For a holiday with a difference this is it! Situated on a private pontoon in Bembridge Harbour, you will have fond memories of your time on this unique floating home for years to come. Park your car up at the nearby slipway and take a short stroll, while admiring the gorgeous scenery of course, along the pontoon to this idyllic retreat. A large step takes you onto the decking and from there steep wooden steps (please take care) lead up to the roof terrace with its fabulous waterfront views, where you can while away the time, G&T in hand, watching the boats sailing in and out of the harbour. The outside steps are so steep that it feels safer to go down them the way you went up them ie facing into the steps. Tastefully furnished throughout, Vida has an open living-room complete with a fully-equipped kitchen area with an electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/drier and even a dishwasher! This really is a great home-from-home and imagine all those scrumptious meals you can cook up and enjoy al fresco on the roof terrace, taking in the wonderful view. If the weather is not so kind to you, the beautiful view can be enjoyed from the dining-area too and there is also a comfortable sitting-area, where you can have a cosy night in watching your favourite film on the TV. The pretty double bedrooms are light and airy, one with a king-size bed and both with direct access onto the wrap-around deck, and there is a modern bathroom; under-floor heating will keep you toasty whatever the time of year. Bembridge village is just a stroll away, where you will find a baker, butcher, restaurants and pubs.
Vida is moored next to the Yacht Club on the south side of Bembridge Harbour, a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and close to nearby Brading Marshes which was the home to the first RSPB site on the Island. There are many picturesque walks in and around the area, historic sites to visit, beautiful beaches to enjoy and a busy harbour where there's always something to watch, and the main shops and village are just a short walk up the hill. For history lovers, Bembridge is also where you will find the only remaining windmill on the Island dating from around 1700. This National Trust property is open from April to October and well worth a visit. The village centre has everything you could possibly need whilst you are on holiday; a bakery for your morning rolls, a cafe for coffee and cake, a fishmongers for the daily catch and a farm shop for locally grown vegetables. For those keen on watersports Tackt-Isle Adventures is located across the harbour from Vida via water taxi or a lovely walk across the causeway. They have all the kit, skills and experience for a huge range of activities, including kayaking, windsurfing, bike hire and much more. A walk across the causeway (one of our favourites) takes you to St Helens beach and the popular Baywatch Cafe for lunch and a chance to watch the boats heading out of the harbour. If it's fishing you are after Catchalot Charters is just a few hundred yards along the harbour. They cater for everyone from beginners to the more experienced, and are licensed for twelve, fully equipped for angling and even have a toilet aboard! If you return empty handed you can still savour the finest shellfish caught by the professionals on the floating cafe at the other end of the harbour. For a more relaxing day, tide permitting, you can stroll easterly along the beach all the way to the Lifeboat Cafe, where you can enjoy an ice cream and admire the recently refurbished lifeboat station, a tour of which is highly recommended. All in all our floating home provides a unique experience in the most delightful location both on and off the water.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. TV. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher.
Bedroom 1 with double bed (5').
Bedroom 2 with double bed.
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin.
Please be aware that, due to Vida's unique location on a tidal harbour, the level of the boat could rise at high tide or lower at low tide. The steep exterior wooden steps to the roof terrace are not suitable for young children and children are to be accompanied at all times, as the terrace is only partially railed. Use of the roof terrace is at guests' own risk. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.