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Hill Farm Cottage

Freshwater, Isle of Wight (Ref. 12722)



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44 Customer Reviews

  • "The main reason I’m not happy is that the heating in the property was not working correctly and it’s December!"

    Of the four bedrooms two did not even have heating . One was my granddaughters room and she was very cold. Not happy. This should be a summer let only

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2021

  • "Spacious, clean and comfortable cottage with lots of character."

    Owners at the stables next door happy to help at anytime and we had the best holiday here! If you enjoy riding the hacks out are on lovely forward going horses in the most beautiful setting - can’t recommend enough!

    Reviewed by JoOct 2021

  • "Considering it is a 400 yr old cottage you have to make a few allowances for this I."

    E water pressure low upstairs especially the shower. No wardrobes in ensuite room or third bedroom. However, the beautiful surroundings and views plus the added large secure garden was a bonus for the dogs . Beautifully run riding stables also owned by the same family was an asset and the owners were very friendly and sorted out any queriesi or problems immediately..

    Reviewed by HughSep 2021

  • "Great location lovely farmhouse with original features."

    Safe enclosed garden fo4 the Dog. Nice welcome pack. Peaceful surroundings. Friendly helpful owners

    Reviewed by KateSep 2021

  • "We had a lovely week, 4 adults, 2 children 3 and 6."

    Cottage well equipped except for a hairdryer. Water pressure varied but no big deal once we got the hang of it. Riding stables great asset next door and the children had two lessons with Jayne, very professional, taught skills and very good with small children. They thoroughly enjoyed it. Popular restaurants and activities like fossil hunting are best booked ahead in August.

    Reviewed by JoannaJul 2021

  • "The cottage has the potential to be very good but appeared a little tired and not too well-maintained; it's location was excellent and it was very clean."

    On the downside, although there were two bathrooms the water pressure was so low we could not use both at the same time and no sinks had plugs. When on, the down-lights in the lounge constantly flicker, they were so annoying. There is an iron but we could not find an ironing board! On the upside, we had very mixed weather though pleasingly, the cottage was warm and cozy when it was cold and wet, and nice and cool when the sun came out. Kitchen facilities were ample and it was quite comfortable for four adults. Overall, the cottage was below our expectations, I guess previous holidays at Sykes cottages have encouraged us expect a little more.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2021

  • "Hill Farm Cottage is a delightful thatched character property between Freshwater and Yarmouth."

    It is ideally placed for visiting the main attractions of the IoW including the Needles Old Battery, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House. The cottage is very well equipped with ample crockery, cutlery and glasses, and a comprehensive range of cooking utensils and pots and pans - not all the cottages we visit manage this! A large and secure garden makes it ideal for dog owners and the low door lintels in the house a challenge for tall people! It is very comfortably furnished with a wood burning stove which we, fortunately, did not need. Fresh flowers were on display in the reception rooms when we arrived and the bottle off Fizz in the fridge started the holiday off splendidly - thank you Jayne and William! We really enjoyed our stay - the weather was very kind to us, the pubs we visited fantastic and the walking excellent. A beautiful place to stay in the Isle of Wight.

    Reviewed by IanSep 2020

  • "The cottage was in a lovely location and extremely clean."

    The garden was large and enclosed for the dog with plenty of parking.

    Reviewed by JacquiSep 2020

  • "The stay at Hill Farm Cottage was so lovely."

    Will was a very helpful host, and very quick in responding to any questions. Really comfortable and clean space. A Co-Op not too far for shopping and some brilliant surroundings with Yarmouth and walks from Freshwater Bay.

    Reviewed by LibbyAug 2020

  • "Tired and dirty, everything needs replacing."

    for example:- baking trays filthy, saucepans need replacing. Found knickers in a bedroom drawer and sweet wrappers under bed. Headboard in single room loose. Some ceiling light bulbs in lounge and kitchen out.Settees weren't fit for purpose, in fact I placed our towels on them in order to sit down they were so dirty. considering venue was closed due to covid,plenty of time to defrost freezer which needed it. Plenty of cobwebs that had been there for some time. No instruction book for appliances. I could go on.....

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage well stocked."

    Had a really lovely four days would highly recommend this place.

    Reviewed by DeniseNov 2019

  • "Ideally situated to explore the West Wight."

    Welcoming owners, as was the bottle of fizz and juice in the fridge. Safe garden for the two dogs we brought along and the lobby was great to dry and clean them after numerous walks on the nearby beaches. We were impressed how dog friendly everywhere was including shops, pubs and restaurants - the Waterfront especially.

    Reviewed by BrendaOct 2019

  • "If you like character buildings, this is one to stay in."

    It has been tastefully modernised but keeps its character of an old building. We all loved it and would recommend it to everybody. The owner was helpful and dealt with any concerns promptly. Though there is a busy stables on site, we were not disturbed at all by noise.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2019

  • "A very comfortable cottage."

    Friendly hosts. Very quiet location. Our family loved all the dogs that frequented the neighbouring stables. We felt it would benefit from having an additional built in shower for the amount of people it can accommodate, nevertheless we would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by JoAug 2019

  • "A beautifull family holiday destination, we had a wonderful time staying at Hill Farm."

    The cottage was really clean and well put together, as a family of 5 we had so much space which was a lovely bonus. We knew the cottage was attached to a stables but was not prepared for how wonderful this would work for us. We were made to feel extremely welcome and our daughters loved the experience of visiting the horses and dogs daily....sometimes many times a day! We also took advantage of the lessons which were of a very high standard. We would definitely love to return, im not sure the children would allow us to stay anywhere else now!

    Reviewed by PamelaJul 2019

  • "Hill Farm Cottage is a wonderful base from which to explore the Isle of Wight."

    The cottage is extremely well equipped, we had everything we needed, and our granddaughter (1 year old) was absolutely fascinated by the horses in the adjacent stables, and the friendly spaniels. The large, safe, and level grassy garden was a godsend for her, she could explore and play there happily after a day on the beach. A lovely place, with extremely helpful, friendly owners next door. A great find!

    Reviewed by BernardJul 2019

  • "Bucks Fizz on arrival and fresh flowers in the cottage."

    Wonderfully comfortable beds with lovely crisp white bed linen. Can’t fault the cottage or the owners! Would thoroughly recommend! The cottage is a door away from some wonderful stables (also owned by the cottage owners) and their pony rides for adults/children my 8 year old enjoyed it twice - were fantastic. All Dog friendly too! Brilliant! We will be back! (Ps - there are 4 bedrooms not 3 and the place sleeps 7 not 6)

    Reviewed by HannahMay 2019

  • "The Cottage was in a good location to explore the west of the Island."

    The cottage easily accommodated our party of 4 adults, 2 toddlers and 2 dogs. Our hosts were friendly and welcoming and on hand if required, easily rectifying an initial Wi-Fi issue. The garden was a good size for the children and dogs to play. be mindful one of the owners spaniels jumps the gate and visits the garden, totally friendly. The cottage is comfortable and would benefit from a deep clean.

    Reviewed by RaineApr 2019

  • "A lovely little cottage with plenty of space for 3 adults, 2 children and 2 dogs."

    Unfortunately we didn't get time to make use of the Riding Centre during our stay but it is definitely an added bonus for horse lovers :) Owners very friendly and welcoming. Cottage cosy but spacious too. Enclosed garden brilliant for the dogs and kids to play in before going out/after coming home. Well equipped with everything you need for your stay and a lovely touch finding some fizz and orange juice in the fridge when we arrived. Only down side was on our arrival that we stepped out of our cars to find several piles of dog waste already in the garden (assumed left by previous guests). We had to clean away all the dog mess before letting our children out of the car. Apart from that thoroughly recommend staying here, a lovely base for us fot our holiday.

    Reviewed by VickyApr 2019

  • "We had a fabulous week!"

    Accommodation was comfortable and relaxing. Bottle of champers was very well received. The family were lovely and couldn’t do enough for us. Views from the field overlooking the sea were amazing particularly the sunsets! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by KevinFeb 2019

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Hill Farm."

    It is an excellent location for exploring the west side of the Isle of Wight. The owners were very welcoming and friendly, with great recommendations of places to eat and visit. The surprise bonus was the horse riding! Our children has never tried it and are now addicted thanks to the superb support of everyone involved.

    Reviewed by LydiaOct 2018

  • "The owners were very friendly and helpful,the cottage details need updating ..."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful,the cottage details need updating ,example the 10 minute walk to the beach no longer available, far reaching views non existant , and it needs to be mentioned that the winding staircase is not easily ascended or descended

    Reviewed by BobSep 2018

  • "The cottage was absolutely gorgeous, it was peaceful and in a great location."

    The family who own the cottage lived next door and were fantastic. We took advantage of the horse riding and it was amazing. Will definitely look into a return visit.

    Reviewed by RussellJul 2018

  • "Have already contacted customer services re the false information provided in the property description"

    Reviewed by KeithJul 2018

  • "This cottage is located very near to the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal and was very easy to find."

    The cottage was very good and was what we had been expecting for a cottage of that era. Beds and seating were good. Would have been nice to have had an extra shower but we managed well with one just had to plan your bathroom visits with military pres

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2016

  • "Very clean and well equipped property."

    Beautifully situated and would definitely stay there again if holidaying on the island.

    Reviewed by JeanJul 2016

  • "The family from the riding stables were friendly and welcoming."

    The garden was a lovely space to sit in, and with dogs was very good and secure. We will definitely go back in 2017.

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2016

  • "An amazing place to stay."

    The owners were incredibly friendly and helpful and couldn't have made us feel more welcome, including our dog who had the time of her life. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2015

  • "The property itself was very clean, well equipped and a truly lovely place to spend a weeks holiday."

    Reviewed by TraceyAug 2015

  • "The owners were fantastic."

    The garden is totally dog friendly. Lovely big kitchen which seats seven adults easily.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2014

  • "Loved it. Beautiful cottage, will definitely be coming back."

    Reviewed by DarianApr 2014

  • "This was the perfect getaway."

    A really cosy and comfortable cottage set in an idyllic part of the Isle of Wight. The owner had gone to the trouble of putting up and decorating a Christmas tree for us, and there was a generous welcome pack on our arrival. The cottage has bags of character and has been tastefully decorated. I would highly recommend it to any of our friends, and look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by SueDec 2013

  • "The cottage was comfortable, well equipped and cosy."

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2013

  • "The cottage was one of the best equipped that we have stayed in, and extremely comfortable."

    The owners were extremely helpful and friendly when we spoke to them.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2013

  • "The cottage was absolutely fantastic, and the welcome pack a lovely surprise."

    We cannot praise the owner and her family enough. All were friendly and welcoming, took time to show us around their stables, but did not interfere at all. We would all highly recommend this cottage as a holiday home, and would definitely go again. Well situated, very very pretty, comfortable, homely and welcoming. Thank you all for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by DarylJun 2013

  • "Fantastic location and hosts - kids loved going to the stables and playing with the dogs and seeing the horses (even after 2 rides!"

    ) Great walk to the beach. The photos do not do it justice - thanks to all.

    Reviewed by MarkJun 2013

  • "A delightful, characterful, thatched cottage in a quiet location less than 1 mile from the sea, across fields and quiet lanes."

    Riding available, though you do need to book early. Very dog-friendly garden (complete with kennel) so if the party are going somewhere the dog isn't allowed it can be left safely in the garden with shelter if it rains.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2013

  • "Beautiful cottage; very comfortable."

    Owners were very friendly and kind. They had put a welcome package in cottage of tea, coffee, milk, sugar, and squash which we thought was a lovely gesture and much appreciated, Our family live on the island and came to visit and were also very impressed! I would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by MichaelMar 2013

  • "Quiet secluded location."

    Reviewed by StephenDec 2012

  • "Accommodation was excellent, spacious, comfortable and well equipped."

    Good location and ideal for riding holidays. Also really appreciated the complimentary refreshments on arrival and the real flowers, a very nice welcome touch to make us feel immediately at home.

    Reviewed by MarieSep 2012

  • "The cottage was just as we'd hoped; clean, warm and cosy."

    The owners were friendly and helpful and our children particularly enjoyed the horses and dogs' puppies. Would definitely go back for a return visit.

    Reviewed by DelythAug 2012

  • "We received a good welcome from the owners upon arrival, and they also acknowledged us whenever we met - even when they were on horseback in the village."

    The property was exactly as expected (probably better), was comfortable, peaceful and out of the way - in the countryside as expected but not too far from the amenities and a great location to go out and explore. This was our first visit to the Isle of Wight and will certainly not be our last. We have found our base!

    Reviewed by RickieJul 2012

  • "Great price and a good location."

    An excellent cottage with good clean facilities and very helpful owners. A great family cottage with really thoughtful touches, particularly the welcome pack of milk, tea, coffee, biscuits etc. A really enjoyable stay, without complaint.

    Reviewed by HayleyJun 2012

  • "The cottage was in a convenient, quiet position surrounded by open countryside."

    The owners who lived next door were pleasant and helpful. It was good to be able to take both of our dogs - many seem to allow only one.

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2012

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The property

This lovingly-restored semi-detached cottage is a 400-year old thatched farmhouse with a Victorian extension with Welsh slate roof, set within the grounds of a friendly riding stables, situated amidst picturesque countryside in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight.

Sympathetically modernised to provide contemporary holiday cottage accommodation, yet retaining its character features, this cottage is next to the owner's home and is perfect for families and friends looking to experience countryside living, with the added benefit of the beach being just a short walk away.

This Isle of Wight cottage has a modern farmhouse kitchen, a light and airy sitting room, and boasts stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Outside there is a large lawned garden perfect for children to play, while you enjoy a refreshing drink and soak up the views as the sun sets over The Needles.

With a riding stables on the doorstep of your Isle of Wight cottage, there's no better place to learn to ride, or enjoy an exciting hack through some of the island's stunning countryside.

With Freshwater Bay open to the channel, there is an ever-changing backdrop all year round, while Yarmouth offers an array of cafes, pubs, boutique shops and art galleries.

Whether you're on foot, bicycle, or horseback, this Freshwater cottage is perfectly situated for exploring West Wight.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with TV, 1 x twin with countryside views
  • Ground floor bathroom, with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and door to garden
  • Sitting room with gas woodburner-effect fire.
  • Electric convector heaters with gas boiler for hot water and gas fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, DVDs and games
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent (please bring own beach towels) Cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Private garden with far-reaching views, furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 1.2 miles, pub 1 mile, beach 10 mins walk
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead around the property due to horses in neighbouring riding stables.

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About the location


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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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