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Character cottage in picturesque Shorwell - lovely garden, great for families

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom character cottage in unspoilt village, beautiful garden, opposite Crown Inn country pub

This character cottage is located in the centre of the picturesque village of Shorwell, with immediate access to downland walks and approximately 2 miles from the sea.

As the name suggests, Brookside Cottage has a delightful little brook running alongside the beautiful lawned garden. Whilst recently modernized, the property dates back to 1700. On the ground floor there is a large sitting room. The fully fitted kitchen comes complete with range cooker, washing machine / tumble dryer and microwave. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms (one en-suite) and a bathroom. The cottage is furnished to a high standard and with double-glazing and a newly installed LPG boiler central heating system, is ideal for holidays and short breaks all year round.

Guests are welcomed with a hamper from Brighstone Village Shop containing local island produce, local newspaper and in the winter, wood and smokeless fuel for the wood burner. A typical hamper will include Isle of Wight milk, bread, cheese, apple juice, jam, cake, eggs, tomato ketchup, sun dried tomatoes, biscuits, muesli and butter (items can be swapped on request). Fair trade tea, coffee and sugar is available in the cottage. Please ask for our discounted vehicle & foot passenger ferry deals when you book. Discounted short break prices also available - please ask for a quote.

Shorwell nestles in a wooded valley, encircled by hills. The village has three manor houses and many thatched and stone built picturesque cottages. Shorwell has a great pub, The Crown Inn, which dates back to the 16th century. The pub has a lovely trout filled brook running through its garden (the same one as Brookside Cottage, which is directly opposite). The oldest part of the village is known as Westview and is close to the church of St Peter. The church itself dates back to the 12th century. The village also boasts a post office, re fronted in Georgian style.

More Details

Property Manager
Teresa Tearle
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Teresa Tearle

My love affair with the Isle of Wight began in 2001 following in the footsteps of my boyfriend who spent happy times on the island learning to paraglide and looking for fossils. His love of the island was infectious and more visits followed together. We bought our first cottage (2 The Granary, Brighstone) in 2004 and our holiday letting adventure began! We bought our second cottage (Brookside Cottage) in 2008 and thoroughly enjoy being able to share our cottages and the island with our holiday guests.

Teresa Tearle purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Teresa Tearle chose Isle of Wight

We fell in love with Shorwell village and got married in here in 2009 - you can see the church where we got married from the cottage window!

What makes this cottage unique

We now spend as much time on the island as we can, taking our dinghy out fishing or walking the landscape. We love stepping off the ferry to such peace and are working hard to refurbish a delightful bungalow that will soon be our island home! We have worked hard to embed sustainability in our business - Brookside Cottage achieving Highly Commended in the Beautiful South Awards 2012.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I have just returned from our stay at your cottage at Shorwell. I must say I was very impressed with the lovely cosy cottage. It was nice and warm, and we did need the heating last week, with plenty of hot water and very well appointed. Probably the nicest holiday cottage I've rented. Beautiful little garden, which unfortunately we couldn't take full advantage of because of the mixed weather. The cottage was very clean and tidy and everything one could need had been thought of. The welcome hamper was a lovely touch and much appreciated.

You will certainly be my first choice when visiting the Island again and I will spread the word. Thank you again for providing comfortable accommodation.
May 2016
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Ventnor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Handheld shower only
  • En-suite shower room to Bedroom 1, Family bathroom with bath and handheld shower attachment, Separate downstairs toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed, Bedroom 2 with twin single beds, Bedroom 3 with bunk beds. Travel cot also available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Calor gas central heating (all fuel and power included in rent). Free WiFi. SORRY – no pets, no smoking. Outside: Garden, patio with outside dining for 6 people. Shallow brook - great for paddling! Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels included. Cottage cleaned between stays and weekly by request for stays of longer than 1 week. Other: Spacious landing with ample selection of books and CDs.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Character cottage in picturesque Shorwell - lovely garden, great for families
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews

Everything we had hoped for

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was excellently equipped - everything had been carefully thought through and we were more than happy to have found it. It is a beautiful area of the island with lots of walks and great to be opposite a pub and within walking distance of a small shop and interesting old church.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The location of Brookside Cottage in the picturesque village of Shorwell makes this cottage a popular choice with our guests - a map and guides on the local area are provided in the cottage.
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A clean tidy and well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 5 and had a very enjoyable holiday at Brookside cottage. It is clean, tidy and well equipped. There is plenty of information about the Isle of Wight in the cottage which includes a number of recommended walks from the Ramblers.

Teresa who owns the cottage was very quick to reply to any questions we had in the days before the holiday, so it's top marks all round from me.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure to help our guests before and during a stay. Brookside Cottage is perfect for families - a real home from home.
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Cosy cottage in lovely village

  • 5 of 5

After reading such great reviews of Brookside cottage I had high expectations and the cottage didn't disappoint in the slightest. It is definitely the best equipped place we have ever stayed in and has a wonderful homely feel as well as being very relaxing and peaceful. Despite arriving amidst snow flurries, we were always cosy with a good heating system and log burner. If was great to have lots of tourist information and we particularly liked and used the walking & cycling guides. The village itself is lovely and we enjoyed being able to wander over to the pub for a meal & excellent pint of Doombar! If you are a paraglider pilot there is a great site close by and for horse riders a wonderful beach hack at Bembridge. Thank you for the delicious welcome pack & cheerful daffodils. We will return!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our cosy and peaceful cottage continues to be popular with our guests and we love to provide all the homely touches and highlight our wonderful Island produce. The new " Green Star" packs for great car-free days out are going down well too and really highlight all that our beautiful Isle of Wight has to offer.
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beautiful Shorwell cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Stunning cottage and gardens,in a lovely village. A home from home, and central to anywhere you would like to visit. Very relaxing with everything you need. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review. Delighted you enjoyed your stay in our charming and homely country cottage.
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fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

1st class property in a lovely location . A hamper with all your basic needs & more greeted us. Lovely walks & pub on your doorstep. The owner couldn't be more accommodating. Will definitely use again. Many thanks

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure to have such lovely families stay and who take such great care of our home. So glad you appreciated our welcome hamper and the beautiful location of our country cottage.
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Beautiful, don't want to leave cottage!

  • 5 of 5

As we drew up outside the pretty cottage I felt very emotional as I had no idea it was going to be so lovely. My partner bought me a bouquet of flowers when we got home, to say thank you for choosing such a beautiful holiday cottage, I think that says it all! Brookside Cottage is very spacious and has everything you could possibly need. Looking out the bedroom window each morning on to the delightful garden was a treat. The view of the lovely church up the road from the cottage just made it for me. Opening the kitchen window and listening to the tinkling brook was really nice. Such a pretty village and an ideal base to visit all the places we went to. The people at The Crown Inn across the road were very friendly and it was great to pop over for breakfast. Also highly recommended is The Three Bishops in Brighstone, we loved the food, the owners and staff and their gorgeous puppy! For excellent food and service is The Isle of Wight Pearl Factory Cafe. See if you can leave without some new earrings ladies! Then a walk along the cliff after your meal is so relaxing. Teresa was so kind to us from the start and Hazel was great at sorting out the tele. We will be back Teresa! Sooner than you think, we are coming back in September as we have fallen in love with the Isle of Wight.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So lovely to read your feedback which reminds me of the first time we saw Brookside Cottage. We too fell in love with its character and all the flowers in the garden blooming in the summer sunshine. I fell in love with the view from the kitchen too and a couple of years later we got married in the church! Really good to see you enjoyed our wonderful local pubs and Isle of Wight Pearl too.
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Nearest Airport
37 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
The Crown Inn, Shorwell
Nearest Ferry
24 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Freshwater Bay
Nearest Train
32 Kilometres
Lymington Pier
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
The Crown Inn, Shorwell
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Brighstone Bay and Chale Bay
Car: recommended


2 miles to nearest beach at Grange Farm and 5 miles to Compton – long stretches of contrasting golden and dark sands, backed by multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, with the white chalk cliffs at Freshwater in the distance. Compton is the best place on the island to go fossiling, including for dinosaur bones.


Travel by car or train to the ferry ports of Lymington (to Yarmouth), Portsmouth (to Fishbourne, Ryde or Cowes) and Southampton (to Cowes). There are bus services to Shorwell from Yarmouth (via Freshwater) and Ryde / Cowes (via Newport). The bus stop is directly outside / opposite the cottage.


Carisbrooke Castle, Newport, Yarmouth, Freshwater, Dimbola Lodge / Freshwater Bay, Compton Bay, Colwell Bay and Totland Bay all within 10 miles.

Further afield are the IOW Steam Railway at Havenstreet, Brading Roman Villa, theme parks for the children at Robin Hill, Blackgang and the Needles at Alum Bay.

National Trust: Needles Old Battery, Newtown Old Town Hall, Mottistone Manor Garden, Bembridge Windmill

English Heritage: Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, Yarmouth Castle

Further Details:

The Island has many nice pubs serving local beer and good reasonably priced food. Many of these also have live entertainment. We can thoroughly recommend our local, ‘The Crown Inn’, directly opposite. The White Mouse Inn at Chale, The Sun Inn at Hulverstone, The Waterfront restaurant in Totland, The New Inn at Shalfleet, The Three Bishops in Brighstone are also recommended.


Rates & Availability

Ventnor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring 2017
Apr 22 2017 - Apr 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 2017
Apr 29 2017 - May 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring Bank Holiday 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 5 2017 - Jul 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Summer 2017
Jul 15 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 13 2017
4 night minimum stay
October half term 2017
Oct 14 2017 - Oct 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Autumn 2017
Oct 30 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 9 2018
3 night minimum stay
February half term 2018
Feb 10 2018 - Feb 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2018
Feb 26 2018 - Mar 23 2018
3 night minimum stay
Easter 2018
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 15 2018
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2018
Apr 16 2018 - May 4 2018
4 night minimum stay
May 2018
May 5 2018 - May 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
Spring bank holiday 2018
May 26 2018 - Jun 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 4 2018 - Jul 13 2018
4 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jul 14 2018 - Sep 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
September 2018
Sep 3 2018 - Sep 14 2018
4 night minimum stay
Autumn 2018
Sep 15 2018 - Oct 12 2018
4 night minimum stay
October half term 2018
Oct 13 2018 - Oct 28 2018
4 night minimum stay
Late Autumn 2018
Oct 29 2018 - Dec 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 4 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Payment via direct bank transfer (preferred) or personal cheque. Deposit of £100 required upon booking and balance of payment 8 weeks before start of your holiday. Ferry inclusive deals available at preferential prices.

Changeover Day:
Normal changeover day is Saturday. Flexible start day and short breaks available on request.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for 7 nights. Short breaks available - minimum stay of 2 nights, £299. Ferry inclusive deals available at preferential prices.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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