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Red Rum

Newport, Isle of Wight (Ref. 1038599)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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4 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent location for exploring the isle of wight."

    Not really a criticism but could do with some cleaning equipment as after staying for a week difficult to keep tidy with just a brush and no kitchen spray etc. Communal washing machine good for doing the occasional wash. Very good base and pretty location/setting within the riding centre and love the sheep who are so friendly! Thanks for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by PhilipOct 2021

  • "People who stayed with us left after two days and we left a day early due to being covered in mosquito bites, presumably from the stagnant filthy pond/lake behind our accommodation."

    We didn’t realise the first night we arrived and had the patio doors open for the dogs to be able to go in the garden, and we had bedroom windows open as it was hot. Once we realised we were covered in bites we had to keep everything closed which wasn’t ideal, and buy medication to try and ease the pain from all the bites. On another level the crockery and cutlery were minimal and the pillows were so cheap and thin (1 inch thick) we had to buy decent pillows with filling in them. The master bathroom stank of damp, I’m guessing there’s been a leak somewhere, but we couldn’t open the window due to mossies. The bedroom hasn’t been hoovered as we felt bits on feet when bare footed. All in all not a pleasant stay, was glad to leave early.

    Reviewed by TeresaSep 2021

  • "Lovely quiet location and comfortable, warm property."

    Reviewed by HeatherJun 2021

  • "Unacceptably the cottage owners were completely uncontactable."

    We rang them on arrival day as the ferry was over 2 hours late (ferry taken out of service) and we had a food order arriving but no one answered the phone. The laundry is for the business not guests and was constantly working. It was locked closed at weekends but then failed to open on the Monday morning of our second week by which time we needed to wash essential items. So again we rang the owners and got an answer phone which said the messages were monitored and we'd get a return call in an hour- a comprehensive timed message was left but no returned call. Totally unacceptable. After several visits on Tuesday evening I caught one machine which had ended so hauled the towels out to be able to use the machine. There was no promised tumble drier and no pegs or clothes prop so had to balance items on a line to try to get them dry- unacceptable not to be able to do a wash on a 2 week holiday. The hot water stopped working on bank holiday Sunday and we had to google the boiler instructions to reset it. This again happened later in the holiday. I ran a bath but the water ran cold so it was unusable. We are trying to contact the owners to advise them to get it serviced. The cottage layout/ rooms/ sizes are excellent but the equipment needs improving. Unacceptably there is only one wardrobe in the property (with 16 hangers) for 4 adults. The second bedroom is big enough to have its own wardrobe and it was inconvenient to have those guests coming into the master bedroom to get clothing. The kitchen is poorly equiped- plates and cutlery etc for 6 only which meant hand washing up after breakfast as all crockery and cutlery was required for the evening meal and it wasn't felt appropriate to put the dishwasher on for such a small number of items. There was one small vegetable knife only- so we bought knifes to be able to meat, bread etc. There is a missing plug cover in the master shower tray leaving a large open plug hole to step over and a badly cracked floor tile in the kitchen and no chains the master bathroom plugs making them very fiddly to use- all routine maintenance issues. We stayed for 2 weeks and had to ask for fresh towels in the second week- and although I delivered the dirty towels to the laundry the fresh ones took several hours to be left outside the door. There were no cleaning products so the bathrooms were 'scummy' in the second week. So a fabulous cottage became disappointing with no response from the owners at all, having to fight for access to a washing machine and poor equipment.

    Reviewed by DeborahAug 2020

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Island Riding Centre Cottages

This charming collection of cottages can be found resting on the outskirts of Newport town, within the rural setting of the Island Riding Centre on the beautiful Isle of Wight. Each of the dwellings feature traditional stable doors and a quirky plaque telling the history of the horse in which the house is named after, giving subtle nods to its equestrian surroundings. These stylish holiday homes are complete with a well-equipped kitchen where you will discover a plethora of sleek appliances such as a contemporary electric oven and hob and a dishwasher, so there's no need to worry about who will be washing the dishes. Enjoy an entertaining evening indoors with use of the Smart TV that has been linked to the centre's WiFi, so that you can enjoy a wide selection of movies from apps such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, or indulge in some alfresco dining at the outdoor dining table that can be found in each of the properties enclosed garden. Guests have the option to bring along their own horses throughout their stay, or even learn to ride for the first time with expert trainers. Both our Frankel and Red Rum cottages can sleep up to four guests and welcome two well-behaved pets, whilst Marengo, Sefton and Seabiscuit are pet-free properties. Marengo and Seabiscuit are both accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Our Marengo cottage sleeps five guests, whilst Sefton sleeps six and Seabiscuit sleeps a total of seven guests. Designated parking can be found to the cottages with an additional general car park available by the Equestrian Centre. Whether you’re an avid horse rider or a family who seek an escape to the Isle of Wight countryside, Island Riding Centre Cottages make the perfect place to retreat with your loved ones.

The property

Resting in a rural setting within the Island Riding Centre Development is this charming, 150-year-old cottage, Red Rum.

Originally used as Victorian dairy barn, the cottage boasts plenty of character, offering a blend of contemporary and traditional features for families and couples to enjoy.

Look forward to unwinding in the open-plan living/dining area, complete with a plush settee and Smart TV so you can continue watching your favourite shows while away.

There is also the well-resourced kitchen where meals can be prepared, and a cloakroom with basin and WC.

Two tastefully presented bedrooms await upstairs, both of which are zip/link to offer flexible sleeping arrangements, and benefit from their en-suite facilities so you don’t have worry about morning queues!

Relax in the comfort of your privacy in the enclosed rear garden, which is also a perfect spot for some alfresco dining, or enjoy the landscaped gardens to the front of the cottage.

With a fully licensed equestrian centre just a moments’ walk from the cottage, what better time to learn a new skill or build on your on horse-riding ability?

Red Rum is a fabulous retreat with easy access to the amenities of Newport.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 967547, 967550, 967556, 1038599 and together can sleep a total of 26 guests.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be king-size on request) with en-suite bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime, a selection of games and WiFi
  • Communal laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Designated parking to the front of complex
  • There is now a communal electric vehicle charging point to use in the car park - this is on a first-come first-serve basis
  • Enclosed gravelled/lawned garden with table and chairs
  • Shared landscaped quadrangle garden with communal seating
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Note: Guests are welcome to bring along their own horses for the duration of their stay

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About the location


Cowes 4.6 miles; Ryde 6.7 miles; Yarmouth 9.8 miles; Ventnor 10 miles.

The bustling town of Newport is situated on the banks of the navigable River Medina, and is the county town and administrative capital of The Isle of Wight. It boasts a great shopping centre, with riverside walks and cafes, thriving arts centre and multiplex cinema, museums and parks. Being close to the centre of the island, Newport makes an excellent touring base with good road links to all the beaches, countryside and tourist attractions. Not to be missed are Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Queen Victoria's magnificent, Italianate summer home, the glorious beaches of Ryde, The Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Ventnor's Botanic Gardens, and The Needles. In fact there really is so much on offer, a week won't be nearly long enough!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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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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