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St. John’s, near Peel, Isle of Man
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 2
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With a witch-shaped weathervane on the roof, this cottage is a great base from which to explore the Isle of Man.

Applegarth is a traditional, detached, stone-built Manx cottage, situated near the foot of Slieau Whallian (known as Witches Hill) in the conservation village of St. John’s. The cottage has reference to this still, with a weathervane on the roof shaped like a witch and numerous charms found in the stones of the building when it was renovated. The Isle of Man was once regarded as a hotbed of sorcery, witchcraft and magic. During the Reformation, any woman deemed to be a witch, accused of witchcraft, or spell making was taken up Slieau Whallian and put into a spiked barrel and rolled down from the top to the bottom, and often the barrel sunk into the bog. Many a long year there was a bare track down the mountainside, where it was reported that grass nor gorse would grow. They called this path the Witches Way, and local legend says that ghostly screams can be heard in the wind on certain nights of the year! Access to Slieau Whallian is via several footpaths, one of which is virtually across the road from the cottage. From the back garden patio, you can see across the river and fields to St John’s the Baptist Church, which is built on the site of an ancient chapel. You can also see Tynwald Hill, which is the assembly place for the Isle of Man parliament and which is reportedly the oldest and longest unbroken parliament in the world. Tynwald Day is held on the 5th July every year. There are a number of other attractions to visit on the island, including the Manx Aviation and Military Museum, Curraghs Wildlife Park, Castle Rushen and Laxey Wheel, the world’s largest working waterwheel. Beach 4½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

2 steps to entrance.
Ground Floor:
Living/dining room: With multi-fuel burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, beams and wooden floor.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and tiled floor.
Utility room: With freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Sun room.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace, garden furniture and gas barbecue. Fishing on site (licence required). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a fenced river at the bottom of the garden.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

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7.7 out of 10 – based on 6 reviews collected by Reevoo
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