View towards the property, set on acres of farmland
The lounge overlooks the lovely rural setting
Dining for four and a well-equipped kitchen
The bright double bedroom has a window to the fields beyond
Twin bedroom which can be presented as a super-king-size
The shower room can be found on the first floor
Beautiful views from the garden of the cottage
Lovely landscape views all around
Watch the swans swim
The property and grounds
1 / 10  View towards the property, set on acres of farmland
2 / 10  The lounge overlooks the lovely rural setting
3 / 10  Dining for four and a well-equipped kitchen
4 / 10  The bright double bedroom has a window to the fields beyond
5 / 10  Twin bedroom which can be presented as a super-king-size
6 / 10  The shower room can be found on the first floor
7 / 10  Beautiful views from the garden of the cottage
8 / 10  Lovely landscape views all around
9 / 10  Watch the swans swim
10 / 10  The property and grounds

Marvel Cottage

Blackwater, Isle of Wight
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Working farm
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • The central location makes this an ideal base for touring the Isle of Wight
  • Perfect for birdwatching, trout fishing and seeing wildlife including red squirrels
  • This delightful cottage enjoys beautiful rural views across lakes and toward the downs
  • Visit Cowes, Ventnor, Carisbrooke and Osborne House
  • An ideal holiday cottage for nature-lovers, keen walkers and cyclists
  • Ideal for enjoying the wonderful countryside and glorious coastline
Property code: IC082

Set in the heart of the Isle of Wight this lovely and tranquil farm cottage offers delightful views, a variety of wildlife and a fishing lake, and is an ideal base for touring this picturesque island.

This charming cottage enjoys stunning views across lakes to the downs beyond. It is an individual property on a 40 acre farm which is home to horses and sheep. It stands on the edge of one of the Isle of Wight's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a pond with an abundance of wildlife including ducks, herons and swans, plus two large trout lakes where arrangements can be made to fish. The lakes abound with a variety of birds making them a perfect location for keen bird watchers and from the cottage, visitors can watch Red Squirrels feeding. This is also a superb cycling and walking area with direct access to a network of cycle paths, plus easy access to the nearby Stenbury Trail which extends from Cowes to Ventnor, and also the Tennyson Trail from Carisbrooke to the Needles on the western tip of the island.

The central location of Marvel Cottage makes it an ideal base for touring the Isle of Wight. The sandy beaches of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor are within a 15-minute drive, as are more secluded bays on the west side of the island. The spectacular medieval castle of Carisbrooke is just a 15-minute walk away along picturesque country lanes and Osborne House, the island home of Queen Victoria, is within a 15-minute drive. The nearby market town of Newport has a variety of shops, restaurants and wine bars.

Marvel Cottage has been skilfully converted from an ancient barn and provides attractive accommodation of a high standard in peaceful surroundings, with stunning rural views from all of the main rooms. The cottage is centrally heated and double glazed. Double doors open into a light and airy open plan area with a charming sitting room furnished with a large arm chair and two comfortable sofas, flat screen television with Freeview and DVD player, and music system; a dining area with a circular table; a well-equipped fitted kitchen with an electric cooker and hob, microwave, refrigerator with ice box and washer dryer. Access to a freezer is also provided.

Stairs lead up to two bedrooms - a double room and a second bedroom with a zip and link bed which will be made up as a twin or into a super-king double if requested at the time of booking. There is also a tiled bathroom with a built in Myra shower, basin and WC. A baby bath and stair gate are provided, and a travel cot and high chair can also be made available. Central heating and electricity are without extra charge. There is free, unlimited WiFi internet.

French doors open on to a terrace with stunning, open views. Garden furniture and a barbecue are provided so that meals can be enjoyed in the sunshine. The garden in front of the cottage has now been enclosed with attractive picket fencing.. Two cars can be parked beside the cottage or alternatively just outside the garden area. Children do need to be closely supervised in the grounds due to the pond and lakes. Visitors are welcome to roam across the beautiful farmland and enjoy picnics by the Trout lakes. Arrangements can be made to enjoy fly fishing on the lakes - tuition and tackle hire are available. One of the proprietors is a professional palaeontologist and is happy to identify your finds of fossils and/or take you on guided fossil hunting trips. Storage is available for bicycles and dinghies by arrangement. Supermarkets, public houses, restaurants and a regular bus service are within an easy 20-minute walk. The famous Isle of Wight Music Festival is only a five-minute taxi ride away or a 35-minute walk, mostly along the cycle track.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 zip-and-link twin (can be made into a super-king-size double by request at the time of booking)
  • 1 bathroom with shower and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment and washer/dryer
  • Access to a freezer is provided
  • TV/DVD and music system in lounge
  • Terrace with garden furniture and BBQ
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Bike and dinghy storage available
  • Central heating and electric included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Security deposit - £100 per booking
  • Set on a working farm
  • Trout fishing can be arranged
  • Regret no pets
  • Children should be supervised in the grounds due to the pond and lakes
  • Supermarkets, pubs and restaurants within walking distance

This property is personally managed by Amy.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 26 guest ratings

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Reviewed by S 25th October 2019

Super cottage in ideal mid island location; nowhere very far away. Cycle trail accessible from grounds for lovely walks & cycles, perfect for spotting the delightful red squirrel. Well equipped cottage, super cosy & comfortable with personal touches from the owners, such as wine for adults, cordial for children & a pumpkin for carving as it was HalRead moreloween! Very much hope to return. Hide

Reviewed by Paul 5th October 2019

The property is perfectly located for touring the whole island, and is situated in a very peaceful and beautiful setting, perfect to come back to after a busy day sightseeing. The owners are very friendly and welcoming and we felt extremely comfortable in their lovely cottage.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 28th September 2019

A home from home. Always very helpful. Bike paths off road only a few minutes away. Beautiful lakes to walk round. Bats swans and more to see.

Reviewed by Katie 30th August 2019

And amazing place to stay greeted by the owners of tea coffee and wine overall a really enjoyable lovely stay

Reviewed by Susan 5th July 2019

A lovely well-equipped cottage in a peaceful setting, within easy reach of all the island's attractions. We received a very warm welcome and the little extras - wine in the fridge and fresh flowers were special extra touches. Very comfortable beds too.

Reviewed by J 31st May 2019

Beautiful location with abundant wildlife, clean comfortable well equipped cottage. We Very much enjoyed our holiday there and would love to come again.

Reviewed by Susan 26th April 2019

Idyllic location . Everything provided . Lovely bottle of wine in the fridge . Warm welcome from Steven . Red squirrels were charming .

Reviewed by Peter 12th April 2019

Comfortable cottage in a very quiet and pretty setting with lots of wildlife. Central location just outside Newport was perfect for visiting all parts of the island. Family were friendly and welcoming. We would happily go back again.

Reviewed by Mary 8th March 2019

This year was our fourth visit to Marvel Cottage. The location is perfect, not far from anywhere as it is in the centre of the Island. The cottage is very well equipped, clean, plenty of hot water and the beds are so comfy after a full days touring. For the bird lovers there is always something to watch and the red squirrels love sunflower seeds! WRead moree highly recommend this cottage if you need a bit of peace and quiet. Hide

Reviewed by Ken 10th February 2019

Had a lovely time in this cottage, was very comfortable and was very well lay out and lots of different animals to see. Will definitely be going back again in the future. The owners of the cottage was also very lovely and polite.

Reviewed by Dave & Joy September 2018

A truly amazing and wonderful stay. Marvel Cottage is just perfect in every way and set in the most stunning grounds. The wildlife around the cottage is magical, with something different to marvel at each day. Thank you for such a great stay. We cannot imagine finding a more special place on any part of the island.

Reviewed by John & Delphine August 2018

Lovely cottage in beautiful serene surroundings just what we needed for a rest and relaxation holiday. So convenient for just about everywhere on the island.

Reviewed by Arthur, Maria and Matthew June 2018

Weve had a lovely week in this delightful cottage. Everything we needed has been provided and all spotlessly clean. The location is perfect for visiting all areas of the island without too much driving and we have found plenty of good places to eat.

Reviewed by Maurice O'sullivan March 2018

Our 4th stay at Marvel Cottage, just like home from home. A warm welcome from Steven on arrival, a bottle of wine in the fridge and total relaxation.

Reviewed by Abigail Stonehouse November 2017

A very comfortable, homely cottage in a beautiful countryside location. You are right in the heart of the country, however the close proximity to Newport town made it extremely convenient too. The cottage is very well equipped. Very relaxing.

Reviewed by Jan Hickie July 2017

Beautiful cottage, very comfortable, spacious. Quiet peaceful location. Lovely 30-40 min walk round lake and through woodland or road and village to Newport which was easily doable for the IOW festival. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed by Michael Richardson June 2017

A lovely week thanks to Steven and Pru.

Reviewed by Rachel Herbert April 2017

We had a lovely stay! The owners were lovely - a good balance of friendliness without being ever present. Location is super - very rural yet close to everything. Nice cottage with all we needed for our family of 4. We'd stay again!

Reviewed by Mrs Mary Wegner April 2017

Our third stay at Marvel Cottage, will definitely be a fourth. The cottage is very clean and well equipped. The owners are helpful and friendly, there if you have a problem. Lovely peaceful setting with lots of wildlife and walks round the trout lakes. We can highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Maurice O'sullivan January 2017

Our fifth visit to the Island and probably our best choice ever. The cottage has everything that is needed, the flowers and wine were a lovely touch. We received a warm welcome from Steven and a quick tour of the cottage followed by a relaxing few days.

Reviewed by Mary Wegner December 2016

This visit is the second to Marvel Cottage, we could not fault it at all.

Reviewed by Marvel Cottage November 2016

A marvellous location for peace and quiet amidst beautiful countryside yet within ready reach of so many places of natural beauty and interest on the IOW. We can understand why so many people go back to Marvel Cottage time and time again. A truly relaxing holiday!

Reviewed by Marvel Cottage November 2016

A marvellous location for peace and quiet amidst beautiful countryside yet within ready reach of so many places of natural beauty and interest on the IOW. We can understand why so many people go back to Marvel Cottage time and time again. A truly relaxing holiday!

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