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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, can 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 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 Attraction
"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!
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
My wife and i stayed with June for 3 days and very much enjoyed the warm hospitality of June and other family members. There was an easy and comfortable atmosphere, good conversation and a clear willingness to be helpful in all areas.
We spent a lovely week at The Rectory with June and her family.
We were made to feel part of the family rather than guests and loved the quirky nature of the property.
Breakfast was amazing and June was happy to accommodate our needs depending on the activities we had planned for each day.We were also able to use the kitchen to cook in and were left to our own devices rather than feeling like you were constantly being watched.
We would thoroughly recommend staying here. It is in an ideal location for access to anywhere on the island and in walking distance of the local pub!
We chose to stay at the Old Rectory for a few days to explore the Isle of Wight by bicycle.
June Darling and her family were most welcoming and friendly and are truly fabulous hosts. They offered lots of tips on routes and sights on the island.
The rectory is a beautiful, quiet and comfortable place to stay, we really enjoyed the building, the room and the view.
Every morning we were presented with a delicious and varied breakfast, a real treat. The other guests were very kind and it was really nice to share our Isle of Wight experiences at the breakfast table.
The location of the Old Rectory on the IOW was perfect for us, we cycled from there to Newport, Sandown, Freshwater and passed by lots of other places.
Coincidentally it was Cowes Week and we spent some good time there. There were bands playing and the town was very lively.
We would love to go back and would highly recommend the Old Rectory.
My wife and I had a great stay with June and her family. When we arrived, we were welcomed to join their backyard BBQ and were even offered some fresh lobster. We slept in the master bedroom which was very spacious with an excellent view. The bed was large and very comfortable. Our hosts went out of their way to try to make us feel at home at every opportunity. All the little things that remind you that you aren't staying in a hotel that does everything by the book.
This is what Airbnb is all about, folks. The rectory is at the top of the recommendation heap.
The old house is amazing, June and her family really made our stay extraordinary. They were helpful with all our questions about Isle of Wight and we appreciated the familiar atmosphere. The room with the bay window offers a stunning view, breakfast was delicious, healthy and of great variety.