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

3741

St Helens / Sleeps 4 (no children under 6)

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Pilot Boat Inn (½ mile)

Situated on Bembridge Harbour, pay a visit to this unusual inn which looks like a boat (you need to see it for yourself!). A friendly welcome awaits along with an open fire in winter and outside seating in summer. Children are welcome and there is a kids menu available. Dogs are also made welcome. There are two sunny terraces at the back and bench seating at the front.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2017

Quirky Building

It is actually built in the shape of a boat which is quite cool. There's a bit of seating outside but mostly inside, although it's quite small so there aren't that many tables. Menu is limited but that's not necessarily a bad thing as food is freshly cooked to order.

Nearest beach

St Helens Beach (¼ mile)

The beach is a fairly flat area of sand and pebbles with rock pools at the far end. St Helens Old Church ruin stands proudly in front of you when you enter the pay and display car park with single file parking and overspill parking availabile a few hundred yards away. There's a cafe but this is only open during the busier months. Dogs are allowed on the beach year round. There is no lifeguard cover.

Nearest walk

Bembridge Village Stroll (½ mile)

A two mile meander around the village of Bembridge, taking in the historic windmill and, if the tide is out Bembridge beach. The route takes in the Lifeboat station on the beach which opens to the public during the summer holidays. The route starts and finishes at the Pilot Boat Public House, ideal for refreshments.

Nearest town

St Helens (¾ mile)

A little village near the water where you can sit and watch cricket on the village green, glass of wine almost obligatory. It's across the harbour from Bembridge on the far eastern edge of the island and it has its own little shingly beach, watched over by a shipping landmark in the form of an ancient church. It's a particularly good place for rockpools and dog walks.

Also nearby

The Old Village Inn (¾ mile)

This pub is slap bang in the middle of Bembridge village and is popular with locals and visitors alike. Parking is fine on the roads nearby. The menu is created using food locally sourced in the village so expect seasonal, fresh produce. Specials change daily and include fish fresh from the local harbour. A pizza oven is the latest addition so freshly made pizza is also on the menu.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2021

Old Village Inn

We visited this pub on our first night in Bembridge after booking in advance. Very friendly staff, child friendly menu, well located


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

OVI

Staff really nice food is excellent but book in advance as it can get really busy


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs English December 2019

Friendly local

Great friendly pub. Went a couple of times and the food was great, the staff were welcoming and the quiz was great fun. Really enjoyed our nights here and wish this was my local.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2019

Friendly, welcoming, something for everyone.

Fabulous find in the village centre. Wide and varied menu, catering for most dietary needs. Staff are incredible. We ate here twice in a row, but I have no doubt that if you were in the area for a week you wouldn't run out of options.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2017

Traditional village pub

I like it here. It's casual, frequented by locals (usually a good sign) and the food is pretty good for a village pub. The meat is from the local butchers and highly recommended.

Seaview Village Community Shop (1 ¾ miles)

A recently opened community shop offering local produce, newspapers, fresh fruit, veg and milk. It's ideally situated in the middle of Seaview and a great place to stock up. They are only open mornings until Easter and then will extend to all day until October.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2020

Wonderful.

Great selection. Lovely staff.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Butler September 2019

Great choice

This shop was open at 2 set times during the day, and we were pleased to see it was open until 18.30 when we stayed in Sept. They have a great choice of local produce including dairy items, the milk and Greek yogurt we had was delicious. The fruit was fresh and good quality, plus on sale were various dry goods and newspapers. A great selection of items. We will use the shop again if we return to Seaview.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Arnell February 2018

Great Little Local Shop

A new community shop recently opened in the heart of the village. It offers fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, bread and other local produce. This is the perfect place to get provisions in Seaview and saves a trip to the supermarket in the car.

Seaview to Ryde Walk (1 ¾ miles)

Park your car anywhere on the Esplanade at Seaview and walk past the Boathouse pub with the sea on your right. You will pass rows of beach huts, woodland and into Puckpool Park. The sea views are stunning across the Solent to the mainland and the park itself is a gem. The path hugs the coast all the way around to Ryde, past Appley beach with its gothic tower and into the town. You'll find lots of places to eat and drink en-route, the path is even and flat so suitable for pushchairs. Dogs are allowed on the footpaths but restricted on the beach so do check the signs. The return walk is approx 2 miles depending how far into Ryde you walk and the best return route is back the way you came.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Reeve September 2020

Nice Walk

It is a nice walk along the coast from Seaview to Ryde. There are a couple of park cafes on the way and some nice coffee shops in Ryde.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Cox September 2020

Excellent pushchair friendly walk

A lovely walk from the doorstep, although you may need to walk via Bluett Road in Seaview at high tide! There are a couple of cafes in Puckpool to take a rest and refreshments.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Butler September 2019

Enjoyable walk

With the sea to look at and all the activity on it along the way it is a very enjoyable walk. When the tide is out you can shorten the walk by cutting across the beaches. If you walk along the paths you will pass a small nature reserve which can be visited by all, a couple of pubs, The Boathouse looked good, a cafe which we went in called The Dell and recreations. The area named Appley has a Coastal Foley and woods to walk through. The beach at Ryde is large and sandy, and Ryde has many places for refreshments after your walk. You can continue your walk along the pier, which is free for pedestrians. We estimated the distance to be a little over 2 miles, we took our time and enjoyed the views.

Bembridge (1 mile)

The most easterly point of the island, this friendly town is full of beaches that are dog-friendly year-round with pubs to stop in when you've had your fill of fresh sea air. There's lots of places to eat as well as shops for local ingredients to make the most of your self-catering stay.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs English December 2019

Everything you need.

Lots of great places to eat, in particular we enjoyed Lockslane. Lots of shops, no need to ever leave the town. All in a short distance. Great atmosphere here, very friendly


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Arnell July 2017

Lovely village

The centre of the village is where you'll find the majority of the shops including some decent cafes, a fish monger, great butcher (Woodfords) and a lovely bakery. It is like going back in time; in a good way.

Lily's Cafe (1 ¾ miles)

An Artisan coffee shop in the heart of Seaview just a short stroll away from the seafront. Enjoy homemade cakes, biscuits, panninis, salads and quiche. Pop in for a well earned snack if you are walking around the coast or spending the day of the beach.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Great coffee

Lovely service, excellent coffee, fun cafe.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Thiebaut October 2019

Lily’s cafe

Delicious open wraps


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Ms Brown June 2019

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea

A proper local cafe that is open year round.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2018

Laughably Expensive

The owners have squashed in as much furniture and bric-a-brac as possible which makes for an uncomfortably 'cosy' ambience.

Although the fayre is good, it's not exceptional, the wait is long and the organisation is questionable. The prices charged would give one the impression that everything is gold plated. More realistic prices would lead to greater footfall and higher profits but then they'd have to get rid of some of the 'stuff' crammed in there and they'd have to organise themselves more effectively.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2017

Lovely spot

Located on the High Street, this eclectic cafe serves good coffee and a great variety of snacks and cakes baked fresh daily. It's a bit of a tardis and looks small from the outside but there's loads of seating to the rear.

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