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Lancaster House

(Ref. 1025715)

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Lancaster House."

    Lovely property near to shops and beach. Furnished to a high standard and equipped with everything you need.

    Reviewed by Annette4.7Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely great location for the local shops and beach."

    Spacious house and comfortable bedroooms. Nice furnishings. Kind welcome hamper. Effective communication and customer service re parking arrangements. Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Aug 2023

  • "This was the second time we have stayed at Lancaster House in the Isle of Wight."

    We loved it just as much this time as last time! The location of the house is brilliant (in the middle of Sandown and a few minutes walk to the beach and restaurants). The house itself is beautiful - and the welcome basket of food goodies was very much appreciated. We will definitely stay here again!

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Aug 2023

  • "Excellent property."

    We were 2 adults and 2 children with one dog, staying in July. The house has plenty of space and is very comfortable. The kitchen has everything you could ask for and there is also a well stocked games chest that helped on some rainy days. Not having a garden was a small issue for our dog but the endless walks in Sandown more than made up for it.

    Hi James, We appreciate your feedback, thank you. In fact since your stay we have added a Kenwood food processor for the kitchen for those delicious home cooked meals. Steve & Maxine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jul 2023

  • "Lancaster house, in itself, is steeped in history."

    The wonderful owners have done a magnificent job in bringing this property back to a residential home. Beautiful high ceilings and large rooms are amazing. So much storage space that you won’t bring enough clothing to fit in the bedrooms. Books and games on tap. An historians ideal escape. Anything that you feel that could make your stay more comfortable just contact Steve and he will do anything to make your stay even better. This is an ideal base to explore the whole island. Sandown is a touch run down and in need of an injection of money from the council. The locals are great and love speaking to the visitors. I’d highly recommend visiting Lancaster house. Thanks Steve for letting us stay.

    Reviewed by Carle4.7Jul 2023

  • "Fantastically located house - a 30 second walk to the high street and a couple of minutes down on to the beach."

    The house has no outside space, which wasn't an issue for is but worth bearing in mind. The beds were comfy and the showers had good pressure. The dishwasher was handy in the kitchen. There was a good supply of games to play in the dining room too as well as buckets and spades. Sandown itself is tired, like many seaside towns, but everyone was so friendly. We loved being able to wander down to the beach or pop to Sainsbury's without having to get in the car. Parking wasn't an issue either as we parked in the car park round the corner all week and had no problems. Steve was very responsive to any issues that we had which was great. All in all a lovely week in Sandown for the family.

    Hi Jenny, Appreciate you putting pen to paper. You're right, being so central, it makes everything so easy. - and no parking issues to worry about either. Added to which the downstairs folding bed and shower provides ground floor living for those guests who are unable to use the stairs. Steve & Maxine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny4.4May 2023

  • "Lovely property, beds extremely comfortable."

    2 minutes from the sea! No outside/garden area if you have a dog was the only minus. Had a very enjoyable holiday, superb weather and the dog got plenty of walks! Welcome pack much appreciated and a nice touch.

    Hi Andrew, Thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. Our welcome pack is all locally produced (where possible). Whilst we can't gurantee the weather, we can guarantee the walks, they are great! Steve & Maxine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great stay"

    Hi Nicola, Thank you for your feedback. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. There is so much to do and see on the IOW or on the sea (or just sitting quietly on the beach or on one of the Downs is just lovely....) and the House is a great base to start from and welcoming on your return. The free Island-wide tourist parking permit makes it all so easy. Steve & Maxine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2023

  • "Stayed at Lancaster house for a week over Christmas and New Year, Nice and central and very comfortable, We had a couple of dogs so the beach being two minutes away was great, The house was well equipped and warm so overall we had a lovely time."

    Hi Raymond, So pleased you were able to toast the New Year in and watch the firework display. Brilliant that everyone enjoyed themselves. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Steve & Maxine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Dec 2022

  • "Our holiday started well and ended well."

    Lancaster house provided everything we needed for a perfect stay. Welcome pack was really thoughtful, parking easy. Walk to the beach simple. A pub with friendly locals a stone's throw away. We couldn't ask for more. All the islands pubs and restaurants' we visited were excellent.Getting around the island was easy and some of the scenery spectacular. It far exceeded our expectations and we will be returning to Lancaster house hopefully next year. The Bailey family

    Hi Julian, We really appreciate you leaving your feedback, it will really assist other guests looking to stay on our wonderful Island. We look forward to welcoming you back. Steve & Maxine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Oct 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Lancaster House."

    It was spotlessly clean and the welcome pack of milk, butter, jam, eggs, bread and biscuits was really appreciated, especially as we got to the house quite late in the evening. The house was quiet but also so close to the beach and shops. We have already booked to visit again next year!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback - and we're so chuffed you have decided to return next year. :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Aug 2022

  • "Spacious property Good location for sandown beach and sandown amenities Useful dishwasher and plenty of kitchen plates/cutlery Dust and dirt found throughout the property Upstairs and downstairs showers not great Bins in under stairs cupboard smelly by mid holiday Low TV volume - couldn’t hear if kettle boiling!"

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. If anything is not right, we do encourage our guests to please tell us during your stay so we can rectify it straight away. Housekeeping: We pride ourselves in ensuring the House is ready for our guests. Having checked, it seems that during your stay there was local building work, causing significant dust on occasions. With the windows open, it does seem to have entered the House. Showers: Not too sure what you mean, but have check their functionality; all seems to be working OK now. Understairs: Please let us know, as an early collection can be arranged. We also note the near 40 degree temperature we were all experiencing at the time which may have contributed. TV sound: Yes, we did communicated about this – there are 2 remotes, one for the TV and one for the ‘box’ and it seems the incorrect remote was being used. No issues found. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helena3.1Aug 2022

  • "The property is in a fantastic location and within walking distance of local shops and restaurants."

    We have a lovely time. The property has all the main kitchen utensils that you need, enabling you to cook if needed. The rooms are big and spacious with ample of space for your clothes and other belongings. We enjoyed our time here very much. Thank you to the owners for their lovely welcome gifts, very thoughtful!

    Appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Future guests will appreciate your thoughts. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Mar 2022

  • "I thought the cottage was fantastic in a great location."

    It was very clean and the beds were very comfortable. The house was very spacious and perfect for our family of six plus a dog. The owners were very helpful and quickly answered all our queries quickly and efficiently. I would not hesitate to recommend this house to family and friends for a holiday in the Isle of Wight.

    So pleased you noticed the new mattresses :-) Thank you for your recommendation, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Oct 2021

  • "We thought the house was lovely, plenty of room, beautifully decorated and great facilities."

    We really appreciated the welcome pack of goodies, for us and the dog, and the fact that the owner paid for the parking. The central location in Sandown was very handy too. One comment we would make is that the information given before booking should make it plain that there is no outdoor space, as the house is dog friendly. Overall a wonderful holiday in a fantastic house.

    We appreciate your time to provide this feedback, it really assists new guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine4.4Sep 2021

  • "Comfortable house near the shops and beach."

    Three big bedrooms comfortable. lounge and dining room. Just what we wanted. 3 min walk to beach Sainsbury’s even closer. Sandown is a bit past it’s glory days but has improved over the years, everyone is very friendly.

    Many thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ashley4.7Aug 2021

  • "I loved the house."

    So light and airy, high ceilings upstairs and beautifully decorated with interesting ornaments/art. Every room was a delight to be in, kitchen covered all our needs in terms of equipment, etc., and all facilities worked. The story of the purchase and refit of the building was really interesting and the owners have done an amazing job. Quiet street, one block from beach and restaurants/supermarket - ideally placed, We parked in nearby car park or on street where available so it was never an issue.

    Many thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daire4.7Aug 2021

  • "Lovely house, small improvements would somewhere to dry clothes and towels and places to store shower gel etc."

    Good suggestions thank you. We have provided a clothes airer and added towel hangers to some of the radiators. The cupboard under the sink has storage for your use. Your feedback is appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lewis5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in Lancaster house."

    The house is beautiful with very nice furnishings and lots of character. Very easy check in and out, all the facilities you need from a practical perspective and also great books, board games and beach games to enjoy. Thank you for a brilliant stay. Sophie

    Many thanks for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sophie4.7Jun 2021

  • "Lancaster House is just lovely."

    Beautifully decorated and very comfortable, We have had a very happy stay here Close to the beach. Good places to eat either within walking distance or a short drive away. Shops close by and a good Indian takeaway. Even the weather was good. A perfect holiday. Thank you.

    Many thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by V5.0Jun 2021

  • "The house was lovely: well decorated, very comfortable for 6 adults."

    The beach is a 2 minute walk away,but Sandown itself is well placed for easy access to the whole island and beautiful walks everywhere. Parking was never a problem,despite taking 2 cars. I can thoroughly recommend Lancaster house.

    Many thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Apr 2021

  • "Lancaster House was very comfortable and met all our needs and expectations."

    We were lucky with the weather which helped, Sandown is a lovely place to stay

    We appreciate your time to provide this feedback, it really assists new guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great location."

    Don’t let the limited parking put you off. We got a parking space everyday after returning from our days out. The house is a fantastic size and the layout was perfect for our family holiday. It was very clean on arrival and the fresh bread, jam and cookies were very much welcomed after our journey.

    We appreciate your time to provide this feedback, it really assists new guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Jul 2020

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  • Three spacious double rooms, one with optional single bed
  • Ground-floor small double folding bed for those with mobility difficulties
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/sitting room
  • Dining room
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Gas central heating
  • Microwave, electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV with entertainment package and full-fibre WiFi
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on site
  • Games trunk
  • One FREE 'Tourist Permit' is provided, valid for all Council owned pay and display car parks across the Island for the full duration of your stay, currently priced at £65.95 per week
  • Parking at Lancaster house is in the nearby car park with the Tourist Permit, or short term on-street
  • Two well-behaved pets very welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop, pub and beach within 200 metres
  • This property has a reduced ferry fare arrangement with Red Funnel Ferries entitling guests to a discount of 15% off the published ferry fare: the owner will send you details of the voucher code following confirmation of your booking
  • This property also has a reduced ferry fare arrangement with Wightlink Ferries, via Atlas IOW, Atlas is able to offer our guests "discounts of between 20% and 45%
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Note: Guests are not permitted to charge their EV using the property's electricity - there are 'Mer' Charging Stations in the nearby car park
  • Sail and save with a 30% off Isle of Wight ferry travel
  • Book between 17th November and 1st December 2023 for travel to the Island anytime, and for any duration, up until the end of 2024* (excludes 20 - 24 June 2024 T's and C's apply - see for details)

The property

Boasting a central position within the seaside town of Sandown is this 1840s built property, Lancaster House, making a superb base for your next family holiday to the coast of the Isle of Wight.

Once the Town Hall, this spacious accommodation exudes a traditional-style with a clever blend of contemporary furnishings and elegance, offering a wonderful retreat for a group of friends and families.

Head into the kitchen/sitting room, a space designed to bring all of your loved ones together in the evening to unwind and to plan the next day’s adventures.

Rustle up a delicious evening meal within the kitchen, complete with a range of appliances required to assist you during your self-catering getaway.

Joining the kitchen is a plush seating arrangement, where you can get cosy with a cup of tea in hand as you tune into the TV.

To the left of the property is a formal dining room, a great spot for a family celebration.This room can be converted to a downstairs bedroom/dining room for those with limited mobility, as it also contains a folding guest bed.

Concluding the ground floor is a gleaming shower room, great for washing those sandy toes before you explore the rest of the property.

Climb the staircase to retire in the evening within one of the elegantly-appointed bedrooms, each boasting a well-presented double bed and a refreshing ambiance to wake up to each morning.

Being centrally located, you are just a short distance away from plenty of places to eat and drink, with no shortage of different cuisines and places to grab an ice cream as you meander down to the beach; guests can even visit the annual Garlic Bread Festival or experience the Chale Show which displays horticulture, entertainment, food and endless fun!

You are just a short stroll from Sandown train station where you can hop onto the newly refurbished ex-London tube trains straight from Southampton to Ryde FastCat.

Walk along the Esplanade and be met with the glorious dog-friendly Yaverland Beach where you will find opportunities for crazy golf, windsurfing, kayaking and fossil hunting or explore one of the 25 other beaches that surround the island.

For those with children, enjoy a spot of fossil hunting, explore the Dinosaur museum or enjoy a traditional seaside holiday by taking advantage of the many activities available on the Pier.

In total the Island has over 50 attractions but other notable ones include the UK’s oldest amusement park Blackgang Chine and Osborne which was Queen Victoria’s former holiday home.

Alternatively, find a magnitude of superb coastal walks upon the island as well as walking events like the Walk the Wight and IOW Walking Festival or travel to the delights of Ryde and Newport.

Time your visit right to experience the legendary Isle of Wight Musical Festival, the colourful Ventnor Fringe Festival offering comedy, art and a variety of performances or one of the oldest and most respected regattas during Cowes Week.

Lancaster House is an outstanding base for an Isle of Wight adventure.

Here are 5 exciting things you can do: 1 Amazing Events - The ultimate summer party starts in June with the legendary Isle of Wight Festival, for a weekend of music, dancing, and fun!

This year’s line-up features headline sets from Pulp, George Ezra, The Chemical Brothers and Robbie Williams.In July Ventnor Fringe takes over the town in a colourful celebration of comedy, art, and performance, and the world’s biggest sailing regatta descends on the Island for Cowes Week.

Plus, there’s a busy calendar of events throughout the year that’s well worth checking out.

2 The Great Outdoors - With contrasting landscapes and miles of coastline, the island is a hub for outdoor adventures.

Kayaking, surfing, coasteering, sailing, walking, hiking, cycling… the list is endless!

What’s more, you can bring your bikes, paddleboards, kayaks, whatever you need to fit more into your holiday and head out exploring.

Head out to explore the Island on foot with some of our great walking events, such as Walk the Wight in May, and the IW Walking Festival on both spring and autumn.

3 Exciting Places to visit - The island is home to over 50 attractions including the UK’s oldest theme park, Blackgang Chine and former holiday home of Queen Victoria, Osborne.

Alongside those you can enjoy days out at the Isle of Wight’s Steam Railway, aqua park, animal attractions, and iconic Needles landmark.

There is so much to see and do during a visit.

4 Fabulous Food - The Isle of Wight knows good food, and with award-winning restaurants, pubs, cafes and local produce you’re in for a real foodie treat!

With the majority being independent businesses, you can say goodbye to boring, bland chain eateries, and hello to vibrant, tasty food!

In August you can visit the annual Garlic Festival offering a delicious taste of the island, and visit the family favourite, Chale Show, which showcases the best of horticulture, entertainment, food, and fun.

5 Brilliant Beaches - Over 25 beaches surround the Island from golden sands to shingle, with much of the South Island coastline perfect for fossil hunting!

Enjoy the peace and sun at secluded bays or go head-to-head with the kids for the ultimate sandcastle competition on a traditional resort beach. Discover a natural playground for adventurers with paddle-boarding, surfing and cave exploring, or the ultimate relaxation to simply sit and watch the waves roll in.

The Island’s beaches really do offer something for everyone!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


  • Shanklin 3 miles
  • Ryde 6 miles
  • Newport 8.5 miles
  • Cowes 13.5

Situated on the south east coast of the island, this lovely town has something for everyone! It is home to the longest stretch of beach on the island, extending six miles from the chalk headland of Culver Cliff in the north, to Dunnose Head in the south. This glorious expanse of sand provides excellent bathing, and facilities for all kinds of watersports. Blackgang Chine is perfect for the young and young at heart, with attractions such as the Hall of Funny Mirrors, Giant Hedge Maze and a 100m fast boat slide. The Shanklin Chine is also well worth a visit, with its dramatic waterfalls and deeply shaded paths. Boasting lovely coastal walks and spectacular scenery, Sandown is known as one of the sunniest places on the South coast, making it a perfect holiday destination for all.

Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £200 for this property
Sail and save with a 30% off Isle of Wight ferry travel. Book between 17th November and 1st December 2023 for travel to the Island anytime, and for any duration, up until the end of 2024* (excludes 20 - 24 June 2024 T's and C's apply - see for details)

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas