Private estate, minutes to the beach
- english, croatian
About MELODY DEAN
I returned home to the Island in 2012 and have a wealth of knowledge of the island not just as a local but also returning repeatedly each year as a tourist! I will happily advise you on walks, meals out, where to go (or not go) and assist where I can to ensure you have a memorable giving you all the privacy you'd expect on holiday here too.
MELODY DEAN purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why MELODY DEAN chose Totland
The walks on the doorstep are beautiful, even in winter with stunning sunsets over the Needles from own grounds, its cup of tea time and watch the sun set even in November at 4pm ! Its impossible to describe how stunning the views are, with such a wide landscape view here. Whether its been the snow, rolling mists, the autumn and winter sunsets, the rain clouds, the views and colours to the landscape change daily. There have been many days in winter when all was so calm it looked as if someone had painted me a seascape as a backdrop from the grounds. Yet its spot the tourist here as so many seem to be put off winter breaks. But if you are looking for a rest, walking holiday his is an ideal spot. If you wish to see no one for a week its quite easy to do and just take in the winter sunsets, empty beaches for a walk. If you visit here and don't have a camera, beg and borrow before you come to stay... It really is an artists, walkers, photographers or nature lovers paradise. It also attracts many doctors, therapists and clergy here to stay, seeking that quiet week away One couple booked two weeks and said it was the most therapeutic holiday they had ever had . Its nothing short of a great retreat for someone wishing time out of the rat race, simply to meditate or to paint, walk or i always have a smile on my face living here too.
What makes this Cottage unique
Direct access onto coastal path Direct access to footpath and under 10 mins walk to Alum Bay Beach Direct views to The Needles, Headon Warren and Tennyson Monument and The Downs from grounds. Only minutes drives away Totland and Colwell Bay, Freshwater Bay and stunning Compton Bay. I am here on site so any problems get fixed as best i can and advice on hand if you need it. The property is stunning, see pictures and the 'Why this property'. If you shoot (air rifle) you are welcome to collect your own rabbit for stew here, site is registered. We just call it in to say you are, so they know, part of country watch.
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Excellent staying in a lovely location
We spent a long weekend here recently and had a marvellous time. The cottage is bigger than it looks in the photos and is very well equipped and comfortable. Could just about stretch to 2 adults and a child, but better for a single person or couple. The shower is small, but perfectly serviceable. We had no issues with it and neither of us are exactly slim! A slight negative was that the WiFi connection was patchy to non-existent whilst we were there, but if you are determined to remain constantly connected to the digital world (we weren’t!) then you probably would come here anyway!!
The location is fantastic, with great views of the Needles from the extensive and beautiful gardens, and the coastal path just outside the gates. The proximity to the Needles Tourist Attraction is not a major issue; it is not really visible from the property and whilst there is some noise during the day, it is only between about 11 and 4, and is not massively intrusive. The upside is that if it was not there, then neither would the good, regular bus services that allow you easy access to the rest of the island. We went without a car and had no trouble at all getting around to where we wanted to go.
The property is very well equipped for self-catering, although we eat out at the nearest pub, the Highdown Inn, most nights – friendly locals, very good pub and sea food and a decent range of cask ales. We generally got the bus to Totland on the way there and walked the half mile to it, and then walked the mile back to the property afterwards. This is along the main lanes, but as they are essentially empty after 5 pm when the Needles Attraction shuts, it is a very pleasant walk. The coastal walking was superb, we caught the bus to just beyond Yarmouth one day and then walked back down the west coast. The following day we caught the bus to Brighstone and walked the south coast back via Freshwater Bay.
All in all we had a really great time, lovely property, a lovely friendly, efficient and informative owner, beautiful location and some excellent walking. We’ll go again.
Early May 2019
Excellent. Wonderful location with spectacular views. Comfortable and well-equipped property; space to chill or get active!
Hello Don, Many thanks for leaving a quick review, helps a lot with bookings on here nowadays. It was great to have you over here to stay again this year, see you again in late September for your birthday week away. The sunshine is booked again too Best wishes Melody
Lovely holiday cottage in a gorgeous location
We had a really lovely time staying here. The property was very clean and comfortable, with gorgeous views of the sea and surrounding landscape. There was an extensive garden area which we were free to use, as well as easy access to the coastal path to the Needles and along the cliffs, and an old military gun emplacement with viewpoint nearby behind the house (perfect for watching the sunset!).
The property is fairly remote (aside from the Needles Landmark Attraction) which may or may not be an upside, depending on your preferences, but the local town could be reached easily at just a short drive away, or by a fairly regular bus during the day. We did not have a car, but these buses were regular enough to travel pretty much anywhere on the island without too much hassle.
The kitchen was incredibly well equipped, with all the utensils we could have needed, as well as a very impressive gas cooker.
- The biggest negative point for me was that the property could be quite cold, especially at night. The weather was about average for the time of year (early Spring) but the house was not what I'd call a comfortable temperature. At least there were plenty of warm blankets.
- Being a converted loft, the sloped ceilings are quite low towards the sides of the rooms (and especially in the bedroom), which may be an inconvenience for particularly tall persons; the exposed beams and hanging light fittings, while very pretty, may be a particular hazard.
- As stated in the property description, the shower is quite small, but was perfectly functional.
- The property is located relatively close to the Needles Landmark Attraction - a small plaza of gift shops and tourist attractions vaguely associated with the Needles natural landmark - which could be heard from the house during the day, particularly if sitting outside. However, it closed at about 5pm so, since we tended to be out during the day, this never really bothered us.
Thanks for leaving a review.
With regard to the heating, as i say to all guests when the sun is out and April was very hot here, if you do find it chilly if up late or up early mornings just ask and all the heating can be on in seconds. Its hard to judge. If its colder out i always warm it up for guests before they arrive. You really did only need to ask or say yes please when I checked in all was well as I always do in passing.
No one has ever had a problem with the beams, i have a few regular guests who are 6' tall, i guess its down to whether some one is used to older quaint properties or modern homes.
We had record visitors Easter weeks on the Island so The Park was very busy and the trees not out so sound can carry a little then. But they do not see many before midday and by 4pm its thinned out too. Many guests here say its one of the most peaceful places they have ever stayed, so again its a random situation of no trees and epic visitors those weeks as August temperatures at non peak accommodation rates ! The hand made Victorian hanging lights are no hazard, to taller people, they are certified and many guests have wanted to take them home as rare nowadays in world of cheap and chrome fittings the norm. Again its a country / older home scenario and a feature I took time to find..
It was lovely to meet you both, this being your first holiday, Im pleased you enjoyed your days out here too. Melody
Outstanding holiday cottage!
Accommodation is full of character, with very good facilities, and extremely comfortable and clean. Great location with wonderful views and ideally positioned if you want to just stroll or take more energetic walks. Good connection to bus services, if you don't fancy driving, so you can explore other major attractions on the island effortlessly. The outstanding natural beauty of West Wight and local attractions is engaging but if you just want to chill out this place is excellent.
Lovely accommodation in great location for coastal walks, relaxing and exploring.
The Coach House is beautifully furnished and equipped. It is in a secluded, relaxing location, despite being so close to Alum Bay visitor attraction, and there are superb walks from the doorstep. The shower compartment is very small - difficult even for a slim female to manoeuvre in! Bed extremely comfortable, with luxurious bedding; I would suggest blackout lining for the bedroom curtains, please, for those of us who are light sleepers.
As a long-time and regular user of self-catering properties such as this, I am used to check-in being from 3 pm onwards, but the owner here is unusual in expecting travellers to arrive AT 3 pm (often pretty difficult for people travelling from a distance on holiday). Not having seen a very inconspicuous link to a pdf in just one email months earlier, I arrived at about 5pm - after a long and difficult journey, and having had great trouble finding the property (there is no sign on the approach road, no phone connection, no printed route details, and the postcode only takes you to the main Visitor Attraction area), and the owner was very angry, rude and unprofessional, blaming me for her missing an appointment! This was extremely upsetting and surprising, as I genuinely did not realise she expected me at 3.00. (Indeed I had earlier messaged her that I was on the 4.00 ferry). I would urge the owner in future to double-check that her requirements have been seen by guests during the days shortly before their arrival, as well as providing detailed instructions on how to find the cottage, and not simply to assume that they saw and opened the pdf link. I had received no other reference to this required entry time in ANY communications nearer the booking dates, just emails promoting the HomeAway app (which did not help me with this!). An owner expecting new arrivals to their property on a Friday afternoon should ensure that they (or a stand-in if necessary) are available to greet their guests in a friendly, professional way whenever they are able to arrive.
Great views, lovely little cottage
We had a very relaxing short break at the Hayloft, which had everything we would want for a self-catering cottage. Melody was very helpful with tips on where to visit locally & responded really quickly to our booking request/messages so we managed to sort our trip out quickly just 7 days in advance. West Wight has plenty to do & the Needles attractions and Alum Bay beach are just a 5-10 minute walk away.
Thank you Rowena for leaving your review, hope to see you for another trip down, let me know if there's anything that I can add to the property for your next stay as my cupboards are very well stocked in the house and always happy to add in more kitchen gadgets, toys, books and so on so less to pack for you. If you and Cora would like to have a complimentary clay sculpting session if down for a week at some point let me know.... best wishes
The famous coloured cliffs of Alum Bay, with pebbled beach is under 10 minutes walk to the beach. There is a boat trip (seasonal) out to the Rocky crops called The Needles. The pebble beaches of Totland are only a 5 minutes drive or 25 minute walk over the Warren, from our gate. The sandy beach of Colwell Bay is a 10 minute drive as is the stunning sandy beach and beautiful waves of Compton Bay. Fossil hunting is good there and surfing and wind surfers common too. Also great for a long walk...
Only 10 minutes from the Lymington Ferry terminal. Approx 30 minutes to Cowes or 40 mins with traffic to Fishbourne ferry. A bus stop is 5 minutes walk away and goes via Yarmouth ferry to Newport where other buses connect to all boat access to the Island. The Old Hayloft is tucked off a private road off the Alum Bay Road, just beyond Freshwater / Totland.
The Old Hayloft is only about 5 mins drive to Totland /Freshwater offering an abundance of character pubs, restaurants, small supermarkets, local produce, bakers and butchers and array of small shops. Art gallery, photo shops, gift shops, florists. Yarmouth offers similar and is only 10 minutes away. Newport with it's larger array of clothes shops and the routine shops like Marks is 25/ 30 minute drive. There is also a cinema complex.
Tourist Attractions : Our most Local attraction is 5 minutes walk, The Needles Pleasure Park with its chairlift down to the Beach. Calbourne Water Mill is about a 15 minute drive, passing Chessell Pottery. There are also fishing trips and other interesting boat trips available in Yarmouth. Many tourist attractions are all within 40 minutes via coastal drive. Lovely Walks: No Car! From The Old Hayloft it is possible to walk one side of the Island over The Downs, above The Needles, to Freshwater via Tennyson monument. Or the other side of our coast, over the purple clad heather warren to Totland Bay. You can even venture all the way to Yarmouth if you like a longer few hours leisurely walk. The views are stunning on this long walk and I'd say the best to be had on the Island ?! You can always choose to catch the bus back from these walks, after a lovely meal in a local restaurant or pub !