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A seafront holiday home with changing views of Cowes Harbour and the Solent.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,087 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

House in E. Cowes, Esplanade, Isle of Wight, England - Ideal For A Stroll Along The Esplanade, Fishing from Sea Wall or A Short Walk Into Town

The Watch House is a Grade II Listed Old Coastguard Boathouse with spectacular views of Cowes Harbour Entrance across to West Cowes and the Solent across to the Hampshire Coast from all rooms, garden, balcony and patio. This is in an ideal location to watch the large assortment of ships and sunsets; sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms.

The house was built in the 1880’s as part of the boat house for the coastguards. To the north is a terrace of Coastguard Cottages. During the 1920’s it was converted into a home. For a short time during the Second World War it was a munitions store and a lookout point.

The Watch House is a short, level walk from the town centre, the Chain Ferry to West Cowes, Red Funnel’s Terminal or strolling along the Esplanade to a café and children’s playground and woods beyond or fishing & crabbing off the sea wall.

You may see a sand piper at low tide or a Cormorant siting on the breakwater, swans and gulls.

The kitchen diner has French Doors onto the patio; while the living room has triple aspect sash windows.

There is a double, twin and a single bedrooms and bathroom with shower over the bath. The balcony is leading off the single bedroom, from here you have spectacular views of the water activities.

More Details

Angela Harris
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Angela Harris

We fell in love with The Watch House & its idyllic location from our very first visit. 2012 was spent renovating the house allowing us to open in the spring of 2013. We have had so much positive feedback with many guests each year. We have lived on the Island for over 30 years & have a wealth of local knowledge;

Why Angela Harris chose East Cowes

There is no better place to be than sitting on the balcony on a warm summers evening watching the sun set with a glass of wine

What makes this cottage unique

very briefly - Harbour, Location & Sea views

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely house, had some rain but who care with such fantastic view. Perfect place for a holiday, everything so handy, shops, chain ferry etc. Thank-you for making sure everything was spotless & for your kindness & hope to see you again. Barbara

A perfect House in a perfect location – so wonderful This is such a beautiful house and so well equipped. Thank-you for making us so welcome, it has been a fantastic break; we hope to come again. Moya

We've had a lovely week, a warm & cosy house. Views are the best we have ever had. Quiet & peaceful location, although plenty to watch. We'd look to come back. Susan.

Just as wonderful as last year. Zoe

Had a relaxing time in a wonderful house and superb views. It was great to come back to my home town & see all the changes that are taking place. Ann

Our 2nd visit. Enjoyed the shipping movements (even in the rain!) The house is so comfortable & very handy for Waitrose. Pam


Many thanks for letting us use your fantastic house for Cowes Week. We had a fabulous. I am sure we ill be back again. Lynda
Jan 2013
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East Cowes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1087 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has a shower bath, a ladder towel rail, wash basin and toilet. There is a second toilet downstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 adults plus baby(3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrm 1. 5ft. double bed, cupboard, wardrobe, fireplace, sea views. Bedrm 2. Twin 3ft. beds, wardrobe, chest of draws, fireplace sea views. Bedrm 3. 3ft single bed with patio doors onto the balcony & sea view’s
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Pets are accepted, there will be an extra charge of £15 per animal, but please they are only allowed downstairs and not on the furniture. Outside: The garden includes a patio, lawn and shrubs, flowers and herbs. There is garden furniture for the patio and balcony. Seaviews. Parking is on the road outside or Albany Road a Road back form The Esplanade. Also there is a free car park along the Esplanade. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed Linen and bath towels are provided. Please supply your own beach towels. End of stay cleaning is included and a bucket of cleaning products is supplied.


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A seafront holiday home with changing views of Cowes Harbour and the Solent.
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Recommend this for everyone.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Owner's Response: Thank-you
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Idyllic view and comfortable well appointed house.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a happy family holiday catching up with our children and grandson. The weather was marvellous with sun and sparkling sea every day. It was entertaining to watch yachts jockeying for position before the final starting gun was fired from the Squadron.

The house had been sensitively converted by the owners who were helpful in every way. The house is right on the esplanade with a grocery shop and children's playground a walkable distance away.

We all enjoyed ourselves.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks & I am delighted you enjoyed you stay
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Excellent property with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this property couldn’t have been more welcoming it is a lovely house with everything you require for a wonderful holiday. The views are beautiful you can sit and watch the boats while relaxing with a glad of something pleasurable would recommend this holiday home and we will definitely be back again

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted you enjoyed The Watch House. Many thanks
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A lovely clean and spacious home with beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed visits to places on the Island and loved coming back to see the ships on the Solent.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words and staying at The Watch House
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Great house with a hard to beat view

  • 5 of 5

The house was very comfortable with mesmerising views across the water to West Cowes.

The car ferry dock and Waitrose were both a few minutes walk away. You could easily get here from the mainland without a car, using public transport to get around the island.

We drove and had no difficulties parking in the street during our 3 day visit.

Angie was a warm and friendly hostess and we would all very readily recommend this house to others and would definitely stay here again ourselves.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for staying at The Watch House and you kind comments
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Fabulous location and views!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our holiday in the IOW and our accommodation made such a difference. Thank you so much for making our stay so great!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Tennis court on the Esplanade, 5 min. walk.

Sailing schools, fishing trips, water sports and yacht charters 20 to 30 mins walk and chain ferry away.

Sandy beaches at Ryde, Sandown & Shanklin 8 to 10 miles

Riding schools with half hour drive.

Adgestone & Rosemary Vineyards - 8 to 10 miles

Children's Parks at Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine - 8 and 15 miles

Leisure centre at Sandown

Swimming pools & Cinema's Ryde and Newport.

Para Gliding at Chale and Freshwater

Art Galleries in Cowes


Across the road to the sea wall for fishing, crabbing and the slipway. A 5 to 10 minute walk to the shingle beach along the Esplanade or 20 to 30 minutes in a car to the sandy beaches of Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin.


Car ferry to Southampton 5 minute drive or walk.

Bus stop access to all the Island via Newport or Ryde; 5 minute walk.

Chain ferry to West Cowes 6 minute walk.

Southampton to West Cowes - Red Jet 20 min. walk and chain ferry and taxi.

Portsmouth to Fishbourne - Car ferry 5 miles drive

Portsmouth to Ryde - Fast Cat, 8 miles drive or bus

Southsea to Ryde - Hovercraft 8 miles drive or bus

Lymington to Yarmouth - Car Ferry 15 miles 40 minute Drive or Bus.

Car Hire in Newport or Ryde


West Cowes 5 minutes on the Chain ferry.

Osborne House 1 mile

Newport 6 miles

Ryde 8 miles.

Further Details:

East and West Cowes have a good selection of Restaurants and cafes within walking distance.

East Cowes has a Waitrose and the Co-op Supermarkets plus a couple corner shops, a hardware store, Library, Health Centre + Chemist, Red Funnel Ferry port, Marina, Delicatessen

West Cowes has a larger choice of clothes & gift shops, a bank, yacht brokers, chandlery shops


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $19.9

I sometimes have ferry discount offers, please ask, if you would like one

Please ask for special winter rates for 2 or 4 guests

Changeover Day:
Change over day is a Friday. Short breaks are welcome Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday during the quiet months but not during the school holidays.

Notes on prices:

Please enquire for prices if you would like a longer stay during the winter months.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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