Sea Shells by the Beach-welcome to the cleanest, most sanitized holiday cottage you could imagine, surrounded by an abundance of fresh sea air. A Beautiful location away from the hustle and bustle of life. A real sanctuary.
Sea Shells by the Beach is wonderfully and uniquely located directly overlooking the ocean on Horseshoe Bay, on Bonchurch seafront. This entirely private large wing of Sea Shell House is constantly renovated to a very high standard to provide beautiful accommodation for 2 – 6 people in the three bedrooms and the possibility for a 7th person using the french day bed in the large sea room. A travel cot/high chair can also be provided.
It has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard with great sensitivity and a wonderful use of light and colour.
The accommodation is comprised of: a very large open plan living area with superb open sea views through floor to ceiling windows and with patio doors opening into the garden; large sofas, a wall mounted flat screen Smart television/blu ray DVD; a dining area with a circular table where meals can be enjoyed with views and sounds of the sea.
The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped and pristine with fitted units, a range style cooker with a gas hob including a wok facility and an electric oven, a large fridge freezer, dishwasher and a central island with breakfast bar.
There is a washing machine and tumble dryer and a fully tiled bathroom with bath, overhead shower, basin and W.C; a separate shower room with a built in shower, basin and W.C. There are also three charming bedrooms ,all with quality white, high thread count cotton and Egyptian cotton bed linen ,ALWAYS boil washed – a superb double bedroom with a new luxury quality ‘super king’ bed and lovely sea views with French doors opening on to the terrace with a table and chairs; a lovely double bedroom with another new luxury quality ‘super king’ bed and a French door offering glimpses of the sea – this door gives direct access to the terrace and garden; a charming twin bedroom (3ft beds). There is a plentiful amount of wardrobe space and Wifi internet connection available and a bluetooth i-pod player.
The property has a lovely private walled and fenced coastal garden with open sea views. Garden furniture is provided so that meals can be enjoyed in the sunshine.Private steps lead down from the garden to give direct access to the pedestrian only promenade. There is a beach hut style shed containing beach games , a BBQ and x6 cushioned sun loungers. Two cars can be parked in a shared drive and from here there is a private entrance to the cottage which is on one level .Accessibility is paramount for a safe and happy holiday so here is some information for disabled guests .
GUESTS WITH MOBILITY DIFFICULTIES
Sea Shells by the Beach cottage owners welcome guests with disabilities and several wheel chair guests (with carers) have happily stayed here. However, we would recommend only staying if a wheelchair user guest CAN walk a few steps as the shower has a ledge and all the doorways are standard widths.
The accommodation is all ground level and consists of flat decking from the guest car parking driveway and then from the cottage entrance, wooden and vinyl flooring throughout.
There are steps to the sea front garden which can be seen in the website photographs. There are railings for support and access can be from a bedroom or the kitchen , onto decking which runs flat down to this garden, except for 2 steps. In the cottage there is a metal ramp if needed , to aid access over these steps.
There is a beautiful flat walk from the cottage to Ventnor harbour , along the seafront. There are private steps to this from Sea Shells garden but an alternative would be to walk on the road around to the sea front (a slight hill down/up) The promenade is a perfect surface for mobility scooters.
Guests have frequently brought their mobility scooters and parked them in their secure , locked passageway, along with wheelchairs and walking aids.
There is a main bathroom and a shower room. The shower tray is about 3 inches off the ground with a shower stool and a hand rail grip. It is a standard size shower cubical with bi-fold doors. If you are a wheelchair user and cannot walk into the shower room, this accommodation may not be suitable access wise as it would not be possible to get a wheelchair into the shower room.
If I can help further, please contact me and if you would like to make a booking, also please email me directly . My email address is
The landline phone number is 01983 629113 with an answerphone to return your call if I am unavailable. If you are considering a booking and depend on a wheelchair,please telephone me first to discuss your requirements.
It is very peaceful and beautiful here at Bonchurch and the cottage is just lovely for all generations. I do hope you decide to have a special holiday here.
Annabelle Pacey (Superhost)
Sea Shells by the Beach stands proud over Horseshoe Bay, superbly situated overlooking the sea front at Bonchurch, with a pebble beach at low tide in front of the cottage. There are wonderful open sea views from the property which stands adjacent to the pedestrian only promenade. Further along the promenade to the east,there is Monks Bay- a sandy and shingle beach open to dogs all year, popular with rock poolers and swimmers at low tide. Along the promenade to the west is the delightful town of Ventnor, reached via Wheeler’s Bay with the lovely Seapots cafe open on sunny days from March to October.
The centre of the seaside hamlet of Bonchurch is within a 10 minute walk from Sea Shells by the Beach and here there is a large pond full of ducks, wildlife birds and fish, an 11th century church ,beautiful stone houses and sub tropical plants and the most wonderful walks, some uphill . A ‘Gastro Pub’ in upper Bonchurch is within a 20 minute walk, serving Italian cuisine.
Bonchurch has a lovely peaceful air and perhaps for this reason was popular with writers and poets in Victorian times, the most famous of whom was CHARLES DICKENS,who described Bonchurch eloquently and passionately. In a letter to his wife on Saturday 16 th June 1849, he wrote: “I have taken the most delightful and beautiful house belonging to White at Bonchurch, cool, airy, private bathing everything delicious – I think it is the prettiest place I ever saw in my life, at home or abroad.”
Do please read this thrilling and delightful personal account of him.
A pleasant gentle 20 minute walk along the level ground of the promenade leads you through Wheelers Bay to the small seaside resort of Ventnor with its harbour, larger sandy beach, cafés, restaurants and various small shops. The coastal path eastwards from Bonchurch provides a delightful walk through the rural hamlet of Luccombe to the larger seaside resort of Shanklin –about an hour’s walk. Shanklin has a long wide sandy beach, perfect for bucket and spade days to the wooded ravine which is Shanklin Chine and the Old Village with its independent shops, restaurants and pubs, Shanklin has all the charm of a proper seaside town and set against the dramatic sandstone cliffs, the beach is one of the most stunning walks to take on the Island. You could rent a beach hut and watch the world go by or try your hand at the water sports on offer or have a paddle. Visit Shanklin Theatre at night for a show and relish the twinkly lights and thatched cottages in Old Shanklin.
Facilities at Sea Shells by the Beach