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A small collection of beautiful beach side properties on the Isle of Wight - The Boathouse

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The Boathouse

The Boathouse is a gorgeous, well equipped, cabin in a stunning location on the beach front in the award winning village of Bonchurch. From the deck 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 a relaxed summer holiday, it is an excellent base for out of season breaks or long weekends. Autumn and Winter are wonderful for long walks over the cliffs, along the sea wall or up onto the downs and for 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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About the property

IOW Seaside Vacations

Beach Holme, Sea Brae and The Boathouse are all located in the same spectacular location. Beach Holme is our family holiday home by the sea, a double fronted Victorian Villa. Sea Brae is a whitewashed, weatherboarded, large 2 double bedroomed, attic apartment with wonderful sea views. The Boathouse is a fabulously converted cabin for romantic couples. All properties are separate from the others, each offering complete privacy and their own front doors along with access to the safe and very private beach of Monks Bay in the award winning village of Bonchurch. If availability allows all the properties can be rented together although large celebrations are not encouraged. Being at the far end of a private road, which finishes just 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. It is also an excellent base for out of season breaks with wonderful walks and cosy pubs all a stones throw from the front doors. The crashing waves during Winter can be quite spectacular

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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 children, horses, dogs, cats and chickens it's always treat to escape to the sea.

Louise Smith purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Louise Smith chose Ventnor

We were lucky enough to buy Beach Holme when we were living in London and looking for a seaside place to enjoy as a family. Our only criteria was that we wanted to find somewhere right on the sea - along with it being beautiful and quiet, away from any built up areas! It so happens my own great, great grandparents were islanders and we have a good family history of coastguards there.

What makes this cabin unique

There's no question that being so close to the sea is the biggest lure for Beach Holme, Sea Brae and The Boathouse. Sheltered from the prevailing wind, the sea facing garden is a delight to relax in year round. I frequently eat breakfast in PJ's outside in February and guests have reported New Years Day BBQ's! 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

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 ( in Ventnor, a 20-minute walk away, or for a treat the Michelin-starred Hambrough (, also in Ventnor.
Dec 2011
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Ventnor Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , The bed is situated on a Mezzanine floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
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  • Satellite / Cable ...
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  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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The Boathouse
average rating of 4.25 based on 20 reviews

Thanks for the exciting weather!

  • 3 of 5

We had a lovely relaxing time at the Boathouse, great to be so in touch with nature. This was made even more intense by there being a southwesterly gale which threw the waves up on the breakwater in front of us. The accommodation is much as others have said - compact but just right for the two of us to have our little escape. Just a couple of practical issues - the bedside light and one string of kitchen lights obviously hadn't been checked at turnaround as they weren't working, heating was adequate but only by leaving the rather noisy fan heater on most of the time, and the bed is on the hard side so may not suit some folk. Good value at the price, we'd certainly go again (although the world is so big and time is limited!)

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely seaside nest

  • 4 of 5

My boyfriend and I spent 3 nights at The Boathouse and it was perfect. I would really recommend it, even in the winter- nothing compares to sleeping to the sounds of waves. The boat house was well-equipped, Ventnor town and bay were both pretty and relatively lively considering the time of year!

If there was one thing to note, I'd say that although you do still feel isolated, you are situated right next to a load of steps which, from the bed, feel like they're almost on top of you. Can temporarily ruin the idea that you're away from everything, which is certainly what it felt like when you looked down from the bed to the sea below!

Overall, great value for money and a beautiful stay, even in the middle of winter.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful little place

  • 5 of 5

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: December 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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


  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: March 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: March 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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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 it's coastal location, protecting it from adverse weather, giving it it's wonderful temperate climate. Located on the coastal path, there is mile upon mile of picturesque coastal and inland walks literally on the doorstep. Bonchurch lies between two bigger sea side resorts, Shanklin and Ventnor, both about a 20 minute walk away (Ventnor can be reached by bicycle along the sea wall in 10 minutes). Both resorts have sandy, award winning beaches and delicious eateries. Bonchurch beachfront, Monks Bay, itself consists of a pottery and 5 houses. There is a fabulous contemporary brasserie in the village and The Bonchurch Inn our wonderful village pub. The world renowned sailing resort of Cowes is a 35 minute drive away and the rest of the island and all it's attractions can be easily reached by car or bus.