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1 Willow Cottages

(Ref. 1014265)

Freshwater, Isle of Wight Show on map

4.8

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great stay at willow cottage, house was spacious, clean, beds really comfortable and house well equipped with everything we needed including a map of the island and lots of local information."

    There was also tea, coffee, milk and wine when we arrived which was a lovely welcome! House is very well located near shops, coffee shops, takeaways and restaurants. Beach about a 20 minute walk away which was great our children and dog really enjoyed this! There is no allocated parking but it was never a problem and managed to park outside the house every day. There is also side access to the garden with an outside tap and hose which is perfect to rinse muddy wellies and paws!

    Reviewed by Gill4.7Oct 2023

  • "We've just got back from a wonderful week at 1 Willow Cottages."

    The cottage itself is presently beautifully, and care has clearly gone into both its decor and facilities, from lovely smelling bed sheets to all the kitchen Utensils we needed, it's clear the owners are invested in their guests enjoying their stay. The owners level of communication was perfect, we never met them and they didn't encroach on our holiday, but they were in contact with us via text and every time we spoke, they provided a nugget of advice that added to our holiday. The house itself contains great 'local' knowledge and advice to help you make the most of your stay, with lots of restaurant recommendations as well as comments on the things to do on the island. While I was initially concerned about the fact we had to park on the road, I'll repeat the comments of previous guest - it really is a quiet road and we always managed to park outside the house. Finally the garden and conservatory were just perfect. My daughter had fun exploring and we were able to relax knowing neither she nor our little dog were able to get out as it really is completely enclosed. I really cannot recommend Willow Cottage enough!

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Aug 2023

  • "Home from home."

    We had a very pleasant stay in a well equipped cottage that felt immediately like home. A gorgeous enclosed garden great for our dog and sensibly stocked with soft plants ensuring it’s safe for children or dogs. A lovely surprise bottle of wine awaited us on our arrival. Thank you! We particularly enjoyed the conservatory as a place to sit, enjoy the view of the garden and unwind. What a great location too. The best part of the island with super walks and a gym a short walk away, which was used a lot by our teenaged son. Very attentive host to answer questions and prepare us for arrival. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jul 2023

  • "The stairs are steep, which could be an issue for some people."

    It might be good to include this on the property information. The property is spacious, nicely decorated and very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Sally4.1Jun 2023

  • "We had a great stay at 1 Willows cottage."

    Very peaceful place to stay. Lovely cottage with amenities for shopping on your doorstep. Would recommend to anyone to anyone and would definately stay again.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at 1 Willow Cottage."

    Very well equipped and taste fully furnished. Comfortable and spacious and a very pretty garden.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely house and nice garden."

    Close to shops pubs with good food swimming pool ect. Close to the beachs and some amazing walks right on your door step. Quite road parking wasn't a problem even though its on road parking. Only problem I would say we had was shower is a bit low pressure sometimes and to Close to the wall which can make it awkward. This wouldn't stop us staying again as the house was in a good location for us and very dog friendly area with the amount of walks available.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.1Mar 2023

  • "Our second stay in this lovely house."

    It has everything you need, and a lovely position on a quiet road near the shops and within 15 minute walk of the bay. The only issue we had was the heating, as there are no internal doors downstairs and, despite turning the thermostat up to 25, the temperature didn't get quite high enough downstairs. Only a problem in the colder months though. The owner did his best to resolve it.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Mar 2023

  • "A great property- clean and tidy and well presented."

    In a super location with shops and pubs near to hand and some super walks all on the doorstep. Would we recommend? Won’t answer that one other than we’ll be returning!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2022

  • "Good well equipped kitchen and sun room an added bonus to catch the late afternoon sunshine."

    Overall a clean, well decorated and comfortable place to stay.

    Reviewed by June5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great cottage , cozy, comfy, clean and well equipped."

    We appreciated the welcoming pack of milk, tea, coffee and a bottle of wine . Really excellent customer service, it was easy to get hold of the rep who sorted our minor queries quickly. It was however very dark leading up to the cottage and difficult to see the key safe numbers but apart from that it was fabulous. Thank you .

    Reviewed by Samantha4.7Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, with a smart interior."

    The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed and a pint of milk in the fridge on arrival was a nice touch. The bedrooms are smart, a large main bedroom with storage and a comfy bed, medium sized double and bunk room. The bunks were best suited to children, as not the most sturdy. Great to have a large table to sit outside for dinner; plenty of room for six to sit and the same in the dining room. We also used the traditional deck chairs for lounging in the garden! Parking on the road was fine and we managed to get a space right outside most days. Handy location for the beaches - we mainly drove to Compton 10 minutes drive away where there is a lovely calm, sandy beach with rock pools as the tide goes out. Perfect for swimming and paddle boarding. There are also a couple of playgrounds walking distance away if you have kids with you and a swimming pool about 2 minutes walk from the house.

    Reviewed by Miranda5.0Aug 2022

  • "After a long hot tiring journey Willow cottage was a welcome place, cool, clean, fresh smelling and provisions we needed for a refreshing cuppa."

    The garden is delightful and with the very good weather we were able to barbeque and eat outdoors. We also enjoyed asking Google to play our favourite music. Beds and furniture very comfortable with plenty of hot water, fluffy towels and kitchen equipment. Our dog was fine sleeping in the conservatory (only downstairs room with a door) with no mishaps but maybe think of providing a stair gate for other guests dogs so that they can sleep in the kitchen (tiled floor) and be prevented from wandering around at night time.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2022

  • "The owner of this property is so kind and helpful."

    He contacted me before our stay to give us his mobile number. We told him we were travelling with a dinosaur mad 6 year old and he sent me a list of good fossil beaches. We are a family of 2 adults and 3 children (6,11 & 13) and a dog and the house suited out needs well. We cooked everyday and the kitchen is so well equipped. We had a very happy stay.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0May 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay and the house was beautifully clean."

    My only recommendation might be to have a door or child gate on the dining room so that dogs can be stopped from going upstairs.

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Apr 2022

  • "Brilliantly appointed property."

    Extremely clean, south facing sun trap of a garden and very well located for Freshwater. Lovely big kitchen and nice conservatory area. Great BBQ. Good sized bedrooms and nice clean bathroom. Only minor drawbacks are no downstairs toilet and a fairly steep staircase, so not recommended for elderly or less able people. Overall a great stay and a really well presented and very well appointed house.

    Reviewed by Ben4.4Mar 2022

  • "Every thing catered for."

    Only down side is parking and accessing property not recommended for anyone unsteady on feet.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Oct 2021

  • "Holiday cut short due to the failure of th cleaning company to clean the cottage."

    Sykes however were brilliant in their handling of the situation aqnd we would use them again.

    Reviewed by D2.5Aug 2021

  • "Website photographs don’t do this cottage justice."

    It’s absolutely beautiful with literally everything you could need, supplied. Whether you’re travelling by car or by public transport, everything is within a short distance from the cottage. Would highly recommend and will hopefully be back again. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Aug 2021

  • "Holiday cottage was lovely, well fitted."

    We did have maintenance issues with the property, handles breaking etc so I would suggest an maintenance check when free. Cottage was amazing, quiet street, always found parking across the road, garden was amazing my kids and dog loved it.

    Reviewed by Kerry4.7Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Everything we needed was included especially in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and comfortable stay."

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7May 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at 1 Willow Cottages, the house and garden are absolutely lovely."

    You feel like you're staying in a boutique hotel, with lots of highend touches such as the kitchen equipment and the decor. The house is ideally situated for lots of great walks from the doorstep, and our dog loved the garden with all its nooks and crannies. My only slight downside was that the bed is rather too firm, and I didn't find the sofas comfortable, so nowhere comfy to sit. However, with so much to do outside it's not really an issue. Very clean, and every facility you can think of.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Apr 2021

  • "1 Willow cottage had everything we required to have a great holiday"

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Oct 2020

  • "Everything was wonderful, comfortable and clean."

    The location is quiet but handy for local shops and exploring the west part of the island. One important and urgent note I need to make about refuse disposal / collection.....because the cottage has weekly collections which alternate between household general waste and recycling waste. It was our week for putting out the recycling bin which was fine and was collected with no problem. However the general waste bin was already completely full on our arrival and no room for our waste....this means problems for the next holiday let. (The notices said overfilling of bin is not allowed otherwise it won’t be collected). I would also like to emphasise this general waste bin was extremely heavy even though a wheely bin. IF THE NEXT LET IS ELDERLY OR FRAIL THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO MOVE IT TO THE KERBSIDE EASILY....(complicated by a front door step obstruction en route to the kerbside). Otherwise all fantastic and thanks to the cleaning team and staff for a wonderful holiday. Kindest regards, Ware family

    Reviewed by Davina5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely property, clean, tidy and very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, very clean and nicely decorated."

    Great location - we walked to the needles and Yarmouth during our stay, as well as explored the local area. The conservatory/garden area is really lovely and the lounge too, the TV is a smart TV so you can use Netflix which was great. Literally the only comment I would have for improvement is to have bin left a couple of essentials like a couple of bin bags and a dishwasher tablet. We had to go out especially on the first night to buy loo roll, bin bags and stuff to wash up with.

    Reviewed by Hollie5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and the owners had made a lovely effort with the living areas, the garden and the kids bedroom."

    My children were so excited to have an Alexa and lovely touches such as torches for the children in the bunk room. The kitchen was very well equipped, maybe a few more bits of cutlery would have been good and some normal sized desert spoons but this is minor feedback and obviously didn't affect our stay. The cottage is very well placed and we really enjoyed exploring all that was on offer. The map with all the local top tips was a great touch. Thanks so much! Would definitely come back

    Reviewed by Cathryn5.0Aug 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Willow Cottages."

    The house has been modernised well and is comfortably furnished and thoughtfully equipped with a delightful enclosed garden. Its position is ideal for a family seaside holiday and plenty of lovely walks to enjoy.. We would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in great location."

    All mod cons to make it home from home. Sykes and owner were really helpful during storm Dennis! We have used Sykes before this and been pleased and would recommend and will book again.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Feb 2020

  • "1 Willow Cottage is delightful and had been refurbished very tastefully Especially the Kitchen and Bathroom."

    The one small drawback was the slope to the house down a grassy bank as there was no path as such,with just a dip in the grass and as the weather was not so good this made it very slippery, I noticed the house next door had built a concrete path to their property.We were visiting our 95 year old friend on the Island and were hoping to bring her back for tea,but we knew she would not have been able to walk up the slope. Also the parking is very difficult having the conservative club a few doors along meant the members used the road for parking,however we did manage even if it was further along the street,I am not sure what the owners can do about this as the houses were clearly built when the motor car was not around so much! But none of these things affected our stay.And the view of the Horse chestnut trees from the front window were a delight with me collecting conkers to display at home!

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0Sep 2019

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double bedrooms, 1 x twin bedroom
  • Family shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility room
  • Sitting room
  • Dining room
  • Conservatory.
  • Gas central heating
  • Dishwasher, washer/dryer, gas oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave
  • Smart TV, DVD, Freeview HD recorder and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Enchanting garden with small lawn areas for sunbathing and storage for bikes
  • Roadside parking is readily available outside the property
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles.

The property

1 Willow Cottages is a charming Edwardian semi-detached property, set back behind a grassy bank in a village green style setting on a delightful street a short walk from the centre of the village of Freshwater.

Resting at the western tip of the Isle of Wight within walking distance from Freshwater Bay, Totland Bay and Colwell Bay, the magnificent Tennyson down with views potentially out to Cherbourg, and the Needles, this cottage promises a relaxing getaway or adventure-filled family retreat.

After a busy day exploring the area, return to the contemporary style property, oozing an atmosphere of tranquility, and benefiting from a lovely west-facing garden for summer alfresco dining.

Snuggle up in the cosy sitting room with your favourite film playing, taking advantage of the Smart TV with Netflix and other services.

Meander on through into the kitchen, equipped with a range of modern appliances so you can cook up hearty family feasts.

Adjacent is the conservatory, an inviting spot to enjoy your home cooked meals for up to four, or head to the dining room for a more formal setting for six people.

Upstairs is occupied by three bedrooms, including two doubles and a bunk bedroom, perfect for younger guests.

Open the patio doors and discover a lovely terrace space with garden, flourishing with a plethora of exotic plants that exudes a tropical feel to the outside.

There is also lockable bike storage which is a welcome addition to those with bikes.

Within a short walk are a selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants to suit all needs and tastes, as well a great local fishmonger, butchers, bakery, two supermarkets and a range of other shops.

For those active members of the group, the West Wight Sports Centre and Indoor swimming pool is on the doorstep, as well as the magnificent high chalk cliffs which offer some superb vistas.

Elsewhere in the area is The Needles attraction, where younger guests will be thrilled with traditional games, the interactive 4D cinema experience and iconic chairlift taking you to the needles rock and views of the coloured sands.

In the summer months, head down to the delightful, sleepy Freshwater Bay, hosting one of the most picturesque beaches in the Isle of Wight, or out to Totland Bay for one of the best sundowner bars in the country.

A welcoming base in this delightful part of the Isle of Wight.

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About the location

FRESHWATER

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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