As a new year begins, it’s a good time to plan that perfect getaway with friends or family, so we thought we’d pull together our Top Ten ‘Blow the Budget’ Isle of Wight self catering stays, accommodating 10 or more people, for 2016.
1. Rocklands, St Lawrence
Rocklands Estate can accommodate up to 30 guests and has a large creeper-covered manor house and another large property, two acres of gardens, a private tennis court overlooked by a large pavilion and a smaller pavilion with barbecue and stunning sea views. Originally the home of Lord Pelham, there is a banquet table for everyone to dine together, 17 – 19 private bedrooms (ten en suite), large rooms for meetings or socialising, two table tennis tables, two American pool tables, a football table, croquet lawn, badminton lawn, two large hot tubs and it is in the mild, lush undercliff of St Lawrence, near Ventnor. Sleeps up to 26.
2. Weston Manor, Freshwater
This stunning 6 bedroom manor house offers commanding views out to sea overlooking Hurst Point and the Solent. Weston Manor occupies all of the original main house built in 1871 for the Ward family. Approached via a long private driveway, the property enjoys two acres of secluded grounds. There is access to the private chapel by appointment, now listed as a heritage site by the National Trust. Internally, this grand property boasts an open plan living, kitchen and dining area which offer spacious rooms and an array of period features. Weston Manor is situated in Totland Bay, a sought after area in West Wight, just a short distance from a small selection of shops and the beautiful Totland Bay Beach. Sleeps 15.
3. Marina Villa, Shanklin
Marina Villa in Shanklin was built in 1929, as a gentlemen’s residence, and offers spectacular sea views over Sandown Bay towards Culver Cliff. Noted local architect, Ernest Smith, was commissioned to take full advantage of the cliff-top location and exceptionally sunny climate and designed a grand detached house with decadently proportioned rooms reminiscent of an elegant Mediterranean villa. All the main living and bedrooms have large windows topped by stained glass detail and Art Deco influences include an upstairs sun room with huge sliding picture windows to enjoy the breathtaking sunrises and scenery by day and bay illuminations by night. Huge stained glass windows bring out the oak-panelled hallway, magnificent staircase and galleried landing. Built for entertaining, the house has an impressive triple aspect drawing room and large oak-panelled dining-room with doors into the sun room and garden for al-fresco dining. Sleeps 19.
4. Kingston Manor, Shorwell
This stunning Grade II* Listed manor house is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, within 15 acres of grounds. Dating back to 13th century, Kingston Manor has many of its charming and fascinating period features maintained, such as the Great Hall with its roaring 17th century fireplace, oak panelled walls and flagstone flooring, all overlooking the stunning gardens. Providing the perfect special setting for an occasion or group gathering, this Manor offers many day rooms including a drawing room, a snug, conservatory and a formal dining room. While up the oak staircase there are seven deluxe bedrooms and six bathrooms. Sleeps 16.
5. The White House, Bembridge
Located in the charming coastal town of Bembridge, The White House was built over 100 years ago as a summer villa for the current owner’s grandfather and boasts 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and is just a short walk from the beach and bustling harbour. Each bedroom is named after a sailing event, the Round the Island, Vendee Globe, Antigua, Sydney Hobart, America’s Cup, Admiral’s Cup, and the odd one out The Garden Room – so named for its fabulous views over the garden. With an east and west wing and two staircases, even with 16 guests there is plenty of space to find a quiet corner and relax. Sleeps 16.
6. Mill House, Brighstone
The Mill House in Brighstone is a beautiful detached Georgian house that dates back to the 1700s and stands elegantly within its own well maintained gardens, offering spectacular far reaching views across fields to the Downs, whilst being only 10 minutes’ walk to the sea. Still retaining many features such as stone and wood floors, ornate fireplaces and high ceilings it is ideal for families with a formal living room with open fire and grand piano and a family room with TV and a selection of games, books and toys. Across the lane is a pleasant walk beside the stream, which leads to the picturesque village of Brighstone with its thatched-roof village shops, tearoom, pub/restaurants, and NT museum. The secluded sandy bays of Compton and Brook are all within 10 minutes’ drive. Sleeps 12.
7. Downedge, Brading
Downedge on Brading Mall looks out over the RSPB reserve of Brading Marshes and on to the coast. It is approached via its own private drive and inside there are six bedrooms, four bathrooms, four reception rooms, some with open fireplaces and all with large windows filling the house with natural light. Downstairs there is a comfortable living room with an open fireplace and views of the ‘massive’ gardens. There is a music room, a children’s play room, a formal dining room and a fabulous brand new kitchen. Sleeps 13.
8. Tapnell Manor, Yarmouth
Tapnell Manor in Yarmouth is a wonderful, large, family farmhouse boasting spectacular views of Afton downs, the Channel, Yarmouth and the Solent. This delightful 10 bedroom manor house has been newly renovated and boasts a wonderful living area perfect for families or groups to holiday together. It is set between two dairy farms and is surrounded by gardens with wonderful aspects, ponds and walks. Sleeps 20.
9. Pelham Lodge, Ryde
Pelham Lodge is a ‘country house in the town’ situated in a private road, just a few minutes walk from Ryde’s sandy beach. Built in the 1830’s as a ‘Gentleman’s Residence’ designed for entertaining, all the main rooms face west over a private lawned garden. Steps from the kitchen/breakfast room lead to a terrace, ideal for ‘al fresco’ dining. Pelham Lodge is a wonderful house for large families to relax and enjoy the comfy furnishings and large enclosed gardens ideal for children to play and explore. The accommodation includes 6 bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms a spacious dining room with French windows to the gardens and 2 bathrooms, one of which is en-suite. Private enclosed gardens and parking for several cars. Other features include an outside shower and use of beach hut about ten minutes by car close to restaurant, shop and facilities, perfect for swimming and rock pools. Sleeps 14.
10. St Lawrence Dene, Ventnor
Located on the undercliff along from Ventor Botanic Gardens, St Lawrence Dene is a grand Victorian coastal villa, set in an amazing location, perfect for weekend houseparties, celebrations & holidays. The fantastic facilities include an american pool table, table tennis, huge modern kitchen, dining room and lounge, while outside boasts a big hot tub, many balconies, terraces and a croquet lawn. With 10 bedrooms and an entirely private suite for grandparents or teenagers this is the perfect place for celebrations with family & friends. Sleeps 20.