House in Gurnard, Nr Cowes, Isle of Wight, England - Peaceful, Beachfront Location, 100m From Beach And Pleasant, Flat Walk To Cowes 1.75 Mile Away
About kate wilson
Hello I have lived on the Island for about 20 years now. Originally the plan had been to only stay a few years but there is something about the Island that grabs you and draws you in, which is why people return year after year to holiday here. I live near to The Ark so I am able to help with any problems or answer questions. I can also provide information about places to go as well as let you into a few local secrets about the best things to see and do. Whether you end up staying at The Ark or not, please make sure you visit The Island at some point. It is a very special and unique place and I'm sure you will fall for its charm.
Why kate wilson chose Gurnard
I have owned The Ark for 7 years. It was pretty much derelict and something of an eyesore in a beautiful, quaint place. Although The Ark had planning permission for a 2 storey house I felt strongly that I didn't want to ruin the character of the road and area. I decide to restore and modernise the existing building and although frustrating and difficult at times, we are really happy with the result. The positive comments from locals and passers-by have made it all worthwhile. Yes, The Ark has uneven floors, wonky walls and low ceilings in places. BUT it also has wonderful sea views, light and sunny rooms and quirky charm.
What makes this House unique
Gurnard is filled with 'Enid Blyton' charm and famous for its incredible sunsets which you can watch from The Ark's sofa. The locals are very friendly and welcoming and even when Gurnard becomes busy in the summer months, it never feels crowded or commercial. Although small, Gurnard has a convenience store, a wonderful seafront café, 2 food-serving pubs and The Little Gloster restaurant. It is a beautiful, pleasant walk into Cowes, the world famous sailing town, with its variety of independent shops and abundance of bars, cafes and restaurants (There is also a Sainsburys and large Co-Op). Within a 10 min drive is Newport, the Island's main town with its high st stores and within a 30mins drive are Yarmouth, Ryde, Shanklin and Ventnor - in fact the whole Island is within easy reach.
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We had a Fantastic stay at The Ark and cant wait to go again next year!
Quirky places to stay
Overall places to stay on the island I think Gurnard is the best it’s quiet but yet only a short distance from Cowes with plenty of pubs and places to eat and if you like walking it’s only about 1.5 miles to Cowes and if you like shopping it’s only 4.5 miles to Newport the main shopping place on the island
Peaceful, beautiful, and a little bit of coastal heaven
The Ark is at the top of Shore Road, a steep sloping road that leads down to the beach. Don't let the slope panic you: it lasts about twenty seconds, and I can do it several times in a day so that means anyone can!
It's a one bedroom beautifully restored property that has views of the sea from every window but one. I lost many hours staring at those views! From the bedroom, from the lounge, from the breakfast table, and even from the loo.
It's a quirky little cottage, on different levels with varying slopes and places to bump heads if you are taller than me (which most people are). Kate has cleverly invented ways to prevent the head-banging from happening, which all adds to the creative and inspired way The Ark is designed and decorated. Everything you need is right there too. The kitchen is kitted out perfectly for cooking, the bed was stylishly covered – and comfortable, and all I can say about the shower is wow; it was hot, powerful, and lots of room to move. Everything just worked perfectly.
To top all this perfection and loveliness, The Ark is looked after by a wonderful lady called Maria, who lives locally. Maria popped by the morning after our arrival to make sure everything was okay, and we knew how to work everything. We bumped into each other quite a bit on the beach and chatted while we searched for sea-glass, and when I wasn't feeling particularly well, Maria kindly walked my little dog for me and even bought me some chocolate milkshake to ease my sore throat (my excuse for downing so much of it recently). Having Maria close by (but not intrusively so), was a gift for me as a solo traveller. It meant that there was always a friendly face to say good morning too, as well as knowing that if I needed anything, she was there to call on. Between Kate and Maria, The Ark felt like one of the friendliest places we have ever stayed.
I can’t recommend The Ark, Kate, or Maria enough.
it did what it said on the pack and more
really nice area dog friendly
Lovely Break in Gurnard - February 2019
Really enjoyed our stay in the Isle of Wight. Gurnard was a great spot and the cottage really delightful. The Ark was well equipped and had everything we needed. The views of the sea were lovely and the cottage was beautifully furnished and full of thoughtful touches. Also, a good spot for our dogs who loved their nighttime beach walks and meeting the other dogs.
As lovely this time as before
Wonderful cottage with fantastic views over to the mainland. The welcome message and bottle of wine a lovely touch
Nice pub in walking distance- we will certainly be staying again
The Ark is less than 100m from Gurnard beach and sea front. The beach is a mixture of sand, shingle and rocks depending on tides. Cowes is a flat and very pleasant, boat watching 25min walk (1.75 miles) away.
The Isle of Wight has a multitude of beaches to suit all tastes and ages. It also has miles of beautiful coastal walks, one of which passes The Ark's front door.
Please note that between May and September many beaches do not allow dogs onto them.
You can get to the Isle of Wight via foot or passenger ferry.
Red Funnel travel from Southampton to East Cowes, Wightlink travel from either Portsmouth to Fishbourne (20min drive) or Lymington to Yarmouth.
If coming by foot you can take the Red Jet from Southampton to Cowes (and then take a taxi to The Ark) or catch the Hover from Southsea to Ryde or Fast Cat from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde (Ryde is a 30 min drive)
The Ark is in the village of Gurnard, Cowes is a 5 minute drive and Newport is 10 mins away. The Island is only 25 miles by 13 miles so nowhere is far and everything is within easy reach.
Within 100m of The Ark is a wonderful seafront cafe, The Watersedge, serving breakfast, lunch, cakes, refreshments and ice-creams. Also within 100m is a lovely pub with sea views (log fires in Winter). Within a 10 minute walk is a convenience store, newsagent and the newly opened Portland Inn with its warm and friendly atmosphere and delicious food. A bit further on is Little Gloster restaurant (when the tide is low you can walk along the beach to it).
In Cowes you will find an abundance of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars - something to suit every taste.
Around the Island are a host of places to eat and visit, far too many to mention here. Details of 'our favourites' can be found in The Ark.