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Above the old fort, high on The Needles Headland, is a row of simple, single-storey former coastguard cottages, now holiday homes. They are 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.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen/dining room, sitting room with open fire, three bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 twin and 1 single) and bathroom with electric shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: There is a parking area adjacent to the row of cottages.

Accessibility: The road up to the cottage is steep and winding in parts. Access may be difficult in adverse weather conditions.

The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Garden: There is a shared grassed area to the front of the cottages.

Children should be supervised as the garden is not enclosed and the cottages are within 5 minutes walk from the cliffs edge.

Utilities: Water is regularly pumped uphill to a holding tank at these cottages. There are also individual tanks above each cottage. If there is very high usage all at once this can drain the tanks and you will need to wait for them to refill before water is again available. It is therefore best to spread baths out over the day.

Logs/Charcoal: Additional logs can be purchased in advance through the contact centre. Logs are £4.50 per bag or £20 for unlimited access to the log store.

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.

Please note: these cottages are in a very exposed position. In periods of high winds car doors may slam and debris may be blown around, for this reason the picnic benches have had to be removed.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Television
  • 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


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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  • The Needles Park
  • Chessell Pottery
  • Fort Victoria Country Park
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Watersports
National Trust places to visit
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
Mottistone Manor Garden
Mottistone Gardens Enchanting garden set in a sheltered valley
Brighstone Shop and Museum
The Island's only National Trust gift shop
Newtown Old Town Hall
Newtown Old Town Hall 17th-century town hall with no town but a fascinating history
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Studland Beach Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland
Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island Peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding


Comments from past visitors

    • March 2016
    • West Yorkshire
    Made enjoyable...


  • J Merchant
    • February 2016
    • Kent
    1st class

    Made enjoyable....The location and isolation, it's great sometimes to get away from everybody and just be on our own The facilities in the cottage were 1st class all mods cons were provided ,a real home from home but without the pressure of every day life .

  • Mrs J Hyne
    • January 2016
    • Peterborough
    Made enjoyable...

    The lovely festive welcome pack & the overall standard of the property. The welcome pack for our dog - a very nice touch. We have been staying at the Irex for the last 12 years and are always impressed to see how well it is maintained and each time we stay something is slighty different but always in keeping with the character of the property. WI-FI would be useful.

  • Anne Thirtle
    • May 2015
    • Norfolk
    Clean and comfortable cottage

    Very clean and comfortable cottage. Wonderful location and dog friendly cottage. Too many cottages now don't allow dogs and they are part of the family.

  • Robert Curry
    • April 2015
    • Berkshire
    Great attention to details!

    Fantastic location, quite unique views. The quality and quantity of the crockery were excellent and we were pleased that there were plenty of dishwasher tablets, dishcloths, tea towels, etc. as well - just nice little touches, which made our stay stress free. The cleanliness of the house and high standard of the decorations showed care and thought and we all loved how the decor managed to reflect the period feel without detracting from comfort. There was a bunch of fresh flowers waiting for us on arrival with a tea tray set out with chocolate cookies and milk in the fridge. There even was a bowl filled with fresh water for our dog! These attention to details did make all the difference and made us feel very welcomed.

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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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