BEAUTIFUL CONVERTED BEACH FRONT BOAT HOUSE.

Louise Smith

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Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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BEAUTIFUL CONVERTED BEACH FRONT BOAT HOUSE.

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A fully equipped studio space with a mezzanine bed

The Boathouse is a gorgeous, well equipped, studio. It's in a stunning location on the beach front in the beautiful village of Bonchurch. Being on a private cul de sac, which finishes a few yards away on the beach, it is quiet and safe. From the front of the property there are uninterrupted, constantly changing, sea views and there is nothing like sleeping to sound of the waves. Monks Bay is one of the Islands best kept secrets, with its mixture of sand, pebbles, delightful rock pools and safe swimming. Bonchurch is known for its temperate climate and during a hot week you may not want to stray from this perfect spot. As well as a perfect spot for that summer holiday, it is an excellent base for out of season breaks. The island is well known for its mild spring, autumn and winters which are wonderful for excellent walking, discovering cosy pubs and sampling some of the islands delicious, award winning restaurants.

The Boathouse *** As seen in The Guardian newspaper's - 'Top 10 cottages for two for Valentines Day' *** and Elle UK's 'Chic Shack Awards' ***

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Louise Smith (Owner)
Advertiser since 2004
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About Louise Smith

Years of traveling far and wide with my job and many adventurous holidays with my husband means I have stayed in all sorts of accommodation around the world from basic tents in Kenya to incredible luxury resorts in the Far East, from city hotels in New York to Country Manors in Wales . Now living on a farm in the UK with our 2 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 4 chickens it's always pleasure to escape to the sea.

Louise Smith purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Louise Smith chose Ventnor

The Boathouse is a perfect little gem of a place which we were lucky enough to buy along with a larger property (see Beach Holme) when we were looking for a seaside place to enjoy as a family. It so happens my own great, great grandparents were islanders and we have a good family history of coastguards.

What makes this cabin unique

There's no question that being so close to the sea is The Boathouse's biggest lure. The predictability of the tides along with the ever changing moods of the water makes for a very special place to stay. In Winter it can be a snug, safe place to watch waves crashing into the sea wall and salt spray flying high into the air, while in Summer a bay of cool, blue gently laps at the sand. And while I may mention it many times over, there really is nothing like sleeping to the sound of the waves.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From 'The Guardian', Jan 2012

The Boathouse, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

If romance for you is blustery walks by the sea, few pads are better-placed than this. A cute chalet with french doors opening straight on to decking overlooking the beach at Monk's Bay (but on a private cul-de-sac, so no danger of passers-by knocking on the door and asking for a nose around) it's a little gem for beach lovers. The bed is on a raised platform – watch your head – and the living area is pretty compact so this is not a place for lounging around of an evening. For a good dinner try the Spyglass Inn (thespyglass.com) in Ventnor, a 20-minute walk away, or for a treat the Michelin-starred Hambrough (robert-thompson.com/restaurants/the-hambrough), also in Ventnor.

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4.4
based on 15 traveler reviews

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Beautiful converted beach front boat house.
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Beautiful converted beach front boat house.
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Comments from Owner Guestbook

'What a lovely stay. Beautiful location, tastefully decorated, and thoughtfully equipped. We are very sad to leave.
The perfect antidote to London stress out fever!'

Colin & Nell - Feb 05

'This charming little dwelling is tastefully decorated and well-equipped. The hut's interior decor is crisp and fresh, while the outdoor terrace has the most stunning views of the sea'

Prima magazine - Jan 2005 issue

'Thenkyou so much for a lovely holiday at the Boathouse. It was ideal in every way and we thought it was beautifully decorated! We would love to come back again next August'

The Taylors - Aug 04

'Arriving at high tide, we're greeted by waves sploshing over the sea wall, just 25ft from the front door. Inside the view from the sofa of passing ships battling the heavy seas is glorious. When the tide recedes, it reveals a crescent of sand with rock pools and we agree we'd love to return in Summer'

Marie clare Magazine - April 05 issue
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
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Beautiful little place

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We stayed at the boat house over Christmas and had a wonderful time. It is small but cozy and big enough for the intended two people and has nearly everything you need for a short holiday. Obviously being right on the seafront, being able to watch the water whilst sitting on the sofa, is a big big plus.
We arrived on the day of the Christmas storm and it took us a good couple of hours to get the place warm (would have been great if the heating could have been turned on beforehand) but once it was, the warmth was ok despite the horrific weather outside. The boat is an estimated 15 minute leisurely walk from Ventnor city center right along the seaside esplanade (if weather permits) which especially in the summer should be (and even was with some December sun) really nice. We would definitely return and can recommend this romantic little place to all couples. The only thing we would suggest to the owners is the addition of a second optional heater for the winter (e.g. in the bathroom) and a small coffee table for the couch as sitting at the bar table in the kitchen is absolutely fine for breakfast but didn't feel quite comfortable enough for a nice dinner.
  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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4

small but cozy and very tastefull

  • 4 of 5
we loved the little boathouse - it has everything that is needed for 2 people to be comfortable and to be right by the sea was lovely
the only thing missing really was some advice on local facilities like nearest shop, pub, supermarket, petrol station and recycling facilities.
the village shop seems to have closed down long ago and so we asked local dogwalkers all the questions and made friends with their dogs in the process
we did a lot in a week: coastal walks, Donkey Sanctuary, Garlic Farm, Osborne House, Carrisbrooke Castle, Shanklin Chine and Ventnor Botanical Gardens - all interesting - lunch at the Garlic Farm is wonderful and highly recommended
all in all we enjoyed staying there very much and have already recommended it to friends
Marina
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Beautiful converted beach front boat house.
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3

Beautiful place if a little chilly

  • 3 of 5
The Boathouse is absolutely gorgeous, in a perfect little spot that would be fantastic in Summer. It is fully equipped with a comfy bed and everything you could possibly need. It was clean and well maintained.

We had some initial problems getting the hot water turned on, the owners were very apologetic, and eventually on the second day of our stay we had lovely hot water.

The only problem was that we visited the Boathouse on the coldest few days of the year so far. It was absolutely freezing and unfortunately the place only has one electric heater in the main room (which was cranked up full each time we returned to the property). The weather was completely abnormal (a horrible easterly wind from Siberia made everything seem very much colder than it was) but it might be an idea to have additional heaters on offer for out of season breaks, particularly in very cold weather.

The Pond Cafe in Bonchurch is highly recommended, as is the Bonchurch Inn. The locals were super friendly and really helpful (the bar maid even lent us her mobile phone so we could call the owners about the hot water - note that Vodafone coverage in Bonchurch is non existent!). The co-op in Ventnor has everything you'll need for self catering, and the Spyglass on the Esplanade serves huge well cooked portions of food.

All in all we had a great time, but just wish we could have been a lot warmer!
  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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Peaceful Location

  • 4 of 5
We stayed at The Boathouse for 4 nights from March 23, 2012 and were blessed with amazing weather which meant we could enjoy the wonderful outlook and peaceful location all the more. Leisurely breakfasts on the deck soaking up the sunshine and listening to the gentle waves just a few feet away - bliss! Walks along the seafront from the front door all the way to lovely Steephill Cove/Ventnor, or Shanklin/Sandown the other way. The Boathouse is small but beautifully formed - my only negative comment would be that the new sofa bed is not all that comfortable to sleep on and so I would recommend taking a topper if you can. But that's just a small thing and all the other facilities inside were absolutely great. I would second the comment by the Owner that it's really for 2 adults max plus 2 small children - any more than 2 adults and it would be less than ideal.
  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
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the boathouse

  • 4 of 5
What a lovely, cosy retreat. We only stayed for a weekend and would have loved to have spent longer here. It has been fitted out with modern, good quality fittings and is a quirky design with a built in loft bedroom which has a very comfortable double bed. I loved having breakfast on the decking in the sunshine, listening to the waves. We did have to ring the house doctors to get the hot water switched on which was done quickly. The kitchen could be better equipped for a longer stay and the bathroom could have a small bolt on the door, but really , very minor details. I have visited IOW for many years but had no idea Bonchurch villiage is so beautiful and so ancient with some lovely walks. The church is very old and quaint. Will visit again. K from Lincoln
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Glad you had a great stay :) And the IOW music festival was fabulous that weekend too!
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Map

Map

Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Fishbourne or Cowes
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Shanklin
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Monks Bay
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
The Bonchurch Inn
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
The Pond Cafe
Car: recommended

Bonchurch is a beautiful village on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight. It is surrounded by the St Boniface Downs which tower up high above its coastal location, protecting it from adverse weather and giving it its wonderful temperate climate. Located on the coastal path, there is mile upon mile of beautiful coastal and inland walks literally on your doorstep. Bonchurch lies between two bigger sea side resorts, Shanklin and Ventnor, both a scenic 20 minute walk away (Ventnor can be reached by bicycle along the sea wall in ten minutes). Both resorts have sandy, award winning beaches and delicious eateries. Bonchurch beachfront itself consists of a pottery, 5 houses and the boathouse. There is a further newly refurbished contemporary brasserie in the village and a fantastic village pub. The famous sailing resort of Cowes is 35 minutes by car and the rest of the island and it's wonderful attractions can easily be reached by car or by bus.

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Availability & Rates

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Ventnor Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Base Rate
3 night minimum stay
£60
 
 
Autumn
Sep 1 - Oct 31
3 night minimum stay
£70
 
Discounts: 4 nights or more: £60 Nightly
 
Low Season
Nov 1 - Mar 31
3 night minimum stay
£60
 
Discounts: 4 nights or more: £50 Nightly
 
Spring
Apr 1 - May 31
3 night minimum stay
£70
 
Discounts: 4 nights or more: £60 Nightly
 
Early Summer
Jun 1 - Jun 30
3 night minimum stay
£75
 
Discounts: 4 nights or more: £70 Nightly
 
High Summer
Jul 1 - Aug 31
7 night minimum stay
£525
 

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Notes Please take note that Christmas, New Year, Easter and Summer holidays are all charged at High Summer rates.
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Amenities

Amenities

Ventnor Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Beach
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Grill
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • 1 double bed on a mezzanine floor.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • bay/sound
  • pond
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • surfing
  • hiking
Notes:
The boathouse is ideal for 2 adults sleeping on a large mezzanine level with restricted ceiling height. If required there is space in the TV/living area for a travel cot or small childs rollaway bed (NOT provided). There is a lovely massage etc place in Ventnor called 'The Cabin' and many walks, cafes, restaurants and pubs locally.
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