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Fort Redoubt - Upper Caponier

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Quirky
Parking on site / nearby
Electric vehicle charging
Decorated for Christmas
Apartment
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A stylish three-bedroom caponier apartment, set within the moat of historic Fort Redoubt
  • Amazing views can be enjoyed through the moat over Freshwater Bay
  • Take a stroll down to the beach where you can enjoy a variety of water sports
  • Book Fort Redoubt - Lower Caponier to create a sleeps 12
Property code: 78098

If you’re looking for a unique getaway in a unique property, look no further than this wonderful caponier apartment set within the moat of historic Fort Redoubt. Located on the cliffs of Freshwater Bay, this lovely holiday apartment originally served as an army barracks. Sleeping six people over three bedrooms and welcoming two four-legged friends, it’s the perfect accommodation option for a family or small group of friends looking for a getaway with a difference in a building that’s steeped in history. You’re also sure to enjoy the amazing bay views from this incredible fort, which was built under Prime Minister Lord Palmerston back in 1856.

 

Enter the grounds of Fort Redoubt over the bridge that crosses the moat and you’ll find yourself in a wonderful complex of properties dating back to Victorian times. Access to the caponier is via a staircase though an entrance door from the fort’s central parade square. Step inside and you’ll discover an open-plan living room/kitchen/diner. Cook up a storm in the fully-equipped kitchen and dine with your loved ones around the dining table. After dinner, chill out in front of the TV and the warming gas stove in the living area or retire to one of the three lovely bedrooms with a good book.

 

Lying just south of the town of Freshwater, Freshwater Bay (0.5 miles) is one of the most picturesque beaches in West Wight. It’s also a popular spot for kayakers and surfers. Alternatively, spend a lovely day at the former royal residence of Osborne House (19 miles). This gorgeous house was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer retreat.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom and 1 en-suite shower room
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, Lakeland coffee machine, washer/dryer and dishwasher
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • TV and gas stove in the lounge
  • Cello DAB/DAB+/FM/Internet Radio, CD Player, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth player
  • Towels included
  • Allocated parking for 2 cars
  • Pub, shop and beach within walking distance
  • BBQ available
  • Outdoor weatherproof table tennis
  • Table and chairs available to sit out in the shared grounds of the moat
  • Sea views from the living area and grounds of the fort
  • Book Fort Redoubt - Lower Caponier to create a sleeps 12
  • Electric vehicle charging on site
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 15:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £250 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £30. 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 33 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Linda 17th May 2024

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Beautiful apartment very comfy. Brilliant location for walking. Well equipped. Thoroughly recommend.

Reviewed by Scott 3rd May 2024

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It's a genuinely distinctive property and has some interesting local history. As a caution there are steep steps to go up/down and the access road may demand reasonable ground clearance of your car. The location is brilliant - direct access to the path to the Tennyson monument and onto the Needles, a flat walk across the island to Yarmouth (5km awaRead morey), a beach a few minutes away too, and for those of an active bent the round island bike route is at the bottom of the drive. Comfortable, quiet. Hide

Reviewed by Chris 29th March 2024

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Just fantastic!

Reviewed by Sherill 22nd March 2024

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On the whole a magnificent interesting property and ideally located in the best part of the island and suited perfectly for exploration. The views were second to none.

Reviewed by Richard 3rd November 2023

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Lovely cottage with great history. Really well converted to high standard. Right on the coastal path and short walk down to the bay. Very nice stay.

Reviewed by Simon 6th October 2023

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We really enjoyed our stay at this unique apartment. It was everything we hoped it would be, located in a great part of the island. We really have nothing bad to say about it. It was really lovely to be able to bring our dog and the car charger was a great help.

Reviewed by Duncan 29th September 2023

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Lovely accommodation in a perfect location.

Reviewed by Angela 8th September 2023

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The Redoubt was amazing the 4 of us loved it. The outside was very interesting we had a lovely see view and were surprised to see people swimming every morning. Its a very quirky place something you wont come across very often. It has an open plan lounge kitchen and diner, and all mod cons. The beds were comfortable the quilts were warm pillows sofRead moret, the bedrooms all a good size. The Isle of Wight is a beautiful place with plenty of things to do for young or old. We'll no doubt come again. Hide

Reviewed by Helen 1st September 2023

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We had a great stay in a comfortable and stylish apartment in a wonderful setting. The apartment was spotlessly clean, bedding and towels all high quality. Manager Simon very friendly and there if we needed him. We enjoyed hearing about the history of the fort. We would definitely recommend the caponier.

Reviewed by Rebecca 18th August 2023

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What a really special place! The location, history and views are amazing. We were just so sorry we had to leave. We !ove the Isle of Wight and this was perfect. The coastal path is literally on the door step for amazing views and walks. Compton bay is just a five min drive for a lovely beach for body boarding and if you are feeling brave freshwaterRead more bay has swimmers a plenty in the mornings! Hide

Reviewed by Steve 11th August 2023

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Reviewed by Lisa 4th August 2023

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We had a lovely holiday in the Upper Caponier early August. It is a nice spacious property for a family with high quality bedding and towels. It was lovely and clean on arrival and the kitchen is well stocked with crockery and utensils, as well as a few bits for cleaning. This is helpful as there aren't any restaurants in Freshwater Bay except a piRead morezza van so we did our own cooking mostly. It was cool in the property on an evening, so a jumper and slippers are handy. We'd happily return. Hide

Reviewed by Nicola 28th July 2023

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Great accommodation, we felt instantly at home, and had a very comfortable stay. Sociable living, dining & kitchen area is spacious & well equipped. Bedrooms are well furnished, with comfy beds, & feather bedding. Private parking area with electric car charger was a real bonus. Private enclosed garden area, shared by both apartments, is ideal for dRead moreogs. View of the sea gives a glimpse of the beautiful bay. Freshly made pizza van & beer bus were welcome additions to the bay. Hide

Reviewed by Helen 1st July 2023

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We had a really lovely week, thank you Simon was very knowledgeable and suggested some lovely walks. We enjoyed playing the Manopoly game that was kindly available at the property. The only improvement that we would suggest is a few basics to have been at the property, for example a pint of milk, tea, coffee, dishwasher tablets and some laundry detRead moreergent. Also the gas to the fire was turned off. It would have been nice to have had the ambient glow as was in the pictures of the property. Hide

Reviewed by Melissa 16th June 2023

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The whole area and particularly our apartment was a brilliant space to stay in. Clean, spacious, well thought out touches and everything utterly convenient and available. We will definitely be back! Thank you.

Reviewed by Maureen 9th June 2023

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Unusual and comfortable accommodation. The location was great, and we enjoyed swimming at Freshwater bay (which was very close)

Reviewed by Jill 2nd June 2023

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We had a lovely weeks holiday at Fort Redoubt. the weather was fantastic which helped. Excellent apartment, nice & clean and well equipped for our needs. The beds were very comfortable. It is situated very near the Coastal path which suited us as we like to walk. It is a lovely bay but the beach has large pebbles to walk over before entering the seRead morea. If you like to visit gardens, there is a lovely one 5 minutes away at Farringdon House. Also Mottisham Gardens 15 minutes. Hide

Reviewed by Peter 26th May 2023

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Reviewed by Eve 5th May 2023

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Fort Redoubt was just a heavenly place to stay, but my arthritic knees and hips didnt like the 19 steps down to the Upper Caponier.

Reviewed by Martyn 14th April 2023

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Fort Redoubt is a unique / ideally placed base for a holiday on the Isle of Wight. The Caponiers spacious and well equipped. An ideal location from which to spend a memorable holiday on the island. When we come back to the island this is where we will be based. Recommended.

Reviewed by Zoe 7th April 2023

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A fantastic unique apartment in a wonderful location. We enjoyed a great few days and would highly recommend it. Easy access to walks, the beach, great cafes and the booze bus!

Reviewed by Sharon 1st April 2023

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Reviewed by Jenny 3rd March 2023

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You access the property through a tunnel and then descend c19 steps. Once inside you will find it warm and cosy with an open plan layout giving a feeling of plenty of space. The kitchen is well equipped with an electric cooker and hob, which are fan assisted and cook quicker than our gas appliances. You can only use steel pans on the hob and these Read moreare all provided. There is a large upright fridge freezer, a kettle, toaster and a microwave. A very nice property with numerous walks near by. Hide

Reviewed by Stephen 23rd December 2022

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Lovely apartment in a fabulous location. The owners are very friendly owners and it was a great place to spend Christmas!

Reviewed by Lisa 19th November 2022

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Lovely cottage steeped in history with great views. Comfortable and cosy.

Reviewed by Richard 28th October 2022

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A great week in a quite unique location. The caponier is very comfortable and had everything we needed.

Reviewed by Alison 21st October 2022

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Reviewed by Debra 30th September 2022

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Very stylish holiday flat, nicely furnished and well-designed. Splendid location - very private - yet close to all amenities - not to mention gorgeous views. The owner who lives on-site was very friendly and welcoming - an added plus.

Reviewed by Lincoln 23rd September 2022

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Had a great stay will likely return next spring! Clean and comfortable and great location. My one wish would be for some outside seating NOT in the 'moat' which would allow for enjoying sunset and sunrises after a day out exploring the island! Maybe a new outdoor bbq too... Definitly would recommend this place...especially the upper caponier!

Reviewed by Gail 16th September 2022

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The Upper Caponier was beautifully situated with fantastic views of Freshwater Bay. The property was stylish and well-equipped with everything we needed for a great holiday.

Reviewed by George 9th September 2022

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Perfect base for a holiday in the Isle of Wight, specially for walking. A most unusual holiday let.

Reviewed by Claire 24th June 2022

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Wonderful view down to Freshwater Bay and access directly on to Tennyson Down made this place a perfect base to explore the Isle of Wight. The Fort is a unique home for the week and is well equipped. Would definitely go back.

Reviewed by John 10th June 2022

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This cottage has atmosphere and tranquillity in spades. Its unique and quirky nature is brilliant. It is very well appointed and has a breath taking wow factor as you descend to the front door. The peace and views over the bay from the windows and garden are stunning.

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