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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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This property is part of our English Country Cottages collection

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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
  • Free Pets
    Free Pets
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Thatched Roof
    Thatched Roof
  • Christmas Themed Cottage
    Christmas Themed Cottage
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal Property
    Coastal Property
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Private Hot Tub
    Private Hot Tub
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 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.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2016
    Nine of us including a three year old went to stay at Priory Cottage a couple of weeks ago. The house itself was very large and there was plenty of room for us all. There was also a large selection of toys and a trampoline in the garden which made staying with a young one much easier. We would definitely consider staying again.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 14/11/2016
    Cottage was lovely but we contacted owner three times as heating wasn't working in some bedrooms and only came on for a few hours in evening... Owner didn't respond to any of our phone messages

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 06/11/2016
    Gorgeous cottage, well equipped with all utensils. Comfortable rooms and towels were provided. The hot tub was wonderful. We were provided with a loaf of bread, milk, chocolates and other extras which was a lovely surprise. Walking distance to the Needles. It was a little tricky to find on the sat nav but I think that is unavoidable in these parts. Many thanks for allowing us to stay.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 09/09/2016
    Owners were most helpful but they should sack their cleaners.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Very disappointed by your reevoo, just wished you had contacted us (we live onsite), if you were disappointed with the cleaning standard, as I would have called the cleaners back. I will be monitoring the cleaning personally from now on.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2016
    This cottage was in a beautiful location with well laid out accommodation with lovely gardens and recently added hot tub. Lovely decor in the bedrooms and bathrooms and plenty of books and toys to keep everyone amused. Generous welcome tray on arrival too. A few little niggles included dirty crockery/saucepans in the cupboards, whiff of pets in living room and top mattress on bunk too uncomfortable to sleep on so son slept on settee all week.

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