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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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Sleeps2
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1
Pets0
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Description

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.

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    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
    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

    24/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2018
    I like to give a fair and rounded review of places we have stayed at, with positive points and areas for improvement. So here goes. First, the positives: We were given a warm welcome by Amanda and Julian, who are lovely people and perfect hosts, being very helpful and friendly but also leaving us to get on with the holiday without intrusion. The Old Boat Store is immaculately clean, very comfortable, extremely well equipped, modern but with traditional country-cottage appeal. There is a beautiful, fully equipped modern kitchen, a comfortable lounge with a good TV/DVD player (for watching the World Cup of course), a lovely bedroom with a very comfortable and large bed, very good sized modern en-suite shower room, and a delightful and very private courtyard garden. In fact, there is everything you need for a relaxed, comfortable stay. Location wise, well, it's the Isle of Wight, so it is simply stunning. Tucked away down a quiet country lane a 10 to 15 minute walk from Totland Beach, with shops within easy reach and even, wait for it, a post office. It's also not far from the Lymington - Yarmouth ferry. Now for the negatives: Well I'm sorry to disappoint, but I honestly can't think of a single one. If The Old Boat Store was a movie character it would be Mary Poppins, because quite simply it is "Practically Perfect in Every Way". We'll be going back.


  • 10

    12/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2018
    This cottage is one of the best we have stayed in, being very well appointed and ideal for couples who want to tour the island or engage in more strenuous activity.


  • 10

    12/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    Amanda and julian couldnt have made us more welcome. The conversion of the boat store is top quality, it is comfortable, cosy and beutifully appointed..with lots of nice little touches. It is ideally located in a quiet spot which gives walking access to the beatiful tennyson downs and the needles headland and easy short driving distances to the rest of the island. Thanks we had a great stay and were sad to leave..lena & steve


  • 10

    06/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    This was our second stay at The Old Boat Store the accommodation is first class , the owners Amanda and Julian are very welcoming and friendly, if you are looking for somewhere to have a relaxing and peaceful stay the location is perfect. Welcome pack provided much appreciated, you have everything needed to make your stay comfortable, would definitely stay here again when visiting the Isle of Wight.


  • 10

    24/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2018
    A warm and friendly welcome. The cottage was immaculate and thoughtfully equipped to include everything that was required for our stay. The location was ideal for exploring the west of the island, as well as easy access to other attractions. We would thoroughly recommend The Old Boat Store and hope to return again in the future. One of the best properties we have ever stayed at


  • 10

    13/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 11/05/2018
    Brilliant base for exploring the island the cottage is very clean and well presented.


  • 9

    09/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2018
    The Old Boat Store is comfortable and well maintained and equipped. The location is secluded and makes a perfect restful base. Located close to main roads it allows easy travel around the Island.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your kind review. We’re pleased you found the rural location of The Old Boat Store restful, and our country lanes easy enough to access the three main routes around the island.

  • 10

    29/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 27/04/2018
    We couldn’t have chosen a better or more comfortable place to stay! Attention to detail and guests’ comfort was amazing! Everything you could need was provided from kitchen equipment to toiletries and the comfiest bed I’ve slept on in a holiday home! The hosts, Amanda and Julian were fabulous and always on hand to help in any way but in no way instrusive. Would definitely stay again when we come back!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are delighted that you had everything you needed and were comfortable.

  • 10

    23/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2018
    Cottage suited us perfectly. Quiet, everything we needed and some lovely walks from the doorstep.


  • 10

    17/04/2018
    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

    24/03/2018
    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

    19/03/2018
    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

    05/03/2018
    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

    17/02/2018
    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

    16/11/2017
    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.


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