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Panoramic sea views, beach side 1850 's Coastguard Cottage, Hampshire

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Seaside cottage in Hill Head, Hampshire, England - Ideally located for Southampton, Historic Portsmouth, The Hamble and The New Forest

Welcome to Cowes View, your seaside home from home, a place where smugglers were once stopped bringing whisky and tobacco ashore and later where coastguards aided seafaring folk. Now you can soak up the history and the whisky! This seaside cottage is one of a terrace in a slightly elevated position overlooking the beach enjoying amazing sea views across the Solent. A shingle path with steps to the beach, shingle at high tide, sand at low. Renovated as an holiday cottage it is cosy, modern and comfortable, a place to relax. This coastal retreat is just 70 miles from London an hour and half drive or similar by train, there is wireless internet access for those who want to keep in touch. The waterside cottage has two bedrooms to sleep 5, a family bathroom, plus a shower room each with wc. This seaside home from home, is a secret made to share.

Meli Vennis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 1, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful view, lovely cottage,had a great couple of weeks here, thank you. Caleb Somerset.

Very much enjoyed our stay, a wonderful view from a beautiful and interestingly converted cottage. L&M Cambridge.

Gorgeous retreat with a fantastic view, we all really liked the attention to detail and the use of maritime objects. G&I London.

What a wonderful cottage, had a fantastic holiday and enjoyed the calming sounds of the sea, perfect location for sightseeing. Penny Canada.

We loved our stay, fantastic New Years Eve, fireworks on the beach, with a toasty cottage to welcome us back after our cold adventures. Paul, Nikki Australia.

What a great place even in winter, Meli and Andre are excellent hosts, thank you. J&S Greece.

Our wedding night, We could have not wished for a more spectacular view to wake up to, a more stunning place to eat breakfast and a more comfortable place to be the day after our very special day. J&R Hampshire.
Nov 2007
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Fareham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
  • Bathroom with bath, wc and sink with shaving point. Ground floor: wet room, shower, wc and sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms] Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 5ft double bed with south facing balcony overlooking the Solent, a mezzinine with a ladder with a sofa bed. Bedroom 2 with 4ft 6 double bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, radiators upstairs, suitable for children. No pets. No smoking. Utilities included. Cot and high chair on request. Cowes View has been awarded 4 stars in February 2015, from Visit Britain, the official tourist board guide. Outside: Table and chairs on a deck, overlooking the Solent. Utility Room: In separate building, washing machine, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Duvets, sheets, tea towels, bath and beach towels included. Other: Utility room secure for bike storage.


5/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)

Panoramic sea views, beach side 1850 's Coastguard Cottage, Hampshire
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Summer retreat

  • 5 of 5

Mel was the best host, we arrived at night and were able to let ourselves in and get settled ; neztvday she was there to welcome . The cottages were the perfect location to cycle into the village and walk the dog on the beach every day ! Swimming was joy recommended at high tide as the wooden breakwater posts cause a hazard , but we were not swimming too cold ! We would love to have taken a canoe and gone out on the water but we could not find a craft to take out ! The weather was great and it is cooler on the beachfront obviously , but a sweater did not detour us from enjoying the view of Isle of Wight and walking .

The beds were not very comfortable , and the shower downstairs is a wet room; so literally the whole bathroom gets flooded -- not the best. Especially with children; but everything else was superb, especially the neighbours! We would love to come back next summer , as the coastal location is so unique and relaxing ! It inspires art and creativity , and a home from Home .

The quirky decor is so nautical and natural , quite unique , only big enough for 4 , 2 adults and 1-2 children . As long as you can deal with street parking Which is limited , and the shower you have a home from home ! Great Shangrala!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, even in the rain!

  • 5 of 5

What a super cottage, warm and very cozy for a winter break. The views across the Solent are superb and ever changing. Even if you don't want to venture out on a rainy day the ever changing vista makes you feel you have travelled all the way along the Southern Coast.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jo, lovely to welcome you back to the cottage. Mel
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HMS Victory
Portchester Castle
Beaulieu National Motor Museum
New Forest National Park
Go Ape! Itchen Valley
Osborne View
Osborne View
Spinnaker Tower
Gunwharf Quays
Milestones Hampshire's Living History Museum
Nearest Airport
13 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Metres
Osborne View
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Metres
the garden leads down to the beach

Special interest holidays:

Green Tourism, spend a week at Cowes View and leave the car behind, there is a week of suggested activities using public transport, there is plenty to full the week without using the car, including various activites from shopping at GunWharf Quays to walking along the river Meon.


The cottage has direct access to the beach via some steps and a shingle path, the beach is shingle at high tide, low tide it is sandy. There are coastal walks,the Solent Way, which is varied from man made paths to beach to cliffs. Wind and kite surfing is 5 minutes away eastwards along the beach and sailing courses available on the river Hamble 7 miles away. The local pub is several minutes walk along the beach serving good family pub food.


Hill Head is 70 miles from London, Southampton airport is 12 miles, Portsmouth french ferry port is 10 miles, Fareham train station is 5 miles, Portsmouth Harbour train station is 6 miles if you take the Gosport passenger ferry. Winchester is 15 miles. A car is not essential as the local bus service is close by.


There is a wealth of waterbased activities all year round, kite and wind surfing, including instruction, sailing courses on the River Hamble and at Haslar Marina, rib excursions from Gunwharf quays, Portsmouth. There is a foot passenger ferry that runs between Gosport and Portsmouth where you can catch the ferry to the Isle of Wight, visit the Spinnikar Tower, HMS Victory, the Mary Rose, HMS Warrior,and there are many other maritime and cultural places of interest in Southampton and Portsmouth.

Further Details:

Stubbington is 2 miles, supermarkets, banks, Post Office Doctors, restaurants, bakery, butchers, library. Fareham is 5 miles, larger shopping with cinema and theatre, leisure centre.

Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays outlet shopping with cinemas and lots of waterside restaurants, 6 miles. Breezes, a new deli bistro has opened,a few minutes walk.


Rates & Availability

Fareham Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
spring time, spring flowers
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
summer sun half term
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
summer and great sunsets
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
sunshine watch the sailboats
Jun 24 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
sun, BBQ beach, sea
Jul 15 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
still long warm sunny days
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn colours appearing
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $255.67

Booking Notes:
If you would like to book our coastguard cottage please telephone or email. 20% deposit on booking and balance 2 months before arrival. There is a £200 refundable deposit against damage paid on with the balance

Changeover Day:
Friday during summer month, but can be flexible in non peak times.

20% of rental balance to secure the booking and the final balance due 8 weeks before arrival, if the booking is taken within 8 weeks of arrival then the full balance is due.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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