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Coastal Cottage With Sea Views, Newly Renovated Modern Yet Quirky Accommodation

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

House in Gurnard, Nr Cowes, Isle of Wight, England - Peaceful, Beachfront Location, 100m From Beach And Pleasant, Flat Walk To Cowes 1.75 Mile Away

The Ark is a newly renovated coastal cottage, situated on a slip road to the beach, sailing club and Watersedge cafe. It is in the popular village of Gurnard, a very friendly and welcoming place and somewhere you'll want to come back to time after time. The Ark has recently been restored and is full of quirky charm with its wonky walls and sloping wooden floors, yet has all the modern luxuries and conveniences you would expect from holiday accommodation. It enjoys lovely sea views and beautifully sunny rooms and is close to cafes, pubs, shops and restaurants as well as with in very easy reach (by foot and car) of Cowes, the Mecca of world sailing. If you are looking for a quaint but modern cottage, close to amenities yet within a peaceful setting then The Ark is for you. Locals and passers by, who have watched The Ark been transformed, have all commented on how 'magical', 'special' and wonderful it now is. We hope, once you've visited, that you will think so too.


Owner
kate wilson
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2017

About kate wilson

Hello

I have lived on the Island for about 20 years now. Originally the plan had been to only stay a few years but there is something about the Island that grabs you and draws you in, which is why people return year after year to holiday here.

I live near to The Ark so I am able to help with any problems or answer questions. I can also provide information about places to go as well as let you into a few local secrets about the best things to see and do.

Whether you end up staying at The Ark or not, please make sure you visit The Island at some point. It is a very special and unique place and I'm sure you will fall for its charm.

Why kate wilson chose Isle of Wight

I have owned The Ark for 3 years. It was pretty much derelict and something of an eyesore in a beautiful, quaint place. Although The Ark has planning permission for a 2 storey house I felt strongly that I didn't want to ruin the character of the road and area. I decide to restore and modernise the existing building and although frustrating and difficult at times, we are really happy with the result. The positive comments from locals and passers-by have made it all worthwhile.

Yes, The Ark has uneven floors, wonky walls and low ceilings in places. BUT it also has wonderful sea views, light and sunny rooms and quirky charm.

What makes this house unique

Gurnard is filled with 'Enid Blyton' charm and famous for its incredible sunsets which you can watch from The Ark's sofa. The locals are very friendly and welcoming and even when Gurnard becomes busy in the summer months, it never feels crowded or commercial. Although small, Gurnard has a convenience store, a wonderful seafront café, 2 food-serving pubs and The Little Gloster restaurant.

It is a beautiful, pleasant walk into Cowes, the world famous sailing town, with its variety of independent shops and abundance of bars, cafes and restaurants (There is also a Sainsburys and large Co-Op).

Within a 10 min drive is Newport, the Island's main town with its high st stores and within a 30mins drive are Yarmouth, Ryde, Shanklin and Ventnor - in fact the whole Island is within easy reach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

All comments have been taken from our Visitors Book

It is an idyllic cottage in a beautiful setting. The views of the ever changing Solent are spectacular.....

The Ark has been really well renovated and all the quirky little details add to the interest.....

We had a lovely stay made all the better for the superb accommodation...

Thank you for making us feel so welcome....

The Back decked area can be a real sun trap!

Very comfortable and quiet....

The views from the windows were brilliant, especially the sunsets...

We feel like we've walked right round the Island...

There is so much to do, we have been horse riding, chair lift at The Needles, The spa at Lakeside Hotel, Lots of swimming and walks....

Places we have enjoyed: Osbourne House and it's secluded beach, The IOW zoo, the coastal path from Ventnor to the Botanic Gardens and The Blue Crab restaurant at Yarmouth...lovely seafood.

Perfect place, perfect location, we'll be back!!
Jul 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cowes in Isle of Wight

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom with large power shower, W.C, sink, razor socket and heated towel rail.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The sunny bedroom has a double bed, wardrobe and bedside tables. The wonderful sea views can be enjoyed whilst sat in bed with morning coffee and papers. The room has patio doors that open onto a small, private garden.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Please note that the property has low ceilings and roof supports in places. Please mind your head! The property is on a short but fairly steep slip road to the sea front. The Ark has a narrow drive space, big enough for a standard size car. There is also parking on the road directly outside the property. Outside: The Ark has off road parking for one standard car (limited space). It has a very sunny decked garden with sea views and from which you can watch Gurnard's famous sunsets. There is a patio table and chairs to enjoy dining al fresco and two reclining chairs. With the addition of tubs of flowers and hanging baskets it is a lovely area to relax. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen, tea towels, bath and hand towels are provided but please bring your own beach towels. There are a choice of pillows and duvets depending on your preference.

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Coastal Cottage With Sea Views, Newly Renovated Modern Yet Quirky Accommodation
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Lovely stay in a lovely location

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at The Ark was as lovely as the first. The location is great, less than a minute walk to the beach, and sitting watching the boats go by from the sofa. Kate was helpful and kind which made our stay even better.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully kept cottage with excellent views. Totally charming.

  • 5 of 5

The owner was exceptional in her communication and upkeep of the property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tranquil place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The Ark was a great relaxing quirky retreat. Great views of the sea from all windows especially the sun set. The Ark has everything you need in a great location spotlessly clean would recommend

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
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Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Lovely quirky cottage in a fantastic location. Everything we needed and more. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very quaint

  • 5 of 5

A very clean, quaint property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, perfect cottage, perfect holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Thoughtfully renovated property with all mod cons and delightful views of the Solent, particularly at sunset. Beautifully decorated with many nice touches to make you feel at home. With 3 pub/restaurants in easy reach and a café by the shore, and only 30 minutes walk into the centre of Cowes with all its amenities, it is very well situated. This was our first visit to the Isle of Wight and we were very impressed by the wealth of activities available and places to visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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Location

Coast/Beach:

The Ark is less than 100m from Gurnard beach and sea front. The beach is a mixture of sand, shingle and rocks depending on tides. Cowes is a flat and very pleasant, boat watching 25min walk (1.75 miles) away.

The Isle of Wight has a multitude of beaches to suit all tastes and ages. It also has miles of beautiful coastal walks, one of which passes The Ark's front door.

Please note that between May and September many beaches do not allow dogs onto them.

Travel:

You can get to the Isle of Wight via foot or passenger ferry.

Red Funnel travel from Southampton to East Cowes, Wightlink travel from either Portsmouth to Fishbourne (20min drive) or Lymington to Yarmouth.

If coming by foot you can take the Red Jet from Southampton to Cowes (and then take a taxi to The Ark) or catch the Hover from Southsea to Ryde or Fast Cat from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde (Ryde is a 30 min drive)

Distances:

The Ark is in the village of Gurnard, Cowes is a 5 minute drive and Newport is 10 mins away. The Island is only 25 miles by 13 miles so nowhere is far and everything is within easy reach.

Further Details:

Within 100m of The Ark is a wonderful seafront cafe, The Watersedge, serving breakfast, lunch, cakes, refreshments and ice-creams. Also within 100m is a lovely pub with sea views (log fires in Winter). Within a 10 minute walk is a convenience store, newsagent and the newly opened Portland Inn with its warm and friendly atmosphere and delicious food. A bit further on is Little Gloster restaurant (when the tide is low you can walk along the beach to it).

In Cowes you will find an abundance of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars - something to suit every taste.

Around the Island are a host of places to eat and visit, far too many to mention here. Details of 'our favourites' can be found in The Ark.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cowes, South East England

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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rate 26
30 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£150
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£425
 
 
rate 26
1 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
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£150
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£385
 
 
rate 27
23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£300
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rate 28
3 Jan 2018 - 2 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£160
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rate 29
3 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
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£160
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rate 30
31 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
rate 31
28 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£480
for 7 nights
£480
 
 
rate 32
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£540
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£540
 
 
rate 33
30 Jun 2018 - 3 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£580
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£580
 
 
rate 34
4 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£670
for 7 nights
£670
 
 
rate 35
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£560
for 7 nights
£560
 
 
rate 35
29 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
£160
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rate 36
1 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
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£160
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rate 37
22 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
£320
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your booking; it is £50 for a weekend/short break and £100 for a weeks stay. The balance payment is due 8 weeks before your stay, (don’t worry, you will be sent a reminder). If your stay is within 8 weeks of booking, payment in full is required. A separate ’damages deposit’ of £200 is required at the same time as your balance payment and will be refunded after your stay. Payment is preferred via online bank transfer please.


Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Arrivals are from 3:00pm and departure is by 10:00am. During winter months (Oct to March) short stays can be arranged and changeover days can therefore be flexible. Please email to ask.

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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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