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A typical sea view from the garden with only a few minutes walk to the beach!

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

'Cliffway' is an ideal place for people of all ages to relax and for children to enjoy. 'Cliffway' is only a few minutes walk to the beach and the property sits in its own attractive, private and relatively secluded garden. Ideal for children to run about in and for adults to relax and dine while watching the often spectacular and dramatic sunsets for which Totland is well known.

Its easy for all the family to walk to the beach, enjoy a good day swimming, making sandcastles, collecting shells, crabing etc and to walk back, shower and relax in the garden sunbathing or enjoying lunch or afternoon tea in the garden. The children have space to run around and play. In the evening (or early morning) its lovely to go for a quiet stroll along the waterfront (or for another quick dip). 'Cliffway' offers the opportunity to 'dump' the car and relax.

Cliffway provides an ideal base to explore the Isle of Wight with interest throughout all the seasons. 'Cliffway' and 'The Turf Walk' are connected to the National Trust Tennyson's Trail which starts along The Turf Walk and runs over Headon Warren (swathed in heather), past the Marconi Memorial and Alum Bay and the Needles, along Tennyson Down before returning to the waterfront at Totland Bay. The Isle of Wight Coastal path also passes through Totland. Other walks/cycle ways are possible along the River Yar between Yarmouth and Freshwater and around Newtown. stretches over Headon Warren ( swathed in heather) to The Needles and over Tennyson Down and back into Totland.

'Cliffway' is a single storey property with an open plan living/dining/kitchen area. The property has just been renovated and now has a new shower room with low profile shower, shower seat, wash basin and toilet (no bath). The property has two bedrooms within the house. One with a king size bed and single bed and one with two single beds. There is an additional annex with two single beds for a couple to share (but not large enough for a twin bedded room) which we have decided not to routinely advertise but this can be discussed and booked by arrangement.

The garden is enclosed by a hedge or gates. It is possible to park in a lay-by opposite or on the road. There is off-street parking at the rear of the property but the entrance is narrow.

'Cliffway' is approximately 2-5 mins walk to the beach. It is also possible to drive down to the beach and park along the front. This is great for those who are less mobile and who can sit and watch the waves from inside the car. The waterfront also provides a level walkway around the bay which is easy for the less mobile or wheelchair users to enjoy.

There is also a grass walkway on the top of the cliff above the beach known as 'The Turf Walk' where the Victorians used to promenade. Today you can sit on a number of seats and look out to sea. There are several steps down to the beach from 'The Turf Walk'.

Totland has a fairly wide sweeping Bay. The beach is sandy and relatively shallow for a good distance and ideal for younger children. The western end of the bay has plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide. There is a Waterfront Restaurant and Bar on one side of the bay. Unfortunately the Pier Cafe is currently under renovation.

Totland is an ideal base for a restful holiday or weekend break away from it all, whatever the season. The cliffs over Headen Warren are covered with heather (accessed from The Turf Walk'), which makes attractive walks in all seasons. No matter what the weather Totland always has something to offer. In the bad weather it can be possible to lie in bed listening to the wind and waves crashing and the sound of 'Moaning Minnie' sounding her warning to the ships at sea.

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 use the house ourselves for regular breaks and have tried to make it comfortable and practical.

'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's 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.Fortunately we are able to continue the tradition. 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 tend to moor in the bay to lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant.

Totland is popular with the fisherman who often camp out all night at the far end of the bay fishing. The seafront 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.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Totland 300 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Southampton 50 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, 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 King Beds (1), Single beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The house comprises of an open plan living/dining room and kitchen. There is a television, and DVD. Unlimited BT broadband.

The kitchen is fully fitted and equipped with an electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine, expresso / filter coffee maker, magimix food processor.

There is a newly renovated shower room with large low profile shower and fold up seat, wash basin, large heated towel rail and toilet.

The house has a new gas combi boiler and 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 the whole house (not annex). The main bedroom has a king size bed and a single bed. The second bedroom has two single beds. The annex has a single bed with a pull-out bed underneath and is reached by a path that leads from the kitchen door.

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 £370 a week in low periods, through to £795 at peak times. Prices are for the whole house. without the annex. Please speak to us if you have any queries. 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 clientèle 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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    Calendar last updated:07 Aug 2015

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