The Retreat, St Helens on the Isle of Wight.
The Retreat looks over the charming Bembridge Harbour.
After a day sightseeing, get the family together for a cosy night in front of the TV.
Start your stress-free day with your feet up, the local newspaper and a coffee.
Plan your day's adventures, exploring the lovely Island, over a hearty breakfast.
The beautiful open plan living-room is a lovely and cosy space to come back to and relax in.
If you feel like cooking, you will find everything you need in the well-equipped kitchen.
Can you find a better location?
Take advantage of the Island sunshine and dine with a wonderful view.
Grab a glass of wine and relax in the conservatory. which has spectacular views across the harbour.
An additional outdoor seating area to the rear of the property.
Set right on the water's edge, watch the local wildlife from the comfort of your chair.
Whether you are bringing children, friends or family, the twin bedroom is an ideal, well decorated second bedroom.
Enjoy your morning coffee in bed, with views out to Bembridge Harbour.
The main bedroom has an en suite Shower-room.
Can you spot The Retreat, tucked away in this scenic location?
The master bedroom is home to a modern en suite, with walk-in shower.
The master en suite.
The large decking is perfect for al fresco dining with a view!
The family bathroom is perfect to wash away the sand from in between your toes.
The Retreat in St Helens, Isle of Wight.
The garden is full of interesting and exotic plants and features.
The Causeway is a breathtaking walk through the Mill Ponds.
The Retreat is set in the protected National Trust land, St Helens Duver.
Bembridge Harbour is a perfect location for beautiful walks.
Lining the nearby beach, there are some unique beach huts converted from old railway wagons with views out to St Helens Fort.
This now popular National Trust land was originally the Island's first golf course, what a beautiful location for a spot of golf!
The beach offers excellent views.
The nearby beaches are perfect for romantic walks, days on the beach or a spot of evening rock pooling
The garden comes equipped with garden furniture and barbecue for those summer days
Welcome to The Retreat, have a wonderful stay!
No matter the time of day, there is somewhere to sit in the moving sunshine.
The driveway up to The Retreat.
The Retreat is home to one double and one twin room, perfect for a quiet family holiday.
There is private parking in front of the property for two cars.
Spectacular views across Mill Pond.

The Retreat


St Helens / Sleeps 4 (no children under 6)

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7 Nights from £900

Lovely place, lovely setting. We really enjoyed our stay and was a great place to go and relax

The Retreat really lives up to its name, a little corner of peace and tranquility on the Island. Watching the tides come and go, binoculars at the ready to spot the bird life in the harbour whilst sitting on the deck was such a treat. The location made early morning and dusk strolls over the dunes to St Helen's beach so quick and easy.

The Retreat is in a prime sea view location. Very relaxing and peaceful which made for an absolutely fantastic holiday.

My family and I really enjoyed our stay at The Retreat. It was great being so close to the marina and the beach being a few minutes away. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming and we appreciated the arrival drink! It was our first trip to the Isle of Wight and we intend to return again to explore the island a little more.

Nicely secluded and quiet. Great location and the best accommodation we have stayed at on the island.

It was a joyful return to our favourite Classic cottage. The Retreat has it all. It is clean, comfortable and well equipped both inside and out, with knowledgeable, warm and welcoming hosts. It is in an idyllic location with pretty walks and picturesque vistas in every direction. It is a perfect base for those who want to explore the island but also, everything you need is close at hand, so this year we largely just relaxed and stayed and ate locally in the excellent restaurants in St. Helens. The weather was perfect. Who could ask for more?

John and Joan are wonderful hosts in this beautiful property set in a peaceful location. Fantastic views over the harbour and a stone’s throw from the beach. We couldn’t ask for more.

Ideal location for peace and quiet and access to all Isle of White amenities. John and Joan great hosts we will be back.

What a joy it was to visit The Retreat and to meet the friendly owners, John and Joan. It’s picturesque water’s edge location is totally unique, with nearby interesting walks along the beach, the coastal path and across the Duver. It is also a perfect centre for visiting the rest of the island’s attractions. The property was spotlessly clean, with comfortable beds and every convenience you could wish for. We particularly liked Joan’s artistic touches which made the property so homely. It was our first visit but, hopefully, not our last.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous review of The Retreat. It sounds as though you had a wonderful holiday and that the property has become a firm favourite already! We very much look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Tanya, Customer Support

The retreat was delightful, clean, comfortable and a really nice location and had everything we needed. The owner John was a real gem, very friendly and I would most definitely recommend.

The Retreat is a lovely, tranquil spot and the house is the perfect way to get away from it all. We had a perfect week here and would come back in a heartbeat. Thank you so much.

The Roberts family

A delightful, relaxing cottage.

This property had everything we could wish for. Wonderful welcome, lovely stylish property, very private and lots of good places to eat within walking distance. We look forward to returning.

Great location next to Marina and sea, plenty of places to sit in sun or shade , very nice welcome from owners .

Wonderful property, quiet, spacious and superbly located.

Really enjoyed my stay at The Retreat. It is a lovely tranquil setting with a bright airy interior. St Helens beach and the Duver have very special memories for me that this lovely little cottage helped me to connect with. The owners were warm and friendly with thoughtful welcoming touches on arrival.

The Retreat is a lovely place with all the confort and it works weather rain or sun! John and Joan were very good hosts and made us feel very welcome with special touches on arrival. Would definitely recommend.

The decor in the cottage is very clever and so is the outside area - really great design. Hosts were marvellous.

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