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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?

Start your search for holiday cottages in Cowes today and come to see all that the Isle of Wight has to offer.

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  • Tara Cottage

    Northwood, nr. Cowes

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W4429

    Peaceful location

    Tucked away at the end of a long private drive in a peaceful location, is this well appointed, self contained holiday cottage. The property is a wing of the owner’s imposing Grade II listed Georgian Rectory, which is surrounded by lovely countryside, yet is within easy reach of the local amenities. The cottage provides an excellent base for exploring this delightful island. Cowes, the world famous yachting centre is only 1.5 miles away and has superb facilities for bathing and all kinds of water sports. Queen Victoria’s summer retreat at Osborne House is also only a short drive from the property. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with beams.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Freezer. Garden with furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • Anchor Cottage

    East Cowes

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18188

    This comfortable, well furnished waterside holiday cottage offers views over the harbour. The first floor living room has two balconies, to take advantage of the nautical scenery. The Southampton ferry, 200 yards, and adjacent to the property is the chain ferry (free to foot passengers) to popular Cowes with shops, bars and bistros. Alternatively, the local town has a marina, promenade and the ornate beautiful Osborne House and gardens, Queen Victoria’s country residence. Shops and pubs 100 yards.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Z-bed on request.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: The unfenced sea is 10 yards away.

  • Willow View Cottage

    Cowes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43479

    This delightfully airy and contemporary holiday cottage, located on a complex with similar properties, offers a peaceful escape ideal for walkers, cyclists and families alike. Nestling on the edge of lovely, David Bellamy gold award-winning woodland and surrounding countryside, teaming with wildlife and wild flowers, it also benefits from being close to stunning sea views across the Solent and offers guests a wide variety of on-site facilities, which includes a super indoor and swimming pools (May-Sept), an indoor children’s soft play area and a fabulous outdoor playground. Tennis courts, Jacuzzi, steam room and gym with exercise classes and children’s activity programmes are also available, and there is a clubhouse with bar and restaurant serving snacks and meals throughout the day and providing evening entertainment. Leisure passes are available on arrival, at cost. There is an on-site mini-market shop. The Needles, with chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay, are a short distance away. The 17th century Calbourne Water Mill, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House and Gardens are a short drive away. Historic Yarmouth is worthy of a visit and the island can be easily explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points across the whole island. Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, is nearby, and island attractions include Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle and a donkey sanctuary. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one with single bunk above (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 55-acre natural grounds with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Shared indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi and steam room (at cost). Shared gym (at cost). Shared tennis court (at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Seymour Court

    East Cowes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44383


    This well presented comfortable waterside, terraced house, situated in east Cowes, is just yards from the River Medina offering wonderful views of Cowes harbour. This upside down style house has 2 bedrooms and a family bathroom on the ground floor, leading up to the first floor where you will find a galley style kitchen and open plan living/dining area with a wooden balustrade, and patio doors that open onto its own private balcony. This delightful holiday home is an ideal place to stay to enjoy a holiday by the sea and to explore this lovely island. Next to the property is the renowned floating bridge that links west Cowes, which offers shops, restaurants and a marina. There is an abundance of things to see and do on the island including Osborne House which is a former royal retreat, 1.2 miles, and Robin Hill Country Park offering exciting rides and adventure playground, all set in beautiful rolling countryside and forest, 6 miles. Calbourne Water Mill, 12 miles, the only working water mill on the Isle of Wight, which also features a small war museum, rural exhibits and a cafe. The Needles, 19 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 1 mile. Shop 70 yards, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

    Step to entrance: Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor, patio doors and balcony. Kitchen with wooden floor.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. 32" Smart TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Balcony with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds 10 yards.

  • The Boat House

    East Cowes

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: PTTG


    This beautifully appointed holiday cottage, right on the waterfront looking out across to West Cowes and the Solent, combines the heritage of the coastguard’s traditional cottages with modern architectural design, offering bright and airy high vaulted ceilings with modern comforts. The property is 20 yards from a public slipway, so if guests had a small boat, this could be stored at the property and launched via the slipway straight out into the Solent. The Boat House accommodation is one of a pair, all on the ground floor and there are lovely walks along the esplanade just outside the property. There is a park nearby with children’s play area. Island attractions include The Needles, with chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay. Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK is nearby, and other attractions include 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 worthy of a visit. Cowes in the north west of the island is renowned 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, 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 400 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Large beamed open-plan living room with vaulted ceilings/kitchen with dining area, tiled floor and two sets of French doors leading out onto the lawned garden with waterside views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Combi microwave/oven
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace, furniture and sea views
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Marina View

    Island Harbour, nr. Newport

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 18586

    In a superb location on the water’s edge, overlooking the marina, this well-furnished home offers an ideal holiday retreat. Nearby East Cowes has shops, a heritage centre, promenade and Queen Victoria’s holiday residence Osborne House. Take a ferry over to West Cowes with its bustling nautical activity, cobbled streets and restaurants. Sailing, golf, water sports, riding and scenic walking can all be enjoyed. Shops 1 mile, bistro 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Z-bed available (for alternative sleeping only).

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is an unfenced marina 10 yards away.

  • Brambles Kip

    Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC173

    This single storey property is located on a holiday site, accessed via an unmade track in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Most of the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust, meaning that the countryside is left unspoilt. Scenic walks of particular note include West High Down, Tennyson Down and Monument, and Headon Warren, which offers some breath-taking views of The Needles.

    Within the holiday site, there is a shop, a launderette, pitch and putt, an outside play area with football posts, and the property itself boasts some fantastic vistas over the downs and the sea. There is direct access from the cliff down onto an unspoilt, traditional sand/shingle beach. Just a couple of minutes’ drive is Freshwater, which features shops, a library, tea rooms, an indoor swimming pool and a number of friendly pubs. The multi-coloured cliffs of Alum Bay are about a 5-minute drive, and 10 minutes in the other direction is the historic sailing town of Yarmouth, fittingly named due to its position at the mouth of the River Yar.

    As well as some splendid walks locally, there are also many tourist attractions to discover. One of the most popular attractions on the island is The Needles Park, which features a chairlift, boat rides, coloured sands, a lighthouse, amusements and glass-blowing demonstrations. Other attractions that lie in close proximity to the property include the UK’s oldest amusement park Blackgang Chine, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Calbourne Water Mill, various National Trust-owned homes and gardens, vineyards, museums, wildlife centres, The Isle of Wight Zoo, Isle of Wight Pearl, Carisbrooke Castle, Osbourne House, and one of the longest-running sailing regattas in the world, Cowes Week. Outdoor pursuits include golf, cycling, riding, sailing, fishing and diving. Beach 800 yards. Shop on site, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (4 steps to second bed). Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Microwave. External laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (at cost). Wi-fi (at cost). Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of grounds. Parking (1 car). NB: Cliffside 200 yards.

  • Bay Cottage

    Gurnard, nr. Cowes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43669


    A cosy, semi-detached Victorian town cottage, within a few minutes’ walk of Gurnard’s main street and beach, in a quiet coastal village, and within 1½ miles from bustling Cowes. This holiday cottage, which enjoys some sea views, has been lovingly brought back to life, and has been finished to a very good standard, with a well-equipped kitchen, which looks out onto the enclosed hedged garden, a ideal place for the children to play and perfect for alfresco dining. There is electric heating throughout with an additional electric woodburner in the living room for those cosy nights in, while upstairs, the two bedrooms beckon after a day spent on the beach, indulging in water sports or touring this lovely island. Facilities on the doorstep include a shop, newsagent, pub, a lovely waterfront café and a fashionable restaurant, whose lawned area stretches right up to the sea wall. Gurnard is just a mile west of the popular sailing town of Cowes, well-known all over the world for hosting some of the best yachting events. The high street is pedestrianised and is packed with independent shops, boutiques, pubs, restaurants and galleries, as well as chandlers and purveyors of the most famous brands of sailing gear. From Bay Cottage it is easy to explore Queen Victoria’s Osborne House, the famous Chines, The Needles and many miles of superb walking and cycling trails. This charming cottage has everything you would need for a family break or romantic holiday by the sea. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Wet room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric oven. Electric hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Gurnard Pines

    Gurnard, Cowes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43125

    This semi-detached bungalow is in the grounds of a popular holiday village and makes a comfortable base for enjoying the site and the island. Set within 55 acres of grassed and wooded grounds, this is an excellent location to enjoy a variety of leisure activities (available at cost and arranged with Gurnard Pines Country Club upon arrival). Facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a health suite, tennis courts, soft play area and a bar/café/pizzeria restaurant. There are many attractions in the area ranging from The Needles to Fort Victoria Country Park and Cowes Yachting Centre. Watersports, beaches, fishing and coastal walks are nearby. Bar/restaurant on site.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with access through to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 bunk (2ft 6in for children, no door).

    Electric underfloor central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of 55-acre grounds. Shared indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools (payable on site), open May-September. Shared tennis courts (payable on site).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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