This well equipped cabin with log burner offers the ultimate getaway mid way along the stunning ‘Back of the Wight’ (South West,) heritage coastline designated A.O.N.B. Secluded enough for privacy, it's the perfect rural escape & excellent base for a walking break. 4min walk to beach & 3 min drive to the picturesque village of Brighstone with its historic buildings, post office, country pub, shop & newagents, you couldn’t be better positioned to discover the most attractive part of this island.
Approximately 22 ft x 15 ft total inside area it offers ample floor space for the additional memory foam z-bed or very easily assembled camping bed, (whichever is preferred,) next to the double bed should you need it for a child in the main room which is in a country cottage design. Alternatively, for a bit of privacy, a chum has room in the carpeted kitchen diner to sleep if needs be. The toilet / shower room is en-suite. You can see there is a porch to sit out on which is lovely to enjoy the view of the woodland & downland meadows in the really calm surroundings. The cabin is heated if needed in the Autumn & early Spring using either the 'Ladybird' log burner for which a sack of logs & kindling will be provided or the portable electric heater, (which is a 'fall over switch off' safety design.)
Potentially you could sleep 2 adults with 2 children using both temporary beds but please ask first about this. There is a hook up for a camper van which can be parked to the side of the cabin & /or room for a small tent should children want to camp out! (2 man max.) If a tent is pitched this incurs an additional fee of £10 cash per night. The external hook up is £5 extra per day used. This additional payment would need to be made direct to the host on arrival.
The cabin / chalet is all yours to use, with the land surrounding it to sit out on. You won't have any immediate neighbours! There are no defined boundaries on the ground but the areas to the sides and front are for the exclusive enjoyment of those staying in the chalet. In reality no body uses the field lawn further out in front of the cabin as it is private so children are free to play there - just bear in mind the farmer mows every fortnight & very occasionally a farm vehicle slowly trundles by along with the odd cyclists or walker. A short walk across the coast road you will find a coffee shop within Isle of Wight Pearl which also serves hot food (including breakfast/brunch from 10am) while inland are multiple footpaths to the chalk downland & Brighstone forest. The coastal footpath heading East & West is 3 mins walk away, the beach only 4 mins. The hamlets of Mottistone with the National Trust manor & ancient church and Hulverstone with its country pub may tempt you away from fossil hunting off Hanover Point. Either way coming back to ‘Holmlea’ will be a pleasure.
Interaction with guests
I will meet guests on arrival and will be contactable on my mobile for any queries.
Other things to note
There is a good mobile signal but no dedicated internet in the cabin itself. However you can pick up the net with your mobile data switched on. The cabin is situated in the corner of open plan rented grass land with tree shade to one side & a rarely used footpath / track running past approx 20 meters away. This runs from the main coastal Military Road approx 100m to the South & joins Chilton Lane 200m inland. Visitors can sit out around the cabin, play games, (badminton raquets, football, frisby, boules - similiar to Petanque / bowls, all supplied in the cabin - tennis courts up the lane available at a small charge payable at Chilton Farm house,) have a contained bbq - obviously being careful to respect the farmers land and we ask that noise levels are kept down later in the evening. It's so peaceful sound carries easily! Please note behind the cabin runs a stream to which at points there is a drop of just over 6 feet from the top of the low level retaining post wall. Please therefore take care, especially with children or indeed with adults who may be merrily returning from the country pub! Listed as suitable for infants under 2 in so far as there is no objection but if a cot or high chair is needed it would need to be brought with you. Also please remember this is a wooden building so no unattended candles. (You won't need them to enhance the atmosphere anyway! :-) ) Most importantly of all if you are unsure how to operate the log burner in any way please stick to the electric heating. It is quite basic to use however, the main rules being 1) In no circumstance leave the door of the stove open when it is burning 2) don't leave the cabin for any length of time while it is still burning and 3) Do not put water on the fire to extinguish it as such rapid temperature change will damage the cast iron. I will go through the basics with guests when they arrive. It is a lovely feature it has to be said!
- New Carpets - please leave shoes by door or on porch.
- Solid fuel stove is in use from mid September & should only be used by those confident to do so, otherwise please use the electric heater. The stove door should never be left open when it is in use.
- Everyone sensible knows this anyway but....Please do not put anything down the toilet other than toilet roll. There is a bin for other items. The mains system uses a macerator due to a relatively narrow gauge outlet pipe and can become blocked if non flushable wipes / sanitary items are flushed into it.
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2018 the minimum stay is 3 nights.