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Fort Redoubt - Lower Caponier

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Waterside views
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Quirky
Apartment
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A unique three bedroom apartment set within one of the islands most photographed and painted landscapes
  • Take a hike from the doorstep over Tennyson Down onto the infamous Needles and explore the beauty of West Wight
  • This pet friendly accommodation is an ideal place for the whole family to holiday
Property code: 78099

Standing at the foot of Tennyson Down, this distinctive apartment’s sat within the cliffs of Freshwater Bay, benefiting views over the bay to the east and the English Channel to the south and west.

Located at the foot of Tennyson Down, this unique apartment sits in the moat of one of the island’s most photographed and painted landmarks: Fort Redoubt. This Palmerston fort was constructed back in 1856 in response to the threat of possible invasion by Napoleon. The caponiers were originally built as barrack accommodation for 24 soldiers, but today they are welcoming holiday homes. Now sleeping six people over three bedrooms and welcoming two four-legged friends, this quirky apartment is the perfect accommodation option for a family or small group of friends who appreciate a sense of history and incredible ocean views.

 

You can’t help but appreciate the history of Fort Redoubt as you cross the bridge over the moat to arrive at the complex of properties where you’ll find your holiday home. Access to the caponiers is via a staircase through an iron gate from the fort’s central parade square. Step inside and you’ll find yourself in a spacious open-plan living room/kitchen/diner. Cook up a feast for your loved ones in the well-equipped kitchen and serve up dinner in the dining area. There’s plenty of room for everyone around the table. After dinner, relax in front of the TV and warming gas stove or plan the next day with your loved ones. At the end of the day there are three lovely bedrooms to choose from. There is allocated parking for two cars in the forts central parade square. A table and chairs are provided to sit out and enjoy the shared grounds in the moat which is easily accessed from this apartment and a BBQ is also provided.

 

You’ll find a good selection of water sports at Freshwater Bay (0.5 miles), which is said to be one of the best beaches on the island. Further afield, spend a day at The Needles (3 miles), where a row of three stacks of chalk rise up out of the sea. Take in the views from a chairlift ride, learn about glass blowing at Alum Bay Glass, or try your luck at Jurassic Adventure Golf.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom and 1 en-suite wet room
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, 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 provided
  • Table and chairs available to sit out in the shared grounds of the moat
  • Sea views from the grounds of the fort
  • 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

Amy Hendriksen

This property is personally managed by Amy.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 25 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jackie 25th March 2022

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Lovely comfortable base for our holiday and the location is perfect for long walks. Coming back to the fire and sofa meant we felt at home straight away. Good beds and all equipment was available. Thoroughly relaxing, we will return later in the year.

Reviewed by Joanne 25th February 2022

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A wonderful, quirky holiday experience. Charming, comfortable and utterly delightful.

Reviewed by Ruth 1st October 2021

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Fantastic holiday place and amazing location. We stayed with our dogs and enjoyed the views and the walks. The accomodation was beautiful, what a great place to spend your holiday. We will be back soon hopefully.

Reviewed by Sheila 17th September 2021

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A definite WOW . Very clean and well stocked with everything you need. In a great location. Good quality bedding, towels and accessories. We had a wonderful time. Would definitely go back.

Reviewed by Deborah 10th September 2021

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Great accommodation .. wonderful to stay somewhere unique .. this area of the island is a joy .. and to be able to walk from Fort Redoubt straight onto Tennyson Downs.. and onto The Needles was a bonus and would recommend! Totland Bay & Colwell Bay are a short drive, beautiful quiet bays with fab views with great cafe/restaurants would not hesitateRead more to return Hide

Reviewed by Judy 3rd September 2021

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This is a stunning peaceful location, with walks across the downs and to the beach. We had walked past the fort before and were intrigued to stay there. Very unusual property, and nicely fitted out with most things you needed. Nice to find a "travelling pub" and pizza van parked in the bay. We had a bbq in the moat, which was lovely. Lots of steep Read moresteps in and out of the property, and a bumpy track up to the parking spaces. Hide

Reviewed by Kathryn 30th July 2021

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The apartment was stunning - decorated and equipped to a very high standard.

Reviewed by Jo 23rd July 2021

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The property is in a wonderful location, where you can walk out onto the Downs. We had a fabulous week exploring the area. It was fun staying in the fort. The main living area is beautifully appointed and a great space for the family to be together. The main bedroom/ensuite was a slight disappointment although the other 2 bedrooms and bathroom wereRead more well appointed. It's definitely cool temperature-wise as you're effectively underground so make sure to take an extra hoodie! Hide

Reviewed by Natalie 25th June 2021

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Reviewed by Sara 18th June 2021

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We had a lovely week's stay in the Lower Caponier. The renovation of this once derelict building has been creatively and sympathetically carried out, with many original features remaining. The accommodation is very comfortable and tastefully furnished. The shower in the en-suite wet room is especially good! It is difficult to imagine a more interesRead moreting and breath taking setting for a holiday. A very special place, and a real treat to stay here. Hide

Reviewed by Scot 28th May 2021

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Lovely apartment and lovely spot to spend relaxing few days. Spotlessly clean and A very friendly and helpful manager.

Reviewed by Martin 30th April 2021

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Fort Redoubt Freshwater Bay. What can I say? Absolutely stunning location. Anyone who has a dog or just loves walking would struggle to find a better place to stay. Walk down the driveway and you are straight on to miles of rolling hills or the lovely beach in the bay. The accommodation was very well equipped and superb condition. You must bear in Read moremind that the Lower Caponier is basically below ground but access to the grassy moat is right outside your door. Hide

Reviewed by Nigel 23rd December 2020

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The Lower Caponier has been put together to a very high standard. Warm and cosy and well appointed. Comfortable beds and sofas and very quiet. The door to the communal outside area (in the moat) is immediately opposite the door to the apartment and perfect for dogs (safe & secure). There are quite a few steps down to the apartment which could be chRead moreallenging for some. Will definitely return. Hide

Reviewed by Tracey 11th December 2020

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Great cottage, great location really unique cottage with fab facilities. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed by Lisa 30th October 2020

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Reviewed by D 23rd October 2020

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A fascinating place to stay in and one never to be forgotten Quite an experience.

Reviewed by Stephen 16th October 2020

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Reviewed by Sandra 2nd October 2020

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Great place to spend a week living somewhere a little bit different. Quirky place and stunning location. Would definitely stay there again.

Reviewed by Ian 18th September 2020

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Well appointed stunning property steeped in history. Sited on the south coast the fort provides for an interesting holiday accommodation. Your visit needs to take in the cliff top walk up Tennison Down and on over to the Needles famous landmark and its lighthouse.

Reviewed by Karen 11th September 2020

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Perfect for our stay. Historic building with modern conveniences and a great finish. Good location, too. Only thing I would say was that the steps were a little bit of a puff with two small children, but we managed just fine!

Reviewed by Jessica 4th September 2020

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We had a great week at the fort. Its in a great surrounding and so relaxing. There is everything you need provided and its very peaceful. The walk across Tennyson Down up to the monument is great from the accommodation.

Reviewed by Jenny 21st August 2020

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Comfortable, unique accommodation in a safe location. There are a few niggles, which I am sure the owners will address.

Reviewed by Lisa 24th July 2020

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We stayed in the Lower flat, this was beautifully refurbished and equipped. The door to the outside space was just opposite the front door, and we even managed to have breakfast in the sunshine overlooking the bay! Being able to see the sea from the kitchen / lounge when the tide was in was a great bonus. The flat felt cosy and warm when the weatheRead morer was bad and a great starting point for walks over the cliffs to beaches or view points when the weather was good. A great find. Hide

Reviewed by Matthew 17th July 2020

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Beautiful, spacious, comfortable accommodation - close to attractions and amenities.

Reviewed by Matthew 10th July 2020

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The hosts are lovely, family friendly and dog friendly. The location is stunning and the fort has been sympathetically restororated making for a brilliantly unusual holiday. The historic touches are still there to see and imagine.

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