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Character Isle of Wight holiday cottage - garden, great for families, near pub

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 easy 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 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 LPG boiler central heating system, is ideal for holidays and short breaks all year round.

Guests staying 7 nights or more 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, lemonade, jam, cake, eggs, tomato ketchup, biscuits, 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.

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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2018

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 Shorwell

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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Shorwell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please follow instructions for waste collection including separating & bagging recyclable waste.
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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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.


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Character Isle of Wight holiday cottage - garden, great for families, near pub
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Wonderful clean cottage, perfect for our family of 6.

  • 5 of 5

The owner has thought of everything- we were very impressed with how clean and tidy the cottage was; very sweet in every way with lovely soft towels and comfortable beds. The children loved the garden with its little stream running along the side which they ‘fished’ in everyday looking for creatures and interesting stones! We also had a friendly pheasant visit us every morning looking for his breakfast- children were delighted as he came up to the door to see them. Even our teenager was impressed! We had a couple of lovely meals in the pub directly opposite the house which was great as it took the stress out of looking for somewhere (on our first night they plated up all of dinners so the children who were tired from travelling could eat their tea after getting into their pjs!) All in all the cottage was a brilliant base, we have 4 children so usually go for a bigger property but this was absolutely fine, the children shared rooms which was fine for the week. The charm of the cottage added to the holiday experience- and the hamper we were were left by the owner was the best one we have ever been given, we will most definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful review! Delighted that our cosy cottage, characterful local pub and welcome hamper of Island produce is so appreciated. The beautiful brook which borders the garden was one of the reasons we bought this cottage - and always goes down well with young children as it is really shallow and great for paddling. "Red" the pheasant is still visiting and welcoming guests - seed is kept in the cupboard in the utility room!
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enjoyable holiday

  • 4 of 5

Very clean and comfortable peaceful surrounings we had great weather which made it even more enjoyable .had to contact owner and her response was immediate good parking lovely garden

  • Submitted: May 27, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The lovely garden is a real attraction of Brookside Cottage - the poppies are looking absolutely gorgeous this week! We live locally and can usually respond to any requests for help in person - or remotely, which was sufficient on this occasion as we can control the heating with our mobile phones.
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a beautiful little home from home

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year I've rented Brookside Cottage, it comes equipped with absolutely everything, plus more. It's in a lovely little village with a fantastic pub across the road and only a few minutes drive away from the south coast beaches.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had an lovely time staying at this beautiful and very well equipped cottage, it was extremely clean with everything you could ever need. The wood burner was great and lovely on the snowy days that we had however the cottage is very warm without it. We had a very minor problem with one of the taps which was fixed in person by the owners within the hour, fantastic service! We would most definitely recommend this cottage to everyone!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to receive such a great review. Our guests enjoyment and comfort is really important to us. We live in the next village and always happy to help out with any questions or when help is required. And we all enjoyed the unusual sight of snow on the Isle of Wight!
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Brookside cottage for 5 nights. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised by how lovely the cottage looked. It was super clean and warm and so welcoming. Even better than it looked in the pictures. The cottage is very spacious and the kitchen is well equipped with everything you’ll need in a holiday home.

Teresa was so very helpful when we needed her help in the middle of the night .

Shorwell is a quiet lovely place exactly as we had hoped for. If we ever returned to the Isle of Wight we would definitely love to stay in Brookside cottage again !

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brookside Cottage is great for a holiday any time of year and is always warm and welcoming. We live nearby and happy to help our guests 24/7.
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Wonderful cottage in a superb location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very well equipped with everything you could ever need. It was extremely clean and the welcome hamper was a lovely touch with lots of yummy Island goodies.

It is in a great location for exploring the Island and has the added benefit of being opposite a pub which serves delicious meals and has very friendly staff.

We would definitely recommend the cottage for couples or families.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take pride in presenting Brookside Cottage Shorwell at its best for our guests and our welcome hamper of local Isle of Wight produce always goes down well. The Crown Inn directly opposite is a great asset - convenient, delicious meals and friendly staff!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund