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

Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
  • House2440 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Lovely Private 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom House with seaviews. Perfect for large groups or couples.


Spring is the perfect time to plan a midweek break to the Isle of Wight - recharge your batteries at Cliffhanger and explore the great outdoors. Come and enjoy the Isle of Wight at this most beautiful time of the year - base yourself in this stunning holiday home with it's excellent transport links and visit the island's 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. Wonderful for alfresco dining.

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 Redjet 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.

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.


Chris Torrens

Member Since 2015
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 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's On 2018: The main venue for the Isle of Wight Literary Festival is Northwood House, Cowes which takes place this year from 11-14 October. Northwood House a Grade 2 listed mansion within the grounds of the park making Cliffhanger the perfect place to stay whilst enjoying the festival. If music is more your bag but camping isn't...why not use Cliffhanger as your base to attend Eklectica Festival at Robin Hill from 7-9 September. Fantastic headlinders have already been announced. Classic Car Show Something for all the family to enjoy - the 17th Classic Car show takes place this year on the 15th and 16th September 2018. There will be a spectacular collection of vintage, classic, custom and retro cars and other rare vehicles.

What makes this House unique

Splendid accommodation with stunning terrace that provides spectacular views of the Solent as far as the mainland and up the River Medina to the south downs. Choice of 5 double bedrooms with guests offered the choice of either king size double or twin single beds. Linen and towels provided.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, tub, shower
        • Shower room 1
        • Shower room 2
        • Shower room 3
        • 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

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
          • Ocean View
          • Oceanfront
          • Town
          • Waterfront


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                    Television DVD Player Games Books Radio CD Player
                  • Parking
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Tumble Dryer
                  • Washing Machine


                      • Dishwasher
                      • Freezer
                      • Kitchen
                        Kitchen Refrigerator Hob Oven Microwave Dishwasher Dishes & Utensils Coffee Maker Toaster Blender Grill
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove


                          • Dining Area


                              • Television


                                  • Balcony
                                  • Golf
                                    Nearest Golf Cowes Golf Club 0.2 miles
                                  • 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

                                                  • paragliding
                                                  • cycling
                                                  • equestrian events
                                                  • fishing
                                                  • fly fishing
                                                  • golf
                                                  • golf privileges optional
                                                  • hiking
                                                  • hunting
                                                  • jet skiing
                                                  • mountain biking
                                                  • deepsea fishing
                                                  • pier fishing
                                                  • roller blading
                                                  • sailing
                                                  • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                  • 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

                                                        House Rules

                                                        Check-in: 3:30 PM

                                                        Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                        Cancellation Policy

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

                                                        16 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Beautiful property. Very good location near sea and shops. Lots of space for the whole family.

                                                        Maureen M.

                                                        Excellently equipped. Appreciated the number of ensuite/ shower facilities. Also a choice of areas to sit and relax. Even board games and jigsaw puzzles were available to use.

                                                        It was nice to be able to walk to the centre of the town for shopping and also to the sea front. We probably would have taken advantage of the barbecue facilities provided, had it been a warmer time of year.

                                                        Car parking for a second vehicle was arranged in the street with a provided permit. Spaces were limited and although we did not have too much of a problem, we did wonder if there would be issues during the summer season.

                                                        The whole family had a great holiday and we would certainly be very happy to return to the property should we return to the IOW in the future.

                                                        Thank you for helping to make our holiday so memorable.

                                                        Superb property

                                                        tony p.

                                                        Ideal house, perfectly situated.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Delighted to have ticked all the boxes and look forward to these guests returning again soon.

                                                        Fab family break

                                                        Andrea J.

                                                        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

                                                        excellent, perfect location

                                                        Chris T.-

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

                                                        Fabulous property in a great location

                                                        Martin P.

                                                        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.

                                                        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.

                                                        Fabulous views of the harbour and Spinnaker Tower

                                                        Alison M.

                                                        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.


                                                        Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK

                                                        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 just above the town, it enjoys panoramic views over the Solent whilst being only a few minutes walk from the yacht marinas, shops and restaurants of the high street and the open spaces 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. The nearest beach being only 100m away from the house. Travel: 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 Distances: Nearest Bar Union, Bath Road - 30 metres 0.1 miles Nearest Restaurant The Mess - 30 metres 0.1 miles

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                                                        16 Reviews
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