Totland Bay, Isle Of Wight

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Preferred changeover day Wednesday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 2
  • Acorn rating 3 What's this?
  • Reference 001003

About Varvassi

On the Needles headland, this characterful former coastguard’s house has stunning sea views you’ll love.

Varvassi is one of a row of holiday cottages that once housed the area’s coastguards. Simple yet comfortable, Varvassi benefits from stunning views out to sea and character features including an open fire. 

Take advantage of the cottage’s stunning location and enjoy a wander to the Tennyson Monument, an impressive granite cross erected in 1897 at the highest point on the down. 

A short drive away is the National Trust’s Mottistone Manor and gardens. Explore this pretty country house with its beautiful herbaceous borders and cosy tea room.

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ not available


Not accessible


  • Ground floor

    Kitchen/dining room, sitting room with open fire, three bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 1 twin and 1 single) and bathroom with electric shower over bath.

Notes for guests

Access: If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the team on 0344 800 2070.

The road up to the cottage is steep and winding in parts. Access may be difficult in adverse weather conditions.

The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: There is a parking area adjacent to the row of cottages.

Garden: There is a shared grassed area to the front of the cottages.

Children should be supervised as the garden is not enclosed and the cottages are within 5 minutes walk from the cliffs edge.

Utilities: Water is regularly pumped uphill to a holding tank at these cottages. There are also individual tanks above each cottage. If there is very high usage all at once this can drain the tanks and you will need to wait for them to refill before water is again available. It is therefore best to spread baths out over the day.

Washing machine and tumble dryer is provided in a a shared utility area. 

Logs/charcoal: Additional logs can be purchased in advance through the contact centre. Logs are £4.50 per bag or £20 for unlimited access to the log store.

Offers: Guests will have free access (during opening hours) to all Isle of Wight National Trust properties. Please take your holiday confirmation invoice as proof of eligibility to gain entry.

Please note: These cottages are in a very exposed position. In periods of high winds car doors may slam and debris may be blown around, for this reason the picnic benches have had to be removed.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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