Photos and Description of this holiday cabin in Ventnor - The Boathouse
A fully equipped studio space with a mezzanine bed
The Boathouse is a gorgeous, well equipped, studio. It's in a stunning location on the beach front in the beautiful village of Bonchurch. Being on a private cul de sac, which finishes a few yards away on the beach, it is quiet and safe. From the front of the property there are uninterrupted, constantly changing, sea views and there is nothing like sleeping to sound of the waves. Monks Bay is one of the Islands best kept secrets, with its mixture of sand, pebbles, delightful rock pools and safe swimming. Bonchurch is known for its temperate climate and during a hot week you may not want to stray from this perfect spot. As well as a perfect spot for that summer holiday, it is an excellent base for out of season breaks. The island is well known for its mild spring, autumn and winters which are wonderful for excellent walking, discovering cosy pubs and sampling some of the islands delicious, award winning restaurants.
The Boathouse *** As seen in The Guardian newspaper's - 'Top 10 cottages for two for Valentines Day' *** and Elle UK's 'Chic Shack Awards' ***
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Louise Smith
Years of traveling far and wide with my job and many adventurous holidays with my husband means I have stayed in all sorts of accommodation around the world from basic tents in Kenya to incredible luxury resorts in the Far East, from city hotels in New York to Country Manors in Wales . Now living on a farm in the UK with our 2 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 4 chickens it's always pleasure to escape to the sea.
Louise Smith purchased this cabin in 2002
Why Louise Smith chose Ventnor
The Boathouse is a perfect little gem of a place which we were lucky enough to buy along with a larger property (see Beach Holme) when we were looking for a seaside place to enjoy as a family. It so happens my own great, great grandparents were islanders and we have a good family history of coastguards.
What makes this cabin unique
There's no question that being so close to the sea is The Boathouse's biggest lure. The predictability of the tides along with the ever changing moods of the water makes for a very special place to stay. In Winter it can be a snug, safe place to watch waves crashing into the sea wall and salt spray flying high into the air, while in Summer a bay of cool, blue gently laps at the sand. And while I may mention it many times over, there really is nothing like sleeping to the sound of the waves.
Guestbook comments from the owner
From 'The Guardian', Jan 2012
The Boathouse, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight
If romance for you is blustery walks by the sea, few pads are better-placed than this. A cute chalet with french doors opening straight on to decking overlooking the beach at Monk's Bay (but on a private cul-de-sac, so no danger of passers-by knocking on the door and asking for a nose around) it's a little gem for beach lovers. The bed is on a raised platform – watch your head – and the living area is pretty compact so this is not a place for lounging around of an evening. For a good dinner try the Spyglass Inn (thespyglass.com) in Ventnor, a 20-minute walk away, or for a treat the Michelin-starred Hambrough (robert-thompson.com/restaurants/the-hambrough), also in Ventnor.