About this listing
West wing of a 19c. Rectory next to Queen Victoria's local Church in Whippingham. Views over the surrounding countryside and river, but only 2 miles from East Cowes, and 4 from the county town, Newport. Still undergoing repairs and decoration.
MASTER BEDROOM - We also have other rooms available; please click on my profile picture to see them. One bathroom for all airbnb guests.
* Wifi Internet Included
* Breakfast Included
* Gluten-free Friendly
This is an incredible opportunity to stay in a character-filled rectory frequented by Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. Situated on a hillside, the views up and down the Medina valley are some of the finest on the Isle of Wight.
We currently have two rooms available to let; the master bedroom and a smaller bedroom. This listing is for the master bedroom, which boasts a king size bed and a bay window that fills with sun all day long; the perfect place from which to view sunsets, the garden, up the valley to Newport and the yachts meandering up and down the river Medina.
Your hostess, June, will provide a delicious breakfast each morning which can be taken in the dining room or garden (weather permitting). There is also a tea-making kit in the bedroom so you can enjoy a lovely cup in the morning whilst enjoying the magnificent views from bed.
Breakfast can be either a continental or, for a modest extra charge, full English - whichever you prefer.
You are welcome to use household kitchen to prepare lunch and dinner, or there are many excellent pubs and restaurants around the island (the closest of which is "The Folly Inn"; 15 minutes walk down a footpath).
The Old Rectory has two acres of beautiful woods, ponds and lawns to enjoy. The woods are a natural habitat for badgers, red squirrels, rabbits and many other species. It is lovely to walk around them first thing in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee, or to relax on the sun loungers during a hot afternoon.
A Royal Connection:
When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stayed at their Island home (Osborne House – barely a mile away), they would visit St. Mildred's church on Sundays. After the service, the Queen and Prince would often join the vicar in the rectory for tea.
Local Sights / Activities:
St. Mildred's Church :
St. Mildred's is next door to The Rectory. It is a beautiful little village church, and the loving care it received from Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and so many other members of the Royal Family quickly becomes apparent, from its design and building to the many beautiful features and memorials within it.
Church Hall - Local History Exhibition:
Learn more about the rich history of Whippingham and it's royal connections.
Osborne House – Queen Victoria's holiday home - 1 of 2 English Heritage Premier Visitor Attractions:
"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" - such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. No trip to the island would be complete without a visit to this royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived with her beloved Prince Albert and their nine children. Take an intimate glimpse into Queen Victoria’s family life as you tour the nursery and private rooms of Victoria and Albert. Marvel at the magnificence of the Royal Apartments including the sumptuous drawing and dining rooms and the richly decorated Indian-inspired Durbar Room. Admire the stunning view from the terraces across the Solent – said to remind Prince Albert of the bay of Naples and stroll through Osborne’s extensive grounds. Don’t miss the miniature Swiss Cottage, built to teach the royal children the art of household management! Paddle in the sea at the private beach where she swan with her children.
Riverside Walk to Newport :
This is a wonderful 3 mile footpath to the Island's main town, Newport. It can be a little muddy so decent footwear is recommended! Lots of lovely vistas and plenty of wildlife to see.
The Local Pub:
The Folly Inn is our local pub, perched on the banks of the river Medina. It is a 15 minute walk over the fields down a footpath, and is warm & welcoming offering a hearty selection of food and drink. Afterwards it is a short walk back up the fields to The Rectory. Saturday night features live music and the infamous dancing on the tables! It is popular with yachtsmen and women in the warmer months due to it's private jetty.
The Rest of the Island:
There is plenty to see and do on the Isle of Wight, and we recommend visiting the tourist board website for more details. Here are a few ideas to start you off:
The Needles & Alum Bay
Cowes Week - One of the world's premier sailing events
The Isle of Wight Festival
The Mod Scooter Rally - largest in the world
Havenstreet Steam Railway
There is a large Waitrose supermarket in East Cowes (just over a mile away), and a small convenience store selling basic groceries fifteen minutes walk up the road.
It is best to visit The Rectory with a car, although not essential. There are many car rental companies on the Island, or you can buy weekly or daily passes for the bus service which is a very enjoyable way to see the Island. The top deck of a bus winding down a country lane allows you to see for miles! If you're feeling active, cycling and walking are also great ways to see the Isle of Wight. The nearest bus stop to The Old Rectory is a ten minute walk away.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
Bedrooms, bathroom shared with other airtbnb guests, main living room, kitchen, and garden.
Interaction with guests
Someone here to greet you, all being well, and at breakfast.
In the heart of the conservation area of Whippingham, so very quiet as a rule, but within a few miles of the 'bright lights' of the Island. Cycle track and footpath network accessible from here, and only a mile from the major heritage destination of Queen Victoria's Osborne House.
Bus stops within half a mile, with half hourly buses to Newport, the transport hub of the Island. Also on the coastal path route.
Other things to note
Dogs are not allowed in bedrooms. If dogs are happy to sleep in owner's car, that is fine. They are allowed in the living room.
You may smoke outside, but not in the house.
A little bit about myself: I work as a market researcher and spend most of my free time gardening, renovating The Rectory and playing the piano. I enjoy playing hostess and love to have guests come and stay in the house. I've lived here for 25 years, and as most of my family have grown-up and moved away I have some spare rooms. I am more than happy to give tips on the best places to visit on the Island!