SECOND BEDROOM - PLEASE SEE OTHER LISTING FOR MASTER ROOM
* Wifi Internet Included
* Breakfast Included
* Gluten-free Friendly
This is an incredible opportunity to stay in a character-filled Victorian rectory frequented by the eponymous Queen 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 second bedroom. This listing is for the second bedroom, which has a double bed and a window that fills with sun in the morning; the perfect place from which to view the garden and up the Medina valley to Newport.
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!
We were welcomed into June and her family's home with ease. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room was lovely and the bathroom was huge. We had a cooked breakfast every morning and June had also laid out a lot more breakfast besides that of which was cooked! We left each morning feeling refreshed. June and her family are very nice people, and we won't hesitate going back at some point either towards the end of this year, or beginning of next year.
COULD NOT RECOMMEND June's B&B MORE!
June had been helping us planning the journey ( travel to Isle of Wight at weekends on January, not a good idea) even before me and my friend decided to book her small bedroom. The bedroom is clean and lovely, we were warmly welcomed and treated as if we were parts of the family! We met the boys from this huge family and all of whom are very nice and kind-hearted person, especially Tobin, guided us back when we were lost and recommend the best sightseeing bus route to us. The night when we sat in their living room, chatting with the family with a nice cup of tea (June has teas from all over the world), lights up our journey. To us, meeting this lovely family has become the main reason of falling in love with this isle.
June and Toby are a great team with good hosting skills. We really enjoyed our short stay in their lovely period home. Its undergoing some renovations but did not affect our stay at the slightest, The ambience was great and the property overlooks a river and has great views in general.
Room 2 was clean and comfortable, we had access to two bathrooms, breakfast was excellent with a good spread and there was tea making facilities in the room. The location is ideal as Its located close to the port.
We recommend to fellow travellers.
Unser Urlaub auf der Isle of Wight war sehr schön. Das Haus ist zwar wirklich gut versteckt, die netten Nachbarn haben uns aber gleich zum richtigen Haus geschickt. June ist eine wirklich nette und zuvorkommende Dame, die sich auch um unsere Fahrräder gekümmert hat die wir extern gemietet haben. Das Haus hat einen einmaligen Charme da es schon so alt ist - was uns sehr gefallen hat. Am Morgen gab es ein Frühstück das in seiner Vielfalt mit einem Hotellbuffet angemessen war und für 5 Personen gereicht hätte. Am Schluss hat sich uns sogar noch zur Fähre gefahren, weil wir etwas knapp dran waren.
Der Aufenthalt war also echt angenehm und durchaus empfehlenswert :)
I couldn't have been happier with my choice. There was a warm relaxed welcome and a lovely room with a very large comfortable bed. Delicious breakfasts with a wide choice (also of gluten free foods) great coffee, fantastic service served in a wonderful room looking out over the garden. June and her family are lovely and go over and above
to make sure their guests enjoy their stay. We will definitely be back.
A short but very sweet stay at the Beautiful Rectory.
Thank you June, Toby and James for A very warm and welcoming night stop. The room was great and breakfast was lovely. Thank you again and hope to come back and visit for longer. hopefully we will make it to the local next time as the walk half way - was gorgeous!
Very best wishes
I really enjoyed my stay. It was very quiet and clean. The host family were so very kind and enjoyed every conversations we had. The breakfast supplied was outstanding. Thanks guys I will come and visit again soon.
my stay in the Rectory was totally enjoyable. While the house is not located within easy walking distance to East Cowes, the host is really a family who works diligently to make the visitor experience work in every way. I sense that once the renovations are completed on this amazing house, the visitor will fully enjoy a great place to stay.
June 一家真的特别特别好 我们很幸运能住进这样的家庭！ 抵达的那天因为错过了一班渡轮导致我们很晚才到 June一直关心我们 还开车来接 到家的时候已经11点了 平时June都睡觉了 这一点我们很过意不去。
后来看了房间 真是很大很舒适！！ 特别棒！！早餐也很丰富 谢谢他们一家的细心款待！！恰逢Christan搬家 希望她一切顺利！！
Wish them everything good
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