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Rectory w/ Stunning Views (Room 2)
Rectory w/ Stunning Views (Room 2)
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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West wing of a 19c. Rectory next to Queen Victoria's local Church in Whippingham. Views over the surrounding countryside and river, but only two miles from East Cowes, and four from the county town, Newport. Still undergoing repairs and decoration.

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SECOND BEDROOM - We also have another room available (including the master bedroom); please click on my profile picture to see it. 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 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, 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!

Guest access

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.

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.

Free parking on premises

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is flexible
Check out by 12AM (midnight)

You may smoke outside, but not in the house.
Ideal spot to stay for events at Osborne House or Barton Manor. Each is about a mile away - walk back afterwards and you'll sleep much better!

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) and other pet(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

114 Reviews

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Erik User Profile
August 2017
June and her family are absolutely wonderful hosts. The experience was everything we could have hoped for from our first trip to the Isle of Wight. We really appreciated the excellent breakfast and attention to detail. We managed to stay here without hiring a car (though we don't mind a bit of walking) and didn't have any problems getting around. The house is excellent and almost feels as if you're staying in a part of history—especially when you're able to walk through the fields to grab a pint at the local pub. Highly recommend and would stay here again.

Markus User Profile
September 2016
June was super welcoming, very helpful and provided a great breakfast as well!

Roger User Profile
April 2016
June and her sons were very hospitable/helpful and were happy to give insight for things to see on the Isle of Wight.

Patricia User Profile
January 2016
June and her sons were very welcoming. Their house is a fairytale setting and although it is a work in progress it is still full of charm and very cosy.

Jeveendran User Profile
August 2015
June and her son were very welcoming up our arrival and offered lots of advice and info on were to go. Lovely breakfast. Handy to have own private parking too.

Arabella User Profile
May 2014
We arrived on a cold, windy, rainy day to stay for the night with our 4 month old baby. Unfortunately our stay wasn't pleasant. The house that looks deceivingly gorgeous on the pictures turned out to be under renovation, the room was old and cold, the bathroom mildew-y and far from our room. Despite the fact that they advertise free wi-fi and breakfast we got neither. We were told the wifi is not working and we never received any invitation to eat. We never even saw a kitchen and only briefly met our host who was surprised that we had a baby with us (despite the fact that we had correspondence about our baby being with us beforehand). We couldn't wait to leave in the morning. Very deceptive advertisement.
June User Profile
Response from June:
Oh dear, what a shame. A complete breakdown in communications I am afraid! The guests arrived nearly an hour early, so the person detailed to meet them wasn't here. My other son did not think to mention breakfast, and Arabella did not think to ask! The wifi is a lot better now, but we had been having problems. Don't forget to ask for the password if you will be using the wifi. For future information, breakfast is served in the main reception room, which is through the tall double doors facing the staircase. I saw the family only briefly as they came in after being out for the evening. I work afternoons and evenings, so often my other son is here to greet guests. The house was built in the 1820s and stands on a hill, so is indeed old and can be chilly. We do have convector heaters to supplement the central heating. I had only seen the mildew the day before - yes horrid. Blame our wretched weather this winter. I have scrubbed the walls now. I told the airbnb photographer to show the state of the house and not to glamourise it. It is a shame that they had such an uncomfortable time and did not say anything about it to anyone. Always ask if you want to know something
May 2014

Amy User Profile
September 2013
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 Amy!
June User Profile
Response from June:
I'm sorry you could not stay longer. The Folly Inn is a half mile away, but you need to allow time to negotiate stiles and (often) muddy patches. People who do get that far are generally well pleased.
September 2013

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June User Profile

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!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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