Clarence House - The Osborne Apartment
The Osborne Apartment is a Chic, Stylish Escape in our elegant Victorian Manor house. Fully equipped for self catering with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, Nespresso coffee machine and a high quality finish, it is a sumptuous and relaxing environment. Black velvet chesterfield sofa, 42inch TV with DVD player, iPod/CD player and king size bed all with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. With views of the park while eating your breakfast or of the rear garden from your bedroom window. With big fluffy towels, crisp bed linen and extra little touches to make you feel at home.
Style, Comfort, Peace & Quiet
Book before March 31st a get 50% discounted ferry crossing.
For all our bookings we offer discounted ferry crossings to all our guests all year.
Where luxury is about feeling comfortable, your own private space and the personal freedom to do what you want when you want…
Where it feels like a special occasion but it’s simply what you deserve…
We understand your most valuable possession is time, you are a unique individual and you want to make the most of your time off so..with that in mind we have created more than a great place to stay; we help you to enjoy hassle free holidays with a special place to call home at the end of each day.
Our uniquely decorated apartments offer the privacy and freedom to relax, unwind, explore new places. Your antidote to daily life and home from home. All newly renovated, our Two x one bedroom apartments which each sleep 2 adults and the One x two bedroom apartment that sleeps 4 are immaculately presented holiday apartments that combine the very best of contemporary living perfectly in balance with the buildings traditional period features and heritage. They lie opposite the award-winning Ventnor Park, renowned for its pristine planting. The apartments have high ceilings and where possible, original mouldings and fireplaces, all beautifully restored to offer guests a true experience of opulent Victorian living by the seaside.
Centrally located, we offer a perfect base for the beach and the cosmopolitan town of Ventnor just a 10 minutes’ stroll away. Ventnor’s popular shingle and sand beach - where freshly caught fish of the day can be purchased at the marina - is about 5 minutes’ walk downhill.
Blackgang Chine is nearby, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, and within easy reach are The Needles and Alum Bay. Attractions include Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle, a donkey sanctuary and Calbourne Water Mill which has a 17th-century working watermill. Osborne House and Gardens (Queen Victoria’s holiday residence), and Carisbrooke Castle are a short distance away. The sailing towns of Yarmouth and Cowes, and the popular resorts of Shanklin and Sandown are nearby. The island can be explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points. Beach 500 yards. Shop 800 yards, pub 350 yards, restaurant 300 yards.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
About Gillian Mechan
Hello From Sunny Ventnor !
The Isle of Wight was never a place I thought we would call home until a surprise birthday trip organised by Robert for my birthday.
We fell in love with the beauty of Ventnor and by chance spotted Clarence House in the window of a local estate agent.........
And so here we are.
With our Elegant, Victorian Manor House in the heart of Ventnor with 4 holiday apartments and gorgeous views over Ventnor Park.
We hope by sharing this stunning house and it's location you too will fall in love with Ventnor re-styled and re-discovered.
It is like life but better.......
We look forward to welcoming you to Clarence House
Gillian & Robert
Gillian Mechan purchased this apartment in 2014
Why Gillian Mechan chose Isle of Wight
We fell in love with Ventnor and the friendliness of "The Islanders".
It truly has a different feel from the mainland and yet is only 1/2 an hour away by Catamaran or Ferry.
A drive through the country lanes brings lots of Ohhhs and Ahhhs at the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the quaint thatched villages.
A superb destination for walkers, cyclists or the hearty tri-athletes. There is much to be seen on the Coastal Path with striking chalk geology featuring heavily here in the south. There are great views out to sea and many interesting places to visit, reflecting the island's heritage and royal patronage over the years. Isle of Wight boasts many wonderful cycling and riding routes around the island's dramatic coast line with varying degrees of difficulty.
What makes this apartment unique
A Chic, Stylish Escape in an Elegant Victorian Manor House in Central Ventnor.
Our sumptuous and uniquely styled apartments complete with super soft bedding and all amenities. Are available all year. With Stunning views over Ventnor Park and walking distance to the beach, restaurants and the Botanical Gardens, everything is on your door step at Clarence House. From Michelin starred restaurants to crab shakes on the sandy beach This is Ventnor re-styled and re-discovered, all transforming your definition of a holiday in the Isle of Wight.
We provide all bedding and towels along with a fully equipped kitchen. There is also secure lock-up storage for bikes and walking equipment.
We happily accept children over 12 years of age.
No dogs or smoking anywhere on the premises.
Deposit is 25% of the tariff rate plus an extra £100 security deposit, to formally secure the booking for you. Balance and/or full rental payment must be received 6 weeks before arrival date.
Telephone reservations will be held for 48 hours and officially confirmed once we have received your completed Booking Form and payment
Should you book within 6 weeks of your arrival date, the full balance is due.
For full terms and conditions please refer to our booking conditions
Weekly bookings arrival is Friday. Weekend bookings are Friday - Monday. Mid week bookings Monday-Friday
Arrivals after 4pm
Departure by 10am
In the low season if possible change over days and timings may be flexible. But please do check with us first.
(11 traveller reviews)
Very relaxing stay in a beautiful location
We came here for the whole of the Christmas period. The accommodation is beautiful, clean and well stocked for all you need. Very warm, a little too warm at times, especially cooking Christmas dinner in the kitchen with no window to open and no adjustment on the radiator (could have just been me but I think the window was painted shut). But we opened the other windows and cooled it down. Might be worth being able to adjust the temperature locally to the apartment to save energy. The bedroom and bathroom are just right, no problems at all. The lounge area is very comfortable and warm, but you can adjust the radiator in there.
Something worth bearing in mind is the mobile telephone signal, obviously this is of no fault of the owners, but we struggled to get any signal at all, only when we went to Newport and Ryde could we make calls and send/receive texts. Now to some this is ideal, but not when you need the facility. There is Wi-Fi which does enable you to make internet calls and messages, but only if the person you wish to speak to has internet. The Wi-Fi signal drops in and out, but again I would imagine that was more to do with location rather than the apartments.
Again, these are not big issues, but just something worth bearing in mind.
Ventnor is lovely, we were very fortunate with the weather, it was sunny every day. We ate and drank in the Spyglass Inn and Perks. Both very enjoyable.
Newport was busy and is all one way systems, annoying driving, so unless you really want to go shopping I wouldn't bother.
Ryde is good, you need to be able to walk well in the Isle of Wight on the whole, it is very hilly.
We went to Osborne House which was a rip off as only about 20 percent of it was open and they still charged full price.
On the whole we had a great time and would definitely return in the summer season when there is more open. I mean they even close the Needles!! Not sure how...
My husband and I recently stayed in the Osborne apartment ,most definitely the best choice of stay. The apartment is finished to a very high luxurious standard and is extremely comfortable . The kitchen is very well equipped with tea, coffee and even dishwasher and washing tablets, everything you need. The bathroom also included toiletries and lovely fluffy towels.
The living area is perfect , bright and surprisingly spacious with a large flat screen Tv. There are beautiful coastal walks, plenty of places to visit. Gillian left a wonderful list of recommended places to eat within walking distance . This really is a fabulous place to stay. I would definitely recommend Clarence House to anyone.Thank's Gillian and Robert for a perfect stay.
Osbourne Apartment Top Quality
On arrival it is always, have I made the right choice is it what was on the description. Both of these are a big yes at Clarence House. Gillian greeted us with a big smile and kind words, she took us to Osbourne Apartment which was very clean, airy and very luxurious with little details like fresh flowers. With the apartments being in easy walking distance of Ventnor town and the list of eatery's given by Gillian you can't go wrong.
Thank you Gillian and Robert for a fantastic week at Clarence House, I will have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and family alike.
Very comfortable base for IOW exploration
My wife and I found the apartment just as seen and described on the website. It was bright, very clean, well equipped and comfortable. The kitchen was compact but contained all of the required utensils, crockery etc with the added bonus of a coffee machine and a little box of complementary teas and coffee pods. The living room was bright and a comfortable place to sit when eating meals by the window or on the sofa enjoying the large flat screen TV. The bed was comfortable, especially after long days walking and it was nice being able to have the old sash windows open at night. Nothing was lacking in the. toilet/shower room (apart from maybe an extra few centimetres space to dry oneself!) with lots of hot water when required.
We found that our phones were useless around Ventnor (Vodafone 3G network) so it was always handy using the Clarence House Wifi network to catch up with everything when returning in the evening.
The other two apartments in Clarence House were also occupied at the same time but we heard nothing of them. Although parking is on the main road outside Clarence House we never had a problem getting a spot on the not very busy road. We were easily able to walk in to Ventnor for the shops and beach front but it's slightly more challenging coming back (up the hills or windy roads). It was nice being opposite the park and being able to walk through it and up and over the hill on to the coastal path and walk down in to Ventnor or Steep Hill Cove. It was handy having the Spyglass Inn at the bottom of the hill where they served nice food as well as the usual array of drinks. We also enjoyed a walk down the road from Clarence House to the Ventnor Botanical Gardens where we had a great afternoon walking around their non formally laid out gardens along with tea and home made cakes!
On our most adventurous day we walked the coastal path right up to Sandown Pier and back; a 14 mile round trip through various terrain with the odd stop off at strategically placed tea shops along the way. In the car you can usually be anywhere on the island within 40 minutes. In our week's stay we covered the whole coastline and particularly enjoyed Freshwater Bay, The Needles country park, Yarmouth, Cowes, Bembridge and Seaview (very tasty dinner at the Boathouse pub). Shanklin and Sandown were nice and probably better if you have kids in tow.
I would definitely recommend Clarence House as a comfortable base from which to explore the IOW. Thanks Gillian & Robert!
Accommodation is highly commended for its location, decor, facilities, cleanliness and comfort. Owners have clearly paid a lot of attention to detail when considering everything visitors may need to make them feel at home. Had initial concern about parking in the street, but this didn't prove to be a problem at all. Really understanding customer service with super fast responses to emails. No hesitation in recommending Clarence House!
From the Owner
“We fell in love with Ventnor and the friendliness of "The Islanders". It truly has a different feel from the mainland and yet is only 1/2 an hour away by Catamaran or Ferry. A drive through the country lanes brings lots of Ohhhs and Ahhhs at the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the quaint thatched villages. A superb destination for walkers, cyclists or the hearty tri-athletes. There is much to be seen on the Coastal Path with striking chalk geology featuring heavily here in the south. There are great views out to sea and many interesting places to visit, reflecting the island's heritage and royal patronage over the years. Isle of Wight boasts many wonderful cycling and riding routes around the island's dramatic coast line with varying degrees of difficulty.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Of special interest is the vast array of cycling, walking and swimming spots on the Island.With advice and information available from Robert who is a keen cyclist and open water swimmer.
More than half the Isle of Wight has been designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty, and there are 65 miles of coastline to explore. Along the more beautiful south coast there's a beach to suit everyone. A 5 min stroll down the winding path and through the cascading gardens, you are on the golden beachfront of Ventnor, which has something of a riviera feel. The tide is strong here, but the beach itself is clean, mainly sandy, easily accessible, and has rockpools to poke around in at either end.
There are several ways to get onto the Island. From Lymington,Southampton and Portsmouth both Red Funnel and WightLink provide a very good ferry service.
Distance from Ryde or Fishbourne to Ventnor is apprx 12 miles of lovely countryside driving. ( or cycling for the more adventurous )
We are in the heart of Ventnor so all amenities are accessible by walking.
From the Owner
“A Chic, Stylish Escape in an Elegant Victorian Manor House in Central Ventnor. Our sumptuous and uniquely styled apartments complete with super soft bedding and all amenities. Are available all year. With Stunning views over Ventnor Park and walking distance to the beach, restaurants and the Botanical Gardens, everything is on your door step at Clarence House. From Michelin starred restaurants to crab shakes on the sandy beach This is Ventnor re-styled and re-discovered, all transforming your definition of a holiday in the Isle of Wight. We provide all bedding and towels along with a fully equipped kitchen. There is also secure lock-up storage for bikes and walking equipment. We happily accept children over 12 years of age. No dogs or smoking anywhere on the premises.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- Private Chef
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- bay fishing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite shower room with wc, wash hand basin, and glass door shower enclosure. We provide you with toilet rolls, large fluffy towels and luxury toiletries. We also provide a hairdryer and socket adapter for your toothbrush / shaver.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- A king size bed with posture support mattress, marshmallow duvet and choice of pillows all encased in crisp fresh bed-linen for your comfort.
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Please bear in mind that Ventnor is a steeply sloping town from the hills at St Boniface Down toward the sea, and therefor so is Clarence House. We have slowly graduating steps up to the house, and slightly steeper ones around through the garden to the Apartments. It is not suitable for the mobility impaired and there is unfortunately no wheelchair access. It is also not suitable for small children and therefore we have a minimum age limit of 12 years old Outside: The sheltered location of Ventnor on the cliff of the Island's south coast means we experiences a microclimate with more sunny days than much of the British Isles, and fewer frosts. This has allowed many species of subtropical plant to be successfully planted and maintained. Do not be surprised to see growing in the garden plants that are native to New Zeland or the Canary Islands. Osborne Apartment at Clarence House has use of a lovely secluded sun trap garden with tables and chairs to enjoy afternoon tea or a glass of wine