Laurel Cottage is a charming detached stone-built character cottage in the quiet village of Calbourne on the western side of the Isle of Wight. Dating back to the 18th century, and peacefully situated in the idyllic and tranquil location of Winkle Street, this self-catering holiday cottage is cosy, comfortable and well equipped. The perfect rural retreat.
There are numerous attractions for children and sporting enthusiasts, making Laurel Cottage an ideal base for an outdoor holiday break to explore the Isle of Wight. Enjoy the crystal clear stream that runs from the pond at Westover House gate lodge opposite, along the length of Winkle Street and beyond, full of wild flowers and a magnet for wildlife such as kingfishers, red squirrels and ducks.
The Isle of Wight is one of the UK's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and covers approximately half of the island and includes Calbourne. It is easy to see why most of West Wight is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its unspoilt beaches, rolling countryside and picture perfect views.
This holiday cottage at a glance
Sleeps six guests.
Three bedrooms, one family bathroom on the ground floor.
Large enclosed, terraced (parent of toddlers, please be aware) garden to the rear with sunny decked area.
Off street parking for two vehicles at the front of the property.
Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome (small additional charge per dog). The ferries welcome dogs in the passenger lounges in dedicated areas and provide water bowls.
Please ensure children are supervised at all times as the stream is unfenced.
Please be aware that the stairs are narrow to the first and second floors and may be difficult for young children or guests with mobility difficulties.
Minimum of a two night stay.
Calor gas 'wood burning stove effect' fire in the sitting room.
Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer.
Sky TV, DVD, radio/CD, iPod docking station.
Cot and high chair provided upon request.
Gas barbecue and garden furniture.
Trampoline and summerhouse.
Attractions and nearby amenities
You are on the edge of Brighstone Forest with numerous footpaths within the forest and up to the downs that rise over 200m offering breath-taking scenery down to the sea and the chalk cliffs of Freshwater Bay and beyond.
More than 20 beaches around the island including several award-winning beaches. The closest beaches with Quality Coast Awards are Totland Bay, just seven miles and Colwell Bay, with its long sandy beach and stunning views out to the western Solent. The nearby Compton Bay (five miles), one of the Telegraph's 'Britain's Best Beaches for 2011', is well worth a visit with its huge deep-red sandy beach and magnificent sunset views. The bay also offers good surfing as well as fossilised dinosaur bones and footprints.
Numerous pubs (many of which have good play equipment) and restaurants offering a wide range of meals, from the local pub, The Sun Inn (500m) catering for families, The Trendy Coast Bar in Cowes to The George at Yarmouth offering contemporary brassiere style creations making an evening out a really special occasion!
The Isle of Wight can easily be reached with frequent services from Lymington, Portsmouth or Southampton. Booking is essential to get the best prices and to avoid any delays. The ferries welcome dogs in the passenger lounges in dedicated areas and provide water bowls.
The island is very dog friendly and that there are 9 beaches that welcome dogs all year round.
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