VICTORIAN Rectory w/ Stunning Views

House - Private room · East Cowes, PO32 6LW, United Kingdom
Your host, June
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MASTER BEDROOM - We also have other rooms available; please click on my profile picture to see them.

* 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: $529 /week
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
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  • We had a lovely stay at June's house. The house has a lot of character and the master room's views are astonishing. June and her sons were very kind and made sure we had everything we needed during our stay. The breakfast was very good too with plenty of fruit, organic yoghurt, meat and cheese and most importantly for me, gluten free bread and cereals! We even had the perfect end to a tiring hiking day: a relaxing bubble bath. It was a shame we couldn't stay longer!
    Thank you June, Tobin et al. And say hello to Molly from us :).

    June 2014
  • We had a warm welcome from the entire family, even though we arrived very late on Friday night with 3 over-tired young children. The Darlings accommodated our every need: The specially bought hot chocolate, the home-made gluten-free bread (the best I have ever tasted) and the special bedding for my youngest daughter. The children loved it, particularly the family rabbit, Mollie, joining us for breakfast! They also loved the accentric pieces of furniture; the magic-touch bedside lights and the many-levered reclining chair. The Rectory is very much a bustling family home full of history and interest. All family members work together to ensure you have a happy experience. June was most thoughtful in recommending exciting places for the children to visit. We left feeling that we would very much like to return to the Darlings and the Victorian Rectory one day.

    June 2014
  • This is a fantastic rambling old home. Our room was the master bedroom and was very comfortable with lovely towels and good quality tea/coffee and biscuits. One minor point - would have been nice to have curtains as well as nets to keep out the glorious sunny mornings! But once up the view was stunning across the Medina and although we didn't have time to visit - the Folly is a short stroll away.

    June and her son, Tobin were fantastic hosts. Nothing too much trouble and a good quality breakfast. They treated us like one of the family and its a really relaxed atmosphere. June even gave us all a lift to the isle of Wight Festival site when we couldn't book a taxi! Will definitely recommend to anyone.

    June 2014
  • The enchanting character of this magnificent old house was superbly matched by the spontaneous and gracious charm of our hostess and her delightful sons. Nothing was too much trouble. The bedroom, with its magnificent views over the Medina, was both spacious and welcoming. Breakfast served in the magnificent John Nash salon was a wonderful start to the day. We shall certainly be returning!

    P.S. Ones first impression of the house would undoubtedly be improved without the collection of family cars!

    June 2014
    Response from June:

    Thank you for your glowing revue Camille, and the very tactful way you point out the sad collection of unfinished vehicular projects. I do keep on at them about it.

    June 2014
  • This was our first ever AirBnB stay, and although we'd read glowing reviews of this listing, we didn't fully know what to expect. When we arrived, after a busy day of travelling and a trip to Osborne House, we were warmly welcomed by Tobin and June and shown to the lovely master bedroom with stunning views over the garden.

    June and her family are friendly, relaxed hosts and we thought it was sweet when we were offered a torch to help us find our way back through the fields after a trip to the delightful Folly Inn. A small gesture, but a real personal touch.

    The bathroom is just across the hall from the bedroom and a hot bath was the perfect way to end the evening. Breakfast in the morning was delicious and plentiful, and we felt ready for another day of hiking on the coastal path.

    Thank you June and family for such a great stay. I hope we can come back soon!

    June 2014
  • Great stay. A most hospitable family, and we enjoyed every moment. the house is old, and renovations not finished, but the spirit of the place is terrific. Great breakfast, and lovely people.

    June 2014
  • The Rectory is a great old building with lots of character, and June and her family were lovely, chatty hosts. We only stayed for one night (after a somewhat foolhardy riding adventure around the Isle) but we were made to feel very much at home. It was the perfect place to get an early start for Osborne House too! Highly recommended. June puts on a great breakfast spread as well :)

    May 2014
  • Our stay at June's house has been fantastic. A place, only two ours from London by train and ferry, but a different world. John Nash's grandeur of this building in the middle of beautiful countryside....just out of this world! And the hosts: the family is absolutely lovely, very helpful and nice, but at the same time leaving lots of space for their guests if they so wish. We enjoyed every minute of the trip. The house is easy to get to by bus or even walking from the ferry and in walking distance of Osborne The weekend felt like a much longer holiday. Thank you June!

    April 2014
  • 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
    Response from June:

    Wow, what a review. I've only just got internet back on so only now reviewed you. We really enjoyed having you come to us, as did all the household and other guests. I can't believe Easter was only a week ago!

    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
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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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