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Freshwater is located in the far western tip of the island and has a picturesque bay and characteristic chalk white cliffs; perfect for dramatic cliff-top walks and exploration of this lovely corner of the Isle of Wight.

Freshwater Bay is an idyllic cove with a pebbled beach and beautiful clear waters. Sitting on the English Channel, it also provides a spectacular backdrop to the dramatic crashing waves around the famous Stag and Mermaid Rocks, two imposing chalk slabs that have tumbled to the sea from the nearby white cliffs.

From the pebbly beach you can wander along a coastal path up to Tennyson Down, where you will discover the Tennyson monument and appreciate the amazing views across the island and out to sea, taking in the iconic 'Needles' chalk stacks and lighthouse that sit amongst the dramatic waves.

Up in Freshwater village, you'll find all the local facilities you could wish for in a cottage holiday destination. There is a bustling shopping centre with quirky, independent shops alongside popular high street names and there are plenty of places to eat and drink to enjoy the fresh local produce.

Take the children down to the Needles Meteorite at Compton Bay and search at low tide for dinosaur footprints or join one of the boats that take visitors out to the Needles from Yarmouth and Alum Bay. The chairlift at Needles Park offers visitors a spectacular view of the coloured sands and spiky cliffs.

To see our selection of accommodation in the area please see cottages in Freshwater.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Warden Bell Ref: W41135

Sea views / Balcony / Close to the beach

Enjoy superb sea views and sunsets across Totland Bay from the balcony of this semi-detached ‘upside down’ holiday home, which has been tastefully furnished and equipped to a good standard. Just a short stroll will take you to the beach with promenade and pier. The sandy beach at Colwell Bay which has a beach shop and cafe is also close by. A few minutes drive away is the historical ferry and harbour town of Yarmouth with its quaint shops. Nearby Freshwater has a variety of shop, supermarkets, restaurants, golf course, leisure centre and riding stables. Also within easy reach is Alum Bay’s coloured sands and the world famous Needles Rock Formation, and not forgetting the breathtaking Tennyson Down and Headon Warren. There are many other island attractions to discover which include National Trust homes and gardens, adventure parks, castles, zoo/wildlife centres and museums. Shops, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin. Utility/shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Two Freeview TV/DVDs and small library. Video and small library. CDs and small library. Stereo/DAB. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£385-£1246
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Lapwing Ref: 24485

Formerly a village shop, this light and spacious end of terrace holiday cottage offers tastefully designed accommodation with French doors opening from the breakfast area to its own enclosed courtyard garden. It is conveniently located only 200 yards from the sea and the central square of this quaint historic sailing town and harbour. Explore the River Yar with its wonderful estuary and nature reserve, and the network of walking and cycling routes extending to Tennyson Down and all the way to the amazing rock formations of the Needles, Alum Bay and Colwell Bay. Discover numerous attractions and outdoor pursuits within easy reach. Shops and pubs 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with French doors. Utility room with toilet. First floor: TV room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft, one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, separate shower and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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£246-£1022
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Priory Cottage Ref: PRRX


Priory Cottage is a period, thatched, stone cottage with an abundance of character and detail, dating from the 19th century and appearing on maps and censuses of the 1830s. Originally owned by Lord Tennyson and featuring in the Tennyson Trail, the cottage adjoins another property and features beautiful decorative tiles above its windows and doors that were made by Lord Tennyson himself when he chose the property to house his beloved nanny. Priory Cottage has other famous connections as Tennyson’s good friend G.F.Watts lived next door, and Montgomery’s map-maker is also known to have lived in the cottage. The property is set in an area with a strong smuggling history, and at the back of the cottage there are drawings of ships scratched into some of the stones – traditionally the sign of a smugglers’ safe house. Being set within an AONB, most of the surrounding land is National Trust and includes the West High Down, The Tennyson Trail and the stunning Heritage coastline. Tennyson monument and Headon Warren with its breathtaking views of The Needles are nearby. Although in a secluded area, amenities in Totland and Freshwater are only a 5-minute drive, offering shops, library, tearooms, indoor swimming pool and pubs, and Alum Bay with its famous coloured sands, is about 30 minutes’ walk over the Downs. The historic sailing town of Yarmouth, set in the estuary of the River Yar, is about 10 minutes’ drive, and Colwell, Totland and the popular sandy beach at Compton are 5 minutes’ drive away. As well as the excellent walks from the house locally, there are also many tourist attractions to discover, including The Needles Park - one of the most popular attractions on the island, with chairlift, boat rides, coloured sands, lighthouse, amusements and glass making. Also within easy driving distance are Blackgang Chine, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, traditional pottery making, Calbourne water mill, various NT homes/gardens, vineyards, museums, wildlife centres, a zoo, pearl centre, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Cowes/Yarmouth harbours. Outdoor pursuits include golf (nearby Freshwater), cycling, riding, sailing, fishing and diving. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1 mile, pub 500 yards.

Large, beamed living room with gas woodburner and French doors to garden. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with gas/electric range (for cooking) and period wooden floor. Utility. Snug. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, original feature bay window, period fireplace and en-suite shower room with toilet. Further two double bedrooms, one cabin-style high sleeper with additional single (for +1), period shutters and beams, one with original feature bay window and period fireplace. Twin bedroom with period fireplace. Single bedroom. Bathroom with shower over colour-changing mood bath and toilet. Bathroom with wood panelling, tiled floor and toilet. Changing levels on original flooring.

  • Gas woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two Sky Freesat TVs (one smart)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Wii
  • Gas/electric range (double oven) included
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • ½-acre, lawned garden with gravelled patio, terrace, shaded verandah and furniture
  • Enclosed lawned, front garden with swing set and playhouse
  • Gas barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 5 steps in garden

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£892-£2356
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Alum Bay Cottage Ref: PDDF

Beautifully located within 3 acres of private gardens, paddock and orchards, this spacious detached Victorian home is peacefully situated in a spectacular rural area with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside and western reaches of the Solent. Being set within an AONB, most of the surrounding land is National Trust, offering spectacular uninterrupted views over the sea and downland, including West High Down, Tennyson monument and Headon Warren - with its breathtaking views of The Needles. The holiday property makes an ideal choice for families, with plenty of indoor and outdoor entertainment, including badminton, croquet and other games. Although in a secluded area, amenities in Totland and Freshwater are only 5 minutes’ drive, offering shops, library, tearooms, indoor swimming-pool and pubs, and Alum Bay with its famous coloured sands, is about 15 minutes’ walk over the Downs. The historic sailing town of Yarmouth, set in the estuary of the River Yar, is about 10 minutes’ drive, and Colwell, Totland and the popular sandy beach at Compton are 5 minutes’ drive away. As well as the excellent walks from the house locally, there are also many tourist attractions to discover, including The Needles Park - one of the most popular attractions on the island, with chairlift, boat rides, coloured sands, lighthouse, amusements and glass making. Also within easy driving distance are Blackgang Chine, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, traditional pottery making, Calbourne water mill, various NT homes/gardens, vineyards, museums, wildlife centres, a zoo, pearl factory, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Cowes/Yarmouth harbours. Outdoor pursuits include golf (nearby Freshwater), cycling, riding, sailing, fishing and diving. Shops 2 miles, pub a 1-mile walk over the Downs.

Large reception room with ornamental Aga, flagstone and part wood floor leading to well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floor. Spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Dining room with French doors. TV/play room with selection of toys, games, books and jigsaws. Boot room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft brass bed and en-suite bathroom and toilet. Double bedroom with cast iron bed and wash basin. Two twin bedrooms, one with two additional pull-out beds (for +2). Bathroom with shower cubicle and bidet. Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two Freeview TVs with digibox
  • Two DVDs
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed lawned garden with furniture, and paddock area at one end
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Croquet set, hammocks and badminton net
  • Baby accessories
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£792-£2319
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Old Coastguard Cottage close to beach

Situated a short walk from the beach at Freshwater Bay is this delightful Victorian former coastguards’ cottage. Found in a quiet lane with a lawned garden, the terraced cottage has been renovated, tastefully furnished and equipped to provide a really super holiday home. You can literally walk out of the gate a short distance to both the beach and nearby inns and restaurants. For the energetic, take a stroll across nearby Tennyson Down. Within easy reach are more beaches at Compton, Totland and Colwell Bays and the world famous Needles. Shop 0.25 miles, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (access from one side only), 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Colwell Cottage Ref: PRRR


This idyllic, detached, 18th-century, coastal stone cottage sits back from the road in a wonderful flower-filled garden with a summerhouse overlooking tranquil fish ponds. Looking out over Colwell Common, and only a 10-minute drive from historical Yarmouth and the car ferry, the holiday cottage is perfectly positioned to walk to the sandy beach at Colwell Bay and a short drive from the many local attractions including Tennyson Down, Alum Bay, The Needles, Freshwater Bay, Dimbola Lodge Museum with its cafe, and West Wight Alpacas (farm and cafe) at Wellow. The area is excellent for horse riding, walking and cycling, and the property is well placed for the indoor swimming pool at the West Wight Sports Centre, the local beach cafe and shop on Colwell Chine, and a further restaurant along the bay. Colwell Cottage has a driveway for 4-5 cars and an enclosed rear courtyard with table and chairs for garden dining. Lockable gates provide a play area for children, away from the front ponds and the road. A regular bus service and the open top tour bus run from the stop on the common. Supermarket, garden centre and petrol garage further along the A3055 towards Freshwater Bay. Shops, pubs and restaurants in Freshwater ¼ mile (via Colwell Lane bordering the garden, and turning right at the end).

Porch. Spacious living room leading to sun room with patio doors to front garden. Sitting room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Kitchen/dining room with Aga (winter use only) and electric cooker. Utility. Boot room. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and bidet. Two twin bedrooms, one zip & link. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and bidet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • 42’’ Smart TV
  • TV with integrated DVD
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD/iPod dock
  • Aga (winter use only) on request at cost
  • Combi microwave/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Broadband connection
  • Enclosed front lawned garden with summerhouse, terrace and furniture
  • Enclosed rear courtyard and furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Ponds/water features in garden

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£527-£1508
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Elgin Ref: W42044

500 yards from Freshwater Bay


Situated in a quiet residential area of Freshwater Bay, Elgin is a semi-detached holiday property with all home comforts. Close to the thatched St. Agnes Church, Dimbola Lodge, Farringford House (Tennyson’s House) and the famous Tennyson Down, whilst only a short stroll to the cliff side golf course and sea front of Freshwater Bay. Freshwater is within easy reach and has a variety of shops, supermarkets and a sports centre with indoor pool. This beautiful part of the island has miles of Heritage coastline with breathtaking views and tracks for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Compton Bay, a sandy beach popular for swimming and surfing, is a short distance and can be reached by bus. Island attractions close by include The Needles, Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle, a donkey sanctuary and Calbourne Water Mill. The island can be explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly en route (bus stop approximately 55 yards). Shop and restaurant 165 yards, pub 550 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£267-£910
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Located on the beach front

Located in an enviable position with commanding views of Freshwater Bay, these purpose built holiday apartments (refs 29208, 29209, 29210 and 29211) are located 40 yards from the beach. The West Wight area and Freshwater Bay are ideal for walkers, and provide stunning sea views and dramatic coastal scenery. The Needles, with chairlift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay, are a short distance away. Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, Ventnor Botanical Gardnes, Pearl Centre, Dinosaur Museum, Donkey Sanctuary and Calbourne Water Mill, which has a 17th-century, working watermill, are all nearby. Osbourne House and Gardens (Queen Victoria’s holiday residence), Carisbrooke Castle and the sailing town of Yarmouth are worthy of a visit. Cowes, in the north west of the island, is renowned for its sailing. Also within easy reach are vineyards and quaint villages, some with thatched roofs, such as Godshill, Old Shanklin and Brighstone. Outdoor pursuits include scenic walking, horse riding, fishing, cycling, watersports and golf. The island can be explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points. Shop 900 yards, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 double bedrooms.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Travel cot. High chair. Four digital TVs. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£317-£1004
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Bay Tree Cottage Ref: 26788

Situated a short walk from the beach at Freshwater Bay this smart detached holiday house offers a really home from home feel and is in a quiet residential area. For the energetic, take a stroll across nearby Tennyson Down, an AONB. Within easy reach are more beaches at Compton, Totland and Colwell Bays and the world famous Needles. Freshwater has a variety of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, golf course, leisure centre and riding stables. There are many other island attractions to discover which include NT homes and gardens. Shop 1/4 mile, pub and restaurants 1/2 mile.

2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps to tiered garden.

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£296-£958
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Hurst Point Ref: W41649

Coastal location

This attractive modern detached home, which has been awarded the prestigious 5 star award by Visit Britain, is conveniently located in a quiet residential area with glimpses of the sea. Offering light and spacious holiday accommodation, this stylish property has been tastefully furnished. With French windows leading onto the enclosed garden, it is ideal for enjoying al fresco in the warm weather. Totland Bay, with local shops, is less than 5 minutes’ walk, and Freshwater is about 10 minutes away, with restaurants, tea rooms, leisure centre, indoor pool and golf club. Colwell Bay provides a sandy beach with a cafe, and this popular part of West Wight also boasts miles of heritage coastal walks, including the Tennyson Trail. The historic sailing town of Yarmouth is about 10 minutes’ drive. Shop 550 yards, pub and restaurant 850 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a small drop in the garden from the grass area down to the patio.

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£444-£1427
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Solent Cottage Ref: PQQU

Solent Cottage is set in the coastal town of Yarmouth just a few hundred yards from the sea. This smart holiday home is Grade ll listed dating back to the 1700s. The town, famed for it sailing and fishing history, still retains its olde worlde charm, with cobbled lanes, inns, restaurants, shops, church, promenade and pier. The island has a good bus network and numerous walking and cycling routes. Guests can walk from the ferry terminus to the property. Shop and pub 200 yards.

Living room with wooden floor and door to courtyard garden. Modern well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area and wooden floor. One step up to separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed with iron bed frame and en-suite shower cubicle. Single bedroom. Steep stairs to second floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed with iron bed frame, sloping ceiling and sea view. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed courtyard and furniture
  • Parking permit for car, 200 yards
  • No smoking

WAS
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£335-£1129
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Wychwood Ref: 28885

Private heated indoor swimming pool

Wychwood is set on the cliff-top in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the pretty yachting port of Yarmouth and the spectacular Needles on the western tip of the Isle of Wight. Opposite this detached holiday home is a local landmark known as ‘Turf Walk’ and a short walk down the steps leads to the beach at Totland Bay. As well as the beach there is a private indoor swimming pool and a six person Jacuzzi to enjoy. The gardens offer great outdoor space with the secluded lawned back garden and the front garden with terrace, where guests can enjoy views across the Solent and south coast, and watch beautiful sunsets. There are many attractions within an easy drive including Blackgang Chine, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, traditional pottery making, Calbourne Water Mill, various NT homes and gardens, vineyards, museums, wildlife centres, zoo, pearl factory, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Cowes and Yarmouth harbours. Outdoor pursuits: golf, cycling, riding, sailing, fishing and diving. Beach 250 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

3 steps to entrance. Lower ground floor: Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 2 twin, both with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with French doors and wooden floor. 4 steps to separate toilet. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Steep, open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with low sloping ceiling.

Open fire in dining room/kitchen (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electric heater (in first floor bedroom), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed front garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool (7m x 3m, depth 1m to 1.5m) with Jacuzzi and shower. Pool table. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Family bookings only.

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£811-£2170
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