Set in picturesque Bembridge Harbour with far reaching views out to the Solent, Oystercatcher is a luxurious houseboat, beautifully furnished and just waiting to welcome you on board. As the tide ebbs and flows you can watch the ever-changing vista, luxuriate in the peace and quiet or perhaps feed the regal swans who regularly swim in the harbour. With the delights of Bembridge village a short walk away and an astonishing five miles of beautiful beach to discover just around the corner, your holiday on the Isle of Wight will be made in heaven here!
From the moment you arrive you will be truly captivated. A private gated entrance takes you into a pretty gravelled garden area. The houseboat can be accessed over a ramp which can change level depending on the tide. This leads you to the blue porthole door and the open plan upper floor living area, which beckons you over the threshold. Decorated in beautiful, muted pastel shades, the colours marry perfectly with the colours of the sea outside, giving a nod to the creative talents of the owners.
The super slick kitchen has everything you need close at hand and the fabulous dining-table invites everyone to sit and chat about the day ahead. Perhaps you would rather sink into one of the super comfy sofas where you can warm your toes by the wood-burner - this really is a houseboat for all seasons. If you can tear yourself away from the super contemporary interior, the outside space is glorious! Morning coffee, al fresco lunch or dinner, you will want to spend every waking moment drinking in the fabulous views from here.
As the tide ebbs and flows you may be aware of a gentle 'settling in' noise for about 45 minutes. This will occur 4 times over 24 hours at low tide and high tide. The noise is very subtle, and many won't notice it at all, but if you do, please don't worry, it's just a lovely reminder of your unique holiday on the water. Houseboats are moored all along the harbour's edge and make for delightful viewing.
From the entrance area, steps lead down to the three bedrooms, all with luxury linens and beautifully decorated. The main bedroom has a fabulous en suite whilst the two twin rooms share the family bathroom. Listen to the ocean whilst you fall asleep, how blissful! A further private pontoon area can be accessed down steps from the entrance where kayaks can be launched at high tide.
This simply fabulous houseboat is the perfect holiday home for families looking for something a bit special, or for a group of friends to enjoy a luxury break. Oystercatcher really is the perfect place for a unique getaway.
Bembridge village is a short stroll away and has everything you will need on holiday. With a collection of shops including a traditional bakery and fishmonger, you may never need to use the car! Bembridge is also home to the island famous Woodfords Butchers and locals travel for miles to buy their meat here. If the chef fancies a night off there are plenty of options when it comes to dining out including several pubs serving hearty meals, restaurants and takeaways. Bembridge has the only remaining windmill on the island and no visit would be complete without a trip here. The iconic lifeboat station is much photographed and hard to miss if you spend time discovering the miles of clean, sandy beaches.
For walkers, the island has a myriad of footpaths to follow, all beautifully maintained and if you are lucky you may even spot one of the native red squirrels who thrive on the island. A little further afield the more well-known attractions such as the Needles and Osborne House await, there really is something for everyone here.
However you plan to spend your holiday time, Oystercatcher will be a place you will hope to return to year after year.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Smart TV and wood-burner. Induction hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Lower Ground Floor
Bedroom 1 with super-king double bed (6') TV and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Bedroom 3 with twin beds (3')
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Utility-cupboard with washing machine
Please supervise children at all times. Take care on the pontoon and ramp as it is steep in places and can be slippery when wet and change level depending on the tide. The staircase is steep and has a slight head restriction. Please note as Oystercatcher is a houseboat and situated on a harbour, there may be noises and other surrounding noises from houseboats and the harbour.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub .75 miles
- Patio furniture
- Full electric CH
Welcome aboard Oystercatcher.
Enjoy cosy moments by the fire.
The open plan living, dining and kitchen space is perfect for social dinners and cosy evenings.
Super comfy beds and luxury linens await.
Take in that breathtaking view.
Sink into a comfy sofa and gaze at the dreamy view.
Your perfect holiday houseboat awaits your arrival.
With captivating views and beautiful interiors, Oystercatcher is a delight.
The super sleek kitchen has everything you need to cook up a holiday feast.
Guests can chat with the chef from the sociable dining-table.
The perfect space to gather around the table to plan the day's adventures.
The island is home to a vast array of fabulous farm shops, including No 8, a short stroll away in Bembridge village.
The blue door hides the most stunning interior.
The wood-burner will keep you warm during cooler months making this the ideal place for year round getaways.
Enjoy, you are on holiday.
Time will be well spent watching the world go by at Bembridge harbour.
Watch the tide ebb and flow from the deck and admire the surrounding houseboat community.
From dawn to dusk, the ever-changing view will captivate you.
From the two private parking spaces, Oystercatcher can be found through the wooden gate.
The front gravel area has a lovely seating area to enjoy.
From the entrance area, stairs lead down to the lower floor bedrooms and bathrooms. Please note the staircase is steep.
The very essence of a seaside holiday, bedroom 1 is decorated in blue and white shades and has a luxurious super-king size bed.
Every detail gives a nod to the artistic talents of the owners.
You are assured of a great night's sleep in dreamy bedroom 1.
The en suite shower-room in bedroom 1 is perfect for a refreshing shower after a beach day.
The family bathroom is situated in-between the two other bedrooms.
The pretty twin bedrooms have lovely linens.
The family bathroom has a bath with shower over, ideal for a long soak after a busy day.
The second twin bedroom.
Oystercatcher is accessed over a short bridge that adapts with the tide. A ramp leads down to the pontoon where you can launch your kayak at high tide.
The private pontoon runs alongside Oystercatcher. Please take care and supervise children at all times.
Looking back from the houseboat, the parking area is behind the fenced area, just off the road. There is a 30 mile and hour speed restriction here so no rushing traffic to disturb.
The private parking area for Oystercatcher. Please note there is a step up leading into Oystercatcher.
Please take care on the ramp as this can change level depending on the tide levels.
Bembridge village is a short walk away. Visit the National Trust windmill. the only surviving one on the island.
The lifeboat station at Bembridge is an iconic landmark.
Across the harbour, along this lovely walkway, you can reach St Helen's Duver and cafe.
No 8 Farm shop and café in Bembridge, for all your fresh and local goods.
Further afield, St Catherines Lighthouse sits overlooking the Solent.
Visit the Needles for a family day out and test your nerves on the chairlift.
Steephill Cove is a pretty place and the cafe serves great crab pasties.
The steam train is great fun for all the family.