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Beautiful cottages by the sea set in a nature reserve and a haven of tranquility - Sea View Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Sea View Cottage

With amazing uninterrupted views over the sea in front, this cottage is a wonderful base for family or friends to explore this beautiful, unspoilt part of the island. The master bedroom looks directly out to the sea and the front garden (where the local rabbits love to come and play in early morning and evening). The twin room overlooks the woodlands on the other side.

Sea View Cottage has been lovingly and tastefully redecorated at the end of 2017 to a very high standard. The living room (which also looks out to sea), has quality oak flooring, a charming open fireplace, and brand new sofa, armchairs and furnishings. The kitchen, backing onto the rear garden, is fully equipped for everything you will need on holiday, and there is a separate dining room for recounting the day's adventures over a family dinner.

Sea View has two gardens, one at the rear with a lovely breakfast area, and a gate opening onto the coastal walking path, and a front garden/BBQ area overlooking the sea.

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About the property

Fort Victoria Cottages

Stunning cottages sleeping between 4 and 8 people, all with fabulous sea views, and all backing onto Fort Victoria Country Park, a mixed woodland/beach nature reserve which forms part of the famous Isle of Wight Coastal Path.

All of the cottages have a master bedroom with king-sized double beds and fabulous views over the sea, plus a twin bedroom with adult-sized beds overlooking the woodlands to the rear. The largest cottage also has a second double bedroom, also with direct sea views, opening out onto a very large cedar-decked balcony overlooking the sea, and a further adult sized bunk bed room.

The living rooms in each cottage also face out to sea, and each has a separate dining room and adjoining kitchen which are all extremely well-equipped. All of the cottages have gardens to the rear (with a back door gate that leads out onto the coastal path, and an enclosed garden at the front (facing the sea).

The rear gardens trap the sun between early morning and early afternoon, making them great places to enjoy breakfast or lunch out in the calmness of seaside nature. The front gardens catch the evening sun, and are perfect to watch the evening boats sail by, or the local rabbits play, while enjoying a cup of tea or wine.

The cottages themselves are historically significant as they housed military officers stationed at the nearby Fort, which was part of a network of coastal defences built in the Victorian era by Lord Palmerston ('Palmerston's follies')

All of the cottages are recently (2015-2017) refurbished to a very high standard, while retaining their period features and characteristics. The properties also feature log fires, flat-screen TVs and smart TVs mostly with integrated DVD/Freeview, high quality furniture and furnishings, BT Infinity (high speed internet) washing machine, dishwasher, and BBQ facilities.

Well-behaved pets are welcome in Woodland Cottage and Beach Cottage.

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Property Manager
Natasha Somers
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, German, Dutch
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Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Natasha Somers

My brother Mark and I have been holidaying in Yarmouth since we were children, staying ever summer in our grandfather's little painted wooden hut on the top of a cliff near the cottages. We absolutely love the West Wight. For us it's a place full of adventure, magic and of course stunning scenery.

Now that we both have families of our own, this is the place that we always come back to, passing on our passion for the area to our own children. We're happy to report that this is an easy task. There are so many attractions in the area, so many settings for make-believe and adventure: from secret paths in the woodlands to pirate canons at the fort, magical woodland sculptures, and desert island beaches with fossils and dinosaur footprints.

My other passions are art, cooking and the wonderful outdoors. There's dozens of great walks directly from the cottages through the West Wight, over half of which is designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). I'm an art teacher and web developer. Some of my paintings are hanging in the cottages.

Natasha Somers purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Natasha Somers chose Freshwater

We fell in love with these cottages because of the location. They're right on the edge of the Fort Victoria nature reserve. The gates in the gardens lead directly into the woodlands and the Isle of Wight coastal path. As if that wasn't enough, on the other side of the cottages is the sea, and they all have stunning views over the Solent from the living rooms and main bedrooms. Because of the location, there's a real calmness to the place. It's just you, the nature and the fresh sea air!

The cottages themselves have a great history, and real character! They were built in the mid 19th century to house married officers stationed at the nearby Fort Victoria, which used to be part of southern England's coastal defence network. One thing we've learnt during our renovations of the cottages: our Victorian soldiers really knew how to build solid houses!

What makes this cottage unique

There is nothing quite like waking up in a bed to the sound of seagulls, the smell of fresh sea air and the sight of early morning mariners sailing by. The sea views from the master bedroom and the living room are mesmerising and incredibly calming.

The cottages also have a sea facing garden with a barbecue and table and chairs, and another huge communal garden beyond that, leading down to the beach. It's a glorious spot for watching the sun set over the sea, with a cup of tea or even a glass of wine. The kids will love it too, because in the morning and evening the local rabbits come out to feed and play in the green next to the sea.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Freshwater in Isle of Wight

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom has a bath and shower, and there is also a heated towel rack. Freshly laundered towels are supplied to our guests.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 2 Large Double Bed , The master bedroom has wonderful views over the sea
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Full-sized single beds with views over the garden & woodland
  • All beds are made up with freshly laundered linen for guests on arrival.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Sea View Cottage
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

It was so wonderful staying at he cottage. we were there with our daughter and her huband and it was just right for us. The decoration and general furnishings are so well thought out that it gave us a great feeling of being at home. After a long walk it was great to be able to relax and spend spend some time together indoors.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
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Great island

  • 4 of 5

Lovely place

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
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Lovely cottage. Well equipped with all we required.

  • 5 of 5

Great views with lovely walks.

Was very happy with our stay.

Unexpected extra touches with a Christmas tree and a welcome pack and milk in the fridge. Would highly recommend a stay.

Would love to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
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A lovely, classig English holiday

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is just lovely - cosy, warm, with a wood out of the front door and the beach 50 yards from the front door - what more could you ask for ?

Yarmouth town is small but has most of what we needed - the deli in the main square is excellent; exerything from artisan bread to Latte coffees. Favourite pub lunches were at the Highdown Inn (v.good) and the Red Lion in Freshwater (fantastic food - we went three times !).

We will return to the island, and we will come back to this cottage - it really is that good.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2011
  • Date of Stay: March 2011
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Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

The cottage and it's location were absolutely as described. For dog owners with a desire to ignore Christmas this was a real find. We were cosy, despite freezing winter conditions outside and the cottage was beautifully and simply equipped with everything we needed. The ability to walk straight out on to the sea or the woods was wonderful and I really hope to be back to enjoy the cottage in other seasons. My only hesitation in making my recommendation is that it will get more booked up! For us West Wight is the best part of the island for walking and everything you need is nearby. For simple pub food there is always the The Vine in Freshwater- plain and resonably priced. Thanks you .

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2011
  • Date of Stay: December 2010
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The perfect holiday cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a super time at Victoria cottages and we would recommend it without reservation. The location is perfect, tucked away, with amazing views of the Solent and a great safe space for children to tire themselves out running about.

Yarmouth is a 15 minute walk along the coast and being able to walk throught the gate and straight into woodland and onto the coastal path was lovely. The property was immaculate and had everything we needed for a really comfortable stay. We didn't know the island before arriving but I would say we were definitely situated in one of the nicest parts of the island, away from the hustle and bustle yet with everything easily accessible. We will most definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: August 2010
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Southampton Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Boat House
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Yarmouth (Wightlink)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Freshwater Golf Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Lymington Pier
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Boat House
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Fort Victoria Beach
Car: recommended

The cottages are perfectly located between the beach at Fort Victoria to the front and the woodlands of Fort Victoria Country Park to the rear. Fort Victoria, build to part of the coastal defence network of Victorian Britain, has been converted into a marine aquarium, a planetarium, underwater archaeology museum, and a model railway.

The achingly pretty and historically significant harbour town of Yarmouth is a short but lovely walk along the coast eastbound from the cottage, including an optional trip across the harbour waters in the harbour taxi. Yarmouth has many features of interest, such as the only surviving fully wooden pier in Britain and the castle built by Henry VIII.

The famous Isle of Wight Coastal Path runs right past the back of the cottages, through the woodland nature reserve and on to Colwell Beach, Totland, the beautiful Headon Warren and its Bronze Age burial site, the iconic Needles and Freshwater Bay. The route also passes Tennyson Downs, so named after the famous poet laureate, and where in Victorian times he loved to wander for poetic inspiration, and Afton Down, site of the world famous Isle of Wight Festival. In every direction there are stunning views over the sea, and the coastline of the New Forest, and Hurst Castle. It's a walker's paradise.

A 10 minute drive takes you to Compton Beach, recently named by the Telegraph as one of Britain's most beautiful beaches, and where at low spring tide you can see dinosaur footprints. Dinosaurs are a big attraction on the island, the bones, not actual dinosaurs. Within a 30 minute drive is Osbourne House, the summer home of Queen Victoria; the annual sailing regatta Cowes Week, and many attractions that prove a big hit with the kids - including Tapnell Farm, the Monkey Sanctuary, Robin Hill, and Blackgang Chine.

Other local activities include cycling, surfing, fishing, golf, horseriding, diving, canyoning, sailing, paragliding, fossil-hunting, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, tree climbing, canoeing, sea kayaking and many more.


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