“ Bonchurch / Ventnor / Isle of Wight „
Please note that although the title says 'Verbena Cottage, Ventnor', the description and picture DO NOT describe the Verbena Cottage in Ventnor, Isle of Wight!!
I have just returned from another delightful holiday on the Isle of Wight and as promised in my 'Home from Home Holidays' review, I am writing this review on the accommodation that we stayed in.
The accommodation is called 'Verbena Cottage' and it can be booked through the 'Home from Home' holiday company:
Home From Home Holidays
31 Pier Street
Isle of Wight
Tel: 01983 854340
Fax: 01983 855524
The accommodation is self catering and sleeps 4 people. A fifth person can be accommodated on a 'Z' bed. Pets are not allowed.
Verbena Cottage has a rating of 3 stars and costs between £235 and £430 per week, depending on the time of year.
The cottage is let on a Saturday to Saturday basis. Occupation of the property is from 3 p.m., vacation is by 10 a.m.
Duvets, duvet covers and pillows are provided. Guests need to bring their own top and bottom sheets, pillow slips, towels and tea towels.
Verbena Cottage is located on the south of the island in the village of Bonchurch, which is a 10 minute walk away. It is situated on the main road between the towns of Shanklin and Ventnor. The cottage backs onto St. Boniface Down, which is National Trust Downland
Verbena Cottage is a terraced stone cottage, built in 1862, but with all modern amenities. It has a double and twin bedroom, a bathroom, a separate shower room, cloakroom area, kitchen and lounge. Although the cottage does not have a back garden, there is a small patio area at the front of the house and a rooftop sun deck which leads from the bathroom. The house is situated along a main road, although it has an elevated position, which can be reached via a sloped pathway that leads from the road.
The front of the cottage has sea views and the cottage backs onto the St. Boniface Down. The sea views can be enjoyed from the twin bedroom, the rooftop terrace, the front patio area and the lounge, which has a large window.
The cottage has central heating, an electric fire, satellite TV, video, DVD player, stereo, bath, shower, washing machine, fridge freezer, electric hob and oven, microwave and dishwasher.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a range of utensils including crockery, glasses, cutlery, serving spoons, tin opener, butter dish, pots and pans, toaster, kettle, oven gloves, washing up bowl, drainer, bread bin and biscuit tin.
There are two dining tables. A smaller one in the kitchen, which would seat 2 - 3 people and a larger table in the dining room, suitable for 5 people. This is the best table to use as it looks out over the sea views. The cottage is equipped with a plastic table cloth and place mats.
Verbena cottage has a handful of videos, books and games including table football, snakes and ladders (which we played lots of!!) and jigsaws. There are also telephone directies, local interest leaflets and a helpful file with information about the cottage and how to use the appliances..
There are a choice of chairs to sit and relax on - dining chairs, sofas and a casual canvas style chair.
The cottage was very easy to find using the 'Home from Home' directions. As the cottage was situated on the main road, parking could be a little tricky, as the cottages did not have separate parking and some of the road was double yellow lines. Having said this, however, we always managed to find a space and my husband got lots of practise at parallel parking!!
My mother in law struggled a little with the access to the property, as the cottage was reached using a sloped pathway and then a small set of tight stone steps, although she always managed to make the journey.
The small front patio area was tiny, but adequate and this was a nice place to sit and admire the beautiful sea views. Although there were cottages on the opposite side of the road, these did not block our views due to the elevated position of Verbena.
The kitchen and lounge areas provided good facilities and there was nothing missing (except some of the sky channels that we were used to at home!!). The range of equipment in the kitchen was exceptional and there were many things that we did not even use. The stone floor and walls in the kitchen were a nice touch and really gave a 'cottagey' feel.The dishwasher was useful and saved us spending our holiday time washing up.
The kitchen area looked out onto a covered utility room, which in turn looked out onto the shower room, which made the kitchen rather dark. A nice view of the St Boniface Down would have been more pleasant!!
The bathroom and shower room were both massive, modern and well equipped, although their locations were not ideal. The shower room led from the kitchen, through a cloakroom area and the upstairs bathroom led from the double bedroom, making neither an easy option for a middle of the night toilet stop.
The cloakroom was small, but a useful area in which to hang coats and to store our beach towels.
The lounge / dining area was tastefully decorated with nice wooden furniture. The dining room table was in an ideal location to see the sea and this was lovely, particularly in the mornings at breakfast time.
The stairs were quite narrow and we did have to be careful when walking up and downstairs, especially when holding Ellie. Again, my mother in law struggled a little with these. The bedrooms led from the top of the stairs, one to the left and one to the right, each bedroom being reached by climbing one small step.
Both bedrooms were a good size and had a nice fireplace. My biggest criticism with the bedrooms, however, was the lack of wardrobe and drawer space. Each room had only a small wardrobe and limited drawers. The beds were really comfortable.
The twin bedroom at the front of the house had a fantastic view of the sea. The view from the double bedroom was a little disappointing. Although you could see a tiny bit of the St. Boniface Down, the view was blocked by the bathroom and surrounding cottages.
The rooftop sun terrace was an added bonus. This was reached by a safe ladder type stairway and had a skylight opening roof. This provided yet another spectacular view of the sea and at night time, was a great location for spotting shooting stars...very romantic!!!
The cottage was extremely clean and tidy when we arrived. The oven and dishwasher were spotless and quite frankly, put mine at home to shame. The cleanliness within the bathrooms was of a high standard also.
Although the cottage was situated along a main road, you could not really hear the noise of the traffic and the cottage still felt surprisingly peaceful and relaxing.
The location of the cottage was really good for exploring all parts of the island. The furthest trip we took was only a journey of about an hour and the country, windy roads of the Isle of Wight can be slow!!
Verbena cottage was a good choice of accommodation and I have once again been very pleased with the service of 'Home from Home Holidays'. The cottage only cost us £430 for a week in August and for the facilities and equipment that the cottage offered, this was good value for money.
We would definitely consider the cottage again if we returned to the island, which I'm pretty sure we will doing very soon!!!
Facing south overlooking its pretty, enclosed garden this delightful cottage is situated on a quiet footpath terrace less than 200yds from the waterside above St Mawes and commands lovely, panoramic views of St.Mawes harbour and St.Anthony headland and westwards out across the broad expanse of Falmouth bay to Manacle point and Helford river. 1 Double Bedroom, 1 Twin Bedroom. 5th person will be accommodated on Z bed.