About Rabbit’s Bothie

   Rabbit’s Bothie is a West Wight self-catering holiday cottage close to the sea and downs at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.

RURAL BREAK **Early-Summer Special Offer**
Monday 2 June 2014
seven nights £288
includes £60 voucher for a meal at the New Inn, Shalfleet
OR a Taste of the Wight gift hamper
payment in full at the time of booking


PRICE PLAN with more discounts and special offers.
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holidays in a landscape altogether different

Rabbit’s Bothie is in the conservation area at the heart of the Tennyson Mile that runs from the lifeboat station at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, to the Victorian poet laureate’s home at Farringford. The vacation rental is close to sites of special scientific interest (SSIs) and National Trust coastline, and within the area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). This corner of the Isle of Wight is very popular with ramblers who use the bus and walk.

Freshwater Bay

Photo: Albany Associates

The 19th-century holiday villas, nestled beneath the downs with views to the sea, were rented by Thackeray, Darwin and Dodgson. In the 20th century Freshwater Bay was a favourite of DH Lawrence, TS Eliot, Christopher Isherwood and WH Auden. Modern writer Lynne Truss is a regular visitor. Today, popular attractions close to the bothy include the thatched-roof church, St Agnes, and the museum of photography at Dimbola Lodge, home of pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Sheltered on both sides by soaring white cliffs, the bay has dramatic rocks and a sandy beach at low tide.

Freshwater Bay

Picture: Albany Associates

Rabbit’s Bothie, Isle of Wight, is perfect for two
- 50 square metres plus verandah
- seaside country-cottage garden
- off-road parking
- coastal walks, bird watching and cycling
- outside water tap for cleaning boots and bikes
- close to bus stops, beach and downs
- washing machine and tumble dryer
- central heating
- iron and ironing board
- wireless internet access
- first aid box
- lockable covered storage for bicycles and sports equipment
- information on local shops, restaurants, pubs, medical centre, banks, attractions and activities
- weekend and mid-week breaks
- peak period holidays, April to October, start on Monday or Friday


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For photographs of the bothy, garden, nearby countryside, places to go and things to do on the Isle of Wight just take a look at the picture galleries on the home page. Scroll for more (<> above the end picture). Left click on the picture to open the slideshow.

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Minimum three nights.
No smoking.  No pets.

The private seaside country-style garden has a small pond, gravel paths and courtyard, verandah and some steps. Visitors are invited to pick herbs.

Rabbit’s Bothie is on the ground floor to the rear of the main house built in 1877 as one of a collection of officers’ houses next to the parade ground for soldiers from Fort Redoubt on the cliff high above the bay.

Freshwater Bay

Photo: Albany Associates

 Rabbit’s Garden

Photo:  Albany Associates

Photo: Albany Associates

Lockable storage for two bicycles.


Freshwater Bay

Picture: Albany Associates


Peak period holidays, April to October, start on Monday or Friday.
From November to March the accommodation may be rented from Saturday to Saturday.
Wightlink Ferries sometimes have off-peak discounts for weekend travellers.


Freshwater Bay

Picture: Albany Associates

Slow down… slow right, right down. Just take things at the Island’s pace and enjoy the moment.



Freshwater Bay

Picture: Albany Associates




Almost another country… in time if not in place.
There is always something new and unexpected round every corner. The Island grows magically to reveal a little more.


Freshwater Bay

Picture: Albany Associates



As guests in our private house your personal comfort is our first concern. We aim to make you feel at home, but with a suggestion of hotel service.  Our holiday cottage is cared for meticulously. We ask our guests to leave Rabbit’s Bothie as they would wish to find it.


Freshwater Bay

Picture: Albany Associates

- the guest accommodation is part of the main house with bedrooms above
- linen, towels, crockery and cutlery are provided for up to four guests
- the sunny living room at Rabbit’s Bothie has a double bed-settee and dining area
- books, games, DVD player and wide-screen LCD TV with Freeview
- the comfortable bedroom is furnished with linked-twin single beds
- separate mattress toppers and duvets, wardrobes, a hair dryer and alarm clock
- the shower-room has a walk-in shower, sink, bidet and thunder-box toilet with high-level cistern
- the new kitchen is equipped with sink, electric cooker, microwave oven, extractor, fridge and freezer
- utility cupboard with washing machine and tumble dryer
- the ground-floor vacation rental, to the rear of Rosedale, is approached through the owners’ front garden


Rabbit’s Bothie helps to promote responsible tourism, rural accommodation and the simple pleasures of rambling, cycling, bird watching, sketching and photography.

Other popular local activities in West Wight are horse riding, paragliding, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing.

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West Wight

Photo: Albany Associates

From Gate Lane, just round the corner from the bothy, there are several footpaths onto Tennyson Down. A four-mile walk from Rabbit’s burrow brings you to the Needles. It takes around 1/2 hour to reach the Tennyson Monument, before you carry on to the famous rocks and the Old Battery, a Victorian fort built in 1862, now owned by the National Trust. There are dramatic views over the Needles from an underground tunnel. Nearby are the 20th-century New Battery and rocket test-launch station for communications satellites. The Old Battery sells homemade food in its cliff top tea-room; but for a really special cream tea,  Warren Farm, Alum Bay, is the place to go.

The Needles web camera and weather station

Freshwater Bay

Photo: Albany Associates

Rabbit’s Bothie self-catering cottage on the Isle of Wight
is just three minutes’ walk from
-  the photography museum at Dimbola
-  St Agnes church with its thatched roof
-  hiking trails on Tennyson Down
- the village grocery store, Orchards.

There is a selection of hiking trails onto Tennyson Down from Gate Lane, the road leading to the beach at Freshwater Bay and Afton Marsh. In the other direction, Bedbury Lane leads to Farringford, the former home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The bus stops for Totland Bay, Freshwater village, the Island capital Newport, the Needles*, Alum Bay*, Ventnor*, Shanklin* and Ryde* are just round the corner from the bothy by St Agnes church.
*seasonal, Needles Breezer and Island Coaster

The Military Road rises steeply from Freshwater Bay, and provides a spectacular drive or walk along the West Wight cliff tops. Compton Bay is popular with surfers and at low tide you can see fossilised logs and dinosaur footprints.

Video from Visit Isle of Wight: Brook Bay to Alum Bay.

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Our special Isle of Wight self-catering cottage at Freshwater Bay is within easy walking distance of IW Adventure Activities at Afton Park
…the booking office for sea kayaking, coasteering, archery, mountain boarding, bush craft, tree climbing, paragliding and much, much more!

Isle of Wight

Albany Associates

Adgestone Vineyard: where the Roman’s grew their vines
Black Rock Charters: fishing from Yarmouth
Butterfly Paragliding: just you and breeze
Good Leaf Tree Climbing: the sky’s the limit
Hill Farm Stables: family-run riding school, Freshwater
Headhunters: laser combat games, Briddlesford
iSurf: mobile surf and SUP school… we track the best conditions
Lakeside Park Hotel Spa, Wootton Bridge
Solent Rib Safaris from Trinity Landing, Cowes
West Wight Alpacas: trekking across West Wight…


West Wight
And don’t forget the cycling!
Lonely Planet votes the Island #1 worldwide for cycling.

Cycle hire
Wight Cycle Hire, Yarmouth

Afton Down, Freshwater Bay





Cycling photographs
(c) Visit Isle of Wight


Military Road, Compton Bay








Recommended Reading
Tennyson’s Gift (fiction), Lynne Truss
Published by Profile Books

The Trespasser, DH Lawrence

Crimson Short Walks #27 – Isle of Wight

Walking Map
Ordnance Survey: Explorer OL29 Isle of Wight

West Wight Facts and Figures
- Yarmouth is just 30 minutes by ferry from Lymington, Hampshire
- Wightlink has off-peak and short break offers telephone 0871 376 1000 or visit www.wightlink.co.uk
- the number seven bus towards Alum Bay brings you from Yarmouth’s quayside to Church Place, Old Freshwater
- the taxi rank is also right by the ferry terminal
- in the 19th century Lord Tennyson and the pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron both lived at Freshwater Bay
- Britain tested its launch rockets for the early communications satellites from the headland above the Needles rocks
- and in the same area, Marconi sent his first wireless telegraph transmissions

Rabbit's Bothie

Photo: Albany Associates

The area round Freshwater Bay is officially designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Many downs and beaches belong to the National Trust.

We work with our friends and neighbours to balance the needs of the local environment with the needs of everyone who lives here and comes to visit us. Freshwater Bay is very special.

How to find us
It takes just 10 minutes by car from the ferry at Yarmouth. If you are driving from the Midlands or London, the route round the edge of the New Forest through Beaulieu is very attractive. Rail passengers change at Brockenhurst for Lymington Pier. There is a combined train/ferry ticket to Yarmouth (IoW). more

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Other useful information
A quick history
Bird watching
Days out by car

Events and festivals
Isle of Wight dialect
Local walks
Nights under the stars
Places to eat and drink
Things to do West Wight
Rural Winter Breaks

and one of the world’s best bike rides
…including the Military Road at Compton Bay.


Taxis Jay’s                01983 756555
Mick’s              01983 752936
Norton             01983 759955
Rayner’s          01983 752784

Drive you back …in your own car
01983 200122



Make the most of your Isle of Wight self-catering holiday with Island produce from our West Wight farm shops and markets …or have a meal at a local pub or restaurant that uses fresh produce from local suppliers.

Taste of the Wight Ask us about the Taste of the Wight gift hamper, a selection of Isle of Wight produce to take home for your friends and family (if you can keep your hands of it!) It’s just £60 for something a little bit different as a souvenir of your Island holiday.




Our local watering hole: The Piano Café




Rabbit’s Bothie
self-catering holiday cottage
Freshwater Bay
Isle of Wight
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