AboutRabbit's Bothie, a one-bedroom vacation rental in West Wight, is close to areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), sites of special scientific interest (SSIs) and National Trust coastline.
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. 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.
Just round the corner from the bothy, there are several hiking trails across Tennyson Down. A four-mile walk brings you to the Needles and the Old Battery, a Victorian fort built in 1862. Nearby are the 20th-century New Battery and rocket test-launch station for communications satellites.
The bus stops for Alum Bay, Freshwater village and the Island capital Newport are just round the corner from Rabbit’s Bothie. The Military Road rises steeply from Freshwater Bay, and provides a spectacular drive or walk along the cliff tops. Compton Bay is popular with surfers and at low tide you can see fossilised logs and dinosaur footprints.
Rabbit’s Bothie helps to promote responsible tourism, rural accommodation and the simple pleasures of walking, cycling, bird watching, sketching and photography. Other popular local activities are horse riding, paragliding, kayaking and paddle boarding.
The holiday cottage is on the ground floor to the rear of the main house and is approached through the owners’ front garden. Rosedale was built in 1877 as one of a collection of officers’ houses next to the parade ground for Fort Redoubt.
All bookings include a welcome pack and free travel for two adults on Island buses with the key travel card from Southern Vectis. This includes the seasonal open-top Needles Breezer and Island Coaster to Ventnor and Shanklin (concession card holders usually have to pay).
Self-catering for two with wifi and washing machine is a tough find.
Keith and Naomi B. - London
Perfect out-of-season break.
Christine L. - Great Malvern
Value for money, Best Welcome pack ever.
Judi and Wayne - Horsham
Loved it all.
Karen A. – Ontario, Canada
We look forward to coming back.
Hans-Rainer and Elisabeth Z. - Bremen, Germany
You went the extra mile. Unforgettable. Merci!
Jan-Marie and Karen A. - Ontario, Canada
The owners are lovely and welcoming.
Tamar H.- Tel Aviv, Israel
Great welcome and tourism tips.
Denis and Jane D. - Bury St Edmunds
A week filled with surprise and awe.
Ted and Joy F. - Ontario, Canada
Brian H. - Oxford
Beautiful and immaculate cottage.
Jan and Jeff C. - London
Lots of walks and coffee shops.
Deidre, Andrew and Chris J. - Exeter
Lovely and warm cottage. We've been really happy here.
Ray and Ruth - Surrey
Everything desirable within walking distance.
Katja and Michael. - Munich, Germany
We loved the coastal walk and open-top bus.
Roman and Irmgard T. - Eilwangen, Germany
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
Thoughtfully laid out.
Rupesh and Rakhi M. - Northampton
Refreshed in mind and spirit.
Brendan F. – Birmingham
Very friendly welcome and helpful recommendations.
Breda and Patrick T. - Co Mayo, Ireland
Near Compton Bay for surfing!
Abigail P. - Wiltshire
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
This is just like a second home.
Peter and Wendy S. - Stockport
Beautiful and immaculate cottage.
Jan and Jeff C. – London
Everything was just right.
Susan S. - Missoula, Montana
Slept like logs. Ate like lords. Lovely pubs.
Maureen and Richard S. - Oundle
Brilliant location. Lovely garden. Well thought-out living area.
Jennifer D. – Woking
First-class welcome. We enjoyed every moment.
Peter and Joy D. - Christchurch, Dorset
The free bus passes were very useful.
Emad and Nadya - London
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
Perfect in every way.
Jennifer B. - Wiltshire
Lovely and warm cottage. We’ve been really happy here.
Ray and Ruth – Surrey
Just what we were looking for.
Mike and Rosemary W. - Somerset
- Arrival Date:
- Thur , 20th Sept 2018
- Departure Date:
- Fri , 21st Sept 2018
- No. of Nights:
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- Number of Rooms / Units
|Room / Unit Type||Room / Unit Tariff*|
|Rabbit's Bothie||£52.00 per unit per night|
*Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
- Beach/Coast 10 min walking distance
- Beach/Coast 5 min walking distance
- CD player in lounge
- DVD available - DVD library, free loan
- DVD player in lounge
- Garden / Grounds for visitors use
- Garden/patio for guests' use
- Gay/Lesbian Friendly
- Linen included
- Linen provided - Linked-twin king size or separated in bedroom. Double sofa-bed in living room for an extra guest.
- No Pets - small quiet dog by arrangement
- Open all year round
- Open Christmas
- Open New Year
- Open on bank holidays
- Radio in lounge
- Tumble dryer
- Wireless Internet Access
Parking & Transport
- Bus stop within walking distance
- Free parking
- On site parking
- Midweek breaks - payment online, by cheque or PayPal
- Weekend breaks - payment online, by cheque or PayPal
- Celebrity connection - Close to Farringford (nine-hole golf course), former home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson the Victorian poet laureate; and Dimbola Lodge (museum and galleries), home of pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
Room / Unit Features
- Digital TV
- Drying facilities - Drying rack, tumble dryer, and rotary clothes line in the garden.
- DVD Player some rooms
- Electricity Charges Included
- Ground Floor Room(s)
- Hairdryer in unit
- Ironing Facilities
- Ironing Facilities - iron and ironing board
- King sized bed all rooms - Linked-twin singles. Separated if required.
- No Smoking in Unit
- One bedroom
- Radio in unit
- Radio some rooms
- Shaver Point/s
- Washing Machine
- Cyclists welcome
- Marketed as green/environmentally friendly
- Marketed to any other specialist market - walkers, cyclists
- Short breaks available
- Walkers Welcome
Map & Directions
Road DirectionsJust 10 minutes' drive from Yarmouth and the ferry from Lymington, Hampshire. Come through the New Forest!
Public Transport DirectionsTrains from Reading and London Waterloo towards Bournemouth. Change at Brockenhurst for Lymington Quay. Ferry to Yarmouth (IoW). Buy a combined rail/ferry ticket (Online from a rail network site eg Trainline. An individual train company may not sell combined tickets through to the Island.) From Yarmouth quayside take bus number seven (towards Alum Bay) to Hooke Hill for the Red Lion in Church Place, Old Freshwater, or the Co-op, Freshwater. We will meet you by car in Yarmouth or Freshwater and take you down to Freshwater Bay... or just your luggage if you prefer to walk by the river and through Afton Marsh.
- Visit Isle of Wight Award Travel Ambassador Green Star Award 2017
|Open New Year|
|Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|