Bonchurch holiday house rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access and balcony/terrace and walking

St Michael's Cliff

from £372 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

Excellent 5/5

6 reviews

from £372 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

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St Michael's Cliff - front. Part-glazed veranda overlooking south-facing garden

House / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 10 Home 273733

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House / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Relax and unwind in our lovely seaside home in Bonchurch, a beautiful village on the south of the island. The village was recently voted No 5 in The Times list of ' 50 Best Places to Live By the Sea'. They said: 'Why is it so great? With a superb collection of Victorian villas, quaint and historic Bonchurch offers an idyllic retreat off the beaten track, with pretty Horseshoe Bay and the superb Bonchurch Inn tucked away for those in the know." You can be part of this 'idyllic retreat' in St Michael's Cliff, a spacious Grade II listed home full of character, providing comfortable and stylish accommodation for a large group. Fully equipped for ten, the house offers plenty of space with two large sitting rooms, a small study, large kitchen/breakfast room, separate utility room, downstairs WC and five bedrooms and three bathrooms (one en-suite) upstairs.

Luxury touches include: interior-designed decor; stunning king-size beds with blissfully comfortable mattress; comfy sofas and a wood burning stove in the lovely light main sitting room which runs across the whole front of the house; a hand-made, deVol kitchen with a range cooker and an excellent supply of board games, books and up-to-date magazines for rainy days.

The sea is five minutes stroll down the cliff and can be glimpsed from many parts of the house and garden. The private south facing garden and part-glazed veranda are perfect places to relax or dine outdoors. Nearby walks can be enjoyed across the high downs or on the famous coastal path to Shanklin or Ventnor. There are plenty of great places to eat and drink on the island and some of best are found close by, including the Michelin starred The Hamborough (5 minutes drive to Ventnor) and The Bonchurch Inn (two minutes walk away.) The lovely beaches at Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown can be reached in a few minutes by car.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Nearest beach Monk's Bay 500 m
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Shanklin 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 18
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Fully equipped for ten. The kitchen/breakfast room includes a large range cooker with double oven and plenty of large pots, pans, utensils, bread maker and cookery books for the family that wants to create a real home from home. The dining table seats ten comfortably. There is also a large outside dining table and seating for 10 on the veranda for al fresco dining. Bed linen is provided, but not towels. We have a folding cot, highchair and stair gate for babies / toddlers and the front garden can be bolted to provide a secure play area. There are two lounges providing ample space for relaxing, with a selection of toys, books, games, a small snooker table, TV and DVD player. The main sitting room has a wood burning stove. There is also a small separate study and a downstairs WC.The two master bedrooms are furnished with spectacular king size beds, with Vi-spring mattresses for a blissful night's sleep. They share the main family bathroom recently re-fitted with a stunning bespoke twin vanity unit, a roll-top bath and a separate walk-in shower with locally hand-made tiles. Bedroom three has a double bed, also with Vi-spring mattress, and its own private en-suite shower room and wc. The two smaller rear bedrooms, each with twin beds, share a further separate bathroom with wc and bath with a hand held shower. All but one of the bedrooms have sea views (can be limited in summer due to foliage!) Guests arriving for Christmas and New Year will find the house decorated and a welcome hamper of goodies to make your stay extra special.

Further details outdoors

As the property sits on a cliff face, the main garden is at the front. This is reached via french windows leading off the main sitting room onto a part-glazed veranda. Here you will find a table and chairs for ten so you can enjoy meals outside in South Wight's sub-tropical climate. The garden is a pretty, secluded area comprising of a lawn surrounded by mature trees and shrubs and views of the sea. Boules, quoits and garden darts are provided.The small courtyard rear garden has a pond (safely fenced) and a terraced area leading up the cliff (currently locked for safety reasons). The gravel drive to the side of the house (main entrance) has easy parking for up to three cars in the shade of a fig tree.

Further details

Rental period is from Saturday (3.00pm) to Saturday (10.00am). Full week lets only - SORRY, NO SHORT BREAKS OR . WEEKENDS, EXCEPT IN LOW SEASON BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT. No pets allowed. No smoking. No discounts for under-occupancy.As an interior-designed, Grade II listed building, with very high quality furnishings and fittings, St Michael's Cliff is best suited to groups of adults looking for a special 'Boutique hotel-style' break, or families with children over 10.

The Isle of Wight region

The beautiful southern side of the Isle of Wight is an area filled with history and fascinating geology and is blessed with the sunniest climate in the UK, with an additional 500 hours of sunshine per year above the national average and typically 2 degrees warmer.

The island is small enough for everything to be within an easy day trip's distance - from family fun days out, to historic houses; dinosaur museums to zoos; farms and vineyards to botanic gardens; boat trips and a steam train. Add to this great beaches (the Isle of Wight has four Blue Flag beaches - one of which is within walking distance) and stunning downland scenery in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you have the recipe for a perfect 'staycation' that feels like an adventure from the moment you step onto the ferry.


The southern tip of the Island has a unique character that is very different from the north. There are no views back to the busy mainland here - just the sparkling open sea which can be enjoyed from amazing cliff top walks on the high downs, or rambling along the rocky coves and perfect beaches that line the coast.

Bonchurch is one of the prettiest villages on the island. Dickens was a great fan and wrote some of David Copperfield while staying here - apparently between bracing walks on the downs and afternoon rounders on the beach. The elegant Victorian villas, shady lanes and tranquil pond that make Bonchurch famous, still give the impression that you might bump into Dickens, Swinburne or Tennyson at any moment.

The country walks can be steep - certainly not for the fainthearted or very elderly - but the views are spectacular and you might be rewarded with a glimpse of a shy red squirrel (we can suggest where you might spot them) or a rare Chalk Blue butterfly. Alternatively take a stroll along the sea wall to Ventnor and enjoy the local speciality of crab and chips in this traditional seaside town with its long sandy 'Blue Flag' beach. Picturesque and unspoilt , no wonder the Victorians described it as 'England's Madeira'.

Bonchurch itself has a famous much-photographed pond and two lovely churches (one dating from the 11th century), plus a small beach that is great for rock-pooling and snorkelling. The local pub, The Bonchurch Inn, is only a few steps away from the house and is a real gem serving great food.

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Review 1-6 of 6

3 Jun 2015


"This is a very fine, extremely well equipped house, great for a family holiday."

We had a brilliant stay at St Michael's Cliff. It is a very fine old house with great facilities including a very modern and well equipped kitchen. There are lovely rooms to relax in and five bedrooms, with two suitably tucked away for children/ teenagers. There are good walks in the immediate vicinity and easy access to Ventnor and the beach. We have stayed in lots of rentals in the UK and abroad but this house was rated by the whole family as the best so far.

Thank you for your very kind review. I am glad your family had an enjoyable time and I hope you will return to the Isle of Wight for another holiday soon.

17 Jan 2015


"Amazing Festive Stay"

A very enjoyable Christmas stay. House was amazing, warm and welcoming with plenty of room for all. Excellent kitchen and dining area with more than enough pots and pans. Plenty of opportunities for walks - long or short - the village pond (complete with ducks, fish and heron) is not far and was much appreciated by younger members of our party. House is tucked away but directions were clear so it was easy to find. We had a lovely break and would definitely recommend it.

Thank you very much for your kind review. I am so pleased you had a lovely Christmas break.

3 Sep 2014


"Perfect place for a family holiday"

This was the perfect place to stay with my sisters and our 6 children ranging from 4 - 16. St. Michael's Cliff is a real home-from-home beautifully furnished and equipped, and the garden was perfect for, very competitive, quoits competitions. The house is ideally situated for visiting the sights of the Isle of Wight and with the Bonchurch Inn, a lovely family pub, only a couple of minutes away we didn't even have to cook after a long day searching for fossils and dinosaur foot-prints. We will definitely return.

18 Jun 2013


"Beautiful house, lovely location - the perfect break"

A group of six of us spent a lovely long weekend in St Michael's Cliff in June and it was truly the perfect break. The house is beautifully decorated and furnished with lovely high ceilings, original features and everything you could need. We had a lovely BBQ when we arrived on the Friday night, using the BBQ provided with the house, then had breakfast round the big table on the veranda on Saturday morning. The house is a great location: 2 minutes form the local pub, and a short walk down to the nearest beach and into Ventnor, but is really peaceful. Access to the coastal paths is also nearby so it's easy to walk further afield (we made it to Shanklin for fish and chips on the beach which took about an hour and a half to walk at a moderate pace). We were blessed with good weather, but the house is spacious enough that you won't feel too 'cooped up' if it's not great, and there's plenty of books, games and DVDs to keep you occupied. Would definitely recommend the house to anyone who wants a lovely, relaxing break away from it all.

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