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Beachside holiday chalet

Bedrooms 1
Space 172 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Tiniest charming beachside chalet

Beachside Chalet No1 is approached from a residential road, offering a safe and peaceful environment. The quiet village of Gurnard sits west along the coast from the bustling internationally renown yachting town of Cowes.

HISTORY - The chalet is one of a row built in the 1930s on the waterfront for holiday use. They have been slowly modernised over the decades with some still very much as they were when originally built giving the area a feel reminiscent of times gone by. The charm of this unique little area of the Island owes a lot to the planning restrictions keeping redevelopment of these chalets to a strict character code of single storey, pastel coloured shiplap cladding, pitched roofs, porches and low picket fencing. The Marsh is clearly defined at one end by a delightful little bridge over a water inlet, The Luck, home to a cluster of small fishing boats. At the other end stands a gentle hill leading up to the village pub and shop.

During WW2, A Sergeant was accommodated in Chalet 1, and the other chalets accommodated the wrens who operated the anti aircraft search lights. After the war, these chalets were used as holiday accommodation. Over the decades, most of the chalets on the other side of the road have been rebuilt, but most on the sea side are still original, but updated with modern conveniences, giving the area a feel reminiscent of times gone by.

OUR CHALET fronts onto a large lawned area with direct access to the beach. The lack of fencing between the chalets allows for an open an friendly feel, though Chalet No1 has its own picket fenced garden from which to enjoy the sea views more privately. We have recently removed the front fence panel (in the photos) in order to improve the view.

The quiet beach in front of the property changes with every high tide; mostly shingle with patches of sand and groynes of natural rock. The yachting activity in the Solent ensures a constant changing scenery. Varied and glorious sun sets over the water will take your breath away. You will never bore of watching this particular part of the world go by.

The chalet renovations have been designed to make most use out of all the space. The one room accommodates living, dining, kitchen galley and a cosy nook for the standard double bed. A wet room with toilet, shower, basin and electric towel rail is off this main room. Clever storage solutions throughout allow the area to feel clutter free.

The emphasis for a holiday in this chalet is to 'get away from it all'. With this in mind, there is no television or high fi system. If you wish to be entertained, bring your laptop to connect to our wi-fi free of charge, and your own radio or iPod dock for your iPod.


Parking is on the unrestricted quiet residential road by the chalet. The bus service is only twice a day, with the nearest bus stop servicing 4 buses an hour to Newport and Cowes, about 15 mins walk. Walking into Cowes takes about 40 mins. Walking to the village shop and pub takes about 8 mins. There is a cafe/restaurant on the coast within 5 mins walk west, another within 10 mins walk east. Depending on your mobility, you may find bringing a car to the Island useful.

HEATING - there is a log effect electric fan for instant heat, and an electric oil radiator for more permanent background heat.

ELECTRIC - This is charged at cost: the meter is read before your booking and then again afterwards. As a guide, our winter guests using the heater use approx £2.50 per day including the standing charge; our summer guests a lot less. A separate electric deposit is requested at the time of booking; you will be returned the balance not used, within 14 days of the end of your booking.

MOBILITY - The chalet is on one level, but due to the limited space inside, it is probably unsuitable for wheelchair users. If you are particularly tall or big, you might the bed nook and shower area awkward.

CHILDREN - The chalet is really only suitable for a maximum of 2 people. If you have a baby, you could bring your own travel cot, but this would take up most of the floor space.

DAMAGE DEPOSIT - A £150.00 damage deposit is requested, and will need to be paid for at the time of booking. It is returned within 14 days of the end of your booking via bacs.

PETS - are not accepted for health, hygiene and allergy reasons.

WARNING - The chalet is tiny, just 4m x 4m. Although the bed is a standard double, it is set in an alcove; if you are very tall or big, you might find it uncomfortable.

SMOKING - No smoking inside the chalet.

LANDLORDS - Nigel and Kuki live next door, so are available if you need anything during your visit.

CONTACT: Kuki Waterstone on 00 44 (0) 7775 66 49 44 or email using the form below.

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Kuki Waterstone
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
June 29, 2017


Gurnard Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 172 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Standard size double bed in a cosy alcove.
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
DISCOUNTED Red Funnel Ferries - We have an arrangement with Red Funnel where we can give you a single use code for 15% discount on their fares after you have booked this property. DEPARTURE - It is important that you are vacated by the departure time. To discourage our timetabling being put under pressure by late departures, we charge £20 for each incomplete hour you delay your departure past departure time. Thank you for your understanding.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Beachside holiday chalet
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews

great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved watching the sunset over the water from outside the chalet. It's small but well thought out and had everything we needed for a lovely weekend break.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic location and delightful property equipped with everything you could possibly need.

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect seaside retreat. Beautiful waterfront location with amazing views. The chalet was cosy, very charming and I couldn't believe how well equipped and thoughtfully presented it was. A wonderful place for relaxing and getting away from everything.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Lovely little place, so unique

  • 5 of 5

Myself my hubby and our two mutts stayed here over new year. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes it is small but that's part of the uniqueness about it and the main reason I booked it. I was worried about being cold but the heaters work brilliantly and warm the chalet up in no time. Really recommend this little place it's easy to find yet remote enough so you get the quietness without the hassle of miles of narrow lanes to get there. There was a restaurant and pub nearby but we didn't actually use them as the chalet is well equipped with all you need to make meals. The chalet doesn't have a telly, for us this was lovely as we could just relax in the peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quirky and fun

  • 3 of 5

Loved the location and Glosters for dinner

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy and in the most beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed for three nights and had a lovely time! The chalet is very small, but is ideal for couples. The views from the chalet were stunning and the location is perfect for a quiet getaway. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quirky, cute and peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Hubby whisked me away for a few days for our first trip to the IOW, and booked this little beach hut. Such a quirky little place, with some lovely decorative touches and with almost everything you need ( perhaps a few condiments would be nice) for a few days away. Its almost directly on the beach and although the external pictures on the website are a little old and slightly misleading (nothing major, or enough to have put us off going though) its still a really lovely place to stay, very clean and well kept with lots of information pertinent to the island and local area, which is helpful to newbies like us. My only issue was the mattress could do with renewing as it was a tad lumpy, but apart from hat it was a fab little bolt hole, with a great sea view, serenely quiet, a great central location, nicely decorated inside, and just a really nice experience. Id happily recommend this to anyone. ( oh, one other thing, its small. very small. so if you are over 6 ft, you may want to prepare yourself :) , I'm fine as Im just over 5 ft :) , but hubby wasn't so lucky )

I can highly recommend:

The Coast restaurant in Cowes - delicious food and great staff.

A visit to the Garlic Farm - absolutely fantastic

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We have only been letting the chalet for a year, so I hope the photos are not too old. The photo of the exterior is the only one that needs updating as we removed the front fencing so that the view of the sea is not clipped for our guests. The internal photos show exactly how small the chalet is, as does the text, especially for tall people, to enable guests to make a decision as to whether they would be comfortable. My husband and I used the chalet for the month of August last year and didn't have a problem with the mattress, so we will inspect again to see if it may have developed a problem since; thank you for bringing our attention to it. I am glad you enjoyed your stay so much, and look forward to seeing you again. Kuki
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Red Funnel Ferries - We have an arrangement with Red Funnel where we can give you a single use code for 15% discount on their fares after you have booked this property.


Rates & Availability

Gurnard Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June 2017
May 29 2017 - Jul 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 2017
Jul 3 2017 - Jul 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
August 2017
Jul 28 2017 - Sep 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 8 2017 - Oct 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
October 2017
Oct 6 2017 - Nov 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov/Dec 2017
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/NY 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Changeover fee $51.74
Electric Deposit $19.4
Pet Fee $0
Refundable damage deposit $194.04

Your pre arrival information email, sent after your booking is confirmed, will give you all details for access.
Please do not arrive before 5.00 pm, and you must vacate before 11.00 am on your departure day. If you are late leaving, a charge of £20 per incomplete hour over 11.00 am will be deducted from your damage deposit as our changeover schedule will have to be amended.
CHANGEOVER FEE - The changeover fee of £40 covers cleaning of the chalet, linen and towels, and top up of consumables such as soaps, toilet paper and kitchen towel and washing up sponge. We also ask for a £15 Electric Use Deposit which is added to the Changeover Fee, making a total of £55 requested. You will be refunded the electric fee of £15, minus your electric usage, within 14 days of the end of your booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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