House - Entire home/apt · Atherfield, Ventnor PO38 2LW, United Kingdom
Your host, Stef
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The Space

We love our cottage ' Athcot ' and its stunning surroundings..We hope you will love and cherish it as much as we do..!

Athcot is the Western most cottage on a terrace that sits in an open field on a clifftop on the South coast of the Isle of Wight……This is the most unspoiled stretch of coastline on the Island……10 people on the beach is crowded.

This beautiful, SHABBY CHIC & QUIRKY 1860’s former Coastguard cottage on a unique cliff top location with SPECTACULAR uninterrupted views to sea and surrounding countryside and beyond to The Needles is pretty hard to beat if chilling out by the sea is what you're after. However we are also close ( but not too close) to The Isle of Wight Festival & Bestival grounds and a twenty minute drive to Cowes Week- The UK's premier yachting regatta.

2 floors and a large attic ( accessed via the Master bedroom) fully furnished with good sized secure garden and Conservatory. 3 bedrooms in total (1 Master bedroom, 2 double bedrooms of which one is a great attic bedroom. 1 bathroom with clawfoot tub & electric shower with toilet + 1 downstairs toilet. Sleeps 6.

From our garden runs a pathway to the clifftop and the beach (100 m)- an unspoilt, wild sandy beach, a great spot for swimming, kite boarding, surfing, beachcombing, fishing ( Seabass, Mackerel, Whiting, sometimes Cod ) and arguably the best Lobster on the Isle. This part of the coast is also famous for Dinosaur fossils. Please do note that to get down to the beach you need to walk down the clifftop via a pathway sinked in to the cliffwall- children accompanied. For easier access to the beach either drive 5 min along the coast or drive to Freshwater or Ventnor ( 15-20min).

We are in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) on the Isle of Wight. You are surrounded by extraordinary landscape, wildlife and flora- apart from hens, chickens, cats, dogs and our neighbours goat (!) this area is populated by badgers, foxes, pheasant, partridge, buzzards, doves, rabbits, gulls, peregrine falcons on a daily basis.

The area is also renowned for its scenic walking and cycling routes and within easy reach of all the islands many attractions such as The Needles, Coloured sands at Alum Bay, nature and wildlife reserves, stately home Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle.

Nearest shop and pub 2 miles.
Ventnor 8 1/2 miles
Freshwater 9miles
Yarmouth 10 miles

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Interaction with Guests

You will receive all essential info on the cottage, keys, shops etc aprox a week before your stay via e-mail.

The Neighborhood

Nature, rural, sea life!

Getting around

No- car a must.

Other Things to Note

All bedlinen and towels ( 1large ,1small ) will be provided for.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $176
Cleaning Fee: $141
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Our 5 days at the cottage were brilliant!!

    The cottage is one of 8 cottages in the middle of fields, just back from the cost. The cottage has bags of character and has recently been renovated to a lovely standard in a very tasteful shabby chic style.

    The kitchen was good (although we weren't brave enough to use the aga!) and the beds very comfortable. You need a car, but linen, towels, kitchen basics and wifi are all well provided. HUGE music and film collection to make use of. There's lots of lovely walks in the area, and lots of comfortable chairs for relaxing afterwards. There local chickens to greet you in the morning and kittens to hang out with you if you sit in the garden. The attic bedroom was accessed via the main bedroom, but this wasn't really a problem for us. Bring some toilet paper :)

    Stef's instructions were really comprehensive and easy to follow. Nice places to eat within 30 mins drive, and grocery shopping a similar distance. We had beautiful weather the whole time, but wouldn't have minded if we didn't because the cottage was so lovely.

    Very comfortable for 5 friends (2 couples + 1) and a lovely birthday holiday for me!

    June 2014
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Stef's clifftop cottage. It is indeed unique and we wouldn't hesitate to contact Stef next time we visit the Isle of Wight. We hope that it will not be too long before our next visit as there are many places still to visit and the cottage is ideal as a base as well as a great place to stay.

    May 2014
  • We loved this cottage. It is in a stunning location, in a lovely part of the island. The cottage is lovingly and tastefully furnished and has everything that you could need for a holiday by the sea.
    We had a great time just pottering around, reading books, playing on the beach and exploring the island.
    Check in was easy and we were sent detailed instructions about how everything worked, and useful local information.
    Overall a great holiday let, thanks Stef.

    April 2014
  • Stef - we fell in love with your cottage and the seting, it is truly unique. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to come back one day (soon!).

    March 2014
    Response from Stef:

    Hello Lucia,

    Ah thats is so nice to hear! Yes it is truly special and I am happy to be able to share with lovely people like yourselves. Thank you for looking after it and of course welcome back .

    Have a great summer

    March 2014
  • Just got back from IOW having stayed probably during the worst weather this year. Cottage was lovely with great views over a rather wild sea but was so cosy inside. Would recommend this to anybody who appreciates great views and being away from it all in a lovely charecter filled cottage with everything you need. Great for families singles old and young and the dog loved it too.

    November 2013
  • Really wonderful cottage, perfect for quiet relax after the festivities at Bestival 2013. Brilliant views, cosy cottage feel with all you require in a home left for your usage. I will be aiming to go back same time next year!

    September 2013
    Response from Stef:

    Glad you liked it and of course welcome back :) Stef

    September 2013
  • Very lovely cottage on the beautiful shore of Isle of Wight. I definitely recommend this to others!

    September 2013
    Response from Stef:

    My pleasure to be able to share it with you and your friends and family :)

    September 2013
  • We had a lovely weekend break at this beautiful cottage. A wonderful location right on the coast line with wonderful walks within minutes of the cottage. Everything you need is there the kitchen is very well equipped and the bedrooms are decorated to a high standard and very comfortable with amazing views of the coastline. Wish we could have stayed longer, we would highly recommend this peaceful comfy cottage for a perfect get away.

    August 2013
    Response from Stef:

    Thank you so much Emma, so pleased you had a lovely time x

    August 2013
  • I booked this cottage as a suprise for my parents and sister!
    When we arrived and saw the cottage, they were so excited and happy! It really is beautiful and breathtaking there! This is an adress that actually should be kept a secret!
    Amazing views, very quiet, a house full of character! It was clean, and lovely decorated... we just fell in love. Checking in was really easy, and well organised. My family and i would definetly come back or recommend this!

    August 2013
    Response from Stef:

    Aah Veronique thanks very much! Yes, it is a special place and happy to share it with likeminded lovely people like you :). Hope you and yours (email hidden) trip, thanks so much for being such good, positive nd enthusiastic to deal with throughout x stef

    August 2013
  • This is a lovely little cottage in a beautiful location. This rustic cottage has real charm, and is perfectly located for wonderful cliff-top walks.

    Sadly, the path down from the cottage to the beach has collapsed, so the nearest beach is a drive away, but all the same, I would recommend the cottage wholeheartedly.

    August 2013
    Response from Stef:

    Thanks very much Gavin, enjoy rest of your summer!

    August 2013
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