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Priory Cottage

Moons Hill, nr. Freshwater Grade 4 Star rating View Map
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Being in an AONB, this property is close to the West High Down, The Tennyson Trail and the Heritage coastline.

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 and playhouse
  • Gas barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: 5 steps in garden

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Free PetsFree Pets
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • StairgateStairgate
  • Thatched RoofThatched Roof
  • Christmas Themed CottageChristmas Themed Cottage
  • WifiWifi
  • Luxury CollectionLuxury Collection
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-23
    Fantastic venue and very friendly and helpful Nothing to much trouble and couldn't of been made more welcome. Recommend to anyone

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 2015-06-05
    red quirrels were great but we saw more rats than sqirrels. owners clearly knows about this problem but appear to be doing very little about it. also bedroom 5 can not be used because the worlds loudest snorrer's bedroom is underneath. otherswise the house was a good family get together place. the halfway clean was good. BarBQ the provided was good. when there are a family of rats 12ft from your front door can not confirm safe (next question).

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