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Needles Cottage

Totland Bay near Totland, Isle of Wight (Ref. 942245)

4.5

Very good

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • 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

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "Location, location, location."

    A really lovely spot if you like peace and quiet and the views are simply amazing. There are a lot of places to visit on the island and lots of good eateries - whether you want to eat out or take things back to cook yourself. There are lots of good walks too. I cannot recommend this place highly enough!

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2021

  • "The house and location was absolutely lovely, we will be back!"

    Reviewed by MeganAug 2021

  • "We had a super week in this excellent cottage."

    First and foremost is its location: not only is it a ten minute walk down to Alum Bay; not only does it have amazing views of the Needles, but you can walk in several directions directly from the door. I would recommend the stroll up Headon Heath behind the cottage for the sunsets and, if you feel up to it, along the ridge to the coastguard house or to the Tennyson Monument. We also loved the wildlife nearby, watching young foxes in their vain attempts to chase magpies and large rabbits unconcerned by them too. Skylarks and kittiwakes were plentiful also. In the cottage was everything we needed and we were grateful for the welcome pack of milk, wine etc. Super showers, efficient dishwasher … and many more features made our stay comfortable and pleasant. Yes, it could have done with more thorough cleaning in places and the lack of recycling collection was a pity, but these were minor quibbles in an otherwise wonderful cottage.

    Reviewed by RonJun 2021

  • "We have stayed here before so knew mostly what to expect."

    A few issues. We couldn't work the TV out at all. People next door came in and helped us otherwise we would have been without.no instructions available. We couldn't work out the heating. It was a bit cold at times and without instructions we were stuck.no shower mat but I took the one I bought the last time we stayed. Those flimsy perspex chairs are a mistake. Cheap and uncomfortable. Gadgets in kitchen unnecessary. One was some sort of coffee machine and the other a radio thingy. No re cycling facility. We brought ours home. But everything else fine.

    Reviewed by ChrisMay 2021

  • "A very pleasant spot."

    The accommodation was was very comfortable. The log fire was an added bonus on the chilly evenings. Excellent views of the Needles. A must do is a walk behind the cottage up the hill especially around sunset. The cottage is well placed for visiting other places of interest on the Island. A lovely peaceful setting.

    Reviewed by AdrianApr 2021

  • "Just had the cosiest week in Needles Cottage."

    We were slightly worried after booking as there are some earlier reviews questioning the cleanliness - please note these are from a while ago. I think they said there is a new management company (and has been for some time) and the cottage was absolutely spotless, so we needn't have worried - it felt very safe in these covid times. The property has amazing views over the Needles and we enjoyed every meal sitting in the lovely window seat. It's close to the Needles visitor attraction but you are unable to see it directly because of the trees. The weather was very wet with gales whilst we were there and we could not have been cosier as the wind howled outside - there is lovely woodburner & cottage is warm & brilliant for lounging about. It's excellently equipped with everything we needed & there are lovely comfy beds. We did two lovely National Trust walks straight from the door & there is a good pub 20 min or so walk which we would have walked to if not so wet! Freshwater is a short drive away or a bracing walk along the coast path. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by emmaOct 2020

  • "The cottage was very very clean, tidy and fully equipped, plus in a fantastic location with stunning views over the Needles rocks and lighthouse."

    We would highly recommend it for anyone wanting a peaceful rural stay on the Isle of Wight. 10 out of 10..........!

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2020

  • "The cottage was a really great place to stay for a family of four."

    The view was really impressive. Outside the cottage is the perfect place to sit and relax, read, eat, drink etc. It is a good base to explore the island. We liked Mottistone Gardens for a picnic and a walk, they have a big natural play area in the shade that occupied our children for a long time. Sandown Beach and Ryde are lovely big sandy beaches. Kids loved the pirate themed crazy golf by Ryde beach. Freshwater is a nice pebble beach for evening walks and watching the sunset (there is a bar too - The waterfront). The accommodation is decorated and maintained to a high standard but the basins in the bathrooms need replacing, one is missing it’s door and is water damaged. The sinks are too small. The kitchen is well equipped (useful as eating out isn’t as desirable at the moment). Sinks aside, the cottage is lovely. We normally go to Cornwall but the Isle of Wight is a much easier journey from the West Midlands and is a really beautiful place. I can imagine we will return at some point.

    Reviewed by VickyJul 2020

  • "I started our holiday by having to clean the huge amount of dust from the skirting boards , light and socket switches , this to prevent my allergy from being started."

    The cottage cleaner really does need telling as under the beds etc has not been cleaned for months. The vacuum cleaner had a packed dustbag which we changed as the floors needed attention too. The front bedroom bathroom sink smelt awful , an obvious blockage which was reported to the owner, but he stated they were going to change the sinks in the winter. So hard luck for the current occupant then who had to put up with the ghastly smell all the holiday. The twin bedded room has a musty smell which is because of the lack of air in there. I would expect Sykes management to have a word as this lets the company down badly. But as usual nothing will be done , as I notice from previous reviews the Dust has been mentioned before. Other than that, the cottage is ideal, great views and so peaceful.

    Reviewed by ChristineNov 2019

  • "The cottage facilities had just about everything."

    I suppose, to be really picky, a hot water bottle might be a welcome addition for some. However, our biggest gripe (and the reason for not rating the facilities as perfect) is the very small basins in both en-suites. They are so small as to be of very little use. It is virtually impossible to use them without slopping water over the edge - witness the water damage to the cabinets below. It would obviously be difficult to install a larger basin in one of the en-suites because the area is just too small. However, the en-suite to the front bedroom could easily accommodate a larger basin. Having said all that, the inconvenience was not great because of the excellent shower cabinets and the wonderful supply of hot water. Finally, the view from the front of the cottage was just about the best we have ever enjoyed in a self-catering rental.

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2019

  • "Although the property was generally clean, it was quite dusty in places."

    It would benefit from a thorough clean. However, overall it was a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

  • "Having read previous reviews on the cleanliness of the property , I will be honest, I was a little apprehensive about our holiday."

    Wow! What can I say. The property was clean, comfortable and as described on the website. The views........they took our breath way. A true hidden gem.

    Reviewed by JennyAug 2019

  • "We very much enjoyed this beautiful cottage in the best location I have ever seen ."

    We would definitely book this cottage again . However I was not impressed with the cleaning and maintenance of the place. Quite a few issues to address with this , basic clean only and all the soft furnishings , cushions , throws etc were not clean and either need a deep clean or throwing out and fresh things bought . We felt this let the place down a little . Maintenance team need to address both toilets and also buy some new accessories for the bathrooms .. Most things about this cottage exceeeded our expectations , a five minute leafy stroll down to the beach and local Cliff top walks . Could not have been in a better location , the views outside the cottage was breathtaking . Little or no Wi-fi reception which was a real plus for us , a completely remote place and the beauty of nature at its finest . Our children did not want to come home . Would and have highly recommended the property to friends .

    Reviewed by CharlotteMay 2019

  • "This is the first time we have used sykes cottages and have been impressed with the experience."

    We had a good range of options and the website was very easy to use. We were kept informed of all progress and will certainly use Sykes again.

    Reviewed by ShirleyFeb 2019

  • "The venue was fantastic overlooking the Needle’s and very comfortable."

    Unfortunately when we arrived it was far from clean thick layer of dust everywhere cobwebs at the windows and cleaning material left on lounge table. Have used Sykes meny times so I know this is not how there properties are normally presented. I would still use Sykes cottages.

    Reviewed by RichardDec 2018

  • "One of the best holiday cottages we have ever rented."

    The view was just amazing. In the evening we had Alum Bay and surroundings on our own. The cottage was clean and well equipped. We want to come back one day.

    Reviewed by DanielaAug 2018

  • "Generally nice cottage."

    Probably the best view on the Island. Would have been nice to have had a toilet roll in each toilet when we arrived, and a slightly better welcome pack on arrival. The sinks in the ensuite are far to small. you could definitely get a larger one in the double bedroom. My husband struggled to shave, and clean our teeth. The key safe needs changing, we struggled to get in or out. It would have been nice to have some garden chairs to sit on at the front, the wonky picnic bench was ok but not comfortable.. directions for using the hob were not to clear, took a while to manage to use.

    Reviewed by LyndaJul 2018

  • "The views from the cottage were amazing and the interior was beautiful."

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2017

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The property

A character well-presented, recently modernised coastal cottage in overlooking The Needles and Alum Bay the location of Totland Bay near Totland on the Isle of Wight, within a 15 minute drive from Yarmouth Ferry.

Situated on the private, Headon Hall estate, within easy access to the beaches and with fantastic stunning sea and surrounding views, making this a wonderful place for a family beach seaside getaway. All accommodation is on the ground floor.

On entry to the property you will notice the original character features of the high ceilings and the feature fireplace.

There is a well-equipped fitted kitchen with everything needed to prepare some lovely home-cooked meals.

This then leads into the spacious sitting room with plenty of comfy seating in front of a welcoming woodburner together with FreeSat TV and Blu-ray player. There is a dining table and chairs which are set in the bay window with beautiful far-reaching coastal views of The Needles.

There are two en-suite bedrooms, one with a king size bed, the other can be either twin or super king-size with each having its own bathroom, giving extra flexibility.To the outside is a good-sized patio garden to the front with a fully enclosed rear patio, together with access to private communal grounds which is fully enclosed giving a good place for the kids to explore and let off some steam.

There is some garden furniture and a picnic bench to relax with a glass of something chilled whilst enjoying the views.

Within a short walk are the beaches to enjoy with plenty of attractions including boat charters, kayaking, sailing, sea fishing and scuba diving to name a few, as well as stunning walks, cycling and golf.

Freshwater is not too far away, with many local shops, restaurants and cafés to explore.

Further inland, there is horse riding, golf, stunning walks on adjacent National Trust land and mountain biking, making sure there is something for everyone.

A lovely cottage, in a wonderfully convenient coastal location that can be enjoyed all year round

Summary

  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
  • Electric central heating with woodburner and underfloor heating in the kitchen
  • Electric oven and hob, combi microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, Blu-ray, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking in private car park roughly 100 metres away
  • Guests can load and offload luggage on grass by cottage
  • Enclosed patio garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Beach 5 mins walk
  • Note: Check-in 4pm
  • Please note there are 8 to 10 steps at front to access property with a hand rail to one side
  • No disabled access

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About the location

TOTLAND

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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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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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