Bembridge Houseboat “Islay”


Boat hosted by Denise

  1. 9 guests
  2. 4 bedrooms
  3. 6 beds
  4. 2.5 bathrooms
Dedicated workspace
A common area with wifi that’s well suited for working.
Self check-in
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If you're looking for a unique stay, this is it. Overlooking Bembridge Harbour, Islay and her sister boat Eleuthera, nestle into their surroundings beautifully providing easy access for everything a family or group holiday could wish for and some of the most delightful hidden beaches on the south coast.

Islay can sleep up to 10 and enjoys glorious, ever-changing views across the harbour, perfect for a family getaway to the island.

The space
Only a short walk from Bembridge village and beaches, the entrance leads across a walkway to the front door which opens onto the main open-plan living area. With kitchen/utility, toilet, banquet dining table, and comfortable sitting areas, you'll enjoy spectacular views across the harbour. The sliding folding doors that lead onto the viewing deck flood light into the main room. The ever-changing sea and sky create a constantly changing landscape that can be enjoyed all year round.
Downstairs there are 4 modern bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, sleeping up to 10, perfect for 2 families. The houseboat will rise and fall with the tides so don't worry if there are some creaking boat sounds as the hull rises and settles onto the spud legs.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed, 1 floor mattress
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed

What this place offers

Sea view
Marina view
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises – 1 space
TV with cable/satellite TV
Free washing machine
Hair dryer
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Bembridge, England, United Kingdom

There are 2 Supermarkets, the Co-Op in the centre of town and towards the other end of the village a Welcome store in Lane End Court. There is also the Lane End Deli next door. There is a large Tesco on the route back to Ryde, next to the Go-Karting centre and Pitch & Putt golf course.

The Houseboat is moored alongside a variety of interesting yachts and fishing boats, you can get your own helping of the morning’s catch at the Crab Shack a few hundred metres away, along the harbour. Here The Best Dressed Crab Restaurant offers fresh seafood lunches and dinners and has a great view of the harbour from its deck.

Bembridge is never very far from a beach. Whether it’s the Sandy beaches of Priory bay and Seagrove Beach or the rock pooling on Bembridge beach or Forelands beach around the headland. Watch out for the tides there as they are notoriously quick to flood the beach. Also be careful near the cliffs as they are clay and prone to subsidence. The Bembridge lifeboat Station on Lane End beach is a sight to see at dawn, loved by photographers for its beautiful sunrises.

There are some great places to eat in Bembridge. Here is a list of ours favourites:

Harbour View Cafe on the beach at Bembridge 01983 872742 a few minutes walk towards town, 1/2 Lobster salad recommended, best to order/book in advance.

The Best Dressed Crab 01983 874758 In the harbour (also running the Harbour View Cafe), freshly caught seafood and on the water in the harbour. Outside seating available on the deck.

The Baywatch Cafe 01983 873259 a walk across the Duver to the beach at Bembridge harbour mouth.

The Duver Cafe 07780 666745 A shorter walk across the Duver, great breakfast spot.

The Crab and Lobster Pub 01983 872244 A long walk to the other end of Bembridge along the beach past the lifeboat station, or hop in the car.

The Beach Hut, 01983874270 on Forelands beach, public car park just before the Crab and Lobster Inn. Great for watching the kids rock-pool at low tide.

The Propeller Inn at the airfield in Bembridge, 01983 873611 Wonderful pub food and great for

In Bembridge village:

Ye Olde Village Inn’s garden has outside courtyard seating and wood fired pizza (01983 872616)

Frampton’s bar on the High st :,

…opposite is Fox’s Restaurant :

Farm shop and No.8 Cafe. for takeaway coffee’s.
The Old Bakery also do takeaway coffee’s and great cakes and pastries.

Woodfords and Sons Butchers Get there early for your award winning sausage rolls!

Angel in the Kitchen. Almost next door to Ye Olde Village Inn. Booking is essential, a fabulous weekly menu. Recommended. Kate 07542377776

Bembridge Coast Hotel and golf club 01983 873931 Past the Lifeboat station
Lane End Cafe and Deli on the way to The Lifeboat Station.

Animal lovers are particularly well catered for, with attractions including the Amazon World Zoo Park, Donkey Sanctuary, Isle of Wight Zoo, Owl & Monkey Haven, Fort Victoria Aquarium and Tapnell Farm, which also has a Water Park for family fun in the warmer months.
If you fancy some culture and heritage, try Quay Arts, Carisbrooke Castle, Needles Old Battery, Osborne House, Quarr Abbey, Yarmouth Castle or Bembridge Windmill.
Or other attractions include House of Chilli, Rosemary Vineyard, Garlic Farm, Island Planetarium, The Needles Park, IoW Steam Railway, Dinosaur Isle, Cowes Maritime Museum and Ventnor Botanic Gardens.
As well as walking and cycling the Isle of Wight's 200 miles of cycle route, you've got some of the best beaches in the UK on your doorstep and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the coast. Try sailing, sea fishing, kite surfing, sea kayaking, horse riding on beaches, rock pooling, sea swimming or surfing.
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Hosted by Denise

  1. Joined in March 2013
  • 199 Reviews
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We are an English/Scottish family.
Dee and Sam live in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

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Check-in: 16:00 - 22:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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