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The Boat House

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East Cowes, Isle of Wight
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 1
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Located close to the centre of Cowes, this holiday property is ideally located for discovering the wonders of the Isle of Wight.

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, towels and Wi-Fi 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

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  • Bungalow
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    The Boathouse is a lovely home from home. Very comfortable and in just the right location. Beautiful garden to sit in and a lovely walk along the promenade in the evening to see the cruise ships leaving Southampton.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/05/2018
    A real home from home. The property is well equipped and makes for a comfortable stay. This was our second visit and was great to see the addition of wi-Fi and the kerb dropped to be able to park on the drive. The owners are always very welcoming and helpful. Lots of good information and leaflets in the property to plan days out and where to visit. We will be back.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/05/2018
    Lovely cottage in excellent location. Just a thing to watch out for, there is to be major demolition of huge surrounding properties and new hotel construction, probably starting 2019.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/04/2018
    A perfect home for us on our Island holiday. A character property, beautifully renovated and dog friendly too! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would happily return . I appreciated the plentiful information leaflets and the selection of books . An excellent choice!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    Stayed here for the week 2nd April, I would highly recommend the boathouse to people, friendly and helpful owners, just like home from home

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/03/2018
    Second visit. Lovely cosy cottage. Has been converted beautifully. Very friendly, helpful owners. If somewhere is very good in winter months then bound to be better in summer. Right by waterfront.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    Second time staying here, fabulous house, everything you need is there. Ticked all the boxes for a family with a child with additional needs.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/02/2018
    Beautiful historic cottage. Home from home. 5 mins from the town...Waitrose.. ferry to Southampton and floating bridge to shops in West Cowes . Always 1st choice when comung to the Island. Highly recommend.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/01/2018
    Fabulous place to holiday... No steps so easy if you have mobility issues.. loved it :)

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/01/2018
    Our visit was not a conventional holiday. Accommodation was our main priority. We are intending to attempt a further booking later this year but cannot establish a date. We will be disappointed if, once we are in a position to make plans, The Boathouse is not available. Unfortunately, for us, we know from looking at the Guest's Comments that it is quite probable that we will be.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 29/09/2017
    Lovely cottage, would have been ideal for us, but currently there isn't the off-road parking that is advertised. If they made a larger driveway with a dropped kerb we'd stay there again next time.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    I found that the online information was somewhat misleading. It looked like the cottage overlooked the sea which was not the case unless you went to the bottom of the garden. It stated that there was parking for one car, which was very important to me as I am disabled. The off street parking was very narrow and impossible to negotiate especially as the kerb has not been dropped so you had to bump the car up the kerb. Even with the plank of wood to bolster the kerb it was still far to difficult to manoeuvre the car in to the narrow parking space. There was nothing to stop a car from parking in the street behind you which would block you exit. The road outside was very narrow and crowded with children on bikes and playing football I was constantly worried that my car would be scratched. The oven was filthy as was the microwave, washing machine powder draw and I had to descale the kettle before I could use it. The windows had not been cleaned for some time. All in all a very disappointing stay and not one I would wish to repeat. all in all it was like living in a derelict ghetto....which is why we left on the Tuesday! not what we expected from a 4* rental! the photo does not represent the actual cottage site at all.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner- We try our best to provide a good basis for everyone to enjoy their stay here on the Island. We are very sorry that this guest did not have a satisfactory experience when staying in our cottage. Her criticisms are noted and we will endeavour to put things right as soon as possible. Our cleaner has deeply apologised for the alleged dirty items. The matter of on-site car parking has always been a problem due to very adverse cambers on Albany Road but on-road parking is free all day subject to availability. A meeting with Island Roads, the highway authority, since this guest was here, has achieved an agreement to partially reconstruct the pavement outside the Boathouse to improve the gradient, and the provision of special markings on the road itself to deter other road users from blocking the parking space. This work will be carried out during the coming winter months. We trust that all would-be guests will take into consideration as wide a range of reviews as possible.

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9.3 out of 10 – based on 22 reviews collected by Reevoo
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