Rabbit’s Bothie is an eco-friendly West Wight self-catering holiday cottage close to the sea and downs at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.
The vacation rental is perfect for two and is popular with walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers and surfers.
The accommodation offers visitors a quiet countryside break near the beach.
Then when you sit on the ferry ready to leave Hampshire the Isle of Wight is there before you just sitting on the horizon. The holiday begins. Get ready to relax and enjoy everything that the natural setting has to offer. It’s all so unspoilt. Magical.
Island life is different. Time and time again visitors are pleasantly surprised by our old-fashioned values. Islanders even say Hello to strangers! You are friends we have only just met. Come and share a very special way of life. We have a warmer climate and even warmer welcome. Do as we do. Chill out. Everything is that little bit slower and yours to enjoy.
So many people keep coming back. They don’t just love the Island. They adore it. Island visitors are visitors for life.
Downs and beaches
The Isle of Wight’s great outdoors has miles of rolling downs (Walk across Tennyson Down and West High Down to the Needles! www.nationaltrust.org.uk) and sandy beaches for swimming. Compton Bay is close by for surfing.
Check out the other outdoor activities (coasteering, sea kayaking, mountain boarding, bushcraft and archery for example) with the Isle of Wight Adventure Activities. You can even walk with West Wight Alpacas.
We have lots of history and culture, too. Yarmouth Castle, Carisbrooke Castle and Queen Victoria’s Osborne House are easily reached by bus or car. You can walk to both castles from Rabbit’s Bothie. Carisbrooke is a real leg stretcher across Compton Down and Brook Down. English Heritage. Southern Vectis.
Places to eat
Many local venues offer live music. The museum of photography at Dimbola Lodge is just round the corner. Nearby the Piano Café also has live music most weekends. Another great place to eat is Off the Rails. Just follow the former railway line beside the river from Afton Marsh to Yarmouth and work up an appetite for breakfast.
You can then hire bicycles at the old railway station Wight Cycle Hire.
There are two indoor swimming pools near Freshwater Bay: the West Wight Sports and Community Centre and West Bay Country Club. They both have fitness rooms. There are saunas and a steam room at West Bay.
Always something going on
And don’t forget our festivals. It’s not all music. We have a walking festival in spring; Cowes Week, the Festival of the Sea and the garlic festival in summer; the literary festival and the cycling festival in the autumn; and a Christmas Tree Festival in Brighstone in December.
Rabbit is waiting to welcome you to Freshwater Bay.
Book direct. Book now. www.rabbitsbothie.co.uk/contact.
PRICES HELD IN 2016
– peak rate in July and August is the same as four years ago: £560 per week
WEST WIGHT SELF-CATERING
The Island in winter: video
SPECIAL OFFER FOR RABBIT’S RETURNING GUESTS
In January, February, November and December we offer previous visitors a “been before” additional discount of 10%.
(offer excludes Christmas and New Year)
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. You can walk on the downs from the bothy’s door to the Needles and Carisbrooke.
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 the soaring white cliffs of the Tennyson Heritage Coast, the bay has smugglers’ caves, dramatic rocks and a sandy beach at low tide.
Rabbit’s Bothie, Isle of Wight, is perfect for two
– 50 square metres plus verandah
– garden attracts local wildlife
– recycling bins
– 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 with radiator thermostats
– 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, walking, cycling, golf and other activities
– weekend and mid-week breaks
– peak period holidays, April to October, start on Monday or Friday
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ISLE OF WIGHT SELF-CATERING COTTAGE
OPEN ALL YEAR
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.
Lockable storage for two bicycles.
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.
Just take things at the Island’s pace and enjoy the moment.
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.
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.
– 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
– broadband, 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 has a 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 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 activities in West Wight are golfing, horse riding, paragliding, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing.
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A four-mile walk from Rabbit’s burrow across Tennyson Down and West High Down 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
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
– the Piano Cafe
– hiking trails on Tennyson Down
– the village grocery store, Orchards.
There is a selection of paths 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.
Our eco-friendly Isle of Wight self-catering cottage at Freshwater Bay is within easy walking distance of Adventure Activities Isle of Wight at Afton Park
…the booking office for sea kayaking, coasteering, archery, mountain boarding, bush craft, tree climbing, paragliding and much, much more!
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…
And don’t forget the cycling!
Lonely Planet votes the Island #1 worldwide for cycling.
Wight Cycle Hire, Yarmouth
Afton Down, Freshwater Bay
(c) Visit Isle of Wight
Military Road, Compton Bay
Tennyson’s Gift (fiction), Lynne Truss
Published by Profile Books
The Trespasser, DH Lawrence
Winston’s Island, Anthony Churchill
Crimson Short Walks #27 – Isle of Wight
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
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
and one of the world’s best bike rides
…including the Military Road at Compton Bay.
Jay’s 01983 756555
Mick’s 01983 752936
Norton 01983 759955
Rayner’s 01983 752784
Drive you back …in your own car
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
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