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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Tovah was a very comfortable holiday home."

    Location was convenient and accommodation suited our needs well.

    Thank you for your feedback - it is much appreciated and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. It was nice meeting you and talking about Yarmouth over the years. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.7May 2024

  • "We love old and historic buildings, so from that viewpoint, this was right up our street."

    Great location, slap bang in the centre of Yarmouth. Very handy for the fabulous fish & chips next door! We arrived late on the Friday evening and were given the wrong set of keys by Hardy's. Also, rather reluctantly told that we were 'entitled' to 2 pints of milk. It's not what you say, it's the way....... The house was freezing and didn't seem 'guest ready'. All in all, a rather unwelcoming start. The low beams were a problem right from the get go and my husband nearly knocked himself out on a number of occasions. It was so bad we considered returning home early but we managed to better navigate things as the days went by. The little log burner was gorgeous but sadly very few logs were left for us to burn. Disappointing that we had to pay our own way to supplement the heating, as a few more logs would've gone a long way. I guess we weren't quite prepared for a winter break and assumed (wrongly) that the heating side of things would be taken care of. The week felt like a battle to stay warm as well as stay safe (from the beams). The kitchen was so cold, that we had to put the Aga stove on to help warm the room up, as there was no other mode of heating. In a nutshell, the overall stay was disappointing and I'm sure it would've been quite a different experience in the summer. I think it would take only a small effort to get this lovely cottage up to a winter stay standard, so please don't take my feedback as completely negative. The view from the master bedroom window was wonderful and was a joy to wake up to every morning. We're regulars to Yarmouth, and everyone is so friendly.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry the cottage was cold on your arrival. We discovered that the heat had not been set correctly for the first day of your stay and once we realised corrected it. As indicated in the welcome pack, we would always advise if any issues are encountered during your stay to contact us so that we can help in a timely way. Guests can always change the temperature setting to suits their needs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter2.8Feb 2024

  • "Perfect place to stay for our Christmas break and the tree was an unexpected bonus."

    The cottage was cosy and had everything supplied that we could wish for. We enjoyed our stay so much that we have booked again for next year. It was definitely a home from home and we were very reluctant to leave!

    Thankyou for your feedback lovely to hear you have enjoyed your Christmas break in Tovah! Look forward to welcoming you again next Christmas! Wishing you a Happy New Year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Dec 2023

  • "It is a lovely cottage in lovely location."

    Great walking area and easy to get to other places. Nice view of the Solent from the balcony on top bedroom. Thank you to the owners for organising the parking permit.

    Thankyou very much for your feedback. We also enjoy walking in the West Wight especially from Freshwater to the Needles over Tennyson Down. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a perfect location in Yarmouth town centre with all shops and facilities on your doorstep which was perfect for us in our favourite place on the island."

    PRO’S Property was really nice inside with comfy furniture in the lounge area and all the modern facilities you would require such as WiFi and tv. Separate dining room from lounge that leads to kitchen which has everything you need and all modern appliances. Beds were comfy and the views from the top bedroom and balcony are fantastic looking at the sea and boats as you look to the right. The owner was helpful sending a welcome pack to us via email in advance and also organised a parking permit for us at their cost which was really appreciated to park nearby as there is no parking at the property. However I would say before 10am and after 6pm we established there is alternative parking nearby for free in the town centre near the Bugle pub as well which is around 50 yards away. CON’S Only downsides found with the property was the low beams in a couple of the bedrooms as you enter them and the top bathroom as my husband hit his head a few times (husband is just under 6 foot). However none of my other party hit their head so I would also put that down to my husbands clumsiness! We also had an older relative with us that did struggle with the stairs a little which although there are only a few steps they are quite narrow and on a bend with difficult located handrails but the rest of us adults and kids found the stairs no problem and there were no accidents thankfully. Overall a lovely weeks stay at a quaint cottage and we were considering to come back next year again (2024) had the week we wanted been available again. However we will certainly consider staying here again for a future holiday to the island if it’s still available.

    We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We agree care should be taken on tbe spiral staircase and the low beams on the top floor. We look forward to welcoming you again to stay in Tovah! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie4.1Aug 2023

  • "It’s loverly and so convenient for the town, would definitely stay there again."

    Thankyou for your feedback, we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay in Yarmouth Tovah is a delightful cottage much bigger than it looks."

    The garden and terrace was a bonus. We loved it all and will be back.

    We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay in Tovah. Thankyou for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely characterful cottage in the heart of Yarmouth."

    Beautifully equipped with everything we needed

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0May 2023

  • "Not our first stay at Tovah and it is still a lovely cottage in a lovely location."

    Can’t praise it enough.

    Thankyou for your feedback so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in Tovah hope to welcome you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Property was faultless in every way."

    Excellent location. Cottage was amazingly spacious, warm and very cosy, Additional thanks to the owner for arranging a parking permit and letting us know we had parked in the wrong place, avoiding a possible fine!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2022

  • "Wonderful property and excellent for the whole family"

    Reviewed by Drusilla5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fab property."

    Loved it

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Aug 2022

  • "It’s the second time we have stayed here, great house, great location."

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Aug 2022

  • "We fell in love with Tovah as soon as we walked in the door."

    Real little gem, in a perfect location close to the centre of Yarmouth. We only paid for the parking the first night, after this we were able to find parking spaces nearby in Y1 zone, which was a bonus. We had fantastic weather all week and watered the plants in the garden 3 or 4 times to help them survive the heat. Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fab cottage,great location will recommend"

    Reviewed by Glynis4.1Jul 2022

  • "I found the cottage cold during the day without lighting the woodburner."

    the timing of the heating was too restricted - no more than a couple of hours in the morning and not available until after 5 pm in the evening. also the lighting in the sitting room was inadequate.

    Reviewed by Shuna4.7Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic place, well equipped, convenient ,lovely week"

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Feb 2022

  • "The cottage was simply lovely."

    The bedrooms all generous in size. I had the top room. What amazing views. The only negative was how cold the cottage was. I grew up in a old & cold house, but we all found it hard to stay warm. We did have a storm while we were there, I which wouldn’t have helped especially in the kitchen As the roof let’s a lot of cold air in. We did managed to find some heaters under the units which helped a little. Yarmouth is simply stunning and the house is well situated with everything on your doorstep! Literally,

    Reviewed by Philippa4.4Nov 2021

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable stay, excellent accommodation."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2021

  • "I found the central heating a bit erratic- it failed to come on until quite late and the evenings were quite chilly."

    Then on one occasion it came on in the middle of the night. We were in the top bedroom with a beautiful view over the water but although we were aware the stairs might be a challenge at our age we found the narrow winding staircase and steepness of the stairs were difficult. The cottage itself was very nice and the position in the centre of Yarmouth was ideal- close to the shops, ferry and pubs. Unfortunately whether it was because it was relatively late in the season, or the impact of Covid, several of the food outlets were closed.

    Thankyou for your feedback the gas central heating is based on a Nest thermostat and fully adjustable to suit your needs. The default settings have been extended to address your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diana3.8Sep 2021

  • "The Cottage was beautiful Stairs were a little steep so would recommend you ..."

    The Cottage was beautiful Stairs were a little steep so would recommend you inform guests ok for us though, we would definitely stay there again

    Reviewed by Mary Valerie4.7Jun 2021

  • "The trip was fantastic and the cottage was better than I anticipated, very cosy and ideally located in the middle of town."

    I will definitely try to book for a longer stay next time.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2020

  • "Tovah is in an excellent location in the middle of Yarmouth."

    Parking is a problem generally but the permits help, except you never know which local street you will be parked on. The house is surprisingly spacious with a large well equipped kitchen and a great sea view from the upstairs master bedroom. The 2 problems with the house is the steep spiral staircase, not too easy for the elderly, and the erratic central heating which keeps turning itself down. Very annoying when the weather is cold. Yarmouth is a great location as a village by the sea with its own car ferry service. There are good shops and pubs within a few minutes walk. We would certainly go back.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Mar 2020

  • "Good;- spotless,nice and warm,very comfy bed ,well equipped and spacious."

    Bad;- The fridge was not switched on, an inconvenience for most but for me panic inducing as I am on medication that needs to be refrigerated. Glad the shop was open to buy bottles of milk to keep it cool until the fridge cooled down. There were only 4 days of parking permits left out,despite a call to Sykes it was not sorted although they did try. We eventually found more in an envelope addressed to the owner in the cupboard under the breakfast bar. The living room furniture should be replaced,we had to put some scatter cushions under the sofa cushions to support them.The front door rim lock plays up making entry difficult.

    Reviewed by David4.4Feb 2020

  • "It was a really nice cottage."

    The only issue we had was with the keys. There was a definite knack to getting them to work!

    Thank you for your feedback. Pleased you had a great time at our Cottage. Thank you for the information regarding the lock, we have now fitted a brand new one to rectify this. Look forward to seeing again. Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Dec 2019

  • "The furniture in the cottage is seriously lacking, you can see as soon as you walk into the lounge that the furniture needs replacing."

    There was no stuffing left in the seat cushions on the sofa and chairs so we were sitting on the frame for a week. The rest of the cottage was lovely with plenty of grocery, cutlery and saucepans in the kitchen. It was also very difficult to keep the cottage warm as the heating was not easy to keep on. You have to keep adjusting the thermostat to get heating to come in as it reverts back to its previous setting every couple of hours.

    We are sorry you had issues with the central heating, we would have been happy to help you if you had contacted us, however recently we have fitted a new Nest thermostat which should be easier to use and control the temperature you require going forward. Regarding the sofa and chairs in the lounge, the seat cushions need puffing up occasionally, so we have instructed the cleaners to do this prior to each booking going forward. Many thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela3.1Oct 2019

  • "Great cottage in a great location."

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was great, had everything we needed."

    Lovely location and we had good views from the balcony.

    Reviewed by Louisa5.0Jul 2019

  • "Very well equipped cottage."

    There was a water leak in the main bathroom above the mirror but we did experience heavy rain. Our first week was quite cold in the cottage . The central heating was programmed, so didn’t activate. We would certainly use this cottage again. It would be worth pointing out that the two flights of stairs are extremely steep and open which may be a problem for some. All minor things due to weather but a wonderful cottage in the best location

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Jun 2019

  • "Tovah is a lovely quaint cottage, nicely furnished and very clean."

    The position in the high street is so convenient for the shops and restaurants. Parking is easy using the allocated vouchers The Blue Crab restaurant next door is highly recommended for supper and the takeaway service is ideal!

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.4May 2019

  • "Fantastic week lovely place well equipped and if you have teenagers really good wifi a must."

    Have been there twice and will go again.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2019

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  • Over three floors accessed via a spiral staircase
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x second floor master with king-size double and an en-suite shower room with a shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x first floor double, 1 x first floor twin
  • First floor bathroom with a bath, basin and WC
  • All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Living room.
  • Gas central heating throughout
  • Woodburner with starter pack of logs
  • AGA rangecooker, with electric oven and gas hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer
  • Smart TV, DVD Player and WiFi
  • Additional TV with DVD player in master bedroom
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking is available on the roadside (permit provided) or in the local car park
  • Lawned garden and patio area and large balcony
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pubs within 50 m walk
  • Excellent Blue Crab Restaurant situated next door
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Please note: The Isle of Wight festival is on each summer: please check online for dates and details

The property

Tovah is a wonderful terraced cottage full of character, located in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight ideally located to explore the West Wight. The cottage is a Grade II listed building, the accomodation is over 3 floors with a balcony overlooking the Solent, it is one of the oldest buildings in Yarmouth, dated circa 1550.

Step through the front door and into the spacious, characterful living room, with its hardwood flooring, expansive fireplace and exposed beams it’s like stepping back in time.

Step through the double doors into the dining room to reveal a farmhouse solid pine table with seating for up to six people.

While the property has been renovated to a contemporary holiday home, there are still period features attesting to the history of the cottage, such as the exposed beams, spiral staircase, latched doors and feature fireplaces.

A further set of doors lead into the kitchen with its modern fixtures and fittings and a convenient breakfast bar.

This light and airy room is the perfect place for making a home-cooked meal with the family.

The living room, dining room and kitchen are easily connected as one large communal area ideal for family living with the doors open or can be separated as separate rooms with doors closed, it is very flexible depending on the individual needs.

There is a good supply of children's games in the wooden chest including the Isle of Wight Monopoly game!

The kitchen also has a door which leads out to the enclosed garden, which is made up of a lawn and patio areas, ideal for enjoying a meal or drink on a warm evening. The bedrooms are set across two floors, and consist of one double, one twin and one king-size master bedroom with exposed beams and en-suite bathroom.

The bedrooms have been equipped with charming furniture, including built-in wardrobes.

The master bedroom can be found on the second floor and has steps leading up to a large balcony area with lovely views across the Solent.

Roadside permit parking is available as well as in the local car park.

Yarmouth is a wonderful base for exploring the Isle of Wight and is ideally located in the beautiful West Wight.

The town square is 50 yards away from the property with beautiful restaurants, book shop, coffee and tea shops, boutique clothing shops, art galleries, antique shop, Yarmouth Castle and a historical wooden pier.

There is also the highly prestigious aspect of the harbour and marina, alongside fantastic walking and cycling opportunities down the river Yar and many more.

Yarmouth has plenty to offer and is easily accessible from the mainland without the need for a car as the ferry comes in only a two-minute walk from this cottage, and there is a great bus network to get about on the island, some fabulous walks and trails and the iconic Needles are located within 5 miles.

Tovah is the perfect place to stay in order to explore all that Yarmouth, the West Wight and the Isle of Wight has to offer.

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About the location


Newport 12 miles; Ryde 18 miles.

The attractive seaside town of Yarmouth is the oldest town on the Isle of Wight, and its busy harbour is a haven for all kinds of watercraft, with the terminal used for regular mainland ferry crossings to Lymington. Yarmouth’s narrow streets are home to an attractive array of shops and inns, whilst a visit to Henry VIII’s castle is not to be missed. There's great cycling (and a cycle hire shop) and walking to be had along the coastal path. Why not take an energetic stroll at the nearby Tennyson Down and Headon Warren. Sandhard beach is 15 minutes' walk away, with Colwell Bay with its sandy beach and amenities for the family 7 minutes away by car. Yarmouth's pier and sailing club jetty is another good spot for crabbing. Four miles away is Compton Bay, famous for dinosaur remains; head there at low tide and see if you can find the two enormous three-toed feet. West Wight is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Yarmouth is an ideal base from which to explore this wonderful island.

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Please note: The Isle of Wight festival is on each summer: please check online for dates and details.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas