VICTORIAN Rectory w/ Stunning Views

House - Private room · East Cowes, PO32 6LW, United Kingdom

The Space


* 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
Ryde Carnival
The Mod Scooter Rally - largest in the world
Blackgang Chine
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.

Getting Around:
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!

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $35 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $519 /week
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My partner and I have just spent a wonderful Easter with June and her lovely family in this amazing and individual house. June is a very warm and welcoming hostess and made us feel like one of the family; our room was spacious with a fantastic view of the river and countryside. The large garden is well tended with palm trees and various interesting plants and is very relaxing on the eye. June and her family told us many interesting and fascinating facts about this old Rectory partly designed by John Nash and it's links to the estate of Osbourne House, Queen Victoria and Albert’s summer residence; it's such a unique place and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves there thanks to our lovely hostess June and her hospitality. We would definitely recommend this charming accommodation and the lovely Darling family without any hesitation!

    April 2014
  • This is a bit different from ordinary B & Bs. Not a place for a tick-box mentality. This is a lovely old house, hosted by a welcoming and charming family. We were here for only one night, unfortunately, in a huge room with an absolutely wonderful view. Breakfast was delicious - one of the best we've ever had. The house is an ongoing work in progress and very atmospheric, which made it really interesting for us. Apparently, Queen Victoria used to have tea here with the Rector. We hope to stay again at some time in the future.

    April 2014
  • Had a lovely stay with June and family, very friendly and the room was beautiful. The local pub was great with live music and a fantastic atmosphere on a Saturday night (it was busy though, so if you know you'll be eating there I'd recommend booking). Breakfast was also excellent and I could quite happily have eaten it all day! We will definitely be staying again if we are ever on the Isle of Wight again.

    April 2014
  • My boyfriend and I had a very pleasant stay with June and her family. The room was very comfortable and restful, the views beautiful and breakfast was very generous. The family are incredibly friendly and welcoming and full of all manner of useful information from ferry times to recommended walks on the island to share.

    March 2014
  • Jude and her sons are very nice and helpful! The room is very warm and cosy! It's definitely a great place to stay in Isle of Wight! We will visit here again. I also strongly recommend you to choose here! We have share our experience to our Chinese friends!

    March 2014
  • The house is beautiful with stunning views to the surrounding country side. Not only was June a fantastic host but also a great cook, I think it was probably the best (and biggest) breakfast we had ever had!! Definitely recommended!!

    February 2014
  • We had a nice time with June and her sons in their wonderful old house on one of the stormiest nights ever! Our room was warm and the breakfast was lovely with lots of choice. Thanks so much for making us feel so welcome! See you again.

    February 2014
  • It is with great pleasure that we wish to express our impressions from staying at June's place in the Isle of Wight. The stay there represented an important and amazing part of the experience of our trip! We were welcomed with great care, tea and warmth that makes one feel at home. The house is intriguing with theatrical drapes, gracious staircase and oh, the room we stayed in! We had the view of what the Isle of Whight represents: - river, boats, woodlands.. One could spend a day just looking through the big window, having tea and bisquits that June had prepared. Everything was arranged for us from check-in to out with great care, warmth and civilness. It was lovely meeting her and her family who were all very warm people. We are most certainly going back there! And will recommend without any hesitation!

    January 2014
    Response from June:

    Wow, what a review! I shall have a hard job to live up to this, but thank you Stratis.

  • We stayed at June's lovely home during Christmas and her and her family's care made it a very special one. Breakfast is wonderful with plenty of choices.
    The historic house has a great view of the river and is ideally situated for long walks or quiet time. The room is clean, cosy and filled with light from the large windows. With coffee, tea and cookies in large supplies, the room makes for good relaxation and reading.
    In short, a place to return to.

    December 2013
  • We stayed in June's fantastic house over a long weekend on the Isle of Wight. June was a really lovely host - I have only good things to say about our stay. The bedroom was big, so bright and comfortable, the house quite quirky and the family we met very welcoming, easy going and friendly. We spent an easy weekend without a car or bikes - the bus system on the island is very good and a 48 hour pass is useful, with a bus stop less than 10 minutes walk from the house. The breakfast was *amazing*. Overall 10/10. Thanks June!

    October 2013
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Hello, 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!
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