Private estate, minutes to the beach
- english, croatian
About MELODY DEAN
I returned home to the Island in 2012 and have a wealth of knowledge of the island not just as a local but also returning repeatedly each year as a tourist! I will happily advise you on walks, meals out, where to go (or not go) and assist where I can to ensure you have a memorable giving you all the privacy you'd expect on holiday here too.
MELODY DEAN purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why MELODY DEAN chose Totland
The walks on the doorstep are beautiful, even in winter with stunning sunsets over the Needles from own grounds, its cup of tea time and watch the sun set even in November at 4pm ! Its impossible to describe how stunning the views are, with such a wide landscape view here. Whether its been the snow, rolling mists, the autumn and winter sunsets, the rain clouds, the views and colours to the landscape change daily. There have been many days in winter when all was so calm it looked as if someone had painted me a seascape as a backdrop from the grounds. Yet its spot the tourist here as so many seem to be put off winter breaks. But if you are looking for a rest, walking holiday his is an ideal spot. If you wish to see no one for a week its quite easy to do and just take in the winter sunsets, empty beaches for a walk. If you visit here and don't have a camera, beg and borrow before you come to stay... It really is an artists, walkers, photographers or nature lovers paradise. It also attracts many doctors, therapists and clergy here to stay, seeking that quiet week away One couple booked two weeks and said it was the most therapeutic holiday they had ever had . Its nothing short of a great retreat for someone wishing time out of the rat race, simply to meditate or to paint, walk or i always have a smile on my face living here too.
What makes this Cottage unique
Direct access onto coastal path Direct access to footpath and under 10 mins walk to Alum Bay Beach Direct views to The Needles, Headon Warren and Tennyson Monument and The Downs from grounds. Only minutes drives away Totland and Colwell Bay, Freshwater Bay and stunning Compton Bay. I am here on site so any problems get fixed as best i can and advice on hand if you need it. The property is stunning, see pictures and the 'Why this property'. If you shoot (air rifle) you are welcome to collect your own rabbit for stew here, site is registered. We just call it in to say you are, so they know, part of country watch.
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The best location on the island
Fantastic stay. Well placed and very private. Easy to walk to Alum Bay so you’ll save yourself the hassle of trying to park. Nice walk up to the Needles from the cottage and various other public footpaths within reach. Owner is great and very accommodating and helpful. If it’s fun and it’s happening on the island, she knows about it. We’ll be back and will recommend. Thank you for making our trip amazing.
You won’t be disappointed if you go here
A slice of paradise for a great price
Clean, comfortable & spacious accommodation
Friendly & helpful host
Private & immersed within nature
You couldnt possibly be disappointed ..
Amazing cottage in a stunning location
Loved the cottage comfortable, relaxing, very clean. The location is amazing! Melodie couldn't have been more helpful. It has everything you need! Perfect place if you looking for a place away from busy world. Would definitely recommend this accommodation. Definately worth five stars. Thank you Melodie
All good and friendly experience
Melody is a good host and property has a fantastic location. Other than the property she has quite a lot of land that allows for short walks, strolls etc. But, it also opens to the public footpaths and so, you can get to really picturesque settings very soon.
Property is at a walking distance from the needles, which is great too.
Cottage has a character of it's own so, it's a real nice change of scene.
Melody is happy to offer advises/suggestions for exploring nearby areas etc.
It was a satisfying and delightful stay.
Only thing that could be better is the 'internet connection'. I and people with me really struggled with internet. Mobile data signals don't reach there and so you would depend completely on wifi, which is quite poor.
Apart from internet, I can't say any negatives, even if I try hard :)
Would like to revisit and recommend it to all.
Excellent staying in a lovely location
We spent a long weekend here recently and had a marvellous time. The cottage is bigger than it looks in the photos and is very well equipped and comfortable. Could just about stretch to 2 adults and a child, but better for a single person or couple. The shower is small, but perfectly serviceable. We had no issues with it and neither of us are exactly slim! A slight negative was that the WiFi connection was patchy to non-existent whilst we were there, but if you are determined to remain constantly connected to the digital world (we weren’t!) then you probably would come here anyway!!
The location is fantastic, with great views of the Needles from the extensive and beautiful gardens, and the coastal path just outside the gates. The proximity to the Needles Tourist Attraction is not a major issue; it is not really visible from the property and whilst there is some noise during the day, it is only between about 11 and 4, and is not massively intrusive. The upside is that if it was not there, then neither would the good, regular bus services that allow you easy access to the rest of the island. We went without a car and had no trouble at all getting around to where we wanted to go.
The property is very well equipped for self-catering, although we eat out at the nearest pub, the Highdown Inn, most nights – friendly locals, very good pub and sea food and a decent range of cask ales. We generally got the bus to Totland on the way there and walked the half mile to it, and then walked the mile back to the property afterwards. This is along the main lanes, but as they are essentially empty after 5 pm when the Needles Attraction shuts, it is a very pleasant walk. The coastal walking was superb, we caught the bus to just beyond Yarmouth one day and then walked back down the west coast. The following day we caught the bus to Brighstone and walked the south coast back via Freshwater Bay.
All in all we had a really great time, lovely property, a lovely friendly, efficient and informative owner, beautiful location and some excellent walking. We’ll go again.
The famous coloured cliffs of Alum Bay, with pebbled beach is under 10 minutes walk to the beach. There is a boat trip (seasonal) out to the Rocky crops called The Needles. The pebble beaches of Totland are only a 5 minutes drive or 25 minute walk over the Warren, from our gate. The sandy beach of Colwell Bay is a 10 minute drive as is the stunning sandy beach and beautiful waves of Compton Bay. Fossil hunting is good there and surfing and wind surfers common too. Also great for a long walk...
Only 10 minutes from the Lymington Ferry terminal. Approx 30 minutes to Cowes or 40 mins with traffic to Fishbourne ferry. A bus stop is 5 minutes walk away and goes via Yarmouth ferry to Newport where other buses connect to all boat access to the Island. The Old Hayloft is tucked off a private road off the Alum Bay Road, just beyond Freshwater / Totland.
The Old Hayloft is only about 5 mins drive to Totland /Freshwater offering an abundance of character pubs, restaurants, small supermarkets, local produce, bakers and butchers and array of small shops. Art gallery, photo shops, gift shops, florists. Yarmouth offers similar and is only 10 minutes away. Newport with it's larger array of clothes shops and the routine shops like Marks is 25/ 30 minute drive. There is also a cinema complex.
Tourist Attractions : Our most Local attraction is 5 minutes walk, The Needles Pleasure Park with its chairlift down to the Beach. Calbourne Water Mill is about a 15 minute drive, passing Chessell Pottery. There are also fishing trips and other interesting boat trips available in Yarmouth. Many tourist attractions are all within 40 minutes via coastal drive. Lovely Walks: No Car! From The Old Hayloft it is possible to walk one side of the Island over The Downs, above The Needles, to Freshwater via Tennyson monument. Or the other side of our coast, over the purple clad heather warren to Totland Bay. You can even venture all the way to Yarmouth if you like a longer few hours leisurely walk. The views are stunning on this long walk and I'd say the best to be had on the Island ?! You can always choose to catch the bus back from these walks, after a lovely meal in a local restaurant or pub !