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Contact Dorothy Boswell on 07971 573 523 or complete Booking Enquiry
Enjoy the best of both worlds - the peace and quiet of the countryside with the beaches of Ventnor and Bonchurch just an 8-minute drive away. Manor Bottom is the perfect holiday home for grandparents, parents and children. A 200 year-old stone barn converted into a comfortable, family home by award-winning architects Caruso St John, Manor Bottom nestles beneath St Boniface Down in six acres of fields and paddocks, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty next to National Trust land.
Sawday’s Special Escapes described Manor Bottom as 'a remarkable and unusual place to stay... the peace is deep,’ after Alistair Sawday and his family spent the week of his birthday here.
Manor Bottom sleeps 8 in three double bedrooms and one twin-bedded room. Children of all ages are made welcome with highchairs, travel cots, potties, loo step, baby bath, change mat, plastic bowls, cutlery and sip cups, as well as heaps of toys, games, books, story tapes, DVDs, a 10-foot enclosed trampoline, and a garden that is perfect for hide-and seek. (Bring a small tent and you can camp in the orchard if you fancy a night under canvas.)
Red squirrels, rabbits, foxes, badgers, owls and woodpeckers can be seen or heard from the house; buzzards soar above the surrounding fields where horses and prize-winning Highland cattle and their beautiful calves graze. Nesting boxes and feeders allow you to observe birds from the windows, with guides and books to help you to know your wrens from your coal-tits. On clear nights, the dark sky is wonderful for star-gazing.
Manor Bottom is wonderful for walkers and cyclists, with secure storage for your bikes and loads of maps and guides to the area on the shelves and walls of the barn. The Isle of Wight's extensive network of footpaths and cycle-ways starts from right outside the back door. A particular favourite is up the track, through the copse (full of bluebells in Spring), up to the top of the downs for fantastic views over the island and the Channel, and then down through the Devil’s Chimney to the sea at Bonchurch.
Wifi is available throughout the house. The cosy sitting room has a wood-burning stove, sofa, armchairs, coffee table, TV, radio, i-Pod dock, games, local guides and lots of DVDs.
The boot room has loads of space for swimming things, coats and muddy boots, as well as a second fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, Belfast sink, drying rack and pegs for the washing line that is strung between two trees in the orchard. There’s also a play tent and a bag of buckets and spades to borrow when you go to the beach. The downstairs washroom has a shower, loo, bidet, potty and loo step.
Upstairs the four double bedrooms have uninterrupted views over the garden, paddock and woodland. Two rooms have double beds, one a king-sized bed and the fourth has two single beds; two travel cots are also provided, as well as hot water bottles and a hair-dryer. There are hundreds of books on the landing shelves. The upstairs bathroom has a bath, loo and washbasin, delicious toiletries, baby bath, changing mat, bath toys and potty.
Manor Bottom is set in six acres of fields and paddocks.The organic garden is a mass of primroses and violets in spring, followed by red campion and foxgloves, roses, lavender, geraniums, clematis, sedums and pots of pelargoniums. Under a wisteria and vine-covered pergola a table seating eight is the perfect place for lunch on a summer’s day. Fresh sage and mint can be picked from the garden, and other herbs from the pots outside the door.
In season you can harvest gooseberries, red currants and rhubarb from the garden, while blackberries, wild garlic, elderflowers and sloes grow nearby. There is a huge barbecue near the pergola. To the side is a shady garden with an enclosed 10ft trampoline, while at the front is a large, sunny lawn with benches and, in summer, a hammock strung between plum and cherry trees; benches, deckchairs, steamer chairs, a children's picnic table are situated around the garden. A wood of 220 trees was planted in 2012 in the field behind the stables, and more trees will be added each year.
On arrival you will find fresh flowers, the local paper and a bottle of cider or apple juice from an island orchard.
Sorry, no dogs, because of the livestock in nearby fields.
What our guests wrote...
‘WOW! What a splendid and marvellous holiday. Manor Bottom is the best-equipped, most child-friendly place we have ever stayed! We were not wanting of anything, except wishing we had booked for two weeks instead of one. Most definitely coming back in the future. THANK YOU!’
What a great place to start a new decade! We have enjoyed our time here so much, a wonderful space to spend a freezing week - highlights, the books, wood-burner, toys, trampoline, brisk walks, the white barn owl, black rabbit and badgers, all this and comfy beds...Thank you.
‘We loved living in your house, and fell in love with the Isle of Wight. The stay was made perfect by the tiny, thoughtful things - the books for all ages, the bubble bath and tea-lights, the cookbooks and maps. We had a fabulous time. Thank you.’
‘We have had a wonderful relaxing time here at Manor Bottom. What an incredibly magical place to have the chance to stay in. We've loved visiting the various seaside treats of the island then returning to be immersed in nature here - the views through the big windows downstairs are like beautiful paintings. All the personal touches really make this place feel like a home from home. We've had some fantastic sociable meals around the big kitchen table. All in all a perfect holiday to celebrate my 40th! Thank you from us all.’
‘We had a fantastic five days at Manor Bottom. The children, ranging in age from one to eight years, had wonderful adventures inside and out and they were all very sorry to leave.The house is fantastic whatever the weather - chilly and quite wet - and we really enjoyed exploring the local area. We hope to come back another time and were very grateful for all the attention and kind gestures of Dorothy and Lyn.'
‘A superb location and house for an idyllic seven-person, three-generation family get-together. Happiness throughout and much pleasure.’
‘We don't want to go, we would like to stay for a couple of months more...simply BELLISSIMO. I think we'll come back. GRAZIE.’
‘We had a wonderful time, brilliant weather, gorgeous garden and magical place, thank you.’
‘Gorgeous time in an immensely comfortable place, perfect for playing indoors in some wild weather (Sardines in the dark on Halloween night!) The beds and proper cotton bed linen are wonderful, thank you so much.’
‘Thank you for everything, Manor Bottom is beautiful and the effort you make with all the little touches just finishes it off. I never once went to the cupboard and did not find what I was looking for. Thanks again we have come away with holiday memories we will treasure.’
‘A perfect haven of beauty, peace and tranquillity. Many thanks.’
‘The best holiday ever! This place is magic and we would like to stay more days, the house is perfect for family and friends, we hope to come back. One of the best spots on this beautiful island - a jewel, truly!’
'Our third visit, as ageing honeymooners. Another shot of tranquility ... we'll be back.'
2015 Weekly Rates
Weekly lettings are from Friday to Friday, except over the Christmas Holidays. Weekends and other short lets are available outside of school holidays at 70% of the weekly rate.
A 50% deposit is required on booking; the balance is due one month before the day rental begins. Weekends and short breaks can sometimes be arranged in the low season (not July and August) at 70% of the weekly rate.
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