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Priory Cottage

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Moons Hill, near Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Grade 4 Star rating
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Being in an AONB, this property is close to the West High Down, The Tennyson Trail and the Heritage coastline and features a 6-person hot tub, perfect for relaxing at the end of a busy day sightseeing.

Priory Cottage is a period, thatched, stone cottage with an abundance of character and detail, dating from the 19th century and appearing on maps and censuses of the 1830s. Originally owned by Lord Tennyson and featuring in the Tennyson Trail, the cottage adjoins another property and features beautiful decorative tiles above its windows and doors that were made by Lord Tennyson himself when he chose the property to house his beloved nanny. Priory Cottage has other famous connections as Tennyson’s good friend G.F.Watts lived next door, and Montgomery’s map-maker is also known to have lived in the cottage. The property is set in an area with a strong smuggling history, and at the back of the cottage there are drawings of ships scratched into some of the stones – traditionally the sign of a smugglers’ safe house. Being set within an AONB, most of the surrounding land is National Trust and includes the West High Down, The Tennyson Trail and the stunning Heritage coastline. Tennyson monument and Headon Warren with its breathtaking views of The Needles are nearby. Although in a secluded area, amenities in Totland and Freshwater are only a 5-minute drive, offering shops, library, tearooms, indoor swimming pool and pubs, and Alum Bay with its famous coloured sands, is about 30 minutes’ walk over the Downs. The historic sailing town of Yarmouth, set in the estuary of the River Yar, is about 10 minutes’ drive, and Colwell, Totland and the popular sandy beach at Compton are 5 minutes’ drive away. As well as the excellent walks from the house locally, there are also many tourist attractions to discover, including The Needles Park - one of the most popular attractions on the island, with chairlift, boat rides, coloured sands, lighthouse, amusements and glass making. Also within easy driving distance are Blackgang Chine, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, traditional pottery making, Calbourne water mill, various NT homes/gardens, vineyards, museums, wildlife centres, a zoo, pearl centre, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Cowes/Yarmouth harbours. Outdoor pursuits include golf (nearby Freshwater), cycling, riding, sailing, fishing and diving. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1 mile, pub 500 yards.

Large, beamed living room with gas woodburner and French doors to garden. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with gas/electric range (for cooking) and period wooden floor. Utility. Snug. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, original feature bay window, period fireplace and en-suite shower room with toilet. Further two double bedrooms, one with period shutters and beams, one with original feature bay window and period fireplace. Twin bedroom with period fireplace. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with shower over colour-changing mood bath and toilet. Bathroom with wood panelling, tiled floor and toilet. Changing levels on original flooring.

  • Gas woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two Sky Freesat TVs (one smart)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Wii
  • Gas/electric range (double oven) included
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with gravelled patio, terrace, shaded verandah and furniture
  • Enclosed lawned, front garden with swing set, playhouse and gas barbecue
  • Hot tub for 6
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: 5 steps in garden

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  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Private Hot Tub
    Private Hot Tub
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/11/2017
    We went for my husbands 40th as a group of 10 adults - a fantastic cottage which was perfect! Easy walking distance to Freshwater and easy access to some great walks to alum bay and the needles!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Hot tub enjoyed by all.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2017
    The house is a good size for 10 (8 adults and 2 kids) however there were maintenance problems every day. The walk in shower leaks and comes through the ceiling below, and another leak comes in on the wall into the lounge (both weren't of particular concern to the owners). There was an issue with the oven which was fixed but irritating that we had to attend to it with the plumber. A previous review complained about the cot as it had peeling paint and the answer on the review was that this would be replaced - that is not the case and the one we had to use also had flaking paint. Overall the house could do with a deep clean and the bathroom shower blockage which prevents water draining away must be resolved if the house is to cope with 8 people showering (the other shower is in the ensuite so not easy to use if people are in their room). Garden and outside space was very nice and jacuzzi very good.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your constructive comments, apologise for the leak in the shower and the roof, the shower was blocked and has been addressed. I gained quotes for the roof to be fixed by a builder, a plumber was called due to a problem with the cooker, which was resolved on the same day. I do use a professional cleaning firm and check the standard of cleaning, I will bring your comments up with our cleaners, hope to see you back at priory cottage.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2017
    The property was fantastic value for money and everyone enjoyed their stay. Would happily return in the future.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 16/06/2017
    We had a really lovely time at the cottage. The gardens were great, especially for the dogs and the house was a great size for the 8 of us. The kitchen table was perfect for playing games in the evening and the hot tub was a real treat. The Vine & Highdown Inn were both extremely dog friendly and served great food; both only 15 min walk away. The cottage could be cleaner but wasn't too bad. All of us said we would happily stay again and would reccommend.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2017
    The house was charming and well suited for a party of adults. It was lovely to be able to have our dogs with us and the garden was perfect for them and outside play with the family. We spoke to the owner regarding the effectiveness of their cleaners and were reassured that this would be addressed. We wouldn't stay here again unless the property was made more child friendly. Although a cot was provided, it had flaking paint. There was a stair gate at the foot of the stairs but not at the top. There were exposed electrical services in the wardrobe of the children's bedroom which needed to be covered with a panel and not located near books and toys. A nice property but I would not recommend it for families unless changes were made.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback. In regards to the comments about the cot, this will be replaced in the next few weeks. We do provide an additional stairgate on request which we will not leave in the property. The electric box is in the back bedroom and we will ensure it is enclosed for future bookings. We hope to see you back at Priory Cottage in the future.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/03/2017
    We had a fabulous weekend, marred only by a walk in shower that flooded through the ceiling to the corridor below. Such a shame. Otherwise couldn't fault it. It did make it quite time consuming for 8 girls to shower as other bathroom only had a bath. Wouldn't stop me from going back as ambience , styling and comfort were 5* plus.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We can only apologise for the new shower, we have had some teething issues with this, but we confirm there are 2 working showers at the property. We hope to see you back at Priory Cottage in the future.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/02/2017
    Lovely cottage , quiet location

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 24/02/2017
    We a family of five stayed at Priory Cottage for half term. Very spacious, and well equipped; however needed a good clean, floors, doors and skirting boards especially. Location great for walking on downs, but had to drive a lot to all attractions. Close to built up housing area which we had not expected. Hot tub great though.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2017
    Beautiful cottage, great for the dogs. Has everything you need for a lovely weekend away.

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8.5 out of 10 – based on 18 reviews collected by Reevoo
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