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Cowes

Cowes on the north coast of the Isle of Wight is of course synonymous with yachts and boats, it has a large marina that draws sailing enthusiasts year round, but even if you don’t sail yourself it still provides a lovely location for your cottage holiday.

Come in the summer months and enjoy ''Cowes Week'', the largest sailing regatta in the world. The area has a rich maritime history and needless to say sailing is popular here; you can hire a yacht or enrol for lessons at the UK Sailing Academy. If that seems a bit hands-on for you, you could always just explore the town''s maritime heritage and maybe visit one of the local museums which tells the tale of the towns rich sailing heritage .

Osborne House, the former residence of Queen Victoria, is just outside East Cowes, and a trip here is the perfect way to spend a sunny day. It''s one of the most beautiful spots imaginable, with its opulent Victorian architecture and walled garden.

Relax with a day out at East Cowes Beach or take a ride on the chain ferry to the other side of the town. Both parts of town are filled with award-winning restaurants, if you fancy dining out, and the emphasis is firmly on tasty local produce. You''ll also find several cosy, traditional pubs, serving hearty pub grub with child-friendly menus. Or why not just relax at the Marina and watch the boats go by as you sample some local fish and chips or treat the family to an ice cream?

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  • Debourne Lodge

    Cowes

    Grade
    6
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: 26436

    Ideal holiday location

    This attractive listed property has been modernised yet retains many character features such as exposed stone walls, wooden floor, beams and an open fire. Detached, the house stands in its own enclosed garden and also benefits from an outdoor heated swimming pool. Ideally located, it lies close to a junction providing links to nautical Cowes and all the other attractions this island has to offer. The mild climate and sandy beaches are a haven for holidaymakers, with a wealth of water sports. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. Conservatory. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep curved stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single, each with sloping ceilings, one with 3 steps down. 3 steps up to separate pool house: Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Some low beams and doorways.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Video. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Private outdoor swimming pool (6m x 3m, depth 1.9m) available June-September. No smoking. NB: 2 steps to patio.

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  • East Rosetta

    Cowes

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: NT001004

    National Trust Holiday Cottage


    This National Trust owned 3-bedroomed cottage is part of a large Victorian house, which is ideally situated opposite Cowes seafront. There is a spacious well-equipped kitchen with flagstone flooring and comfortable living room that has an old non-working range cooker as a delightful feature. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, a separate toilet and two bathrooms, one with a roll-top bath and the other with a walk-in shower cubicle.
    East Rosetta started its life as part of the works office for one of the ropewalks of Cowes. The large lawned garden which neighbours with Rosetta Cottage is a place to relax and watch the yachts and ships sail past. A plaque to commemorate the first meeting between the parents of Sir Winston Churchill is embedded in the pavement opposite East Rosetta, it was here in Cowes Week 1873 that Lord Randolph Churchill first met and proposed to Jenny Jerome, the eldest daughter of the then proprietor of the New York Times.
    This holiday home is in a location where you can take full advantage of the sea views, and it is only ½-mile away to a variety of shops, bars and restaurants of this popular sailing town. There are an abundance of things to see and do on this lovely island which include Osborne House, a former royal residence that was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat, just 10 miles away. Robin Hill Country Park offering exciting rides and adventure play, all set in beautiful rolling down land and forest is 7½ miles away. Calbourne Water Mill, 10 miles away, is the only working water mill on the Isle of Wight which also features a small War Museum, rural exhibits and a café. The Needles, 18 Miles, is home to the famous rock formation, this attraction offers a chairlift down to Alum Bay, Glass making demonstrations and much more.
    The island is also a walker’s paradise, filled with over 500 miles of footpaths across contrasting landscapes and beaches. Beach 100 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Guests have free access to all National Trust properties during opening hours (Mar-Nov).

    Seven steps to entrance. Living room. Spacious dining room with tiled floor. Step to spacious kitchen with original flagstone floor. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, feature fireplace and wooden floor. Two twin bedrooms; each with feature fireplace and wooden floor. Bathroom with roll-top bath (no toilet). Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Electricity, convector heaters, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • 20’’ Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared large enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Uneven kitchen flooring. Seven steps in garden with raised and uneven surfaces.

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  • Yachtsman’s Rest

    Island Harbour, nr. Newport

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: 27476

    Offering stunning views over the harbour and surrounded by rolling countryside, and awarded 4 Star Gold Award from Quality in Tourism, this well-presented, end-terraced town house stands peacefully in the popular Island Harbour location. Only 3 yards from the water’s edge and leading onto large communal gardens and children’s play area, it makes a scenic holiday retreat. Guests have access to free wi-fi in the marina area. Guests can enjoy the dining room/kitchen with French doors opening onto the decked patio with outside eating area, which also leads onto the gardens and marina. The first floor living room with French doors leads onto a balcony with table and chairs overlooking the marina, which is simply perfect for sitting out, relaxing and savouring the wildlife. Offering modern furniture and fittings, it makes an ideal base for couples or families. There is a popular bistro only 300 yards from the property, and a lively pub/restaurant about 20 minutes’ walk. There are many beaches and coves to visit, the nearest being Ryde. Attractions include Carisbrooke Castle, the Dinosaur Museum and Maritime Museum, a donkey sanctuary, Bembridge Windmill, Ventnor Botanical Gardens and many wildlife centres. Also discover the local farms and vineyards for local produce. This scenic island has dramatic coastline, ravines, rolling countryside and woodland, and is also great for birdwatching. Shop and pub 11/2 miles, restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with French doors and wooden floor. 1 bunk bedroom (for alternative sleeping). Wet room with toilet and tiled floor. First floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with double shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor. Second floor: 2 double bedrooms: one (5ft) with French doors and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Decked sitting-out area and furniture. Shared gardens and play area. Shared barbecue. Balconies. Juliet balcony. Parking (3 cars). Mooring available. No smoking. NB: Unfenced harbour 3 yards.

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  • Lavender Cottage

    Cowes

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: PTTO

    Lavender Cottage is situated on Sun Hill in the historic and charming Old Town area of Cowes. One of a row of three cottages, it is far enough away from the main street to be peaceful and quiet, yet is just yards away from the amenities that Cowes has to offer, such as a multitude of pubs, restaurants and shops, as well as yacht clubs and world class sailing facilities. The holiday cottage itself is believed to date from about 1780 and is built in traditional Georgian style, laid out over three floors. On the ground floor there is an open-plan living room and dining area, leading to a well appointed kitchen, complete with Aga. The first floor comprises two bedrooms, one double and one bunk, and a bathroom with a shower. There are views to the Solent and Cowes harbour from the windows. The top floor consists of a large double bedroom, again with views to the Solent and the harbour. Lavender Cottage benefits from a stylish, south-facing terraced garden, which is fully enclosed. There is also a shed for storing bikes.
    Cowes can date its colourful history back to at least the early 15th century, when Henry VIII founded castles there to defend against the French. The west fort in Cowes still survives to this day, albeit without the original Tudor towers, as Cowes Castle, now home to the world famous Royal Yacht Squadron. Cowes has long had royal connections, with much of the architecture of the Old Town dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods. Lavender Cottage is a lovely example, being right in the heart of the historic Old Town. During the reign of George IV, Cowes began its career as the ‘yachting capital’ of the world. 1826 was the year that the Royal Yacht Squadron organised a three day regatta for the first time. The king attended the following year and presented a cup, and the event is now known as Cowes Regatta. This excellent event attracts 1,000 boats and about 10,000 sailors, ranging from professional and olympic superstars to family boats and enthusiastic amateurs. A lively event with gigs, bands, the Red Arrows and much celebration. There are many other interesting events and festivities throughout the year, and plenty other attractions around the island to keep the whole family entertained. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are many beaches where swimming can be enjoyed, as well as golf, water sports, scenic walking, cycling or riding. Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, various NT homes and gardens, animal/wildlife centres and country/adventure parks all make good days out. Beach 500 yards. Shop and pub 200 yards, restaurant 300 yards.

    Two steps to entrance. Living/dining room. Well-equipped kitchen with gas Aga (for cooking) and tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Gas Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Public car park 100 yards (at cost)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Marina View

    East Cowes

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: 26671

    This attractive, end of row holiday home offers stylish accommodation, peacefully located within a residential development close to the scenic marina where ever-changing nautical scenery can be enjoyed. It is only a 2 minute drive to East Cowes with the chain ferry to lively West Cowes (free for foot passengers) which has sailing events, pubs, boutiques and restaurants. Most popular seaside resorts can be reached within 25 minutes’ drive, including Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with laminate floor. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room, 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two digital TVs. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Mooring available by arrangement with East Cowes Marina. No smoking.

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  • Camden

    Cowes

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: 26345

    Near the waterfront

    This detached holiday home is just a short walk to the waterfront, where you can walk along to the heart of Cowes with its shops, boutiques and gift shops, inns, restaurants and marina. The beach at Gurnard is 5 minutes’ drive which also has a popular café. Take the chain ferry to East Cowes and visit the glorious stately home and gardens of Osborne House - Queen Victoria’s former holiday residence. Alternatively, discover the island, various museums, castle, wildlife/theme parks, a zoo, donkey sanctuary, traditional pottery and glass blowing, arts and crafts, fishing, golf, sailing and watersports. Also enjoy all the footpaths and scenic walks, including Heritage coastline with bridleways and over 200 miles of cycle routes. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. 4 bedrooms: 3 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Yachtsmans Tower

    Island Harbour, Newport

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: PTTD

    This unique and stunning waterfront holiday property, a corner tower house, offers almost 360 degree views across the River Medina and the surrounding countryside. Immaculately presented, it offers guests an opportunity to experience the very best combination of waterfront living and beautiful countryside views with birds and wildlife. Located at the popular Island Harbour, this four-storey house sits over the water’s edge, looking out across the river, and has nearby large communal gardens with a children’s play area, restaurant and bar. Island attractions include The Needles, with its chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay, and Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK. Also nearby are Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle, a donkey sanctuary and Calbourne Water Mill, which has a 17th-century working watermill. Osborne House and Gardens (Queen Victoria’s holiday residence), Carisbrooke Castle and the sailing town of Yarmouth are also worthy of a visit. Cowes in the north west of the island is also known for its sailing. Also within easy reach are vineyards and quaint villages, some with thatched roofs such as Godshill, Old Shanklin and Brighstone. Outdoor pursuits include scenic walking, horse riding, fishing, cycling, water sports and golf. The island can be explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points. Beach 5 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Spacious, well-equipped kitchen/dining room with breakfast bar, dining table, dual aspect river/sea views, patio doors to wrap around balconies and wooden floors. Separate toilet. First floor: Large living room with designer leather seating, dual aspect river/sea views and patio doors to wrap around balconies. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, TV, dual aspect waterside views and doors to Juliet balcony. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Third floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, panoramic views of the harbour and river, high vaulted ceiling and en-suite wet room with double drench shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor in bathrooms), bed linen and towels included
    • Four Freeview TVs (one 60’’, one 55’’, both smart TVs)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Decked areas with furniture
    • Balconies
    • Juliet balconies
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 yrs
    • NB: Direct access to waterfront

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  • Sailors Knot

    Cowes

    Grade
    9
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 23688

    Ideal touring location

    This comfortable, semi-detached Victorian holiday home has been cleverly extended to provide additional living space on the ground floor, including a lovely light and sunny garden room which overlooks the attractive enclosed garden. The world famous maritime centre of Cowes is only a 10 minute walk, with its ever changing nautical views. This bustling town has many boutiques and gift shops, inns and waterside restaurants. A short drive away, there are many sandy or shingle beaches to discover and some stunning walks along the network of footpaths, including heritage coastline with bridleways and cycle routes. Take the chain ferry to East Cowes and visit the glorious stately home and gardens of Osborne House - Queen Victoria’s former holiday residence. Alternatively, discover the island, various museums, castle, wildlife/theme parks, a zoo, donkey sanctuary, traditional pottery and glass blowing, arts and crafts, fishing, golf, sailing and watersports. Shops and pubs ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, one with additional pull-out single, 1 bunk with additional single. Bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£35per week, £20 per short break October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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