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Little Duxmore Barn

(Ref. 974434)

Ryde, Isle of Wight Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Really lovely quiet location."

    Comfortable beds, good cooker with all basic cooking equipment. Loved the layout and space it provided. One down side was the bathrooms. There was a notice in the downstairs bathroom asking us not to use the shower. The upstairs shower had a good powerful head but the cubicle was very small, which made it awkward for the older member of the party!! One shower for 8 people is difficult and I think this needs looking at. Otherwise a very enjoyable stay and we would definitely return.

    Thx for the feedback. The house has an upstairs standard size shower in the bathroom and a downstairs bathroom with a bath, an over bath shower (with curtain) and a handheld shower off the bath taps. There is NOT a sign saying do not use the downstairs shower. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Sep 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay, especially if you have a dog."

    Plenty of safe space for your dog to roam and lots of public footpaths to use. Games room great for kids/teens. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Would recommend shanklin (near shanklin chine) for dogs on the beach. Lots to do in IOW and all in short driving distance. If there was a hot tub, we would be back over Christmas!

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Jul 2023

  • "The accommodation was exactly as we had expected."

    The barn is light, airy and comfortable. The down stairs over the bath shower was broken, we informed the owner and the cleaner was supposed to leave a note. Nothing was done about it during our stay. The beds were very comfy, it's so quiet we all slept incredibly well. The garden is fantastic. Our dogs loved it. Sadly the weather wasn't great so we were unable to enjoy it. But we made use of the games room which is a great addition. The wild life in and around the garden is amazing. Red Squirrels, Woodpeckers, Herons and numerous birds of prey. The only negative comment would be concerning the road leading to the barn, it's full of pot holes and definitely needs repairing. All in all we loved it, and would happily return.

    Thank you for feedback. The shower situation had now been resolved. The property has an upstairs bathroom with shower. The downstairs bathroom has a free standing bath with a shower (with curtain) over it along with a handheld shower off the taps. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deb4.4Apr 2023

  • "Sign posting the footpaths could be improved to ensure you do not walk on private property"

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.1Mar 2023

  • "We had an amazing time in this cottage at Christmas."

    Two sitting spaces made it perfect for people to play games/ have space / read and watch TV if there are different preferences. Dining areas great size too. Highly recommended for a fun filled family Xmas!

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful barn, Fantastic games room."

    Will be returning next year

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely setting for property."

    Kitchen has very little worktop area for size of house. Smoke detector is set of by frying on stove. Inadequate extraction in kitchen. Needs decorating and could be cleaner, tile grouting in shower unsightly. Windows also very dirty. We enjoyed stay and walks in the area. Plenty of games and great barn for pool, table tennis etc. We had no dog with us, but lawn had dog faeces on it.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Sep 2022

  • "This is our 3rd stay in 3 years."

    The barn and location are perfect for our family. Other guests have mentioned the flooding from the main bathroom shower and this is still happening and does cause water to seep into the lounge, which is a slip hazard and really does need to be addressed. The plastic garden chairs are broken and unusable and dangerous and again really do need to be replaced urgently before someone gets hurt. Apart from the above, we had another lovely stay and can’t wait to come back.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your third stay with us. We appreciate you booking so many times with us. The shower is over a stand alone bath and we provide this to give extra flexiblity to customers. There is a shower curtain to use to prevent any issues. Thank you for your comments, we will address these straight away and look forward to you coming back again in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda4.1Sep 2022

  • "The barn was fantastic!"

    We all loved it, the garden was large and secure, the games room entertained the teens for hours, the house was lovely, the beds were comfortable and everything was well presented. Kitchen was well equipped. I loved that the house had 2 separate upstairs bits. The bath took a while to run, but you could just set it running a bit earlier to solve that problem. The bad reviews I felt were really clutching at straws. I dont know what some people expect when they go away, especially to a dog friendly family sized house. The only small issues were the showers: the downstairs one got water everywhere somehow, and the upstairs one didnt work. If we were to return to IOW I would definitely use this place as a base; it's a fantastic location down a dirt track and away from other people, so you can have music on and play outside later without worrying about annoying people. It's easy to get anywhere on the island aswell, nowhere seemed to take longer than 45 minutes to get to.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the property and your stay. The showers are in perfect working order. The downstairs shower is over a free standing bath. We provide this to give extra flexibility to customers and leave a shower curtain to prevent the water from escaping. Once again, thank you for your comments. We really appreciate you booking with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2022

  • "We stayed here 3 years ago and loved the place."

    Unfortunately the place is tired and now needs some tlc. Broken wine glasses, broken outdoor furniture which resulted in my sons girlfriend having hot tea spilt over her. Wet floor in the downstairs bathroom when using the shower (needs mastic). Hot tap fitting broken. Upstairs shower trips , cleaning not up to standard, loads of insects . Upstairs rooms need a fan...mouse in main bedroom upstairs.

    Hi Thank you for raising these issues. They have been passed onto the property management and have been addressed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona2.5Jul 2022

  • "1. The dishwasher cutlery tray was missing, so we had to wash up our cutlery after every meal."

    2. Cushions were covered in dog hairs. We were not pleased to find dog hairs in our clothes. 3. We got a lot of interference on the TV. There were no instructions to help us make adjustments. 4. The home information pack told us that bags with drawstrings would be left in the kitchen for us to put bedding etc in at the end of our stay, but no such bags were to be found. 5. The hot tap on the basin in the downstairs bathroom is broken, probably because it was installed wrongly in the first place, turning on clockwise and off anti-clockwise. 6. The bathroom floor floods whenever someone has a shower, so we have to be on our hands and knees mopping up afterwards. (We do know to keep the shower cutain inside the bath at all times.) I'm not going to ask for a full refund but I do think that these complaints should be recognised financially, perhaps half the cost.

    Hi Thank you for taking the time to raised issues. The dishwasher is new this year (2022) and has a pullout cutlery try at the top of it - no basket needed. The hot tap was not broken - some taps turn one way and some taps turn another. The issue with lack of bags was addressed during your stay my my property manager - it was just an oversight by the cleaners. The TV and shower both seemed to be fine after your stay so we are not sure what the issue was here. Regardless, we have addressed all the issues raised and checked everthing over. Thank you Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hugo2.2May 2022

  • "Found the cleanliness of the property very poor."

    We cleaned the fridge, toilets, floors, unit tops on arrival. The cushions and furniture were covered in dog hair so did not use the main sitting room. The downstairs shower flooded onto the floor even with the shower curtain round, so mopped for a second time! Real shame as the location and quiet was lovely and the games barn perfect. However, do not forget any belongings as I did and after two and a half weeks I got it posted back on 2nd class unrecorded post and with no contents.

    Reviewed by Jini2.8May 2022

  • "We had a great time at the Barn with six adults, two dogs and a baby."

    The Barn was clean and well equipped with a large enclosed garden where the dogs could run around in. The games barn was great to play table tennis, pool or table football in the evenings. The Barn is on a Farm/Nature reserve so is rural and nice and quiet. The track leading to it is unmade and fairly long, so you need to drive slowly but we had no problems with three cars.

    Reviewed by Barry4.7May 2022

  • "Lillie duxmore barns was perfect clean fresh bedding and towels all facilities were spot on , the outside play room a bonus and the garden area with inclosed fencing perfect for dogs , very happy holiday."

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Apr 2022

  • "The enclosed garden was fine for the dogs"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic stay, the children loved the games, plenty of space, clean and comfortable."

    Perfect for the dog aswell.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Feb 2022

  • "Great place and great location which will be even better when the recently-designated nature reserve is established."

    Really comfy bed. Well-equipped. Some things need attention. Access was one star: difficult to open the key store in the gloaming in early February and no heating, so the house like an ice box. Heating timing apparently not working. Insulation clearly not good: temperature dropped immediately when heating was off. Cleaning poor: mouse droppings in two rooms and dog hair around the sitting room. Dishwasher on the blink (no rinse!?) and no rinse in the cupboard. No instructions to sort out dishwasher or how to figure out the tv system (Now is useless if you can’t find a way to log in). It would have been helpful to have been provided with more / up-to-date information about the island, especially walking. Very easy wi-if access. Fantastic for a family or two families in summer. A bit more problematic in winter. Nonetheless, a fun stay.

    Hi Thank you for raising these issues. There are lights in the playbarn where the key safe is and the light switch is right next to the key safe. There are full instructions for the boiler/heating even though the property only has a few radiators off the boiler (boiler is mainly for water). Every bedroom upstairs and every bathroom has an electric radiator which can be swtiched on and and left on with temperature control on the unit. Also there is a wood burning stove which works extremely well to heat the whole property. There is no need to log into the TV. Just find the right source/input for the freeview box. We have since replaced the dishwasher and dealt with the mouse :). Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Feb 2022

  • "Everything was lovely."

    Very warm when we needed the heating on. Very peaceful. Had everything we needed for a comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Debra4.4Oct 2021

  • "Following 2 weeks of storms, the track is now only 4 wheel drive friendly."

    The hot water tap in the kitchen cannot be regulated and goes to full power unexpectedly. The bathroom tap was loose and leaking. A plumber was called and the problem solved efficiently by Sykes. 1 guest slipped and fell on mossy pathway at rear of house, probably not a normal issue but gutters did not cope with the rainfall. We had read reviews of a small kitchen so were prepared, however, it was the lack of storage space for food that was a problem. Only 1 small cupboard in the kitchen was available for storage, all the others were filled with an unnecessary abundance of crockery. There was a lack of storage space in 2 of the smaller bedrooms. The ground floor bedroom only had a small understairs wardrobe, a bedside cabinet with 2 small drawers and a small dresser with 2 small drawers, difficult for 2 adults. A lot of our clothes had to be stored on the window ledges. The small upstairs bedroom only had a chest of drawers which we couldn't access because we had to put up a travel cot in that room. All toddlers clothes were laid out on the spare bed which wasn't too much of a problem, but might not be quite as acceptable for older people using that room. We loved the space both inside and out. The location was quiet and close to walks. Contacted Sykes re the possibility of an external washing line rather than using the tumble dryer, with 8 people this would not have been environmentally friendly. We were pleasantly surprised to find, on our arrival, that a line had been installed, plus pegs. We were staying for 2 weeks and were pleasantly surprised that after the first week, someone came in to change bedding and towels. The only thing that would prevent us from using this holiday venue again was the narrow lane that leads to the track because there are few passing places and there were often bottle necks where we had to spend a lot of time either reversing or waiting for other people to reverse. Whilst this was frustrating, it wasn't as frustrating as coping with people who didn't seem to appreciate that you have to slow down on small country lanes when you cannot see around a bend.

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Jul 2021

  • "If you are uncomfortable around spiders, are allergic to grass pollen or your car is particularly low-slung, it may not be the property for you."

    Otherwise this lovely, spacious, well-appointed barn sitting in a large enclosed garden provides a perfect setting for a family or group holiday. The splendid isolation makes it a tranquil location yet still handy for getting pretty much all around the island. We enjoyed trips to the beach, the steam railway, the Needles, Osborne House, the Roman Villa and the Garlic Farm. We were surprised there was no 'welcome pack' in a property of this calibre but would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jun 2021

  • "Had a fabulous week at Little Duxmore Barn."

    Superb location, great for dog walking and completely enclosed for dogs in the garden. The Barn was like home from home, well equipped and very comfortable. Thank you

    Reviewed by Anne-marie5.0May 2021

  • "Little Duxmore is a beautiful little converted barn is an excellent location for country walks and a short drive to the sea."

    It was well stocked with kitchen utensils, games, etc. Would love to come back again. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Apr 2021

  • "We had a fantastic time staying at Little Duxmore Barn."

    It was a beautiful, peaceful setting with so much space and really made our holiday feel special. The amenities provided were also impressive, as was the attention to detail, especially regarding extra provisions for COVID-19. We would definitely book here again in future. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Sep 2020

  • "A lovely week at Little Duxmore Barn - 3 generations on holiday together with beautiful weather all week - who needs to go abroad when the UK has weather like this - blue sky and in the 70`s all week."

    The barn was great - the young ones enjoyed the pool and table tennis in the barn and the older generations sat outside until it was dark - peaceful and relaxing - just what the doctor ordered !!

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Sep 2020

  • "Just arrived back from a great family holiday at Little Duxmore Barn."

    The property was lovely and suited our family of 6 (3 generations) and a dog perfectly. It is well equipped and in a beautiful peaceful location. It was lovely to wake up to hear nothing but the birds tweeting. The games barn was brilliant and we used it every day. The garden is totally dog proof and the property is surrounded by walks. We all loved our stay and are already planning to return next year

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2020

  • "The track leading to the barn is quite rutted so difficult when the car is heavily loaded not to catch the bottom."

    Otherwise everything very good. Great location for cycling the Red Squirrel Trail. Didn't need the car all week!

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Jul 2020

  • "As an agent Sykes we’re a godsend."

    We arranged alternative accommodation with another agent. It was filthy and we were appalled at what was being offered. Sykes were able to arrange accommodation for us at short notice. There was no comparison in terms of customer service. The accommodation was one of the best we’ve stayed in. A beautiful, well equipped barn conversion with a home from home feel. Great for families, couples and your dogs. Thanks so much. Kelly, Brad and gang

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Dec 2019

  • "The barn is lovely, warm, comfortable, spacious."

    BUT the track leading to it is extremely rough with deep potholes that are unavoidable, on a slope that was slippery after the rain. We skidded and my son's Volvo grounded a couple of times. Definitely not a place to go with a low slung modern car. A Landrover would be better. Sykes staff unfortunately have no personal knowledge of the properties they let. Unsurprising in such a large company. I did phone with a couple of inquiries and although perfectly polite and courteous staff only repeated what I already knew from the printed details. On the day we arrived we had a problem with a tap that would not stop gushing water. The property manager who we phoned, was brilliant and found a plumber who came within an hour or so. Not bad going on Saturday night just before Christmas.

    Hi Thank you for the feedback. The track to the barn has since been repaired and whilst it is still a rough track it is OK for a normal car to use slowely and carefully. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Dec 2019

  • "What a fantastic place to spend a week!"

    Even with 8 adults and 2 dogs there was still plenty of room so we didn't get under each other feet. The barn is well appointed with everything you could need. It is situated in a lovely quiet place and central to travel to anywhere on the island. The garden is brilliant for dog owners as the whole fence is enclosed. The games room in the barn outside is a lovely bonus. We will definitely be visiting Little Duxmore Barn again!

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Sep 2019

  • "This is a lovely property."

    Very secluded and peaceful, the dogs were in seventh heaven with the large garden. Everything was comfortable and every little detail had been thought of... even snuggle blankets for humans and seperate ones for dogs. It was a great place to relax in.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Sep 2019

  • "Spacious, characterful property."

    Outside games area a real bonus also enclosed garden for toddler. Kitchen a bit short of work surfaces and storage for food items. One of the showers a bit on the weak side and the boiler extremely noisy in the middle of the night!

    Hi Thank you for the feedback. We have addressed the issues raised. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Sep 2019

  • "The location for our family was good."

    We particularly enjoyed the table tennis etc. in the open barn. The accommodation was very well equipped.

    Reviewed by J5.0Jul 2019

  • "A perfect place for families or parties of any ages."

    The games facilities were wonderful, table tennis and pool table both under cover in case of inclement weather, plenty of indoor room ( kitchen a little cosy, but more than manageable). Will be recommending this property.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2019

  • "The barn set in a beautiful location was excellent, it filled all our needs."

    The beds were comfortable, however there was a lack of decent mirrors/full length mirrors. Even though I am on holiday I like to be able to check that I look OK. The sofas were comfortable, which was good, some cottages are lacking in comfortable lounge furniture. The kitchen was cramped but very well equipped. We enjoyed the table tennis and having the outside eating area. The barn was generally clean but the windows were filthy. We were lucky with the weather and had some beautiful sunsets behind the barn, however these just proved to show up how dirty the windows were. Obviously this did not spoil our stay and we would definaltely go back again.

    Hi Thank you for the issues raised. We do have the windows cleaned every few weeks so not sure why they were so bad. I have raised with the window cleaner :). Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda4.4May 2019

  • "Lovely peaceful location."

    Fabulous barn conversion. Loads of room, even with six adults and two dogs! Loved the log fire. Photos do not do the barn justice. I would book again if I was coming to the IOW. Be aware that it is in a valley and phone reception is bad, but ok if you change mobiles to internet phone settings. Only little suggestion would be to put something up to hang washing outside, maybe retractable clothes line, there is room. There is a clothes horse, but not ideal and washer/ tumble drier not really environmentally friendly.

    Hi Thank you for the issues raised. We now have a washing line at the barn with pegs :). Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol4.7May 2019

  • "We absolutely loved the accomodation and have already put a deposit down for next year!"

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2018

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size (zip/link, can be twins on request, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Shower room with basin and WC, ground floor bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room
  • External games room with lighting.
  • Gas central heating, woodburning stove
  • Duel fuel range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TV with Freeview, Blu-ray, iPod dock, table football, table tennis, pool table, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Lockable storage
  • Lawn and patio with furniture and BBQ
  • 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Shop and pub 4 miles
  • Note: Access road is unmade - please drive carefully and slowly.

The property

Little Duxmore Barn has been beautifully converted to provide a heart-warming getaway amidst the lush countryside of the Isle of Wight.

Bring friends, family and couples together to this wonderfully secluded cottage for a relaxing break or an adventure-filled holiday.

Spend many a night in the cosy, welcoming sitting area, blessed with snug seating and a TV and enhanced by traditionally high ceilings, boasting exposed wooden beams to finish the room in style.

The layout opens conveniently into the kitchen and dining areas; the kitchen is dominated by a stunning red brick fireplace housing a wonderful range cooker, whilst the dining room hosts an enticing woodburner to give the property a year-round appeal.

The ground floor concludes with a lovely family bathroom and a delectable twin bedroom, convenient for those with limited mobility.

Little Duxmore Barn benefits from two separate staircases leading to the first floor, both with quirky galleries overlooking the living areas.

One presents a stunning king-size bedroom whilst the other leads to a charming shower room, a twin and a double bedroom.

Make those sunny days memorable out in the fabulous garden, incorporating a lawn and a patio with a barbecue, not to mention a covered games area - there is something to keep everybody busy.

Ryde is a short drive away and is the ideal holiday base, a traditional seaside town with plenty of amenities, a stunning esplanade and a glorious, sandy beach.

The entire island is accessible by car, showcasing everything from shopping and activities to astounding countryside and coastline.

Come and stay at Little Duxmore Barn for an unforgettable break.

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About the location


Sandown 7 miles; Newport 7 miles.

Ryde, fondly known as "The Gateway to the Island", is the largest town on the Isle of Wight and became popular as a holiday destination in the 1820s. Today, the regular ferry, catamaran and hovercraft services make this lovely resort accessible for all. There’s so much to see and do, catering for all ages and interests within the town and local area including a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants, whilst the 6 miles of super, gently sloping sandy beaches are ideal for bathing. Along the esplanade there are bowling greens, tenpin bowling, putting greens and children’s rides as well as a boating lake and paddling pool. With many other attractions within easy reach, Ryde provides a superb base for touring this picturesque island.