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

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Woodland Cottage

Woodland Cottage is a class apart! Set in over an acre of it's own private woodland and landscaped gardens, it's a nature lovers' paradise. There are three spaces outside for dining outdoors: out on the garden, up in the woodlands, and in the morning sun trap next to the house, which means that at any time of day you can enjoy a family meal in nature.

The woodland gardens form part of the nature reserve at Fort Victoria, and there is plenty of wildlife attracted to our gardens regularly. Our most delightful visitors are the very famous but normally painfully shy red squirrels, which you will normally see at least once a day. There is also a (netted) trampoline, a rope swing and a slide in the woods.

The accommodation at Woodland Cottage comprises of two large double bedrooms with sea views and pocket-sprung mattresses, a twin room and a bunkbed room with adult sized beds. There are three bathrooms including one en-suite off the master bedroom, which also boasts a sea-facing balcony.

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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:
19 September, 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 Woodland Cottagearound the Freshwater around the Isle of Wight

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath/shower combo with both overhead rain shower and handset
    Master en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large walk-in shower with overhead rain shower and handset
    Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower enclosure with concealed shower set
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Has an en-suite shower room and large balcony with sea view
    Bedroom with sea view - 1 Large Double Bed , Double bedroom with fabulous views over the sea
    Twin Bedroom with woodland view - 2 Single Bed , Twin adult sized pocket sprung beds overlooking the woods
    Bunk room - 2 Single Bed , Adult sized bunkbeds with private shower room and toilet
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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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Woodland Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Maidenhead, UK

Beautiful, peaceful & best holiday

  • 5 of 5

Wow this was one of the nicest place we have stayed at. The house had everything we needed, it is right on the edge of the forest. There is a a path right out back that we took the dogs for a walk on every even while exploring the forest before walking along the beach.

The IOW has such friendly locals. The house is easy to get to from the ferry and the peaceful surrounding is a holiday I will remember and planning our next trip back there all ready.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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Very good.

  • 5 of 5

It was beautifully situated, well equipped and comfortable. Good walks from the cottage. Lovely spot.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
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A wonderful home from home

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful house set into gorgeous woodland with a view over the Solent. 0nly a 100yds to the beach so early morning dog walks were really special. The house itself it really tastefully furnished and everything you'd need to live as comfortably as at home is at hand. The beautiful main bedroom and ensuite is a particular highlight and the kids enjoyed the trampoline. Would definitely recommend and return for another fantastic week.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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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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