About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Detached, newly refurbished, sleeps 5/6, ideal location water sports/coast walks
‘Cliffway’ is the best property of its type in the Totland area and is in a prime location, very close to the beach with lovely sea views, and its own large private garden, ideal for people of all ages to explore and enjoy.
Cliffway's peaceful location is ideal for a romantic stay, families, children, the retired and those who are less able, perfect for a three generation holiday experience.
The property has 2 bedrooms (sleeps 5), and an open plan kitchen/living space. A small annex is also available as a rest area/study with WiFi and a bed. In summer the property can sleep 6. Details on request.
Cliffway is located 10 mins from Yarmouth ferry and 4/5 mins walk from the beach and The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar. A splendid restaurant called The Hut is a short coastal walk away at Colwell Bay. Local shops & coastal walks are all within walking distance.
Cliffway has a large sunny garden throughout the day (with trees for shade) which provides a great place to relax for all the family.
Totland Bay is one of 106 beaches in the British Isles to have won a 2018 Quality Coast Award. It also forms a part of the Needles Marine Protected Area.
The Headon Warren Walk which starts on the Turf Walk was highlighted by the National Trust as one of the UK's 'Walks with a 'WOW Factor'.
'Cliffway' is a single storey property, refurbished in 2016 to provide an open plan living with new lighting and timber flooring throughout. The living room has two double glazed doors that open 180 degrees and fasten, almost flat, against the outside wall to give easy access to the garden.
The garden is enclosed by a white timber picket fence at the front and a combination of trees/hedge/fence & gates.
Parking is at the rear or in a lay-by opposite to the property.
The property has a new shower room with a low profile shower, walled fixed shower seat, wash basin and toilet. Heating and hot water are provided by a new combi boiler.
There are two bedrooms, one with a king size and single bed, the other room has two single beds.
There is also an outside annex, accessed via a covered walkway with two single beds (users will need to use the toilet facilities in the main house). The annex is useful as a quite rest area/work space, with wifi & TV socket.
The covered walkway can be used to provide a safe place to store bikes, surf boards etc and is a dry, sunny area to hang washing.
The glazed front porch provides space to hang coats and to store wet shoes etc.
‘Cliffways’ unique character lies in its quiet peaceful location, large attractive garden, great beach access and lovely sea views which are ideal for all the family. This is now combined with a modern renovation to give the comforts of home in all seasons.
‘Cliffway’ enables you to relax and sunbath in the garden, to sit and gaze at the sea watching the boats pass by or to enjoy a romantic supper sitting in the garden as you watch one of Totland's renowned spectacular sunsets.
In bad weather you can still gaze out from the warmth and comfort of the living room and enjoy watching the sky change and the white horses on the sea whilst keeping a watchful eye for the boats passing by.
Great beach access makes it easy for all the family to enjoy a day on the beach swimming, exploring rock pools, making sandcastles, collecting shells or to try your hand at crabbing, etc before strolling back to ‘Cliffway’ buckets and nets in hand for tea in the garden.
It’s lovely to enjoy an early morning or evening relaxing stroll along the seafront and so very easy to go for a swim.
'Cliffway' really offers the opportunity to 'dump' the car and relax.
The recent renovation and full length double glazed living room doors means that it is now possible to sit inside and just enjoy gazing out to sea watching the wind, the waves, the ever changing sky and the turbulent seas and dramatic evening sunsets all from the warmth and comfort of your living room.
THE LOCAL AREA
Totland has a wide sweeping Bay. The beach is sandy and relatively shallow for a good distance and ideal for younger children. The western end of the bay has plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide. The beach can be accessed by car.
Totland has something to offer whatever the season. It is popular with the fisherman who often camp out over night at the far end of the bay and with local water sport enthusiasts who also use nearby Freshwater and Compton Bays.
You can watch the Round the Island Race (June 23 2018) from Totland, and Cliffway and in summer passing boats often moor their boats in the bay for lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant.
For the dinosaur enthusiast the IOW dinosaur fossils were discovered on the coast at nearby Compton Bay and Brighstone Bay.
'Cliffway' provides an ideal base from which to explore West Wight and enjoy some of the UK's most spectacular and dramatic coastline. This can be enjoyed by foot, with a pram, with a wheelchair, by bus and as a cyclist:
The 'Headen Warren Walk', highlighted by the National Trust as one of the UK 'Walks with a WOW Factor' starts at The Turf Walk, almost outside Cliffway's garden gate! It’s therefore possible to walk from Totland Bay over the heather clad landscape of Headon Warren to the coloured sands of Alum Bay and the Needles Old Battery before continuing along Tennyson Down to Freshwater.
Alternatively, it’s easy to walk along the seafront from Totland Bay to Colwell Bay and continue along the Isle of Wight Coastal Path.
DISABLED /PRAM ACCESS:
Totland can be enjoyed by those who are less able to walk or who may rely on a wheelchair. The bay can be accessed by car with parking along the waterfront (including disabled bays).
There is a pedestrian walkway that runs from Totland Bay to Colwell Bay and I understand that this provides an unusual opportunity for someone who uses a wheelchair to experience the sea at high tide at close hand. Unfortunately there is now a small section with a steeper gradient but with assistance it may be possible for this to be negotiated in a wheelchair.
The 'Island Breezer' provides a round the island bus route where you can hop on and off as you wish. Other bus routes link to footpath routes.
The island is popular with cyclists and it stages the Isle of Wight Randonnee (provisionally 6 May 2018) on a route the Lonely Planet apparently describe as the best place in the world to cycle. The route can be followed all year as key junctions are marked.
LOCAL RESTAURANTS include:
The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar located on the Totland seafront which serves some great food including Greek Kleftiko and a range of dishes including fresh fish.
'The Hut' is located on the seafront, at Colwell Bay and has a growing reputation for great seafood among other dishes. Both are within easy walking distance of Cliffway' or can be driven to if need be.
Historic Yarmouth has a lovely selection of restaurants and old hostelries plus 'Yarmouth Spice' a great Indian restaurant, or 'On the Rocks' a steak/fish restaurant, The George Hotel etc.
Nearby pubs include the well-known 'Highdown Inn' just below Tennysons Down & 'The Red Lion' at Freshwater.
'Cliffway' and Totland Bay offer an ideal base for a restful holiday or weekend break away from it all, whatever the season, no matter the weather. It’s an ideal place to enjoy the seaside air and an opportunity to blow away the cobwebs!
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About Katharine Gillings
My name is Katharine. I am a Landscape Architect. I run my own business cHOROS Landscape Architects. I spent the first four years in Ghana where my father, who was an Architect, was working at the time and the remainder in Hertfordshire. I have travelled abroad for my work. The past ten years have been spent working and caring for my elderly mother who has sadly recently passed away. My focus now is to rejuvenate 'Cliffway'. The building works were instigated to help with my mothers care and they now provide an opportunity to improve the property further. The Isle of Wight is an island of great diversity and dramatic landscapes with lots to do for all ages. I now have a new opportunity to relax and enjoy 'Cliffway' and to discover the island again myself. I would like to be able to share this with others who may also come to appreciate the island and experience 'Cliffways' magic.
Why Katharine Gillings chose Totland
My family has been enjoying Totland since the early 1960’s. 'Cliffway' was owned by my Uncle and Aunt who ran a private hotel on the ‘Turf Walk’ called Northfield. As a family we stayed regularly at Northfield and my sister and I have many happy childhood memories at Totland. We used to run down to the beach to swim and make sand castles and then walk back wrapped up in a towel to get washed and changed ready to sit on the timber veranda and enjoy afternoon tea. It was an idyllic childhood holiday. When my Uncle and Aunt retired they bought 'Cliffway' the same scenario continued. We celebrated my father's 50th birthday sitting in the garden at 'Cliffway' having tea and making paper kites. Testing them on the waste ground opposite (now apartments) before coming back to make adjustments. It was always a happy relaxed place. My sister's young daughter enjoyed her first experience of the sea at Totland playing in the shallow pools left on the sand after the tide was out. Alternatively, at the other end of the age scale my elderly mother loved driving to the Compton Bay National Trust car park and watching the changing sky and sea as the waves crash on the beach. Her best enjoyment was watching the people on the beach and the wind surfers and kite surfers. She especially enjoyed it when they fell off!! The coastline along the Military Road is also used for paragliding and the sails are particularly colourful as they fly over the cliffs. In the summer the sailing ships moor in the the bay for lunch. Over the many years ‘Cliffway’ has given us all the opportunity to escape and enjoy the sea air and we have tried to make it as comfortable and practical as possible
What makes this Bungalow unique
'Cliffway' is located in a peaceful area, very close to the beach with lovely sea views, close to two very good seafront restaurants & local facilities and ideally placed to enjoy West Wight. It seems the relaxed atmosphere that invades the house and garden weaves a magic spell on those who stay. The number of times I have arrived stressed out and tired only to be welcomed by the sea air and 'Cliffways' homely character. Truly it doesn't matter if the weather is bright and sunny or blowing a gale there is a lot to see and hear safe and snug inside. 'Cliffway' provides an ideal base from which to enjoy some of the country's most spectacular and dramatic coastline. Its easy to enjoy this from a car driving along the Military Road where you can see the dramatic white cliffs and rolling gorse covered landscape. Alternatively, its possible to walk from Totland over Headon Warren to Alum Bay and the Needles Old Battery along Tennyson Down to Freshwater or along the coastal path. 'Cliffway' is ideally situated to take advantage of: 1) West Wight and the sporting opportunities the island provides. If its calm in Totland its usually blowing a gale in Freshwater and visa versa. If you sit in the National Trust car park along the Military road during the week you are likely to see the local windsurfing club drive up in their van to enjoy the beach. 2) the beach. My young niece adored the beach and sea when she saw it for the first time at Totland and can remember the flowers in the garden. 3) 'Cliffway' provided a safe haven for my mother all through her ten years of poor health. She loved it. Our postman took his mother in law who needed a wheelchair to get about outside and she loved being able to be so close to the sea along the promenade. 4) I've taken friends down initially to help with the building works and at times since and we've enjoyed evening swims, garden lunches/suppers watching the sunset and sat in the garden watching the Wimbledon Final one year.
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We spent a relaxing week at Cliffway, and wished we were younger to have explored the coastal paths and walks more.The bus stop however, was only a few minutes away and ran
every 30 minutes which meant that we were able to make good use of our bus passes !
The Property was warm and did not disappoint. The view of the sea was lovely and sunsets
amazing .The owner surprised us with an anniversary card, celebration cake, flowers and to
top it all,a bottle of bubbly .Thank you Katherine.
Hello Mr Loader
Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
I'm so pleased that you and your wife enjoyed your Wedding Anniversary and return to the Isle of Wight. No doubt your stay brought back lots of fond memories.
It was a pleasure having you both to stay.
I wish you both well and look forward to perhaps having you return another time.
Fantastic family holidays
We had a really great time in Cliffway for the Easter week.
The cottage is lovely, really comfortable, very well equipped, with everything required for a family (2 adults and 2 children, 6yo & 1yo).
Having your breakfast or your dinner with this sea view is a real pleasure.
The location is great as well, with the superb Totland Bay and the sea no more than a 5 minutes walk away from the cottage, even with young children.
A lot of walks are also in the area, with fantastic view points (Needles etc).
We would certainly recommend Cliffway for a relaxing week or weekend as a couple or as a family!
I'm so pleased that you and your family enjoyed yourself at Cliffway and discovered the delights of Totland Bay.
Thank you also for taking the time to write such a lovely review. There is nothing like just ambling down to the beach, especially now the Pier Cafe has reopened.
Good location, quiet, quick walk to great local restaurant
Clean, bright, welcoming
Perfect cottage for families to explore the island.
Lovely cottage located within easy reach of the town of Freshwater for those all essential holiday supply trips.
Shortish walk to the Headon Warren and then the Downs for wonderful views.
Beach within a 10 min walk for any last minute evening stone skipping or a cheeky portion of chips from the beachside cafe.
Cottage is well kept and stocked with those items you don't think you are going to need but do.
Especially enjoyed the local cat making a fool of itself on the lawn in the sun.
Hello Mr Crouch
Thank you for your lovely review. I'm pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay.
We are fortunate because we have two beaches at close hand, both within walking distance.
I'm looking forward to a few autumnal walks over Headon Warren myself.
Beautiful, quiet, everything I needed
My first impression was relief that it was just as described and presented online. It was very clean, bright and airy. The kitchen was equipped with everything I could possibly need and Katharine even had some delicious goodies waiting for me in the frig. I loved that I could walk wherever I wanted to go and the ocean was a very short walk away. My favorite thing was walking down and watching the sunset each evening. Breathtaking. I would recommend this to anyone needing time away to relax and enjoy the sea and nature.
Dear Coleen thank you for a lovely review. I feel you have captured the essence of Cliffway and Totland.
I wish you all be best on your journey home.
Kind regards Katharine
Lovely cottage - perfect for family of 4!
We had a lovely stay at Cliffway - cottage is in excellent condition, and well setup for kids too. Perfect spot in Totland with sea view and beautiful sunsets!
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am pleased you enjoyed 'Cliffway' and had a great time.
The house can accommodate 4 adults (in two separate rooms) and there is an additional bed in the main bedroom that could be used to enable a child to share the main bedroom.
In the summer months we have a small outside annex (without additional toilet facilities) which is accessed via a covered walkway. It contains a bed and can be used as a quiet place to relax, away from the main house, or as a study space (with a TV socket and access to the WiFi).
Kind regards Katharine
It is possible to enjoy and explore the island without a car. There is a regular FYT bus service that connects with the Lymington/Yarmouth ferry to Totland and other towns. There is also an open top 'Breezer Tour' and a 'hop on, hop off' island coaster service that travel around the island. However, depending on your circumstances and interests a car will make your stay more easy. The Isle of Wight is an island of great diversity, from breath-taking coastline to lush countryside, rivers, woods and forests making it a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and familiarizes seek king a quiet break. The island is well known for its range of water sports/activities many of which are based nearby. West Wight, as the area is known, is more rural and less developed than the eastern part of the island. The coastal landscape ranges from sandy beaches and rock pools of Totland and Colwell bay to the coloured sands of Alum Bay and dramatic coastline of The Needles and white cliffs and rolling hills of the Military Road. The area around Yarmouth and along the River Yar to Freshwater is known for its footpaths and wildlife and there is a Nature Reserve at Newtown. There are a great variety of attractions only a short drive from Totland. These include the Needles Park and Alum Bay Glass and coloured sands. No visit is complete until you have filled a glass with coloured sand yourself (generations have done this, my Aunt and Uncle, my parents, me as a child and an adult, my sister and two nieces) There is also a funfair. An open topped bus takes you to the Needles Old Battery and Coastguard Station. Alternatively it is possible to walk to the top. The dramatic coastline of Compton Bay is where they discovered the remains of many dinosaurs and there was originally a working museum and was possible (and maybe so now) to help with the excavations. There is a now a Dinosaur Museum on the eastern side of the island created because of the discoveries at Compton Bay. The National Trust owns much of the land and there are many inland and coastal walks. One of the most well known is Tennyson Trail or there is the 'Headon Warren Walk' which has been listed by the NT as one of the best ten walks in the UK with a 'WOW factor'. Other interests nearby include: The Needles Old Battery Needles Park Sand Cliffs Fort Victoria and Model Railway, Marine Aquarium Island Planetarium Yarmouth Castle Chessell Pottery Barns Newton Town Hall Brighstone Village Museum Dinosaur Expeditions Colemans Farm Park Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum Carisbrooke Castle Butterfly Paragliding School Blackgang Chine (traditionally loved by children) Butterfly and Fountain World Allendale Equastrian Centre Osborne House (see the house and grounds where Queen Victoia and Price Albert lived. There is a wonderful wall led garden and now the private beach is open too) Arreton Crafts Barns Shipwreck and Maritime Museum Robin Hill Country Adventure Park Godshill Model Village
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All prices are for 4 adults or 4 adults and 1 child (child sharing the main bedroom) using the main house only. Short breaks are available on request. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILS OF ALL PRICES, WEEKEND BREAKS AND LOYALTY OFFERS. We can accept minimum of one night stay and the price can be agreed according to the time of year and the number of people. Between 1 June - 30 September (or by special arrangement) an additional small outside annex is available. The annex sleeps 2 allowing a maximum of 6 adults to stay. There are no toilet facilities in the annex. Please ask for costs. We ask for a refundable security deposit of £120 on all bookings. Cleaning, linen and towels (not beach towels) are included in these costs. TO BOOK PLEASE CONTACT US: We will email (or post) a copy of our Booking Conditions and Agreement and on receipt of the security deposit and a completed and signed booking form we will confirm your booking. Please feel free to call or email and we will be pleased to provide any additional information you may require and answer any queries. We understand that HomeAway offer an optional insurance which is dealt with by HomeAway and is independent of our own rental charges.