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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Carmel is set down a private lane on the south coast of the Isle of Wight just a stones throw from secluded Monks Bay. The property faces due south with seaviews from the cottage and the surrounding gardens. Carmel has been furnished in a modern style to compliment many of the original features, hand carved fireplaces, Gothic style windows and airy open vaulted ceilings. Cosy in the winter with the woodburner or refreshing in the summer with the garden doors open letting the summer breeze fill the room.
Carmel has three elegantly furnished bedrooms, each with its own unique charm, and easily sleeping eight. Upstairs, 2 large bedrooms overlook the surrounding countryside with seaviews to the east and west. Vaulted ceilings and open beams compliment the sunny light mood of the rooms and hallway.
The lower gardens surrounding the property are a great place for children to explore and play in the wendy house. Numerous eating areas and terraces enable you to enjoy a spectacular seaview and absorb the sun from early in the morning well into the evening. Climb the paths behind the house to reveal further secluded terraces with panoramic sea views.
Follow the short path down the cliff to Monks Bay, a beautiful sheltered sandy beach, safe for bathing. The offshore breakwater to the west is the perfect place to cast a fishing line out to sea. At low tide hundreds of rock-pools are exposed, home to many small fish, prawns and crabs. When the tide comes in float over the rocks with a mask and snorkel – you will be amazed at what you see.
Explore the wooded area to the east of Carmel known as The Landslip. For full property details visit us at www.oceanbluecoastalretreats.co.uk
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Monks Bay - 2 minutes 2 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton 25 km, Nearest railway: Shanklin 5 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, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Isle of Wight region
Ventnor was built on the sheltered slopes of St Boniface Down and takes full advantage of the Gulf Stream. The town grew up in the Victorian era, after the island was made popular for summer holidays by Queen Victoria. At this time many beautiful Victorian mansions were built on the terraces taking full advantage of the seaviews looking far out over the channel. In recent years many of the Victorian houses have been restored to their former splendor. The town now hosts a number of growing music and food events.
Ventnor Harbour, opened in 2003 offers a fair-weather Haven for small sailing boats and powerboats travelling round the back of the island. It is also the base for a community of fishing boats catching and selling seafood into Ventnor Pubs and Restaurants year round. Swimming on Ventnor Beach is safe and Lifeguards have recently been appointed. The bay is a typical bucket and spade type destination with plenty of pubs and cafes selling a good variety of food.
Further along the coastal footpath to the west is Steephill Cove, a popular sheltered bay, with numerous cafes and restaurants again selling seafood. Not to be missed is one of Mandy's homemade crab pasties, made freshly with crab caught from the cove.
The Botanic Gardens is further up the cliff. Due to the mild climate of The Undercliff many Mediterranean and even tropical plants thrive here. The walk along the cliff top through the St Lawrence Undercliff is one of one of the best walks on the Isle of Wight. Heading towards the Island's most southerly point the rugged cliff tops give way to countless secluded coves and bays. Looking back towards Ventnor it is also the best place to see the natural terracing of the Undercliff.
Ventnor nick named 'Curio Capital of the Isle of Wight' has a great range of specialty stores, deli's and coffee shops. If you are into browsing, you will love losing yourself in the many of the town's quirky old curio shops selling vintage fare, rare books, antiques, unusual craft, furniture and general bric-a-brac.
Built on a series of terraces on the lower slopes of St Boniface Down, the timeless village of Bonchurch is recognized as much for its natural beauty as it is for its historical connections.
Beginning at the foreshore the village is fronted by Monks Bay and Horseshoe Bay. The wide beach at Monks Bay provides a safe bathing area for children and exposes an abundance of fabulous rock pools to explore at low tide.
Climbing the footpath towards the village you will pass St Boniface Old Church. Rebuilt in 1070AD, the church was once visited by Charles I who attended a funeral here during his imprisonment on the Island at Carisbrooke Castle.
The heart of the village is the Pond, home to an abundance of wildlife including ducks and moorhens. Huge carp rise to the surface for scraps of bread thrown by visitors. You may even see a herring waiting patiently for is catch in the shallows.
Across the road is The Pond Café – a fabulous bistro style restaurant. Walking on up the Shute, you will pass the New Church dating back to 1780. Following the road round is the Bonchurch Inn. The Pub serves an excellent Italian Menu as well as many traditional favourites and a good selection of Real Ales. All just a 5 minute walk from Carmel Cottage.
The top of the Shute leads to Upper Bonchurch with many footpaths leading to the Downs behind and the Landslip to the East. The view from Upper Bonchurch is spectacular, overlooking Lower Bonchurch and The English Channel. If you're feeling energetic, climb St Boniface Downs, to the most elevated position on the Isle of Wight. At 830ft the entire island is at your feet with unbroken views of farmland and woodland across The Solent to the Mainland.
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5 Jun 2014
"A little slice of heaven....."
We had high expectations from reading other reviews and Carmel did not dissapoint in any way.More than adequate for our large family with plenty of room. The old and original features of this cottage … More
9 Jan 2014
"Perfect in every way."
Not sure what more I can add. It really was exactly what we were hoping for. It is quite difficult to find. You drive down a long narrow winding lane, down towards the sea, and there it is, ..this be… More
11 Dec 2013
"LOVE LOVE LOVED this house"
A few friends and I wanted a weekend break away from the city so we booked this lovely little cottage. It is exactly what we needed. It had beautiful views, the house was very clean and the bedrooms w… More
3 Dec 2013
"A beautiful house with a stunning view"
We had a lovely weekend staying at the beautiful Carmel. Wonderfully secluded down mossy lanes, the view out to sea as you round the corner to the cottage takes your breath away. And at night the star… More
14 Sep 2013
"A perfect choice"
A delightful cottage, from which we hosted our daughter's wedding at East Dene. We couldn't have picked a better location, helped by superb weather, which enhanced this gem of a property even more.
2 Mar 2013
"Beauty on the beach"
What a great property and location. 30 seconds from a lovely quiet beach, this charming cottage housed 2 families of 4 very comfortably and happily. It is a mile's walk along the coastal wall from Ventnor ,a fantastic town with several great cafe's, and in the other direction is hills and woodland. The garden has a sun deck with beautiful views over the sea. Lucy (the owner) is charming, friendly, informative, and on hand should you need anything. Visiting in the winter? No worries - the wood burner in the lounge (wood provided) will keep you warm, snug and toasty. The kitchen is fully equipped, there is wi-fi, washing machine, dish washer...what more do you need? This place is highly recommended, and we will certainly be visiting again.
24 Jan 2013
We loved the beautiful vieuws and quiet location. Very different from the busy and boring coast with us in Belgium. We felt right home. The authenticity of the property in combination with the modern and comfortable furnishings are perfect. The area radiated from something mystical, especially in the dark. We will defenitely return here.
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