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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • lovely (13)
  • kitchen (11)
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23 Customer Reviews

  • "West View was dressed for Christmas."

    It was a lovely surprise to see the tree in the lounge. Beds were made up with crisp white sheets. Aga threw out great heat in the kitchen, which was well equipped with plenty of cutlery, crockery etc. felt really at home and wouldn’t hesitate to return. Only down side was the parking. The drive was difficult to get into and even harder to get out, being on a blind bend. We left our car at my sister’s house, so it wasn’t a problem. A big thank you to the owners for making us feel so welcome.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Dec 2023

  • "We had a substantial amount of rain one night and it came under the access door ..."

    We had a substantial amount of rain one night and it came under the access door soaking the kids trainers the owners might not realise this problem the cottage was cosy and spacious and well equipped

    Reviewed by Marilyn4.7Oct 2023

  • "This is a lovely old farmhouse style home."

    We visited in September as three adults and one 4-year-old. There's plenty of space for hanging out at home if the weather is a bit rubbish. There's one car parking space in the driveway and additional parking on the main road. It was a pretty and quiet area, no disturbance from the roads. The home is just what you should expect from something a couple of hundred years old (wonky and squeaky floors, a bit musty, lots of character!), but the owners did a great job modernising and the kitchen and bathrooms are modern and work very well, and the beds comfortable. We'd certainly visit and stay again.

    Reviewed by Oliver4.1Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful house, i went with my daughter and her 3 girls, age 8, 11, and 13."

    they loved it. also my son and his partner spotlessly clean and everything you could want for in the kitchen.. i am a builder and i suspect there may be a bit of damp on the front kitchen wall, but this is only a small gripe, we hope to come back again, and will definately be staying here, thankyou

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2023

  • "Potentially a 5 star cottage but lacks the nice little touches, a bit unloved."

    1 driveway very challenging, gusts should be warned 2. Cottage cold and damp when we arrived 3. No welcome pack/flowers etc 4. No heating on/no instructions 5. No dishwasher tabs, antibacterial spray, soap in en suite 6. Log burner not cleaned out 7. Serious trip hazard step into twin bedroom upstairs resulting in 3 nasty falls 8.Dead mouse in utility room 9. Front gutters overflowing 10. Overflow pipe leaking We managed to sort out the heating and made our stay as comfortable as possible but we were disappointed that the cottage lacked so much. I’m disappointed in Sykes for marketing a property which lacks so many essential items. I’m not sure I will use the company again.

    Reviewed by Shelagh3.1Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage and location."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage with a perfect layout for a family get-together."

    There were clear instructions provided in a comprehensive information book. We loved the large kitchen with large dining table which easily accommodated the eight of us. The bedrooms were spacious and the whole house had a lovely lived-in family feeling - we felt very much at home.

    Reviewed by Janet4.4Apr 2022

  • "Wonderful property, we had a lovely holiday here, we made some lovely family memories."

    Owner was very friendly and helpful. The house is amazing, very well equipped, spotlessly clean and spacious. The kitchen was so cosy with the Aga. Would 100% return.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Feb 2022

  • "Our extended family group had a lovely stay at Westview cottage."

    The property more spacious than expected so great for a large group like ours. It was very tidy, the kitchen well stocked and enough furniture to make it homely and relaxing. Would definitely recommend the property to others.

    Reviewed by Kaajal4.4Dec 2021

  • "The 4 of us had a lovely week staying at West View."

    Beautifully warm and comfortable, we made good use of the woodburner. The aga decided to go out. Via Sykes, we had quick and very good support from a maintenance man and then the plumber to rectify the problem. Enjoyed a concert in the Sat Peter’s Church, next door, on the Sunday afternoon.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Dec 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at West View the village and surrounding countryside are outstanding."

    The accommodation had everything thing we needed and was very comfortable. Beautiful spacious rooms with log burner in living room.

    Reviewed by Gina5.0Nov 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay at West View."

    It was nice to be trusted with such a fine cottage. It did not matter if it was bad weather out side as we we had every thing we needed. We felt so at home there, that we booked for next March while we were there. My wife and I enjoyed our stay on our own, but hope to take some of our family there in March. We hope that the Aga will be on as said till the end of March. We spent most of the time in the kitchen. I also met the vicar of St Peters and helped them plant some Daffodils. Just one thing is that it would have been better if we had more than one key. If the family come with us in March I would request three keys. That way we could all depart and come back at different times.

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7Nov 2021

  • "Westview was beautifully comfortable and inviting."

    Provided a week of rest and relaxation in a convenient part of the Island. Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2021

  • "The accommodation was perfect."

    The house was lovely and comfortable with all the necessary kitchen equipment. Rooms were clean and homely. There was an issue with the shower not draining in the master bedroom on suite but the handyman in our group managed to sort that out. Lovely to be able to have a BBQ on a couple of nights especially as the local pub The Crown Inn was not doing food, though we did sample their drinks on a few occasions, and food at their sister pub The Buddle Inn. Having the "games" cupboard was a great idea, as was the torches for guests to use as Shorewell doesn't have any street lights. I would recommend staying at West View.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Sep 2021

  • "Whilst the cottage was very spacious, comfortable and very well equipped, we experienced issues which were not dealt with the urgency expected."

    See separate email exchange regarding this as I believe the dealing of the issues was not the owners fault, but down to the maintenance company and Sykes.

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Sep 2021

  • "Clearly it’s a very old property however it clearly needs a lot of money spent on it to bring it up to a standard that adequately reflects the rental being charged."

    The property is damp. All of our clothes smelt damp and musty when we returned and all had to be washed. There is only 1 standup shower in this 4 bedroom property. It’s clearly overused and as such there is black mould growing in the shower due to their being no ventilation in the bathroom. The 2nd double bedroom needs a king size bed in their and not a double as it’s far too small for 2 adults. We had to use the same towels for a whole week as there is no mid week change of towels which is again very poor given the price paid for this cottage. The kitchen is full of useless things you would be unlikely to use on a holiday. The space would be much better left empty for your guests to put food in. The property is advertised as no pets but I can assure you there have been animals staying here as you can smell dog in the living room carpet / sofas. There were ample cots / high chairs and a lovely toy basket for babies / toddlers which was a nice touch however some appropriate dinner plates / bowls / cups would have been useful. If you have never stayed in an old cottage then you will definitely get a real old cottage experience here. Location was good but it’s a real shame the crown (pub opposite the house) was only open certain days for drinks with no food menu due to no kitchen staff. This was a common theme across the island in general. Overall I would say this cottage is very overpriced and really needs quite a lot of money spent on it to get it up to a good rentable standard.

    Reviewed by Fiona2.2Jul 2021

  • "Excellent cottage and location."

    We loved our stay. The cottage was in a beautiful village and close to everything we wanted to do. The cottage it’s self was well maintained, clean and had all that we required for a week.

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Aug 2020

  • "Cottage was ideal for us!"

    Cosy, comfortable, and spacious. A lovely building and good location in an attractive village. Everything we needed facility-wise was included. Found plenty to see and do on the island even though it was October.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Oct 2019

  • "For the first two or three loads, the dishwasher did not clean the contents, and we had to set about cleaning the filter and the sweep arms."

    After that, it worked much better, but by no means perfectly.

    Reviewed by William4.7Aug 2019

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage - we really enjoyed our stay Clear straightforward ..."

    Lovely well equipped cottage - we really enjoyed our stay Clear straightforward instructions and things were labelled and clear to use Good location for exploring the IOW

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Aug 2019

  • "The house was spacious and comfortable, lovely comfy beds, well-equipped kitchen."

    Fairly clean but nor spotless. Despite instructions provided we failed to get the screen in the living room so couldn't use the television or Playstation or DVD and as we had children with us, we would have been glad of them. The toilet seat in the en-suite bathroom of the master bedroom kept falling off. We had difficulty with the rubbish / recycling which should have gone out on Tuesday morning. We noticed when we got there that the recycling bin was already full to overflowing. There were notes asking us to put rubbish out but the timetable for collection was up to April 2018!!! We tried to calculate which it should be, decided it should be the recycling bin so we put that out - and then the rubbish lorry came and therefore didn't take it!!! By the time we left on Saturday both bins were over-full. Despite these minor irritations we had a lovely relaxing stay and we loved the Crown Inn - the adults for the beer and gun and the children for the swings and duck-feeding. The children also had a lot of fun at the village playground.

    Reviewed by Rhiannon4.4Jul 2019

  • "We have just returned from a lovely weeks stay at West View cottage."

    A place full of character and warmth. The kitchen was fabulous and so well equipped, we wanted for nothing! So much room for everyone to spread out. The instructions for all manner of things was a godsend. The village itself is lovely and the local pub across the road served some good beer and scrumptious food. Shorwell is ideally placed on the the isle of wight to get around and explore, you are never too far from anywhere. If you have young children Tapnell farm is a must visit...so much to do there and so well thought out. Would definately recommend staying at West View and we would love to return.

    Reviewed by Alex4.7Jul 2019

  • "Intriguing and interesting well preserved cottage, retaining 1750 alongside 2019 facilities."

    Wonderfully plentiful hot water. Excellent beds and linen. Décor and ornaments etc of a very high quality, making the stay one where we felt quite special rather than just holidaymakers .The variety of cooking equipment was not just adequate, it was well thought out and the choice of an AGA or electric cooker must please all chefs! Well appointed bathrooms and convenient utility room and downstairs loo. Amazing to have a landline too, most unusual and clear instructions as to how to use it if necessary, a brilliant touch. The setting next to the beautiful historic church and alongside a great pub and opposite a pretty thatched cottage added to the ambience. The local shop a few moments away was a bonus and there is a local bus route. Shorwell is well placed for visiting Carisbrook, Freshwater, Osborne etc. In fact, nowhere is too far away on the Island. All this added up to a restful holiday where we immediately felt relaxed, unhurried, unworried and at home.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2019

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Summary

  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Bathroom with a bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with a basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with a woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Oil-fired AGA to be used only in the winter months (end October to February), electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of games
  • Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • A cot and cot bed available and two highchairs
  • Front courtyard with bench, rear courtyard with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4 minute walk, pub 1 minute walk
  • The property is next to a church and has parking on the roadside opposite the church
  • The churchyard drive alongside the house can be used for loading and unloading

The property

Set at the heart of Shorwell, a charming village just a short drive from the coast on the Isle of Wight rests the delightful, Grade II listed cottage of West View.

Thoughtfully-preserved and maintaining much of its original charm, this historic property enjoys its own furnished courtyard, well-appointed living spaces, and superb positioning to nearby amenities and attractions, making it an idyllic choice for a family or group of eight friends seeking a relaxing, self-catered escape within the brilliant Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Step into your fabulous new dwelling, whereupon you’ll be greeted by a spacious sitting room, which exudes a soothing, neutral theme centred by a stunning inglenook fireplace housing an inviting woodburning stove.

Adjacent to this you will find a quirky twin bedroom, enhanced with rustic wooden beams and a feature period fireplace for an added touch of class.

The country cottage-style kitchen/diner continues this unique theme, hosting an impressive, retro-style AGA cooker, multi-coloured tiling, and splendid cream-coloured units that compliment the central dining table.

When sleep calls, head upstairs to discover three further bedrooms, which provide an array of sleeping arrangements including a twin, a double, and a sumptuous master bedroom embellished with a feature stone chimney breast and a sleek en-suite shower room.

The interior is finished off elegantly with a family bathroom consisting of a glistening all-white suite.

When you want to unwind, step out into the courtyard where you can take a peaceful seat with morning coffee in hand, or perhaps enjoy a spot of alfresco dining for lunch or dinner with the help of the barbecue.

If you can tear yourself from your amazing new base, head out to explore what your local area has to offer.

Set out on foot into Shorwell, where a brief stroll will bring you the fantastic Shorwell Stores where you can stock up on homely essentials; treat your loved ones to a hearty lunch at 17th century pub of The Crown Inn, and be sure to stop by the popular tourist spots of Wolverton Manor, which hosts an annual garden fair every September; the scenic point of Heath Hill; and the Chillerton Down nature reserve, an unspoilt chalk downland partially owned by the National Trust.

If you fancy venturing further afield, jump in the car and traverse the Isle of Wight AONB, where the landmarks and locales of Fern Bottom, Shepherds Chine beach, the Whale Chine nature reserve, Carisbrooke Castle, and the Ventnor Botanic Garden are all waiting to be discovered.

Enjoy the ultimate getaway to the Isle of Wight when you book West View.

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About the location

SHORWELL

Newport 6 miles.

The pretty village of Shorwell, close to the south coast of the Isle of Wight, was said to be one of Queen Victoria's favourite places to visit. The village is well served by a local pub serving good food and ales and a village shop. The area offers miles of footpaths and bridleways, picturesque villages and breathtaking coastal scenery. Within a short drive can be found several beautiful beaches, the popular pleasure park at Blackgang Chine, and the bustling town of Newport with its shops, restaurants, arts centre and cinema. Shorwell is a charming village, and provides the perfect centre from which to explore this super island.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas