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Priory Cottage

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Moons Hill, nr. Freshwater
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps10
Bedrooms5
Bathrooms3
Pets 2
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Description

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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Features

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

Customer Comments

  • 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.


  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 22/04/2016
    The cleaning standard was very poor but it's a cute cottage and a good location.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; I was both surprised and disappointed to read your review. We use a professional holiday cleaning company. This is the first complaint we have received about the cleaning. I have passed your remarks on to follow up. We do try are utmost to keep the property at a height standard.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 01/04/2016
    Waitrose with our food delivery had trouble finding the cottage because the official address was inadequate. No street name.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; I am so sorry to hear that Waitrose could not find the property with your delivery using the full postcode and directions provide. We feel we have described the location of the Cottage quite clearly and I do hope this did not detract from you enjoying our Cottage. We always try our best in all areas to ensure that the guests have an enjoyable stay.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2016
    The cottage was beautiful and the location ideal. It was very well equipped and the children loved the large selection of toys! The mattress on the top bunk was very uncomfortable and the child using it ended up sleeping on the sofa in her parent's room. That said we would still stay here again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you very much for your constructive comments. Both mattresses have now been replaced.

  • 10

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


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