House by the beach Bonchurch I.O.W.

House - Entire home/apt · Shore Road, Ventnor, PO38 1RN, United Kingdom

Our beautiful early Victorian family house is in one of the most envied positions on the island! the south side, facing France with a sunny south facing dining terrace and amazing sea-views.Outdoor heated pool July/August. Beautiful sitting and dining rooms +5 bedrooms, 2 with amazing sea-views!

The Space

It is a classic period Victorian house and stands just above the sea in Bonchurch, on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The front lawn slopes down to just above the sea with borders of flowers and many tropical plants. Bonchurch is apparently in a micro-climate of its own so our temperatures are meant to be warmer than anywhere else on the island.

We have an English Tourist Office four star grading.

Our outdoor heated swimming pool is available during the months of July and August. In June and September we charge a one off supplement of £100 if you wish to book the pool. We need 7 days notice please! It is surrounded by gates so provided you keep them safely closed your children and dog will be safe when you are not supervising them.

Accommodation is on a self-catering basis.

The situation of our house is so very special with such amazing sea-views. On the south side in front of the sitting and dining rooms is a veranda which is protected from the south westerly winds. We can often have breakfast out there even in February!

Our huge sitting room opens to the south facing veranda and the al-fresco dining terrace and the lawn which slopes down to the Shore Road just yards from the sea.

The dining room is rather stylish, furnished with antiques. Again it has French windows opening to the terrace with sea view. You dine at our large mahogany dining table.

The front hall is like a walk in library with bookcases stacked with some rather sought after old books - family heirlooms!

From our 2 bedrooms upstairs with sea-view you can hear the waves crashing on the beach if you sleep with the window ajar!

Our best 2 bedrooms both face over the garden to the sea.
Neither of them has an en suite bathroom however. Everyone shares the one family bathroom and the additional wc next door to it. However don't forget that you can also use the extra shower-room of the ground floor apartment which totals 2 bathrooms and an additional separate wc.

Bedrooms in the main house
Room 1: A huge south facing room with a pair of twin beds which can also be zipped together to make a super king bed. So please let us know how you would like it! Large wardrobe. Bedside tables. Sofa (which can convert to a sofa-bed to sleep one additional person) and coffee table.
Chest of drawers.

Room 2: Again a large double room (but not as large as room 1) with a wrought iron bedstead and king mattress. Large chest of drawers. Bedside lockers. Hexagonal low table. Antique easy chair.

Room 3: Beautiful king size wooden sleigh bed with a lovely firm mattress. 2 bedside lockers. Chest of drawers. View over the front of the house but no sea-view.

Room 4: Twin-triple room ideal for children. This room is at the side of the house with no particular views except trees. But no brick wall to look at!! and not overlooked in any way. Its just not as special as our rooms with sea-view! There are 3 single beds in this room.

Room 5 - ground floor room with en suite shower room
A ground floor room with french doors with a view along the veranda of the side of the house. The view is south towards the sea - but you are not as close to the sea view as in rooms 1 and 2. This room has twin beds which can also be made up as a double bed if you ask us to do so. It is not a big room but has a double wardrobe with shelves as well. 2 bedside lockers. En-suite shower room with shower, wc and basin (as described in the paragraph above).

Family bathroom on the first floor has a large corner bath-tub, bidet, wc, hand-basin and also a shower unit.
Next door is another separate wc with hand-basin.

Downstairs shower room is en-suite with the double bedroom on the ground floor (room 5)

Kitchen breakfast table seats 6-8 people. Aga (gas fired) to cook on and also great for drying your wet clothes! Fridge/deep-freeze, washing machine, dishwasher. Lots of pots and pans and equipment to cook with and to serve your delicious food (its our kitchen for the rest of the year!).

Study lined with books. You certainly won't be short of reading material here!

Walking: You have access to many miles of coastal walks literally right from the bottom of the drive or you can walk in the opposite direction along the esplanade to Ventnor Bay and haven or further still to Steephill Cove.

Beaches: Bonchurch beach is a couple of minutes walk from the end of the drive. This is a wonderfully undeveloped beach - shingle and stones at the top, sand lower down at mid and low tide. Small rocky pools and seaweed. No ice-cream vans, no sun-beds or umbrellas no shops full of tourist tat and totally uncomercialised !!

Ventnor beach is also sandy but has all of the above amenities! Both are a far cry from the bucket and spade brigade of the east coast of the island.

Steephill Cove - not to be missed. It is a 10 minute drive from our house or a 30-40 minute walk along the sea front. This little cove has no road down to it and so remains unspoilt. There is just one cafe and a crab and lobster restaurant open in summer. No beach facilities but a lovely sandy cove that reminds you of the lobster coves in Maine, USA. Rock pools abound as do children with fishing nets and of course the sand-castles!

Bonchurch village features a wildlife pond, the sophisticated Pond Café and the charismatic Bonchurch Inn . Neither to be missed during your stay. Fine dining at the Pond and really good pub-grub with an Italian flavour at the Pub.

A short walk away along the Esplanade is the small town of Ventnor which offers stylish Victorian buildings, a lovely sandy/fine shingle beach, the Ventnor Fishery for the catch of the day, a main shopping street, parks and gardens. There is a REAL butcher and three small supermarkets.

In Ventnor (our nearest small town - 15 mins walk along the esplade) sport and leisure are varied and include cricket grounds with the new Cricket Academy, golf courses, Pitch & Putt courses, tennis courts and a variety of children’s playgrounds.

Also of interest is the Ventnor Heritage Museum, as well as a Museum on nautical history.

Other local places of interest include the Isle of Wight Coastal Visitors Centre, St. Boniface Church, the Rew Down Local Nature Reserve and St Boniface Down, which is the highest point on the Isle of Wight and also where Ventnor’s Radar Station is situated. The Isle of Wight coastal path is a 65 mile (105km) long trail around the island, which follows the coastline as closely as possible, going right past Dolphins.

Cycling on the south coast of the island is excellent with many tiny little roads and villages to explore, lots of hills to climb and descend and sea-views galore. You can set off from the end of our drive.

Minimum stay: 4 nights Sept.
4 nights October excluding half-term 20 - 27 October when we only accept a one week booking.
4 nights min 28 Oct - 21 December
7 nights Sat - Sat: 21 December - Sat 28 December
7 nights Sat - Sat: 28 December - 4 January 2014
4 nights months of January, February, March until Easter.
7 nights Saturday - Saturday over Easter
7 nights Saturday - Saturday over May school holidays
4 nights during other dates in May.
7 nights June, July and August.

Well behaved dogs are welcome. We charge £20.

Guest Access

Obviously if you rent the whole house on a self-catering basis then you have access to the whole house and its lawn and swimming pool and of course the driveway where you can park up to 4 cars.
We do not let the ground floor apartment and the main house to different parties - so you won't find yourselves sharing the pool in summer with people you don't know !

Interaction with Guests

When we let the entire house on a self-catering basis we do not have much opportunity to interact with our guests. I usually meet you on arrival to explain how everything works. You of course have my telephone number in case you have any queries.

Getting around

Take a Wightlink car-ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne, north coast of Isle of Wight - drive 35 mins across the island to the south coast. We can give you road directions.
Or take the Wightlink Fastcat as a foot passenger from Portsmouth Harbour station to Ryde Pierhead. Then the train from there to Shanklin. Taxi from there to Bonchurch 20 mins. Or take the bus.
Alternatively take car-ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth and drive 40 mins along the south coast of the island to Bonchurch.
Alternatively take the Red Funnel car-ferry or fast-cat from Southampton to Cowes and drive south from there (approx 30 mins.)
You will enjoy the island more if you bring your car.

How to get to Dolphins, Bonchurch

From East Cowes Ferry Terminal
Head south from Dover Road
At Castle Street take the second exit onto Well Road
Turn left at York Avenue, continue onto Whippingham Road
At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the Racecourse, continue on Fairlee Road
Bear left at Snooks Hill
Continue onto St Georges Way
At roundabout take the 1st exit onto St Georges Way, the football ground will be on your left.
Continue on Blackwater Road, look out for Scats on your right hand side and then turn right at Blackwater Hollow.
Bear left at Main Road. Bear right at A3020
Turn right at Newport Road
Turn left at School Road
Bear right at High Street
Continue on Shanklin Road
Turn right at B3327. Continue on Shanklin Road
Bear right at High Street.
Turn right at Clarence Road.
Continue on B3327
Turn left at Newport Road
Turn left at Ocean View Road
Continue on Mitchell Avenue
Bear left at St Boniface Road
Bear right at Leeson Road
Bear right at St Boniface Road.
Continue on Bonchurch Village Road. You will see the pond on your left, turn right onto Shore Road.
You will pass a gravel car park on your right hand side. Just past this and opposite Seashell House you will notice on the left hand side a big metal gate and a sign for Dolphins, with a gated driveway. Follow the driveway right to the top and you will arrive at Dolphins House.

From Fishbourne Ferry Terminal
Turn right at Fishbourne Lane
Turn left at Elenors Grove traffic lights
At Binstead Hill take the 2nd exit onto Binstead Hill
Continue to traffic lights and bear left at Queens Road
Turn right at West Street
Turn left at Green Street
Continue on St Johns Road
Continue on St Johns Hill
Turn left at Alexandra Road.
Turn left at High Park Road
Turn right at Appley Road
At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Marlborough Road
Continue on Brading Road
At A3055 take the 2nd exit onto A3055
Bear left at Beaper Shute
Continue on Rowborough Lane
Bear left at High Street
Bear left at New Road
Continue on Morton Road.
Continue on Morton Common
Bear left at Avenue Road
Turn right at Broadway
Bear right at Lake Hill
Turn left at Sandown Road
Bear left at Arthurs Hill
Continue on High Street
Bear left at Church Road
Bear left at Cowleaze Hill
Bear right at A3055
Bear right at Leeson Road
Turn left at Bonchurch Shute.
Turn right at Bonchurch Village Road
Continue on Bonchurch Village Road. You will see the pond on your left, turn right onto Shore Road.
You will pass a gravel car park on your right hand side. Just past this and opposite Seashell House you will notice on the left hand side a big metal gate and a sign for Dolphins, with a gated driveway. Follow the driveway right to the top and you will arrive at Dolphins House.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Stephen and Christine

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 10
Extra people: $52 / night after 8 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $3022 /week
Security Deposit: $863
Cleaning Fee: $130
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
  • When looking for somewhere to stay for a long weekend, I was after somewhere big, by the sea, with enough space for eight people to relax and knock around not doing very much without getting under each others feet, and Dolphins ticked those boxes exactly.

    It has lots of character, is excellently located metres from the sea, and the house is very well equipped.

    Also has a lovely garden with a sheltered veranda for (nearly) all weather sitting outside.

    Would definitely go back, especially in summer!

    December 2013
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I am a landscape photgrapher specialising in large scale images of the Alps and mountain scenery around the world. I also have a large quantity of images of the Isle of Wight as well as South America and the Himalayas. You will find my framed pictures hung all round the house and also in the ground floor apartment! If you would like to look at my website why not click on my Stephen Lee Mountain Photography website. I recently qualified as a CELTA English language teacher and have been busy teaching at a language college this summer. So if English is not your native tongue and you would like to improve your English - maybe we could combine some one to one lessons with your stay on the Isle of Wight ! I am a keen skier and mountaineer but also a very keen cyclist. I am teaching myself to play the guitar and starting to write my own songs! I am a new host with airbnb so am hoping that this system works well for us. I have been letting the main house with 4 bedrooms for several years now so have plenty of experience in hosting guests.
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