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The top deck above the lawn and patio
After you explore check out the kitchen, installed in 2013
The main bedroom and window looking west over the garden and along the coast
Upstairs bathroom with shower
The cottage is just a two minutes walk from the beach
Driving down the lane towards Carmel
The porch - great for muddy boots
Looking through the porch to the kitchen garden
The main bedroom with vaulted ceiling
The cottage is extremely well equipped
Downstairs shower-room
Follow the cliff path down to Monks Bay
Looking back at Carmel from the sea (white chimneys)
The beach below Carmel (2 minutes walk)
Carmel  is a detached cottage with its own large surrounding gardens
The garden outside the lounge leading up to the top deck
View over the garden
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Local fishing harbour
The main entrance from the private lane
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Bonchurch, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England

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Cags05
Watford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stunning”
Reviewed 25 May 2016 for a stay in June 2014

The location, the view, the cottage - perfect ingredients for a family getaway. Charming garden for the kiddies to play in. Comfy beds. Lovely and spacious with everything you need. Bringing my mum here soon. Thanks Lucy - fab very discreet host. 5*+++++

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Rebecca K
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Really lovely house in brilliant location”
Reviewed 2 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We travelled to Carmel with 4 teens, a preschooler and a dog! The cottage is located just outside Ventnor and off the beaten track, with glorious sea views. 2 mins walk to the shore. Well equipped, comfortable beds, cosy despite the dreadful weather. Sun came out for the last couple of days, and the garden was a little sun trap. We can imagine how lovely it would be in the summer.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ian378
Greater London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“We'll be back”
Reviewed 16 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

An excellent well appointed cottage in a brilliant location which was exactly as described. Thev owners were considerate and very responsive but not intrusive - the ideal mix.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Tigerlily...
Andwell, United Kingdom
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“Great for young toddlers and large dog”
Reviewed 7 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We had a lovely holiday at Camel Cottage. The place was clean and tidy upon arrival and we were left to ourselves, with a brief hello from Lucy in the communal carpark. Once the gate was shut, the ground was safe for the our two toddlers and dog to play safely. The girls enjoyed their twin bedroom, the DVDs and toys found at the cottage. I was able to cook, use dishwasher and wash/dry clothes, all essential with young kids and a dog! There was no mobile reception and wifi was off and on.

The place was peaceful and idllic, with the Monk Bay only a short walk down the coastal path. I'd walked our dog along the coast from Monk Bay to Ventnor within half hour. Bonchurch was almost jurassic like trees with the mature tall trees and shrubs against the cliffs.

We found it easy to get around the island in our car. We particularly enjoyed the Botanical Gardens, the Seaview Wildlife Encounter and Alum Bay. Shanklin's sandy long beach was a hit with the girls and the park along the esplanade had rides etc to amuse them further.

We found we were limited with where to eat with our dog so were unable to enjoy the luxury end of food experience. However, we did enjoy eating at the Shack at bottom of Steephill Cove. There is also Pizza Express and MacDonalds in Newport for young families who get desperate like we did!

We plan to bring sunshine and eat more local food the next time we come back!

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Liked best: Quiet location with easy access to quiet beach and a safe garden for kids/dogs
Liked least: No mobile reception and intermittent wifi
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Carol B
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“An absolute gem!!!!!!”
Reviewed 10 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Beautiful cottage in a stunning location. Cottage itself is very clean and well equipped and spacious enough for our family of six. Lovely walks is long the coastal paths were enjoyed by all and Steephill Cove is a little treasure. After exploring and thoroughly enjoying our days around Shanklin, Ventnor, Bonchurch, and Godshill we spent our evenings relaxing and enjoying the views from the garden and raised decked area. Favourite finds on this visit other than Carmel itself were The Spyglass Inn at Ventnor and The Buddle Inn at NIton from which you can walk down to St . Catherine's Point LIghthouse which is a must..Will definately stay at Carmel again and highly recommend to others. The owner Lucy was very quick at confirming booking and responding to email query that I had.Lucy also provided excellent directions for finding the cottage and a very useful information guide about the local area. Really cannot wait to return.

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Liked best: Cottage and location
Liked least: No mobile phone signal
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Jul 2015
Thank you so much.We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay.
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Matolski
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Idyllic location and wonderful house for a romantic and relaxing week away”
Reviewed 28 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

I have family who live on the Isle of Wight and have been visiting since a child so I like to think I know the place pretty well. But when I wanted to introduce my wife to the Island we really feel we stumbled onto something special when we visited and stayed at the neighbouring Hideaway property that first time.

My wife and I have been visiting the Isle of Wight together now for the past 4-5 years and have always stayed in one of the Ocean Blue properties. The Bonchurch location is quiet, extremely beautiful and has the benefit of linking into some of the Island's best coastline and footpaths. Also it's not too far to walk to Ventnor or nip up the hill to the Bonchurch Inn for a meal or drink.

Carmel is such a beautiful house with light airy rooms and perfect sea views across Monks Bay. After a long day exploring you can come back to light the log burner, open a bottle of wine and enjoy a romantic evening. Also the location has fantastic dark skies so if its clear don't forget to look up as well as out to enjoy a bright starlit sky.

The house itself has two fantastic double rooms with a third bedroom ideal for children. There's also a sofa bed in the living room if needed. The kitchen has everything you'll need whilst you're away and the dishwasher is a lifesaver when you're tired from a big day walking the Island! The house also has two bathrooms which means when you visit with friends there's not a morning queue.

This trip we were extremely lucky to get a full week of sun so early in April but the Island does tend to boast better weather than the mainland, particularly on this side of the Island. We were sad to leave but I hope we'll be back very soon.

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Liked best: The location, the garden, walking right from the front door, the log burner and the fantastic sea views
Liked least: Having to come home!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
28 Apr 2015
Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon.
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Mrmedusa
Surrey, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely Views”
Reviewed 24 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

The cottage is secluded and is perfect for a peaceful and relaxing break. It had everything we needed. The sea views from the garden and sun deck were really lovely. The couple who own the property were very friendly and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this property.

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Liked best: Lovely views
Liked least: condition of private lane - hard on the car's suspension
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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