- Off road parking
- Ground floor bedroom
- Garden / Patio
- Pub/shop < 1 mile
Reviews & Ratings
24 Customer Reviews
"Excellent holiday rent"
"A comfortable cottage."
The location is excellent and is set facing a quiet courtyard which is very attractive. Well equipped and certainly good for the two of us. Everything functioned well although we didn't have to test the heating during our stay. The 3rd & 4th beds in the 2nd bedroom are bunk beds and only suitable I would say for children. Also storage would be an issue for more than 2 people and a longer stay. We were able to store our suitcases in the second bedroom. The closeness to the main road (main bedroom) wasn't such an issue as it looked and we were not disturbed by traffic that there was. We experienced no adverse reaction to parking as others have alluded to although on most occasions when we returned from a day out, the existing parking arrangements didn't provide a space for us. Clearly some people here have their favourite spot and stick to it. Nevertheless we parked in the lane safely enough. The lack of wifi/broandband is nowadays unusual I would say. Didn't spoil our stay of course but a weathered eye on data usage was needed - even the most basic of internet speed would have been welcome.
"Very nice accommodation."
Good position near Freshwater. May well book this again Sept 2023.
Great location. Quiet and peaceful. Well equipped. Clean and tidy.
"No WiFi and backed onto busy road"
"Accommodation clean and tidy but quite basic."
Bed and sofas rather uncomfortable. No internet connection made checking on attractions, restaurants and making bookings very difficult. Ideal location for fantastic walks.
"No internet no wifi Mobile reception is relay poor ."
No allocated parking . Bath room is too small. It was not ideal for my family . May be good for couples. The area is good for walking . Beach is in walk able distance .
"The property is just what it shows on the website."
The cottage is comfy itself and clean. The kitchen looks refurnished and in a good condition. The Cookware/dishes/utensils are more than we could use. The cottage doesn’t provide several facilities, such as washing machine, WiFi and hair dryer, which honestly aren’t listed on the website but we personally thought should have been included for a better staying experience. The previous parking problem didn’t happen to us and all the windows have curtains and roller blinds to provide more privacy. The hosts responds quickly. The instructions to equipments and several entertainment nearby are kindly provided in a folder inside the cottage.
"Whilst we had a pleasant enough holiday, unfortunately there were several issues with Afton Dairy Cottage that would stop me from choosing to return, or recommending it to others, until they are addressed."
There is a main road passing right outside the main bedroom window which was not obvious from the description. The property really needs some better glazing to help with soundproofing as the level of noise was unreasonable, particularly early in the mornings. It also meant the room could get quite stuffy on hotter nights as we couldn’t leave the window open due to noise. Whilst the property is advertised as having off-road parking, there is no allocated space for the property and instead shares a communal car park. There were several nights where we were unable to get a space in the car park and ended up having to park on the road – not the end of the world, but we felt the description was a bit misleading. Finally there were various other smaller issues that added up and left us feeling corners had been cut and was not up to the same standard we have experienced from Sykes in the past. Some tatty paintwork and tired looking commercial style carpets in the bedrooms, several windows with blown double glazing, gutters leaking directly over the front door and outside the kitchen window in heavy rain, uncomfortable mattress, and pretty unusual for a property to not include Wifi in this day and age. It was a shame to have these issues as otherwise the property was in a nice setting and conveniently located for various local activities, and has the potential to be a much nicer stay if the above points could be addressed.
"We really enjoyed this cottage, it was well equipped and clean, with a lovely gift of strawberries and cream on arrival."
I did think it was part of a dairy farm but it's not it's a small community of cottages and houses. We tried to be respectful to the other residents who live there when having BBQ in communal gardens. The walk to freshwater bay over the hills was lovely and great that the needles breezer open top bus stop was right outside the cottage.
"Although the accommodation itself was great, the set up in a communal residence for a holiday let didn’t really work."
The other residents made us feel uncomfortable and created an unpleasant atmosphere with petty remarks about the parking. They clearly resented the holiday let. There are lots of pictures of extensive grounds which are misleading as there isn’t anywhere to sit which is private. The one day I sat outside to read a book I had instant grief about where we had parked by a rude and aggressive neighbour. We had parked in a perfectly acceptable spot!
"Really nice cottage in superb location and setting."
Spacious, well stocked with equipment. Only slight negative would be less than comfy sofas (good for young people, less so for us oldies!!). But overall very good and we'd recommend.
"Very comfortable and very clean accommodation contained everything you could need for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday."
Plenty of amenities nearby.
"The noise of the road is far beyond any expectation."
Triple glaze should be a minimum, or the price lowered significantly to represent the low quality of the holiday. Wifi, DVD player, furniture to properly put your clothe, washing machine, coffee press, electric plug for razors should be basic items provided for a property of that price. It gives the impression all is done to make money, but customer experience is not taken into account. Value for money was really poor and i wouldn’t recommend the property. Finally, I raised my dissatisfaction calling Sykes and was told i would be called back but it never happened. When i called back i was told there would be no compensation for the poor experience we had, which doesnt seem to be aligned with Sykes Cottages standard. Regards, Jean
"The traffic from the main road in the morning starts at 5 am its unbearable."
The beds were uncomfortable and hard needs refurbing in both bedrooms with better furnishings no draw space in the rooms. Other to that kitchen is well equipped, parking was fine no issues on. Bathroom is lovely. Just needs a little refurb. Enjoyed our holiday
"The cottage was nice and clean and well located."
However, the exact location was not made clear at the time of booking, it is located in a small community of permanent, elderly residents. Consequently we felt very uncomfortable here, particularly during the C-19 situation. The residents appeared to resent the holiday cottage being there so we didn't feel comfortable using the external, communal garden. I think the cottage's location in a community of elderly people should be made clearer. I contacted Sykes cottages by messenger on the Sunday after we arrived to raise this concern (your helplines are closed on that day). I didn't receive any reply. In addition, the parking at the cottage was a nightmare. Too many cars for the houses within the community. Again, no hint of this when booking.
"Brilliant place to stay, slightly unfortunate having to park across a busy road, ..."
Brilliant place to stay, slightly unfortunate having to park across a busy road, but apart from the that it was fantastic
"Really lovely cottage, perfect for us - a couple with a baby."
Very conveniently located to lots of attractions, pub and shop. Would recommend this place as a good base, with all your needs.
"Having the bedroom next to a main road and close to a bend was a little bit a worry."
Maybe some sort of crash barrier on the edge of the road.Just a point i would like to make but other wise we had a great holiday.
"Car parking a total nightmare, residents not at all happy with holiday let's and were not afraid to make their feelings known."
We were super careful not to tread on toes but there is not enough space. Cottage did smell damp which could be explained by roof tiles in guttering. No net curtains so was like a goldfish bowl. Curtains did not meet so had cheap roller blind behind in lounge which came off wall, can't open window in bedroom as opened straight on to pavement and would obstruct. Road right by window so they could see straight in unless curtains closed as no nets/blind. Made nights stuffy, if curtains open kept awake by noise and headlights . Settees awful, needed to sit on scatter cushions to avoid wooden bit at front and sinkage. Real shame as a few tweaks could make a big difference as is a nice properly in lovely area
I have taken some of the comments onboard and taken action accordingly. Two additional blinds have been purchased for the main bedroom in the property, one which is a â€œwhite voileâ€ which provides some privacy in daylight hours and an additional black out blind to compliment the existing curtains to enable any external lights to be eradicated. The parking issue has been removed by clearing the garage to allow parking by guests in the garage during busier times. Steps have also been taken to make the property even more comfortable and a welcome pack is provided for guests. Property Owner
"Staff at Sykes always friendly and efficient, prices are competitive."
Cottage was well equipped and modern, but it took us most of the week to overcome the smell of damp in the bedrooms. Sheets etc were clean but duvets, pillows, sheets, curtains and carpets all smelled of damp. Mattresses weren’t very comfy either. We found other bedding and linen which helped, weather was good so we had the windows wide open and used scented candles. It was a shame because the location was perfect for cycle routes, Black Gand Chine, Needles, garlic farm and Carisbrook castle which we really enjoyed. The pub down the road is friendly, welcoming to children and the food delicious in pretty surroundings. We had no problem with parking as cited in other reviews or traffic noise as we were out all day and hardly any traffic at night. The communal front gardens are pretty and we enjoyed several glasses of wine sitting on the sunshine at the end of busy days. New duvets, pillows, mattresses and a carpet clean would make this cottage perfect.
"Arrived to find there is no parking for this property and although there is a garage listed holding garden furniture there was no key for it."
Luckilly there is a lane opposite to park in but not at all adequate when unloading holiday supplies. Once in the property the floor was dirty, cobwebs all over the floor and walls plus cutlery and chinaware all dirty. Unacceptable start to a holiday. The place itself was adequate but excessive road noise all through the night.
"Afton Dairy Cottage was a very clean, cozy cottage in a great location."
The cottage is a lot smaller than the photos portray but there were only 2 of us so that was fine. It would be useful to have a few more details in the cottage manual eg how the heating works (how the main heating thermostat worked was a mystery to us and we didn't have time/inclination to go through a whole manual!), 'rules/etiquette' about the parking arrangements would have been useful (the spot we thought we should have used, was taken twice whilst we were there, so we had to park elsewhere, slightly concerned that we could upset permanent residents), no details about what to do with rubbish were provided so we left the bin full, a few welcoming touches - a couple of dishwasher sachets, a loo roll, some extra blankets (it was extremely cold so both the bunk bed duvets had to be used on one bed) would have been nice. Also I think you should emphasise that there is no wi-fi provided - whilst not listed as an amenity it is almost regarded as a given these days so just some clarification in the property details is useful. We were not on holiday, more a working trip, so basically just eating and sleeping at Afton Dairy Cottage so it suited our needs more than adequately.
"Information regarding parking was inaccurate which caused a serious problem with the neighbours."
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- All ground floor
- Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x bunk beds
- Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
- Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
- Gas central heating
- Electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher, TV with Freeview
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own beach towels
- Off road parking for 1 car
- Garage for bikes and surfboard storage
- Communal front lawned garden
- Sorry, no pets and no smoking
- Shop 1 mile, pub 9 mins walk
- Beach 12 mins walk
- Note: There is garden furniture in the garage
- Please note* This property is suitable for a maximum of two adults and two children
This well-presented terraced cottage is situated within a charming mews, in the hamlet of Afton, near the village of Freshwater Bay on the west coast of the Isle of Wight.
This cottage has been tastefully furnished throughout to provide light and airy accommodation and is perfect for families wishing to holiday by the sea, with some of the best beaches on the Isle of Wight within easy reach.
Walk through the porch into a lovely open plan living area, with cosy seating, and a modern fitted kitchen which encompasses an L-shaped island unit and seating; perfect for a romantic candle lit dinner for two, or for a family supper whilst discussing your next day’s activities.
To your right is the family bathroom, with a shower over the bath.
Next door to this is an adult bunk bedroom, and finally the master double bedroom.
Outside the front door is a communal lawned garden and a garage that can be used for the safe keeping of any outdoor equipment and also stores the outside table and chairs.
Afton boasts stunning bird life within its marshes and an extremely challenging downlands golf course, which offers striking views and breathtaking sunsets across the Channel.
Just outside Afton is Tennyson Down where you can take a picnic up to Tennyson Monument to relax and let your senses come to life, with the simplicity and beauty of the translucent sea and clean air.
Walk towards the Causeway, where you will find bridleways taking you along the River Yar.
A visit to Yarmouth to sample some of the island’s best pubs, restaurants, delis and boutique shops, is a must.
If you’re looking for a truly relaxing holiday, then this cottage is for you.
This is a true buckets and spades holiday that can be enjoyed all year round.
About the location
Yarmouth 3 miles; Cowes 16 miles; Fishbourne 16 miles; Ryde 18 miles.
Freshwater is situated at the western tip of the Isle of Wight and consists of Freshwater Village and Freshwater Bay. Freshwater village offers a good selection of small independent shops, cafes and the West Wight Sports Centre and Indoor Swimming Pool. The magnificent high chalk cliffs, rolling downs and delightful beaches at Freshwater Bay and nearby Compton Bay attract many visitors and surfers all year round. The renowned Freshwater Bay Golf Club, which overlooks the English Channel has stunning coastal sea views from most tees and offers a superb day out for golfers of all abilities, whilst the area is a haven for birdwatchers, cyclists and walkers with many wonderful walks to be enjoyed not only on West Wight but across the entire Isle of Wight criss-crossing over a much varied island landscape. Locally, Afton Down (the location of the famous 1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival), and Tennyson Down are the most popular walks. At the foot of Tennyson Down is the Dimbola Museum and Photographic Galleries. The Needles Pleasure Park at Alum Bay with its coloured sand cliffs and chairlift to the beach is just south west of Freshwater, plus a little further afield on the north coast of the Isle of Wight is the premier yachting centre of Cowes. Osborne House (the former home of Queen Victoria) is located at East Cowes. The nearby Farringford Hotel on the edge of Freshwater Bay was once the home of the British Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and many notable poets, authors and painters have been attracted to the area of West Wight over the years. With the seaside town of Yarmouth close by with its busy harbour and pier, shops, inns, eateries and impressive Tudor castle, this is an ideal base for an enjoyable holiday.
Please note* This property is suitable for a maximum of two adults and two children
This property offers the following short breaks:
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