Rabbit’s Guest Book

Freshwater Bay is perfect throughout the year for countryside escapes,
adventure activities, heritage, photography, walking and cycling.
The Island is bursting with life… or you could be romantic, just hide away and relax.


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Photo: Albany Associates

Self-catering for two with wifi and washing machine is tough to find.
Keith and Naomi B. – London

Lovely… Lovely… Lovely… Lovely… Lovely.
David and Catherine J. – Bristol

Seventh visit. Comfy, close to the beach and great walks. Our home from home.
David and Jackie I. – Princes Risborough

Truly lovely. Excellent homely presentation.
Pauline and Ken S. – Brisbane, Australia


Lovely, peaceful… everything we needed
Donna and Neil M. – Eastbourne

Your kindnesses were outstanding.
Judith and Colin – Loughborough

Well-equipped kitchen. Bigger than it looks in the photos.
Nick and Eileen – Preston

Very welcoming oasis. A little gem. We’ll be back.
Justine and Nessie W. – Hexham

Excellent accommodation.
Tom and Maureen H. – County Meath, Ireland

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Photo: Albany Associates

Our second visit this year.
Thoughtful, kind and generous hosts.
Annie and Richard C. – Pembokeshire

Perfect out-of-season break.
Christine L. – Great Malvern

We look forward to coming back.
Hans-Rainer and Elisabeth Z. – Bremen, Germany

You went the extra mile. Unforgettable. Merci!
Jean-Marie and Karen A. – Ontario, Canada

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Photo: Albany Associates

This is just like a second home.
Peter and Wendy S. – Stockport

A week just isn’t enough.
Daphne T. – Warrington

At home immediately on arrival
Michael and Elspeth C. – Kent

Excellent beds.
Peter and Carol – Tonbridge

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The free bus passes were very useful.
Emad and Nadya – London

Everything was just right.
Susan S. – Missoula, Montana

Lovely walks. Great place!
Jan and Kev A. – Nantwich

Slept like logs. Ate like lords. Lovely pubs.
Maureen and Richard S. – Oundle


Freshwater Bay

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The seaside theme carries through from the garden to the bedroom. Very distinctive.
Paul W. – Leicester

The scullery is from the 1950s… but with lots of electricity sockets. Love the big sink.
Karen G. – Liverpool

The owners are lovely and welcoming.
Tamar H. – Tel Aviv, Israel

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Photo: Albany Associates

Great welcome and tourism tips.
Denis and Jane D. – Bury St Edmunds

Recommended… and we would recommend.
Steve and Anne B. – Kent

Loved it all.
Karen A. – Ontario, Canada

Freshwater Bay

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Most unusual.
Full of character. Well done.

Judith H. – Lichfield

Everything desirable within walking distance.
Katja and Michael – Munich, Germany

We loved the coastal walk and open-top bus.
Roman and Irmgard T. – Ellwangen, Germany

The verandah is very colonial. Perfect for sundowners.
Barry E. – Derby

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Photo: Albany Associates

We chose the accommodation not the location.
Andrew and Carolyn M. – Plymouth

David and Esme have thought of everything.
Karen and Brian T. – Sandhurst

Fabulous time!
Joseph and Madeleine B. – Brighton

A great time. We’ll be back.
Pat and Al W. – Ecclsefield


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Photo: Albany Associates

Everything we needed. We really enjoyed our visit.
Wendy and John –  St Neots

As soon as I sat down I was on holiday.
Christine P. – Newbury

Really comfortable.  Loved it.
Bev, Andy and baby Joe S. – Stockton on Tees

Helpful advice on different places to visit.
Stephen and Christine H. – Hertfordshire

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Photo: Albany Associates

Very friendly welcome and helpful recommendations.
Breda and Patrick T. –  Co Mayo, Ireland

First-class welcome. We enjoyed every moment.
Peter and Joy D. – Christchurch, Dorset

Freshwater Bay

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Lovely cottage and garden.
Wonderful and helpful welcome
Tracey B. – Surrey

The dream come true. 
Christine B. – Milford on Sea

We never tire of all the interesting places.
Peter and Doreen A, – Hornchurch

We shall miss all the footpaths and beautiful scenery.
Keith and Sandra A. – Ontario, Canada

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Photo: Albany Associates

Refreshed in mind and spirit.
Brendan F. – Birmingham

Near Compton Bay for surfing!
Abigail P. – Wiltshire

Thoughtfulness and attention to detail much appreciated.
Sarah and Franck C. – Esher

Rabbit's Bothie

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Great to be collected from the ferry.
Patrick B. – London


Thoughtfully planned… a real treasure.
Veronica D. – Folkestone

Comprehensive attention to detail.
Tony, Norma and Mark N. – Cheadle Hulme

Little touches make such a difference.
Tucker Family – Twickenham

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Photo: Albany Associates

Thoughtfully laid out.
Rupesh and Rakhi M. – Northampton

Thank you for all the comforts and information.
Lesley and Ian B. – Dorchester

Rabbit's Bothie

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Value for money.
Best welcome pack ever.

Judi and Wayne – Horsham

Lovely relaxing place. We’d come again.
Julie and Kelvin J. – Walmer

A real home from home.
Nicky B. – Pontypridd, Wales

Our sort of place.
David and Alison B. – Witney

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Photo: Albany Associates

Perfect. Very, very comfortable.
Laurence and Nicky – Ealing

Just what we were looking for.
Mike and Rosemary. – Somerset

A week filled with surprise and awe.
Ted and Joy F. – Ontario, Canada

Isle of Wight

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Absolutely delightful.
Brian H. – Oxford


Brilliant location. Lovely garden.
Very well thought out living area.

Jennifer D. – Woking

Pretty garden. Very peaceful and relaxing.
Sue and Frank. – Wimborne

Beautiful and immaculate cottage.
Jan and Jeff C. – London

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Photo: Albany Associates

Lots of walks and coffee shops.
Deidre, Andrew and Chris J. – Exeter

An idyllic spot.
Yvonne P. – Halesowen

Lovely and warm cottage. We’ve been really happy here.
Ray and Ruth – Surrey

Cosy and comfortable.
Liz W. – Gargunnock, Scotland

All very clean.
Ruthanne B. – Kent



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Previous visitors to Freshwater Bay have left us some quotable quotes


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Photo: Albany Associates

7 thoughts on “Rabbit’s Guest Book

  1. What a lovely cottage! It is cosy, yet spacious, tastefully decorated and well equipped! I had a great week in Freshwater Bay in late May, hiking, eating cream teas and relaxing. I really wish I was back there. Thanks again for everything!

  2. We’d love to see you again, Kate. There are always more walks… and cream teas! We have our first repeat booking this week… here in May, back in October.

  3. There are local buses into the village of Freshwater where there is an independent fishmonger who sells fresh fish and seafood; a friendly baker; and a good butcher. Fresh fruit and veg are sold at Sainsbury’s Local. The Vine pub has family-friendly food. I’d allow 20 mins to walk into the centre of the village.

    Just round the corner from Rabbit’s Bothie (3 mins walk) is a corner shop, Orchards. It sells fresh bread and some fresh fruit and vegetables. There is also a Co-op supermarket store which is approximately 15 mins’ walk away.

    I would recommend the Highdown Inn as a good lunch stop as part of a walk/hike around the spectacular scenery of West Wight, Tennyson Down and Headon Warren. It’s roughly ½ hour’s walk from Rabbit’s Bothie. There is a very smart restaurant in the grounds of Farringford (former home of Tennyson) which is about 10 mins’ walk away. It has a good reputation.

    There are two other places I would recommend in the daytime: the Victorian Tearoom at Dimbola Lodge photographic museum (2 mins from the holiday cottage) and Dandelion Café at the Holiday Fellowship Hotel, close to Freshwater Bay (10 mins walk.) Lunch menus at both are limited but they do good coffees and teas.

  4. This was our first visit to the IOW and we could not have picked a better location for our stay. This is a really lovely well thought out property which was not lacking in any way. We really appreciated the wonderful welcome basket full of wonderful goodies and the information provided with whats on and recommended days out and the use of free bus passes for travel around the Island. We really enjoyed out stay.

    • The icing on the cake from two perfect guests. Come back soon! There is always more to see and do.

  5. We has such a lovely stay at Rabbit’s Bothie. The house was spotlessly clean when we arrived and we were greeted with a generous ‘welcome’ pack of edible goodies. The location is perfect, a two minute stroll to Tennyson Down and Freshwater Bay and we slept like babies in the very comfortable bed. We would thoroughly recommend Rabbit’s Bothie to anyone planning a break in this wonderful part of the world. Thank you Esme and David.

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