Comfortable refurbished apartment ideally positioned to combine the charm of a rural English village with access to the coast. The Victorian building has been totally modernised. The downstairs apartment consists of a double bedroom, spacious living room including sofa bed, separate fully-fitted kitchen and bathroom with shower and bath. The living room contains a period fireplace but there is gas central heating throughout. A cot and high chair are available if required. Downstairs has a small, sheltered garden with garden furniture and BBQ. The apartment is on the level except that there is a small step down into the garden to enter the property, a small step at the threshold and two steeper steps up to the patio area in the garden. Parking outside and on the Green is free but a car is not essential for access to local amenities and beaches. It has WIFI. The adjoining upstairs apartment may be rented at a discount for those who wish to holiday with family or friends.
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1 Drayton Villas
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- 18 Aug 2018
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Telling it like it is - Great location, minor niggles.
We enjoyed our stay in the St Helens area of the Isle of Wight, the property is in a nice location near the green, everything you will need is available in the local shop/post office, the Vine Inn does great food & there are several restaurants in the area. The ground floor flat was clean & tidy & met our needs for our short stay, the information supplied, concerning directions & access were very good. However, a couple of minor details need addressing in our opinion, we expected to make up the sofa bed & this was no problem, but the fact that we had to make up the main bed upon arrival was unexpected, we have stayed in a lot of holiday lets over many years & never had to make up beds, in addition to this, the main front bedroom had a damp problem, the musty smell was not very inviting. A welcome pack would also be a nice addition, even as an extra cost option, in our experience we have found most places include this within the cost. With these minor details sorted the property would be much better & make any guest feel more welcome.
Thank you for the review.
I am very sorry about the minor niggles.
I am not sure whether you found my welcome folder which should have been on the table and is very comprehensive. I do not pack it with leaflets as I keep these on the little table - there is simply so much to do on the Isle of Wight that selecting a few leaflets for a pack does not do it justice.
I will have a word with the cleaners about making up the beds. It used to be a standard requirement but as many people choose to bring their own linen to keep the costs down (actually I did not charge you for the laundry but I did ask the cleaners for linen) they don't always do it but always make sure there is linen on site. I must agree that with a short stay particularly it is important that people who have ordered the linen should find it on the bed.
Re the damp smell it is one of those things that happens occasionally (NEVER when the experts are on site) I tear out my hair. The property had damp proof treatment a few years ago and a builder came last winter to solve things for once and for all. In properties of this age things are never straight forward unfortunately but I will call in some experts asap to have the floor up again and see what we can find.
Fantastic little place,
Very well situated apartment that has everything you need for your stay,
Host was very amenable and would recommend to anyone, thanks,
Thank you very much for taking the time to respond and sending a lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the holiday.
Amazing value for money; fantastic location!
My husband and I and our two children (3.5yrs and 7.5yrs) stayed at ground floor flat Drayton Villas over the May half term holiday. The location of the accommodation really made our stay something special. The village of St Helen's is such a lovely quaint town where one relaxes immediately. There is a lovely restaurant at the end of the road, a little village shop a few minutes away that has most of the basics one would want and there is a friendly village pub too. The kids were easily entertained by the two playgrounds at either end of the road; the harbour at the end of the street about 3 minutes away and the beach which is about a 10 minute walk if that. The children were constantly outside, crabbing, running, exploring, swimming, body boarding; it is a great escape and makes for a wonderful holiday. The accommodation itself was clean; the kitchen modern and well equipped, the shower was great and my husband wants me to mention specifically that the broadband was great (super fast broadband). The children had the double bed and slept well each night and we slept on the pull out sofa bed in the living room which was very comfortable. Thanks Angela for a great and replenishing stay. We will be back!
The apartment is uniquely positioned on a quiet residential street (Newlands) which leads from St Helen's Village Green via Mill Lane to the sea.
The historic village green, one of the largest in existence, is bordered by picturesque cottages, and all village amenities including two first class restaurants, a village shop /post office, a bus stop, children’s play area and, of course, the village pub. At weekends the Green hosts the local cricket and football teams and during the summer months at the Brading end - the island's social event (!)-the Sunday morning boot sale .
From the apartment walk down the hill and following the little path into Mill Lane and continuing downwards to the sea at Bembridge Marina. A left turn at the Old Mill takes you along the sea wall at the Duver, across the old golf course to St Helens beach - a child-friendly beach with sand,pebbles, rockpools, colourful beach huts and a lovely beach cafe. It remains relatively quiet all the year round. The more adventurous may like to continue the walk along the beach past Nodes Point to the wonderfully serene Priory Bay or even further to Sea View or Ryde.
On summer evenings dining at the Baywatch cafe becomes a magical experience as you watch the sun go down and then spot the lights of passing ships as you sample the menu by candle-light.
If you continue past the Old Mill you can walk around Bembridge Marina, up the hill to the village, or follow the coast or the coastal path for wooded walks.
St Helen’s Duver (a sandy dune area of coastline) and the shoreline around the area are noted for their extraordinary variety of maritime plants and wildlife, and much of the coastline in the immediate vicinity is under the care of the National Trust. Wooded coastal paths can be followed in both directions from St Helens as well as walks across the fields inland. Dedicated walkers will be rewarded by the most magnificent views from Bembridge Downs taking in not only the sweep of the coastline and English Channel but views over the island and the goings on at the Bembridge's tiny airport.
Bembridge , said to be a haunt for pirates in bygone days, is now an attractive venue for the sailing community and has a greater variety of shops, restaurants and facilities. Sea View, in the opposite direction, is also a magnet for sailing enthusiasts and hosts a family friendly regatta every August.
For those seeking more excitement the larger resorts of Ryde, Sandown(officially the UK''sunniest beach), Shanklin and Ventnor are only a short drive or bus trip away.
The Isle of Wight has lost none of its charm since it was discovered by the young Victoria in the mid nineteenth century to be a perfect holiday venue, and as soon as you step off the ferry and breathe in the fresh air you feel the change in the pace of life. If you have a car or purchase a bus pass the island's attractions can each be accessed on a day trip. Almost half of the island is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and it has sixty miles of coastline with coastal paths which form some of its 500 plus official walks. The island attracts record levels of sunshine for the UK and has a variety of beach resorts to suit every taste from the rugged surfing beach of Compton Bay to the rock pools at St Helens. Over 1000 festivals are listed by the tourist board ranging from internationally renowned pop music festivals to village flower shows and regattas. As well as the obvious attraction of Cowes week at the beginning of August, there are many other sailing events throughout the year and the island is an ideal venue for the pursuit of water-sports, fishing, walking, cycling and riding. In addition to the best-known historical buildings such as Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House, there are many smaller castles, country houses, museums and ancient historical sites to explore as well as animal sanctuaries, Dinosaur Isle and special children’s attractions. A short distance away in Brading you can visit a Roman Villa or a winery, whilst a trip to the ancient port of Yarmouth makes a lovely day out.
1 Drayton Villas is ideal for a relaxing beach holiday, or a centre for sight-seeing, walking, cycling, riding or bird-watching.
Additional pricing information
Please note the 2 day minimum applies to weekend stays only. Otherwise it is 3 days. There is an additional charge for linen (£32 for 2, £12 each for 3rd and 4th person) but guests may prefer to bring their own. Some pets are permitted at the owner's discretion outside the main holiday period. Please discuss this with the owner.