The Old Abbey Farmhouse | The Island Holiday Company

The Old Abbey Farmhouse

2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests


The Old Abbey Farmhouse is a beautiful Grade II listed property, located on the grounds of Quarr Abbey which is home to a community of Catholic Benedictine monks. The Farmhouse is adjacent to the ruins of an ancient Cistercian abbey, which was founded in 1132 by Baldwin de Redvers, Earl of Devon and fourth Lord of the Isle of Wight. The site of this ancient abbey lies midway between Fishbourne and the village that grew up around the royal quarry at Binstead. It was from this quarry that the abbey took its name: Quarreria – Quarr. Hence its original title was: The Abbey of St Mary in the Quarries. This quarry had been in use since the Norman Conquest, providing stone for Hampshire churches and also most notably the cathedrals of Winchester and Chichester.

On entering through the eighteenth century front doorway of the Farmhouse, a bright hallway opens to both the dining room and living room. The dining room, with a wood burner, has seating for four guests. The kitchen has newly fitted units with a dishwasher, oven and hob. There is a small utility room with washing machine next to the kitchen. Off the kitchen is the bathroom with a roll top bath, basin and toilet. Access to the garden is through the kitchen which also has a small, enclosed seating area, perfect for an afternoon drink in the sun. The garden is enclosed and is suited for a small dog to enjoy. The living room is a bright and airy room with another wood burner and Smart TV. The views across the farmers’ fields are inspiring, a peaceful place to sit and enjoy. The staircase leads up to a landing and two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a double bed and a recently fitted ensuite with shower cubical. The second bedroom has a king size bed. Outside the rear garden there is a patio area for guests to enjoy an afternoon in the sun or an evening under the stars after you have taken in the sights of the Abbey grounds.

The more modern Quarr Abbey, built from 1907 to 1914, is an architectural wonder, constructed entirely of brick. Its magnificent church, a jewel of the Isle of Wight, is open to the public from 5.00 am to 8.30 pm every day. Church services, sung by the monks in Gregorian Chant, are held throughout each day.

Many different activities are held on the Abbey grounds throughout the year. If walking is something you enjoy there are many public walkways, including a woodland walk. The abbey has an Art Gallery with different local artists exhibiting each week. It also has a Farm Shop with a large variety of goods for sale, a Monastery Shop selling religious books, cards and rosaries, and a Visitor Centre explaining about the life and history of the monastic life at Quarr. Why not stop by the Quarr Abbey Tea Shop and enjoy homemade cakes or a light meal in its beautiful tea garden. Then you can feed the pigs, always a popular attraction! Full information on the abbey, its grounds and history, can be seen on its own website and Facebook page.
Ryde town centre is 2 miles from the property where you can find many restaurants, pubs, cafés and shops. The nearest ferry terminal is at Fishbourne which is a short ten minute walk from the abbey along its bridle path.



Property Information


Hallway: bench seat and staircase to first floor
Lounge: sofa, armchair, wood burner and Smart TV
Dining room: wood burner, sofa, dining table and chairs
Kitchen: electric oven, induction hob, fridge/ with ice box, kettle, toaster and dishwasher
Sun room: armchair, side table and garden view (access via kitchen)
Utility: washing machine
Bathroom: roll-top bath with handheld shower attachment, toilet and wash basin

Bedroom 1: double bed, dressing table, chest of drawers and en-suite
En-suite: shower cubicle, toilet and wash basin
Bedroom 2: king size bed, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and ottoman

Enclosed walled garden with exterior seating
Private parking for 2 cars adjacent to rear garden


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 1 dog. 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 when making your booking, so this additional cost is included. If it becomes apparent that you have brought a pet with you but did not advise us, we will contact you to request payment separately.

Arrival time: 16.00 onwards / Departure time: 10:00a.m.

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.

​Please be advised there is a narrow staircase between floors.

There is a strict no smoking policy.

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

Initial fuel and logs for multi-fuel / wood burners will be supplied at the beginning of your stay. Guests will be required to purchase more if required.

Bookings for hen and stag parties are not accepted.

Kindly 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 can offer discounted ferry travel when you book your holiday through us.


Fishbourne is a village between Wootton and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight.The name "Fishbourne" might mean "stream of fish" or "fish spring". It is positioned on the eastern bank of Wootton Creek, and includes the terminal for the Wightlink car ferry from Portsmouth.
Fishbourne, together with the adjoining Kite Hill area, became a civil parish in 2006 and has a parish council. The parish includes the ruined Norman abbey (founded 1132) and the Benedictine monastery including Quarr Abbey (founded in the early 1900s).The Royal Victoria Yacht Club and the 'Fishbourne Inn' are located near the ferry terminal.

The nearby village of Wootton has a selection of pubs a handful of shops, a fish and chip shop, chemist and a Post Office. The location is a paradise for walkers, country lovers, bird watchers and cyclists. There are local forests in which to enjoy walks and horse riding, and for cyclists, there is a choice of challenging off road bridleways, peaceful byways and level, purpose-made tracks running along former railway lines directly from the property, other attractions within easy reach include Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, Robin Hill Adventure Park and the world famous yachting at Cowes.

The Isle of Wight is renowned for having a warm, sunny climate, and there are plenty of tourist attractions you can enjoy in the sun. Discover quaint villages, indulge in cream teas, enjoy local produce, including garlic at The Garlic Farm, adventure parks, museums, zoo, donkey sanctuary, wildlife centres, the Isle of Wight Pearl Factory, The Needles landmark, traditional pottery, vineyards, steam railway, pretty coves and much more


On Monday, 19 Feb 2024
Outstanding location, especially for hikers and dog lovers, beautiful house. We'll be back !
On Monday, 23 Oct 2023
Gorgeous on every way possible. Warm, modern decor while taking you back in time. Fabulous welcome basket. I could easily live there forever.
On Friday, 29 Sep 2023
Perfect cottage. Lovely location, peaceful with rural surroundings and yet minutes from a main road. 5 minutes from the ferry.The cottage has been professionally converted and is stocked with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. High quality welcome basket on arrival.
Sharon Scarpellino
On Saturday, 26 Aug 2023
The farmhouse was stunning and absolutely everything was provided for. The monastery was amazing with beautiful Latin services. The monks and everyone were so friendly. Beautiful and peaceful surroundings with great walks. Lots of people stopped to admire the farmhouse and we were proud to say we lived there (even though it was for only a week). Great little gift shops and we loved feeding the pigs. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We would definitely recommend and may be back ourselves in the not too distant future. Thank you. Scarpellino family
On Monday, 31 Jul 2023
Loved the house which is very well located in Ryde and is a short walk to the beach and Abbey Brilliant self-catering accomodation (so breakfast is not included), there was a welcome hamper from the farm provided which makes a sufficient simple breakfast and is very much appreciated .
Previous Guest
On Friday, 19 May 2023
What an amazing place. It was so serene and beautiful. Place was spotless and furnished/equipped to a high standard. The abbey grounds were lovely to walk the dog in. Waking up to the sounds of lambs bleating and birds was delightful. The walk to the abbey tearoom was short and the tea room amazing, slightly longer walk to the Fishbourne pub with the dog was also worth it. Truly an amazing holiday
Previous Guest
On Friday, 12 May 2023
Many thanks for a wonderful stay at The Old Abbey Farmhouse. We enjoyed the cottage immensely. It was immaculate and the welcome pack was appreciated. Thank you for rescheduling the return ferry at short notice which helped with the journey home. We will come back at some point.
Previous Guest
On Friday, 12 May 2023
Absolutely loved this cottage. Impeccable cleanliness. Very comfortable with lovely countryside views. Very dark at night to assist sleep. Very quiet except for the bleating of the sheep opposite and the occasional trekker hiking along the bridleway outside. Lovely to sit in the walled garden to have a coffee. Very well furnished and equipped with a useful welcome pack. If weather is bad, tv reception can be intermittent but who cares when you can look outside at the lovely surroundings. On the coastal path if you like walking/cycling. I would highly recommend.
Previous Guest
On Wednesday, 03 May 2023
Absolutely amazing place to stay. Looking out every window looked like a postcard with fields covered in wildflowers and baby lambs. So close to everything and beautiful walks right from the door. Thank you so much for having us, we world definitely come back.
Previous Guest
On Thursday, 13 Apr 2023
What an amazing place to stay! The house itself was freshly renovated, comfortably furnished, relaxing, well equipped with everything we needed, gorgeous location and very easily accessible from Fishbourne. Lovely housekeeper, Claire and contact with Tracey at the Abbey. We had a wonderful chilled out stay and will definitely be coming back!
Previous Guest
On Monday, 20 Mar 2023
We had a really good time at this lovely cottage . First interaction with The Island Holiday Company over the phone was great. Then being met on arrival by Claire who really put herself out , returning to cottage to sort out my computer and get me online, all with a smile. Cottage itself was spotlessly clean , with very useful welcome pack. Will recommend your services without hesitation .
On Monday, 21 Nov 2022
10/10 Outstanding The getaway farmhouse was just lovely. Two wonderful wood burning fireplaces, wonderfully equipped kitchen, dog friendly, beautiful walks out your doorstep, pub within short walk, Fishbourne and Ryde walks accessible and peace, quiet and beautiful scenery made this long weekend spot on the top of our list. The Abbey is right up they way with a wonderful little cafe and farm shop. Ideal place for a couple or small family. One bathroom upstairs, in one of the bedrooms, so would need to be shared or go downstairs to second bathroom. Water pressure for showering was amazing.
Previous Guest
On Monday, 31 Oct 2022
Excellent Stay at the Top Spec, brand new House. Nicely refurbished. Would definitely use again for comfort and style.
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