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Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

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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 and 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
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Let starts
Wednesday
Min stay
3
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
001003
Acorn rating What's this?
3
Special offers
  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 29/11/2016 to 27/12/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
Features
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Remote location
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
Accessibility
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287
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Nearby

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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Attractions
  • The Needles Park
  • Chessell Pottery
  • Fort Victoria Country Park
Activities
  • 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

Reviews

Comments from past visitors

  • Andrew Hook
    • April 2016
    • Buckinghamshire
    Peace and quiet

    We enjoyed the location of the property, the peace and quite, along with the high quality of the fixtures and fittings within the property.

  • Mrs Julie Hyne
    • April 2016
    • Peterborough
    Fabulous views

    Exceptional standard of accommodation with fabulous views. We stayed at the Needles Headlands during Storm Katie where a gust of wind was recorded at 106 MPH. The next morning which was a Bank Holiday, we were visited by a staff member from NT to check we and the properties had survived the storm. This was much appreciated.

  • Richard Wharton
    • January 2016
    • Wiltshire
    High standard of accommodation

    Made enjoyable by its location and high standard of accommodation. I think my 5th/6th NT cottage stay.

  • Raymond Ballantyne
    • November 2015
    • East Sussex
    Clean cottage

    Appreciated the welcome flowers and card and cleanliness of the cottage.

  • Richard Maidment
    • November 2015
    • East Sussex
    Well equipped cottage

    Very well presented and well equipped cottage and a very warm personal welcome with card, flowers, tea and biscuits and milk in fridge on arrival. Cottage located in superb position overlooking Needles Channel. Wonderful walks with our two dogs on the doorstep. Very relaxing few days. Thank you.

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Prices

What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Special offers

  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 29/11/2016 to 27/12/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk 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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