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Maytime Cottage - from the lane
Maytime Cottage - The Kitchen
Maytime Cottage - The Sun Room

Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests
Minimum stay varies 
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Cottage
Maytime Cottage is a 19th century stone cottage with a Visit England **** rating. The cottage offers very spacious accommodation for up to six people. The well-equipped interior has a large kitchen and adjoining dining room, a living room and a large south facing garden room with doors opening to the rear garden. There are 3 bedrooms, one with a UK King Size bed, the second is a double room with two single beds.The 3rd bedroom has 3' bunk beds. There is a WC/shower room upstairs and another on the ground floor. The cottage also has an enclosed rear garden. Maytime Cottage has central heating and also 2 wood burning stoves for the colder months. *** NEW FOR 2024*** An electric vehicle charger is now available at Maytime Cottage. Maytime Cottage is located 1 mile (15 minutes walk along a...Maytime Cottage is a 19th century stone cottage with a Visit England **** rating. The cottage offers very spacious accommodation for up to six people. The well-equipped interior has a large kitchen and adjoining dining room, a living room and a large south facing garden room with doors opening to the rear garden. There are 3 bedrooms, one with a UK King Size bed, the second is a double room with two single beds.The 3rd bedroom has 3' bunk beds. There is a WC/shower room upstairs and another on the ground floor. The cottage also has an enclosed rear garden. Maytime Cottage has central heating and also 2 wood burning stoves for the colder months. *** NEW FOR 2024*** An electric vehicle charger is now available at Maytime Cottage. Maytime Cottage is located 1 mile (15 minutes walk along a scenic footpath) from the village of Whitwell which has a petrol station and a very nice pub (The White Horse). 2 miles away is the attractive village of Niton with several shops, 2 pubs. The charming Victorian resort of Ventnor is around 3 miles to the southeast. Godshill with restaurants and pubs 2 miles to the north, for kids, Robin Hill adventure park is 10 minutes away as is Blackgang Chine. The cottage is situated in peaceful countryside with extensive views over the surrounding downs and farmland. There are many beautiful walks to be enjoyed right from the cottage itself, and also good beaches within a short drive. Loads of local activities are available. Maytime Cottage is a typical 19th century period property. There are four steps up to the front door, five steps up from the patio to back garden and the cottage itself has stairs to the first floor which are slightly steeper than modern stairs. If you have any issues with mobility, we would urge you to contact us directly so that we can send you a full access statement and answer any questions you may have.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
1 dog allowed per party. (£20 charge) Visitors should ensure that they keep the garden clear of dog waste. Dogs should not be left unattended in the property at any time during your stay.
Bedrooms
1 Queen3 Twins
Bathrooms
2 Showers

Meet the host
Jonathan M
Hosting since February 2011
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsWe are available by phone or email for any queries you may have during your stay. Our island based housekeepers are on hand if any problems crop up. The keys are kept in a key safe so guests have some flexibility with regards arrival time. We are always happy to answer your questions about your trip or about the Island in general. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

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Reviews (16)
Kevin H
Kevin H
Clay Cross, United Kingdom3 contributions
Great stay, but a few points for some people
Firstly, the cottage us lovely, great location to relax and enjoy some great walks. Facilities are excellent and the owner is very quick to respond if you have any issues. Local eateries are very recommended. Just a few poi ts for future visitors. Please be careful when replacing the key into the outside key holder. When we arrived, we were unable to gain access to the key. Fortunately, we caught the cleaner whe gave us the side door key so problem resolved quickly. Was able to speak to Jonathan, the owner, but all was fine as inside, was the other required key for the conservatory. There is a small difference in hight between the Kitchen floor, and the enterence way. This caught my Wife and I out a few times, as we both tripped/ caught our feet. Something create a slope rather than step would be useful. If you are a bit unsteady on your feet, as we both are. Be aware of the steep and reletivly small stairs. We did struggle a bit to go up and down. However, saying all of the above, we did have a lovely time, and we inte d to visit again.
Visited May 2023
Written May 14, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Flyer62654698722
Flyer62654698722
Thank you for your review. We very much welcome your feedback. With regards to your comments about the step in the kitchen and the stairs, Maytime Cottage is over 150 years old and it is typical of a property of that vintage. There is a paragraph in the 'about the property' section of our listing which describes the features of the cottage and suggests that anybody who needs further access information contacts us to ascertain whether it is suitable for their needs. I'm very glad though, that overall you enjoyed your stay, and would consider visiting again.
Written June 1, 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Treehuggers85
Treehuggers85
1 contribution
Beautiful & relaxing
Just got back from a week at Maytime Cottage. What a beautiful place set in gorgeous countryside. We had been given all the information we needed from the owner before arrival so everything went very smoothly. The cottage is lovely with everything you could want to make your holiday chilled supplied for you from the owner. Staying here we visited the whole Island, and what a beautiful Island it is. We will miss those views and the stars at night. Can't wait to return.
Visited April 2023
Written April 11, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Flyer62654698722
Flyer62654698722
Many Thanks for your review. I'm glad you had an enjoyable stay!
Written June 1, 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

IsobelP7
IsobelP7
West Sussex, United Kingdom3 contributions
Another fantastic week!
Another glorious week enjoyed at Maytime Cottage! It is so spacious yet cosy and comfortable and the newly refurbished kitchen and upstairs bathroom look amazing. We enjoyed lots of walks and took our bicycles to venture along the Red Squirrel Cycle Track (the disused railway line) actually seeing the cute red squirrels and this year we saw storks! Last year in October we were lucky enough to see sea eagles at Newtown nature reserve (booked on the guided walk) and this year we saw lots of golden plovers, etc there. The cottage benefits from being in a rural location and yet we found everywhere we wanted to go on the island very accessible. It was great to eat in and enjoy the log burner but there are lots of great places to eat eg Piano café at Freshwater for coffee/breakfast (and then walk to The Tennyson Monument and The Needles), The Hut in Colwell Bay (we love the vibe and the Sunday roast- must book in advance) and Number 3 in Cowes. Also had a great comedy night at Quay Arts in Newport and bought fresh marmalades and produce from the next door neighbour. We love it and will be back again!
Visited October 2022
Written November 9, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Flyer62654698722
Flyer62654698722
Thanks for the lovely review and we're really glad you enjoyed your stay. It's great to hear that you managed to get out and about to experience so much of the local wildlife - and some of the best eateries on the Island!
Written November 19, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Aleksandra C
Aleksandra C
1 contribution
Beautiful cottage
Maytime is a beautiful very big and spacious cottage. Enclosed garden is safe for a dog and great place to relax. Owners are easy to contact and respond immediately if there are any issues. The place could maybe be a bit cleaner but it's definitely worth recommending and we'll book our stay there again.
Visited September 2021
Written September 19, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Flyer62654698722
Flyer62654698722
Thanks very much for your review. Could you drop me a line to let me know what specifically wasn't as clean as you would have hoped? We are keen to make sure everything is as clean as possible for each party, so it would be very useful to know what wasn't up to scratch.
Written September 24, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chris and Jean
Chris and Jean
Derbyshire, United Kingdom282 contributions
Spacious accommodation in quiet rural setting
We were very happy with our choice of Maytime Cottage for a one week stay on the Isle of Wight, and from the vistors' book it is apparent that many guests return time after time (many reporting their fourth visit, which on the face of it is a strong recommendation in itself). We chose it because it was in an attractive rural location yet convenient for access to all parts of the island; the price which seemed reasonable and is discounted for occupancy by just two people (a novel idea which other landlords of larger properties might do well to consider); and the fact that we will only entertain properties with twin beds (which is why we often need to go for a two-bedded property as smaller properties invariably only have a standard double bed). Having now returned home I can confirm that the description and photographs fairly represent the offer (NB The beds are currently arranged slightly differently such that the bunk beds are now in the back room on their own, and the middle room has the two single beds with plenty of room between to swing the proverbial cat). Carpeting throughout was in excellent condition and the kitchen generally was well equipped. I particularly liked the light and airey 'garden' room at the rear - effectively a second lounge - with adjacent downstairs shower room with WC off a very spacious lobby, which meant there was ample space for us and plenty of room for two couples or a larger family. There is parking two cars lengthways (reverse in and emerge very carefully!), and the local pub suited our subsistence requirements admirably. So much for the property itself - what about the owner (who lives on the mainland and engages a local housekeeper)? Well, suffice to say we found him very helpful and responsive to queries and any matters arising. Booking documention was clear and the security deposit returned in a timely manner. In summary, if this is the sort of property you're looking for then go ahead and book it with confidence. Everyone will have their own views on points of detail but all-in-all I don't think you'll be disappointed!
Visited September 2020
Written September 30, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Flyer62654698722
Flyer62654698722
Thanks for your kind comments!
Written August 13, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Anna F
Anna F
Comfortable, spacious, pet friendly cottage in beautiful location.
Plenty of room to spread out. Large enclosed garden. Beautiful countryside views. Decor was a little tired and dated, but this is the Isle of Wight! If it was more modern it may have detracted from the cottage charm. As with any where in the Isle of Wight you are close to lots of attractions. Great time had by all the family.
Visited August 2019
Written August 19, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Departure294627
Departure294627
Thank you for your comments, and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, despite experiencing some un-summery weather during your week! Sorry you found the decor not up to expectations, but I'd like to reassure you that we do regularly have the cottage redecorated. Last winter we had 2 downstairs rooms repainted, all new carpets downstairs, as well as 2 new sofas. Later this Autumn/Winter we will be re-carpeting and repainting the upstairs.
Written September 1, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Iself0
Iself0
Surrey, United Kingdom4 contributions
Maytime Cottage
What a beautiful clean cottage, lots of room and very dog friendly. Weather beautiful would recommend to anyone who wants a break to get away from it all, so peaceful. Would certainly book again.
Visited May 2019
Written May 21, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Departure294627
Departure294627
Thanks for the kind comments... and very glad you had an enjoyable week!
Written May 22, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

claireandLe
claireandLe
3 contributions
Lovely Cottage
Lovely Cottage in a nice quiet location.Very spacious and clean enjoyed the sunroom and garden.Like a home from home. Owner quick to respond to any questions. Local well stocked shop near by and everything within easy reach. Enjoyed our stay very relaxing definitely recommend.
Visited April 2019
Written April 22, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Linnie B
Linnie B
Brighton, United Kingdom17 contributions
Great little cottage
Great cottage, plenty of room to spread out, good size garden, Peaceful location, lovely countryside views, great walks from the cottage. Good local pub with excellent food. 15 minutes from Ventnor, good central location. Returned for 2nd year running.
Visited August 2017
Written October 10, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Stephen P
Stephen P
Slough, United Kingdom11 contributions
Lovely house in a great location.
Maytime Cottage was the perfect base for our Isle Of Wight holiday. We know the island quite well and knew that Ventnor would be a great place from which to explore the island and were originally looking for a place in the town. However, when we saw Maytime Cottage online we knew it was the place for us. Happily, the pictures were a true reflection of the quality and charm of the cottage and the location – around only 4 miles from the centre of Ventnor – worked out really well for us. Set amongst rolling hills and twisting country roads, Maytime Cottage is in a beautiful location and what you lose from not being in a town location you more than gain in bucolic views and a peaceful environment. Another advantage is that it’s so convenient to explore the island; 10 minutes from Ventnor and Godshill, 20 from Newport and Shanklin and 40 from The Needles. The house has pretty much everything and was comfortable and spacious for a family of four. When you rent a holiday home it’s often the little things that can make the difference and Maytime Cottage covers all the bases including excellent Wi-Fi – something that can’t be said of many places we have stayed and an absolute essential with two children in our party. Around the island there is so much to do. If you have younger children I would recommend Black Gang Chine amusement park. Ventnor is a charming Victorian town with a decent selection of shops (Morrison’s in Newport is the closest large supermarket), places to eat and small beach. Ventnor is also home to the Botanic Garden which is well worth a visit. Shanklin and Sandown offer larger beaches and more facilities you would expect from a British seaside resort (golfers should check out Brown’s pitch and putt and budding palaeontologists will enjoy Dinosaur Isle – both in Sandown). The Needles was probably the highlight of our trip; a precipitous ski-lift down to the beach followed by a speed-boat trip around the Needles was great fun and there is plenty to do in the main park area, including cliff walks with stunning views. I’ll finish with a tip: before you go to the island make sure you download the paybyphone app on your smart-phone and register your credit card and car’s details. Unless you plan to carry a lot of coins with you using this app is by far the easiest way to pay for parking on the island. You can pay by the hour or day but note that you use a different location code for hourly or daily parking (location codes are displayed on the parking machines).
Visited August 2017
Written September 5, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Parking
  • Parking available
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Patio
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Kitchen and dining
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access

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About the neighborhood
Near to Maytime Cottage are Blackgang Chine, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, St Catherines Oratory ( a medieval lighthouse) some good beaches and superb downland and coastal walks right from the door.In Whitwell there is also a pub serving good food which is within walking distance from the cottage, and also a local petrol station. At Niton 2 miles to the south there are 2 pubs a small supermarket, and a cafe.
Getting around
For cyclists we can arrange for secure bike storage at the cottage on request. For drivers, we have (from 2024) an electric vehicle charger (wallbox 7.7kw/h) at the cottage. (enquire for details). We have driveway parking for up to two cars. Whitwell is the nearest fuel filling station (1 mile by road) There are hourly busses from Whitwell (10 mins walk) towards Ventnor and Newport, and a comprehensive bus network across the island centred on Newport. The nearest rail station is Shanklin, around 5 miles distant. This connects to Ryde pier and the fast passenger ferry to Portsmouth Harbour rail station.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
The cottage is approximately 30 minutes drive from any of the Isle of Wight's three ferry ports.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 PM Check out by 11 AM
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
One Well behaved dog per party welcomed

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Maytime Cottage UPDATED 2023: 3 Bedroom Cottage in Whitwell with Wi-Fi and Internet Access - Tripadvisor