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Freemantle Lodge

(Ref. 1080047)

Wroxall, Isle of Wight Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "We really loved our stay at Freemantle Lodge."

    It is a clean and cosy cottage with plenty of room for our family (2 adults, 2 children and a medium sized dog). It feels very rural, with lovely views over the fields and great walks from the door into neighbouring villages and along walking trails, but is well-located near Ventnor, beaches and attractions.

    Jodie Many thanks for your feedback, it's good to hear what guests have to say about Freemantle Lodge. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Mike and Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jodie5.0Apr 2024

  • "We expected this time of year unsettled weather as I used to live on the island."

    The briddle path is used frequently even in bad weather and it was lovely seeing all walks of life passing by. But some of the potholes were really bad,so maybe just check some and if they can be filled in if needed in best way possible that would help cars for renters immensely. It was in need of a deep clean in areas. Especially the kitchen. And bath and shower door didn't look good. I did my best with what was there to clean it. Maybe also leave more cleaning products for renters to use when on a stay. And plenty of bags for rubbish and recycle luckily we travel with spares. Sofas are a bit tired but still comfy. The bedrooms were roomy and comfortable and even in bad weather still lovely views. The place is well equipped and great to let the dog have a run around in the enclosed garden. And so peaceful and quietLovely touch welcome pack partner loved the wine after a long journey. Couldn't leave a message as no book left to thank James for otherwise a lovely stay in Freemantle.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.1Feb 2024

  • "Freemantle lodge is a fantastic location for a getaway break, ideally suited remote from the world it is a fabulous place to unhide and relax."

    Dog friendly there is even a lovely mat for your favourite pal. We stayed pre pandemic at the lodge (2019) and little thankfully has changed. The property could do with some TLC where the sofas are worn and the boundary fence is not 100% secure (mind you doggie don't chase something and escape), but overall it is a fantastic unique location.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Feb 2024

  • "We wanted to go somewhere special for a 50th birthday celebration weekend and we couldn’t have found a more perfect property and location."

    The property was beautifully presented and very comfortable. We took our dog out for his morning walk straight from the front door, it was perfect. We have already booked our next stay.

    David Many thanks for your feedback. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and thank you for your repeat booking. Looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Mike and Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2024

  • "What a fantastic property."

    We stayed here over the New years break as we wanted somewhere quite for a family break. This ticked all the boxes, it was lovely and cosy and great for walking. The property had everything we needed for our stay and was not too long a walk to the pub. Would highly recommend if you want to be tucked away but able to walk to some great places

    Philip Many thanks for your feedback. Very happy that you enjoyed your stay at Freemantle. Mike and Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Dec 2023

  • "A unique, quiet place to stay with lots of character."

    Plenty of places to walk, and if your quiet and patient you can see Red Squirrels from the window.

    Robert, thanks for your feedback. We are really happy you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you and your family again in the future. Thanks and best wishes Mike and Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Dec 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, well appointed and homely."

    Will certainly revisit.

    Andy Many thanks for your feedback. Very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We very much look forward to welcoming you and your family again. Mike and Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Dec 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay here, was very quiet and remote, views spectacular, no sound of traffic apart from occasional emergency vehicle sound going through Godshill."

    Saw walkers, cyclists and horse riders when they went past. This was one of the best places I have stayed in on the Island, really comfortable and well equipped. One minor snag, it was difficult to find the location at first, but got better directions via the booking page at Sykes when my sat nav couldn’t locate it.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Oct 2023

  • "This is the 2nd time staying at Fremantle Lodge and have booked to return next year."

    The cottage is comfortable, very homely and well equipped. The location is amazing, nice and peaceful with stunning views and enjoyed watching the sheep grazing. There are plenty of walks straight from your doorstep. The only comment to make is that the shower head and hose could do with being replaced and also the small patio area to be swept to stop leaves being taken indoors. I would recommend this property to anyone.

    Dear Claire So happy that you enjoyed your stay at Freemantle and thanks for your feedback. It is always good to receive comments from guests on how to improve guests holiday experience. Unfortunately, the overhead trees in the autumn tend to drop their leaves on the patio and we will be asking our cleaning team if they can accommodate a weekly patio sweep to our cleaning regime. Thanks again and best wishes. Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Sep 2023

  • "Overall the property was very nice but The bathroom radiator kept coming on full - as it was a hot week this was a problem - we left the window open to cool it down."

    The track from the farmhouse to the lodge was covered in sheep poo which was very unpleasant and stuck to the car every time we went out. This was not in the description of the lodge and due to this we would not visit again

    Reviewed by Sheila4.1Sep 2023

  • "We holiday on the Isle of Wight every year, have done so for more than two decades and this is one of the finest cottages on the Island."

    We first found it during lockdown, when we wanted somewhere quiet - and that's what you get by the bucket load here, peace and quiet! You also get a very well equipped and comfortable place to stay in a glorious location. There are cyclists and walkers doing the Worsley Trail plus the odd horse rider, but mostly they don't disturb you. The cottage is clean and well presented - although I'm personally not a fan of artificial hanging baskets :) ! My only very minor niggle is the lack of a shower caddy and a grab rail in the bath, although the power shower is a big plus. There's a well-equipped kitchen and we can very much recommend staying in for the evening and just watching the wildlife. Red squirrel, green woodpecker and from the late afternoon the buzzards emerging from the copse and circling the fields. But beware - if you leave the door open after dusk keep a glass and a piece of card handy - two nights running we were visited by hornets! Highly recommended place to stay and already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is truly a beautiful little gem of a property."

    Before staying at Freemantle Lodge we had walked or cycled past this place on our regular annual Isle of Wight family holiday - always admiring it as we passed it! To have a stay there was absolute perfection for us! This is an away from it all, peaceful retreat, with so many nice little home comforts. We would 100% stay here again without any hesitation. Walks and cycling tracks are outside the front door, literally! The views are just gorgeous in every direction and also from every window in the property. The property was really well equipped with everything you could possibly want. The owner was lovely too, making sure everything was ok, and sorting out any problems during our stay. All in all a truly fantastic property to stay in!

    Thanks very much for your feedback. Fantastic that you had a great stay. Yes, Freemantle is truly a hidden gem! We hope to see you again in the future. Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2023

  • "Delightful setting with very adequate facilities."

    Would willingly recommend this property to others. Provided a very rural experience including sheep, red squirrels, jays, woodpeckers, wrens, rabbits etc. An opportunity to really relax and regenerate in a somewhat remote location. If you like peace and quiet, this is the place to stay.

    Thanks for your feedback. So happy that you enjoyed your stay. Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in an amazing location."

    We were sad to leave. The kitchen has everything you need, the bedrooms are comfortable and beautiful. The lounge is the perfect place to relax in the evening. If you like to walk, be away from everything and enjoy the country side, then this is the perfect cottage.

    Thank you for your feedback. It is always great to hear when guests have enjoyed their stay at Freemantle. Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jun 2023

  • "So we have stayed at a number of Sykes Cottages, all of which had much to commend them, Freemantle has been our favourite to date."

    I had never seen red squirrels before in my life, so to see them close up in the garden was special. As someone who has a passion for butterflies it was also a great location. The view, associated history, rich blend of nature and remoteness made it for us, but it may not be to everyone’s taste. I was extremely glad I had located the property prior to our journey on Google Earth, as it provided me with confidence on which track to follow. I would recommend this to all guests.

    Thank you for your feedback. Freemantle Lodge is very fortunate to be located in a very beautiful and peaceful part of the Isle of Wight countryside, where an abundance of local wildlife can be seen. Freemantle, an original thatched gatehouse to Appuldurcombe House dating back to 1766 and is steeped in history. Thanks for choosing Freemantle Lodge for your stay and hope to see you again in the future. Mike and Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a wonderful place Freemantle Lodge is!"

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Extremely clean interior, and everything has been thought of to make one’s stay comfortable. We’ve already booked another week at this superb property.

    Thank you for your feedback which is extremely helpful. So happy you had a great time and thank you for booking another stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2023

  • "Dear Mike and Eve, we had a wonderful and absolutely lovely stay at Freemantle Lodge."

    The cottage with its surrounding enclosed garden (perfect for our dog) as the rest of the countryside are beautiful! Excellent footpaths leading to Godshill or Wroxall which are also great to ride with a bike. The atmosphere of all Appuldurcombe estate is very peaceful. We enjoyed our stay on the Isle of Wight very much and hope to come back. All the best Merle

    Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the near future. Mike and Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Merle4.4May 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage, and well equipped."

    There is a long rough drive as warned on the website, no use for a low slung car. There are a lot of draughty doors, which did not affect us as the weather was perfect, but might be a problem in winter. Perfect for a walking holiday.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2023

  • "Property could do with some improvements to the doors and windows to prevent drafts and so reduce the amount of heating that is required to keep the house warm."

    The washing machine was in need of a good clean as dirt/mould was visible around seals. Otherwise the property was excellent with good facilities. The Sykes listing should make it clear that the property is isolated and at the top of a steep hill and that it would not suit anyone who has mobility issues, but is ideal for ramblers and hikers as it is adjacent to numerous paths and bridleways.

    Hi, thanks for your feedback. As the property is grade 2* listed, we are unable to replace windows with modern UPVC. All windows and doors have to be kept as original as possible. During Autumn 2022 at a huge expense, the windows and doors were extensively repaired, replaced, and repainted. Draft proofing and locks were also added. Certain brand-new items of furniture replaced anything outdated as well as new bed and bath linen and extra throws. It was a real shame that you hadn't telephoned Eve and Mike (owners) of any problems or concerns about the cottage, we are here to help get things resolved quickly - the telephone number is clearly marked in the welcome folder. Other than this, we hope you enjoyed your stay. Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Apr 2023

  • "A lovely, comfortable property in the countryside, ideal for bringing the dog."

    A quiet, scenic location with plenty of passers-by on the public path nearby. Pleasantly surprised by a welcome basket of bread, butter, eggs and wine.

    Dear Ian, We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and the beautiful unspoiled location. Freemantle Lodge is definitely a hidden gem. We hope you can stay with us again in the near future. Mike and Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful place, very welcoming and homely."

    We're hoping we'll be back.

    Dear Emily, Many thanks for your feedback. We are so happy that you had a lovely time at Freemantle Lodge and would love to welcome you again. Mike and Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emily4.7Feb 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Host was really helpful. Couldn't rate it highly enough.

    Thanks for submitting your thoughts on Freemantle Lodge. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again. Eve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jan 2023

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x twin, 1 x king-size
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available
  • Wooden shed for bike storage
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed patio area with furniture
  • Private Garden
  • One well-behaved dog allowed
  • Dog bed, food and water bowl and microfibre drying cloth
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Welcome pack provided with; tea, coffee, eggs, bread, milk, wine and a newspaper
  • Shop 0.9 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Track up to cottage is rough, please take care
  • Note: Check-in from 5pm, check-out by 9am
  • Note: This property accepts a minimum of 4 night stays.

The property

Freemantle Lodge is tucked away into a secluded location of a working farm, wrapped in beautiful views of the countryside.

On the grounds of a 300-acre estate, amongst The English Heritage site of Appuldurcombe House with its Capability Brown Gardens, this is a place worth visiting.

Well-suited for families or friends, this cottage has been beautifully designed with an abundance of charming features including a monumental archway and a water well situated outside.

The ground floor is filled with charm, commencing from the dining room with its pew seating and feature windows.

The kitchen brings a modern feel to the property, and the lounge is a homely place to settle down, with leather sofas, a light airy ambience and a front-facing outlook.

The first-floor bedrooms continue the essence of tradition and charm, each equally as stylish, with a neutral colour scheme to welcome you home after a busy outing.

The master suite is tied together by a dressing table and wardrobe, while the twin room looks out onto the beautiful hillside, over the working farm and sheep which roam around.

With natural beauty right on the doorstep, you will want to make the most of the enclosed garden, your own little place to sit and take in the idyllic scenery.

There is even a public footpath should you wish to stroll into the village for a taste of the local amenities.

In the village there is a pub, The Star Inn, here you can also find a Donkey Sanctuary to experience something different.

The seaside resort of Ventnor is just a short drive away and offers everything that you could ask for including heart-warming botanical gardens and a sandy beach for a sunny adventure.

Why not pay a visit to the Isle of Wight AONB and the Hamstead Heritage Coast.

Freemantle Lodge is a unique cottage settled in an excellent Isle of Wight location.

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

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About the location


Ventnor 1.5 miles; Shanklin 3 miles

This pretty village sits just two miles from the south coast of the Isle of Wight, Wroxall itself along with the surrounding area offers something to suit every taste. In the village there is a well-respected gastropub, The Star Inn, as well as a convenience store. Here you can also find a Donkey Sanctuary to experience something different. Hidden away in acres of stunning woodland is the Appuldurcombe House, a historical landmark well worth a look. The seaside resort of Ventnor is just a short drive away and offers everything that you could ask for from a range of fabulous amenities, stunning botanical gardens and a sandy beach for you to enjoy. You can reach here, and nearby Shanklin by bus from Wroxall itself. The whole of the island is easily accessible by car as it is only around 25 miles wide, meaning that you can visit the Isle of Wight AONB and the Hamstead Heritage Coast with ease for your dose of fresh country air.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas