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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Beach Cottage

Beach Cottage is a gorgeous two-bedroom cottage in an idyllic location overlooking the sea. Both the master bedroom and the living room have direct views over the sea, and the second (twin) bedroom overlooks the gardens and woodland nature reserve at the back.

The cottage has been recently renovated (2017) to an extremely high standard, including a complete new craftsman-built kitchen, and a high-quality bathroom with rain shower. The renovations also include a completely new modern heating system.

There are two gardens at the cottage, one at the rear which is a morning/early afternoon sun trap, perfect for breakfast or lunch outside, and steps leading up to a large summerhouse with sofas and board games (summer months only). The garden at the front faces the sea, and gets the evening sun. It's a lovely spot for watching the yachts and the evening sun pass by, while enjoying a glass or wine.

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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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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
21 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 Beach Cottagearound the Freshwater around the Isle of Wight

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Brand new (2017) bathroom with rain shower and handset
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Amazing sea views & bed has a quality pocket sprung mattress
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Adult sized beds in lovely bedroom overlooking woodlands
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 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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Beach Cottage
average rating of 3.5 based on 2 reviews

Great location, lovely property but the cottage is not clean enough and needs money spending on it.

  • 2 of 5

Overall we had a good week.

About the house....

the patio area to the front of the house has amazing views and our daughter could play with the other children who were staying there the same week. They need some kind of odd job man to oversee the property rather than the owners' dad. Unsightly weeds were growing out of the patio area and brickwork, hadn't been swept for our arrival and the garden furniture was old and we've given better away. Even the garden light was really old and was covered in cobwebs and had a white wire hanging above it. People that live there have far nicer gardens - you can spot the rental properties.

In the lounge, the sofas were most uncomfortable, nothing matched and the rug smelt.

The kitchen was great. The washing machine dispenser hadn't been cleaned for a while so didn't use the washing machine. I told the owner's father but he didn't respond.

The downstairs bathroom was great.

Going through the hall to the stairs the lightbulb wasn't working so bit dangerous if you needed the stairs in the night.

The Master bedroom - the skirting boards were very dusty and hadn't been cleaned for weeks. Furniture needs pulling out and cleaning behind as lots of spiders and more dust. The very small wardrobe had about 30 hangers in it so that was bit strange. The smaller room needed the beds pulling out and a thorough clean too.

Would I go back to that cottage again - no.

On the plus side - you are right near the beach and you can walk into Yarmouth. Archaeological museum nearby which was great to walk.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable, good position

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for dogs, good location

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 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.