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View from bay bedroom window

House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 15

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Gate House is situated in the heart of Freshwater Bay, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the west Wight.

The house not only overlooks the sea but is also located at the foot of Tennyson Down and the Heritage Coastal Trail. It backs onto Afton Marsh and the Freshwater Bay golf club is just on the other side of the bay. With its stunning shingle and sandy beaches just over the road, Gate House offers the perfect location for a relaxing, self-catering holiday in comfort and style. It will comfortably sleep 11 with the option for a further 4 guests in two sofa beds.

The house was originally part of a Victorian hotel built in the 1860's and has been renovated by its present owners - it enjoys a number of period features with a relaxed and artistic finish throughout.

Size Sleeps up to 15, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach 100 metres
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 15, Lounge seats for 11
Other High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Isle of Wight region

The Isle of Wight is a wonderful place for a holiday with its spectacular countryside and breathtaking scenery, beautiful sandy beaches, quaint villages and tourist attractions. There is something for everyone and it's all within easy reach - the Island is just a few miles off the south coast of England and is only 27 miles long at its widest point. It also boasts the most sun in the UK!

Historic places of interest include Osborne House, Queen Victoria's seaside home in East Cowes, Carisbrooke Castle where Charles I was imprisoned and the award-winning Brading Roman Villa. For children there are some excellent attractions including Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill and The Needles Pleasure Park.

Or you can simply head to one of the many beaches - you are never far from the coast where there are miles of great beaches to explore whether you want to relax, play, sail, surf, kite, kayak or swim there is a beach for you!

The Island hosts many internationally renowned festivals including The Isle of Wight Festival, The Bestival, The Rhythm Tree Festival, Old Gaffers Festival, The Garlic Festival, Isle of Wight Scooter Rally, V-Dub Island, The Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Cowes Week (sailing regatta) - the list goes on! There are also carnivals across the island which take place throughout the summer and everyone is encouraged to take part.

For food and drink lovers, great pubs, cafes, farm shops, vineyards and tasty restaurants welcome you all over the Island.


Freshwater Bay is in an area of outstanding natural beauty with wonderful cliff-top walks, such as Tennyson Down and the Heritage Coastal Trail to the Needles, with breathtaking views of the Channel and Solent. This is where Lord Alfred Tennyson, the Victorian Poet Laureate, sought inspiration for his writing and the Farringford, his old home, is just up the road. Inland from the bay is Afton Marsh Nature Trail and Freshwater Way leading to the River Yar and the picturesque harbour town of Yarmouth. The 18 hole Freshwater Bay Golf Club is a 10 minute walk up the other side of the bay.

Other local places to visit include The Needles Old Battery (a Victorian fort and rocket testing site), Afton Down (site of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival), Dimbola Lodge (museum and former home of pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron), St Agnes (the Island's only thatched church) and Compton Bay (where dinosaur footprints are visible at low tide).

The west coast has many beautiful beaches and most are accessible by road or from the coastal path. At Alum Bay, the Needles Park has a chairlift to the beach, from which you can see the famous coloured sands or take a boat trip to view the Needles rocks and lighthouse. Families can enjoy the delightful small beach at Totland Bay and the golden sands of Colwell Bay, which offers beach huts and water sports. Compton Bay is very popular with surfers and kite surfers.

There is an old fashioned grocer's shop up the road and a pub and restaurant within walking distance. There are also a wide variety of shops and services in Freshwater village, a mile away, including the West Wight indoor swimming pool.

The harbour town of Yarmouth is 3 miles away, the River Yar estuary 1m, Newtown Creek 6m, Newport 10m, Cowes 15m.

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7 Dec 2013


"fabulous family house"

I couldn't quite imagine that any house could cope with 4 families with 8 children under 6 - but it did. We had a fabulous time with plenty of space in the beautiful house, with roaring log fires… More

27 Nov 2013


"Fabulous house and beautiful location."

We stayed here for a few night over New Year. The group consisted of four families with small children. The house was perfect for our needs with spacious and beautiful bedrooms that allowed the little… More

25 Nov 2013


"Beautiful house. Great large funky kitchen for a group. Can't wait to return!"

We had a brilliant stay at Gate House with our children. Safe garden for them to play in and close proximity to the beach. We loved the design of the house which is perfect for a relaxed holiday. … More

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