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Distant Shores

(Ref. 968071)

Ventnor, Isle of Wight Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Very classy flat which is a step up from usual self catering accommodation."

    Very well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and sofa/chair. Was a bit breezy during our stay so didn’t get as much use of the balcony as we hoped. Great views down to Ventnor beach. Great location with lots of good places to eat close by (especially recommend Rex’s) and co-op and boots 5 min walk away. Owners very helpful

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent apartment well located and having parking is a sheer bonus."

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful location, i could get used to waking up to a sea view every morning, was a perfect start to the day."

    Apartment was well equipped, clean, had everything you could possibly need. Very helpful hosts, always at the end of the phone if you needed them. Parking was a plus parking is very limited in Ventnor. Thank you for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great location, fabulous decor and a very helpful host"

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Feb 2023

  • "A very enjoyable stay in a great apartment, which is well equipped and comfortable."

    The location in Ventnor is perfect, with sunset views and an easy walk to nearby restaurants, pubs and shops. A private parking space is an added bonus at any time of year, as Ventnor is understandably popular and it was helpful to park nearby. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jan 2023

  • "Distant Shores is a lovely property."

    The view from the bedroom window is stunning! It is very clean, very comfortable, well equipped and very quiet. It is also very well placed for restaurants, pubs and shops in Ventnor. We had a wonderful time and hope to return sometime. Thank you for refunding the housekeeping bond so quickly.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Oct 2022

  • "Excellent equipped kitchen and flat."

    very comfortable. spacious and exceptionally clean. thank you for your kindness and for being great hosts. Easy access to to the shops, bars and restaurants in the town centre, whilst still offering good views of the sea, beach and coastline. Great to have adjacent parking provided, although the surface needs a bit of attention. overall, we had a wonderful holiday. we loved the botanical gardens in Ventnor. the local Co-op which was 2 minute walk was wonderfully stocked, making it easy to eat in the property without actually cooking! my kind of holiday!

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful stylish apartment in a great location however, this was greatly let down by the attention to detail."

    The apartment was the least clean that we have ever stayed in with Sykes. There was lots of dust on higher surfaces and around the bath taps and sinks were filthy. The grouting in both bathrooms was black in places (some of the mould could easily be removed with little effort). Very disappointing cleanliness in site of the recent pandemic. The toilet seat in the main bathroom was loose and the tap In the ensuite dripped constantly and wasnt fixed to the sink at all. We were unable to clean as not even one cleaning cloth was left for us to use (most unusual for a Sykes property) and only one teatowel which was stained and old for 4 people to use in a week. Other reviews commented on welcome provisions/essentials and other than salt and pepper and a few teabags and a couple of teaspoons of coffee there was nothing. Some of the soft furnishings are tired and need replacing. Such a shame in what could easily be an outstanding property.

    Thank you for this feedback Leisa - it is incredibly important to us and will always be taken very seriously. We are absolutely gutted that Distant Shores did not meet your expectations in the critical areas you detail; and are extremely saddened at a number of those areas being ‘firsts’ for us for in terms of customer feedback. We take cleanliness extremely seriously and have worked closely with our team to understand why your stay didn’t meet our usually high standards; and, how we ensure this does not happen ever again. Importantly also ensuring that, you as guests, are enabled to maintain that cleanliness during your stay. On-going, we review furnishing standards and make any necessary investments to ensure we maintain a quality experience for our guests. Whilst we can be restricted in what we can do during high season e.g. carpets were replaced in March this year / off season due to practicalities - we will ensure we are super scrupulous in our next review, including review of the supplementary and complimentary items we provide to guests, to ensure an optimally comfortable stay. Once again, our sincerest apologies. When we heard from you early into your holiday, we were so pleased you were settling in and set for a great week; so are again, properly gutted that wasn’t the case. If you can afford us the opportunity to welcome you back as returning guests, like many we have welcomed this season – we’d love the opportunity to ensure you have a stay that exceeds your expectations. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leisa2.8Aug 2022

  • "Great apartment with fantastic views and central location close to shops and amenities."

    We really enjoyed using the place as our home from home, particularly being able to sit on the balcony. I missed having coffee making facilities but that didn't detract from the place. The owners were very helpful too.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback Rianne and so glad we could be of assistance during your stay. Gutted you missed your coffee! Can't believe it! We love ours and have specifically put both a percolator and a cafetiere in Distant Shores. We couldn't live without it! So sorry you missed them! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rianne4.7Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Distant Shores."

    It’s a beautiful apartment in a great location, and the owners were very helpful when dealing with a couple of issues. Would definitely recommend staying here and hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2021

  • "We loved the flat and sea view."

    Very nicely furbished and enjoyed sitting on the small balcony in the afternoon sun.

    Reviewed by David4.1Aug 2021

  • "Stunning apartment and beautiful base to explore the Isle of Wight."

    It was a glorious holiday. Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Aug 2021

  • "The kitchen was one of the best equipped I have ever had."

    The bed and furniture were comfortable but if there were 4 people staying there I think it needs another chair. Thank you to sykes for sorting us out when we lost the property keys, and thank you to the cleaner for coming so quickly to let us in. The price for next year has gone up considerbly so it has outpriced itself if there are only 2 of you, ok if there were 4 people.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jun 2021

  • "Presentation of the property was excellent, it was very well equipped."

    The en-suite was part of the twin bedroom which was a bit unusual. Lovely sea view from the double bedroom. Balcony is a nice feature and has sea view, Ventnor is very hilly with steep inclines from the beach/esplanade to the flat and the town. The parking bay for the flat is a great asset, but do heed the warning about the tightness of the angle of the entrance to the car park. We had a lovely relaxing holiday

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful apartment in beautiful Vetnor."

    We had an amazing holiday, would recommend to couples wanting a grown up holiday. We had everything we could possibly need. Thank you

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Oct 2020

  • "A lovely apartment with everything you could possibly need and in a very good location - a perfect combination for a great family holiday!"

    Excellent communications from the owners too. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Jul 2020

  • "Location was perfect both for sea views and access to shops, restaurants."

    Central location but in quiet road. Very well appointed accommodation with attention to detail for the holidaymaker - everything to hand, very comfortable and in excellent condition. Owners provided lots of information which was very helpful. Bus service amazing to get around the Island and bus stop within minutes of property. Weather was mixed, not surprising for October, but content to relax and look out to sea when raining. Great walks on the downs and cliff tops straight from the property. Would highly recommend and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Oct 2019

  • "A really, really enjoyable place to stay."

    You have everything you need with in a 2-minutes walk. The town with all the shops, restaurants, take-aways etc, the beach and seafront with it's café and bars, again 2-minutes away and the view from the first floor apartment is just gorgeous, you can sit on the balcony and drink in the sea views as well as sip on your G&T. Some times you book a place more in hope than judgement and pray you've got it right, we hit the jackpot!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2019

  • "The view was beautiful."

    The parking space was useful. The kitchen was a bit cramped.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely clean, well maintained apartment in an ideal location for exploring the Isle of Wight."

    Reviewed by Scott4.7Aug 2019

  • "Fabulous apartment with everything that you could need for a holiday."

    Location was excellent and very handy for popping into town to the shops. Kitchen was well equipped and we liked using the picnic bag so much we bought one when we got home! Shelley was a great host and extremely helpful during a catalogue of mis-haps during our week. We would love to return again soon :)

    Reviewed by Annie5.0Jul 2019

  • "Really great holiday, very nice apartment with lovely views from the balcony over the sea."

    Everything was decorated to a high standard. The only downside is that the arrival instructions could have been clearer - the "Distant Shores" plaque that we were looking for was inside the building, upstairs! Don't let this put you off from making a booking, but look for "MIRAMARE COURT", not "Distant Shores" when you arrive! Parking is provided opposite (the car park entrance is a bit tight, but we got our big car in with no problems - it is easier to reverse in with a large car!) Location is perfect, just above the seafront and 2 minutes walk to the town. The Chinese restaurant just around the corner is lovely and the "Two Cooks" cafe (just past "Tintos" on the road with the Co-op) is a nice friendly place for a coffee or breakfast. Buses are regular from outside Boots, but if you arrived by car then it is probably cheaper to drive.....

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Jul 2019

  • "The apartment was of a very high standard in terms of design, facilities and attention to detail."

    The views of the sea from the windows and the light in the rooms were added features which made it very pleasant to live in. The central location made it easy to get to the beach, local shops and excellent restaurants. We had a great time and will remember it as probably one of the best holiday apartments we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Krystyna5.0Jun 2019

  • "Ideal Location for Exploring the Isle of Wight 'Distant Shores' is very comfortable and well equipped."

    We loved the seaview and the fact that there are many places to have a nice meal within walking distance. The reserved parking space is a real bonus. We couldn't have chosen a better holiday home for our first time on the Isle of Wight-

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2019

  • "Nice apartment, although I think it would be cramped with four people in it."

    Generally well equipped and we enjoyed it, although we could not access Freeview on the tv.

    Reviewed by Jacqui3.8Apr 2019

  • "The apartment was very comfy and extremely convenient for all amenities in Ventnor."

    It was easy to get to the rest of the island on the bus. A really great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Feb 2019

  • "Great clean modern property is wonderful location."

    Parking is a bonus with 2 minute walk into town and the beach front. Lovely sunsets from the flat as well.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Oct 2018

  • "Well appointed for walking and car trips."

    Excellent bus service across the entire island from just round the corner, plenty of good restaurants and shops within a few minutes(5 at most) and wonderful sea view. Glad that there was a dedicated parking space even if it was a little tight on entry and exit. Can thoroughly recommend this lovely flat. Chris

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2018

  • "Great location!"

    Everything was acoording to the descriptions. Lovely views, clean, very high standard.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Jul 2018

  • "Stylish and very comfortable apartment in convenient location."

    The kitchen is well equipped with everything you might need. We would definitely stay again.

    Ms Watson, thank you for the kind feedback. We're delighted Distant Shores ticked the crucial boxes for comfort, convenience and location and was equipped with everything you needed during your stay. We really hope you do return to stay with us so you can explore the endless delights Ventnor has to offer. Shelley & Dan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jun 2018

  • "We were very pleased with the apartment."

    it had everything we required including 2 bathrooms and a car park space large enough for our car. the owners had gone the extra mile with the quality of the furnishings and the kitchen equipment. We have stayed in so many places which had been lacking in kitchen china glasses etc. However this apartment exceeded expectations. Thank you so much for making the holiday such a great one. Ventnor was also lovely. best place on the Island! So - a great apartment and a great place. what more is required!

    Mrs Lewis, thank you for you lovely feedback . We are delighted you had a wonderful time at Distant Shores and Ventnor which exceeded your expectations (we might be biased but agree Ventnor really is the best place on the island). We're also so pleased we could assist you during your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Shelley & Dan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Jun 2018

  • "The Distant Shores apartment met the description given and had a few extra welcome touches."

    We found your communications via email through each stage of the booking efficient and reassuring. We appreciate that the vast majority of people will travel by their own means of transport, but there are a few of us out here who do not own cars - or even don't drive, so did a lot of research on the possibilities of where we could conveniently stay on the Isle of Wight. Therefore information on frequency of train or bus services would be very useful in connection with the properties you advertise. A map location of the property would also have been helpful as we trundled our luggage along the route given for car access, whereas the was a much shorter route from the bus stop to the property on foot. This is a suggestion, not a criticism, given because the needs of non-car travelers are often overlooked! (We successfully traveled from Lancashire to Ventnor without any problems!)

    Mrs Mitchell, we're really pleased Distant Shores met your expectations. Thank you for your feedback on your logistics of travel, feedback like this is crucial to us. In response we've asked that prior to travel guests should be advised we should be contacted to assist with any travel or holiday questions. Thank you and we hope to see you again soon. Shelley & Dan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0May 2018

  • "What a fantastic short break."

    We've been to Ventnor before but enjoyed it so much more because of this accommodation. It is beautifully decorated, clean, comfortable with fab views out to sea. Also thanks to the owners who were very helpful during our stay, nothing was too much to ask for. Will definitely visit again

    Thank you Mr Hulls for your feedback. We're so pleased we could be of assistance during your stay, you had a fantastic time and we're chuffed Distant Shores played a key part in that. We can't wait to see you again. Shelley & Dan. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Open plan sitting and dining area for 4.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, smoothie maker, TV with Amazon Fire Stick, Netflix, DVD, WIFI, selection of books, games and DVDs, hair dryers, ironing board
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Bath mat and hand towels inc. in rent
  • Bath towels – guests are requested to bring their own
  • Off road-parking for one car
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Welcome Pack – provided as PDF prior to stay
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop, pub and restaurant 5 mins walk
  • Note: Children to be supervised due to the balcony
  • Please note: This property comes with a £250 Good House Keeping which you pay to the owner before you check in.

The property

This luxury Victorian first floor holiday apartment is tucked away in a quiet street, enjoying the scenic delights and stunning sea views of Ventnor with a wonderful sea front location and a bunch of shops, restaurants, bars and the beach only a few minutes walk away.

Whether you are planning a romantic break or an adventure with friends, this apartment is the place to be.

The modern lounge carries an almost coastal feel, where you can relax on the comfortable sofas and socialise with your loved ones.

A dining table lies nearby, so all guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner without having to leave the peaceful set up.

The beautiful kitchen is a homely place to prepare your favourite meals throughout the day and the white units bring a fresh and clean feel.

As the sun sets you can enjoy a pre dinner drink on the balcony, before strolling down for an evening at one of Ventnor’s Michelin star restaurants.

Come night time, the king-size double bedroom is the perfect chance to escape into your own world and cosy up amongst the beautiful sea views, and wake up to it all over again.

The twin bedroom brings a touch of colour and is equally ideal for adults and children to enjoy a restful nights sleep.

This room also comes complete with an en-suite.

However you choose to spend the afternoon, you will look forward to returning to the stunning landscape which you can admire from the balcony to one of the Island’s most rugged and scenic coastlines.

With plenty to see and do around the island for all the family, including great walking and cycling opportunities, medieval castles, historic houses and a variety of gardens and waterfalls, this holiday destination is not to be missed.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Newport 10 miles; Cowes 15 miles.

The quaint Victorian seaside resort of Ventnor is located at the southern end of the island and accessed via an array of steep winding roads set amidst beautiful scenery. Sheltered by St. Boniface Down, one of the island's highest points and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this charming town has a uniquely mild micro climate enabling tropical and exotic plants to grow throughout the area. The gently sloping sandy and fine shingle beaches and coves provide excellent facilities for watersports and offer a range of stunning coastal paths to explore, while the harbour sells a broad range of fresh fish and locally-caught seafood. Ventnor is one of the Isle of Wight’s most prestigious food destinations with a good variety of high-quality restaurants,
Bistros, pubs and shops along the esplanade and close to the town centre. The Botanical Gardens are within easy reach and well worth a visit, whilst around the island there are great walking and cycling opportunities, medieval castles, historic houses and a variety of gardens and waterfalls, as well as the unspoilt fishing bay. This great holiday destination has plenty to offer all year-round, and it's easy to see why it's known as the prettiest place on the Isle of Wight!

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Please note: This property comes with a £250 Good House Keeping which you pay to the owner before you check in.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter