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Monks Bay

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an unrivaled coastal setting, stunning panoramas and chocolate box perfect

Listed number 11 in The Times 'Best of Britain's Cottages, Beach Houses and Rural Retreats,' January 2013

Monks Bay Cottage has an enviable reputation on the island for its unrivaled coastal setting, stunning panoramas and the cottage itself is as chocolate box perfect as you can imagine.

Sat in an elevated position above Monks Bay, the cottage enjoys southerly views over the Channel from the surrounding gardens and within the main rooms of the house. The cottage was the original farmhouse for Carrigdene Farm and dates back to the 1850s when Bonchurch was a Victorian holiday village for many well known literary figures including Charles Dickens. The cottage has since been modernised and renovated whilst retaining many of the original Victorian features. It has been furnished lovingly and simply to reflect the wonderful seascape surroundings.

There are three bedrooms with additional sleeping if required in the original Victorian dairy, an octagonal parlour now accessed from the main cottage.

Upstairs, a double and twin room overlook the gardens and out to sea. There is a shared toilet and wash room. Downstairs, at the rear of the property is a twin room with good natural lighting provided by a velux fitted into the roof and a south facing window. The dairy is a large room on the western side of the property which doubles up as a second lounge with sofabed. The room is unusually octagonal with high vaulted ceilings and windows in four of the eight walls. There is an independent toilet room and bathroom with shower accessed from the linking hallway.

With an original stone fireplace, a southerly aspect and cosy Clearview woodburner, the lounge and linking dining room are undoubtedly the heart of the house. Although Bonchurch is renowned for its year round mild climate, it is still satisfying to light the stove to savour a comforting fire in the early evening.

The cottage is nestled in its own grounds which slope up behind the property giving a truly private garden. There is car parking in the lane and on the graveled driveway. The gardens are well kept and include many beds with year round flowering plants and shrubs, a lawn stretching from the gardens to the boundary and up into the woods behind. There are particularly lovely sea views from the pretty lookout dining area. To the west, the gardens border a field beyond which is the 11th Century Church of St Boniface and the impressive East Dene Estate once home to Algernon Swinburne. The Victorian village of Bonchurch is home to the highly regarded Pond Restaurant and a local pub which is one of the Island’s favourites. Following the coastal path along the cliff in both directions leads through some stunning coastal and country scenery. Walking west along the seawall is the seaside town of Ventnor, Steephill Cove and Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Stunning. Monks Bay Cottage is set at the end of a private lane on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The Undercliff is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is famous for its unique microclimate, offering year round temperatures milder than anywhere else in the UK.

Follow the path down the cliff to Monks Bay, a beautiful sheltered sandy beach, safe for bathing. The offshore breakwater to the west is the perfect place to cast a fishing line out to sea. At low tide hundreds of rock-pools are exposed, home to many small fish, prawns and crabs. When the tide comes in float over the rocks with a mask and snorkel – you will be amazed at what you see.

Explore the wooded area to the east of the cottage known as The Landslip. As with the rest of the Undercliff, the Landslip has been sculpted over the last 10 000 years by erosion and landslides giving rise to a distinctive landscape onto itself. The unique coastal path will lead you from rugged cliff top through enchanting woodland and open glades with views far out to sea. Climb the steps cut into the cliffs known as ‘The Devils Chimney’ where smugglers stashed their hauls from wrecked ships hundreds of years ago.

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Please note: All bookings are made Friday to Friday during spring/summer season. Winter short breaks available Oct-Mar (excluding Christmas)



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