Top 6 Self-Catering Accommodations In The Isle Of Wight, England - Updated 2024

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Finding the right self-catering accommodation in the Isle of Wight meant picnicking opportunities for you, for your family and friends. This is one side of England known for having the laid back environment by the beach under the shade. Those areas are easily accessible by taking the bike trails if you don’t feel like driving around the countryside. So having a light snack under the trees overlooking the lake is easy with a mountain bike and a backpack spacious enough for the food and drinks for the picnic. And since the weekend includes dinner before bedtime, which self-catering accommodation in the Isle of Wight would fit your culinary needs? Read on and check out the options available for you.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 04, 2024.

1. Enjoy the fully equipped kitchen (from USD 101)

How English can a cottage get in the Isle of Wight? Much of what you see in front of the Granary at French Mill is the rustic brick roof and the walls. Sometimes, it comes across as a contrast to the interiors of the property. A pleasant surprise since the fully equipped kitchen will give you ideas on what to cook in your stay outside the microwavable food variety. (We’ve all been there.) With attractions like the Steephill Cove and other spots by the beaches close to the property, preparing food for a picnic just got more exciting. It’s also a convenient excuse to bring a few bottles of garlic beer bought from one of the shops nearby.

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13.44 km (8.4 mi) from Osborne
57 reviews   Wifi Available
Barn 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The shower room is good
The bedroom is ideal for two; it has two single beds and a sofa bed
Plenty to do in iow
but the toilet does wobble and the seat moves
The curtain rails also need some attention as the curtains are difficult to close
It was well equipped clean and very comfortable indeed and the pile of children's books and
Beautiful cosy setting with lovely garden with stream and plenty of outside seating areas Will visit there again and recommend to others as a lovely place to stay
The host is very welcoming and helpful
We couldn't have asked for anything more Rebecca was friendly punctual and always very helpful
The garden was lovely as was the owner
Property has a long and dog and child friendly garden kids will love the little shallow stream and the swings
Perhaps a mirror opposite the entrance would help to see more clearly?
The mill is in a great location to explore the island
We liked the stay on a beautiful location in a quiet surrounding
It is a short drive from the coast and near Godshill which has good pub food and tea gardens
Apart from that everything was fine and the cottage is set in a lovely and peaceful area just outside Sandford village
It's well located for trips all across the island and the local pub
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2. Nice place to prepare your picnic fare (from USD 107)

Staying within walking distance by the beach, the coastal attractions and by the Yarmouth ferry brings out that inner paleo in you. Not that you get to hunt for your own food. You don’t need to do that. Buying your paleo-based ingredients to go with your gluten-free essentials at one of the supermarkets within driving distance will make it easier for you to decide which recipe you should try next in this cottage. In case you have trouble deciding which finger foods to eat on your next picnic the following day, go with the organic veggies with the fat-free dip. The kitchen has enough tools to help you prepare them before hitting the beach in a jiffy.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
16.61 km (10.4 mi) from Osborne
211 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
our cottage was extremely comfortable and cosy and we loved our stay
the cottage is really comfortable and has been decorated in such a lovely way
very well equipped and comfortable cottage in a lovely location
excellent facilities in a quiet and beautiful area of the island
bathroom with a great shower
modern and clean and very adequately appointed
very clean good facilities all well kept
the cleanliness and general standard/specification of decor was very impressive
immaculately clean and welcoming cottage right by the beach
spotlessly clean with all the comforts you could need
mike is a very friendly host and we really enjoyed our stay
really enjoyed the property and host was superb
mike is an incrediable host and made us feel welcome straight away
the hosts sent plenty of detail in advance and made us feel welcome
mike and hanna were great hosts and made us feel really welcome and comfortable
beautiful location close to the beach
great location to explore the island
the location is beautiful with the beach five minutes walk away
we found the location ideal for our walking weekend
the location was fantastic with the beach just a few minute walk away
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3. A Fresh Water stone house for fun (from USD 173)

One of the few stone houses that also come with a woodburning stove, previous occupants enjoyed preparing their food in the old English setting. Some amenities by the kitchen are modern to accommodate temporary inhabitants who might be taking home some leftovers for reheating purposes later. The larger part of the property is preserved as the house’s biggest claim to fame is that it used to be owned by the renowned English poet, Lord Tennyson. So having mini-reading sessions by the Freshwater Bay with your family and friends sounds great while enjoying home-cooked picnic lunch.

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Freshwater, England, United Kingdom
19.92 km (12.4 mi) from Osborne
369 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
all amenities are well thought out and the cottage has a very comfortable atmosphere
it's warm stylish and comfortable close to the stunning freshwater bay and the needles
thank you zena and phil for a peaceful and comfortable stay
very clean modern and comfortable
clean and warm with a fabulous relaxed atmosphere
the barn was spotlessly clean and had everything you needed
lovely clean and spacious barn to stay in
beautiful building spotless and presentation excellent
lovely place and lovely hosts
stunning place and amazing hosts
we will most certainly be booking again and would thoroughly recommend your hosts and their accommodation
the hosts are so welcoming and even thought about our dogs with some treats and a blanket
we had a lovely message from the owners and a folder with all the useful information
great location for exploring the island
in a great location
ideal location for exploring the local area
the location is charming and peaceful
stunning place in a peaceful location
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4. Spacious cliffhanger with a pleasurable kitchen (from USD 790)

Perhaps one of the most spacious vacation rentals in this list, this cottage preserved some of its old English charms the way most weekenders like it. Much of the modernity is found in the fully equipped kitchen and well-lit dining hall big enough to host 10 diners. Previous renters enjoyed having a panoramic view of the bay where they can easily check out Redjet High Speed Passenger Ferry. This property is highly recommended for nature lovers with a penchant for touring the area on a mountain bike to stop over some of the Isle of Wight’s historical attractions like the Carisbrooke Castle and the Osborne House.

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Cliffhanger 18 Castle Road

Wifi Available

Address: Cliffhanger 18 Castle Road Cowes Isle of Wight
2.71 km (1.7 mi) from Osborne

Parking Pets allowed Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing

Isle Of Wight Tour Guide

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler

Greetings. My name is Andy, and I am a Blue-badge Tourist Guide, accredited through the Institute of Tourist Guiding in London since c.2014. I live in the New Forest, a national park, famous for its wild ponies, located in Hampshire. The nearest city to me is Southampton. I conduct both walking tours and coach tours in the area known as Wessex, which includes the counties of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, West Sussex and Royal Berkshire. My most popular tours include Southampton (Titanic), the New Forest (hunting ground of the medieval kings of England), Salisbury (home to a 13th century cathedral and an original copy of the Magna Carta), Stonehenge (an ancient wonder of the world), and Winchester (home to an 11th century cathedral and King Arthur's Round Table). Join me on a tour and discover the hidden historical gems of Wessex.

Tours by Andrew

5. Memorable views from a beautifully-furnished property (from USD 148)

Chilling by the Wootton Creek is the best way to enjoy the breakfast you just made at this rental. Or you may watch the dramatically beautiful sunrise first thing in the morning before you head to the fully equipped kitchen to make some tea and crumpets. Or a breakfast hash. That is how this coastal property, northeast of the Isle of Wight, is the preferred vacation property for backpackers and casual travellers alike to stay the weekend. Feel free to tag along with your dog in this certified pet-friendly property. Sometimes, some peace and quiet with chirping birds in the background are best shared with loved ones.

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3.87 km (2.5 mi) from Osborne
9 reviews   Wifi Available
House 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

6. Old English countryside cottage

This rental described as “a picturesque chalet” has attracted tourists and weekenders with a penchant with the old English countryside. As a property that existed since 1924 - the brick roof, white picket fence and the coffee table by the porch looked like preserved items from a time capsule transported to the current year. The beach can easily be viewed from the veranda. The site makes you want to go to the fully equipped kitchen and prepare a nice meal worth sharing with the family on a beach-side picnic. Previous occupants without kids have booked the weekend here to prepare food in the chalet first and stage the picnic close to the shore with a few bottles of beer.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
3.99 km (2.5 mi) from Osborne
150 reviews  
Entire chalet 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Cook your own food and enjoy picnic by the beach

While the Isle of Wight has become a haven for stock photos best used as desktop wallpaper, the serenity of watching the sunrise upon waking up helps you meditate for a better day ahead away from the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle. Nature walk from your chosen cottage towards the picnic grounds close to the lake or soaking up the sun by the beach within walking distance from your chalet helps in de-stressing away the negativity. Recharge with the help of panoramic views and the calming presence of the beach and in less than a two-night booking, you feel rejuvenated. Add the option of preparing your own food fit for your health needs and you feel less pressured to eat because office lunch break time limits don’t apply to your vacation.

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