Sea View Cottage is a stunning two bedroom cottage overlooking the sea at Fort Victoria, a short walk away from the pretty harbour town of Yarmouth on the west coast of the Isle of Wight.
Sandwiched between the coast on one side, and the Fort Victoria country park on the other, the cottage is situated in an idyllic and extremely peaceful setting, with plenty to do and see right on the doorstep. There are two private gardens: one at the rear which backs onto the woodlands and a network of paths on the Isle of Wight Coastal Path; and another at the front which overlooks the green at the front and the beach.
The cottage sleeps four in two bedrooms (plus one child in a put-up bed or travel cot in the master bedroom). Both the master bedroom and the living room have amazing sea views. The living room has oak flooring, leather sofas and an open wood fire. It also has a TV/DVD combo, a library of DVD films and a book library.
We never use contract cleaners; the cottage is cleaned to a very high standard by a local woman who takes great pride in making the cottage immaculate for guests. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you need for a wonderful self-catering holiday in a little corner of paradise. Free high-speed wifi internet available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Check in time:||15:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Fort Victoria Beach 100 m|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton 15 km, Nearest railway: Lymington Pier 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
About half of the Isle of Wight has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) by Nature England, and most of this AONB can be found in the west. The coastline here provides soaring chalk cliffs and stunning panoramic views, as well as wooded creeks, long beaches and open pastures. The wildlife here is rich and diverse. There are foxes, badgers, plenty of rabbits and red squirrels in the woodlands (the Isle of Wight is famously a red squirrel sanctuary in England - one of the few places they haven't been wiped out by the American grey).
The Isle of Wight is a great place to holiday with families - as well as the great beaches, there are hundreds of attractions for kids ranging from adventure parks, to zoos and animal sanctuaries, to Roman villas and a working steam railway. For the outdoor types there are great cycle routes, sea kayaking, surfing, paragliding, coasteering, horse riding on the beach and plenty else besides. For people who love culture, art, history or gardens, there are dozens of castles, mansion houses, gorgeous villages, gardens and art studios to visit.
The immediate surrounds of the cottage are very peaceful, and yet full of adventure and wonder. There are beaches, walks, woodlands, cycle routes, nature, kids attractions, and beach-fronted cafe bars, right on the doorstep. Exit the back of the cottages and you walk straight onto the Isle of Wight coastal path, through a woodland conservation area, some stunning views of the Solent, long sandy beaches, coastal fortresses, and dramatic chalk cliffs - all part of the famous Heritage Coast here.
At the other side of the cottage is Fort Victoria beach, and a short walk along the sea front takes you to the very pretty harbour town of Yarmouth, where you can find some lovely pubs, restaurants, cafes, a castle (built by Henry VIII), the harbour of course and the only remaining wooden pier in the whole of England. Walking along the shore in the other direction takes you past Fort Victoria and all its attractions (planetarium, underwater archaeology centre, model railway and aquarium), along the remote and unspoiled beach in the nature reserve and on to the sister fortress Fort Albert.
Both forts were build in the mid 19th century to protect the Solent from the French, the so-called 'Palmerston Forts' (named after the prime minister of the time). Some parts of the old fort remain - the sea facing casements, and some old canons dotted around the car-park (unloaded). Sea View Cottage was built to be the quarters of officers stationed at the fort.