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
- Cottage10 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Great getaway for couples, walkers, cyclists, Minutes to the beach too.
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- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Jun 2018
About MELODY DEAN
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
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.
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Great views, lovely little cottage
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.
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
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.
Perfect location to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing break.
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
NOT WHAT IT SAY'S ON THE TIN
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.
Excellent week at Old Hayloft
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.
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 !
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.
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 !
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