1 Apse Castle Cottage | The Island Holiday Company

1 Apse Castle Cottage

3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests


The story-book exterior of this cottage is enchanting and once inside the interior does not disappoint either, having been renovated to a high standard. The exposed wooden floors, inglenook fireplace housing a log burner, along with characterful features such as original beams, make this an ideal place for rest and relaxation. Light the fire, kick off your shoes and curl up on the sofa and you may just feel like you’ve gone back in time, if it wasn’t for the modern twists! The front door opens directly into a welcoming, country style kitchen – which is well equipped with everything you will need to prepare those delicious, home-cooked evening meals. There is a dining table adjacent to the cooking area, making it quick and easy to transfer food to hungry guests. The family bathroom is also on the ground floor, with a freestanding, roll top bath perfectly placed to help rejuvenate you after a day exploring the island.

The stairs lead off the lounge and up to three tastefully decorated bedrooms consisting of one double, one twin and one single, which all have access to the upstairs shower room. The off-white walls are a calming backdrop for the stylish but understated soft furnishings.
Outside the courtyard garden is the ultimate suntrap, where you can enjoy a morning cuppa or dinner on a balmy summer evening. The two off road parking spaces are located just in front of the courtyard, making it convenient to unload luggage directly into the cottage.



Property Information


Kitchen diner: electric range induction cooker, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, dining table and chairs and access to the outside space
Utility: washing machine and tumble dryer
Lounge: sofa, chair, rocking chair, TV/DVD player, log burning stove (operating central heating)
Bathroom: freestanding roll top bath, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail

Bedroom 1: double bed, beside cabinets, wardrobes and chest of drawers
Bedroom 2: twin beds, bedside cabinets, wardrobe and chest of drawers
Bedroom 3: single bed, bedside cabinet and built in storage
Shower Room: power shower, toilet and wash basin

Court yard with exterior seating and dining table; accessed from the kitchen
Private off road parking for up to 2 cars, to the side of the property


PLEASE NOTE: a pre-authorised, refundable, security deposit will be required a week before arrival at the property. No money is taken, unless damage is reported at the property within 14 days of departure.

This property can accept a maximum of 3 dogs. The charge is £35 per dog, per week and we kindly ask that you bring your own dog bedding. Please ensure that you correctly add your pet(s) when making your booking, so this additional cost is included. If it becomes apparent that you have brought a pet(s) with you but did not advise us, we will contact you to request payment separately.

Arrival time: 16.00 onwards / Departure time: 10:00

There is no electric car charger on site and guests are prohibited from using the mains electric in the property to charge a car, unless agreed with the Owner of the property. If it becomes apparent a car is being charged without prior approval, then the guest may be charged an additional amount to cover the extra cost.

Linens and towels are provided, but please bring your own beach towels and cot linen as necessary.

Please be advised there is a narrow staircase between floors.

The heating is operated via the log burning stove, with its back boiler.

​There is a strict no smoking policy.

Please be respectful of the property and the neighbours during your stay; leaving the property as you found it on your arrival.

A breach of the rules and guidelines could mean forfeiture of the Security Deposit.

The Island Holiday Company are able to offer discounted ferry travel when you book your holiday through us.


Within easy reach of the cottage are an abundance of footpaths, for walks through woodland and the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, hop on a bike and peddle along the 32 miles that make up the Red Squirrel cycle path, part of which follows the old steam railway line. A short drive takes you to the attractive seafront at Shanklin, which is often bustling with people gathering at one of the many restaurants or choosing a favoured spot for swimming and sunbathing along the extensive sandy beach. There's a variety of amusements to entertain all ages, including crazy golf, arcades and ice cream stalls. If you like exploring, then Shanklin Chine is a must, with its natural beauty surrounded by waterfalls, streams and rare plants. The entrance is situated within Shanklin Old Village amongst popular local restaurants, pubs and thatched cottages.

Over half this beautiful island is protected as an Area of Outstanding Nature Beauty, so why not take a day to explore some of the stunning scenery by driving along the Military Road. Travel west from Shanklin, through Ventnor, a coastal town that clings to the cliff side and was famously the preferred holiday destination for aspiring Victorians; perhaps stopping on route to get lost in the peaceful Ventnor Botanic Gardens. The final destination being Freshwater Bay, with its sparkly, clear water and breath-taking views from the cliff top walks. Park in the Bay and walk up to Tennysons monument and to really blow the cobwebs out, continue to the most western point of the island and the landmark Needles. The birds eye view is worth the hike and refreshments are on hand at the Old Battery, which was the Victorian coastal defence and secret rocket testing site, perched above The Needles. Dropping down the other side of the Tennyson down, Alum Bay comes into view. The twenty-one different coloured sands create a distinctive backdrop for the shingle beach. For those with a head for heights, take the chairlift up and down to the beach, to see The Needles from a difference perspective.

Out of the many other island attractions, why not follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and visit her favourite summer residence. Osborne House and gardens was designed in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo by the Queen’s beloved husband Prince Albert. In contrast, a day spent at Blackgang Chine will ensure you a rather different Victorian experience; having opened in 1843, it remains the oldest themed attraction in the UK.


On Friday, 18 Aug 2023
Lovely cosy cottage in a great location to explore the island. Location great. Beautiful quiet road. Beds very comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped.
Previous Guest
On Saturday, 03 Jun 2023
Thank you for an amazing stay at your 1 Apse Castle Cottage over the half term. The place is most wonderful, very atmospheric with great attention to details and perfect amenities. The cottage is located in perfect place to explore the island. Ideal for family holidays!
Previous Guest
On Saturday, 03 Jun 2023
Had amazing family holidays. Loved the cottage, atmospheric and beautiful. Great location to explore the island!
Previous Guest
On Monday, 24 Apr 2023
What a wonderful cottage. Very clean and in a perfect location. Perfect for a week away with the dogs. Brilliant kitchen and all the amenities we needed. Very comfortable beds and beautiful decor. Would definitely recommend!
Previous Guest
On Saturday, 08 Apr 2023
Lovely Stay! Both accommodation and service were faultless from start to finish.. would book again without hesitation...!
Previous Guest
On Monday, 12 Dec 2022
Lovely well equipped cottage, perfect for our weekend stay, good communication and updates with The Island Holiday Company too.
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