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Luxury 5 star chocolate box thatched cottage close to west Wight beaches

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Less than 10 minutes' drive to beaches, amidst spectacular walking country

Grants Cottage occupies a lovely village setting, two minutes' walk from the pub, and opposite the medieval church and water pump. There is a large fenced, pet-safe garden with a gate leading onto the cricket pitch. Under ten minutes' drive from the beaches, ferry, and the shops of nearby Newport. The historic coastal town of Yarmouth, with its individual shops and delicatessen, is also close by. There are many footpaths on the doorstep, leading up to and across the downs, affording spectacular scenery and breathtaking views.

Having undergone a major renovation in 2016, the cottage is extremely comfortable, filled with antiques and sumptuous soft-furnishings. The accommodation comprises a cosy sitting room with wood-burning stove, shelves stuffed with books and games, a flat screen 'Smart' television, DVD player and DVDs, and a Bose iPod dock with iPhone adapter. The kitchen is large, with dining and sitting areas. There is an Aga which is lit in the colder months, electric fan oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and a washing machine and tumble drier in a small, separate utility area. There is wifi access, and a desk situated in the hall, with ample workspace for a laptop, and a wireless printer provided. The downstairs bathroom has bath, electric shower, washbasin, WC, shaverpoint and heated towel rail. The small staircase leads to the first floor where there are two double bedrooms and one twin. There are two super-kingsized beds and two singles; but all the deep, pocket-sprung mattresses are zip-and-link and so may be split or combined as required. The two larger bedrooms have built in wardrobes, while the smaller twin room has a hanging rail and generous drawer space. Also upstairs is a WC, with washbasin and shaver point.

Outside there is a good-sized, fenced and dog-proof garden, with plenty of lawn area and a terrace with large dining table and chairs. A lockable shed provides safe storage for sports equipment. The cricket pitch at the rear of the garden can be accessed, which in turn leads to tennis courts and a children's play area. The local pub is a couple of minutes' walk away, while the Island's pub of the year in nearby Shalfleet is just a five minute drive.

The cottage is perfect for summer holidays due to its proximity to the coast and the many attractions the Island offers, but also is fully heated and cosy enough for autumn and winter breaks when one can curl up with a good book in front of the wood-burner, or go for bracing walks on Tennyson Down followed by a delicious pub lunch, when the crowds have left. We are pet friendly and welcome one or two small, well-behaved dogs for an extra charge of £25.00 per dog.

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Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

About The Owner

Although my husband and I have lived in Herefordshire for many years, we both consider the Island to be 'home'. I was born and educated here, and my husband also grew up here. But much has changed since I left to go and live and work in London in 1975. Now there are so many award-winning places to eat, supermarkets, multi-screen cinemas, a reputation for fantastic food production and many artisan producers helping to make brand Isle of Wight very special. It is definitely a place people want to return to.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2015

Why The Owner chose Calbourne

As a professional author I was searching for a place that would be a perfect retreat away from every day life in order to work on my novels. When I saw Grants Cottage in May 2015 I fell in love with it straight away. I was also intrigued by the literary connection with William Long, the author of the Isle of Wight dialect dictionary.

I wanted to retain as much of the cottage's original character as possible, but at the same time ensure it was, above all else, comfortable and relaxing for both summer and winter use. In addition, Compton Bay which is about a 15 minute drive from the cottage is where I learned to swim, and where I remember spending those long hot days of childhood summers picnicking and playing.

What makes this cottage unique

Calbourne is one of the loveliest villages on the Island, unspoilt and full of warm and friendly locals with a thriving village community. To me Grants Cottage is the archetypal romantic ideal of what an English thatched cottage should be.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the moment I enquired about booking Grants Cottage I was impressed! The communication with Lizzie was faultless prior to, during and after our stay. The cottage was beautiful, incredibly well equipped and the linen, towels and toiletries were top quality! We also had a great welcome pack waiting for us! The location was great and made exploring the island really easy and Calbourne itself was lovely, I even bought home made jam from a neighbour. There is a brilliant local shop and newsagent a few miles down the road in a village called Brighstone. A few miles further on is Compton Bay which is an unspoilt fantastic beach. I'd highly recommend Grants Cottgage, it really is a gem and we will certainly be back, thank you!

Five Stars (Airbnb)
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Calbourne in Calbourne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , WC with basin and shaver point
  • Bathroom with telephone taps and electric shower with folding screen. Handbasin, shaverpoint, WC and heated towel rail.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super-king sized zip and link mattress, pocket-sprung
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super-king sized zip and link mattress, pocket-sprung
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 3ft zip and link mattresses which can be zipped together
  • There are two large double bedrooms with super-king-sized beds which can be divided into singles if required. Both the larger bedrooms have fitted wardrobes. The smaller twin bedroom also has zip and link mattresses which can be joined to make a super-king if required. There is a hanging rail together with ample drawer space. All linen is Egyptian cotton and the beds have deep pocket-sprung mattresses for maximum comfort.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Island has two major music festivals - one in June and one in September, as well as a Literary Festival in October. Cowes Week takes place from the first Saturday in August, and there are many tourist attractions during the main summer season. It is a popular destination for walking, sailing, cycling, surfing and horse-riding or, even, alpacca trekking. A Roman villa, Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle are all nearby.


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Luxury 5 star chocolate box thatched cottage close to west Wight beaches
average rating of 4.90625 based on 33 reviews

Everything we had hoped for.

  • 5 of 5

Pretty cottage equipped to a high standard and very comfortable. Felt like a home from home. It was immaculately clean and the beds were fabulous. Well positioned for everything we wanted to do. Would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint and truly lovely

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage for the Isle of Wight festival. It was perfect for us! The cottage feels very much like a home, it’s clean, quiet and has a wonderful back garden that is so lovely and sunny in the morning.

Lizzie was so easy to deal with and really accommodating.

We loved it and truly recommend this lovely cottage!!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely quiet and cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend in Calbourne and really enjoyed our stay. The cottage is deceptively large and has everything needed. We particularly enjoyed spending time just hanging out in the large garden. The welcome packet was lovely and had a good array of local produce!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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this was by far the best cottage break i have ever had it is stunningly beautiful and a lovely time

  • 5 of 5

the best cottage i have ever had

  • Review Submitted: 21-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful in every way

  • 5 of 5

After viewing what must have been over 100 cottages online in various locations in the UK and after reading the reviews and google mapping, street viewing and searching for places to eat I decided on Grants cottage.

Grant’s cottage is a real gem, the pictures in my opinion do not do this justice and Lizzie (the owner) has this holiday cottage nailed. I don’t remember wanted for anything regarding what the cottage had to offer. It’s so well equipped you could simply move in to this place and start living and although there were 4 of us there was plenty of room for 6 people. The cottage was also bigger than we expected and everything is kept in good order.

There is no parking within the cottage boundary, so parking is on the road. The cottage is on a bend which you must be careful of when walking out the front gate, however hardly a car goes past.

For the 3 days we were there we ate out in various pubs and restaurants which were all very nice, we stopped at The Reef in Sandown before heading to the cottage. The next day we ate in The Bugle Inn in Yarmouth on a recommendation, very nice.

The next day was The Blacksmiths Arms for lunch, I think this one is mentioned in the itinerary but be aware that this pub was taken over in April 2017 and for some bizarre reason the buyer did not take the pubs website which means the menu on the website is not what they are serving. So ignore the menu on the website altogether. Very nice food though and its best to book that one. That evening we went to Morgan’s in Shanklin which I recommend.

After Morgan’s we retired in the Sun Inn at the top of the road from Grant’s cottage and had a drink and a giggle with a few locals, the landlord and landlady were very friendly and stayed open as we were spending money. One place I recommend eating (we didn’t as had eaten already) is the Spy Glass pub which Is located at the end of the beach in Ventnor, the food looked lovely in here and it’s the type of pub you just find yourself looking around at all the old ships artifacts they have crammed in. Ventnor was beautiful.

The mobile signal is very poor on the island if you are on Three like me! I also have an O2 pay as you go, data was good pretty much everywhere. The wifi in the cottage was a god send for the kids.

I did go on and on but was limited to the amount of characters used…if you are looking for a nice sized thatched cottage in a little remote location, Grant’s Cottage is bang on the money.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely weekend in a well equipped beautifully clean cottage in a tranquil location

  • 5 of 5

First time on the Island for my wife and I for over 30 years and it did not disappoint. A whistle stop tour over 3 days at most of the Islands attractions and seaside towns. It was lovely to return each evening to Grants cottage and light the wood burner and enjoy a glass of wine. All tastes were catered for and dog owners will not be disappointed as dog beds, bowls and treats are all supplied. We would definatetly consider another stay on our return to the Island.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Sun Inn, Calbourne
Nearest Ferry
5.9 Miles
Yarmouth (Lymington to Yarmouth, Wightlink)
Nearest Golf
5.9 Miles
Freshwater Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1.9 Miles
The New Inn, Shalfleet
Nearest Beach
4.1 Miles
Brook Bay
Car: necessary

Brook Bay, four miles away and a ten minute drive, is famous for its dinosaur fossils. Compton Bay was named as one of the top 50 beaches in the world by The Sunday Times Magazine in 2015. It is a favourite with surfers, paddle boarders, windsurfers and kite boarders alike. Also great for swimming, building sandcastles, or investigating the rock pools at low tide. Freshwater Bay is found a little further along the coast, and from there Alum Bay and the famous Needles. The New Inn in Shalfleet has been named Dining Pub of the Year several years running and is just five minute drive from the cottage. The Sun at Hulverston and the Three Bishops in Brighstone often have live music and are also great for food. Mottistone Manor Garden is close by, and Newtown with its historic Old Town Hall and protected salt marshes inhabited by many rare bird species is under fifteen minutes' drive. Further afield is Osborne House, Queen Victoria's Island residence; the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet; and for children Blackgang Chine is a must, as is Robin Hill for outdoor adventure activities. Yarmouth Castle is just over ten minutes drive, as is Carisbrooke Castle where Charles I was imprisoned, and there's a Roman Villa at Brading. If you're into golf then there's a testing links course overlooking Freshwater Bay; but whatever your preference, be it Alpaca Trekking, horse-riding, sailing, mountain-biking, paragliding, canoeing or just exploring the many bridleways and footpaths, the Island has plenty to offer.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Calbourne, South East England

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Summer 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer/Early Autumn
8 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Half-Term
20 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Pet Fee £25

Payment of a security deposit of £300 will secure the booking, and this will be returned in full 14 days after the last day of the holiday rental provided the house has been left in good order. The full balance of the holiday cost will be due 60 days prior to the first day of the holiday rental. There will be 100 per cent refund for cancellations made 60 days before the holiday commencement date
Saturday is our change over day, and access to the house is from 4.00 p.m. until 10.00 a.m. on the day of check-out.
The landline maybe used for incoming calls or calls to the house manager. We reserve the right to deduct the cost of any other call usage from the security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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