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Sweet Briars

Chale, Isle of Wight (Ref. 948970)

4.3

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "Thankyou for a lovely stay."

    We loved the peaceful house and the beautiful garden.

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2022

  • "This was a clean and comfortable house to stay in with a wonderful large peaceful garden full of unexpected nooks and crannies."

    Everything we needed was there and we were nicely placed to visit the island. A large cooking apple tree was a bonus and meant we could make Blackberry and apple crumbles galore with the the windfalls and blackberries from the hedgerows. Would go again...

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "A beautiful, good size and well equipped house in a great location."

    We had a wonderful few days sharing time with family round the great size dining table and in the local pub which is within a very short walk.

    Reviewed by ZoeAug 2021

  • "It is an excellent well appointed and interesting house."

    The garden is superb and the only thing our grandchildren found missing was a dinosaur.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2021

  • "Very nice property and well equipped ."

    Responses to questions from the owners were excellent. Well positioned for exploring the IOW. Only negative was the cleanliness could be better. One bedside locker was covered in dust, bathroom mould and plant runners growing through lounge window frame. We would happily stay here again.

    Reviewed by KeithJun 2021

  • "It was difficult to get hold of you on the phone following the booking confirmation."

    We had some questions about the property. You ignored our e mail asking the same questions and the owner ignore our letter sent to the property. The propertywas ok and the location was excellent, the best thing about it was the garden. The household rubbish remained at the property for the whole time we were there causing a fly problem. When we arrived both the bins were overflowing and there were other bags placed by the sides. We had nowhere to put our refuse. The double beds were small and uncomfortable and the edges of the mattresses sank when you got in. The decisdion to withdraw the BBQ and towels at short notice was just a money saving ploy on behalf of the owner, using Covid 19 as the excuse. Notice of the fact that the dog had to stay in the scullery or the garden all the time or we had to book him into a kennels was given 72 hours before we arrived. The table in the garden was not large enough to seat six let alone eight and there were only four upright chairs. Luckily we had enquired about chairs and as the answere was ambiguous, we brought two camping chairs which enabled us to eat outside. We bought a new BBQ and brought this with us. The kitchen was easy to prepare meals in and everything worked. The washing and drying facilities in the laundry room also functioned but we discovered a massive build up of fluff in the dryer filter( which had clearly never been emptied) This was a fire waiting to happen. There was nothing in the publicity to suggest that you had to duck under every doorway or which there were many. If this property is to be advertised for 8 people then it needs to be stocked and furnished for 8 .Althought there were leaflets about the local area, there was no information about where the nearest shop was etc.Only a brief mention about a pub a short walk up the road. We have stayed at many properties on the IOW and this one failed to meet our expectations.

    Reviewed by MarcusJul 2020

  • "Great location and lovely cottage"

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2020

  • "The room with the extension can be cold, and damp is visible when cold and wet outside."

    Think this is in the extension bit, but the rest of of the accommodation is excellent!

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2020

  • "We had a great holiday at Sweet Briars ."

    It was a very good location with good local walks and interesting places within easy reach . The house was clean and comfortable . The garden is beautiful and private. It was easy to contact the owners and communication was good . However ,there were a few things not working in the house . The dishwasher was broken.We could get it to clean by not using the soap dispenser , but leaving the soap on top of the cutlery basket . Looking at reviews , this was mentioned in May , but not dealt with! The coffee machine did not work.This meant 5 adults taking in turns to share a one pot cafetierre. We could not get the record player to work. We did not find the house dog friendly as dog was confined to small utility room which unsettled her. We also have not stayed in a holiday house without a welcome pack before as another reviewer mentioned. I have listed the above as they do need to be dealt with , but it did not spoil our time there.

    Reviewed by MatildaAug 2019

  • "Lovely holiday cottage which accommodated 2 families easily Didn’t find ..."

    Lovely holiday cottage which accommodated 2 families easily Didn’t find parking a problem Garden is absolutely stunning and children loved playing in it for hours We are a tall family so a few bumps on heads on doorways Windows are low down (and not lockable) which was a bit of a concern for our 3 year old Overall beautiful cottage and we had a fantastic stay

    Reviewed by AnnaAug 2019

  • "Cottage really difficult to find as when approaching from Chale Street sign is not visible, when approached in other direction house sign is virtually covered by ( beautiful) flowers ."

    Looking at the main picture on the website of Sweet Briars I wrongly thought the sea could be seen from the cottage , think this was possibly an aerial picture. Nevertheless was good to lie in bed and observe the farmers and their cattle in the fields.. First time I have ever been to a self catering accommodation and not been welcomed by a small pack of essentials for arrival. Not ready impressed with list of don’t s in information leaflet in cottage. Beautiful gardens, lovingly tendered with a resident partridge visiting daily. Busy road with no pavement outside I would be nervous visiting with young children . Owner friendly when I phoned for information.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2019

  • "This is the first place visited with no welcome pack not even a teaspoon of milk no book telling you when to put bins out there was a mobile fish & chip van at village shop one night handy to know we found out when we passed it one good thing pub only 5mins walk food very good would not class as dog friendly confining to small room."

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "Loved the cottage and garden."

    The dishwasher didn’t seem to be working properly as the cover for the dishwasher tablet was broke. It was a shame there was no garden furniture or slide as mentioned. The main problem we felt was the driveway which was mentioned as steep and it was a challenge so therefore I think it should be mentioned in the property details so people are aware.

    Reviewed by LyndaMay 2019

  • "A wonderful spot close to the sea and surrounded by beautiful countryside."

    Clean and comfortable cottage

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and the facilities were excellent."

    There were however aspects of the property which we could have done with knowing about beforehand. These are not criticisms, they are part of the charm of the place, but we could have done with knowing about them. First, the drive up to the cottage is very steep and comes off a bend in the road, so it is always necessary to have a person guide a car our. There is a mirror opposite the driveway, but it cannot be seen at night. Second, the ceilings in the cottage are very low, and there is always a step down into a room. This means that tall people are likely to bang their heads on the lintels of the doors. All in all, we had a lovely time at Sweet Briars,and would thoroughly recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by FindelvhDec 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely and the garden was excellent!"

    Lovely place to stay for a family.

    Reviewed by JennieAug 2018

  • "Difficulty in reversing off sloping drive - on bend."

    Kitchen needs to be near dining room.

    Reviewed by TracyAug 2018

  • "What a wonderful cottage."

    Brilliant location, fabulous cottage. Holiday was perfect, would recommend it to anyone who was visiting the island

    Reviewed by KateApr 2017

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Summary

  • Four bedrooms: 3 x double (one with dressing room and en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Snug with woodburner
  • Oil fired central heating with woodburner and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Travel cot, stairgate and highchair
  • Fuel, power and wood for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own beach towels
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with summerhouse, furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.2 miles, pub/restaurant 3 minutes walk
  • Note: There is a step down and low head room to the family bathroom
  • Note: This property has £250.00 Good Housekeeping Bond

The property

A wonderful coast and country family home with spectacular nurtured gardens in the village of Chale on the South West coast of the Isle of Wight.

Traditionally laid out with a lovely country kitchen fitted with all required appliances, with a back door into the garden.

Walk through the snug with its comfortable seating and woodburner into the main spacious sitting room which comes complete with an open fire with large comfortable sofas to help you unwind whilst taking in the breathtaking views.

Adjoining the sitting room is a cosy dining room which comfortably seats eight around a large table and with the original Georgian fireplace and even more great views there is plenty to talk about over dinner.

The utility room comes with a washing machine, a hand basin and drying facilities and has plenty of room to hang coats and dry boots!

There is also an adjoining downstairs cloakroom near to the back door, which opens up on to the garden.

Don’t leave Sweet Briars without taking advantage of the south west views from the conservatory and watch one of the sunsets on this beautiful island.

Upstairs are four generous bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower and all are beautifully decorated to a high standard, with pretty crisp linen and matching soft furnishings.

The family bathroom has superb views of the garden, beautifully fitted with a delightful claw foot bath.

Outside there is a stunning lawn and planted cottage garden with furniture, BBQ and summerhouse.

Chale offers some amazing downland and coastal walks, all within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which can be directly accessed from your front door.

Just down the road from Sweet Briars is the award-winning pub/restaurant The Wight Mouse, sit outside and enjoy a cool drink after your busy day exploring the island and experience some of the most stunning colourful skies as the sun sets over the horizon.

For the more adventurous why not try your hand at some paragliding, or take a short drive along the coast to Brook Beach for some exhilarating kite surfing.

Sweet Briars is perfect all year round for friends and family wishing to relax in the heart of the countryside while being moments from the most picturesque coastline and beaches on the island.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location

CHALE

Ventnor 6.5 miles; Newport 9.5 miles; Yarmouth 13.5 miles; Fishbourne 14.2 miles; Cowes 14.5 miles.

Ideal for those seeking a mix of coast and country, Chale is a picturesque farming village, nestled at the foot of St Catherine’s Down on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The village itself offers an award-winning pub/restaurant with an excellent children’s play area, and breathtaking coastal and downland walks, especially to the 35ft-tall octagonal tower ‘St Catherine's Oratory’, locally known as the Pepper Pot. This medieval lighthouse was built in 1312 and is believed to be one of the oldest in Britain. The area of National Trust land around the Pepper Pot is a walker's and birdwatcher’s paradise, as the birds can be observed at eye level. Outstanding sunsets looking towards The Needles are quite a sight. Nearby you'll discover some of the island’s best sandy beaches, perfect for swimming, surfing and of course fossil collecting, where you might even discover the odd dinosaur footprint or two. Close by is Blackgang Chine, the island's premier family attraction and to the north is Osborne House, the former royal residence of Queen Victoria. Experience royal family life as you tour the nursery and private rooms of Victoria and Albert and their children. Wonder at the magnificence of the Royal Apartments including the sumptuous drawing and dining rooms, and the Indian-inspired Dubar Room. Stunning grounds looking out onto The Solent can be explored via a horse-drawn carriage or on foot.

Region Information

Note: This property has £250.00 Good Housekeeping Bond.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas