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The Old Boat Store

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Totland, near Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Grade 4 Star rating
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The perfect retreat away to enjoy fantastic coastal walks and beautiful bays and beaches.

Set within the owner’s grounds down a privately owned track, The Old Boat Store offers a relaxing retreat for couples and is located in the valley between the West High Downs and Headon Warren. With fantastic coastal walks and beaches along the Heritage Coastline, virtually on your doorstep, this detached property makes a perfect base to explore West Wight and the rest of the island, especially for walkers and cyclists. The Highdown Inn is only a short stroll away offering a selection of beers, wines, spirits and locally sourced seafood and local produce. The open top bus stops outside the pub, which is another great way to explore the island. There are also four beautiful bays only a short drive away, Totland, Colwell, Alum, and Freshwater Bay. Totland Bay is only about ¾ mile away offering ’The Turf Walk’ and The Waterfront Bar and Restaurant. Here you can enjoy the most stunning scenery, lovely beaches and amazing sunsets, and you can walk from Totland Bay to Colwell Bay along the promenade. Alum Bay with its famous multi-coloured sands is only a short drive and offers The Needles Landmark Attraction and Alum Bay Glass. Freshwater Bay, about 2 miles, is one of the most picturesque beaches in West Wight and lies just to the south of the village of Freshwater. Smugglers once used the caves around the bottom of the chalk cliffs that are exposed at low tide – if you wish to explore them it is best to find a local guide as you can become cut off by the tide. Kayaking is the ideal way to see them and the other small bays, Watcombe and Scratchells. Freshwater beach is popular for surfing and water sports. You will often see boats moor offshore to come ashore here.
The Yar River that runs from Freshwater Bay to Yarmouth has a scenic walk and cycle route along the causeway. Explore, relax and enjoy. Shop and restaurant ¾ miles, pub 200 yards.

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space:
With laminate floors.
Living area:
With electric wood burner, 32" Freeview Smart TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area:
Galley style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom: With kingsize bed, 22" Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

LPG central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Enclosed courtyard with garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: No children under 18 years old and there is a small slope to the parking area and up to the front door.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/04/2018
    The Old Boat Store is a beautiful holiday cottage, immaculately furnished and maintained, in a quiet location, and equipped with everything you may need for your stay. The hosts are very friendly and welcoming, and the whole of the IoW is within easy reach by car.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2018
    One of the best places I've ever stayed. It was only little but beautifully designed, and so comfortable. The location was good too. It was so quiet, being set some distance back from a quiet lane, with great walks from the doorstep.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/03/2018
    Lovely warm welcome. The Old Boat Store is perfect with beautiful attention to detail. We enjoyed the nice quiet cosy environment.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/02/2018
    Although was not on Holiday whilst visiting the Island , working instead, I still needed a comfortable, quite , bolt hole for the end of the hard day , which this fitted the bill perfectly. Amanda and Julian are perfect hosts , both of whom were super helpful and accommodating. Would love to stay again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    The Old Boat Store was a lovely place to stay. Amanda was really friendly and helpful. The accommodation was tucked down a private drive and was very quiet.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2017
    This was one of the best rental properties we have stayed in. The standard of everything was first class. It is compact but has everything you need. When asked if we had any suggestions for additional equipment we were at a loss. For us the property was situated at what we feel is the quieter end of the island. It suited as both a walking base and for discovering the island. From the property it is a short walk onto Tennyson Down and then the coastal path opens up both ways. Freshwater Bay one way, the Needles and Alum Bay the other. A big plus was that you only had to walk about 200 yards to the Highdown Inn which served a lovely range of home cooked meals, if you got back late and didn't want to cook. Another plus were the owners who went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Will definitely return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    We had a very warm welcome from Amanda & Julian - which included a bottle of wine. We've stayed in many places, but that's never happened before. So that was a particularly good start. Then we had a look around and chat about the property with them. Obviously we already knew that it was for 2 people max and therefore expected it would be small. But we soon realised it was equipped with everything we'd need for an enjoyable stay. We like cooking, so we were pleased to find that the kitchenette contains plenty of utensils which enabled us to do so. However, we also enjoy eating out, so it was a bonus to be told that a pub, situated just a few minutes walk away, provides excellent meals. And we can confirm that it did! The living room contains a large TV (with excellent reception) plus lots of information about the island, and books and DVD's etc. Even if the weather had been appalling, we'd have been quite happy staying indoors to read etc. But it wasn't, so we also had the option of sitting out in the small but delightful garden. The bedroom contains a large - and very comfortable - double bed, and there's even a wall-mounted TV in the room too. And the en-suite bathroom contains a very large walk-in shower which is a pleasure to use. As are the large thick luxurious towels supplied by Amanda & Julian. They really have gone that extra mile to provide a holiday venue for two people which is small, yet easily manages to contain everything their visitors could wish for to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable holiday. Our only regret is that we only booked for a week. And we didn't take our camera. But we shall return.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- Thank you for your kind review . We are delighted that you found the conversion of The Old Boat Store interesting - and a comfortable and well equipped space for a couple. We are really pleased you found the king size bed comfortable and also enjoyed the luxury of the walk in shower. It is really important to us that our guests have a comfortable and happy holiday. Your comments cover all that we have hoped to achieve . We would be delighted to see you again in the future.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 09/06/2017
    Great location for walks and visits to N Trust gardens. Property everything you need for relaxing holiday. Owners very friendly and helpful.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/05/2017
    This was an absolute gem ! Marvellous greeting pack, including a lovely bottle of wine. Very friendly greeting and lots of useful advice. The place was immaculate, with everything you could possibly need. We couldn't have chosen a better place to stay, and would have no hesitation in returning and recommending it to others. Very peaceful, and very comfortable.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your very kind review. It is very rewarding to know that you had a lovely comfortable stay and that you would return again. It was a pleasure meeting you both.

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9.7 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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