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OVERVIEW: ‘Cliffway’ is the best property of its type in the Totland area and is in a prime location, very close to the beach with lovely sea views, and its own large private garden, ideal for people of all ages to explore and enjoy.
'Cliffway's' peaceful location, attractive garden and sea views from both in and outside the house make the property ideal for a three generation holiday, families, children, the retired and those who are less able. The dramatic sunsets and National Trust rural/seaside walks are also ideal for a romantic stay or those who wish to 'blow the cobwebs away' at all times of the year.
The property has 2 bedrooms (sleeps 5), and an open plan kitchen/living space.
Cliffway is located 10 mins from Yarmouth ferry and 4/5 mins walk from the beach and The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar.. A splendid restaurant called The Hut is a short coastal walk away at Colwell Bay. Local shops & coastal walks are all within walking distance.
Cliffway has a large sunny garden which is level and laid to grass and flower beds (with trees for those who like the shade) which provides a great place to relax for all the family.
Totland Bay is one of 106 beaches in the British Isles to have won a 2018 Quality Coast Award. It also forms a part of the Needles Marine Protected Area. The Headon Warren Walk which starts on the Turf Walk was highlighted by the National Trust as one of the UK's 'Walks with a 'WOW Factor'.
SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE. Min 4 nights in July, August, September, 3 nights other times of year. Please enquire if you are interested in Christmas. TO BOOK PLEASE email.
THE PROPERTY 'Cliffway' is a single storey property, refurbished in 2016 to provide an open plan living with new lighting and timber flooring throughout. The living room has two double glazed doors that open 180 degrees and fasten, almost flat, against the outside wall to give easy access to the garden.
The garden is enclosed by a white timber picket fence at the front and a combination of trees/hedge/fence & gates. Parking is at the rear or in a lay-by opposite to the property.
The property has a new shower room with a low profile shower, walled fixed shower seat, wash basin and toilet. We have now installed a shower screen. Heating and hot water are provided by a new combi boiler.
There are two bedrooms, one with a king size and single bed, the other room has two single beds. .
There is covered walkway which can be used to provide a safe place to store bikes, surf boards etc and is a dry, sunny area to hang washing. The glazed front porch provides space to hang coats and to store wet shoes etc.
‘Cliffways’ unique character lies in its quiet peaceful location, large attractive garden, great beach access and lovely sea views which are ideal for all the family. This is now combined with a modern renovation to give the comforts of home in all seasons.
‘Cliffway’ enables you to relax and sunbath in the garden, to sit and gaze at the sea watching the boats pass by or to enjoy a romantic supper sitting in the garden as you watch one of Totland's renowned spectacular sunsets.
In bad weather you can still gaze out from the warmth and comfort of the living room and enjoy watching the sky change and the white horses on the sea whilst keeping a watchful eye for the boats passing by.
Great beach access makes it easy for all the family to enjoy a day on the beach swimming, exploring rock pools, making sandcastles, collecting shells or to try your hand at crabbing, etc before strolling back to ‘Cliffway’ buckets and nets in hand for tea in the garden.
It’s lovely to enjoy an early morning or evening relaxing stroll along the seafront and so very easy to go for a swim.
'Cliffway' really offers the opportunity to 'dump' the car and relax.
The recent renovation and full length double glazed living room doors means that it is now possible to sit inside and just enjoy gazing out to sea watching the wind, the waves, the ever changing sky and the turbulent seas and dramatic evening sunsets all from the warmth and comfort of your living room.
THE LOCAL AREA Totland has a wide sweeping Bay. The beach is sandy and relatively shallow for a good distance and ideal for younger children. The western end of the bay has plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide. The beach can be accessed by car.
Totland has something to offer whatever the season. It is popular with the fisherman who often camp out over night at the far end of the bay and with local water sport enthusiasts who also use nearby Freshwater and Compton Bays.
You can watch the Round the Island Race (June 23 2018)from Totland, and Cliffway and in summer passing boats often moor their boats in the bay for lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant.
For the dinosaur enthusiast the IOW dinosaur fossils were discovered on the coast at nearby Compton Bay and Brighstone Bay.
'Cliffway' provides an ideal base from which to explore West Wight and enjoy some of the UK's most spectacular and dramatic coastline. This can be enjoyed by foot, with a pram, with a wheelchair, by bus and as a cyclist
BY FOOT: The 'Headen Warren Walk', highlighted by the National Trust as one of the UK 'Walks with a WOW Factor' starts at The Turf Walk, almost outside Cliffway's garden gate! It’s therefore possible to walk from Totland Bay over the heather clad landscape of Headon Warren to the coloured sands of Alum Bay and the Needles Old Battery before continuing along Tennyson Down to Freshwater.
Alternatively, it’s easy to walk along the seafront from Totland Bay to Colwell Bay and continue along the Isle of Wight Coastal Path.
DISABLED /PRAM ACCESS: Totland can be enjoyed by those who are less able to walk or who may rely on a wheelchair. The bay can be accessed by car with parking along the waterfront (including disabled bays). There is a pedestrian walkway that runs from Totland Bay to Colwell Bay and I understand that this provides an unusual opportunity for someone who uses a wheelchair to experience the sea at high tide at close hand. Unfortunately there is now a small section with a steeper gradient but with assistance it may be possible for this to be negotiated in a wheelchair.
BY BUS: The 'Island Breezer' provides a round the island bus route where you can hop on and off as you wish. Other bus routes link to footpath routes.
CYCLISTS: The island is popular with cyclists and it stages the Isle of Wight Randonnee (provisionally 6 May 2018) on a route the Lonely Planet apparently describe as the best place in the world to cycle. The route can be followed all year.
LOCAL RESTAURANTS include: The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar located on the Totland seafront which serves some great food including Greek Kleftiko and a range of dishes including fresh fish. 'The Hut' is located on the seafront, at Colwell Bay and has a growing reputation for great seafood among other dishes. Both are within easy walking distance of Cliffway' or can be driven to if need be.
Historic Yarmouth has a lovely selection of restaurants and old hostelries plus 'Yarmouth Spice' a great Indian restaurant, or 'On the Rocks' a steak/fish restaurant, The George Hotel etc.
Nearby pubs include the well-known 'Highdown Inn' just below Tennysons Down & 'The Red Lion' at Freshwater.
'Cliffway' and Totland Bay offer an ideal base for a restful holiday or weekend break away from it all, whatever the season, no matter the weather. It’s an ideal place to enjoy the seaside air and an opportunity to blow away the cobwebs!
REVIEWS: Below are several reviews past visitors have allowed me to post:
Mrs C. July 2016. 'We had an absolutely wonderful stay. I did write in the visitor book. The bungalow is a gem and you have obviously put a lot of thought into making it work so well for your guests. My daughter kept asking me if I could buy it off you! The 'Waterfront' restaurant was a real hit with the young ones. It was 27 years since I took my daughter on the chairlift at Alum bay...she took her little boy on it... Maybe a new family tradition has started.
Amy C with family & friend enjoy exciting weather. 19th Aug 2016 'The house is very nice and well-maintained and the living space was more than sufficient. I went with my teenage sister, her friend and my mum. Being a 17 year old girl, one of the fears is that we would get bored with the island's activities. However, our weekend was packed. When we weren't doing anything in particular, the beach was so close that even teenagers as lazy as us were willing to make the very short trip down. Newport had some amazing shops that we didn't expect to find on the island and the sheer number of high quality places to eat really lifted our spirits after a windy day at the beach. Also the Emma Bridgewater pottery painting at Chessell was a really fun experience and a great chance to paint what ever you want onto one of their many different pieces of pottery. The weather unfortunately refused to cooperate but the gale force winds and rain didn’t stop my sister, her friend and I from wandering along the sea front promenade from Totland Bay to Cowell Bay. The waves were enormous and we got a bit wet but it didn’t really matter as Cliffway was so close there was no need for steamy car journeys in soggy clothes. All in all, it was a great weekend and there was a lot there for us to do.'
TO BOOK PLEASE CONTACT US: We will email (or post) a copy of our Booking Conditions and Agreement and on receipt of the security deposit (currently £120) and a completed and signed booking form we will confirm your booking. Please feel free to call or email and we will be pleased to provide any additional information you may require and answer any queries. We generally have a minimum stay of 3 nights. Please contact us to details.
Good week in a home from home
By Cathy Lewis on 22-Jul-2017
Friendly, helpful communication from the owner along with an email of tips for places to visit. House was clean, very well equipped in terms of kitchen bits and a good location with totland bay just down the road. We had poor weather but as there is so much to do on the island we still had a good week. House had a lovely private garden and was so quiet at night. My constructive feedback would be that the main bedroom mattress really sagged on each side and cd do with a rug in living area between sofas just to up cosy levels in evening. A good week in a great little house. Would recommend.
Beautiful, quiet, everything i needed
By Coleen on 07-Jul-2017
5 of 5
My first impression was relief that it was just as described and presented online. It was very clean, bright and airy. The kitchen was equipped with everything I could possibly need and Katharine even had some delicious goodies waiting for me in the frig. I loved that I could walk wherever I wanted to go and the ocean was a very short walk away. My favorite thing was walking down and watching the sunset each evening. Breathtaking. I would recommend this to anyone needing time away to relax and enjoy the sea and nature.
This is a wonderful property in a great location.
By Paul on 03-Jun-2017
“This is a wonderful property in a great location. Very central on the west coast and only minutes from Yarmouth. The house is impeccable - very clean and well stocked with everything you would need in a self catering cottage. We enjoyed our stay very much and recommend it highly. ”
Wow - fantastic holiday home, great sea location
By Ann R on 27-Apr-2017
We have had a wonderful break at Cliff way. The bungalow is cosy, warm and tastefully decorated. The open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room is spacious and light, a great place to relax and enjoy the day and sea view - whatever the weather! It is well equipped with everything you could want - including really good wi-fi connection, great shower and lovely comfortable beds.
The location is also wonderful with views to the sea from the living room. It is lovely to step out and have lovely sea walks on the doorstep. We followed the coast walks in both directions, and walked to Yarmouth one morning. There is an excellent bus service on the Island to deliver you back to your doorstep.
Great food, walks and pubs available and a lovely holiday home to relax in. What more could you wish for.
Ann and Seamus
A very nice house
By Julian on 10-Apr-2017
A very nice house with a really nice view in a quite area of the Isle of Wight. Easy to get everywhere from here and a well appointed apartment.
Lovely cottage - perfect for family of 4!
By Phil L on 24-Mar-2017
We had a lovely stay at Cliffway - cottage is in excellent condition, and well setup for kids too. Perfect spot in Totland with sea view and beautiful sunsets!
Very highly recommended .
By Fiona P on 21-Jan-2017
We stayed at Cliffway for Christmas and were very happy with every aspect of the property. It's extremely well equipped, spotlessly clean and very comfortable, with good quality towels, bedding etc (and a huge shower). Despite the winter weather, the house was warm,so we were able to enjoy the sea views from the large wondows in the sitting room without going out in the cold! There were lots of thoughtful touches - not only the usual milk, coffee etc but fresh bread, Isle of Wight cheese and even Christmas crackers waiting for us! The owner was exceptionally helpful, both when booking the property and while we were there, texting us to check everything was ok. Our deposit was also returned promptly after we left. The house is in a wonderful position, on a quiet corner (and with a spacious garden) looking down towards the sea. The walk down to the seafront takes just a few minutes, and in the other direction there's a well-stocked local shop which stays open late. Also just a few minutes away is the bus service, to Yarmouth in one direction and Freshwater in the other - buses every 30 minutes. This is one of the best holiday properties we've stayed in and it was a pleasure to deal with the owner. We'd love to return and would recommend Cliffway as an excellent base on the west of the island, winter or summer.
Best place to be in the Isle of Wight
By Dagmar S on 26-Jun-2016
A very charming house with a view and a lovely garden. As a family with two teenage boys we can enjoy our stay right from the start of our holiday till the last minute of our holiday. Short walks to the lovely beach, Waterfront Restaurant and Island Breezer that takes you everywhere around West Wight. We can recommend this lovely house to everyone!
Newly renovated and very well equipped
By Ruth A on 03-May-2016
Went with my family for a long bank holiday weekend. The property has recently been renovated and feels very fresh and clean. The patio doors in the living area provide a lovely view of the sea, which is just a short walk away. The rooms are clean and the beds are really comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped and the bathroom has a great powerful shower. The property is warm and cosy too. Great place as a based for exploring the island and also a nice home to relax in at the end of the day.
What's not to like
By Dave D on 11-Mar-2016
We booked a short weekend break away and the cottage lived up to expectations. All that you could want from a modern cottage with extremely comfortable beds, well set-out kitchen, and large extensive bathroom. Clean and well-maintained we would heartily recommend to any friends or family members. and there was plenty to do in the surrounding area: great walking country and not too taxing; wonderful fresh foood especially in the New Inn in Shelfield; and some fine bars. what's not to like.