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Spacious converted barn in beautiful, rural south west. Sleeps 5. Isle Of Wight.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Comfortable Home-from-Home in peaceful, rural location. Peaceful, 2.5 acres of garden to explore. Short drive to good beaches.

The Little Barn is 1.5 miles south of Shorwell, which has a pub, Church and small shop/Post Office.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms - one with two single beds (plus futon) and one with a king-size double bed. The double bedroom has an ensuite shower/loo. There is a wet-room on the ground floor with shower, basin and loo. The ground floor is a large open plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting room.

We have worked hard to ensure that the cottage is kitted out with everything you might need during your stay, including a washing machine, dishwasher, oven, fridge-freezer and microwave.

Sitting in the grounds of The Main Barn, there are approximately 2.5 acres of private land, with areas of landscaped garden, field, wetland, lake, and two small streams. Ideal for families, couples & small groups of friends, the main living areas and the large deck face away from the main barn towards St Catherine's Down (south-east), providing visitors with a great sense of privacy. The secluded location benefits from a lack of light pollution, making night skies beautifully clear and great for stargazing. The Island has over 300 walks with over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths and you can walk to the coast from the cottage in approx 1 mile. The many beaches and visitor attractions that the Island offers are easily accessible by car. We are on the Round The Island Cycle route and there are both cross country mountain bike tracks and flatter cycle tracks nearby.

Sorry we do not accept pets and do not allow smoking inside the property.

We are also listed with Airbnb, Simply Owners and Visit Wight.

More Details

About Us

Susan Perkes
The Little Barn
The Barn, Dungewood Lane
PO30 3LJ Newport
VAT Reg No

Susan & Richard Perkes
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, very basic French & Spanish.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 August, 2018

About Susan & Richard Perkes

We (Richard and Susan) moved to the Isle of Wight from the mainland in 2007 and converted The Little Barn in 2009. We live in the original 18th century sandstone thatched barn next door. The nature of the Island allows us to enjoy the outdoor life - cycling, swimming and walking. For Richard the Island's main attraction is the numerous paragliding sites which he takes advantage of at every opportunity! Susan prefers the less adventurous activities - nurturing the garden and working on her painting and textiles.

Susan & Richard Perkes purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Susan & Richard Perkes chose Shorwell

We love the sense of space and being close to amazing beaches, woodland walks and views over the fields with continually changing crops. We have tried to make The Little Barn as comfortable as our own home by having all the modern facilities people require, but still sit well in the beautiful surroundings. It is wonderfully quiet here and the secluded location benefits from the lack of light pollution, making the clear night skies great for star gazing. Driving on the Island is easy as you never have to go far! There are easy drives to local towns for shopping & great village shops a short bike ride away. The slower pace of life on the Island means people have time for you and are generally very friendly.

What makes this cottage unique

Remote location in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wonderful views, peaceful. A wildlife rich area with beautifully clear dark night skies.

Overall feeling of space and freedom.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The cottage was absolutely idyllic - quiet and relaxing. Very well equipped. We would definitely recommend The Little Barn and will definitely come back"

Mr & Mrs M, Buckinghamshire, 2010

"Last night of a lovely week on low. House was a perfect retreat after busy days of cycling, walking and eating. Thank you for making us so welcome"

Mr & Mrs G, Berkshire, 2012

"We have had the best holiday ever at The Little Barn. Plenty of sun, surfing and cycling - it has been brilliant" Mr & Mrs G Rogers, Monmouthshire, 2012
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Shorwell in Isle of Wight

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs Bathroom is a wet-room with shower, wash basin, wc, heated towel rail and shaver socket. Upstairs Bathroom - en-suite to main bedroom, has shower, wash basin, wc, heated towel rail, shaver socket and towel storage.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Cottage sleeps 4-5 people in 2 Bedrooms. Bedroom 1 - King-sized bed. Folding travel cot. Bedroom 2 - Two standard single beds + single futon Both bedrooms have bedside tables, lamps and chest of drawers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Wooden floors throughout the living areas. Anti-slip flooring in the wet room and en-suite shower. Underfloor heating and hot water supplied via Ground Source Heat Pump. Mains Electricity supplemented by photovoltaic panels. Mains water with septic tank off-mains drainage. Suitable for families - children welcome. Sorry no smoking & no pets allowed. Outside: The cottage sits within approx 2.5 acres of private land, shared only with the owners. A large area of deck runs round the east and south sides of the building, with outdoor table, chairs, loungers & parasol. There is a brick built BBQ on the landscaped terrace alongside the deck (these are solely for the use of the guests). A field (wild flower meadow during the summer), lake, streams and natural wetland provide areas for exploration by adults and children alike. There are two designated parking areas for the guests holding up to 4 cars. Utility Room: Washing machine, sink, vacuum cleaner, additional cleaning equipment, iron, ironing board, clothes drying rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Bedding & linen, including duvets and covers provided. Towels are provided but guests need to bring own beach towels. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned before guests arrive. Sorry no pets allowed & no smoking permitted.


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Spacious converted barn in beautiful, rural south west. Sleeps 5. Isle Of Wight.
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Stunning property in beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property an in stunning location. Really friendly owners. Highly recommended an will be coming back again.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, clean, well-equipped and in a beautiful setting. Accommodation was spacious and there were games and DVDs for the children. This was definitely somewhere I would recommend to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Peaceful out of the way. Lots of space to roam around.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Little Barn is a lovely property with lots of space inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

We could not fault our stay here. The owners have thought of everything for your comfort and entertainment and the property is spotless. We enjoyed a BBQ, played croquet, swingball and other games in the garden, loved watching the geese and their goslings waddle around and had a generally relaxing time. You do need a car as the barn is off the beaten track but the tranquility was lovely. We will definitely recommend to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed by the high standard of the Little Barn. The position in the beautiful grounds of our landlady and landlord is ideal; the sliding doors enabled us to admire the landscape and the local fauna. The cottage was clean, spacious and light. Although we have picked up our lives and winter may be on the doorstep: we still experience a kind of homesickess. We hope to be able to come back to enjoy another overseas holiday...

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Quiet Retreat

  • 4 of 5

A lovely place to stay- even when the weather does its best to spoil that! Although it's next to the owners property, the Small Barn isn't overlooked and has a great open view form the main lounge windows. Well decorated and furnished. A relaxing retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: March 2013
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
The Crown, Shorwell
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Yarmouth, Fishbourne or East Cowes
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Freshwater Bay
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Brighstone Bay
Car: necessary

Richard (one of the owners) is an enthusiastic paraglider pilot, and is very happy to show qualified visiting pilots the Island flying sites (subject to weather and his availability!). The Island is also a great place for all levels of Cycling and we can advise on the best places to go.

On the Island, you are never far from a beach. There are loads to choose from and something to suit everyone, from deckchairs on the sand to fossil hunting! A one mile walk brings you out at the cliffs at Atherfield. A 3 mile drive (approx 12mins) gets you to Brighstone, Brook or Compton Beaches, which are beautiful, natural, sandy beaches, with no commercialism. A 10+ mile drive (approx 30 mins) gets you to Ventnor, Sandown or Shanklin beaches, which have shops, cafes and other attractions.

Travel to the Island is by Ferry from Southampton to East Cowes (Red Funnel Ferries), Portsmouth to Fishbourne or Lymington to Yarmouth (Wightlink Ferries). Both companies run very regular services. Driving time from any of the Island's ports to The Little Barn is approximately 40 minutes. If you cannot bring your own car over it is advisable to rent a car whilst on the Island as there is no public transport to or near the property.

1.4 miles to Shorwell - Pub, shop/Post Office, Church

3.5 miles to Brighstone - Pub, newsagents, general store, Post Office, Library, tea shop, Church and Doctors surgery.

9 miles to Newport - main town on the Island with the usual facilities, banks, supermarkets, shops, swimming pool, bus station etc.

All the main towns and visitor attractions are easily accessible by car.

Further Details:

The Island is packed with great places to go, from the historic Osbourne House (Queen Victoria's home on the Isle of Wight) to the wild remoteness of The Needles Battery. Alum Bay, Blackgang Chine & Robin Hill Country Park have fun parks for children. Carisbrooke Castle, Dinosaur Isle, Owl & Monkey Haven and the lOW Steam Railway provide fun mixed in with a bit of education! If you don't want to spend every day on the beach you will never be short of things to do. Sailing, surfing, fishing, golf, cycling, tree climbing - you name it you can do it!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Shorwell, South East England

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
13 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept 2018
7 Sep 2018 - 20 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Oct Half Term 2018
12 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nov 2018
9 Nov 2018 - 13 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Jan 2019
4 Jan 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Feb Half Term 2019
15 Feb 2019 - 28 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2019
5 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May Half Term 2019
24 May 2019 - 30 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Shoulder 2019 A
5 Jul 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2019
19 Jul 2019 - 5 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Shoulder 2019 B
6 Sep 2019 - 19 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October half term 2019
25 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
November 2019
8 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas 2019
20 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking acceptance is at the discretion of the owner.
No Pets.
No smoking inside the cottage.
The cottage is very rural, you will need your own transport.
There are low beams in the cottage.
A non-refundable deposit of £200 will secure your booking.
The balance is payable no later than 30 days before your arrival date.
For bookings made within 30 days of arrival, full payment is required.

We recommend that you consider taking out travel insurance, as refunds cannot be given for cancellations, unless we manage to re-book.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday
Arrival from 2.00pm onwards. Please vacate by 10.00 am
May to October we only accept weekly bookings. Short stay/weekend breaks may be available on special request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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