House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Grange Cottage is a wonderful place to wake up on a sunny morning, eat lunch in the courtyard garden, or relax after a stressful day at the beach. Children will love feeding ducks on the pond at the end of the lane, and in the evening grown-ups can dine at the wonderful Pond Café, just round the corner, or order a lobster from the local fisherman for supper. Winters are just as inviting at Grange Cottage, where evenings can be spent in front of the open fire, with homemade lasagne for supper delivered from the Bonchurch Inn.
From Grange Cottage, it is a lovely 10 minute walk through the trees (past the old St Boniface Church) to the two closest beaches: Monks Bay and Horseshoe Bay. These Bays are separated by climbable rocks and are fantastic, safe places for children with sand, swimming and lots of rock pools to explore at low tide.
Ventnor is a 10 minute walk away from the Cottage. It has acquired a stylish reputation over the last few years thanks to boutique hotels (such as The Hambrough with its Michelin star restaurant) and some attractive shops serving a new, fashionable clientele. Ventnor’s bay of south-facing sand is one of the Island’s three Blue Flag beaches, and a great place for children to build sandcastles and play in the sea.
A stay at Grange Cottage allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of busy lives, and slip back into the days when holidays meant fresh air, buckets and spades, rock-pooling on the beach and cycling along the tow path….
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Monks Bay, Bonchurch 400 m|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton 53 km, Nearest railway: Shanklin 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Available to rent for the first time from May 2010, Grange Cottage has been decorated to a very high standard with new carpets and blinds, sumptuous beds, handsome leather sofas, and sparkling kitchen appliances.
The Cottage sleeps a maximum of eight people in four bedrooms - 2 double rooms, a twin room and a bunk bedded room. All beds have luxurious white Egyptian cotton linen; duvets, pillows and bathroom towels are all provided. There are plenty of drawers and hanging space; linen baskets, pastel coloured cushions and throws and carefully chosen artwork.
There are two bathrooms; one with a walk-in shower and the other with a bath and overhead power shower. Both suites are white with chrome fittings and there is plenty of space to hang towels and unpack washbags.
Downstairs in the Cottage has a 'shabby-chic' feel to it, with wooden floorboards, pale grey walls and woodwork and striped linen blinds at the windows. The sitting room has two inviting leather sofas on which to relax, there is a 26” LCD television, dvd player and micro cd system with ipod dock. There are also board games to play and books to read. WiFi broadband is available with prior agreement. The dining room is light and bright with eight hand-painted chapel chairs around a reclaimed oak table.
In the pretty white and grey kitchen, there is a built-in fridge and freezer, an electric fan oven and built-in microwave, ceramic hob and a dishwasher. A kettle, toaster and coffee machine will assist you at breakfast time and there is plenty of crockery, cutlery and glassware, plus some non-breakables for little guests too. It is a well-equipped kitchen and you should be able to find everything you need from a garlic press to a lemon squeezer. Off the kitchen is a small utility room which houses a washing machine and tumble dryer and leads through to a downstairs loo. There is also a store room where you will find the iron, a high chair, hoover and other bits and pieces.
|Further details outdoors|
A door from the kitchen leads out onto the courtyard garden, where there is a table with benches and chairs for outdoor dining, and an umbrella if the sun gets too hot. A charcoal kettle barbeque is also provided.
To the rear of the Cottage is a 'snifter patch' which you can access from a door on the first floor landing. A bench provides the perfect place to enjoy a gin & tonic whilst catching the last rays of the day. For those guests who don’t fancy the stairs up to the first floor of the Cottage, this door can be accessed up a slope from the front of the property, and is also very useful for unloading and loading luggage.
A welcome pack is provided on arrival, with basics to get you started on your holiday, as well as lots of local information about the area around the Cottage and the wider attractions of the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight region
The Isle of Wight has long been known as The Garden Isle and is noted for its warm climate, beautiful scenery and friendly welcome. The Island became popular in the Victorian era but now plays host to all sorts of visitor who take advantage of the variety and range of activities that is has to offer. Children can play on the miles of sandy beaches, enjoy funparks, zoos, and other outdoor adventures. It also has lots to offer for adults of all ages too.
Bonchurch is situated between Ventnor and Shanklin, on the South East of the Island. It is the best-preserved Victorian village on the Isle of Wight which in the past attracted the Victorian literati, including Charles Dickens (where he wrote most of David Copperfield), Lewis Carroll and Alfred Lord Tennyson. The village boasts beautiful imposing Victorian mansions, pretty quaint cottages and the famous village pond. Just beyond the pond is the ‘101 Steps’. Not for the faint hearted but if you do make it to the top you’ll come out at The Pitts which is a road housing some of the most beautiful Victorian mansions in the village.
At the top of Bonchurch Shute there is a superb walk through ‘The Landslip’, a coastal woodland, perched on top of the cliffs, which has been modelled by landslips and erosion. Sheltered by ancient oaks, you can walk through the deep stone gorge called the ‘Devil's Chimney’ and either stroll back, or continue to the beaches at Monks Bay and home to Grange Cottage.
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