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Brick built 2 bed bungalow at the end of a line surrounded by manicured lawns at the edge of the Chine offering both privacy and extensive views over farmland and the Solent. Easy parking near the property. On site there are nearby playing fields facilities for tennis and 'pitch & putt' and there is a children's playground. Other facilities include an office(for information) a small shop and launderette. The ancient harbour town of Yarmouth (ten mins drive away) is where the ferry comes in, is quite charming and is a hub of activities eg sailing, canoeing etc and it regularly hosts fabulous festivals throughout the year. There is also a beautiful wooden pier to eat ice creams on or fish or go crabbing.
Five minutes drive away there are shopping facilities in Freshwater which boasts a Sainsbury and a large CO-OP. Children's facilities on the Island are second to none Fort Victoria is 7 mins drive away offering a small aquarium, a planetarium, miniature railway, a small museum, nature reserve and a cafe! Plus there are lovely walks along the beach and stunning views across to Hurst castle.The area is generally well served with good restaurants and excellent pubs some serving Gastro type food (in high Season it is advisable to book, we've left a list with tel nos in the bungalow.)
Freshwater Bay and Alam bay are both about 15/20 mins drive away and they are well worth a visit I can't resist a drive down Military Road where there are the most amazing views over the Needles and Freshwater and Compton Bays.
We love this property because there are no properties to one side of it so it offers privacy and space ...it has a calm peaceful feel .
It is positioned so that you can enjoy the sun from first thing in the morning to last thing at night.
Surrounded by countryside the night sky is also quite spectacular on a clear night.
We visited the Isle of Wight with our children ( and friends and family) for nearly 20 years.
Our children learnt to swim here fish, handle boats understand about the sea and the countryside.
There are rangers offices dotted around the island which conduct walks and arrange little sessions and activities we all found out so much about wild life on these trips.
We have spotted Dolphins off Colwell bay, red squirrels in the beautiful tree next to our bungalow and the number of shrews, weasels and butterflies and birds etc we have seen are countless. I call the IOW the Ark of the British Isles. Although we have visited many places around the world there is definately something special about this spot in West Wight.
Sitting outside my bungalow surrounded by countryside with the sea in front of me and the sun on my face and a cool drink in my hand.... Peaceful bliss!
As this is the first time we have let this property we can only give you our own experiences which cover the last 18 years from the time that are children were young. As a family we have enjoyed long safe and very healthy holidays with lazy days on the beach long walks through some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain and activities such as sailing swimming snorkelling ending in barbecues on the beach or at the bungalow. The island benefits from a micro climate being sunnier than the mainland it allows greater freedom to explore the beautiful countryside and beaches. In short this place has been the ideal tonic to escape the pressures of modern life and we cannot recommend it enough!!
This bungalow is very well situated for the local beach, which was surprisingly quiet on a May/June half term. There's a large grassy area for kids to play on (and watch rabbits!) within sight of the window, with no roads nearby, so very safe for kids.
Within a few miles drive are a number of fun attractions, including the Needles Park (with chair lift), a Llama/Alpaca farm, Yarmouth Harbour, the shingle beach of Freshwater Bay, a petting farm (opening in July 2016?) , the coastal road, and the "Blackgang Chine" kids amusement park. This is all on the western side of the Isle of Wight. There are also plenty of walks , some originating right at the apartment, so you can maybe forget the car altogether.
The bungalow itself is well-stocked with all the essentials, everything works and is in good condition. It's no bigger than it needs to be, but the use of space is very well thought out, with dining area / lounge / kitchen , a good-sized bathroom, a double-bedroom and a kids' bedroom with 2 bunk beds. There's also a nice park-bench outside overlooking the grass and with a sea view, so you can eat or sit outside whenever the weather permits.
The owners of the other bungalows are all very friendly, and on a given week you'll only find around 1/2 in use, so it's not very busy. I got the feeling most of the bungalows are owned by people who don't let them out, but rather visit themselves on a regular basis. Many are retired, but there's also some families with little kids.
Although the ferry is nearby, it's the 30 minute ferry - you may actually find it more fun to drive to Cowes and take the 60 minute ferry into Southampton, since then you can get out of your car and enjoy the view for 40 minutes. On a sunny Sunday evening, it's a glorious and interesting journey, as you'll meet the mega cruise ships coming the other way out of Southampton.
Mary and Ian, the owners, may be around at the weekends. They are very friendly and knowledgeable about the area, having holidayed there themselves for many years. They are very happy to talk, but also have a knack of knowing when you want your privacy.
Personally I think the bungalow is a real bargain for what you get and the beachside location. We're going to Woolacoombe beach in Devon later in the year, renting an apartment for almost 3x as much (summer holiday - but we rented this place on the half-term). I only hope we have as much fun that week as we did in the Isle of Wight.
We cannot recommend this holiday home highly enough! This was our summer holiday and felt like a home from home. The very thoughtful owners, Ian and Mary, gave a warm welcome. They provided a welcome pack (milk, wine, fruit) and have left lots of helpful extras, such as beach equipment, dvd's, outdoor ball and board games for all to use. There is seating outside to enjoy the views of the bay and woodland, which is set amongst well maintained grassy area, leading all the way down to footpath with direct beach access. The beach is sandy with shell collecting potential and a few rock pools a couple of groynes away. Colwell Bay is a mere 5 groynes away with small beach shop, cafe and nice pub, great for watching sunsets!
The chalet is very well equipped. The double bed has a memory foam mattress, and was supremely comfortable ( thumbs up from light sleeper). The second bedroom had 2 beds arranged as bunks and the children slept well, plenty of room for clothes in both. The shower is great, high pressured and everything works well. Kitchen comes with everything you need to cook at home, washing machine too. Tea towels, tea, sugar and some condiments provided. There is a hoover and other cleaning gear for use. The living space is lovely. Leather sofa/armchair/poof with tv/dvd player. The dining table folds out the way as do the 4 chairs. We had plenty of room for 2 year old to play and romp around. The site has a playground, fields, small shop (opens 8.30am) and is really well maintained.
We had a fantastic relaxing time. It's a very family friendly place but without the furore and noise of busier beaches .The views are truly inspiring.we had no problem keeping our 11 & 2 year old entertained.
We paid £350 for May half term, which was good value. Ian & Mary asked for a cash deposit, wg
which was returned before we left. They can provide duvets, linen and towels for a small charge. We booked via email and Ian responded quickly. We paid by BACS bank transfer and the whole process was very easy.
Go and enjoy!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£120|
We can be flexible with the change over dates and at accommodating stays of less than 7 days, particularly at less off-peek times, so it is well worth calling us to check out the possibilities naturally these shorter stays are not worked out pro rata of the weekly rate and will need to be worked out separately.
Once you have decided to book the bungalow we would require a 30% deposit paid into our account and this would confirm your dates. The remaining 70% would be payable 2 weeks before your arrival date.
The normal changeover day for the site is Saturday after 12noon.
Notes on prices:
Please see Price Chart as Prices for 2015 are unchanged. Regretfully we can no longer arrange ferry crossings.
Wi Fi is available at an additional cost of £10.
Linen can be organised at a cost to be agreed once we have details of exact requirements.
Pay by bank transfer or cheque (if far enough in advance). Please always call owner before making a payment to co-ordinate with them regarding bank details and to ensure security, you will be notified by e mail as soon as the money is successfully transferred and this e mail will serve as your receipt.