About this listing
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RENTAL NOT ON A NIGHTLY BASIS.
SUMMER & SCHOOL HOLS:
FULL WEEKS ONLY (FRI - FRI)
LOW SEASON BREAKS:
FRI-MON (3 NIGHTS); MON-FRI (4 NIGHTS)
Ocean View is a Victorian terraced cottage which looks down over Ventnor Bay. As the name suggests, the living room, master bedroom and terrace all have fabulous sea views.
The beach is a few minutes away, as the crow flies, but with a zigzag route downhill, allow for a fifteen minute walk. If you prefer to drive, (avoiding the uphill walk home after a hard day on the beach), there are car parks either end of the Esplanade. Parking at the cottage is free and on-street, a few hundred yards along Ocean View Road.
The Cottage accommodates six people comfortably with it’s three bedrooms, large family bathroom and downstairs cloakroom.
Upstairs are two double bedrooms, (one with a TV), and a bathroom which has bath, separate shower, washing machine, tumble dryer and boiler which provides instantaneous hot water and keeps the cottage lovely and toasty during the winter months.
Downstairs, the brand new kitchen (May 2014), has a dining table that seats six.
The living room with comfy sofas & that fabulous sea view...also has a TV with DVD player, DVDS, books, games & island info.
The third (bunk) bedroom is also on the ground floor, as is the WC with washbasin.
Outdoors there is a small but perfectly formed gravelled terrace with table and seating for maximum enjoyment of the view. It’s enclosed with a picket fence making it safe for young children and pets.
The Style of the interior is ‘shabby chic’ with white wooden floors and cream leather sofas. Although there’s a cosy vintage vibe, we don’t subscribe to the old holiday cottage ethos of equipping the place with kit long passed its prime and leaving cobwebs to ‘add to the charm’. At Ocean View you’ll (hopefully) find everything you’d expect at home from cafetiere to steam iron, all scrupulously clean and well maintained. There’s also a travel cot and high chair to cater for the smaller guest.
There is a charge of £10 per person for linens, towels etc.
Pets by arrangement.
The Town Center with its shops, (including butcher, bakers, greengrocer, wine merchant and fishery for those who want a break from supermarket shopping!), pubs, cafes and restaurants is halfway between the cottage and the beach - a few minutes walk from the cottage.
Ventnor has the best choice of restaurants on the Isle of Wight with everything from fine dining at the Hillside and Royal Hotels to freshly caught fish on the beach at Steephill Cove.
Details of restaurants, attractions and local amenities can all be found in a welcome folder at the house.
Pets by arrangement
Ocean View is a tastefully decorated and very comfortable place to stay with plenty of room for 5-6 people. The view of the sea from the living room bay window is breath-taking (if you have good weather) and the house is well equipped in the kitchen and living room which has books, DVDs and games for children and adults. We really enjoyed our time relaxing in the house as well as sight-seeing around the IOW. Parking is tricky with children and there is limited outdoor space but apart from that it is a beautiful house inside and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
3 mature adults using two bedrooms stayed for a long weekend in early Sept 2014 and found the holiday cottage clean and tidy. Views of the sea from the living room and master bedroom were fabulous. The downstairs cloakroom was really handy and the small terrace perfect for breakfast.
While the back was lovely and peaceful our friend in the other double room at the front found her room stuffy as she didn't want to open the window due to traffic noise.
Personally we found the standard double beds a little small, creaky and the memory foam mattress uncomfortably hot to sleep on.
Overall the cottage was in a good location for walking into Ventnor and some great restaurants.
Wonderful stay in a lovely and comfortable house. We had perfect weather and loved the view from the terrace.
We loved this property. Debby was really helpful and dealt with all our minor queries by return.
The property is in a wonderful position with fantastic views across the Solent.We sat out each day in the little courtyard garden looking across the sea watching the shipping pass by.
The property is very comfortable clean and bright and very well equipped - there was nothing we needed for self catering, which wasn't there.
We so enjoyed ourselves we hope to go back another year.
I was at Debby's house with a couple of friends over a long Easter weekend. The palace was lovely and you can see the sea from the upper bedroom and the living room. The place has everything you need and a lovely host which is there for you in minutes if you need something. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it.
Ocean View is a beautiful cottage, well presented and with one amazing view if the sea.
Debbie was a gracious and responsive host and has thought about the details of what you need in a holiday cottage.
I warmly recommend you stay.
The view was lovely and the cottage was exactly like the images. The place was spotless. Ventnor is a lovely town with great restaurants and a wonderful fabric shop.
Things to note –
The bed is a double with a headboard and footboard – so not great if you are tall or just like a bit of elbow room
The front of the cottage faces onto the main road into Ventnor which is a bit hair raising with small children especially as you need to cross it to get to where you park your car– there is a back entrance you can use and the noise of the road didn’t seem to disturb the girls in the rooms, which face the street.
The shower is an electric shower with low water pressure and variable temperature and we could only get the bath up to luke warm.
The hob is also electric – so take care with small children as it stays hot for a quite a while afterwards
All the rugs are very white, a combination of wet weather and small children made it difficult to keep the place up to its spotless condition.
The deposit is £250 even for a short break and Debbie held the full deposit for 4 days post the weekend and is keeping £22 of the deposit to cover what she felt was a shortfall despite airbnb agreeing that we had paid the correct amount.
Bring your own tea, coffee etc for the first night as none was provided.
The cottage is probably more appropriate for couples and families with older children.
Jo Lucas was the first person to book my cottage via airbnb & when she was quoted an incorrect price, & had difficulty altering it, I messaged her saying that we could sort out the difference when she arrived. This is in the message history in black & white.
When she did arrive she would not accept that she had not paid enough & grudgingly paid the £250 security bond which I require of all self-catering guests. It is not a deposit – it is held against damages (which have exceeded £250 in the past).
Before returning her bond I informed her that I would be retaining the shortfall of £22 that she had not paid on her booking. Her extreme reaction was very insulting, implying, as it did, that I was dishonest. This could not possibly be further from the truth.
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About the Host, Debby
Born and bred in London, I moved to Ventnor, Isle of Wight, in 2001 when I found my wow factor 60's home with 180 degree sea views. It was the best move I've ever made and, as the house is pretty spacious, I can now share it with guests.
I also have two self-catering homes, one in Ventnor, one in Shanklin.
With a background in vintage/design/PR/retail, I host my places to the high standard that I'd want if I were the traveller. I also know a heck of a lot about the IOW - where to go and what to do - and I'm the sort of person who likes to pass on all the hints and tips!