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Boniface Lodge, spacious, Edwardian holiday villa in perfect seaside location.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Well-equipped, beautiful, period property with pool/table tennis table, kids toys, wifi throughout.

Enjoy time with family or friends in this newly renovated, spacious Edwardian villa, light and airy, with high ceilings and period features. It sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms.

Enjoy a game of pool or table tennis or play the piano in the games room.

Relax in the lounge, watching Freeview TV, DVDs, playing on the PS 3 console or listening to CDs.

The kitchen is well-equipped and open-plan, with space for all to socialise and dine and lovely views onto the garden.

Book shelves are well stocked and there are lots of board games, jigsaws and kid's toys throughout the house. Children can enjoy the jacuzzi bath with toys provided.

There is plenty of space for everyone to get away, with large, comfortable bedrooms, a sun-trap patio in the garden and a first floor balcony overlooking the hills. A real home from home. The house has high speed wifi throughout.

All bedding and indoor towels are provided, including tea-towels, please bring your own beach towels. Cot and high chair are provided but no cot bedding.

There are great views, looking across Shanklin town centre to the hills beyond. Immediate pedestrian access to the coastal path with panoramic sea views. Under 10 mins walk to Shanklin's huge bay of sandy beaches, pubs and cafes.

The seafront has three crazy golf courses, an amusement arcade with indoor soft play, and an outdoor amusement park with mini roller-coaster, zorbing and boating.

There are attractive, thatched pubs in the Old Village, with neighbouring Rylstone Gardens attractively perched on the cliff with bandstand, crazy golf and space to sit and picnic.

For those interested in water-sports, there is a specialist centre at Lake beach, which is situated between Shanklin and Sandown and is an easy, 15 minute walk from the house.

For keen walkers, you can access the beautiful St Boniface Down, overlooked from the house, from the Old Village, and walk over National Trust land to Ventnor, perhaps returning to Shanklin via Bonchurch and the enchanting, wooded, landslip. Other interesting walks are to Wroxall along the disused railway path, or through Sandown and Yaverland to climb to the top of Culver Cliff.

The bus station and train station, shops, supermarkets and banks are all within very easy walking distance. There is a convenient Co-op store, open long hours daily, a couple of minutes' walk from the house.

More Details

Caroline Buxton
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, french, Japanese
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2017

About Caroline Buxton

My brother and I were brought up in this beautiful home on the Isle of Wight and our families have come to love it just as much as we do. We have renovated it to bring it up to date but still retain its original character.

Caroline Buxton purchased this house in 1970

Why Caroline Buxton chose Shanklin

My parents grew up in London, but left city life behind to move to this property in 1972. They were attracted by the beautiful sea views from the end of the road and by the house’s proximity to beach, shops and public transport links to the mainland. They also enjoyed its easy walking access to coast, woodland and hills. I spent an incredibly happy childhood here and, when I am away from the Island, still hanker after the sea, fresh air, tranquillity and the sense of space.

What makes this house unique

The house is a few minute's walk from Shanklin esplanade with its sandy beaches, cafes, restaurants and pubs. It has great views looking down over Shanklin town and across to the Downs. It has many beautiful Edwardian features but in a modern, comfortable setting. The cliff path at the end of the road allows very convenient access to Shanklin, Lake and Sandown.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely holiday home! We all had a great time! The house was perfect for us and was fab to have the toys here for the kids. We have had lovely weather and spent most of the time on the beach. We especially enjoyed going to ‘The Hideaway’ on the cliff path down to the beach for milkshakes and bedtime hot chocolates, watching the boats and warships practising. Definitely recommend the Hideaway.

This is what we liked doing:

Kids – Videos and the pirate fun fair on the beach. Rock shop and Sandown Pier. Table tennis and pool!

Adults – Playing in the waves, taking the bus to Godshill, doing the quiz at Godshill, table tennis and playing pool.
Aug 2015
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Shanklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Corner jacuzzi bath.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Views over the garden.
  • Travel cot available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
All bedding and indoor towels are provided, including tea-towels, please bring your own beach towels. The property is thoroughly cleaned and bed linen and towels changed before guests arrive.


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Boniface Lodge, spacious, Edwardian holiday villa in perfect seaside location.
average rating of 4.965517 based on 32 reviews

Wonderful, warm, luxurious stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! Really quick to get to the beach and we had surprisingly unseasonal sun to enjoy too, so thank you for the weather as well as the location. Although there was a biting cold wind outside, with the clear skies, inside the house was incredibly warm and cozy. It is very spacious, even though we were a party of 6 adults it didn’t ever feel crowded. It was also really clean throughout. Highly recommend this to anyone thinking of staying in this area. Looking forward to booking it again.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful House, perfect location for us!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Caroline's stunning home, the house is beautiful and it really felt like a home away from home! Thanks Caroline, I'm sure we'll be back :)

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. It has all the facilities you probably need. Pool table, table tennis and Piano was real good time pass. Loved it no issues at all, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We had great holiday in this lovely Victorian villa. The house had everything we needed. The house is close enough to walk to Shanklin beach and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the island. Thanks to the owner for giving us details ahead of our trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious, well positioned house with all the comforts.

  • 4 of 5

The odd little problem (broken light switch ) was soon put right one reported. The lack of hot water in the basins in the bathroom stops it from being 5 star.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. I'm really glad you enjoyed your stay. Happily, as you say, the light switch was fixed very quickly. Sorry about the hot water. I was heating the tank for several hours in the morning and evening but recently shortened it a little as I thought I was overheating it, but clearly it needs that long so I will adjust it back again. Thank you very much for pointing that out.
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It proved the perfect place for four generations to get together for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

There were 9 of us altogether staying here for two weeks aged from 5 to 88 and it suited us all. The house is spacious and comfortable with all the extras one could want, as previous reviewers have remarked. There is also a wonderful selection of classical cds so the house was filled with music along with the chatter, clash of pool balls, ping and pong of table tennis, shrieks from playstation users and lots of laughter. There is enough room to escape for those who want rest and quiet and enough to keep younger ones thoroughly occupied. There was ample room in the garage to park a mobility scooter (much needed with the down and up to the esplanade and all around the island!!). The stairs are not too steep and were easily manageable for the scooter owner. There is a friendly shop a short distance away just around the corner which proved invaluable for nipping to for more eggs needed for breakfast, promised but forgotten crisps, newspaper for those not up to the day's excursions, 'vital' ingredient for supper, etc.

We found Shanklin to be a lovely place with lots to do including getting fit going up and down the cliff! Swimming, sandcastle building, crazy golf, eating, drinking, brilliant ice creams, fossil hunting, people watching, walking and cycling all featured. Walks from here are magnificent and can be as long or short as you like. Walking to Ventnor, fish and chips from the Ventnor Haven Fishery (best I've ever had, I think) then bus back to Shanklin was a lovely day while others decided to cycle round the whole island. A midnight walk to Sandown along the cliff path then paddling back through the sea was perfect for the insomniacs. The Hideaway at the end of the road on the clifftop was a fantastic place to while away an evening (or any time of day) with decent beer and wine, amazing views and delicious food. They hold a very low key quiz on Sunday evenings that we inadvertently got involved in which was really good fun, producing lots of camaraderie and laughter throughout. The Blueberry café the other way along the cliff path was extremely friendly bending over backwards to accommodate us inside when a sudden squall wrecked our tea outside, while the Salix café on the beach produced a delicious breakfast. Relaxed al fresco lunches at various pubs on the Esplanade went down well.

Shanklin is a great place for holidays and this house is so welcoming, excellent location and has such a happy atmosphere in it we wouldn't hesitate to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very close by foot to Shanklin and Lake beaches. Easy driving distance to Sandown, Ventnor, Bembridge and Godshill.


The car-ferry terminals at Fishbourne, East Cowes and Yarmouth and the passenger ferries at Ryde and Cowes vary from around a 25 to 40 minute drive from the house. The passenger catamaran between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head links with a rail service directly to Shanklin.


Shanklin town and beach are on your doorstep. It's a 15 minute drive to Sandown in one direction and Ventnor in the other. It's an easy drive to picturesque Godshill or Bembridge. It's a 10 minute drive to Morrisons supermarket and petrol station in Lake.

Further Details:

Shops, supermarkets, banks and pubs all within easy walking distance.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $334.58

Booking notes:
Guests are requested to arrive after 3:00 pm and to leave by 10:00 am

Changeover Day:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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