Sea View Cottage
Fort Victoria Cottages
- English, German, Dutch
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 Yarmouth
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.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
We were so impressed by this cottage. It has been beautifully renovated & was spotlessly clean with sea views. The location was perfect, just a minutes walk from the coastal path & about a five minute drive into Yarmouth. We hope to return in the future.
Unfortunately i was unwell and we had to cut short our stay. We were very disappointec
The cottage was really lovely. Lots of character, very clean and tidy and modern. Being on the beach almost was pleasant and it was quiet. We would certainly recommend it to friends.
Home away from home
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.
Lovely cottage. Well equipped with all we required.
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.
A lovely, classig English holiday
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.
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.