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Anchor Cottage

East Cowes

Prices from £420

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms

  • Off-street Parking
  • Walking distance of shops
  • Walking distance of beach
  • Sea View
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Children Friendly

Welcoming, comfortable,convenient,well equipped and well presented. The Cottage is adjacent to the chain ferry linking with the sailing town of Cowes.

Stunning balcony views over The Solent and River Medina perfect for watching the vibrant maritime scene

Located right on the river so you can relax in this coastal setting and enjoy the constant marine activity with fantastic views over the passing yachts from either balcony.

The cottage includes one double bedroom, one small bunk-bed room, lounge/diner with views over the river, kitchen and one bathroom. There is also a designated off road car parking space for one vehicle right outside the front door

The Esplanade stretches the length of the beach and on the opposite side there is a green, an adventure playground and paddling pool and a café selling a variety of food and beverages, which is also a great vantage point to watch the spectacle of boats and yachts as they navigate Cowes Harbour and pass through The Solent.

Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s family home, is a must visit whilst on the Island and is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Isle of Wight. After first visiting Osborne, England’s longest-reigning monarch wrote: 'It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot'.

Within a couple of minutes walk of the property there is a couple of great restaurants, an Indian (Taste of India) and an Italian (Prego) and for more 'every-day' family dining, a short walk to East Cowes Marina you will find the Lifeboat, which boasts an elevated, west facing deck from where a meal or a drink can be enjoyed in the sun, overlooking the marina and the variety of stunning boats in it berths.

Other things to note


The Cottage is close to the chain ferry* about 50 metres, which is a convenient link with Cowes taking foot passengers and vehicles between the hours of 6am and midnight. It operates using chains which do rattle a bit and also noise from the ramp being lowered. Light sleepers may find this a bit noisy. So please take this into account when choosing Anchor Cottage. Most of our guests are fascinated and enjoy watching this piece of maritime history ply its trade.

Property is entered via a private car park providing one car parking space

Ground floor entrance leading to a entrance hall off of which is a;

Double bedroom with built in wardrobes and views of the River Medina.

A well appointed bathroom with shower over the bath.

A bunk room sleeping two

Stair lead to a first floor landing, off of which there is access to westerly facing balcony with view across the forecourt and out over the Harbour.

A large, L-shaped lounge/diner provide comfortable lounging, dining for four guests and from the lounge area a door leads to a balcony enjoying views over the River and the Harbour across to the Yacht Haven at Cowes.

A well appointed and equipped kitchen off the dining area.

Features and equipment

Car parking for one car
Two balconies enjoying river and sea views
Gas central heating
Double glazing
Washing machine
Slim-line dishwasher
Fridge freezer
TV & DVD player


This is a no-smoking property
One small dog permitted, others at landlord's discretion

Cowes & East Cowes
Home to the oldest and biggest sailing regatta in the world, Cowes is the number one destination for sailors during the summer months. But it also boasts a rich wealth of history and culture with its ‘twin’ East Cowes just across the Medina estuary by chain ferry (subject to availability).

Stroll through the vibrant town and enjoy independent shops and well-known yachting clothing stores, sit at a pavement café or have a restaurant lunch and people watch or enjoy a glass of something cold and watch the sun go down over the Solent before having dinner at some excellent pubs and restaurants.

Take yourself across the water to East Cowes via the chain ferry and enjoy a slice of great British history at Osborne House; Queen Victoria’s seaside residence. Stroll along her beach and enjoy the walled garden and Swiss Cottage. It’s a wonderful spot for families or just to wander through on your own. There are cultural museums, events and galleries to enjoy on both sides of the Medina and you’ll notice the influence of Prince Albert’s ornate designs in the architecture of many houses and buildings. Cowes is featured in the Slow Travel Guide to the Isle of Wight. Why not try a new way of exploring and discover hidden places and local’s favourites in Cowes.

Whatever your taste in food, the size of your party or the depth of your wallet, you won’t have any problem finding a gastronomic delight in Cowes. From tempting tapas, perfect pizza, blockbusting burgers and the finest of dining to the simplest of sandwiches, Cowes will not disappoint.
For families, hungry sailors and visitors alike there is an enormous amount of choice and you can choose from restaurants, pubs, cafes and wine bars offering food from around the globe as well as locally grown and produced fish, meat, vegetables, wine, beer and even gin! Enjoy breakfast, lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner, Sunday roast and the Island’s favourite fish and chips. Treat yourself to cakes, custard tarts, fudge and ice cream, all made or baked freshly as well as artisan bread, cheeses and wine. You’ll be spoiled for choice and in fact, if you were to stay in Cowes for a week, you’d be hard pressed to sample all that’s on offer.

Boutique clothing stores, foodie heavens, beautiful interiors shops and practical chandlers all abound in Cowes. If you’re looking for that necessary piece of rope, a sailing top or a seaside souvenir, artisan bread, cheese or a really good bottle of wine then you can find all of these things down the High Street.

Self-catering, picnicking or eating on the water? There are small independent shops selling local produce and necessities and two larger supermarkets, one in Cowes and one in East Cowes for anything else.

For gift buying or something to take home as a reminder of a good holiday well spent, take your pick from driftwood mirrors, locally produced chutneys, oils and jams, basketry, jewellery and nautical items from the small shops which line the town or stock up on your sailing gear at well-known yachting emporiums. Whatever it is you need to buy or whatever you fancy, you’re sure to find it in Cowes.

There’s so much to squash into your time in Cowes that you might find yourself having a return visit to fit it all in! From beaches to Queen Victoria’s Summer Palace you will find it, in her words, ‘impossible to find a prettier spot’.
There are maritime museums in both Cowes and East Cowes to enjoy, sailing and water sports to partake in, regattas, galleries and shops to enjoy and boat trips to take. Did you know that the first hovercraft was developed in East Cowes? Go and find out all about it in the Heritage Museum. Or see the cradle used by Napoleon Bonaparte for his son amongst the other nauticalia at the Max Aitken Museum.

Take a stroll around the extensive grounds of Osborne and marvel at the views that reminded Albert and Victoria of the Bay of Naples, or visit the recently restored Durbar Room to see the collection of Indian treasures. St Mildred’s Church in nearby Whippingham was where the Queen worshipped. Or you could just buy yourself a picnic, enjoy the sunny esplanade and watch the boats go by or even head up to Northwood Park and snooze under the trees. Walk along the seafront, breathe in that fresh sea air and go for a paddle or a swim if you’re feeling brave! Whatever you decide to do, you can be sure of plenty of the great outdoors.
Wonderful holiday home with amazing views and beautiful landscapes.

You have thought of everything with regards to making our stay comfortable and homely.

Thank you

The Atkinson Fmaily

We've had a lovely time here and we thank Vida Lewis for letting us stay here.

Once again thank you Vida Lewis.

From the Haley family

Thank you so much Anchor Cottage is delightful and was perfect for our stay thank you again.

Haley Family

All boxes ticked! Anchor Cottage was the ideal hub for discovering the hidden treasures of this lovely Island.
Never a dull moment whilst the marine traffic if the Medina flowed along. Among the boxes ticked was this charming cottage, with excellent facilities.
A delightful experience.

Thank you
A & J

Great holiday, fabulous location and base for our adventures. Thanks very much, hope to come back soon.

Fuller Family

Very well equipped comfortable accommodation, wonderfully situated for exploring the IOW and watching the river traffic.

L & P

Nice to be back for my bi annual visit long may it continue.

M from Chandlers Ford Hants

Another great stay Anchor Cottage is a great bse to start with have. already booked next year.

S & M from London

3 nights was not enough in this lovely comfy cosy cottage.
Everything we could possibly need all here :)

Thank you so much.

S & J
West Sussex


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