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Fabulous Holiday Home In Prime Location Overlooking the sea in Cowes. Sleeps 10

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,440 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England - Lovely Private House Suitable For Couples Or Larger Group

Valentines Day - 14th February 2018


It's amazing central location and excellent transport links make Cliffhanger the perfect destination for the ultimate midweek romantic break.

Come and enjoy the Isle of Wight in the winter - base yourself in this stunning holiday home and visit the island's beautiful country side and coastline. Wonderful accommodation, fabulous views and minutes from the town and sea front, this amazing house has it all. If you are thinking of a short break or longer holiday, come and enjoy this stunning holiday home. Be it for couples or 10 guests, this beautiful home is the perfect choice any time of year.

The elegant accommodation combining a mix of period and contemporary style is arranged over a ground and 4 upper floors connected by a magnificent spiral staircase.

The spacious entrance reception is a perfect for entertaining and leads to a sitting room with comfortable seating for 10 and access to the rear patio.

The formal dining room on the first floor has a beautiful period fireplace, wooden floors and seats 10.

The well planned and fully equipped kitchen has ample work space for extensive cooking and seating for 8.

The 5 double bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and can be arranged with either king size double or twin single beds or a mix of both. Quality linen and bath towels and fitted wardrobes providing ample storage space.

The 3 fully tiled en-suite shower rooms have large vanity mirrors,lighting and shaver points. The massive family bathroom has a roll top bath, separate shower and twin hand basins and shares the same landing as bedroom 3 offering private use if prefered.

Bedroom 3 is the master bedroom with a balcony offering awe inspiring views over Cowes harbour and the Solent.

Outside, the vehicle hardstand has parking for one car and security point for cycles. Parking for up to 3 additional cars is available on request.

The west facing walled patio garden has dining table, chairs, awning and barbecue with seating for 10.

The top floor landing has a 'ship's ladder' leading to a roof lobby and the 'crow's nest' roof terrace. The terrace provides spectacular views of the Solent as far as the mainland and up the River Medina to the south downs.

18 Castle Road enjoys a superb position in a quiet location overlooking the town of Cowes. Everything is close by, the high speed passenger ferry, sea front, shops, restaurants and marina are all just a few minutes walk away. Cliffhanger is the ideal base for holiday makers, yachtsmen or corporate guests. It's prime position close to the seafront offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy year round activity in the harbour and Solent with unrivalled views of cruise liners and other shipping as they pass Cowes. The yacht marina and famous yacht clubs, such as the Royal Yacht Squadron and Royal Ocean Racing Club, are a short walk.

Osborne House, home to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, is open all year round in East Cowes. Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles I was imprisoned is outside Newport, the capital of the island.

For nature lovers, New Town Creek Nature Reserve and the surrounding coastal walks offer visitors the chance to see many different birds and insect species. Further afield, there is the monastery of Quarr Abbey; the Garlic Farm, known for its garlic remedies; Yarmouth Castle, built by Henry VII to protect the Solent against the French and the Needles Battery, built in the mid 18th century.

Being situated in such a central location a car is not necessary and if one wants to visit other parts of the island car and cycle hire are available in the town. At any time of the year Cliffhanger offers an ideal destination. Guests can enjoy year round sailing, mountain biking, golf, walking, country sports and other recreational pursuits.views. This charming period house is immaculate. The bathrooms and kitchen are of a very high standard and luxury carpets are fitted throughout except for the ground floor which is tiled, with under-floor heating. The kitchen is also tiled with under-floor heating and new kitchen units, appliances and oak worktops. The elderly, infirm and children are all most welcome but as the accommodation is over 5 floors and the rear patio is terraced we ask visitors to sign a disclaimer. Pets are welcome too providing they are kept on the ground floor and kitchen. Dogs can be exercised in Northwood Park at the back of the house where there are also tennis courts, children's play area and magnificent Turkey Oak trees. Northwood House a Grade 2 listed mansion within the grounds of the park hosts a range of popular concerts and exhibitions throughout the year.

More Details

Chris Torrens
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
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Chris Torrens


Chris Torrens purchased this house in 2015

Why Chris Torrens chose Cowes

Quiet location only few minutes walk from Red Jet high speed ferry to Southampton. The sea front, restaurants, pubs, shops yacht clubs and marina are all a short walk away.

What makes this house unique

Splendid accommodation with fantastic views over the Solent from the roof terrace.

Choice of 5 double bedrooms with guests offered the choice of either king size double or twin single beds. Linen and towels provided.


Cowes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2440 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Town
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
    Shower room 3 - shower
  • Bathroom 1 Features: Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure Bathroom 2 Features: Toilet, Shower Enclosure Bathroom 3 Features: Toilet, Shower Enclosure Bathroom 4 Features: Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1: King-size double bed or two single beds. 2: King-size double bed or two single beds. 3: Super king-size double bed or two single bed sand balcony 4: Super king-size double bed or two single beds. 5: King-size double bed or two single beds.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: This charming period house has recently been extensively renovated and improved. The bathrooms and kitchen have been upgraded and luxury carpets fitted throughout except for the ground floor which is tiled, with under-floor heating. The kitchen is also tiled with under-floor heating and has new kitchen units, appliances with oak worktops. The bedrooms are arranged with either king-size or super-size double beds, or two single beds, whichever is preferred. The lounge seats up to 10 people comfortably, as does the formal dining room which has the original marble surround fireplace, original wood flooring and rugs. The kitchen/diner can seat 8. The elderly, infirm and children are all most welcome but as the accommodation is over 5 floors and the rear patio is terraced we ask visitors to sign a disclaimer. Pets are welcome providing owners clean up after them and they are kept to the ground floor and kitchen. Dogs can be exercised in Northwood Park at the back of the house. Outside: Barbecue Terrace Balcony Barbecue Utility Room: Washing Machine Clothes Dryer Iron & Board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linens & Towels Provided Other: High speed fibre optic broadband Wifi Fireplace Heating Parking Hair Dryer


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Fabulous Holiday Home In Prime Location Overlooking the sea in Cowes. Sleeps 10
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Superb property

  • 5 of 5

Ideal house, perfectly situated.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to have ticked all the boxes and look forward to these guests returning again soon.
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Fab family break

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time. The house was amazing and is set in a perfect position. The views were great and made for a lovely family break

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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excellent, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

High standard of accommodation close to high speed passenger ferry, shops, restaurants, marina, sea front. Great views, quiet location.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous property in a great location

  • 5 of 5

As a group of friends and a well behaved dog, we had a fantastic long weekend at Cliffhanger in March. The property is stunning with a magnificent winding staircase leading all the way up to the roof terrace, where the views over Cowes and the Solent are fantastic. The owner Chris was very easy to deal with and immediately sorted a minor hiccup following our arrival. The bedrooms can be set up with either twins or doubles, which is very convenient and the kitchen wants for nothing.

I can imagine the property is in high demand through the summer months, with its location giving a great view of the sailing yachts and larger ships entering and leaving Southampton. Guess the length and tonnage was a great game to play sitting on the terrace or balcony.

Just one enhancement, might be the introduction of wifi boosters to the top and bottom floors. A simple fix, which would support streaming to the lounge tv and browsing on the roof terrace, searching for the name of the passing ships.

We would highly recommend Cliffhanger and may well return in the near future.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great pleasure to have these guests to stay and I am delighted they had a fantastic weekend. Comments about the wifi are much appreciated and will be acted upon.
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Fabulous views of the harbour and Spinnaker Tower

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and bright and well laid out. It is set over 5 floors, so keeps you fit - more than made up for by the views from the upper rooms. The large dining room made family meals relaxed and comfortable and the kitchen on the same floor made serving and clearing easy. Situated so centrally that takeaways, restaurants and shops were all 5 minutes away. A great house and location, thank you.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tall, slim, elegant townhouse with superb views

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous position a few minutes walk above the Regatta Centre. The views from the roof terrace are to die for. Five good double bedrooms, three ensuite and a stylish family bathroom. Well equipped kitchen across the landing from a terrific dining room. The lounge is not the drawing room commensurate with a house of this style, but the roof terrace and rear patio would compensate in good weather. The full height spiral staircase is absolutely magnificent but you need to be fit and sure footed. We had a wonderful weekend. The owner could not have been more helpful.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted these guests had a wonderful week end and enjoyed the fabulous position and accomodation of this superb period house. Appreciate the comments about the lounge and it's seating for 10 but there is the benefit of an entrance reception, dining room and kitchen diner which is great when you want somewhere quiet to work or read a book. I hope they will come and stay again.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Union Inn Cowes
Nearest Ferry
150 Metres
Cowes Red Jet to Southampton
Nearest Golf
100 Metres
Cowes golf course
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Southampton Central
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
The Mess, Cowes High Street
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Water skiing
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
The Green Cowes
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Cliffhanger is located on the edge of Cowes old town in this famous yachting centre on the lovely Isle of Wight. Situated above the town, it enjoys panoramic views and is only a few minutes walk from the yacht marinas, shops and restaurants of the high street and tennis courts of Northwood Park.

The Isle of Wight has a multitude of attractions and offers everything you could want for the family and groups of friends, such as Robin Hill, Blackgang Chine and the Needles Pleasure Park to the historical Osborne House (home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert) and Carisbrooke Castle (where Charles 1st was imprisoned). The beautiful coast and rural environment are all there to be discovered by foot, bike, car or yacht with easy access to coastal paths and cycle routes from the house.

There are so many varied events to enjoy on the island. Winter is a particularly good time to discover the Island, enjoy a long walk or bike ride followed by a cosy pub lunch or visit the many attractions which are generally quieter in the winter months.


Nearest Beach

Cowes Esplanade

0.1 miles


Nearest Airport

Southampton - 5 miles from ferry

15 miles

Nearest Ferry

Red Funnel High Speed

0.1 miles

Nearest Train

Southampton Central - 1 mile from ferry

11 miles

Nearest Highway

M3, M27

4 miles


Nearest Bar

Union, Bath Road - 30 metres

0.1 miles

Nearest Restaurant

The Mess - 30 metres

0.1 miles


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner

Changeover Day:
Please contact owner

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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