Miss Grant August 2020
Lovely location - needs upgrading and refurbishment
Mrs Courtney July 2020
Vida is a wonderful and different experience. It is very much like being on a boat, but in a first class sort of way. I would reccomend Vida for the view alone , it is sensational. Vida is exceptionally clean and tidy, with all the home comforts you could ask for. I only went on the garden at the top once, as the steps up were very much like going upstairs on a boat. Bembridge itself is up a windy hill, and the locals are very friendly.
Mrs Carruthers November 2019
Absolutely loved staying and really enjoyed the changing views, enjoyed watching the boats coming and going from the harbour.
Mrs Weight October 2019
Large, comfortable, well equipped. View excellent. We had a lovely holiday.
Miss Ramsden September 2019
Wonderful position on fabulous estuary but NOT suitable for small dogs or anyone with stability problems.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thank you for your comments - Vida Floating Home is certainly a unique property. We do appreciate that due to the property being on a tidal harbour, the level of the boat can alter and tilt causing some movement. Dogs are welcome onboard though we appreciate that the set up would not work for everyone. We do have a large portfolio of properties throughout the South West however so please don't hesitate to get in touch and we'd be delighted to help find something suitable. Bryony, Customer Support
Mrs Davies August 2019
Brilliant location with ever changing views. A truly unique place to stay. Very relaxing. We will return.
Mrs Bradley August 2019
This has to be one of the best locations we have ever stayed in. This floating home was a delight to come back to every day and spend quality time at. We had the most perfect of weathers and felt so fortunate to be in such a comfortable home in the best of locations.
Mr Bass July 2019
Brilliant holiday accommodation excellent views the only sad point was having to leave after two weeks but have already booked again for next year for two weeks
Mrs Cooper April 2019
Wonderful stay, fantastic location.
Mr Powell April 2019
It was different took some getting used to tilt but that added to experience
Mrs Avey February 2019
For us this was a stay-cation, the boat was really relaxing and we all had a brilliant time. Unfortunately I got pneumonia so spent 5 days in hospital but my husband and girls still enjoyed their time on the boat.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thanks so much for your thoughts. We were so sorry to hear that you had been poorly during your visit - hopefully you are making a speedy recovery now and will be able to re-visit Vida Floating Home again with your family in the near future. Bryony, Customer Support
Mrs Purnell September 2018
Beautiful location, lovely to look out at the view every day. Quite fun when the tide goes out as boat will tilt slightly, but you get used to it. Take the gangplank in on an evening as noisy otherwise. The parking is on a first come first served basis, although we never had a problem.
Mrs Larkin August 2018
This is a fabulous place to stay if you are looking for peace, quiet and natural beauty. The boat is really well-equipped and comfortable. The views across the harbour are stunning and sitting on the roof deck with a drink is magical. We found everyone we met on the island friendly and helpful, and Bembridge has very facility that you need.
Mr Tatton August 2018
If you like the sea stay here
Mr Desforges July 2018
Overall location and quality of houseboat excellent. Classic holidays support and administration excellent
Mr Bass July 2018
Superb location, excellent property and booked to return immediately we returned home
Mrs Farmer June 2018
Fabulous position for peace and watching the boats and wildlife in the harbour.
Mrs Hobbs June 2018
Loved our 2nd visit to Vida! Such a relaxing setting. Wonderfully decorated place. We will be back again & can't wait!
Mr Kyriazis May 2018
Vida is a lovely property in a great location. Stabilise the boat to keep it flat. It has not been stabilised to remain flat with the movements of the tide.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thank you for your review of Vida Floating Home - we are so pleased that you liked the property and enjoyed the wonderful location. As mentioned in the description due to the everchanging tide, the level of the boat can vary, adding to the experience. Kari, Customer Support
Mrs Shemeld May 2018
Very well equipped & comfortable. We absolutely loved it! Enjoyed sunbathing on the roof terrace and watching the boats sail by.. In a beautiful peaceful setting…Just perfect!
Mrs Bantock March 2018
Unique experience with marvellous open views.
Mr Jones March 2018
Superb houseboat with outstanding equipment in a great location.......a must visit houseboat
Mrs King February 2018
Our holiday was quite simply perfect, Vida was in such a wonderful setting at the end of the pontoon, so very private with sea views from all the rooms (which by the way are better than the pictures).... will be returning soon. Love The Kings x
Mrs Caldwell October 2017
Fantastic location, seal two days running outside window. Fresh crab local floating café, past house boats and kingfisher catching fish from Vida. Oh wow!
Mr Kidd September 2017
Well equipped property, with great views, perfectly located for exploring the Island.
Mrs Hobbs September 2017
We loved our time at Vida. The accommodation is spotless and beautifully decorated. The location is ideal and we could spend all day just looking out at the birds and boats! We were so sad to leave it!
There is a pub within 5 minute walk in Bembridge (The Pilot boat inn) who do really good food. There is also another Pub in St Helens which is probably about 25mins away (The Vine). It's a great walk past all the houseboats. Bembridge village is a 10 minute walk where there is a CoOp, The Village inn (pub), The Bakery (recommended breakfast and yummy cakes) & a couple of other placed to eat. It's a lovely walk along Bembridge beach towards the Lifeboat Station. In the other direction (St Helens) you can walk across the causeway and walk to the beach. There is a place there called Baywatch by the beach where we stopped for lunch and a drink. We will be back for sure!
Mr Cladingboel September 2017
Quite often holiday accommodation is not quite as good as you thought it was going to be. Vida was the opposite. We thought it was going to be nice - but it was excellent. The accommodation was stylish, well equipped also very comfy. As for the setting, we thought it was quite magical. You will definitely see us again.
Mr Sears August 2017
The floating home is in prime location to observe harbour life and the lights glitter in the evening on the water right across to Portsmouth. It is also close to good beaches for rockpools and snorkeling, Forelands being the best, I think. The locals are friendly and the home itself comfortable, light and airy as you open the whole front if you want. Means you can observe kingfishers, swans, egrets from your living room! Or on deck watch the mullet that visit or catch crabs from the pontoon!
Mr Brake August 2017
Idyllic setting! Vida did not disappoint. We enjoyed some stunning sunsets, befriended some swans and ducks and generally had a hugely relaxing week on board with the added bonus that our beloved dog could come too. We very much hope to return.
Miss Ramsden June 2017
May I say what a splendid property this is. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found the setting peaceful and relaxing - much needed in both our busy lives.
Mr Swain June 2017
My wife and I had a wonderful week on board Vida. It was the perfect base for the Isle of Wight. Vida was possibly situated on the best location on Bembridge Harbour. Local pubs and restaurants were very good, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We did not use the roof facilities, as the stairway was too steep. The view from Vida was just wonderful.
Mrs Belton March 2017
We loved the houseboat and would definitely like stay there again. To be able to open the blinds in the morning to watch the shorebirds busily going about their business and even when it was dark to see the twinkling lights across the harbour and over in Portsmouth, it was a magical place to stay.
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