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Sanctuary Cottage

Totland near Freshwater, Isle of Wight (Ref. 938079)



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  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely place with all essentials and more."

    Fantastic location and easy to reach costal and other paths. Lovely walk to Colwell Bay and round to Totland Bay. Weather mixed but did not affect stay or walks. Truly beautiful area.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "Very poor wifi or it would be too marks."

    Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry the router broke down, had we been aware we could have sorted this. We hope you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by RozJul 2021

  • "Sanctuary Cottage is a beautiful place to stay with excellent walks and amenities in very close proximity."

    The Cottage is charming, spacious for 2, ideal for 4 and I’d guess a tad cosy for 6. Facilities are fantastic and kitchen In particular is exceptionally well appointed. Only slight criticism relates to plumbing fittings - toilet seats cheap and loose, shower head slider broken, sinks small and one had a broken plug; this might sound bad but it is all usable, just not as good as the excellence elsewhere and could be fixed for a low price. We would thoroughly recommend Sanctuary Cottage to couples and families alike.

    Reviewed by PhilipOct 2020

  • "The property is well equipped and clean."

    The beds were very comfortable. Very dog friendly. A most enjoyable week. The Waterfront restaurant a short journey away - well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by ValerieOct 2020

  • "The cottage cleanliness was fine, although there were a considerable number of cobwebs in the property."

    Also the kitchen sink was quite brown and I had to clean it with bleach to bring it up to the standard I would expect. Cottage was well situated for our needs and we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020

  • "Yes the bread bin had been overlooked in cleaning and the bath non slip mat was very mouldy, I put it in the washing machine before using it and it came up cleaner, I need a slip mat as I am waiting for a knee replacement."

    We would be interested in a cottage all on one level for future visits, we had a fab time. Thank you

    Reviewed by DianaSep 2020

  • "Just fab, thank you!"

    Reviewed by DeniseAug 2020

  • "Good: really nice touch to have the dog stuff, but it would have been good to know in advance so I didn't bring the same with me, in an already packed car!"

    Nicely equipped kitchen and the house was really comfy for us. Just a shame there is not more outside space! Needs improvement: had requested both beds to be unzipped, as requested, but one was not, which meant I had to sleep in a bunk bed all week. There was no bathmat in the main bathroom, which meant we had to use a towel. Please make sure there is one as it was a bit tricky for my elderly mother to use the bath without a non-slip mat. The parking was difficult. In addition to the cars for no.6, someone from the flats opposite regularly parked their 20 reg blue Renault Captur outside Church House. They told me it was none of my business when I queried why they couldn't park in the flats' car parking!

    Reviewed by SaraAug 2020

  • "Overall the cottage was fine, good facilities and location, however, the place could have been a bit cleaner."

    There were still drink stains on some coffee tables, the skirting boards were quite dusty and there also plenty of cobwebs in most rooms. Well equipped kitchen with washing machine and dishwater and plenty of crockery. Comfortable beds. Could have been a 9/10, but on this visit 7/10.

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2020

  • "We love sanctuary cottage we stayed last year so came back again it suits our family needs ."

    Well equipped even down to the dog

    Reviewed by TracyOct 2019

  • "Sanctuary cottage is a lovely holiday home with everything you need for a great stay."

    Only a short walk to the beach and local shops and pub and perfect for dogs. The only slight thing was we didn’t realise it was shared access with the next door house this didn’t prove to be an issue though as the couple who live there were really lovely dog friendly and helpful. All in all a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2019

  • "Lounge was very dusty (tv stand, windowsills, cooker hood)."

    Lounge had a slight wet dog smell. Children should be provided with large towels as well as small.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We will have a word with our Caretaker. On good dry weather people leave the doors open and it dust does roll in. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BryanMay 2019

  • "Fabulous place and I’ve rebooked for September"

    Reviewed by SharonFeb 2019

  • "The cottage was very lovely, and the addition of a Christmas Tree to meet us on arrival was a kind thought."

    Nothing was lacking in the facilities, indeed I believe your description did not do it justice. The only downside was the comfort of the beds in the twin room, perhaps the owners might like to address this for the coming season. We will be back to the island and despite ample accommodation being available for tourists we will return to Sanctuary Cottage.

    Reviewed by StephenDec 2018

  • "Lovely quiet location, with easy access to some beautiful beaches, walks and restaurants."

    A beautiful dog friendly property that quickly felt like home. Probably could have been ever so slightly cleaner as there were cobwebs everywhere and the bathroom upstairs was in need of some TLC. The wall clocks weren’t working and there was only one bulb working in the staircase hallway (however with the height of the ceilings I expect this is easier said then done). In reality though these were only tiny blemishes on a beautiful warm home that we would happily return to, and to be completely honest we were incredibly sad to have to leave.

    Reviewed by KatieSep 2018

  • "The cottage was very clean and really well equipped."

    It is located in a quiet village with a delightful beach, which has a lovely pier cafe and a great restaurant on the waterfront. Unfortunately, the cottage design upstairs wasn’t good for my husband who is over 6 foot, as he was regularly banging his head on the sloping ceilings of the main bedroom and bathroom. The downstairs is very dark, even on a sunny day and lights are needed all the time to use the kitchen. The outdoor area is right next to the road, and wasn’t very comfortable for siting out in as it only had a small picnic table. As the path to the entrance is shared it doesn’t feel very private or relaxing to sit outside.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2018

  • "Great location for seeing the island, short walk from a lovely beach and cafe"

    Reviewed by FionaAug 2018

  • "The cottage facilities were excellent"

    Reviewed by DawnAug 2018

  • "Lovely holiday home, close to the sea."

    Great for dog walking, lovely neighbour. Small bedroom mattresses need updating for comfort. House has all you need and lots if parking outside. Would visit again x

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage, wonderfully restored in a superb location."

    ..an ideal break especially with the dogs and the beach being such a short walk away.

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2018

  • "Sanctuary cottage is a gorgeous place to stay."

    Everything we needed was at hand and the locality was perfect.

    Reviewed by VirginiaJun 2018

  • "It was great."

    The cottage felt like home and it was wonderful to be able to take the dogs with us. They felt at home too. The location was ideal and the whole experience exceeded our expectations. Thank you!

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2017

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    It had everything we needed and more. Checking in with the key code was so simple. Will definitely be using sykes cottages again!

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2017

  • "Spectacular accommodation."

    Lovely people next door. (Owners).

    Reviewed by TrishJun 2017

  • "Lovely converted church in a great area near Totland Bay."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by NeilApr 2017

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The property

A superbly-renovated Sunday School, Sanctuary Cottage is part of the stunning conversion of Church House, located in the village of Totland, on the west coast of the Isle of Wight.

Spacious and packed with many original features, this lovely property is ideal for families and friends looking to discover this beautiful island.

After parking on a private unmade road, walking down a few steps and strolling across the enclosed patio garden, you’ll enter this immediately impressive property through a beautiful red arched door, into the hall, where the charm of the Sunday School’s arches and beams will greet you.

The ground floor has a cloakroom and a spacious open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area, boasting delightful stained glass windows, as well as comfortable sofas upon which you can cuddle up in front of the Smart TV, or play your favourite music through the iPod dock whilst reminiscing about the day’s adventures.

Upstairs every room has original beams, sloping ceilings and delightful church windows and there are three bedrooms, one a twin with a Velux window and zip/link beds, able to convert into a super king-size double on request.

The second sits opposite the stylish family bathroom and is perfect for the younger members of the party as it offers a set of children’s bunks suitable for children up to 5ft 2".

The master bedroom overlooks the patio garden to the front and boasts a TV and a superb super king-size double bed, also zip/link and able to convert into twin beds.

Outside, the patio garden is enclosed and offers furniture for alfresco dining, whilst just eight minutes’ walk away are the clear waters and pebbly beach at Totland Bay.

Upon walking left along the beach you’ll come to The Waterfront, ideal for a bite to eat whilst watching the sun glisten on the water, whilst walking right will take you to the lovely old pier and a year-round dog-friendly beach.

A little further afield is Colwell Bay, offering The Hut, an ever-popular café and restaurant and Freshwater is also a short walk, with many local shops for you to browse.

Alternatively, pack a picnic and take an exhilarating walk up Headon Warren to enjoy some of the island’s best views, especially at twilight when the sun is beginning to set.

With all this and more just waiting for you, this charming cottage, in a stunning location, is perfect for a holiday all year round.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king size double with TV, 1 x twin, 1 x childrens bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs (one Smart) with Freeview, WiFi, radio, iPod dock, DVD, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent (please bring own beach towels)
  • Stairgate
  • Roadside parking
  • Front enclosed patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no cats
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 6 mins walk
  • Beach 8 mins walk
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Note: This property will only accept a maximum party size of 4 adults and 2 children aged 10 and under.

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About the location


Freshwater 1 mile; Yarmouth 3 miles.

The village of Totland rests in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the west side of the Isle of Wight's beautiful coast, offering visitors local shops and pubs and spectacular unspoilt coastal scenery. The award-winning beaches of both Totland and Colwell Bay offer a range of activities, whilst a pretty footpath will take you to Freshwater in ten minutes where you will find its golf course and public swimming pool. It is also an excellent starting point for walks along the Tennyson Trail. Take a chair lift from Alum Bay and enjoy some of the wonderful views across the sand cliffs to the famous 'Needles' chalk stacks and lighthouse beyond, or explore the quaint narrow streets, ancient castle and busy harbour at Yarmouth. A great destination with plenty to see and do!

Region Information

Note: This property will only accept a maximum party size of 4 adults and 2 children.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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