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The Old Dairy

Gatcombe, Isle of Wight (Ref. 951966)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "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 MichaelMay 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 VeronicaApr 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 LouiseOct 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 RebeccaOct 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 BSep 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 JohnJul 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 MargaretJun 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 StephanieMay 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 JohnSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage."

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

    Reviewed by PaulAug 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 PamelaJul 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 GrahamSep 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 JohnSep 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 PeterSep 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 LouiseJul 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 KathleenJun 2019

  • "Pretty, peaceful cottage."

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

    Reviewed by GillianSep 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 MarkAug 2018

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

    Reviewed by JohnAug 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 ColletteJul 2018

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

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 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 RichardJun 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 JohnJun 2018

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

    The peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by CarolMar 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 DerrickSep 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 KelvinJul 2017

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

    Reviewed by MalJun 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 AnneMay 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.

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.

Region Information

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.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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