Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Located in a pretty street in central Yarmouth, staying here will give you the freedom to explore the many areas of outstanding beauty the West Wight has to offer. Surfers and bucket and spaders can head to the often listed as 'most beautiful beaches of the world'; Compton Beach. Walkers and cyclists can safely make their way up the bridle path beside the stunning River Yar for a pint in The Red Lion. The river is home to abundant wildlife so there is always plenty to see, sketch or photograph. Or simply enjoy crabbing around Yarmouth, finish off with a Yarmouth beach BBQ or supper in one of the many pubs and restaurants in the town.
Private boat trips up the river can be reasonably and easily be booked. Sea fishing trips are also readily available. Yarmouth harbour is now home each year to the 'Old Gaffers Festival'. The vibrant character of the town and harbour has meant this is now a very well served location, still maintaining it's 'away from it all' feel. There is plenty to explore, from the Henry VIII castle, a walk along the pier, or the common to view boating life on the solent. Shops and galleries are of high quality and the whole town is a friendly welcoming place to rest a while, whatever time of year... Although calmer out of season, the light is beautiful and the town, shops and restaurants carry on quietly.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Yarmouth beach, Compton Bay|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Lymington|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
Sizeable, light, New England style kitchen with large range cooker, well equipped. Comfortable Sitting room with flat screen TV, all open plan to seating/dining area with roaring log fire. Large family bathroom on the first floor with spacious separate shower and comfortable slipper bath to relax in. Double bunk bedroom on the first floor, comprising a double bunk beneath single upper, well equipped with lots of games, jigsaws and books all are welcome to borrow and enjoy. Additional 'bunk' bed located in cabin style room above washer and tumble dryer, not as bizarre as it sounds, completely cosy and comfortable. Additional air bed available on request. Attic converted master bedroom with 5' double bed and velux windows, the roof naturally pitches but still has full height central area. The cottage can be accessed from the rear gate which has a small decked yard where your bikes and surf boards can be kept and taken in and out.
|Further details outdoors|
Parking is not included with the cottage, but is easily found in the surrounding streets, we include some 'temporary' permits with each let.
This is a character, one time, fisherman's cottage, so the stairs from the ground floor to the first floor are steep. The rental rates quoted are for up to 5 persons, 2 additional people can be accommodated, 1 on an air bed and 1 in the 'cabin' bunk, both at a very low additional rate.
The Isle of Wight region
Two hours South of London, lying just off the coast of Southern England, the Isle of Wight is known as 'The Garden Isle' for good reason. To locals and holiday homers it is simply 'The Island'.
The Island is 27 miles east to west and 13 miles north to south and offers an incredible range of things to do. With a warmer than average climate, it's not surprising it's been a favourite holiday destination for generations.
Your holiday starts on the ferry, there are a choice of routes, with vehicle ferries from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington, the latter taking 35 minutes to bring you straight to Yarmouth.
Once you are on The Island there are many attractions inside and out; over 500 miles of footpaths, stunning scenery, secluded sandy beaches and brilliant attractions, including the historic Carisbrooke Castle, Osbourne House, Zoo and Botanical Gardens to name but a few. We recommend Robin Hill for adventure fun in a wholesome style for children of all ages.
There are many fantastic eateries, if you are looking for cosy country pubs or Michelin Star restaurants with fine dining there is something for everyone.
Whether you are a sportsman or a spectator there is plenty to consider; cycling, horse riding, sailing, paragliding, swimming, surfing, kite surfing or fishing. Those interested in ancient geology and social history can go fossil hunting, on dinosaur foot print walks and around Yarmouth are organised Ghost Walks!
This very friendly island has a happy and healthy pace of life, Yarmouth especially has a strong community with endless events to join (more information below). A break here, of just 2 nights, leaves you feeling you have really 'got away from it all', and we guarantee the restorative sea air leaves a healthy impression on you.
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
The West Wight is one of the country's most stunning geographical locations, with high cliffs, rolling green hills and pretty sparkling bays. The Needles being a short bus ride away.
Yarmouth, the second smallest town in England, is a well known and much loved vibrant and happy place, bustling with its local fishing industry and the ever busy lifeboat. Throughout the year there are many all inclusive community events, locals and visitors being most welcome to join in. In the coming season on 5th November is the stunning torchlight parade through the town, all meet in the town square, examine the Guy Fawkes entries, enjoy roasted chestnuts and hot drinks and then join the procession through the town to The Common to the excellent Fire Work Display. The 15th December sees all meet again in The Square for carols around the tree. A hotly contended tradition are the Pancake Day Races on Tuesday 12th February, try your hand at taking on the locals to win eggs, lemons and wooden spoons!
Nearly all the shops remain open all year, so the buzz never leaves the town, from tea rooms to pubs, fish bars and a Michelin Star Restaurant (The George Hotel) you hardly need to leave Yarmouth for something to do each evening, with the cottage just 100 metres from the town centre, there is no need for a car or taxis.
Freshwater Bay and Compton Beach are just 10 and 15 minutes away by car, and equally close are Colwell Bay and Totland Bay (a visit for us wouldn't be complete without fish and chips from 'Tottie's of Totland eaten on the beach 300 yards away).
In Yarmouth you can hire bicycles and take yourselves safely up the bridle path to The Causeway at Freshwater and have a drink or something to eat at the renound Red Lion Pub. From the Quay you can book yourself on a fishing trip with kit and bait supplied. For those that wish to take to The Solent there are tripper boats running out to the Napoleonic Hurst Castle or for the gentler river trip you can take a 45 minute trip up the River Yar to view the stunning scenery and rare bird wildlife.
Those who visit Yarmouth always speak of it fondly, and most return time and time again. Once described by a Tap Cottage visitor as his 'Utopia', it is the ideal base to enjoy your holiday.
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4 Jul 2014
Our three-day stay at Tap Cottage could not have been more satisfying. The owner was exceedingly accommodating in helping to arrange our stay. Although it has three bedrooms we only used the main be… More
28 Jun 2014
Beautiful cottage located a short walk away from the high street / beach, well priced, I would definitely recommend staying there.… More
25 Jun 2014
"More like staying in a friends home than a holiday let"
We stayed for a weekend and it was just perfect. It was a tastefuly equipped and decorated little cottage right in the centre of the wonderful town of Yarmouth. The best way of describing it is as ab… More
28 Apr 2014
"Charming and beautifully presented cottage"
We stayed at this delightful cottage for a few days - it was recommended by a friend and did not disappoint. The cottage is cosy, comfortable and welcoming in an amazing location. There is an excelle… More
15 Apr 2014
"Fabulous yarmouth bolt-hole"
We had three lovely nights at tap cottage, with our children aged 4&10. Beautifully well provided for with things to amuse small people. Lots of great books around for both big & small. We all read a … More
21 Oct 2013
"Horrible Attitude makes the cottage worth nothing"
Terrible attitude of the cottage owner, truly makes the cottage experience worth nothing. When we arrived the cottage we feel the cottage is ok. Althrough there are planty unfinished half-bottle juice… More
Fact: Yuwei couldn't decide how long to book for, in the end went for 2 nights, which is of no real profit to me, more a home sharing kindness. As homeowner I instruct a housekeeper, who works for many people, has own family and needs to plan working week and is kept up to date with bookings in advance.
Fact: Very late paying final payment, needed chasing.
Fact: Arrived at cottage and rang to say "cottage is lovely thank you, please may i have wifi access code", was given by return.
Fact: Under 24 hours before scheduled departure rang up wanting an extra night.
Fact: I said a lot of hassle, not fair on cleaner, explained why but did quote exact and reasonable price (£60 for 1 more night!) (am happy to explain these calculations).
Fact: At this point I would have been losing money to compensate housekeeper for all inconvenience.
Fact: Yuwei argued about price, told me she would check internet. I said lets leave it to original booking, thank you.
Fact: Yuwei rings later in day horrified to not be allowed to stay longer. I firmly say no, I don't have time or money to subsidise someone who had messed me around so much.
Fact: Her mother starts shouting and shouting down phone, I put phone down. Prior to putting phone down as not my job nor contract to be pushed or shouted at I had raised my voice as in bad area for reception.
Fact: At the time of call ringing to 'have own way about staying' (to which I didn't trust her to pay) I had returned from 4 hour round trip to visit my mother who had just had a stroke and was in hospital.
Fact: I no longer wanted to deal with these people and quite frankly wanted to go to bed after a gruelling day.
Fact: My housekeeper knew nothing of above and rang to tell me how terrible state house left in and all lights lefts on.
Fact: I had trusted these people, took no deposit and made them welcome with welcome hamper like anyone else is.
Fact: I have had over 100 texts from happy people thanking me for a lovely holiday and welcome home from home time. None of which I have prompted.
Fact: The above reviewer, as you can see is not English.
4 Dec 2012
"Idillic cottage in a lovely town"
We had a lovely stay at this beautifully decorated cottage. It was wonderfully warm when we arrived in December, cosy and welcoming. The stairs are steep but the top double bedroom feels like you are sleeping at the top of the world away from all your cares. Our children are grown up now, and it suited us very well, with a great kitchen, but anyone with small children would find this a great place to stay ( with the stair gates closed) there are plenty of toys and books, if our children had stayed here we may never have got out!
Its a very short walk from the ferry, and close to the main car park ( very little parking on the streets of Yarmouth) Its best to find it on foot as the roads are a little confusing at first. You could manage without a car here really, as there seem to be plenty of buses to the multitude of attractions around the island - but theres plenty to do (and eat) in the town. Theres a good deli in the town and some great fish restaurants too.
15 Nov 2012
"We loved Tap Cottage!"
Tap Cottage is glorious and the photographs do not do it justice! A bright and airy dining and sitting area with a proper fire greets you as you enter. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you can think of. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated with super comfy beds. Outside space is limited but being so close to the sea this doesn't matter. The very steep stairs may be difficult for people with mobility difficulties. Yarmouth is a great spot to stay on the island and is convenient for visiting most places. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it! Annie was brilliantly helpful with booking, directions, places to see etc.
13 Nov 2012
A wonderful stay in a lovely, modern and clean cottage. Lovely welcome and all the homely facilities you could want without being OTT! Yarmouth is a quiet, welcoming and friendly location with good pubs and restuarants. I would highly recommend On the Rocks for the finest 'steak' dining experience. The local Doombar Ale is also good :-D
Yarmouth is a good base from which you can explore the Island and parking is great if you can work your way around the restricted hours!
I would definitely stay again. Thanks so much :-D
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