With views over the downs from the property, and cycling and walking opportunities on your doorstep, this characterful stone cottage is both a peaceful haven and a great base to explore the island.
This lovely stone cottage nestles in beautiful countryside on a farm on the East side of the Isle of Wight, within a 15-minute drive of the sandy beaches of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor. There are spectacular open views from the cottage and garden across fields towards the downs. The Old Brew House is at the end of a country lane with no passing traffic. This is a wonderful walking area with footpaths leading along the course of the River Yar, and to the nearby picturesque village of Godshill.
Visitors are free to stroll across the fields of the farm and around the lake in the grounds of the Manor House. There is an open grassland area near the lakes with panoramic views where barbecues can be enjoyed. There is a nature trail on the farm so that visitors can enjoy the plethora of wild life; this includes herons, ducks and geese on the lakes; swallows and kestrels often nest in the barns; pheasants, foxes and badgers, plus rabbits which abound. A small herd of cows is kept on the farm and there is an area for children with small rare-breed bagot goats that will eat from the hands and rescued hens which are now free-range. From the cottage there is direct access across the fields to the cycle track which links Sandown to Newport and Cowes. Arrangements can be made for the storage of bikes.
The Old Brew House is built of Island Stone and dates back to 1610. The cottage is full of character with its flag stone floors, large inglenook fireplace and attractive staircase leading up to a galleried landing. It has been renovated and equipped with great care and provides comfortable accommodation for four people. The ground floor of the cottage is largely open-plan with a dining area; sitting room furnished with a comfortable sofa and armchairs, and a television with Freeview and DVD player; a modern fitted kitchen area equipped with an electric cooker and ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer. A washing machine/tumble dryer are also provided.
There is a twin bedroom on the ground floor and a modern bathroom with a bath, overhead shower, basin and W.C. Upstairs there is a further double bedroom with open views across the fields. A folding bed for a child can be provided on the galleried landing, and a high chair and wooden cot are available. The Old Brew House is centrally heated, with heating and electricity at no extra charge. WiFi internet is available.
At the front of the cottage there is a pretty, walled courtyard with garden furniture. A small gate opens into a fenced garden with lawns and shrubs. Visitors can make arrangements to fish the lakes in the grounds of the Manor House. Two cars can be parked in the drive and access to the farm is along a gravel lane. A public house and post office are within five minutes drive, and a regular bus service is a 15 minutes walk. It is not possible to use the open fire. It is suggested that you bring your walking boots and bicycles for your own pleasure.