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Cliffway April 2013. Cliffway enjoys the morning sun (from rear), the midday and last of setting sun

Bungalow | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The house is a single storey and has two bedrooms (plus a separate outside annex), a living/dining room, kitchen and separate bathroom and toilet. There is an attractive, relatively secluded garden which is enclosed either by a hedge or garden gate. There is off-street parking at the rear but the entrance is narrow.

The property is located close to the beach (approx 2-3mins walk). It is also possible to drive to the beach. The beach is sandy and relatively shallow for a good distance and provides an ideal base for a restful holiday or weekend break away from it all, whatever the season. The western end of the Bay also has plenty of rock pools to explore at low ride. The cliffs over Headen Warren are covered with heather, which makes attractive walks in all seasons.

Below is a review which a visitor to the property has kindly sent to us and allowed us to quote here.

"It was the photos of the garden that sold us on Cliffway. And when I say that the holiday was old fashioned, I mean 'old fashioned' in the best sense of the word! A beach within walking distance, the cousins playing in the lovely garden whilst the grownups could chat in the comfy deck chairs. No need to rush about here and there as we do day to day, but could slow down and enjoy the days. One sunny day, the cousins (girls, age 7 and 8) painted the flat rocks we had collected on the beach and set up a stand out front of the cottage to sell them at 10p apiece. The neighbours could not have been more lovely stopping to buy the rocks and to chat to the girls. It absolutely made their week. And apart from relaxing at Cliffway, we did do touristy things such as visit Osbourne House, which the girls also loved, and went to other beaches to boogie board. The horseback ride at the farm down the road was also a highlight whilst the restaurant on Colwell beach could not have been more perfect and was right up there with the best trendy boutique restaurants of London in both food and in decor. The beach shop at Colwell was also perfect for all beach needs and the fellow in the shop really nice and helpful. We loved our week and the cottage suited the cousins with their mothers and granddad in the back annex. We hope to go again next year"

We are currently redecorating the house and the living room window on some older photographs has now been replaced with a glazed window and double doors which lead out onto the garden. The photographs will be updated in next week or so.

Further property details:

The house has two bedrooms. A king-size bed and single bed in one room, and two single beds in the other bedroom. The larger bedroom has two windows that overlook the garden and a small courtyard and the smaller bedroom one window that overlooks the rear path and an attractive planted area.

In addition there is a separate annex which has one single bed with a second bed stored beneath (both beds are full size). The room has two windows and is a very attractive room and would be suitable for two teenagers or a couple who wished to share but it unfortunately it is not large enough to use as a twin bedded room. The annex is accessed via the kitchen door, along a covered path to the rear of the house and is located just opposite the main bedroom window.

There are television sockets in each bedroom including the annex (but only one television). We use the house ourselves for regular breaks and have tried to make it comfortable and practical and we understand from our visitors so far that the standards of cleanliness and equipment are very high.


'Cliffway' was originally owned by my Uncle and Aunt who previously run a small private hotel (Northfield) along the 'Turf Walk'. As a family we used to stay regularly at Northfield and my sister and I have many happy childhood memories at Totland. We used to run down to the beach to swim and make sand castles and then walk back wrapped up in a towel to get washed and changed or to sit on the terrace and have afternoon tea. It was an idyllic childhood holiday.

When they retired they bought 'Cliffway' the same scenario continued. We celebrated my father 50th birthday sitting in the garden at 'Cliffway' having tea and making paper kites. We used to go the then waste ground (now apartments) and test fly them before coming back to make adjustments. It was always a happy relaxed place.

Luckily, I was able to purchase the house after my Aunt retired to a home and the family holiday tradition continued.

My sister's young daughter enjoyed her first experience of the sea at Totland playing in the shallow pools left on the sand after the tide was out. You could see her discovering the experience of water and sand in her toes, she went wild, we could not stop her, she loved it and was in her element (see image).

Alternatively, at the other end of the age scale my mother at 84 years loves driving to the Compton Bay National Trust car park and watching the changing sky and sea as the waves crash on the beach. Her best enjoyment is watching the people on the beach and the wind surfers and kite surfers. She especially enjoys it when the fall off!! The coastline is also used for paragliding and these are particularly colourful as they fly over the cliffs.

In the summer the sailing ships sometimes moor in the bay to lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant.

In the evening Totland is popular with the fisherman who often camp out all night at the far end of the bay fishing. The promenade is used by the local children to go baiting crabs at high tide.

The local diving school also uses the bay sometimes for lessons.

No matter the weather Totland always has something to offer. Sometimes the more the wind blows and waves crash the more exciting it is and in foggy weather 'moaning minnie' sounds her warning to the ships at sea.

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Totland 300 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Southampton 50 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 Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The house contains a living room and shared dining room with a television, a fully fitted and equipped kitchen with electric oven and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, expresso / filter coffee maker, magimix food processor and champagne glasses. The house has central heating, gas and electricity are included in the price. All linen is provided and all towels and sheets are 100% cotton. A travel cot and high chair are also available free of charge. The house is not designed for wheelchair users but is manageable being all on one level.

The prices given are for the use of two bedrooms. The main bedroom has a king size bed and a single bed. The second bedroom has two single beds. Should you wish to use the Annexe, which has a single bed with a pull-out bed underneath, there will be an additional charge for cleaning the room and bedding of £30.00.

Further details outdoors

The private garden is surrounded by a hedge and fence with a line of mature trees along one boundary. The garden enjoys the full sun but it is possible to have some shade beneath the trees and shrubs. There is a large lawn area. There are lovely sea views form both the front garden and the living room.

The garden has a long timber table and chairs, lounge chairs, sun canopy and a BBQ set to be enjoyed.

Further details

Prices for the house currently range from £365 a week in low periods, through to £775 at peak times. Prices are for four people, please speak to us if you require the property for six. These rates exclude Christmas and New Year. Short breaks can be arranged out of season and a daily rate to be agreed. A detailed cost schedule can be seen below (gas, electricity, water, bed linen and towels are included).

Prices can be flexible outside Bank and school holidays depending upon availability. We are interested in building a regular clientele who enjoy visiting the island particularly out of season. Prices include VAT.

Please note our web site is currently out of date.

The Isle of Wight region

The Isle of Wight is an island of great diversity, from the breath-taking coastline to the lush green countryside, woods and forests, making the Isle of Wight a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and families seeking a quiet break. The island is also well renown for its range of water sports/activities many of which are based nearby (see list end of text)

West Wight, as the area is known, is more rural and less developed than the eastern part of the island. The coastal landscape ranges from the sandy beaches and rock pools of Totland/Colwell Bay to the coloured sands of Alum Bay and the dramatic coastline of The Needles and white cliffs with rolling waves along the Military Road and southern coast.

The area around Yarmouth and along the River Yar to Freshwater is known for its footpaths and wildlife. There is also the Nature Reserve at Newtown.

There are also a great variety of attractions only a short drive away from Totland. These include The Needles Park and Alum Bay Glass and coloured sands. All children through the generations love filling their transparent containers of various shapes with layers of coloured sand. We did it as children and so do our children. No visit is complete without the obligatory visit. There is also a funfair. An open topped bus can take you to the Needles Old Battery and Coastguard Station. Alternatively, it is possible to walk to the top and enjoy the dramatic coastline views.

The dramatic white coastline of Compton Bay is where they discovered the remains of many dinosaurs and there was originally a working dinosaur museum (which may or may not still be open). Along this coastline is the Isle of Wight Pearl.

Heading east along the northern coast towards Yarmouth is Fort Victoria Country Park.

Activities on island and based nearby:

On water - Kayaking, day courses or paddles at sunset, Coasteering, Surfing, Stand up paddle board

On land - Mountain boarding, Archery, Orienteering, Rock climbing, Mountain bike, Gyro experience, Power kiting, Laser quest

Horse riding

Environmental - Falconery, Fossil hunting, Wight walks, Bushcraft, Outdoor painting


The Totland Bay seafront is just 5 minutes' walk from the house either down a short length of road or along the 'Turf Walk' and down a flight of steps. It is also possible to drive to the bay and park along the front.

The 'Turf Walk' is a grass promenade along the top of the cliff where the Victorians used to promenade and enjoy the spectacular views of the bay. An art exhibition is organised on the 'Turf Walk' at certain times of the year.

At the western end of the bay there are rock pools and opportunities to go crabbing etc. The bay itself is shallow for a long way out and at low tide there are plenty of sands to make sand castles and all manner of mermaids etc. At the eastern side a raised walkway makes it possible to walk, on the level, all around to Colwell Bay even at high tide. It is possible to see the Needles from the outermost point of the walkway.

The Waterfront Restaurant and bar has a friendly atmosphere and good food. Its waterside location offers a spectacular opportunity to relax and enjoy the bay. A Pier Cafe is currently under renovation as a part of the Piers redevelopment.

A coastal footpath (connecting the beach) links Totland Bay to the dramatic heathland of Headon Warren and down to Alum Bay. From there it is possible to walk to The Needles Old Battery and Coastguard Station and along the Nature Reserve and dramatic cliffs of Tennyson Down passing Tennyson's Monument.

Great for National Trust properties and Nature Reserves. The area is also ideal for cycling, with local bike hire companies which can deliver bikes to your door!

The Isle of Wight is also well known for its sea sports. Unlike the mainland it is possible to travel a short distance and enjoy a completely different wind direction. At Totland if the wind is blowing into the Bay it is possible to walk around, along the seafront promenade, to the shelter of Colwell Bay and visa versa. Similarly, it is only a short drive to Freshwater Bay which faces south.

Those who love seaports know this and it is possible to go surfing, kite surfing and paragliding nearby apart from the normal boating activities.

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23 Aug 2014


"Ideal location"

Only a 10 minute drive from the ferry port at Yarmouth. A 5 minute drive to The Needles. A peaceful place to stay with space to park off road. The bungalow was well equipped and clean and spacious too… More

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