3 GOLDEN HILL FORT
UK’s only Grade 1 listed Fort with landscaped roof gardens
YARMOUTH, ISLE OF WIGHT
5* Rated ( but sorry no dogs & non-smoking house )
COVID deep cleaned for your stay
HISTORY AND LOCATION
Located close to affluent Yarmouth with the marina and Lymington/Yarmouth ferry, Freshwater village (with its supermarkets, good fishmonger and butcher) , the Needles and coastal footpaths and the sands of Colwell Bay. This is a perfect holiday location.
The Fort is in the midst of a protected country park for walking, riding and picnicking and with 360 views from the roof gardens of the Solent and Tennyson Down close to the Needles.
The Fort was built in 1853 as a Palmerston defence against possible French attacks on the mainland, guarding the sea passages to the Solent and Portsmouth. It garrisoned 56 soldiers guarding the coastline but is now a Grade 1 listed building, compromising 18 private town houses all facing a hexagonal fountained courtyard with secure double gated access.
The communal landscaped roof gardens have seating and a bbq area with stupendous 360 views and a great place for sunrises and sunsets.
The Lymington Ferry is close by and the Portsmouth ferry is 30 mins drive away at Fishbourne.
Sorry - No dogs or other pets allowed.
2 marked car spaces in the courtyard outside the house.
Supermarkets and Amazon deliver.
Open plan living, dining, lux kitchen with balcony overlooking the courtyard, 2 car spaces and roof garden.
3 bedrooms with en-suite to master and a family bathroom
See gallery for house photos
3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, all on the ground floor off the entrance hallway, before stairs lead you up to the open plan first floor.
Master Bedroom - double bed with electric blinds and en suite shower room with shower, wc and basin. The bedroom has a view onto the courtyard.
Bedroom 2 - double bed
Bedroom 3 - twin room
- both bedrooms have a view to the grass moat behind.
Family Bathroom - bath, shower over and WC
1ST FLOOR OPEN- PLAN LIVING & DINING WITH BALCONY
The vaulted exposed brick of the Fort creates an amazing living and social space for cooking, dining, relaxing, watching films, lounging with double doors leading to the sheltered balcony.
Here there is a view over the courtyard fountain with fresh air covered by a glass roof with a patio set for dining and rattan sofa for collapsing with a drink and a book .....or a kindle.
The kitchen - cooking and entertaining is a joy with Neff double ovens, induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, huge fridge freezer and coffee machines (Neff and a Nespresso machine) with surrounding granite stone worksurfaces and all the equipment you are likely to need for your stay.
Tech - 49 inch TV with Netflix sub
and Opus sound system which streams music and radio all around the house into each room.
Underfloor heating on the first floor and radiators in the bedrooms make the holiday house cosy and warm.
Art - The walls are hung with art from local artists, showing land and seascapes close to the house, including the famous Needles.
See news page and @fortisleofwight for artist details
See Gallery for more house photos
THE COUNTRY PARK & CHILDREN
GOLDEN HILL COUNTRY PARK
The fort sits within Golden Hill Park amounting to 20 h. and provides paths and trails for all ages in the woodlands, grasslands and around the ponds. There is direct car free access to this park from the house.
A natural willow and hazel structure echoing the fort is being created in '21 and the park is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
For young families, double electric gates and entry system to the Fort give security. High chair, travel cot (but not bedding) potty and sink step are provided & crabbing kits for those all little older!
The Roof Garden
Accessed from either of 2 circular staircases previously used for ammunition hoists, the roof garden is an breathtaking space to relax, exercise, practise your yoga, lounge, take in the sunsets with friends and family. There are views to the Solent, the country park and over to Tennyson Point and Downs...see the Gallery for more photos of this !
THINGS TO DO.....
Yarmouth - A Georgian gem with a marina, deli, pier, boutiques, art gallery, coffee and restaurants and great walks, especially the creek-side walking and cycle trail to Freshwater. Fishing trips from the town and free pier crabbing with the house kits provided.
Freshwater - the local village with all you need from a garage, shops (incl fishmonger and butcher), takeaways (who deliver) and fish and chips. Visit Piano cafe for great coffee, food and local art.
Beaches - Freshwater Bay, the bays and coves of the south and west coasts and Colwell and Totland Bay are all close.
Boats - IOW is the capital of sailing and power boating. Yarmouth marina is 'down the hill ' with Cowes 30 mins drive away with marina's and shopping.
For super - yacht lovers, see the ''super-yacht charter '' link in collaboration with Dukeries Charter.
Coastal footpath - the 65 mile path is famous and we are close to the path from Yarmouth to Chilton, via The Needles and Freshwater Bay. We love the Tennyson Trail part, a circular walk across Tennyson Down and the cliffs then home via the trail.
The Needles - Drive or even walk from the Fort to Alum Bay and then walk onwards to the Battery and Needles, winter or summer it’s a great walk. At the carpark there is the seasonal Needles attraction, including the chairlift down to the Bay to see the Needles.
Long lunches (and dinners) - The George (with additional outside kitchen in summer), The Terrace and The Hut at Colwell Bay are all close - as are good pubs like The Red Lion Freshwater. The Hut will drive you in a Defender to/from the Fort if you book!
Osbourne House - The Royal residence of Queen Victoria is an English Heritage property, with a great private beach and walks in addition to the Italianate house - a must to visit. Booking for house needed.
Castles - Carisbrooke, again English Heritage is 30 minutes away, booking needed. Yarmouth Castle is currently shut but can be seen from The George Hotel.
Clay Shooting - visit the local school and ground for simulated game and skeet lessons etc.