The Retreat, St Helens on the Isle of Wight.
Start your stress-free day with your feet up, the local newspaper and a coffee.
After a day sightseeing, get the family together for a cosy night in front of the TV.
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?
Grab a glass of wine and relax in the conservatory. which has spectacular views across the harbour.
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.
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.
Watch the stress disappear, as soon as you step into this paradise.
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)

Need more time? Reserve any cottage for up to 24 hours before booking

7 Nights from  £644

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 western point of the island so 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.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
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

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

Liz 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.

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

Liz 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.

Seaview Beach (2 miles)

Nestled between Seagrove Bay and Priory Bay, you'll find a mixture of sand and pebbles with large beach at low tide. Parking is nearby along the esplanade with small shops and cafes in Seaview down the road. Dogs are not allowed from May to the end of September. There is no lifeguard cover.

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

Mrs Povey September 2019

A few paces from property

Very good for walking the dog.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Carway August 2017

Old fashioned in the best possible way

This beach is always popular with lots of rocks for crabbing off, an easy part to get into the sea and a sandy bit for games

Seagrove Beach (1 ¼ miles)

A real gem in the Isle of Wight's crown, Seagrove Beach has a gently sloping sandy shore with rocky outcrops. An untamed stretch of coast, this safe-swimming beach is often quiet and provides a real haven of tranquility. Enjoying beautiful vistas, Seagrove Beach is a sight for sore eyes and there are toilets and a cafe for your convenience. The easiest access is via Seaview village, with a short walk from there. Dogs are welcome year-round.

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

Mrs BT August 2018

Hidden gem

We booked a weeks holiday in a cottage in Seagrove and didn’t realise how amazing the beach was going to be. The water is clean and clear and as we had super hot weather most of the week we were able to swim and play in the water with our small grandchildren. There are lovely walks in both directions and the beach is safe and not too crowded. The children loved seeing the local horse riding school take their route along the beach.

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