River Cottage & The Boathouse
ISLE OF WIGHT www.isle-wight.co.uk
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River Cottage / Boathouse Visitors

Below we have listed the latest Trip Advisor reviews for both properties.
Also we have listed below this the comments from our vistitor books over 14 years - too many to list them all! 


"Idyllic house, idyllic location, perfection"

This house has everything anyone could want for a luxury stay in a charming place. So much love and care has gone in to the decoration and furnishing of the cottage itself, with many items which bring back childhood memories. Our dog loved the box of dog toys provided for his use, too. The location is fantastic: lovely views from house and garden, with good walks on the doorstep. We were blessed with good weather too, so were able to use the barbecue most evenings. We hope to go back.



Excellent facilities ,thoroughly suited our needs ,plenty of room .and we'll equipped for a large group interested in walking ,cycling ,and enjoying the island .ooutdoor cookiing every night and very easy to get around to suit all tastes .will stay again

"View with a hot tub!!"

What a special place, fantastic location, luxurious hot tub, beautiful views and the most cosiest living space! 
We have a 4 year old and 1 year old and it could not have been better set up for kids - everything we needed, from high chair to bed guards to cutlery!! And the safe garden in the front was a haven for the boys to play in - needless to say the hot tub was a favourite! Just to mention we took a travel cot but with the two single beds in second bedroom there was no space to set it up (cant move the beds really). But we made a plan and used their bed guard for one of the beds instead! With Yarmouth in such close proximity and the fantastic boat house we hardly had the urge to go anywhere! Thank you for such a lovely family holiday! Can't wait to get back.

"Spacious, comfortable and homely accommodation with luxurious hot tub!"

We have just spent a really enjoyable Christmas here with our extended family. The 'cottage' (actually quite a large house) was decorated with a tree and other Christmas decorations and was very welcoming. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable - we seated 16 for Christmas dinner. The children (and some adults!) loved the hot tub. The location is excellent - 5 minutes in to the town centre and a short walk or drive to the feryr terminal. Good walks from the door and really lovely views over the estuary - great for bird watching. Highly recommended.

"Great cottage in wonderful location"

The house was a comfortable home from home, hot tub a great asset. The view over the estuary stunning and Yarmouth a delightful town. Can't wait to return!

"The view and garden are exceptional. We all loved it."

River cottage is a find, a little treasure on the island. We had extended family with us and the children loved it especially the wendy house and the hot tub (with a view). The convenience of location both for walks into Yarmouth and along the circular route around the Yar estuary are also a big draw to go back. The kitchen is well equipped and the house is a well loved home, particularly decorated with children in mind. I will be recommending it to friends.


"Homely and in a wonderful location."

The property is great, clean, comfortable and perfectly located with a short walk to the shops and the beach and along the river. It is filled with all the comforts of home and in that wonderful seaside style of decor which just makes you relax and enjoy from the moment you set foot in the door. Although the hot tub was available all the time we didn't actually use it. The owner was great at communicating with us, something I value highly when booking an unknown destination. He was friendly and really helpful. I would definitely go back.



"Not to be missed !"

A cracking little boathouse, with fab views (from in bed and out of bed!). Everything we could possibly need was in this cottage. As its dog friendly too, we were able to take our Lab. The garden is enclosed, with a little playhouse and a lovely hot tub, where you chill n relax with amazing views. Beautifully decorated inside. in fact, i could live there :-). 5 minute walk to Yarmouth. Well worth the money. Thank you Nigel for the wine and biscuits too, and the extra wine n chocolates because the hot tub was out of order for 1 night. Suitable for couples or a little family. If you don't book this place, you just don't know what your missing.........


A well equipped property with spectacular views ,perfect for family and friends to enjoy the island. Great walks straight from property .

"Excellent place to spend Christmas"

We rented this property together with River Cottage to spend Christmas with our large extended family. We spent a really enjoyable week here. The owners had decorated the properties with Christmas trees and other decorations and the garden looked magical with Fairy lights. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable and perfectly located for the town and for good walks along the estuary.

"Idyllic location"

At the risk of repeating the previous reviews this was a fantastic cottage. The location Was superb with stunning views. The dog loved it being do close to the water. The cottage was excellent with everything that was needed for a great stay. It was an ideal size for the 2 of us. It would be very cosy for 6 adults but 4 would be fine. 
Nigel the owner was extreml helpful and not at all intrusive..
I would definitely recommend this and will definately be going back.

"A glorious light filled holiday cottage with a wonderful commanding position overlooking a tidal estuary."

The Boat House has become a regular favourite. The coastline and town of Yarmouth are included in the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and for good reason. You can recline in an enormous bed looking out at wading birds on the estuary, sit in the enclosed garden watching the tide go in and out, walk the path alongside the estuary to the nearest gastro pub and be greeted by other walkers and locals along the way. It is a beautiful spot with gorgeous views, near a small town with all the essentials and three minutes from the ferry port. A fabulous reatreat in winter and summer alike. We've often had lunch in the garden in mid November and February.


We've recently come back from our sixteenth stay at the Boathouse and that speaks for itself! The position is magical overlooking the estuary with all the birds - skeins of Brent geese and over a hundred black tailed godwit one morning. It's blissful to sit in the enormous bed with binoculars at hand and watch the wild life, or to sit on the sun loungers on the veranda after a day out. Our dog loves it too and the garden is enclosed and completely safe for him. I can think of no more idyllic place on the Island. The actual accommodation is excellent and has everything we could possibly need and more. The location is very close to the ferry and the centre of Yarmouth yet looking out of the Boathouse you feel you are miles away. It's very easy to get to beautiful walks even without a car. There are red squirrels on the walk along the estuary. We hate to leave each time and are booking already for next year.

"We intend to return as soon as possible!"

We have stayed at The Boathouse on several occasions over the last few years, and we have never had any reason to regret it! The views are fantastic, the position is convenient both for the Lymington ferry and for Yarmouth town centre where there is a selection of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as other interesting shops. 
We have two dogs, and the Island is generally dog friendly, Yarmouth being no exception.
From the Boathouse there is a footpath (the trackbed of a one-time railway) round the end of the estuary, eventually to Freshwater.
The owner, Nigel, is very friendly and helpful; any problems dealt with quickly.
The only downside that we can think of is that car parking is inadequate; but I believe this problem is now being addressed.
All in all, we will have no hesitation in returning in 2012 for another enjoyable holiday in such surroundings.

"This cottage is a heavenly holiday destination"

We keep coming back here as we simply can't find anywhere else that we prefer! The location is perfect for relaxation, good walks, great food in local pubs. The Boathouse is very well appointed, has a fantastic big comfy bed from which we watch the tides changing and the birds feeding on the estuary. The garden is enclosed, so safe for our two dogs and the house is both human and dog friendly. The owner is incredibly helpful - we lost the keys on one visit and it wasn't a problem at all. We cannot recommend this holiday destination enough and would urge anyone looking for a peaceful, quiet, clean and tidy holiday cottage to look no further than this little piece of heaven on the isle of wight.

"Absolutely Gorgeous View"

We have stayed at both the River Cottage and the Boathouse. I will start with the view being absolutely gorgeous!!!! What a wonderful way to wake up each morning look out at the estuary. We loved eating out in the garden, as in both visits very fortunate with great weather.

Both properties were well kept, clean and Nigel was great and helpful in every way.

Can you imagine that we came off the ferry after our long trip and could walk straight to these properties in the midst of beautiful Yarmouth town. 

We had family coming down to visit us through out the week and Nigel was great in helping us at every turn whatever we needed.

Communication was very good as well. Coming from such a great distance we were assured via email of our reservation and Nigel patiently answered every question that I had before coming.

I totally recommend this holiday rental.


"Character, charm and tranquility"

Oh how we loved our stay at the boathouse this August. My wife and I booked a week at the Boathouse with our 8 year-old son and daughter who turned 1 the week we were there. This small and compact holiday home is on one floor, with just four rooms. 

There is one very large main bedroom (with a gigantic bed) and a view that is just spectacular. As the tide comes in and out and the sun rises and sets, boats come and go, birds flock and disappear and a family of swans come and say hello! I took hundreds of photos of this view. There is a good size living area with a two seated sofa, coffee table, tv, stereo, small dining table and kitchen area. It house all the basics... And more. I was stunned to find an iron, a washing basket as well as a highchair for my daughter. They manage to hide away everything you could possibly need, as well as a host of board games (for when the weather isn't so good, it does happen). 

There is another bedroom with two single beds (children's beds really) and a whole box of toys hidden away in a cupboard. There is a shower, toilet and sink in the small bathroom, but again, it maybe compact, but there's everything you need. On top of all this, there is a gas barbecue and a generous amount of garden furniture (we invited my parents for a barbecue one evening as well as some friends and had a fantastic evening in the garden). 

A ten minute walk from the centre of town and ferry crossing. 

BUT this is a BOATHOUSE, it has wonderful charm and character. If never stated it was a luxury home. It suits two adults and two children perfectly. On arrival, we were met with a chilled bottle of wine, a packet of ginger stem biscuits and a pint of milk. I think that's service. 

We will return to the boathouse, hopefully next year. We loved it and recommend to any other family who love a fun filled holiday on the Isle of Wight.

FROM THE VISITOR BOOKS atr The Boathouse and River Cottage

Great week away! And a comfortable home from home, thank you! G,A,A,E

Tremendous location and a fantastic house. The views were wonderful over the river and harbour. O,G

Great place, see you again, thanks heaps JG

This is the 4th holiday cottage we have rented on the IOW and by far the best. Excellent location, beautiful views, thanks for making us so welcome. B,J,B

Fantastic house and location would love to live here. We will see you again. A,Z,A

Brilliant holiday, great house and very welcoming. We had a lovely holiday. Hope to come back next year. L,G,O

We have discovered a corner of paradise, a wonderful place to have a very happy birthday. D,K

We had a great time. The house is as promised home from home, well equipped. C

Beautiful cottage, great spot. Would definitely come back. Cr

Carlsberg don’t do holiday accommodation but if they did….. H

Such wonderful views hope to come again H

We’ve had a wonderful 2 weeks. Love the house, and in fact we want to live here! F,B,S,I

Beautiful spot. Could have spent whole mornings in big bed looking out of the window. R

Wonderful views. We’ve had a great week. Hope to come back soon. D,E

The Boathouse is lovely and so are the views and great weather. Lots to do here. We’ll be back. S,R,A

What a great 1st family holiday, hope to back. L,P

Fantastic location with everything you need. Hope to be back. K

Thank you it was like staying in a home from home. T

Comfortable, well-equipped and fantastic views. G,Y

A lovely week the house was comfortable, well equipped, and bird watching on the veranda was a delight. J,G

Fabulous L,T,T

Blue Skies, starry nights, watching swans take off and land from our comfy mattress, heavenly, C,J

Spectacular views, my mother would love to buy the Boathouse! V

What a lovely place, thank you, see you again, AM

Sitting outside gazing at the estuary, a joy. J,T

If I lived here where would I want to go on holiday? This has been a perfect week, we couldn’t have chosen a venue, au revoir, Yarmouth. A,A,K

Beautiful setting, fantastic sunsets, Boathouse well-equipped. H

Loved sitting in the big bed looking out on the estuary. So chilled out now, don’t want to go home. We’ll certainly be back.

A magical place in a very beautiful Boathouse, very welcoming, we will be back. RC,L

Thank you for such a well-equipped and comfortable cottage, in an indylic location, we have had a great holiday. I,J

Great week in a glorious setting. We’d recommend it to anyone. D,M,

A beautiful peaceful place, you can hear silence C,L

Wow the most relaxing Christmas we have ever had. The Boathouse should be prescribed on the NHS as a cure for stress. We’ll be back for another dose. Thanks S,L

Would like to stay forever. Adore it hear, every comfort in the Boathouse, views amazing, don’t want to go home, will be back, thank you so much. J,A

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