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Unique Stylish Modern Architectural Award Winner, 5 mins Sea & Beaches, Sleeps 8

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,421 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Modern Architectural Award Winner 4 Dbl Bds, Sleeps 8, Isle of Wight, England - 5 mins Beaches

RIBA award-winning new build 2015, The Sett was designed by architects Dow Jones. It is just a 10-minute walk away from beaches and is only available for holiday lets during the summer holidays. The use of enormous picture windows and glazed walls wrapping around the house allows natural light to flood the interior spaces. Hand trowelled concrete floors cover the entire ground floor where the brick chimney hearth lies at the centre of the house. Douglas Fir wood is extensively used throughout the property from the bespoke kitchen to the floor to ceiling doors, upstairs flooring and commissioned pieces of furniture – tables, chairs and benches to the in-built floor to ceiling bedroom wardrobes and enormous picture windows in each bedroom taking in the panoramic woodland vista. Attention to detail is evident throughout the house and guests can experience living in architecture. A verandah wraps around the the outside of house with double doors leading out onto an emormous garden. There's plenty of seating and dining outside with a mixture of sun-loungers, deckchairs, hammock, fold-up chairs and big garden table to enjoy eating al fresco and a firepit for BBQs. An in-ground trampoline, badmington and pro-ball tennis for children and adults alike adds another dimension of entertainment. The Sett is a home-from-home with access to all types of children's toys, books and games for all ages. Three of the bedrooms are situated on the first floor with fourth bedroom downstairs (with access to WC and walk-in shower & ideal for grandparents seeking to avoid stairs) has floor-to-ceiling glass windows with panormic views across the wooded garden and direct access to outside. Just a 10 minute walk away or a few minutes drive, is the sea for swimming and water sports at the quiet and unspoilt Totland Bay and nearby sandy beaches of Colwell with Tennyson Down beyond and its miles of trails in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The historic harbour town of Yarmouth and ferry terminal is just seven minutes by car, while the amenities of Totland and Freshwater are right on your doorstep with local access to a butcher, baker, supermarkets, bank, post office and gift shops. The Isle of Wight is a popular destination for families and lovers of the outdoor life with endless activities on offer from sailing, surfing and paddle-boarding to riding, cycling or just hiking. There's plenty of award winning pubs and restaurants while farm shops and markets offer excellent local produce.

Sarah Sims
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Sarah Sims

I grew up in London and my husband in Vienna. When my parents retired to the Isle of Wight, we fell in love with the Island so much, we wanted to live here too. There is so much to do as a family - all the outdoor activities you can imagine set in the most picturesque landscape.

Why Sarah Sims chose Totland Bay

We've always had a deep interest in modern architecture and design, so we set out to buy a plot of land and build our own house. We're now very proud that our house, The Sett is an RIBA Award Winner and we decided to open our house to other families for holiday lets for just 4 weeks of the year in summer so they can enjoy the pleasure of living in such a beautiful space.

What makes this house unique

The space speaks for itself - modern architecture at its best.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Totland Bay in Totland

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2421 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Master bedroom has en-suite shower room with remote controlled roof window to shower under the sky, large mirror, basin and WC. Family bathroom with double-ended bath, shower, basin, WC and mirror wall. Downstairs shower room and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs en-suite master bedroom with super king size double bed, upstairs two single bedrooms, downstairs bedroom with king-size and access to own shower/wc room.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: No pets, no smoking and strictly no use of the internal wood burning stove or brick fireplace. Every care must be taken with wiping dry wooden surfaces. To ensure the quality of the wooden and concrete floors please take off outdoor footwear when inside the property. A detailed booklet about The Sett is available on arrival for guests. Outside: The Sett is in a large detached plot, well set back from the unmade made road. The large garden is made up of an old orchard and newly planted trees and shrubs and lawn in an area that stretches to over ½ an acre which borders on an established and secure badger reserve within the property boundary.There is plenty of outdoor seating, sun loungers, hammock, deckchairs and dining for those al fresco moments. Outdoor parking in front driveway for up to two cars. Utility Room: Bosh appliances - washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board & iron, clothes airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels can be provided for small fee. The Sett is thoroughly cleaned between lets, but additional cleaning can be arranged for an extra charge. Other: Downstairs study with two Douglas Fir desks with chairs and direct access to the garden. Upstairs living area/study with benches and seating. Open plan kitchen/dining area (seating ten) and breakfast table next to wood-burning stove.


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Unique Stylish Modern Architectural Award Winner, 5 mins Sea & Beaches, Sleeps 8
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

An wonderful experience, a relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

The house has been so well thought through, It's very well suited to family life and the living spaces connect in an open way but still feel separate, it's the details of the design make this house a real pleasure to be in. We would not hesitate to recommend this house, it's the most relaxing UK holiday we've had and this is mainly due to the design of the property. Ideal for 3 generations of family.

Although it's secluded the house is well located and local shops and sights are easily accessible. There's always lot's to do on the Isle of Wight but 3 things stand out locally: 1. The Sun Inn (Hulverstone) 2. Running/walking along the River Yar to Yarmouth 3. The walk up to Tennyson monument then down to Totland Bay.

Thanks Sarah for the useful info beforehand.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A stunning property - a design classic with all the comforts of a family home

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is a design classic, beautiful modern lines, massive windows, loads of light. Its warm and inviting, with lots of space for two families to live in comfort. The garden has plenty of room to run around in, the kids loved the trampoline and the Swingball (ok, so did the adults), we had BBQs and ate outside as often as the weather would allow, most of the time! The property is in a quiet area, on a private road. The surrounding area has lots of offer too, Totland Bay and Compton Bay were favourite beaches, the Sun Inn at Halverstone and the Highdown Inn at Totland were great pubs. Ventnor and Cowes are definitely worth a visit. We hope to return next year?

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great house beautifully integrated with the garden

  • 5 of 5

It was fascinating to stay in a house so recently designed and so obviously a home, with a really good collection of books. We were given lots of information beforehand by Sarah about the house, surroundings and general attractions nearby. Our four year old granddaughter loved the trampoline, the sprinkler and the child friendly chairs which helped her spend much of her time drawing, constructing etc at a table in the kitchen area. The house was very comfortable and well equipped. Enjoyed the dinosaur walk at the nearby Brook Bay, evenings at Totland Bay, walks on heather towards Alum Bay, jousting at Carisbrooke Castle. A very good place for a three generation family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Love it.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house and the perfect place to relax.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

The Sett is really a beautiful and nice house for a large family. The architecture and the light is impressive and you have more than you need to expend a very peaceful and relaxing holidays. We felt as in our own house.

Sarah was very kind and helpful to organize our trip. Thanks Sarah!!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning property

  • 4 of 5

The owner of the property was very helpful, friendly and accommodating, the property is beautiful and well equipped and has ample space for a large family. If I could find any fault, it would simply be the lack of a microwave, but that's only personal preference. I would recommend this stunning home to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


The nearest beach to the house is Totland Bay, a beautiful unspoilt part of West Wight, just a 7 minute walk away. The Waterfront Pub is located right on the water's edge for that a wonderful sun downer. Around the next headland, and just 10 minute walk from the house are the hugely popular sandy beaches of Colwell Bay with The Hut, an excellent restaurant perched on the promenade.


Both Totland village and Freshwater are right on your doorstep with access to all amenities such as a butcher, baker, fishmonger, Bank, supermarkets, gift shops and takeaway restaurants.

Further Details:

Totland village in West Wight is situated very close to the sea and beaches, with miles of countryside stretching from your doorstep with Tennyson Down beyond and endless trails for walking, cycling and riding. The Isle of Wight is hugely popular with families and is a magnet for all those who enjoy the outdoors with all types of activities to enjoy from canoeing, sailing and surfing to paddle boarding and paragliding. The Island has countless award winning pubs, restaurants and cafes and farm shops to sample excellent local produce. Exploring the miles of outstanding coastline and unspoilt countryside, pretty villages and numerous fascinating and visitor attractions makes holidaying here both interesting and fun for everyone.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £350

CHANGEOVER DAY IS SATURDAY with CHECK IN time at 3.30pm and CHECK OUT by 9.30am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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