Guide to Self Catering Hideaways

Knowing where to stay when it comes to privacy and seclusion can be all when you're after a completely relaxing holiday.There are plenty of self-catering places off the beaten track on the Island if you know where to look. So here's our guide to the best self catering hideaways on the Isle of Wight.

Duver Clubhouse, St Helen's

This attractive wooden chalet is now owned by the National Trust, which won the 2012 British Travel Awards for best UK self-catering & cottages. It was formerly the clubhouse for the Old Royal Isle of Wight Golf Links and has since been adapted and modernized over the years. The location here is a nature lovers’ haven. The chalet has a verandah that wraps around the building and overlooks the Duver, a stretch of sand and shingle, also owned by the Trust. It’s a haven for seabirds and other wildlife so binoculars are a must. The village of St Helen’s is about a quarter of a mile away and offers the usual shop, Post Office, pub and eatery. There are 3 bedrooms at the Clubhouse (1 single and 2 twins) and it has many mod cons, bar a dishwasher, and a small TV. The Clubhouse is unique in its close proximity and access to Duver beach so weather pending much of the time can be spent outside exploring the wonderful natural landscape on your doorstep.

To book call 0844 800 2070 or visit

The Shack, Cowes

Putting the name to one side, the award winning Vintage Vacations are the people behind this little wooden love nest. The exact location is a closely guarded secret unless of course you plan to stay there. The Shack is situated in a special seaside spot near to the yachting town of Cowes on the north east side of the Island. It’s literally footsteps away from the sea and is surrounded by other equally quirky little shacks, or railway carriages and cabins. Critically, each is housed in its own little garden dell and not overlooked. This retreat is a gadget free escape, a true get-away-from-it-all without all the hi-tech of modern life. There are NO electrical sockets. There are 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin), a living area with wood burner, armchairs and dining table, small kitchen, shower room and chemical toilet. Oh yes, wind up radio and lanterns supplied.

To book call 07802 438353 or visit

The Longstone, Mottistone

Situated in one of the most picturesque valleys on the Isle of Wight, the National Trust owned Longstone Cottage is a perfect get-away-from-it-all retreat. Nestled at the top of the Longstone Valley at Mottistone in West Wight, the cottage commands uninterrupted views across acres of farmland, ancient forests and surrounding enchanting valley. Built in Edwardian times, the spacious, detached cottage harks back to a bygone era. With no electricity and no central heating, other than two stoves to heat the house, there are special discounts over the winter months. There are 3 large bedrooms (1 double and 2 twins) and a large peaceful garden that opens out onto rolling fields where wild horses often roam. So if you want the quiet, simple life in peaceful seclusion then it’s all here.

 To book call 0844 8002070 or visit

The Old Coach House, Brook

Hidden down a private drive in Brook, just minutes from the Jurassic beach at Compton, hides a beautifully converted former coach house, that once serviced the adjacent Brook House a Georgian country house - now a luxurious B&B. The Old Coach House sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms, has a large open plan kitchen and spacious sitting room. Dogs are welcome by arrangement and a private cobbled courtyard and fenced garden are bonus features. A 600 year old thatched pub is a 5 minute stroll away or buy some locally reared meat at Mottistone Manor farm shop just 10 minutes walk away.

To book call 01983 740535 or visit

The Lighthouse, Steephill Cove

Located on the waters edge in one of the Island’s best kept secret locations – Steephill Cove – The Lighthouse offers you enchantment only found by the lure of the sea. Boasting breathtaking coastal and sea views from all of the rooms and a wonderful octagonal kitchen and diner, this is the perfect place to bring your family or friends to experience life on the beach. From the master bedroom you have panoramic views of the sea and the snug has folding doors leading to a large private deck which is just the place for a late breakfast or an aperitif before dinner. Decorated in cool whites and pale blues, everything is provided from beach blankets and toys to an outdoor shower on the decking  for washing sandy feet and sandy children. Sleeping 6 The Lighthouse is a quirky and truly individual property - the perfect getaway with wow factor!

To book call 07903 68 99 84 or visit

Sarah Sims

25 May 2016

By Sarah Sims in Articles