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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
If you are looking for a cute and cosy country cottage, this is it! Rock Cottage is a charming Grade II listed detached property built in 1814. The cottage was originally the tap house and stables for the Royal Sandrock Hotel, visited by the Princess Victoria and according to local folklore a favourite holiday destination. Built of Island stone with a Welsh slate roof, the cottage has recently been completely restored and refurbished to provide all modern comforts yet retaining the original features. It is cosy but not small.
The cottage is equiped with everything you will need. The kitchen is a dream for foodies who love to cook or you can walk down the lane to the local pub, the famous Buddle Inn. A short drive gives you a choice of numerous pubs and restaurants. You can relax in the garden, on the terrace or take advantage of the nearby extensive National Trust walks including the beautiful St Catherine's Down and the lighthouse.
Local amenities in Niton village are easily within reach on foot including The White Lion pub and the tea garden at the Post Office
Further afield the Island has so many places of interest to visit there will not be enough time to see them all! Younger children will love Blackgang Chine (The Disappearing Village), the beaches and the dinosaur museums.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castlehaven 1 km|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton 60 km, Nearest railway: Shanklin 12 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||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage is light but cosy inside. It has a snug lounge with TV/DVD and some DVDs provided. It has a kitchen/dining room with a large table and seating for 8, a lounge area with another TV?DVD. For summer alfresco dining there are 2 tables on the south facing terrace overlooking the pretty garden, one can catch the early morning sun for breakfast and the other the evening sun for dinner.
There is a walk-in shower room downstairs and a family bathroom upstairs with the original roll top bath.
The master bedroom has a kingsize bed, the double room can have either twin beds or a superking and the third bedroom has twin beds.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a large terrace which catches the sun all day and there is a choice of tables. A large barbeque has been installed on the west side and which has a ready supply of wood and charcoal.
The garden is a secluded cottage garden with a grassy area large enough for children to play. There is also a sand pit on the terrace and outdoor Jenga.
All areas can be lit at night.
A complimentary welcome pack of mostly local produce is provided on arrival, including eggs from our own hens, bread, milk, orange juice, breakfast etc and the cottage is stocked with breakfast tea, speciality teas and espresso coffee.
About this location
The Isle of Wight region
The Isle of Wight is about 5 miles / 8 kilometres south of mainland England and can only be accessed by ferry or light aeroplane/helicopter. It has not become overdeveloped as a result and retains much of its original charm.
There is something for everyone on the Island. Beautiful beaches, stunning walks, many tourist type attractions, pub, restaurants and a variety of towns ranging from "yachty" Cowes, Bembridge and Yarmouth, to seaside Shanklin and Sandown to rural, Niton, Brightstone and Shorwell.
Rock Cottage is perfectly situated to access the many amenities in and around Niton.
Niton is a traditional bustling village boasting the best facilities to be found in any village on the Island, including the post office, pubs and large general store. There is a friendly café in the post office with a beautiful garden for delightful cream teas in the summer. Niton features in the Doomsday Book and still features the 11th Century church built on Saxon foundations.
Rock Cottage is in the area of the village close to the local beach and the stately St Catherine's lighthouse situated on the Undercliff, which lies beneath an 11km long and up to 80m high inland cliff sheltering it and giving it a uniquely temperate micro-climate, making the Undercliff one of the sunniest and mildest places in Britain. The 65 mile Isle of Wight coastal path follows the cliff east from Niton towards Ventnor and west towards Blackgang and the sweeping vistas of West Wight. There are many walks in and around Niton and the Undercliff.
The village is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest. The National Trust owns large tracts of land to the south and west of the village, providing unspoiled scenery and extensive downland and coastal walks.
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16 Nov 2014
"Attention to detail was impressive"
My family and I stayed at Rock Cottage for a few days in October and I was delighted by the cottage. It was warm, amazingly clean, beautifully appointed and extremely well kitted out for guests, inclu… More
24 Sep 2012
"Everything you could possibly want from a self catering cottage."
My husband and I, with our three children aged 9, 6 and 3, stayed at Rock Cottage from 15 - 21 September. Admittedly our expectations were high as we trawled through many, many websites for self-catering properties before selecting this one, but our expectations were surpassed!
Eleanor really has not left a stone unturned in terms of what you might need, she has thought of everything - the cottage is so well equipped. The welcome hamper was of a high standard and very much appreciated and the children loved the little play house at the bottom of the garden and the toys in the cottage for their use.
The beds are gorgeously comfortable and we loved the woodburner in the evenings.
I could go on... but in a nutshell, you would be hard pushed to find a nicer self-catering property in which to spend your holiday. We would highly recommend this cottage.
30 Aug 2012
"Great cottage, great location."
My husband, myself, our daughter and 6 year old grandson stayed at this lovely cottage for 2 weeks in July/August . From the moment we walked through the door it felt like home. It is a beautiful place in a quiet location but close to Ventnor and easy to reach other places on the island. It has a lovely garden and barbecue and inside has been lovingly restored. The beds were very comfortable and the house is very spacious and light with beautiful furnishings and curtains. We didn't get to meet the owner because we were out when she called but she did phone us to make sure that everything was alright and also left an amazing welcome pack! I can't think of any negatives about the cottage, it was everything that was described. Would definitely return to this cottage. If you want a cream tea try Chessell potteries, got to be the best on the island!
19 Jun 2012
"Beautiful Cottage in a Beautiful Place"
We stayed in Rock Cottage for a week in early June (Me, My Wife and 2 boys, 3.5yrs and 1.5yrs) and even though the weather wasn't our friend we loved it and had a great time. Eleanor greeted us once we'd settled in and the location is super if you have a car and we found it a great base for travelling out to the many family orientated attractions on the IoW.
The property and gardens themselves are excellent and the renovations that have been carried out on the property have resulted in a stunning place to stay that is good for families or couples alike. The kitchen has everything required and wifi and Freeview were also provided. In addition the children wooden cabin (to call it a Wendy House doesn't do it justice) in the garden was a smash hit with the children. The BBQ area is great (we did manage to use it) and it felt a comfortable and homely place to stay.
In the area there is a great pub that is less that 2 mins walk away with views of the sea (you can also see the sea from the house), some great walks, St Catherines Lighthouse, local shops and you have Ventnor and Steephill Cove just up the road.
We've only stayed in one similar place of this quality (The Peren in Hay-on-Wye) and we totally loved Rock Cottage and would gladly come again!
2 Jun 2012
"A well equiped beautiful cottage"
We had a lovely time at the cottage, very clean and well equiped. The owner of the cottage was very accomodating to all our needs. The cottage was down a quiet lane with views of the sea, it is in a good location ideal for exploring the island. A real home from home.
19 Mar 2012
"Immaculate cottage - I wish I lived here!"
I stayed at Rock Cottage with 5 friends in March. On entering the cottage we couldn't believe our luck - all the rooms are beautifully finished and Eleanor has thought of every last detail - the… More
7 Feb 2012
"Delightful base for an Isle of Wight holiday"
The cottage has been beautifully restored throughout and includes many nice touches, including a welcome pack that takes care of your first breakfast. The weather was variable during our October visi… More
16 Jan 2012
"Gorgeous Cottage in every sense........"
What can I say about Rock Cottage........an absolustely stunning and gorgeous cottage both inside and out. The owner Eleanor has done an amazing job restoring this historical old cottage and if you ar… More
10 Jan 2012
"A beautifully renovated, charming, rural cottage"
We had a fabulous week at Rock Cottage. It was the perfect place to unwind after a hectic Christmas. We enjoyed several invigorating walks along the coast to the lighthouse and to the Pepper Pot. There are many lovely towns and beaches within a short drive. The local pub just a 2 minute walk away served delicious home cooked food.
The cottage was charmingly renovated. We particularly appreciate the log burning fires. The kitchen had everything we needed. The cottage was very comfortable and spacious and was in a very peaceful setting with great sea views from the bedrooms.
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