Located in a quiet lane a few steps from St Helens village green, Fir Cottage is a freshly decorated, refurbished Victorian semi-detached house, complete with all modern amenities. A great holiday base for all the family, it lies only yards from the village centre and within walking distance of safe bathing at Saint Helens Beach. Guests will be only a short stroll from some excellent restaurants, bookshop, the local pub 'The Vine' and a Post Office/convenience store as well as a children's play area. The coastal part of the village offers woodland, sheep-grazed commonland as well as the gently undulating sand dunes and short turf of the National Trust owned Duver. This is an area of Special Scientific Interest adjoining Bembridge harbour, a haven for wildlife and popular with walkers.
Fir Cottage offers a fresh and stylish interior throughout, so you will feel at home as soon as you walk in. The cosy sitting-room is the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the island. Sit back with your favourite book and, on cooler days, appreciate the crackling of the fire in the wood-burner in the hearth. For those memorable family meals, gather round the dining-room table and re-live your daytime adventures. With additional soft seating, this will be a popular and sociable room. Enjoy cooking in the modern kitchen which has a full battery of equipment for you as you make the most of the fantastic local produce available on the island. Downstairs you will also find the modern bathroom with a full bath and spacious shower cubicle.
The kitchen's stable door leads out to the garden; with a newly laid sandstone patio, this is the perfect place to dine al fresco. When the morning sun beckons, make a coffee from the Nespresso machine and enjoy your breakfast at the patio table overlooking the garden. As the weather warms up, take advantage of the sun loungers in the afternoon: in fine weather, the garden is bathed in sunshine almost all day long.
Up the stairs and on the first floor there are two bedrooms; with top-quality White Company bed linen and non-allergenic duvets and pillows, the owner has made sure you have every comfort to ensure a good night's sleep. The main bedroom overlooking the garden has a 'zip and link' bed which can be made up as either as king-size or twin beds, offering more flexibility for guests. The second bedroom, a light and airy twin bedroom, overlooks the front of the property. This room also has an en suite toilet and wash-basin.
St Helens Beach offers a wealth of holiday activities and a fantastic bistro/cafe - Baywatch on the Beach. The beach is acknowledged by the National Trust to be one of the finest places for rock-pooling in southern England, its waters teeming with sea anemones, crabs and brittle stars. If you are a keen photographer or naturalist, the Duver offers you myriad opportunities for spotting birds such as terns, redshank, turnstone, sanderling, curlew, lapwing as well as stonechats and wagtails. It's a brilliant habitat for bees, crickets and spiders too. The energetic can take advantage of the watersports, cycle hire and sailing activities offered for all ages by Tackt-Isle Adventures on the Duver; gentler pastimes can be enjoyed at the art gallery and the cafe at the Duver Marina. Gardeners will appreciate the two highly regarded plant nurseries within the village - great souvenirs for your own plot!
St Helens is neighbour to Bembridge and Seaview villages, both within a few minutes' drive, offering stunning beaches, places to eat and boutique shops. Bembridge has its own local farm shop, cafes, restaurants, a bakery and fishmongers - everything you could need just along the road. Fir Cottage really is the ideal year-round retreat for either a family or couple wanting to get away for a relaxing holiday.
Sitting-room with Smart TV, DVD player and wood-burner
Dining-room with iPod dock
Kitchen/Breakfast-room with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with 'zip and link' (king-size or 2'6'' twin) beds
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3') and en suite Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Please take care on the steep stairs leading to the first floor. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 1 small car (access can be tight but additional parking is available within 50 yds)
- No smoking
- Pub 176 yds
- Patio furniture and barbecue
- Full gas-fired CH
Welcome to Fir Cottage.
Fir Cottage is perfect all year round with a wood-burner stove.
A charming enclosed garden with patio furniture and sun loungers
There is a spacious open plan layout.
The double bedroom.
The well equipped kitchen has an Nespresso machine with a small selection of pods.
Beautifully decorated throughout.
Unwind with a good book by the fire.
The twin bedroom on the first floor with en suite WC and wash-basin.
Fir Cottage is located within five minutes from the village green.
Light and airy throughout.
There is additional soft seating in the dining-room.
The ground floor bathroom with shower cubicle.
Located in the small village of St Helens.
The view across St Helens duver.
The causeway joins Bembridge harbour and St Helens duver.
The charming St Helen's green with a children's playground, a few minutes walk from Fir Cottage.
St Helen's beach is approximately a twenty minute walk from Fir Cottage with its own beach cafe, The Bay Watch.