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Ladylands Cottage

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "A very nice cottage in a good location."

    BUT, the walk in shower could not be used because there was no heat provided in a very cold space. The previous guests also complained about it. The radiators in the kitchen and twin room were also permanently cold, with no facility for adjustment. The modest "welcome pack" included a small half filled jug of milk, partially covered, which does not comply with good food hygiene standards. (A 500ml. carton of milk only costs 90p!!) The advertised village shop has been shut since Christmas and is unlikely to re-open, we were told. The shop in Brighstone was excellent.

    I was disappointed to receive your review as no issues were raised during your stay. I don’t advertise a “Welcome Pack” but try to leave some essentials guests might need on arrival. Most guests appreciate this. The boiler and radiators are new. Unfortunately, some guests alter settings although asked not to and this overheats the thermostat zone compared with the rest of the house. This can shut the boiler off. There are fires for guests to use. There are two showers available. There is a new village farm shop with local produce - this is signposted at the end of the road. We always try to ensure that guests have an enjoyable stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger3.8May 2024

  • "Ladylands is ideal for visiting the Island."

    It is central to everywhere that you may want to visit. The kitchen is well equipped, the utility room excellent for storing outdoor clothing and dog stuff. We had a restful, peaceful time, just what we needed. THANK YOU.

    I’m so pleased you enjoyed your first visit to the island and hope that you will come back again. Many of our guests are walkers and cyclists - the utility room offers space for boots and winter weather clothing. The cottage is immediately adjacent to a footpath and cycle path leading to the Tennyson Trail. It was nice to meet you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy4.4Oct 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage in a beautiful area - didn’t disappoint."

    Would definitely recommend. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    We are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and adjacent to footpaths. A lot of our guests use the cottage as a base for walking, exploring the countryside and coastal paths. I’m glad that you enjoyed your stay at Ladylands Cottage and hope that you will visit us again. Thank you for being great guests! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Oct 2023

  • "A real home from home with everything needed supplied for a great holiday."

    The local pub was a real bonus for those that don't want to cook as they provide great meals. The only slight negatives are that the garden is very steep for OAPs and those not agile. The parking works best if you reverse into the property and are confident when leaving as you are unsighted along the road.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your holiday and discovered the local pub which many guests have recommended. We have tried to be more accommodating to less mobile guests by providing step free access from parking and a ground floor toilet and shower. However the garden is on a sloping site and the bedrooms are upstairs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay , very relaxing and comfortable, wonderful views across ..."

    Lovely place to stay , very relaxing and comfortable, wonderful views across the countryside to see , there was plenty of room for our family of five,

    Thank you for your comments here and in our Guest Book. I’m pleased that you have enjoyed yourselves so much and discovered some great places to visit. The views and walks from the cottage are lovely. Thank you for being great guests and we hope that you will come back to us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neal5.0Aug 2023

  • "Cannot understand that when a washing machine, iron, clothes line and pegs are provided an ironing board is not."

    An information file ( which has been available in every other property I have used ) is necessary. No information on washing machine, dishwasher, recycling, bin days, Wi-Fi code, what to do with bedding and towels, emergencies etc. was available. Both my contacts with Sykes would have been unnecessary had the information been available. I find it difficult to understand that Sykes have not advised the owner of this requirement prior to marketing and I see it as a Sykes problem, not necessarily the owner. On the day we were leaving the next clients turned up at 9.15 in the morning wanting to “put some stuff in the house”. I refused as we had possession until 10.00 and stated the cleaners had not been in and they should not arrive before 15.00. They drove away after waiting a short while but I am not aware if they came back before their allocated time.

    If an item isn’t included in a cottage listing it may not be available- currently our listing doesn’t include an ironing board but I take your point that some visitors might want one. All information about the cottage, wi fi, appliances and emergencies was emailed to you prior to your visit. Emergency information is displayed on the wall next to the wc and Sykes provided an emergency contact number. We were able to assist you when you locked both of the keys in the cottage although, as it was a busy afternoon (Saturday), Sykes were unable to relay your message immediately. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for the behaviour of other guests and I am sorry they called when you were obviously busy clearing up and preparing to vacate the property. Sykes are very clear in informing all guests of check out and check in times. We would ask all guests to respect these so that we have time to prepare the cottage for new arrivals. We always like the have the cottage looking clean and welcoming. We trust that despite these minor irritations you had an enjoyable holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David3.8Jun 2023

  • "Ladylands was a beautiful old cottage with a gorgeous garden."

    The owners were amazing, very communicative and lovely to talk to. The house was comfortable and provided pretty much everything we needed. It was great to have basic essentials of toilet roll, dishwashing products and milk in the fridge. It could be better if it had a freezer as well as a fridge: the icebox in the fridge was not enough for a family of 5. The broadband was brilliant, super fast, but the one tiny TV in the living room was disappointing. Otherwise, we had a lovely stay and have already recommended the cottage to our friends. You can't have everything, you just need to be prepared. We are already looking at a return visit to the Isle of Wight, as there is so much to do and a week wasn't long enough! Shorwell was a good location to explore the island, and the local pub which was only a few houses away was amazing too!

    Thank you for your feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed both the cottage and the garden. The TV isn’t huge but does have Freeview. We have a freezer compartment large enough for the children’s ice creams but not large enough for a week’s shopping. However there is a tiny shop in the village, a village store with a good selection at Brighstone and a Co-op within five miles. There are also some really great pubs for eating out and some lovely local produce available on the island. We would be very pleased to see you again if you make a return visit. Thank you for your feedback which helps us to make improvements. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely little cosy cottage."

    photos don’t really do it justice. So peaceful and quiet, had the best nights sleep in a long long time. Plenty of cutlery and crockery. Garden kept lovely, probably not good for small children due to the steep slope. But view from the top is beautiful. One small critique would be for a mirror to be put up above the sink in the downstairs shower room. Good to have its own parking space.

    Thank you for your feedback and your lovely comments. We do ask that small children are supervised in the garden because the steps are unfenced. Some young visitors have discovered the slopes are useful for rolling down! There are also flat areas for games. Our own grandchildren sometimes visit. There are indoor and outdoor games for the children. You are right that the view from the top of the hill is great and well worth the climb! There are lovely walks and cycle rides in quiet lanes surrounding the village. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely Cottage in a very picturesque village."

    The Cottage was very homely, clean and tidy with everything we needed. Stunning costal view from the top of the hill behind the cottage was a real bonus! Would definitely recommend to anyone.

    The view is definitely worth the climb! We love the walks around the village. I’m pleased that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2022

  • "The garden is not securely fenced."

    Not safe for young children or dog's.

    We advise visitors to supervise children in the garden in our listing because of the access steps (which are not fenced) and changes in levels in the garden. We do allow well- behaved dogs but again would advise that these are supervised. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brynetta4.1Oct 2022

  • "Our only criticism was the lack of information about the heating system(s)."

    It was very cold when we arrived and had to contact Sykes for instructions. Also a shower curtain in the bathroom would protect the floor. Other than that we had a very comfortable stay in a lovely cottage and village.

    I’m sorry you found the heating difficult - you were the first to use it. It’s a new system with timer and thermostat (apart from the storage heaters). I have included some instructions in my cottage info now. I will always try to help any visitor with a problem and was glad we could sort that one out quickly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Sep 2022

  • "Had a wonderful stay in the cottage."

    It is freshly decorated and spotlessly clean. Very peaceful location and there was everything we needed in the cottage. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your lovely review and also for looking after the cottage so well. I am glad that you had a fantastic time and visited so many lovely places. You would be welcome back anytime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great location and excellent cottage."

    I’m pleased that you enjoyed your holiday, the cottage and visits to local places. Thank you for being great guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "We only stayed for two nights there was no hot water upstairs ; the teapot and cups had to be cleaned as all stained and to make matters worse the housekeeping bond was taken from my account because the draining board in the kitchen got wet it is all wood and should dry naturally ; or it is not fit for purpose ."

    .I have complained asked for proof of replacement but was told by Sykes if you want your money back go through the small claims court’s not acceptable to use the bond to increase the cost ..we left the cottage immaculate cleaner than when we arrived

    Thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn2.2Jul 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • Ground-floor walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric stove
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Electric central heating with electric stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine
  • TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Private driveway for 2 cars
  • Front/side garden with lawn
  • Enclosed rear multi-level garden with lawn and furniture
  • One well-behaved small dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: There are steps to the exterior, please supervise children in the garden

The property

Situated in the pretty village of Shorwell, near the south coast of the Isle of Wight, is this charming dwelling, Ladylands Cottage.

Set in an AONB, closely located to some of the islands best beaches, adjacent to a bridal path leading to the popular Tennyson trail.

Ladylands Cottage is the perfect abode for a family retreat, accommodating six guests and one well-behaved small dog; make the most of the nearby woods and gardens, by bringing your furry friend along.

Pulling up to the stone-fronted cottage, make use of the private driveway, whilst taking in your character-filled surroundings.

Heading through the side garden and into the utility room, you'll be met by the perfect place to refresh after a long country walk, with plenty of space for your walking boots and a washing machine, a ground-floor shower room is also beyond this.

Venturing through to the heart of the home, relish in the bright and airy open-plan living space, incorporating a traditional kitchen, inviting dining area, ideal for a home-cooked meal.

Beyond here, you will find a further sitting room, displaying direct views out to the front garden, along with a TV to gather around as the evening unfolds; use this space as your sanctuary, to read a book, or to plan your impending itinerary.

Boasting an enclosed, multi-level garden, work your way up the stone steps and up to the spacious lawned area, offering views of rolling hills and neighbouring woodlands; enjoy some privacy whilst emerged in the stillness of nature.

Once you're ready to rest your eyes, explore the first-floor, where you'll find a double, a twin, a bunk room, providing your family with flexible sleeping arrangements, and a main bathroom.

If you can break away from your stunning abode, discover the centre of Shorwell, where you'll find a small village shop, The Crown Inn pub, and a small park, along with multiple walking routes through the nearby terrain.

If you're an avid walker, there are plenty of nearby footbaths and a coastal path nearby.

For the more energetic, explore the local cycle routes from Shorwell, quieter Lanes to Brighstone, the Chalk Ridge Extreme, or the Mountain Bike Centre at Cheverton Farm Shorwell․ You can also try your hand at surfing at nearby beaches.

Perfect for the entire family, arrange a tour around Carisbrooke Castle, visit Amazon World Zoo, and engage with rare and exotic animals, Robin Hill or Blackgang Chine theme parks, or aboard The Needles Landmark Attraction to appreciate elevated views of the Isle of Wight.

Totland Bay, Tapnell Farm and Fort Victoria Country Park are also popular countryside hotspots, fitting to explore as a family.

Choose Ladylands Cottage as your dwelling for a memorable escape to Shorwell.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


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