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A unique position, metres from the sea
Living room with extensive views of the Solent
Open plan living room
Open plan fitted kitchen
Ground floor bedroom
En-suite bathroom
Contemporary shower room
Galleried double bedroom
Double bedroom with sea view
Raised decking area
Queen Mary 2 photographed from the lawn
A typical view from Briary Cottage
1 / 12  A unique position, metres from the sea
2 / 12  Living room with extensive views of the Solent
3 / 12  Open plan living room
4 / 12  Open plan fitted kitchen
5 / 12  Ground floor bedroom
6 / 12  En-suite bathroom
7 / 12  Contemporary shower room
8 / 12  Galleried double bedroom
9 / 12  Double bedroom with sea view
10 / 12  Raised decking area
11 / 12  Queen Mary 2 photographed from the lawn
12 / 12  A typical view from Briary Cottage

Briary Cottage

Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Stunning converted coach house offering fantastic uninterrupted sea views of the Solent
  • Just a short walk from the centre of Cowes, with its vibrant bars, restaurants and shops
  • Watch the world go by from the garden and terraced area
Property code: IC018

This beautiful cottage is situated on the sea front near Cowes and enjoys spectacular open views across the Solent - just a stones throw away. Visitors can relax and watch a constantly changing scene with sailing boats, liners and small sea craft. The centre of Cowes is within a 15-minute walk - a fashionable sailing centre renowned for the Cowes week sailing event in August The town has a range of boutique shops and some excellent restaurants. The quaint coastal resort of Gurnard is also within a pleasant ten-minute stroll along the sea front; here there is a public house and children's adventure play area.

Briary Cottage is nestled in a conservation area which has recently been skilfully converted from the original coach house of The Briary; a large Victorian house - no longer in existence. Briary Cottage and Briary Lodge, formerly the groom's house, now stand side by side within a large garden overlooking the sea.

The cottage has been furnished and equipped to a high standard. It has underfloor heating on the ground floor, beneath the oak and tiled floors. There is an open plan fitted kitchen with a range style cooker with 5 gas hobs, a wok facility, a double electric oven, dishwasher, sink and fridge freezer. A separate utility room houses a second sink, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a ground floor bedroom with king-size double (zip and link facility so can be made up as twin beds on request at the time of booking), patio doors providing access to the garden and an en-suite bathroom with a bath, overhead shower, basin and WC. An additional shower room on the ground floor boasts a large walk in shower, basin and WC.

Guests can relax in the open plan living room with a large floor to ceiling window taking full advantage of the open sea views. This room has two sofas, a 43 inch smart TV (guests to use their own log-in details), Freesat Blu-ray and DVD player, a wood burning stove, plus an attractive dining area. A door opens from the living room onto an enclosed staircase ascending to a bedroom in the octagonal tower of the cottage. This is a charming double bedroom with sea views. Please be aware that the upstairs bedroom is not suitable for young children due to the galleried stairwell and open staircase. Central heating and electricity are without extra charge. WiFi internet is available.

Briary Cottage has a secluded raised terrace at the side of the property with garden furniture so that meals can be eaten outside whilst enjoying the wonderful sea views. There is a second terrace at the front of the cottage with open sea views, plus a lawn area where visitors can unwind. Visitors are asked not to play ball games in the garden due to the proximity of the esplanade and of the large picture window of the sitting room. (The garden is not formerly separated from that of Briary Lodge which is occupied by the owners of the cottage). A private path leads directly from the sea front to the cottage. Unrestricted parking on the North side of the road outside Briary Cottage, subject to availability. There is a regular bus service within two-minutes walk and a public house within a ten minutes walk. Shops, restaurants and access to the Red Jet service to the mainland are a 15 minutes walk away. Nearby places to visit include Osborne House, the island home of Queen Victoria, the National Nature Reserve at Newtown and Havenstreet Steam Railway. A golf course, sailing courses, fishing and boating trips are also easily accessible.

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 super-king-size zip-and-link (which can be made up as a twin - if required as a twin please request at the time of booking) and 1 double
  • 1 shower room with WC and 1 en-suite bathroom with WC
  • Electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Utility room with microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Road-side parking to the front of the property subject to availability
  • Pubs and shops in walking distance 
  • 43 inch smart TV (guests to use their own log-in details) and Freesat Blu-ray, DVD player in the lounge
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Adam Baker

This property is personally managed by Adam.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 40 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Helen 31st May 2024

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Absolutely delightful property. Perfect location with unbeatable views. Wonderful accommodation with everything we needed plus much, much more. Lovely owners, who were so helpful and welcoming. We had the most amazing week's holiday and felt right at home at Briary Cottage. A truly 5 star experience, thank you.

Reviewed by Derek 24th May 2024

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Superb cottage in a superb location. Briary Cottage is very stylish, beautifully presented and well equipped. Of the highest standard, it gave us a unique base to explore Cowes. The views and sunsets over the Solent are breathtaking. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay even though we were somewhat limited by my husband's back problems. The owners were mRead moreost sympathetic and did everything possible to make our stay easier for us which we really appreciated. Overall this property is a real gem! Hide

Reviewed by Kevin 10th May 2024

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Reviewed by Linda 3rd May 2024

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Cottage exceptional, homely and welcoming and fully equipped.

Reviewed by Nancy 26th April 2024

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Reviewed by Paula 19th April 2024

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This quirky cottage is beautiful, the location is lovely, and the view is epic. The beds are incredibly comfy, we would definitely recommend and hope to visit again

Reviewed by Catherine 15th March 2024

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I had such a wonderful time at this property. It is beautifully maintained. It is peaceful, but within easy reach of the town. The view is beautiful and there were red squirrels in the trees. The owners of the property couldn't have been kinder or more welcoming. I would definitely recommend Briary Cottage and very much hope to go again.

Reviewed by Tim 29th December 2023

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Lovely cottage with good hosts. The location is superb overlooking the Solent and the garden brings a host of wildlife to your door. We saw gulls. pigeons, crows, pheasant and had fun watching the tame red squirrels busily stowing their nuts away. It's about a ten minute walk into Cowes with all it has to offer. We used a variety of eating and drinRead moreking houses all of which are very good. There is a good pub along the way to Gurnard with food and views of the sunset. All in all excellent. Hide

Reviewed by Paul 8th December 2023

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A second stay at Briary Cottage which was just as special as the first. Clean, comfortable accommodation, considerate hosts, great location - whats not to like!

Reviewed by Joanne 12th November 2023

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Absolutely beautiful location and a real home away from home. Good quality appliances and comfortable beds. Everything you need provided by owners.

Reviewed by Karen 3rd November 2023

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Lovely cottage in a perfect location. The owners were really helpful and there was every thing you could possibly need for a relaxing holiday. Despite the weather there was always something to watch through the large windows in the lounge. Perfect cottage for summer or winter.

Reviewed by Clive 20th October 2023

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Reviewed by Ian 6th October 2023

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Reviewed by Robert 29th September 2023

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Reviewed by Roger 22nd September 2023

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Yet another very enjoyable stay in Briary Cottage which is, undoubtedly, the best located holiday let on the Isle of Wight.

Reviewed by Stephen 8th September 2023

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A wonderful cottage with lovely hosts. This was our ninth visit to Briary Cottage and its always been brilliant. The cottage is so comfortable and well equipped that we want for nothing. The views are amazing, theres always something interesting to see or watch and the walk in to. Cowes is very pleasant. Thanks again.

Reviewed by Angela 18th August 2023

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Well presented cottage in a stunning location. We really enjoyed our stay and found it easy to visit other areas of the island. Lovely walk along the promenade to Cowes, great watching the variety of crafts using the Solent from our large picture window or from the seat outside. Weather was good and we were rewarded with some amazing sunsets acrossRead more the Solent. Hide

Reviewed by Alison 11th August 2023

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Wonderful place to stay. It's clean, tidy and very comfortable. Looking forward to staying here again.

Reviewed by David 21st July 2023

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This is our home far away from home. What an amazing view, the cottage was absolutely perfect.

Reviewed by Stephen 14th July 2023

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A delightful, beautifully presented cottage with an amazing panoramic view of the Solent and a 20 minute gentle stroll to the centre of Cowes. Perfect location to explore the island or simply watch the wildly varied marine craft sailing past your window. Great care has been taken with this property by the owners. Spotlessly clean, well equipped andRead more comfortable. The outside space is perfect for enjoying your gin and tonic whilst you watch the sun set. Highly recommended! Hide

Reviewed by Marek 7th July 2023

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Reviewed by David 16th June 2023

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Cottage is wonderful . The views are sensational , overlooking the Solent . We spent many happy hours watching the ships and finding out their destinations on an app. We could watch all the sailing boat races , beautiful to watch and fab sunsets The cottage was lovely . One of the hosts is a professional photographer and we enjoyed his work on the Read morewalls of the cottage . Beds comfy , kitchen well equipped . Hosts were great and did everything to ensure we had a lovely holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Kevin 12th May 2023

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All good - no improvements necessary.

Reviewed by Linda 28th April 2023

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As always a beautiful property , loved by us for 10 years now, since its beginning.

Reviewed by Andrew 21st April 2023

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A brilliant property in a great location. If you like watching the world drift by in a varied collection of boats you couldnt want for more. From Queen Mary 2 to some not much bigger than the bath it was a great spot. It is an easy walk in to cowes along the promenade (about 15 to 20 minutes) with a great selection of restaurants. Hope to come backRead more soon. Hide

Reviewed by Nicola 14th April 2023

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A fabulous house located right on the esplanade, within a 10-15 minute walk of Cowes. Beautifully decorated and equipped with everything you need, a lovely garden overlooking the Solent and some lovely welcoming touches too! Would highly recommend a stay here.

Reviewed by Ian 3rd March 2023

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excellent in all aspects

Reviewed by Keith 24th February 2023

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Fantastic location Who needs a TV with a view this good

Reviewed by Roger 10th February 2023

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Superb cottage in a splendid location over looking the Solent. Always lots to see. The cottage was spotlessley clean, well equipped, beds comfortable. Our hosts were welcoming and any questions dealt with immediately. We look forward to our next stay.

Reviewed by Linda 22nd December 2022

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Lovely location with great views of the Solent. The cottage was modern and well equipped with everything that was needed. Very comfortable. We had a great Christmas break.

Reviewed by Eve 18th November 2022

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Reviewed by Sue 7th October 2022

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Reviewed by Roger 23rd September 2022

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The fact that we stay in this cottage a few times each year probably says it all. The location is perfect for views of the Solent and the owners who live next door are absolutely lovely and will do anything that they can to make your holiday enjoyable. Feels like a second home to us. .

Reviewed by Robert 2nd September 2022

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The cottage is in a wonderful setting. Uninterrupted views over the Solent, red squirrels in the garden and all the amenities you could want in the cottage itself. There is a very nice walk along the seafront into Cowes, which itself has all the shops one could want.

Reviewed by Joanne 12th August 2022

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Excellent cottage with everything and more included. Super comfy and spotlessly clean. Stunning views across the water with spectacular sunsets in a quiet location. The owners live next door and very helpful but not intrusive. We even saw the Red Squirrel. Well equipped kitchen and all equipment worked perfectly. Will defiantly book again when we vRead moreisit Isle of Wight again. Hide

Reviewed by Liz 29th July 2022

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Our second visit to this beautiful property. Amazing location and due to the fabulous weather this year, we spent many happy afternoons and evenings chilling in the garden watching the boats.

Reviewed by Philip 15th July 2022

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I think the word I would use to describe the cottage is quirky which is not surprising when you learn its history which if you ask, the owners will be happy to relate. I took binoculars as I was aware that there would be plenty of boats and ships to watch but on arrival discovered that there was a pair in the cottage. Views from the property acrossRead more the Solent are stunning. In summary an excellent property with very friendly owners who are readily available should any problems occur. Hide

Reviewed by Irene 8th July 2022

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Reviewed by Scilla 1st July 2022

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Simply sublime, Arresting Beauty, Phenomenal thoughtfulness, loved every second with our hearts and being. Thank you truly.

Reviewed by Tracey 24th June 2022

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A lovely cottage with a STUNNING view!! We loved sitting out on the deck and watching the ships and yachts sailing by. Something you could never tire of seeing. If you're lucky you'll see iconic liners such as the Queen Mary II and also some ships get very near at night and that is a sight that will stay with us forever, seeing them all lit up - beRead moreautiful!! We had perfect weather and a perfect week at this wonderful property. Hide

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