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The PERFECT Retreat!



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
The Retreat, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England - A beautifully appointed home situated within a short walk of the beach, town, ferry and harbour.

A well appointed and beautifully furnished 3 bedroom property situated in a peaceful location within 2 minutes (flat) walk of Yarmouth harbour, swimming beach and the towns main square where you'll find a handful of small boutique shops, the Michelin starred George Hotel, high class delicatessen, Post office and numerous good restaurants, coffee shops and pubs.

The Retreat offers you the chance to lock up the car, discard your keys and enjoy the numerous pleasures that Yarmouth has to offer. What better way to unwind than in a place where the pace is slow and the people are helpful and friendly.

And for those who know Yarmouth and know how difficult it can be to park a car (or for those that don't!) The Retreat offers TWO parking spaces. Right outside your front door!!

'Sunshine Island' as the Isle of Wight is known enjoys an enviable micro-climate; you will often note whilst bathing in sunshine in Yarmouth a casual glance across the Solent is rewarded by the sight of the 'north island' 'enjoying' cloud and rain!

The West Wight is much the quieter & less populated end of the Isle of Wight, but Yarmouth, though small and picturesque, proudly boasts one of the most active communities found on the Island. The oldest town on the IOW (founded 1135) and the 2nd smallest in England, much of the quaint and largely unspoiled appeal of this pretty old port town is explained in its geography: Given the busy waters of the Solent to the north, the lively harbour and tranquil river estuary to the west and the untouched marshes encroaching from south and east, these beautiful surroundings mean that the town’s small boundaries have never been, and cannot be, extended further.

Yet Yarmouth abounds in activity, especially in the summer with the annual Carnival Week, Round the Island Yacht Race, Cowes week and the 3-day 'Gaffers' Festival which draws over 25,000 to Yarmouth!

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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


WARNING: Do NOT book this property

  • 1 of 5

We booked 'The Retreat' for a 2 week family holiday. On arrival we found the house dirty (eg there was grime in the cutlery drawer, fridge, dusty surfaces, grubby floors, and stained duvets) and the wardrobes were full of the house owners clothes! We had to live out of our suitcases for 2 weeks - which was poor considering the amount of money we had paid to stay in the house. The linen basket was full of dirty clothes - disgusting. All kinds of the owners personal belongings were stuffed under the beds, gathering a lot of visible dust and human & dog hair. As soon as we arrived I had to clean the house and then I emailed the owner to complain. In his response he merely 'thanked me for my feedback' and said he'd not received any complaints before about the property being unclean. Absolutely NOTHING was done done by the owner about the dirtiness of the house, nor did he remove some of his belongings so that we could at least hang up our holiday clothing. I have not been offered any kind of refund. We felt as though we were squatters in someone's dirty house for 2 weeks. Needless to say we will not be returning to 'The Retreat' and I would recommend that anyone considering booking it should avoid it. It's important to note that this is a very recent review and all the others are from 2014... probably the last time The Retreat had a proper clean.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An absolute Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Our group came down to Yarmouth in June 2014 to observe and take in the unique and unrivalled atmosphere that imbues Yarmouth during the annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. The race is the largest of its kind with around 16,000 professional and amateur sailors, including some unlikely celebrities. The Retreat was presented immaculately and there was plenty of space for all in unwind when not on the quay. The sunsoaked garden and BBQs made for a very memorable and enjoyable last day. Overall the Retreat was the perfect venue for our stay and it was evident that the owners had gone to great lengths to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Would highly recommend to all Sailors, Sunseekers and Island Adventures.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gareth. It was great to have you and your crew mates stay for RTIR weekend. Hopefully see you back here for next years race.
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A wonderful escape

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Retreat for a long weekend. It is such a welcoming and exceptionally well appointed house. For us, the best bit is its proximity to the sea and also the great shops, deli and restaurants of Yarmouth. The house is in a lovely quiet street, but is literally a couple of minutes walk away from all that Yarmouth has to offer. Can't wait to come back again :-))

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Alison. Thank you also for mentioning The Retreat to your friends Alexandra and Ben; I'm hoping we can arrange something with them allowing them to stay at the house for a long weekend in February to coincide with their friends wedding.
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a fabulous place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our first holiday on the I-O-W here. The house is gorgeous, well equipped with everything you need.It is beautifully decorated and very comfortable and relaxing. We took our dog for her first trip away and the house and garden was secure so she could play safely in the garden. The location is perfect a few minutes from the ferry,town and pubs. Will definitely be returning soon.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jane. I'm so glad both your family and dog enjoyed your stay at The Retreat. I look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Superb location & beautifully furnished

  • 5 of 5

Everything you could want from a holiday home with the added bonus of staying somewhere very tastefully decorated and furnished - much nicer than my own home!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Guy. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed your stay
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A great location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in the Retreat for 2 weeks in winter and the house was very comfortable and warm. Yarmouth is probably the best place to be on the Isle of Wight with plenty of interest around the town and harbour. The Retreat is a pleasant 5 minute walk away from the centre with plenty of pubs, restaurants and the ferry. I'm planning to be in the IOW next summer and I will definitely be booking to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Colin. I look forward to your next visit.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Ferry : Yarmouth at 500 Metres Car: not necessary


A 10 minute (flat) walk or short water taxi ride across the harbour to Yarmouths swimming beach which is ideal for children and provides fixed BBQ facilities.

A number of other beaches are located within a 10 minute drive of Yarmouth.


The house is situated within 2 minutes walking distance of the Wightlink ferry terminal in Yarmouth (Lymington - Yarmouth route).


The Wightlink ferry from Lymington docks in Yarmouth and The Retreat is a 2 minute walk from here or a 30 second drive.

The closest supermarket is in Freshwater which is a 5 minute drive or accessible by a 2 mile flat walk/cycle alongside the Yar River cycle track. (bike hire available at the station)

The main shopping town, Newport, is a 15 minute drive away.

Cowes - 10 miles. Newport 8 miles.

In the heart of Yarmouth you'll find a host of cafes, pubs, restaurants and a chandler.

Small, well behaved dogs accepted.


Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
10 Sep 2016 - 9 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 6
11 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 4
6 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 1
1 Mar 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 3
21 Apr 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 7
17 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 2
1 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
20% non refundable deposit on booking by cheque or bank transfer. Balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. £200 damage deposit which will be returned by bank transfer within 10 days of your departure.

Changeover Day:
Friday. Arrival after 3.15 pm, departure before 10.30 am but please let us know if this creates a problem for you.

Payment by cheque or bank transfer 8 weeks prior to your stay

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Updated: 10-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town


  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom with shower enclosure. NO BATH. Downstairs cloakroom.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 6 (8 if double sofa bed used) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size double bed. Bedroom 2 with king size double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds (3rd bedroom can best be described as 'cosy'). An additional double sofa bed is located in the sitting room.


  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Ground floor: Entrance hall, downstairs cloakroom, open plan living, dining and kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom Outside: Fully enclosed, private garden. Teak garden furniture, summerhouse, gas bbq Utility Room: 2nd fridge, freezer, combi washing machine / tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen provided. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN TOWELS. Other: A garage for storage of bicycles, dinghys, canoes and beach gear.

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