Top 3 Magical Family Stays This Christmas

The Isle of Wight is never more magical than during the Christmas festivities, so taking a family break is more enchanting than ever. We give you the heads up on some great self-catering stays for families this Christmas.

River Cottage, Yarmouth

It’s not often you can find a handsome double fronted 4-bedroom Victorian home that has its own luxury hot tub with spectacular views over a picturesque estuary. Well, River Cottage in the heart of the quaint harbour town of Yarmouth in West Wight, offers that rare combination of characterful vintage family home with quirky luxury touches. The location feels exclusive with its stunning river views, breath-taking sunrises and sunsets just offshore.

River Cottage sleeps seven in 4 bedrooms. The master bedroom enjoys superking size bed,  ensuite with whirlpool bath/shower overlooking the river. What’s so unique is that most of the rooms have wonderful river views while the house enjoys all mod cons, including a Rangemaster cooker and lounge with open fireplace. The hot tub seats 7 and there’s an oak framed outdoor hot shower in the stunning garden.

We Love... The added beauty with River Cottage is Yarmouth is right on your doorstep – Christmas carols in the Square, a midnight church service on Christmas Eve, fine dining at The George Hotel, or cook your own at the hugely popular On the Rocks. There are 3 pubs just off the town square so plenty of choice when it comes to family pub grub.

River Cottage, Station Rd, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0QX, 01983 760553, www.isle-wight.co.uk 

The Shepherd’s Hideway, Wootton

For a Christmas to remember, why not stay in a luxurious hand-built oak clad Shepherd’s Hut in Wootton, on the eastern side of the Island? They sleep up to six in each, and everything is provided - smart bed linen, fluffy towels, soap and shower gel, as well as basic kitchen ingredients. These upmarket ‘huts’ are extremely well insulated with cosy sheep’s wool, and good heating in each room. There’s a charming master bedroom, and bunkroom (that can sleep up to 4 kids) and a proper en-suite bathroom with shower, loo and washbasin and lovely views into the trees.

The living room is two more beautiful Shepherds Huts joined together to provide a kitchen and living area, heated by a wood-burning stove with plenty of space for a family to spill out and relax in. Make note there is NO TV (on purpose) so entertainment is very much the good old-fashioned way. Though there is free Wifi, so all is not lost. For extra Christmas guests you can book the Treehouse too, and create a fantastic Christmassy atmosphere for 12-15 people.

We Love... There’s so much ancient woodland to explore here, you might want to hunker down with the Treehouse Christmas festivities. Venturing out, you could try the magnificent All Saints Church in Ryde for a Christmas service.

Into the Woods, Lower Westwood, Wootton, Isle of Wight, PO33 4NP, 07769 696464, www.isleofwighttreehouse.com

The Old Coach House, Brook

You can’t beat staying in a quaint English village at Christmas time, and the Old Coach House delivers on all counts. Nestled in a peaceful and beautiful setting of Brook village, in West Wight, you are just a stone’s throw from the stunning coastline and the glorious beaches on your doorstep for those bracing winter walks.  This wonderful four-star graded, 4-bedroom property sleeps 8 and is set in the courtyard of the handsome Brook House. The property itself is a charming combination of comfort, style and elegance with lots of character. Dogs are welcome too, so your pooch can have a merry Christmas as well. There’s two double bedrooms (each with a day bed that could accommodate an additional child) and two twin rooms, so the house potentially caters for 10. There are all mod cons including CD player, TV and satellite, and DVD. (So you can watch the Queen’s speech live on Christmas Day or simply record it!).

We Love... On Christmas Eve, everybody from the village goes to Christingle in Brook church, just a few minutes walk away – a charming event, the children love. Then on Christmas Day you can walk a few hundred yards up the road to the next village, Hulverstone to The Sun Inn pub, a thatched 600-year old pub, which is kindly open for drinks from midday.

Brook House, Brook, Isle of Wight, PO30 4EJ, 01983 740535, www.brookhouseiow.co.uk 

Sarah Sims

1 December 2017

By Sarah Sims in Articles

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