A distinctive grade II listed holiday cottage
The characterful lounge
A tranquil place to relax
Large garden area
Prepare a home cooked meal in the kitchen
Enjoy views of the garden from the dining room
Double bedroom
Sit back and enjoy your favourite book
Take in the fresh air
View towards this historical retreat
1 / 10  A distinctive grade II listed holiday cottage
2 / 10  The characterful lounge
3 / 10  A tranquil place to relax
4 / 10  Large garden area
5 / 10  Prepare a home cooked meal in the kitchen
6 / 10  Enjoy views of the garden from the dining room
7 / 10  Double bedroom
8 / 10  Sit back and enjoy your favourite book
9 / 10  Take in the fresh air
10 / 10  View towards this historical retreat

The Indian Summer House

Osborne, Isle of Wight
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • This unique, Grade II listed holiday cottage offering a tranquil retreat in a picturesque location
  • Perfect for couples, a small family, keen walkers, history buffs, sightseers and nature-lovers
  • Ideal for visiting Osborne House and the famous sailing centre of Cowes
  • Close to the stunning northern coastline of the Isle of Wight
  • Enjoy the fantastic beaches at Ryde, Seaview and Gurnard
  • A beautiful, historic and comfortable cottage in a fabulous setting
Property code: IC150

Close to the sea and nestling in beautiful secluded woodland surroundings adjacent to Queen Victoria’s island palace of Osborne House, this tranquil retreat is ideal for a magical romantic getaway.

This is a historical retreat standing amidst a large garden adjacent to woodland and the wonderful estate of Osborne House, the former Island residence of Queen Victoria. A century ago the cottage was part of the Osborne Estate and was built by Queen Victoria for the royal children in a style to conjure up the atmosphere of India. From the cottage visitors can walk to the sea which is only a mile away and can also walk into Cowes using the floating bridge. The sandy beaches of Ryde and Seaview are within a 20-minute drive.

The Indian Summer House provides a peaceful and romantic escape. Windows extend for almost the entire length of the cottage which has been furnished in a way to accentuate the atmosphere of the Indian Raj, with the style of the furniture, rich silk curtains, elaborate materials and cream carpets adorned with Indian rugs. There is a bedroom with an elaborate double bed and silk drapes. The sitting room is a particularly spacious room with an extensive open aspect, furnished with a sofa and chairs, lamps and silk drapes, plus a television with Freeview and a DVD player. There is also a pleasant dining area in this room. A second delightful place for dining is in the conservatory style area which overlooks a secluded courtyard with garden furniture.

The cottage has a galley-style kitchen equipped with an electric cooker and gas hob, microwave, refrigerator, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a bathroom with a bath, overhead shower, basin and WC. A second bedroom with a full-size bunk bed is an a compact room only suitable for children. Please note, there are one or two steps leading down to each the bathroom, kitchen and bunk bedroom. A cot and high chair can also be provided. The cottage is centrally heated. Heating and electricity at no extra charge. WiFi internet is available without charge - suitable for checking emails and limited use.

The cottage is situated in a delightful garden adjoining the garden of The Albert Cottage Hotel. There is a pretty covered terrace surrounding the cottage. Garden furniture is provided and a car can be parked near the cottage. The Albert Cottage Hotel is within a two-minute walk and has a bar and WiFi. Regular weddings are held in the hotel and grounds. A public house, restaurants, shops and a regular bus service are within a ten-minute walk.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

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

  • Sleeps 2+2
  • Bedrooms – 1 double, 1 small bunk bedroom for children
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • Courtyard and terrace with garden furniture
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Central heating and electric included
  • Bed linen included
  • Security deposit - £100 per booking
  • Adjacent to the estate of Osborne House. East Cowes Esplanade approx. 1 mile. Cowes accessible via a short walk and the floating bridge
  • Please note there are one or two steps leading down to the bathroom, kitchen and bunk bedroom
  • Discounted tickets to Osborne House available. Please enquire on arrival
  • Weddings are regularly held in the nearby hotel and grounds
  • 2 dogs are welcome. A puppy under 12 months may be accepted if housetrained

This property is personally managed by Amy.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 14 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Paula 24th May 2019

We have now stayed twice at the Indian Summer House and we really love it. I would recommend this place for nature lovers, dog owners, people with young children. The Indian Summer House has its own lovely, quiet gsrden and lots of space to run around. The inside is not smart and is a bit dark, it built for hot summers. If you want boutique don't cRead morehose here but for peace and quiet, except the birds, it is lovely. Nice pub about 15 min walk away and the shoreline similar time. Waitrose near. Hide

Reviewed by David 22nd March 2019

Lovely comfortable cottage in a superb location, we were watching badgers feeding the other night, nice and peaceful, the hotel is just over the way if you require a drink or a meal. Osbourne is just over the fence with all the lovely mature gardens and trees. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Susan 12th October 2018

Very unusual place to stay, but only suitable for two or three nights as it is so small

Reviewed by A 5th October 2018

We were warned by the hotel that a wedding was to take place the next day (a Saturday) but although we could hear the music up to midnight, there is a large hedge so you are quite secluded. Staff really friendly. Just 5 minutes from the ferry in East Cowes. You cannot see Osborne House but it is only a short walk from the main road.

Reviewed by Sue Akers April 2018

A very pleasant place to stay. We were very lucky with the weather and this enabled us to explore the area on walks with our dog.

Reviewed by Colin Fleming July 2017

Beautiful cottage in perfect location.

Reviewed by Stephen Mott December 2016

We loved staying here in this unique, historic and cosy summer house. Osborne house is a must to visit. Walk to the private beach, where the sundaes are delicious. Our dog enjoyed the large garden and the grounds at Osborne House. The Isle of Wight is a great holiday destination.

Reviewed by Nick Procter July 2015

All the furnishings were tired. The property requires full update, The tiny room where the bunk beds are, smelt so bad it would be impossible to be occupied. We were thankful that we had really good weather and was able to be out most of the time. Certainly not 4*.

Reviewed by Mr Stringer June 2015

Fab very interesting building in great location so peaceful had such a fantastic relaxing holiday here. There was even a red squirrel in the tree tops in the garden. Loved it

Reviewed by Malcolm Campbell May 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay at the Indian Summer House. The garden was spacious for our dog and we would love to return in the future.

Reviewed by Liz Hatherly March 2015

Thank you for our lovely short break. It was just beautiful and such an amazing place to stay. This has been on my bucket list for many years and lived up to my expectations of such unique and special place to stay.

Reviewed by Matthew Fyfe January 2015

A very unusual and quirky cottage! Staying there felt like a great adventure, and one could picture it situated on the hills of northern India. It had a great feel-good atmosphere even in January, and would be even more magical in better weather. Loved the wooded area at the back.

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