be Ventnor on the Isle of Wight...

We loved the house straight away and knew it had potential. And once we saw the garden, there was no turning back - imagine having St Boniface Down at the end of your garden path!

As well as moving in ourselves, we've also been encouraging the wildlife to feel at home. We've seen many types of birds and butterflies in the garden, but best of all are our two regular red squirrels who we've named 'Fred and Ginger'. They are hazelnut addicts!

We're also enjoying exploring the coastline with Ventnor, Bonchurch and Steephill Cove beaches all within walking distance from the house.

What makes this apartment unique

The garden apartment is the first part of our Isle of Wight home to be completed and we're now welcoming guests. We've designed the space to offer couples a comfortable, cosy and private place in which to unwind after a day exploring the island (or even just relaxing in the garden!)

Being strictly 'adults only', we've chosen good quality fittings, luxury mattress, linens and towels to provide that 'home from home' experience. Relax in the slipper bath or have a refreshing shower; we've fitted both so you have the choice.

Ventnor is one of the sunniest places in the UK but to ensure our winter guests are also snug, you'll find central heating throughout.

We also offer many personal touches to help make your stay memorable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here are some excerpts from comments left in our guest book...

"We have loved every minute of our stay in your beautiful apartment...thank you for making us feel so welcome and for providing all the many facilities and personal touches, that made for a truly home from home experience."

D&R, August 2014

"Thank you for a lovely 6 days in your beautiful apartment. It is absolutely stunning and the home from home comforts and little touches have made our stay in the IOW truly relaxing...we can’t wait to return."

S&R, July 2014

"What a lovely place; relaxed, comfortable, very well appointed. What more could we want. Thank you for offering a short break – we will be back."

D&N, July 2014

"We’ve had a lovely week here and your effort in creating a beautiful apartment has greatly contributed to us enjoying our first visit to IOW. As it was our first visit, there was lots to do but as the apartment was so easy to relax in, we always ended up staying in until at least mid-morning! We’ll definitely recommend you to our friends."

T&P, July 2014

"Thank you for a wonderful stay in your gorgeous flat and also for so many welcoming details, plus our little hamper of IOW goodies to get us started. We have had a fabulous week here helped by lovely sunny days."

D&A, July 2014

"Shelley and Simon have created a welcoming and elegantly styled flat here. Very lovely. Enjoyed every minute...we certainly loved our time here and found everything very relaxing. Hope very much to return."

T&G, June 2014
Jan 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ventnor in South East England

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to master bedroom with slipper bath, separate walk-in shower, double vanity, fluffy towels, WC and shaver point. Some toiletries provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with French style king-size bed, high quality mattress and luxury linens. On arrival, choose from a selection of pillows to ensure you get the best night's sleep then awake to the sound of birdsong drifting in from the garden.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden
  • 1 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We welcome 7+ night bookings between June and September 2017 with arrival / departure mainly on a Saturday. Short breaks available off-peak and sometimes during gaps between summer bookings - please do enquire just in case. For safety reasons we do not permit smoking anywhere in the property. As the garden apartment is just for couples or a single traveller, we're sorry that children and pets are also not permitted. Outside: The apartment has its own private front entrance. It also has its own garden access at the back of the house and secure storage for bikes (by arrangement). Use of the garden is officially 'shared' with the owners although in practice every effort is made to respect guests' privacy. While the garden will be an ongoing project this year, its informal nature increases wild visitors and we've already seen a red squirrel and a badger, in addition to many species of birds, bees and butterflies. Cows and goats sometimes graze on the downs - they are very friendly and love to pop their heads over the fence! One section of the garden will be left wild to encourage further visitors and guests are very welcome to relax and treat the garden as their own during their stay. The garden apartment also comes with its own parking space at the front of the property - a definite bonus in Ventnor! Utility Room: Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, picnic hamper and lots more provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Quality bed linen, towels, face cloths, tea towels etc all provided. Cleaning (at the end of each stay) and laundry is included in the rental price. Additional cleaning during your stay can be arranged upon request (please ask for a quotation). Other: WiFi internet access throughout. Own front entrance and rear access to the garden.

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)


Beautiful Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Swiss Cottage for our honeymoon and were warmly greeted by Shelley on arrival, she made us feel at home and was quick to respond to questions by text during our stay.

The apartment is in a great location and the parking was a real bonus! Everything was decorated beautifully and to a really high standard, the kitchen was well kitted out which we made use of on several nights. The bed was lovely and comfortable, the bathroom was luxurious and the living/dining area was warm and cosy. We didn't make full use of the garden as the weather was a little on the breezy side but on warmer days it's a lovely addition to the apartment.

There was lots to do within walking distance of the apartment, shops, restaurants (In particular Masala Bay if you like Indian Food) and lovely coastal walks. Definitely check out Crave ice cream parlour - we became regulars in our short time there!

If you're looking for a beautiful apartment for two on the Isle of Wight then look no further than Swiss Cottage, it's absolutely perfect and we are already planning a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The garden apartment is wonderfully furnished and made for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in the Isle of Wight and we were warmly welcomed by Shelley who showed us around the Garden Apartment. The furnishings are of a very high quality and we very quickly settled in and started to relax. The bed was very comfortable as were the pillows and duvet. Everywhere was spotlessly clean and very well maintained. The lounge has 2 very comfortable sofas and there There is a huge flat screen TV which was a real treat as so often in holiday lets you get a small 20" tv.

It is a short walk to the town which has a number of lovely restaurants and cafés and there are some lovely coastal and inland walks from the doorstep.

We hope to visit the island again and would definitely stay in the Garden Apartment. Thank you Simon and Shelley for a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent apartment

  • 5 of 5

Excellent apartment. Beautifully decorated with every comfort. Ideally located to explore the island. The hosts made us very welcome. Thanks for a first class holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent Apartment in good location

  • 5 of 5

This was a clean stylish apartment ideal for just two people, In a good quiet location in Ventnor. Parking right out side the door and all the apartment is on one level, so ideal for people with limited mobility. ( although the garden is accessed up step stone steps which would be a problem for some people) Shelley was there at the time of handover and was very discrete the rest of the week, in fact I dont think we heard or saw here at all. All-in all a pleasant experience and would consider returning in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pleasant Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Shelley welcomed me and my wife and showed us around, explained how to work all the appliances and such - and then left us to it. She was a text message away if we needed anything, and warned us when she was coming down to prune the flowers.

The apartment was clean, and finished to a high standard. A small entrance lead into a neat kitchen, off of that a living room and dining area. The bedroom was further in, and an en-suite bath/shower/toilet room. Downsides, and a very petty one but I'll put it in - smoke alarm was a little sensitive. Even making toast set it off.

Situated in Ventnor, it was a 5-10 minute walk into town, downhill. The walk back being much harder work up the hill but it was no real issue. Located close to bus stops so we got around the island easy enough.

Would very happily return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We stayed in this appartment for nine days in June2016 and found it absolutely superb & comfortable

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I booked this holiday apartment on line as we wanted a base to explore the south of the Isle of Wight and chose Ventnor for this reason.

We were met by the owner Shelley who showed round all the apartment features and where immediately with the quality,, cleanliness and facilities too numerous to list. I would like to think that if the chance to return to the island arises we would not hesitate to return to this apartment. .

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1 - 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 5 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 2 - 2017
6 May 2017 - 13 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3 - 2017
14 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4 - 2017
17 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Rate 5 - 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6 - 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7 - 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Minimum stay: Where a four night minimum stay is quoted, guests are welcome to stay for less than four nights but the minimum rental of £300 will still apply. Please contact us for further information.

Cancellations: Guests are encouraged to take out travel insurance as we cannot offer a refund in the event of cancellation. We are happy to offer you alternative dates providing we are able to re-let the apartment.

Restrictions: We welcome couples or single travelers only, regrettably no children or pets. Smoking is permitted in the garden only. In order to maintain our high standards of cleanliness, we kindly ask all guests not to wear outdoor footwear indoors.

Special offer: Guests who have stayed in our French property are welcome to a 10% discount on their stay in Ventnor.

General: All guests are required to complete the last page of our booking form and send by post or email.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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