House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Relax and unwind in our lovely seaside home in Bonchurch, a beautiful village on the south of the island. Here you will find a cluster of Victorian villas clinging to the side of a steep cliff which tumbles down past an 11th century church to a small beach.
St Michael's Cliff is a spacious Grade II listed home full of character, providing comfortable and stylish accommodation for a large group. Fully equipped for ten, the house offers plenty of space to make yourself at home with two large sitting rooms, a smaller study/library, large kitchen/breakfast room, separate utility room, downstairs WC and five bedrooms and three bathrooms (one en-suite) upstairs.
Luxury touches include stunning king-size beds with blissfully comfortable mattresses, comfy sofas and a wood burning stove in the lovely light main sitting room which runs across the whole front of the house, a well-equipped kitchen and an excellent supply of board games, books and up-to-date magazines for rainy days.
The sea is a five minute stroll down the hill and can be glimpsed from many parts of the house and garden. The private south facing garden and part-glazed veranda are perfect places to relax or dine outdoors. Nearby walks can be enjoyed across the high downs or on the famous coastal path to Shanklin or Ventnor. There are plenty of great places to eat and drink on the island and some of best are found close by, including the Michelin starred The Hamborough (5 minutes drive to Ventnor) and The Bonchurch Inn (two minutes walk away.
The lovely sandy beaches at Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown can be reached in a few minutes by car.
St Michael's Cliff has just been accepted by Alistair Sawday as a 'Special Place to Stay' 'and will be featuring on their website from October.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Monk's Bay 500 m|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Shanklin 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 18|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Fully equipped for ten. The kitchen/breakfast room includes a large range cooker with double oven and plenty of large pots, pans, utensils, bread maker and cookery books for the family that wants to create a real home from home. The dining table seats ten comfortably. There is also a large outside dining table and seating for 10 on the veranda for al fresco dining. Bed linen is provided, but not towels. We have a folding cot, highchair and stair gate for babies / toddlers and the front garden can be bolted to provide a secure play area. There are two lounges providing ample space for relaxing, with a selection of toys, books, games, a small snooker table, TV and DVD player. One sitting room has an open fireplace, the other a wood burning stove. There is also a small separate study and a downstairs WC.
The two master bedrooms are furnished with spectacular king size beds, with Vi-spring mattresses for a blissful night's sleep. They share the main family bathroom recently re-fitted with a stunning bespoke twin vanity unit, a roll-top bath and a separate shower cubicle with locally hand-made tiles. Bedroom three has a double bed, also with Vi-spring mattress, and its own private en-suite shower room and wc. The two smaller rear bedrooms, each with twin beds, share a further separate bathroom with wc and bath with a hand held shower. All but one of the bedrooms have sea views (can be limited in summer due to foliage!)
Guests arriving for Christmas and New Year will find the house fully decorated and a welcome hamper of goodies to make your stay extra special.
|Further details outdoors|
As the property sits on a cliff face, the main garden is at the front. This is reached via two french windows leading off the main sitting room onto a part-glazed veranda. Here you will find a table and chairs for ten so you can enjoy meals outside in South Wight's sub-tropical climate.
The garden is a pretty, secluded area comprising of a lawn surrounded by mature trees and shrubs and views of the sea. Boules, quoits and garden darts are provided.
The small courtyard shady rear garden has a pond (safely fenced) and a terraced area leading up the cliff (currently locked for safety reasons). The gravel drive to the side of the house (main entrance) has easy parking for up to three cars in the shade of a fig tree.
Rental period is usually from Saturday (3.00pm) to Saturday (10.00am). Full week lets only. Bed linen is included but not towels. Due to recent problems we have reluctantly decided to no longer accept dogs.
The Isle of Wight region
The beautiful southern side of the Isle of Wight is an area filled with history and fascinating geology and is blessed with the sunniest climate in the UK, with an additional 500 hours of sunshine per year above the national average and typically 2 degrees warmer.
The island is small enough for everything to be within an easy day trip's distance - from family fun days out, to historic houses; dinosaur museums to zoos; farms and vineyards to botanic gardens; boat trips and a steam train. Add to this great beaches (the Isle of Wight has four Blue Flag beaches - one of which is within walking distance) and stunning downland scenery in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you have the recipe for a perfect 'staycation' that feels like an adventure from the moment you step onto the ferry.
The southern tip of the Island has a unique character that is very different from the north. There are no views back to the busy mainland here - just the sparkling open sea which can be enjoyed from amazing cliff top walks on the high downs, or rambling along the rocky coves and perfect beaches that line the coast.
Bonchurch is one of the prettiest villages on the island. Dickens was a great fan and wrote some of David Copperfield while staying here - apparently between bracing walks on the downs and afternoon rounders on the beach. The elegant Victorian villas, shady lanes and tranquil pond that make Bonchurch famous, still give the impression that you might bump into Dickens, Swinburne or Tennyson at any moment.
The country walks can be steep - certainly not for the fainthearted or very elderly - but the views are spectacular and you might be rewarded with a glimpse of a shy red squirrel (we can suggest where you might spot them) or a rare Chalk Blue butterfly. Alternatively take a stroll along the sea wall to Ventnor and enjoy the local speciality of crab and chips in this traditional seaside town with its long sandy 'Blue Flag' beach. Picturesque and unspoilt , no wonder the Victorians described it as 'England's Madeira'.
Bonchurch itself has a famous much-photographed pond and two lovely churches (one dating from the 11th century), plus a small beach that is great for rock-pooling and snorkelling. The local pub, The Bonchurch Inn, is only a few steps away from the house and is a real gem serving great food.
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3 Sep 2014
"Perfect place for a family holiday"
This was the perfect place to stay with my sisters and our 6 children ranging from 4 - 16. St. Michael's Cliff is a real home-from-home beautifully furnished and equipped, and the garden was perfect for, very competitive, quoits competitions.
The house is ideally situated for visiting the sights of the Isle of Wight and with the Bonchurch Inn, a lovely family pub, only a couple of minutes away we didn't even have to cook after a long day searching for fossils and dinosaur foot-prints.
We will definitely return.
4 Jun 2014
"We were happy"
Nice location. Excellent pub 2 mins away. Very stylish yet comfy house. Oodles of room. Nice garden with good wooden furniture. The missing white snooker ball wouldn't have made a noticeable diff… More
Thanks for your kind review. A brand new set of snooker balls was supplied for the start of this season (most of them went missing last year!) so I am aghast that one is missing already. What do people do with them? At the start of the season there were also two huge oven-proof dishes and at least four smaller ones, plus five saucepans and two Dutch ovens / stew pans (one of them enormous!) We do hope that guests will replace anything they break, but I'm afraid that isn't always the case.
24 Jun 2013
"A glorious house in a leafy location close to the beach and all amenities."
This gorgeous house is tucked away in a lush corner of the Isle of Wight in the picturesque village of Bonchurch near Ventnor. It's on a quiet leafy road with similar properties, all with fabulo… More
18 Jun 2013
"Beautiful house, lovely location - the perfect break"
A group of six of us spent a lovely long weekend in St Michael's Cliff in June and it was truly the perfect break. The house is beautifully decorated and furnished with lovely high ceilings, original features and everything you could need. We had a lovely BBQ when we arrived on the Friday night, using the BBQ provided with the house, then had breakfast round the big table on the veranda on Saturday morning. The house is a great location: 2 minutes form the local pub, and a short walk down to the nearest beach and into Ventnor, but is really peaceful. Access to the coastal paths is also nearby so it's easy to walk further afield (we made it to Shanklin for fish and chips on the beach which took about an hour and a half to walk at a moderate pace). We were blessed with good weather, but the house is spacious enough that you won't feel too 'cooped up' if it's not great, and there's plenty of books, games and DVDs to keep you occupied. Would definitely recommend the house to anyone who wants a lovely, relaxing break away from it all.
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