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This unique mirror image 70s house, situated within the quiet residential area of St Lawrence, is tucked against a wooded cliff with wonderful sea views from the expansive first floor windows and large balcony. A central spiral staircase leads up to the first floor where two identical wings meet in a central hall way. The largely monochrome interior has a bright orange bathroom and detailed mosaic features and the furniture is very much in 70s style.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Entrance hall with utility room and spiral staircase.
First floor
Kitchen/dining/sitting room, two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 1 twin). Bathroom adjacent to double bedroom and shower room adjacent to twin bedroom. Central hallway with access to large balcony and back entrance with outside stairs to the ground floor and garden area.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Parking: Space is available for two cars.

Garden: Open paved front garden and small grassed area with an uncovered pond.

Accessibility: The road up to the house is steep at certain points.

The spiral staircase to the accommodation area is very steep and we suggest you bring your luggage in using the outside staircase and then through the glass sliding doors in the upper hallway. We do not recommend this cottage to anyone with limited mobility.

Telephone: There is no mobile telephone reception at this cottage.

Offers: Guests will have free access (during opening hours) to all Isle of Wight National Trust properties. Please take your holiday confirmation invoice as proof of eligibility to gain entry.

Hazards for children

Due to a steep metal spiral staircase and an uncovered garden pond, these hazards may make this cottage unsuitable for children under 12.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Pub Nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Quirky
  • Unique
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287
  • Hazards for children


Things to see and do nearby

Isle of Wight
The exterior of East Rosetta Cottage, Cowes, Isle of Wight. © Mike Henton

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; time spent here feels nothing like the frantic pace of daily life. 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!

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place to visit
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  • Dinosaur Isle
  • Appuldurcombe House
  • Blackgang Chine
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Watersports
National Trust places to visit
Brighstone Shop and Museum
The Island's only National Trust gift shop
Bembridge Windmill
Bembridge Windmill Grade I listed building -- the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight
Mottistone Manor Garden
Mottistone Gardens Enchanting garden set in a sheltered valley
Newtown Old Town Hall
Newtown Old Town Hall 17th-century town hall with no town but a fascinating history
The Needles Old Battery and New Battery
The Needles Old Battery and New Battery Victorian coastal defence and secret rocket testing site perched high above the Needles Rocks
Uppark House and Garden
Uppark House and Garden Uppark: a tranquil and intimate 18th-century house

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Nanor
    • March 2016
    • ...
    Relaxing place to stay

    We loved staying at Chert - the space, layout and decor of the house. It was a really relaxing place to stay. As there was no phone signal or wi-fi I could forget about my iphone while I was there and catch up when I was out. I loved having my first coffee watching the sea sitting at the table at the top of the stairs, right in the middle of the house! Now that I'm home I feel inspired by the architecture and the unconventionality of the house.

  • Shaw
    • December 2015
    • ....
    Interesting house

    An interesting house, with good history, lots of information about the house and a place I'd never been to - but a holiday is about WHO you go with...and that was the best thing about this holiday. Don't be obsessed with feedback - NT cottages are well described and documented online, you go there with a very good idea of what to expect and I would hope that NT customers are not moaning newspaper readers.

  • Turner
    • August 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable...

    We enjoyed the authenticity of the property at Chert, and especially the views on the days we could see for cloud!

  • Sally kidson
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Real treat

    Made enjoyable....The place, the space and the magic of such a special house. A real treat :-)) We really hope you will maintain and conserve this property in its original style - it is very special. It would be wonderful to have a bit more insight and information into the history and how the NT have and hope to preserve Chert.

  • Edward Taylor
    • May 2015
    • Staffordshire
    Made special by....

    The design of the property. The location affording wonderful views across the channel. One or two items we recommend as an improvement. A folding door on the shower to replace the flapping curtain. A set of small dessert bowls, anextra frying pan and a CD player (the record player was a nostalgic trip but not to everyones taste) The stay in Chert was a unique experience and a time travel back to the 70's. the attention to detail was excellent and standard of cleanliness very good.

  • Richard Pain
    • May 2015
    • Surrey
    Loved the modern house

    Very clean, beautiful welcoming flowers, no complaints whatsoever. We loved the modern house, the glorious outlook to the sea and the whole character of Chert.

Stayed at Chert recently?

We welcome your views on Chert and these can be provided via our online survey.


What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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