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The Old Dairy

(Ref. 951966)

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent place to stay, Jenny is so welcoming, the cottage has all you could ..."

    Excellent place to stay, Jenny is so welcoming, the cottage has all you could wish for and more, we have 2 standard poodles plenty of room for them, looking at going back later in the year

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Mar 2024

  • "This was a lovely cottage, central in the island so not far from everywhere we wanted to go."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful, and we had a wonderful time, weather good even though end of October.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Oct 2023

  • "Really nice property in a great location, and Jenny was a great host."

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "My sister and I enjoyed our stay at the Old Dairy."

    The cottage is situated in a beautiful area,so quiet and peaceful. The cottage was clean and comfortable and everything you might need was provided in the kitchen. The food basket provided by the owner was appreciated.Thank you

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage is first rate and in a lovely quiet position."

    It is well placed for visiting anywhere on the island and a pleasant place to relax. The owner is very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2023

  • "We already shared our feedback with the owner."

    The cottage was so lovely and everything was provided for us. It was in a wonderful location and was clean, tidy and a real home from home. We had a most enjoyable holiday and our two dogs were really happy with all the dog walks on our doorstep. A wonderful peaceful location.

    Reviewed by Alastair5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful 2 weeks the cottage was very well appointed everything you need ."

    Jenny was a lovely host , nothing too much trouble, a lovely essentials hamper with some luxury's !! The cottage is very central to most places on the island.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2023

  • "Wonderful location, very private but central to many visitor attractions."

    excellent property well maintained,very spacious, clean and contained all facilities. Delightful owner, very helpful but respected your privacy. Would certainly return.

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful location and grounds for a perfect holiday home."

    All the facilities and mod cons needed to have a relaxing (or busy) break. Even. A welcome hamper - thanks for having us!

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0May 2023

  • "Best holiday yet very peaceful jenny was great and the welcome basket was ..."

    Best holiday yet very peaceful jenny was great and the welcome basket was exceptional will return again highly reccomended

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2023

  • "A beautiful home from home a very welcome basket of goodies on arrival, nothing ..."

    A beautiful home from home a very welcome basket of goodies on arrival, nothing too much trouble and such a peaceful location lovely watching the red squirrels and central for everything

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Nov 2022

  • "We found this dwelling a delight to stay in - comfortable, peaceful, and in a central position on the Island to visit anywhere!"


    Reviewed by Barbara4.7Oct 2022

  • "Nothing to fault this cottage is perfectly situated in beautiful countryside but still easy to get around from ."

    Very homely and with friendly onsite owner but the cottage is separate with own access. Great walks for dogs five minutes up a quiet lane with hardly any traffic as only leads to another farmhouse . The Isle of Wight is so dog friendly for visiting pubs and craft shops

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2022

  • "We have been with Sykes for many years and this cottage is one of the best that we have stayed in."

    It is comfortable, well-appointed and in a perfect position for looking around the Isle of Wight. Jenny gave us a very generous welcome basket and was helpful if needed.

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2022

  • "Clean comfortable cottage."

    Owner very obliging and welcoming. Lovely welcome pack and beautiful peaceful view from the property. Had a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Sep 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, comfortable and well-equipped and a very welcoming, friendly owner."

    Plenty of space for dogs to play and great walks from the door. Would happily re-vist.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Aug 2022

  • "My wife & i have just got back from The Old Dairy having just spent a week there."

    Being central on the island made it easy to travel to any location within 30 minutes by car. If you want peace & quiet in the countryside this is the ideal place, if you like cycling there are plenty of cycle paths nearby & also alot of outside space for your dog as well. Thoroughly Recommended

    Reviewed by Dion5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent holiday cottage, ideally situated to explore the island."

    very comfortable, great for dog walking Welcome pack was a nice gesture Thoroughly recommended

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely relaxing stay at the Old Dairy."

    Lovely property... fantastic location. Ideal for our 2 dogs. The local walks were stunning and so much wild life to see and we actually spotted a red squirrel.. Our plan was never to do the tourist thing and we stayed close to the cottage to chill and relax and we would have been a tad happier if the owner had provided more outdoor facilities such as a table and chairs for outdoor dining and a couple of comfy sun loungers to soak up the gorgeous weather we were lucky to have. Wifi was also a bit iffy for our needs. 2 small gripes but we would come again.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent cottage in a stunning location."

    Easy access to lovely walking routes and good for getting about in the car. Never been anywhere with such a lovely view from the property. Owner very friendly and helpful

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in very pleasant remote and quiet surroundings."

    The host was very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2022

  • "Delightful location and very friendly owner on site ."

    Might be nice to have a few more mementos of when it was a dairy? Any old photos or artifices?

    Reviewed by Danny4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely location and roomy cottage."

    Jenny the owner could not be more helpful. She kindly allowed me to top up the EV from the mains with a payment for electricity, and the car could be parked near the door.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4May 2022

  • "This cottage is in a lovely location with lots of walks in the area."

    Garden is excellent for doggies with plenty of room for them to play. Comfortable cottage with everything you need for your stay. Easy access to all tourist areas although did find some of the road signs confusing.

    Reviewed by Veronica3.8Apr 2022

  • "Another lovely stay at the Old Dairy."

    Jenny, the owner, is lovely and so welcoming. Hope to be back again next year.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2021

  • "If you are looking for peace and quiet in beautiful countryside, than this cottage is ideal."

    Plenty of dog walking nearby and yet only 20 minutes drive from all the major island attractions.

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.8Oct 2021

  • "The location was perfect, out dog love chasing his ball in the larg garden."

    Jenny our host was lovely and made us feel very welcomed. If you want a peaceful holiday with out the stress of modern life, you will find the Dairy the perfect place.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Sep 2021

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a great location, surrounded by lovely countryside in the centre of the island, so easy to reach all areas."

    Jenny was very welcoming and helpful. The cottage was very dog-friendly, but perhaps worth noting that the lovely large garden is not dog secure - ours is addicted to pheasants and would have been off if not kept on a long leash.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2021

  • "We really enjoyed the peace and quiet at this property."

    We were able to enjoy the remote setting and observe lots of wild life. The owner was very helpful at all times and we were pleased to meet her. Would not hesitate to recommend this lovely place.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2021

  • "Location was perfect for exploring the Isle of Wight and also the accommodation was great for both of us and the dog the only negative was that there were twin beds and not a double but that's a preference really and it had no impact on our break away."

    ... the location of the cottage was beautiful and the owner gave us some great walks to do too. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.4May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    The owner was very welcoming and available if needed. The cottage was very clean and comfortable and well equipped, and the welcome basket even had treats for our mini Dachshund. The whole island is very accessible from this setting, and we had a lovely time, walking on the beaches. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Welcome pack of milk, bread and goodies. Ideal for us and our dogs. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Aug 2020

  • "This was our second stay at The Old Dairy and I'm sure that it won't be our last."

    The location is excellent for visiting all parts of the island, and Jenny cannot do enough for you. We were her first visitors after the lockdown and on our second day we realised that there was a fault with the oven, meaning that we were unable to use it. Even though it was a Sunday Jenny and her partner managed to source and fit a new oven in time for our dinner in the evening!

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and very well equipped with practically everything you might need."

    It was in a peaceful area of the island with plenty of walks for yourself or with a pet and not far to reach the coasts or facilities. The host was lovely, obviously very hard working and nothing was too much. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend The Old Dairy cottage which had an expanse of lawn surrounding it and was attached to the owners premises but her property was behind the holiday cottage so it felt like a detached cottage but she was close by if needed. Thank you Jenny had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2019

  • "Our Host Jenny, she just left us to do how we would have done if we was in our house at home, which in our minds, was really comforting."

    Can not thank her hospitality as more than Jenny being part of our family.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "Very nice cottage in perfect, and I mean perfect!"

    !! Quietest location ever stayed in Didn't realise there were so many stars in the sky without light pollution! Biggest noise was the croak of pheasants, loads moving around. Lovely owner for whom nothing was too much trouble Already booked a week for next Summer at ODC!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was exceptionally well equipped."

    The Welcome basket was very welcome. The beds comfy, the sofa squishy, and the location so peaceful. After a day out and about, it felt like coming home. First rate in every way, and Jenny, the owner, is lovely too.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jul 2019

  • "Seclusion, peace and quiet."

    Helpful and genuinely friendly owner. Central location, nothing is very far away. Lots of things to do and see.

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.7Jun 2019

  • "Pretty, peaceful cottage."

    Perfect place for dogs! Very pleasant and helpful owner. Ideal location for touring at centre of island.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Sep 2018

  • "The Old Dairy was a fantastic base to visit the entire Island."

    The owner could not do more for us and made us feel very welcome. We had a very relaxing and peaceful holiday and will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2018

  • "Perfect location from which to explore the island, dog friendly, and Jenny is a charming host."

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2018

  • "Jenny, the owner, was very welcoming and very friendly."

    Loved the welcome pack, it was much appreciated. Very comfortable cottage, a real home from home with everything that you needed. Would highly recommend the Old Diary to anyone.

    Reviewed by Collette5.0Jul 2018

  • "Peace and quiet, great place for walking the dogs, will be arranging another holiday soon."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2018

  • "Very nice cottage in marvellous location."

    Ideal for lively dogs as there are lots of footpaths directly outside the cottage. We were lucky to be there on one of the hottest weeks of the year There is so much to see and do on the island we were out every day with the dog. Small niggles which are meant to be constructive - I would have expected a double bed but there were two singles; shower pressure was very low - a power-shower would have been welcome after a day’s walking, and WiFi only accessible in the sitting room (a cheap extender would fix that). None of these minor points would stop me returning nor highly recommending this property. The owner is a very nice and approachable lady - Thank you Jenny!

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Jun 2018

  • "The owner Jenny Downer, went out of her way to make our stay the most comfortable and pleasuresable, oh and the most memorable stay we have ever had on the Isle of Wight, all the time we have been going on and off since 1984."

    We shall be booking The Old Dairy again next year, once again I can not emphasise your part in this and the Owner of the cottage and to be honest, we will not stop anywhere else on the Island except The Old Dairy.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2018

  • "The lovely cottage and central location on the Island."

    The peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Mar 2018

  • "Ideally set in the middle of the isle of Wight, but with the feeling of being in the middle of no where."

    Reviewed by Derrick4.8Sep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage, brilliant location, host was excellent very helpful, even provided a welcome hamper to ease our shopping woes!"

    Our dogs loved it, walks all around straight from the front door. Would definately book again. Kelvin Hodges

    Reviewed by Kelvin5.0Jul 2017

  • "Really lovely owners and the cottage was in a really nice and quiet location."

    Reviewed by Mal5.0Jun 2017

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a beautiful, peaceful part of the island."

    The whole island was in easy reach by car from this central location. We were glad of our satnav! We were lucky enough to have perfect weather.

    Reviewed by Anne4.4May 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One twin bedroom
  • Bathroom walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Electric panel heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with FreeSat, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Front gravelled seating area with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 3 miles
  • Note: Adults only, no children or infants
  • Note: There is a step up leading to the sitting room
  • Please contact owner once your booking has been confirmed regarding ferry crossing. EV charging is available at this property.

The property

This converted old dairy is situated in the heart of the Isle of Wight, amongst stunning scenery on the outskirts of Gatcombe, just four miles from Newport.

This cosy cottage is ideal for a couples or friends, wanting to enjoy the delights of this beautiful island.

The accommodation is all set over the ground floor and features a well-equipped kitchen, a cosy twin bedroom with delightful views, and a sitting room with dining area.

Outside, there is a small seating area where you can sit back and relax whilst savouring the beautiful and tranquil surroundings.

The rural village of Gatcombe is a hub for country pursuits; enjoy challenging mountain biking rides or stunning walks on the downs, whilst a gentle stroll through the village will bring you to the wondrous 13th century St Olave’s Church.

Newport, often regarded as the main town on the Isle of Wight is just four miles away and has a wide variety of amenities including shops, restaurants, bars and a multi-screen cinema.

For history lovers there is plenty on offer with Carisbrooke Castle, Newport Roman Villa and museums within a short distance of each other.

The Old Dairy is the perfect cottage from which to explore this wonderful island, at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Newport 4 miles; Cowes 9 miles; Ryde 10 miles; Yarmouth 12 miles.

The small rural hamlet of Gatcombe is set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, located centrally to the Isle of Wight. Gatcombe is a wonderful area for all countryside pursuits, with stunning bridleways for horse riding, mountain biking and walking. Gatcombe is the perfect base for exploring the island, as nowhere is more than 30 minutes’ away by car, due to it’s central location. A walk through the village will take you to a 13th century building; St Olave’s Church. It is one of the island’s oldest churches and was originally built for the Lord of Gatcombe House. For the adventurer, try exploring all the breath-taking challenges the adjacent Downs have to offer. Carisbrooke Castle can be found at the end of the Shepherd’s Trail, a great track for keen walkers which offers outstanding views of the island, reaching as far as the Dorset coastline and Hampshire. A wonderful holiday destination for friends and family to enjoy the delights of the Isle of Wight.

Note: Adults only, no children or infants.
Owner can offer certain discounts on Red Funnel and Witelink Ferries, to be arranged directly with owner post booking.