Top 10 Chic Island Retreats

With glorious beaches, fantastic eateries and a prestigious cultural heritage, the Isle of Wight is the place to be this summer. So we’ve compiled our very own hit list of the Top 10 Chic Retreats to stay across the Island. So get booking.

1. Pavillion Cottage, Osborne

Located on the Osborne estate this former cricket pavilion was built for the cadets in the early 1900's when the Royal Naval College was established within the grounds of Osborne. Doors from the lounge and two bedrooms lead out onto the south facing veranda and into the garden. 

Enjoy the Italianate Terrace with its formal flower beds, garden statues and Andromeda fountain providing commanding views down the valley to Solent. Stroll across the manicured lawns and through the extensive parkland to Queen Victoria's private beach or explore Swiss Cottage, devised by Prince Albert to educate his children.

Sleeping 4, Pavillion Cottage rental includes a welcome hamper and free English Heritage access for the duration of your stay.

2. Yafford Mill Barn, Yafford

Yafford Mill Barn in Yafford is a beautifully restored 18th century mill set in extensive grounds in stunning countryside of South West Wight renowned as ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. The wonderful light and spacious accommodation caters for 5 plus a baby with three lovely bedrooms. Quiet and unspoilt beaches are a 5-minute drive away. High standards and stylish simplicity is key here. Everything is all on one level with oak and slate under-heated floors throughout. Each room has large double glazed windows with a Scandinavian feel achieved through vaulted ceilings and wood paneling. Stylish furniture and all mod cons including it’s own pretty spacious garden with patio, lawn and BBQ area.

3. Kemphill Barn, Ryde

Kemphill Barn has been lovingly converted from stables, built in 1769 for shire horses, into a beautiful 5 Star holiday home. Overlooking the original duck-pond, it commands wonderful views across the farm. The old hay-loft door, and magnificent beams have all been retained to preserve its unique character.

Being one large self-contained unit, it comfortably sleeps 10 in its 4 individually designed bedrooms, all with their own ensuite bathrooms. There is full central heating and ample car parking and fresh eggs for breakfast from the farm!

4. Little Halt, Freshwater

Little Halt is a detached Grade II listed cottage, dating back to the 1700’s situated in peaceful surroundings overlooking Pound Green, on the outskirts of Freshwater in West Wight. Beaches are nearby and wonderful coastal walks from the front door. Little Halt oozes charm and original features with all the mod cons. Five bedrooms easily accommodate ten people. There’s a wonderful light, spacious dining area and pretty sitting room with a wood burning stove and French doors opening onto a patio. A second smaller sitting room is perfect for children to relax in or play in the spacious and secluded gardens.

5. Barton Manor House, East Cowes

Barton Manor Farmhouse sleeps nine and is a beautifully refurbished four bedroomed 150-year old property. Set in the delightful grounds of Barton Manor, it is adjacent to Osborne House, the former home of Queen Victoria. Barton Farm was Prince Albert's pride and joy and the farmhouse provides five star luxurious accommodation to the highest standard. All the rooms are wonderfully spacious and are furnished exquisitely. The exclusive and peaceful setting also comes with your very own private beach and a maze of woodland walks.

6. The Old Boat House, Seaview

This stunning period holiday cottage is in a wonderful waterfront location on the edge of picturesque Seagrove Bay. Set in its own pretty garden and finished to a high standard, with wooden and tiled floors, The Old Boat House is the perfect beachside retreat. With 3 bedrooms in the main house and a separate 2 bedroom annexe the property can be rented as the main house only, sleeping 5, or sleeping 9 when taken with the annexe. There is a lovely lawn and patio area with outdoor seating so you can eat al fresco until your heart’s content.

7. The Old Coach House, Brook

Nestled in the tiny village of Brook and near some of best beaches in West Wight is this lovely stone building, The Old Coach House. As the name implies this was once the coach house to Brook House (situated next door) the former home of the Seeley family. The Old Coach House is an attractive extremely spacious house, with large reception rooms and bedrooms. Sleeping 8 (plus 2 extra children) it has been refurbished and furnished to a high standard, and offers a characterful and comfortable property, with more than a touch of luxury.

8. The Blue House, Gurnard

Set on a wooded cliff above Gurnard Bay, The Blue House is very pretty cedar clad property. Its four luxurious double bedrooms sleep 8 and the house itself sits within its own private 2-acre garden with fabulous sea views over the Western Solent.

You can enjoy a woodland walk directly down to the beach which is part owned by the house. Each bedroom overlooks the lovely garden, and there is a large contemporary living area with vaulted ceilings and a fantastic ‘cook’s’ kitchen.  A wrap around deck with fabulous westerly views over to the New Forest is perfect for sundowners. The house is completely private and totally secluded, yet within walking distance of pubs and shops.

9. Stable Cottage, Bonchurch

Stable Cottage is located at the end of a quiet private lane to the east of the timeless village of Bonchurch. With large bifold doors overlooking the stunning sea view, open plan living and many original features including high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a fireplace with wood burning stove – this property has it all. Sleeping 8 across 4 bedrooms the cottage is a perfect retreat for a family holiday with Monks Bay (a beautiful sheltered sandy beach, safe for bathing but also home to rock-pools with many small fish, prawns and crabs) a two minutes wander down the coastal path.

10. Sergeants Quarter, Golden Hill Fort, nr Yarmouth

The Golden Hill Fort is a golden opportunity to stay in this remarkable Grade 1 listed landmark, which was originally built in 1859 by Palmerston for the Napoleonic War. The spectacular three-bedroom property sleeps 7 (all with en-suite bathrooms) and has stunning landscaped roof gardens that enjoy 360  views across the Solent, English Channel & countryside.  Beautifully transformed it retains many original features such as the brick barrelled vaulted ceiling. Everything is high spec here, with quality oak flooring and solid oak furniture throughout.  Golden Hill Fort provides a genuine sense of history with lots of quality and luxury living space.

Sarah Sims

3 May 2016

By Sarah Sims in Articles