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The Old Club House

St Helens, Isle of Wight

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This attractive wooden chalet, formerly the clubhouse for the old Royal Isle of Wight Golf Links, has been adapted for accompanied disabled visitors. Its verandah overlooks the Duver, a stretch of sand and shingle owned by the Trust, and much frequented by seabirds and other wildlife. The village of St. Helens, about a quarter of a mile away, has a shop and Post Office, pub and restaurant.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting/dining room, kitchen and three bedrooms (1 single and 2 twins, 1 with shower room equipped for wheelchair users and 1 with bathroom).
Visitor notes

Please note that each bathroom is accessed through a bedroom. Night storage heating included. An enclosed garden surrounds the cottage.

Cottage details
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  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

South East England
Looking towards the house at Nymans, West Sussex, across the garden with the Dovecote visible at the edge of the Forecourt. Although the house looks ancient it was designed and built in 1923-5. © John Miller

The dense population of the south-east of England may not make it the obvious choice for a holiday destination, but that's to under-estimate or overlook many of its hidden charms. The Isle of Wight may well be the most obvious holiday destination in the area and the short ferry crossing really does take you to a unique holiday destination. Further east, the scenery is varied yet distinctive with the South Downs rolling down to the cliffs at Beachy Head, the sparsely wooded heathland of the Ashdown Forest and the intricate landscapes of the Weald. Closer to London are some gems which equally deserve a weekend away or longer holiday, including the majestic Thames Valley with its magnificent historic houses and beautiful varied countryside, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern England. Kent, meanwhile, deserves its title of the Garden of England and the National Trust protects some of the best stretches of countryside and many fine houses and outstanding gardens. Apart from houses such as Bateman's, much-loved family home of Rudyard Kipling, the enchanting Bodiam Castle, Petworth House and Park with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland, Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill, the Trust also owns several glorious gardens including Nymans Garden, Sheffield Park Garden and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

Isle of Wight
The Needles at the western end of the Isle of Wight. © John Millar

A 30 minute ferry trip will take you to this magical holiday destination - the Isle of Wight with its wonderful rolling countryside, sandy beaches, picturesque villages and splendid views. The National Trust owns nearly 4,000 acres of countryside and 17 miles of rugged coastline: a little time spent discovering Southern England\'s secret will be time well spent. Well worth a visit are the spectacularly sited Needles Old Battery set high on the western tip of the island, Bembridge Windmill, built around 1700 and the only one surviving on the island and glorious Mottistone Manor Garden.

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  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway
  • Dinosaur Isle
  • Butterfly World
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Watersports
National Trust places to visit
Bembridge Windmill
Bembridge Windmill Grade I listed building -- the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight
Newtown Old Town Hall
Newtown Old Town Hall 17th-century town hall with no town but a fascinating history
Brighstone Shop and Museum
The Island's only National Trust gift shop
Mottistone Manor Garden
Mottistone Gardens Enchanting garden set in a sheltered valley
Uppark House and Garden
Uppark House and Garden Uppark: a tranquil and intimate 18th-century house
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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Helen Warmington
    • December 2014
    • Kent
    Made special by:

    The location - easy to access the sea front. The welcome pack was a real bonus and having fresh flowers was delightful.

  • Eric Morris
    • April 2014
    • West Sussex

    Very special location and excellent cleanliness and preparation & peaceful location.

  • Mrs Lednor
    • March 2013
    • England
    Well equipped

    The welcome tea tray and flowers were much appreciated. The cottage was very clean and well equipped and we would definitely book National Trust Holiday Cottages again.

  • Mr Wills
    • February 2013
    • Hampshire
    Very disabled friendly

    Very disabled friendly. Very comfortable. Enjoyed our short stay once we got it warm!

  • Hardy family
    • July 2004
    We will be coming back soon (cannot wait)!

    Had lovely weather here in the Isle of Wight. Been to see 2 big ships and some museums called The Warrior and The Victory. Made lovely sand sculpture on baywatch. Had lovely walks along the Duver and seen lots of amazing birds. The cottage is great as it is every year but the TV is a bit tiny. We have seen 3 hugh fish swimming gack and forther in the harbour. All four of us are red like tomatoes. We will be coming back soon (cannot wait)!

  • Matthew, Sarah, Chloe, Matilda and Florence
    • February 2004
    Thank you for the warm welcome and hospitality.

    Have had a fantastic 5 days in IOW - beautiful blue skies, sunshine and the sea like a mill pond. It could have been August but for the snow! We saw plenty of the island and based many of our activities around this beautiful spot. Old Club House was warm, cosy, clean and well equipped. To recommend: Crab and Lobster at "Benhidge" great family meal out; visiting Dinosaur Isle out of season; walking down to Alun Bay; playing on the beaches. Thank you for the warm welcome and hospitality.

  • The Bloom Family
    We had a wonderful week

    We had a wonderful week staying at The Old Clubhouse. Surperb location so close to the beach. We had every kind of weather one could imagine. The children had a riot snowball throwing on the beach in April. Amazing. Recommend all the island has to offer but favourite's were; a warming take-out hot chocolate for Pippa from the Baywatch Cafe to sip back at The Clubhouse. Alexander hitting dad in the face with snowball on the beach. Felix playing at running out one door around the house and back in the other. Mum fossil hunting at low tide at Crompton Beach. Dad revisiting The Priory bay Hotel for Sunday lunch. Very yummy and of course dragging family in gale force for a crazy round of crazy golf! Worst bit = no dishwasher. We would all like to return so please no one else book. Thank you.

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