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Knowles Farm Cottage

nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight

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  • Regrettably, there has been some slippage on the hill on the right hand side of the road and therefore a possibility that mud could slide down onto the road and cause an access problem however there is no risk to the cottage itself. This situation is being monitored twice daily and an action plan is in place in case this should occur. There has also been some damage to the approach road to the cottage. There is a sign just before you enter the private road sign – this road is still passable but drivers need to go slowly over the damaged sections. The road is not now suitable for low-slung cars.


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At St Catherine's Point, the southern-most tip of the Island, this cottage stands in a remote location close to the lighthouse - no foghorn! - and within reach of the seashore and beaches at Castle Haven and Rocken End. There are lovely views across a small, walled garden and fields to the sea.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen/dining room, sitting room with open fire, and bathroom with a shower over the bath.
First floor
Two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed interconnecting with 1 twin).
Visitor notes

Heating: night storage heating included.

Garden: a small walled garden.

Cottage Approach: is by a steep private road, from which normal public traffic is prohibited.

Please note: the double and twin bedrooms are interconnecting.

Logs/Charcoal: Additional logs can be purchased in advance through the contact centre. Logs are £4 per bag.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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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  • 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
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
Bembridge Windmill
Bembridge Windmill Grade I listed building -- the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight
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
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Studland Beach Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Jane Clapp
    • December 2014
    • Bucks
    Charming cottage

    We were very happy with the cleanliness of the cottage and the way it had been left ready for us with tea things, milk and flowers. It was charming. My husband is a very keen amateur radio enthusiast and was thrilled the cottage had been used by Marconi.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
    • _________
    Beautiful and unspoilt

    Very nicely presented cottage. It feels a privilege to stay in such a beautiful and unspoilt place, and one where you can even see the Milky Way in the night sky.

  • Anonynmous
    • July 2014
    • UK
    Wonderful sea views

    Quiet, quite 'remote' and with wonderful sea views. It helped that we had 7 sunny days. We met the gardener from Mottistone who was absolutely delightful. he had come to cut the grass. At his suggestion we visited their gardens and they were excellent.

  • Margaret Bristow
    • May 2014
    • Somerset
    Perfect, peaceful & relaxing

    The cottage and location exceeded all our expectations. A perfect, peaceful and relaxing stay for our family to enjoy celebrating my husbands 50th Birthday.

  • Mr Bourke
    • April 2013
    • East Sussex
    Next to the lighthouse

    We had a lovely stay. The cottage is lovely. Also, my children were introduced to the wonders of Hairy Maclary thanks to the books provided in the cottage! The location - both on the Isle of Wight and next to the lighthouse made it special for us. One suggestion - I am quite tall and the ceilings in the cottage are quite low. I didn't mind (although I had a couple of bumps) but maybe the description should mention it if it doesn't already.

  • Laura Pozzi
    • March 2013
    • Switzerland
    Green of the grass, blue of the sea

    I never rent with anyone else than the NT: I know what I will find in an NT cottage, and so far I have been, without fault, consistently satisfied. What makes an NT cottage special to me is usually the location: the fact that there is nature all around you---green of the grass, blue of the sea (usually we go near the sea), wildlife, peace, walks. When we come back to our normal lifestyle (and we do live in a nice place), we and the kids seem to notice there's cement everywhere, while the holiday we have just spent was genuine, relaxing, immersed in nature.

  • Rosanne

    Many, many, years ago when I was a teenager,I use to come with my parents to Niton. We camped on a grassy ledge, right next to the cottage. We had a wonderful time here and came every summer for about five years. We knew the family from Knowles Farm, before the cottage became N.T. We have wonderful memories of this beautiful part of the I.O.W.

  • Stephen
    Will definate return to Knowles Farm.

    Comfortable Cottage in a great location. Cottage very clean and well equiped. Bathroom fairly basic but clean. Cottage is ideal for young children. Lots of wildlife, loads of rabbits, cows nearly on your doorstep and badgers. A lovely short walk to a stoney beach. So much to do in this area for young children and very peaceful and not too overcrowded if you are lucky enough to be able to go out of the school holidays. Absolutely wonderful holiday. Will definate return to Knowles Farm.

  • Sonya Grubb
    A cosy cottage even in stormy January

    A cosy cottage even in stormy January. Great pub nearby for food and warm fires and good beer. The location and lighthouse make it quite unique

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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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