Undermount

Ventnor, Isle of Wight
Self-catering


A magical setting for this friendly house and garden with a view-filled terrace and a gate leading straight down to the sandy beach

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 6

The
Experience

A grand Victorian mansion and though split into four, the listed house – with stone entrance tunnel built for Queen Victoria’s visit – feels lofty and spacious. The big kitchen with its warming Aga is perfect for sociable cooking and eating, the south-facing stone terrace just right for lounging with a book and the garden large enough for playing or escaping. Keep on through a secret gate and in five minutes you’re swimming in Monks Bay.

You’re in a very hidden village, Bonchurch, where you’ll find a romantic hillside pond, a 12th-century church and the Bonchurch Inn which specialises in home-cooked Italian food and fish. The next cove up from Monks Bay is the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor, a 15-minute walk along the beach, for fresh fish from the Ventnor Haven Fishery, lots of shops and another great beach for a day out.

Join the coast path for interesting walks: steep paths, lush vegetation and huge views. Discover Devil’s Chimney, St Catherine’s Lighthouse and Steephill Cove – a wonderful beach only reached on foot. Return to much comfort and a fire in the sitting room or a barbecue in the garden.

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We think you'll love

  • Nipping out for an early morning swim - you'll have the beach to yourself
  • Buying fresh crab and fish and cooking it in the lovely kitchen
  • Relaxing on the view-filled terrace with a book
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You should know

  • You can’t bring pets
  • It's not ideal if you're not very mobile
  • There’s just one parking space at the house - free parking nearby

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Special offer: Cosy fires and aga cooking, coastal and woodland walks. Experience the delights of an Undermount Christmas. 10% festive discount available for 6/ 7 night stays between 23rd December and 2nd January

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £120
Weekly price
from £850
1 House for 6
From £1203 bedrooms

Reviews

Undermount is a place full of wonder - welcoming and comfortable with fascinating furniture and artworks. Gorgeous stone balcony terrace for relaxing, a lush garden filled with ferns, palms and secret corners, perfect for hide & seek and dens, and big open spaces for running around. Cosy attic bedrooms with brilliant books, swimming in the cove, it's like stepping into an Enid Blyton story!

Mandy, Sawday's inspector

We've stayed at Undermount several times now and it is a wonderful place, cannot recommend it highly enough! The house is beautiful, but also very comfortable, and it's in a great location. We especially love the balcony and the views over the gardens.

Gail, Newcastle upon tyne

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Location

The neighbourhood

Bonchurch is a small, atmospheric cliffside village close to Ventnor - the main town on the south tip of the island. The tiny little medieval church, Old St Boniface Church, has the remains of Romanesque wall paintings. The roads are narrow and steep and lined with ferns and almost tropical vegetation giving it an enchanted feel and there's an unusual hillside pond. You can walk to Ventor for your shopping, antique hunting or simply a paddle on a different beach. Surfers will need to head to Compton Bay (20-minutes in the car) for dramatic views and waves.

Local points of interest from Maxine Owens

  • Fantastic local pub - The Bonchurch Inn - a 3 minute walk from the house. Or eat in Ventnor, with its award-winning restaurants and coffee shops. We love The Smoking Lobster down on Ventnor Bay and The Spyglass is always good for a post-beach pint.
  • Amazing coastal and downland walks on your doorstep. Stroll through the garden down to the beach and on to the landslip with incredible natural rock feature 'The Devil's Chimney'.
  • Private path down to beach from end of the garden. Quiet beach at Monk's bay for a peaceful swim.
  • Animal parks, historic buildings, fossil hunting and Black Gang Chine all within a short drive from Undermount.
  • Apparently the tunnel under the mount to Undermount was build for Queen Victoria's visit! Check out the skulls and fossils in the tunnel - always candlelit at Halloween and Christmas!
  • A great base to enjoy the many Isle of Wight Festivals

Introducing

Maxine Owens

Richard and Maxine bought the house some years ago and come here with their children as often as they can. They fell in love with the island while on holiday from London, where they still live. They've thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible and you'll be greeted by the housekeeper.