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Freshwater is located in the far western tip of the island and has a picturesque bay and characteristic chalk white cliffs; perfect for dramatic cliff-top walks and exploration of this lovely corner of the Isle of Wight.

Freshwater Bay is an idyllic cove with a pebbled beach and beautiful clear waters. Sitting on the English Channel, it also provides a spectacular backdrop to the dramatic crashing waves around the famous Stag and Mermaid Rocks, two imposing chalk slabs that have tumbled to the sea from the nearby white cliffs.

From the pebbly beach you can wander along a coastal path up to Tennyson Down, where you will discover the Tennyson monument and appreciate the amazing views across the island and out to sea, taking in the iconic ‘Needles’ chalk stacks and lighthouse that sit amongst the dramatic waves.

Up in Freshwater village, you’ll find all the local facilities you could wish for in a cottage holiday destination. There is a bustling shopping centre with quirky, independent shops alongside popular high street names and there are plenty of places to eat and drink to enjoy the fresh local produce.

Take the children down to the Needles Meteorite at Compton Bay and search at low tide for dinosaur footprints or join one of the boats that take visitors out to the Needles from Yarmouth and Alum Bay. The chairlift at Needles Park offers visitors a spectacular view of the coloured sands and spiky cliffs.

To see our selection of accommodation in the area please see cottages in Freshwater.

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  • Needles and Winds

    Freshwater

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 31046


    This traditionally furnished, semi-detached holiday bungalow benefits from superb, extensive panoramic sea views across the Solent to the mainland and out to The Needles. Its elevated position offers a peaceful escape and offers a fabulous vantage point for watching sailing vessels and the world go by. The property is on the coastal footpath to Fort Victoria, Yarmouth and Tennyson Down. The area is ideal for walkers, cyclists and families alike. Pitch and putt, crazy golf, football goals and a children’s play area can be found a few minutes away from the property. The Needles, with chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and the coloured sands of Alum Bay are a short distance away. The 17th century Calbourne Water Mill, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House and Gardens are also 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. Other attractions include 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. The impressive south coast and Tennyson Down, with its many walks are only minutes away. Colwell beach is also within walking distance. Beach 1/2 mile. Small local shop and launderette available nearby in the summer. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with breakfast bar. Second living room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Portable electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Cliff Top Cottage

    Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29381


    This holiday bungalow benefits from superb, extensive countryside views and its elevated position offers a peaceful escape. The area is ideal for walkers, cyclists and families alike, and provides stunning sea views and dramatic coastal scenery. Pitch and putt, crazy golf, football goals and a children’s play area can be found a few minutes from the property. The Needles, with its chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay, is just a short distance. 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 island. Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle and a donkey sanctuary are all nearby. The impressive south coast and Tennyson Down, with its many walks, are only minutes away. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (2ft 6in, for children). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric log-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre natural grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Barn conversion bungalow

    Afton, nr. Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 13122

    Beautiful coastal walks

    Situated in a pleasant rural location this well-presented holiday bungalow is one of a number of barn conversions set around a spacious communal lawned area. Patio doors lead from the living room to a private patio area to the rear. Much of the West Wight coastline is National Trust and this location is well placed to take advantage of the beautiful coastal walks and delightful villages. Beach 1 mile. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio garden and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store on request. No smoking.

  • Compton Farm Cottages - 1 Compton Farm Cottage

    Compton, nr. Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NT001019

    National Trust Holiday Cottages


    Owned by the National Trust, these 19th-century, semi-detached stone cottages are situated at the bottom of the downs close to Compton Bay. The cottages are surrounded by lovely views of the rolling hillsides and the white chalk cliffs of Freshwater Bay, and make an ideal base for walking enthusiasts. There are many routes along the coastline including the popular Tennyson Trail. Compton Beach, with its golden dark sands is just over a mile away and makes a great place to find fossils; at low tide there may even be a chance to see dinosaur footprints in the sandstone ledge at Hanover Point.
    Blackgang Chine, the UK’s oldest amusement park, is just 10 miles away and features rides, life-sized dinosaurs, pirate ships, fairy villages and much more. Calbourne Water Mill, 5 miles, dates back to the 11th century and is the island’s only working water mill. The Needles, with traditional children’s rides, chairlift to Alum Bay and glass making demonstrations, is just 5½ miles. The island has many other attractions to offer which can also be explored by an open-top bus which stops regularly at various points. Outdoor pursuits include cycling, riding, sailing and fishing. Beach 1¼ mile. Shop 3¼ miles, pub and restaurant 2¾ miles.

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

    Cosy, beamed living room with dining area. Compact kitchen with Belfast sink. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Low doorways throughout. Sloping ceiling on stairwell and on first floor.

    • Electricity, electric heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV for DVD use only (no reception)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Shared, enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional available in National Trust car park (£2.50 per day or free for National Trust permit holders)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Sloping bank to cottage grounds

  • Fifteen

    Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 25540

    This detached holiday bungalow is situated in a quiet road at the edge of Freshwater village. Freshwater has a variety of shops, supermarkets and sports centre with indoor swimming pool. This beautiful part of the island has miles of heritage coastline, scenic walks, cycle tracks, Tennyson Down and Headon Warren as well as breathtaking views. Attractions include Needles Rock Formation, Crompton, Alum, Totland and Colwell Bays with their beaches, Calbourne Water Mill and the harbour at Yarmouth. Shop and restaurant 710 yards, pub 550 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

  • Coastguards

    Freshwater Bay

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44285

    This delightful, Victorian terraced cottage is a couple of minutes’ walk from both Tennyson Down and Freshwater Bay, with its sweeping pebbly beach and white chalk cliffs. The property is very well presented with tastefully designed interiors and spacious, enclosed gardens to the front and rear.
    A charming entrance hall, with hanging space for coats and plenty of room for muddy walking boots, leads you in to the comfortable living/dining room with woodburner and wooden floors. From the living room you pass through the rear hall into the well equipped, fully fitted kitchen overlooking the garden. The stairs lead up from the rear hallway to three beautifully appointed bedrooms, two of which have sea views. Upstairs you will also find a spacious bathroom with a shower over the bath.
    Coastguards is ideally situated in a quiet lane and a lovely place for couples, small groups of friends or families to stay, from which to explore this beautiful island.
    This area is renowned for its spectacular walks: 4 miles west over Tennyson Down gets you to the Needles; to the east, Tennyson Trail takes you to Brook, Mottistone, Shorwell and even as far as Carisbrooke, encompassing breathtaking views, great country pubs and National Trust and English Heritage properties along the way. Compton Beach is 2 miles along the coast road. Spectacular at low tide, it is great for walks, catching the surf, building sandcastles and hunting for fossils and dinosaur footprints. The picturesque town of Yarmouth, where the ferry arrives from Lymington, is a flat 3-mile walk from the cottage along the river. Freshwater Bay was a hub for many interesting characters during Victorian times: Dimbola Lodge, the home of Julia Margaret Cameron, a world renowned photography pioneer, is at the end of the lane; a little further up the road is Tennyson’s home, Farringford.
    The island can be explored by open top bus which stops at the end of Coastguards Lane. Calbourne Mill, the only working mill on the Isle of Wight, features a small war museum, rural exhibits and a café. Chessell Pottery Barns is another attraction where you can paint your pots and enjoy lovely food.
    Outdoor pursuits are all easily accessible: Tapnell Farm is within easy reach which, as well as having a lovely restaurant, gallery, interesting animals and an indoor play area, hosts the Isle of Wight Activity Centre which can organise canoeing, coasteering and grass surfing at Freshwater Bay. Wight Cycle Hire will deliver bikes to your door and Hill Farm stables are 2 miles away. There is a stunning golf course overlooking the bay. Beach 150 yards. Shop 700 yards, pubs and restaurants within 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32’’ smart TV. DVD player. Stereo/CD. Library of books and games. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned front and rear gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Moonbeam Cottage

    Freshwater Bay

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26007

    Freshwater Bay is a small cove which is on the southern tip of the island and just short stroll from this holiday house. Moonbeam used to be part of a large Victorian house now divided in two, and has its own entrance and a smart interior including large open plan living room/dining area/kitchen. Many footpaths are nearby so you can enjoy West High Down, The Tennyson Trail and the Heritage coastline. Popular attractions are The Needles or one of the many beaches including Freshwater or Alum Bay famous for its coloured sands and NT properties. Shops 300 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards

    Four steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed garden with decked area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Compton Farm Cottages - 2 Compton Farm Cottage

    Compton, nr. Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NT001020

    National Trust Holiday Cottages


    Owned by the National Trust, these 19th-century, semi-detached stone cottages are situated at the bottom of the downs close to Compton Bay. The cottages are surrounded by lovely views of the rolling hillsides and the white chalk cliffs of Freshwater Bay, and make an ideal base for walking enthusiasts. There are many routes along the coastline including the popular Tennyson Trail. Compton Beach, with its golden dark sands is just over a mile away and makes a great place to find fossils; at low tide there may even be a chance to see dinosaur footprints in the sandstone ledge at Hanover Point.
    Blackgang Chine, the UK’s oldest amusement park, is just 10 miles away and features rides, life-sized dinosaurs, pirate ships, fairy villages and much more. Calbourne Water Mill, 5 miles, dates back to the 11th century and is the island’s only working water mill. The Needles, with traditional children’s rides, chairlift to Alum Bay and glass making demonstrations, is just 5½ miles. The island has many other attractions to offer which can also be explored by an open-top bus which stops regularly at various points. Outdoor pursuits include cycling, riding, sailing and fishing. Beach 1¼ mile. Shop 3¼ miles, pub and restaurant 2¾ miles.

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

    Cosy, beamed living room with feature fireplace and dining area. Compact kitchen with Belfast sink. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Low doorways throughout. Sloping ceiling on stairwell and first floor.

    • Electricity, electric heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV for DVD use only (no reception)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Shared, enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional available in National Trust car park (£2.50per day or free for National Trust permit holders)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Sloping bank to cottage grounds

  • Solent View

    Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30031


    This semi-detached holiday bungalow has direct, panoramic, breathtaking sea views across the Solent towards the mainland, and offers one of the best vantage points on the island. Offering a peaceful countryside setting, the area is ideal for walkers, cyclists and families alike, and provides stunning sea views and dramatic coastal scenery. Pitch and putt, crazy golf, football goals and a children’s play area can be found a few minutes from the property. The Needles, with its chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay, is just a short distance. 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 island. Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle and a donkey sanctuary are all nearby. The impressive south coast and Tennyson Down, with its many walks, are only minutes away. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (4ft), 1 twin (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundrette with coin-operated facilities. Patio with furniture. Shared landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

  • Cliff End

    Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27479

    This semi-detached holiday bungalow is located in a lovely area of West Wight in a quiet position within a small coastal development of privately owned holiday homes. The bungalow itself is set on high ground with beautiful uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside as well over the Solent and the Channel. It is just a short walk from Colwell Bay with its lovely unspoilt sand and shingle beach and within easy reach of all the island’s many attractions. Fort Victoria and its tourist attractions is also a short walk along the nearby coastal footpath from the bungalow. The area is renowned for its scenic walking and cycling routes, as well as rock formation of the Needles and nautical Yarmouth with its large yachting harbour. The property is 2 miles from the ferry terminal at Yarmouth. Shops 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities at cost (600 yards). Patio. No smoking. NB: Cliff top 100 yards.

  • Coastguard Cottage

    Freshwater Bay

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43661


    Built in the 1860s this renovated former coastguards’ cottage is near the end of a quiet, tranquil lane only 150 yards from the beach. In the Victorian era the coastguard station formed a front line against smuggling and provided assistance to shipwrecked sailors. Today it is an ideal base for walking, a family holiday, or a peaceful hideaway from hectic lives at any time of the year. For the energetic there’s a hearty walk on nearby Tennyson Down to the Needles, or for those wanting a gentle stroll there’s Freshwater Bay where you can enjoy the sea breeze. West Wight is renowned for its scenic coastline and beaches; Compton, Brook, Alum Bay, Totland and Colwell Bay. Ideal for exploring whether looking for fossils or dinosaur footprints, building castles or enjoying the surf there is something for everyone. Shop 700 yards, pub and restaurant within 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single (4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/MP3 connection. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned front and rear gardens with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • The Studio

    Moons Hill, nr. Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30576


    This bright lodge-style holiday bungalow is set in a peaceful and secluded rural area, which has a strong smuggling history, and many local properties are smugglers’ safe houses. The Studio is close to breath-taking beaches and coastal scenery, making it perfect for walking, cycling and for other outdoor activities. 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 breath-taking views of The Needles, are nearby. Amenities in Totland and Freshwater are only a 5-minute drive, offering shops, library, tearooms, indoor swimming pool and pubs. Alum Bay with its famous coloured sands, is about a 30-minute walk over the Downs. The historic sailing town of Yarmouth, set in the estuary of the River Yar, is a short drive, and Colwell, Totland and the popular sandy beach at Compton are a 5-minute drive away. As well as excellent walks directly from the house, other attractions to discover include 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 and of historic interest are Blackgang Chine, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Calbourne Water Mill, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, museums and various NT homes/gardens. For family days out, discover traditional pottery making, wildlife centres, Isle of Wight Zoo, Isle of Wight Pearl and both Cowes and Yarmouth harbours. Outdoor pursuits include golf at nearby Freshwater, cycling, riding, sailing, fishing and diving. Guests can relax and unwind in the property’s private hot tub after a long day of exploring. Beach 1 mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed, French doors and laminate floor/dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with French doors. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room. Electric heater and electric oil filled heater included. Bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Worktop freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small raised ornamental pond, 20 yards. 2 steps (or ramp) to decking.

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