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Isle of Wight Holiday Cottages

A view of the local area near Chert, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight
 © Mike Henton

A view of the local area near Chert, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight © Mike Henton

Isle of Wight holiday cottages welcome you to a special and unique island off the south coast of the UK. Steeped in rich history and with beauty around every corner, our collection of Isle of Wight holiday cottages allow you to become immersed in a scenic haven.

The Trust have a special selection of holiday cottages dotted all over the historic island. Well-known for its mild climate, coastal and beach scenery, as well as dinosaur fossils, the Isle of Wight boasts an appealing aurora. A stay in one of our Isle of Wight holiday cottages means you can enjoy the best of one of England’s most famous islands.

It’s hard to believe this special place of rolling green countryside and white chalky coastland is only half an hour away from the English mainland. The Isle of Wight offers something for everyone and the short ferry trip makes it feel like you are off to a totally different country!

Time spent here feels nothing like the frantic pace of daily life. Its mild climate means the Isle of Wight can be enjoyed all year round, and thanks to low light pollution, it’s one of the best spots in the South to see the stars flash across the dark sky at night – so remember to pack a flask! See here to see more days out in the Isle of Wight.

Our small, special collection of Isle of Wight holiday cottages are ideally located around the county so you can become immersed in island life and experience dramatic country hills, vast open fields, sublime coastline and tremendous warmth. The Trust have cottages that are perfect for family holidays, romantic breaks, and you can even bring man’s best friend along to some of our properties.

Take in the chalk cliffs topped by wildflowers and rambling coastal paths at the Needles Headland and Tennyson Down before admiring the three giant, gleaming white chalk stones rising gracefully out of the sea.

The Needles is home to three very special holiday cottages. Above the old fort, in a fantastic spot high up on the Needles Headland, lives a row of simple, single story cottages. The three former coastguard cottages live at the end of a continuous area of 370 acres of open downland owned by the National Trust and make an excellent base from which to explore the island.

Pomone, Irex and Varvassi all boast amazing views out across the sea and over the horizon, perfect for relaxing on a lazy day watching the world freely pass by. The three holiday cottages are located in a doggy heaven and a walkers paradise; the dramatic cliffsides and exquisite beaches will keep you entertained throughout your stay.

Heading into the south-west, Compton Bay and Downs offer miles after miles of golden sand and sheltered coves. Vast swathes of sky and the sound of birds calling can make whole days pass quickly while the chalk cliffs behind the beach seem to glow in the sunset. See the olive grove and blazes of summer colour in the gardens at Mottistone before taking a walk around Mottistone estate across fields of wildflowers where bees, drunk on the sun, buzz all summer long.

Built from Island stone and rose-covered to the front, Rose Cottage lies behind the church of Mottistone village. With delightful gardens and wonderful views across open fields to the sea and the backdrop of Mottistone Manor, it’s an ideal retreat for peace and quiet. The setting also makes it perfect for families with small children.

For a buzz of an altogether different kind, head to the seaport town of Cowes for the heady atmosphere of the famous Cowes Week sailing regatta, and award-winning family-friendly beaches at East and West Cowes.

Our cottages are two parts of a Victorian house right on the seafront at Cowes with splendid views of Cowes harbour and the Solent. Ideal for family gatherings, Rosetta and East Rosetta cottage are located on the seafront at Cowes, with the beach in front, and within a short walk of shops and restaurants. Rosetta is the main house and is spacious and full of character. Rosetta and its adjacent neighbour East Cottage are perfect for relaxing and watching the ships and yachts pass by, accompanied by the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.

The Isle of Wight is a special holiday haven and our charming collection of holiday cottages look forward to welcoming you to the UK’s largest island.

Why Choose A National Trust Holiday Cottage in the Isle of Wight?

Our holiday cottages are on or very close to land managed by the Trust and you will enjoy the space to relax in truly unbelievable locations. Every time you stay with us the proceeds go directly back towards protecting, restoring or opening up buildings and landscapes for everyone to enjoy. Your contribution is invaluable in helping the National Trust continue to protect and grow these special places.

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  • The front view of Old Church Lodge, St Helen, Isle of Wight © Steve Thearle

    Old Church Lodge

    St Helens , Isle of Wight

    A traditional stone built cottage close to the Duver, a significant wildlife haven.

  • The Old Club House, St Helens, Isle of Wight  © Steve Thearle

    The Old Club House

    St Helens , Isle of Wight

    Formerly a golf club house, this unusual cottage has facilities for disabled visitors.

  • The exterior of Rose Cottage, Mottistone, Isle of Wight © Mike Henton

    Rose Cottage

    Mottistone , Isle of Wight

    A delightful cottage standing close to the village church and the manor house.

  • The exterior and garden Knowles Farm Cottage, Isle of Wight
 © Mike Henton

    Knowles Farm Cottage

    nr Ventnor , Isle of Wight

    This cottage stands close to a lighthouse and has huge sea views.

  • The exterior of Little Chert, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight © Chuck Eccleston

    Little Chert

    St Lawrence , Isle of Wight

    A cosy, single storey, 1970s annex with stunning sea views.

  • The exterior at Mottistone Manor Farmhouse, Mottistone, Isle of Wight
 © Mike Henton

    Mottistone Manor Farmhouse

    Mottistone , Isle of Wight

    A large detached farmhouse with a secluded garden and distant sea views.