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Alum bay - Coach House, Stunning walks, Private Garden

Bedrooms 1
Space 10 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Great getaway for couples, walkers, cyclists, Minutes to the beach too.

The Old Hayloft is the top floor of an Original Coach House, downstairs is owners garden storage and utility room (.available to guests). Located in the perfect spot tucked above the cliffs of the famous coloured sands of Alum Bay. It suits the single traveller as much as a couple or family with one child, seeking a private tranquil holiday retreat. As many walkers would tell you most of the finest views of the Island, beaches, sea and mainland are from the coastal paths that west wight offers and we are located on their doorstep! We even boast a gate leaving it a 5mins walk to the purple clad Headon Warren, one of the top 10 views and places to picnic on the Island. Built of stone with beams throughout The Old Hayloft is a step back in time, affording all the luxury of modern living, with quality, some antique furnishing and modern heating. With a brilliantly equipped kitchen area and new ensuite bathroom. Larger cottage available also see ref 8160937

Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
6 August, 2018


I returned home to the Island in 2012 and have a wealth of knowledge of the island not just as a local but also returning repeatedly each year as a tourist!

I will happily advise you on walks, meals out, where to go (or not go) and assist where I can to ensure you have a memorable stay..whilst giving you all the privacy you'd expect on holiday here too.

MELODY DEAN purchased this cottage in 2012

Why MELODY DEAN chose Totland Bay

The walks on the doorstep are beautiful, even in winter with stunning sunsets over the Needles from own grounds, its cup of tea time and watch the sun set even in November at 4pm ! Its impossible to describe how stunning the views are, with such a wide landscape view here. Whether its been the snow, rolling mists, the autumn and winter sunsets, the rain clouds, the views and colours to the landscape change daily. There have been many days in winter when all was so calm it looked as if someone had painted me a seascape as a backdrop from the grounds. Yet its spot the tourist here as so many seem to be put off winter breaks. But if you are looking for a rest, walking holiday his is an ideal spot. If you wish to see no one for a week its quite easy to do and just take in the winter sunsets, empty beaches for a walk. If you visit here and don't have a camera, beg and borrow before you come to stay...

It really is an artists, walkers, photographers or nature lovers paradise. It also attracts many doctors, therapists and clergy here to stay, seeking that quiet week away One couple booked two weeks and said it was the most therapeutic holiday they had ever had . Its nothing short of a great retreat for someone wishing time out of the rat race, simply to meditate or to paint, walk or rest...why i always have a smile on my face living here too.

What makes this cottage unique

Front line view of the Fireworks every Thursday in August at The Needles Park

Direct access onto coastal path

Direct access to footpath and under 10 mins walk to Alum Bay Beach

Direct views to The Needles, Headon Warren and Tennyson Monument and The Downs from grounds.

Only minutes drives away Totland and Colwell Bay, Freshwater Bay and stunning Compton Bay.

I am here on site so any problems get fixed as best i can and advice on hand if you need it.

The property is stunning, see pictures and the 'Why this property'.

If you shoot (air rifle) you are welcome to collect your own rabbit for stew here, site is registered. We just call it in to say you are, so they know, part of country watch.

Guestbook comments from the owner

True home from home....we came for a short stay, altered the boat and stayed the week!

Owner couldn't have been more helpful, great cream tea at the pitch and putt tea room and latte's for free was a great perk....lots of travel info and islander tips for special walks and eating out !

Coming back every two years, what a find and perfect for couples wanting a well equipped place and no plastic and cheap furnishings as geared at families !!!
Mar 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Totland Bay in Totland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite to master bedroom. Still as pristine as new fitted 2013. Thermostatic mains pressure large shower head, with glitzy panels to walls, silver shower surround with bi-fold door. Toilet and basin. Wood flooring. Shower is 70 cm sq and may be will be unsuitable for very large persons.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 double bed Roll up mattress for one child available Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom ; leather bed frame with deep double comfy mattress and silky Dorma bedding await. Softly carpeted. Door to main apartment and door direct to balcony with stunning view of the needles.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Old Hayloft is a beautiful, fully refurbished detached open plan cottage with separate bedroom ensuite above original Coach House. Built of stone with beams throughout offering character and quality accommodation with a home from home feel. Outside: The double doors to the apartment open direct onto secluded patio and garden area, with shade as well as to catch full sun, The path then leads up to the full grounds extending to near 3 acres. There are wild flowers, many bulbs, shrub and wildlife. Rare birds are common, with daily visits from pheasants, foxes, certain times badgers and always a rabbit around...Views from the gardens and grounds are stunning, with panoramic views of The Needles, sea and countryside. A camera is a must.....I can lend you some binoculars if you d like !


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Alum bay - Coach House, Stunning walks, Private Garden
average rating of 4.285714 based on 8 reviews

Great views, lovely little cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a very relaxing short break at the Hayloft, which had everything we would want for a self-catering cottage. Melody was very helpful with tips on where to visit locally & responded really quickly to our booking request/messages so we managed to sort our trip out quickly just 7 days in advance. West Wight has plenty to do & the Needles attractions and Alum Bay beach are just a 5-10 minute walk away.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rowena for leaving your review, hope to see you for another trip down, let me know if there's anything that I can add to the property for your next stay as my cupboards are very well stocked in the house and always happy to add in more kitchen gadgets, toys, books and so on so less to pack for you. If you and Cora would like to have a complimentary clay sculpting session if down for a week at some point let me know.... best wishes Melody
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Idealic location.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great week at the Old Hayloft.Superb view of the Needles. And so peacefull.Melody the owner was great and couldn't have been more helpful.If we ever go back to the island we would definitely be looking to stay here again.

One tiny negative was the size of the shower but it was ok.This was far outweighed by the positives. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to add your kind review. Its a shame the shower is only 70cm square with bi fold door for ease entry, most love the power of the shower, no drizzle of water as are many. But sadly that was the only size that would fit in the ensuite space.with it being a retaining wall between the bedroom and lounge. Maybe one day i will remodel upstairs to give larger ensuite but its a too costly alteration at this time sadly.
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Perfect location to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing break.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely welcome from the owner Melody, a very cheerful and informative lady.

The Hayloft is a lovely place to stay, it is clean, comfortable and has everything you could need for your stay.

The location is stunning and within a couple of minutes walk you can be on top of Headon Warren, providing lovely views of the needles and across to Bournemouth, and for those who like walking can go onto Totland and Yarmouth returning via a regular bus service.

Tennyson Down is also only a short walk providing a ridge walk down to freshwater Bay and can also return by bus.

For those who prefer to drive, the roads around this part of the island are good and reasonably quiet giving good access to many parts of the island.

David & Sandra

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: it was lovely to meet you both and thankyou fro taking the time to leave a review. I am glad my inside knowledge of the island as a returning home tourist for 27 years before coming home to live again here helped you . Its become a regular site of extra cars here while guests use the great bus service and enjoy the walks on my doorstep. One couple who stayed two weeks described my grounds here as the most relaxing two weeks stay they had ever had, with the fact they saw and heard nothing but wildlife until hey wandered out the long driveway.
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  • 1 of 5

Very disappointing not what it I expected from the information given.

As you arrive there is a fantastic view of the needles, the owner met us and was slightly abrupt. Once you leave the car park the property is adjacent to the owners, practically outside her backdoor The lovely veranda by the bedroom you are not allowed to use. The property is very long and dark, there are glass doors at either end of the property but only two other windows, one of which is fixed so un able to open and the other a velux window in the roof of the bedroom, however you are not allowed to open this widow ! therefore the property gets very stuffy during the day. The furniture is set up for six people ( armchairs and Large dinning table ) which seemed odd in a two person property. The furniture also looked like a job lot from the charity shop. The property was not very clean, full of cobwebs and actual mould around the shower base. The shower was also so small that I could not wash my hair properly and id you needed to pick something of the floor, well forget it, it was not possible to bend down and pick it up and i am only your average size 12 woman. The bed was so uncomfortable we both dreaded bed time and had the most awful weeks sleep ever. The two electric heaters are set at 17degrees and locked on asking the owner to turn the heating up because we were cold she put it up 1 degree and locked them again. Later we were again cold and so as not to disturb her again we googled how to turn them up and put them up to 20degrees. The next day the owner entered the property without our knowledge or consent and altered the temperature - a gross invasion of privacy- apparently you can not have the temp over 18degrees or the cottage gets damp, so I pity anyone going on a winter break I suggest you take a lot of jumpers because it was cold in September. There are no views from the property at all and I think the implication that there are wonderful views are deceptive there is a large holiday cottage in front of the property blocking your view you can not even see the sea from the garden. The noise from the needles site is loud and easily heard from 10-5 every day and even the view from the car park is spoilt by the cable cars running in front of it. On leaving we left the property clean and tidy but £30 was deducted from our deposit to call in the cleaner to put the bin out so make sure you put the bin out where ever the external bin may be because we never found one.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The old Hayloft #E8578

Excellent week at Old Hayloft

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at the Old Hayloft. The appartement is very well furnished with very comfortable funiture, armchairs and bed. Cooking was easy thanks to an excellent stove and plenty of crockery. We appreciated the calm of the place but also the proximity to the National Trust site. It was also easy to get down to the beach from the property. Views on the Needles were superb (most likely the best angle for unique photographs). We also enjoyed the pitch and put golf and appreciated the good care by the owner to ensure that the grass and green were in good state. Above all we appreciated the wellcome and support by the owner. Through her we obtained excellent information and directions. Definitely a place to remember for future vacations.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My partner and I stayed in the Hayloft for three nights over the early May Bank Holiday. The weather was great. Never been to IOW before and was a bit concerned at staying in the extreme West of the Island as we wanted to see as much as we could in 3 days. Not a problem - extreme west to extreme east in 50 minutes by car and roads and scenery were lovely.

As for The Hayloft - perfect !!. We've stayed in many owners properties and this one is easily in the Top 2. The furnishings, fittings and utilities are definitely of the best quality across the whole property. A lot of hard work and thought must have gone into this conversion. Open space, idyllic views and very relaxing. And the owner - Melody - you couldn't ask for a better host as she just lets you get on with it, doesn't interfere, is there if you need her and well, she's just lovely ! Trust me - you could not be disappointed. Great for a couple and could easily accommodate a couple and child. Excellent all round !

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: recommended


The famous coloured cliffs of Alum Bay, with pebbled beach is under 10 minutes walk to the beach. There is a boat trip (seasonal) out to the Rocky crops called The Needles. The pebble beaches of Totland are only a 5 minutes drive or 25 minute walk over the Warren, from our gate. The sandy beach of Colwell Bay is a 10 minute drive as is the stunning sandy beach and beautiful waves of Compton Bay. Fossil hunting is good there and surfing and wind surfers common too. Also great for a long walk...


Only 10 minutes from the Lymington Ferry terminal. Approx 30 minutes to Cowes or 40 mins with traffic to Fishbourne ferry. A bus stop is 5 minutes walk away and goes via Yarmouth ferry to Newport where other buses connect to all boat access to the Island. The Old Hayloft is tucked off a private road off the Alum Bay Road, just beyond Freshwater / Totland.


The Old Hayloft is only about 5 mins drive to Totland /Freshwater offering an abundance of character pubs, restaurants, small supermarkets, local produce, bakers and butchers and array of small shops. Art gallery, photo shops, gift shops, florists. Yarmouth offers similar and is only 10 minutes away. Newport with it's larger array of clothes shops and the routine shops like Marks is 25/ 30 minute drive. There is also a cinema complex.

Further Details:

Tourist Attractions : Our most Local attraction is 5 minutes walk, The Needles Pleasure Park with its chairlift down to the Beach. Calbourne Water Mill is about a 15 minute drive, passing Chessell Pottery. There are also fishing trips and other interesting boat trips available in Yarmouth. Many tourist attractions are all within 40 minutes via coastal drive. Lovely Walks: No Car! From The Old Hayloft it is possible to walk one side of the Island over The Downs, above The Needles, to Freshwater via Tennyson monument. Or the other side of our coast, over the purple clad heather warren to Totland Bay. You can even venture all the way to Yarmouth if you like a longer few hours leisurely walk. The views are stunning on this long walk and I'd say the best to be had on the Island ?! You can always choose to catch the bus back from these walks, after a lovely meal in a local restaurant or pub !


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Totland Bay, South East England

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peak summer
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Autumn special
31 Aug 2018 - 11 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2019
19 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2019
26 Apr 2019 - 23 May 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May bank hol 2019
24 May 2019 - 30 May 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer off peak 2019
31 May 2019 - 27 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer peak 2019
28 Jun 2019 - 5 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2019
6 Sep 2019 - 3 Oct 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £75

Please refer to rental agreement on booking and health and safety notice.

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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