Ferndale is a large, charming, four bedroom Victorian cottage on the Isle of Wight, set in idyllic countryside, with a beautiful garden, stunning views of surrounding fields and walks from the doorstep. The house was refurbished to a high standard in early 2013. It sleeps 8 comfortably, and in addition there is a cot bed in one room.
Everyone will feel comfortable at Ferndale, and the cottage is well-equipped for families with young children.
The master bedroom, kitchen and lounge have magnificent views over the downs. The lounge with large windows in addition to French doors onto the patio, is a beautiful, light, airy room with a log fire place for cosy winter stays.
There is a large, gated, well maintained garden, with plenty of room for children to play and a driveway with parking for three cars. At the bottom of the garden there is a large wild flower meadow, which is part of the property.
Although there are walks to suit people of all ages and abilities from the door, Ferndale is just a short drive from the some of the island's best beaches and tourist attractions. You'll find several excellent pubs in the area, including one in nearby Niton village, where there are also good shops - a 15-20 minute walk from the house.
The master bedroom has a brand new, extremely comfortable super king bed (or two 3 ft. single beds) and two armchairs in which to relax and admire the stunning views over the garden, fields and downs. The second bedroom has a king size bed and is at the back of the house, with views over fields. Bedroom three has 6ft bunk beds and a large cot and views over the garden and fields to the side of the house. Bedroom four is downstairs and has twin beds.
There are two bathrooms upstairs. One is adjacent to the master bedroom and has a large walk in shower, bidet, toilet and wash basin. The second bathroom has a bath, with shower, basin and beautiful views over the downs. There is a separate toilet and basin next door.
Downstairs there is a spacious entrance hall. A downstairs cloakroom with toilet and basin. The lounge has two sofas (including sofa bed) and arm chairs; it seats eight in comfort. There are beautiful views and a fireplace for winter stays. The dining room also seats eight and there is a high chair available.
The kitchen is brand new and fully equipped. The sink is under the window and has breathtaking views over fields. There is a breakfast bar, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, large fridge / freezer, as well as a microwave, kettle and toaster.
Children are welcome!
There is a cot bed, high chair, and a selection of books and toys for young children (2-5).
Please bring your own beach towels as these are not provided. Should you wish to use the cot you will need to provide your own bedding.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video 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||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
With the sunniest weather in the UK, 25 miles of clean, unspoilt beaches and half of it designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Isle of Wight is one of the best spots in Britain you could choose for a cottage break.
WALKING AND CYCLING
Bring your walking shoes and explore the 500 miles of well-marked walking paths and bridleways, with some of the UK's best walking. Visit during May and take part in the Isle of Wight walking festival (visit http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk).
The island has a 62-mile cycleway and is ideal for cyclists. If you don't want to bring your own bike, you can rent one in Ryde, Shanklin, Ventnor and other places.
Step back in time and discover dinosaur and other fossils during a visit to Yaverland, Brook Bay, Brightstone Bay and many other beaches.
PLACES TO VISIT
There are many historical places to visit, including Queen Victoria's island home, Osborne House (English Heritage), Carisbrooke Castle, where King Charles I was imprisoned before his execution, and a Roman villa near Brading.
While away the time at the excellent RSPB Bird Reserve, which attracts birders from across the country, or take a ride on the Isle of Wight steam railway.
ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN
The island is ideal for a family holiday and, apart from the island's numerous sandy beaches, the island abounds with attractions and things to do for children of all ages. Particularly worthwhile should be a visit to Blackgang Chine fun park (http://www.blackgangchine.com) on the island's south coast (a short drive from our cottage), which is the UK's oldest fun park and sports water slides, a roller coaster and a haunted castle. A saver ticket will give you access to Blackgang Chine as well as to Robin Hill, an adventure theme park. The Needles Park at the western most point of the Island is also a great day out - take a chairlift ride down to the beach and a boat ride to the Needles.
If your children enjoy animals, then consider a visit to Isle of Wight Zoo, Amazon World, Owl & Monkey Haven or Sea View Wildlife Encounter - just a few of the experiences available to you.
The south coast of the Isle of Wight, west of Ventnor, is the most tranquil and laid back part of the island. Relax over a leisurely lunch in one of the area's outstanding pubs after a visit to St Catherine's Lighthouse, built in the 1830s or, if you are feeling energetic, a walk up to St Catherine's Oratory (built in 1314), which stands at one of the island's highest points.
Compton Bay beach, a short drive from the cottage and best visited during low tide, is excellent for fossil hunting, walking, surfing and swimming. Relax on the beach and watch your children play amongst the many rock pools.
Well worth a visit is nearby Ventnor Botanical Garden (botanic.co.uk), with 22 acres of gardens and over 10,000 plants and an excellent cafe.
Your children will love Godshill Model village and Blackgang chine theme park, both less than 10 minutes' drive from the cottage.
There are many excellent walks in the south of the island. One of our favourite walks starts on the cottage's doorstep, up to the Hoy Monument (built 1814), along the downs, past St Catherine's Oratory and back home through a bluebell wood.
There are several great pubs nearby:
The White Lion is the nearest pub. It's in Niton, less than a mile away, you can walk there in about 20 minutes. It does great food and has a play area and bouncy castle for kids. (http://www.whitelionniton.co.uk)
The Buddle Inn – formally a smugglers retreat! With cosy log fires in winter and great sea views from the garden in summer. The Buddle is just under two miles away/less than ten minutes by car. (http://www.buddleinn.co.uk)
The White Horse Inn – Whitwell – is, truth be told, our favourite – does fabulous fish and chips. All the food is amazing and its warm, cosy and friendly. It's 1 mile away and less than five minutes by car. (http://www.thewhitehorsewhitwell.co.uk)