Ms Drew July 2021
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.
Mr Smith June 2021
Nicely secluded and quiet. Great location and the best accommodation we have stayed at on the island.
Mrs Ward May 2021
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?
Mrs Wyatt October 2020
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.
Mr Elllis August 2019
Ideal location for peace and quiet and access to all Isle of White amenities. John and Joan great hosts we will be back.
Mrs Ward May 2019
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
Miss Washington May 2019
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.
Mrs Roberts April 2019
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
Ms Ellis October 2018
A delightful, relaxing cottage.
Mrs Streets September 2018
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.
Mr Hubbarde June 2018
Great location next to Marina and sea, plenty of places to sit in sun or shade , very nice welcome from owners .
Ms Green May 2018
Wonderful property, quiet, spacious and superbly located.
Mrs Wyatt September 2017
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.
Mrs Newton September 2017
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.
Mr Wright June 2017
The decor in the cottage is very clever and so is the outside area - really great design. Hosts were marvellous.
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