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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 kitchen, with a table that seats six, leads to the living room with comfy sofas. Here you’ll find the TV with DVD player, DVDS, books and games.
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.
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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