The Old Post Office is a beautiful & fully-refurbished 6 bedroom detached house in the heart of the seaside village of Seaview. The best of local beaches/pubs/cafes, plus pharmacy, newsagent, shops are moments away. The house has fast WiFi, Sonos, Apple TVs, Sky, (Nest-controlled) underfloor heating throughout, Bosch appliances & integrated BBQ. The ground floor has an open-plan living area including a clean modern kitchen, annexed utility & playroom, and outdoor entertaining space.
- The Old Post Office is a piece of Seaview history, in the very heart of the village. It was fully Refurbished in 2012 and Updated again since then (most recent work Christmas 2016). It is a charismatic and comfortable double fronted Victorian house, classic for the area, though modernised and maintained above to very high standard.
- High quality appliances & conveniences: Super fast fiberoptic broadband; 3 Sonos systems; Apple TV; Sky; Bosch Kitchen appliances; Separate drinks fridge in the kitchen; integrated BBQ in the outdoor living area.
- It is the perfect Space for Couples as well as groups of Friends and extended families. Open kitchen has a table which comfortably sits 8, but can be extended to sit an additional 10 people. Guests who most love staying are either Couples/Sailors who want to stay in high-end and well-located accommodation during their time on the Island; or on the other hand extended families down for a wedding, weekend or holiday and want a place where the whole family can unwind, relax and have fun, with comfortable space for grandparents, friends, cousins and nannies/au pairs.
- Beautifully finished, and professionally-designed, interior & exteriors. Clean, comfortable living areas and bedrooms. Modern bathrooms with spacious and powerful showers.
- Car Parking Space for 2 cars, with a third space if you park across the first two.
- Outdoor area has a casual sofa / seating area, a dining area, a well-lit integrated BBQ, and an outdoor shower for rinsing off after sailing or swimming in the sea. It looks awesome at night with atmospheric integrated low-level lighting and some candles.
- As you walk in through the main door the open plan living area is straight ahead of you, looking through to the triple french doors which let light flood into the house through the day. The left hand side is a flexible living space: use it as an extra sitting room, a separate dining room, more of a quiet anteroom, or a nursery area. The right hand side is the kitchen area with solid oak kitchen table (seats 8 comfortably) opening into the stunning kitchen area. Right in the middle of the ground floor is our piano and guitar where we have singsongs and jams that focus more on enthusiasm than quality. (The piano can be bashed around; children are welcome to have a crack at it; however please treat the guitar with respect and be sensible with regards to who uses it)
- The kitchen is slick white high gloss with integrated handles and clean surfaces. There are 3 Bosch oven/microwave/grills, 2 fridges (one for drinks!?), 2 freezers (let us know if you want us to clear freezer space), an integrated Bosch electric hob, a hot tap for easy tea/coffee/cooking, an insinkerator, integrated dishwasher, white corian worktops with built-in sink, and anything you might need for a family or group.
- Also on the ground floor is a separate TV/living room with Sky Satellite TV, Apple TV, 2 sofas, and a beautiful bay window which lets in the stunning morning sun, has a glimpse of Sea View, and is perfect for watching the world go by.
- Opposite the TV/living room is a utility room, which echos the kitchen with clean white high-gloss finish with integrated handles, a sink built into the white corian worktop, 2 more Bosch Oven/Microwaves, another (half size) Bosch washing machine, and another under-counter fridge.
- Through the utility room there's a fun and beautifully made double berth bunk bed (sleeps 4 at a push), which then leads into another flexible living space. This room used to be the Old Post Office itself and the original floor shows the wear of tear of footprints that trod their path from the shop counter to the preserved giant safe in the corner. We use this room as a play room. It is full of toys, as well as a desk for creative work, an extendable table for playing board games, and a TV for when the kids are exhausted to point of collapse. (Many happy times there watching James Bond films... and slightly less happy times watching Peppa Pig)
- Also on the ground floor are 2 clean modern loos, each with wet-room style showers for when the house is at full capacity or people are back from the beach and need to rinse off.
- Little explorers can look for the hidden den on the ground floor (a converted under-stair cupboard) which has blue-LED "stars" in the ceiling, a window and postbox in the door. Our boys love to grab every cushion in the house and turn it into a soft cuddly secret space.
- Going up the original stairwell, with long winding oak bannister, and comfortable carpet, you reach the office-nook on the landing. This is a large (almost double) desk area, which gets great morning light. Our family HD computer is there (let us know if you need access).
- The first floor opens into a large open-space landing off which are the bedrooms, which will be unlocked based on what your accommodation requirements are. Our master bedroom and ensuite is usually not available to guests except in extenuating circumstances. The main spare bedroom has Kingsize bed, chest of drawers, bedside tables, and a rocking chair, plus a view of the sea, and lovely morning sunlight. The second spare bedroom has a small double bed, with clothes storage (including hanging). It can fit a couple but is more comfortable as a single. The 3rd bedroom is usually set up as a snug TV room, but the sofa can be extended into a sofa-bed (again, ideally for 1 but possible for two), and there is storage for clothes. All bedrooms have blackout/almost blackout blinds.
- The piece de resistance is the upstairs bunk room: 2 TRIPLE HEIGHT bespoke bunk beds that sleep 6. Please be warned on this room that the mattresses are children singles, so slightly shorter than adult-length. Please ask if you have any questions about the suitability of this room for your guests/ages, or questions on safety. Our kids have slept in them from about 18months old (the bottom bunk is basically a mattress on the floor); moving to the middle bunks at about 4 years old; and to the top bunks at about 7 years old. During the day time they are in constant use as forts, dens, climbing frames, as well as at times a mini-tourist attraction in their own right for locals who have heard about them and want to come and have a look.
- Also upstairs is a family bathroom with bath and large walk-in shower; and also a washing machine with hanging space to dry things.
- We have advertised this as a whole house, which is the main purpose. However we are open to a conversation about a room-only basis when we are at home too under certain circumstances. So feel free to ask if the dates you want aren't available.
- The basic rate for the house covers access to the living areas plus relevant sleeping accommodation.
- We would usually lock off our master bedroom and ensuite, as well as any unused bedrooms. We also tend to lock off our shed/workshop/boat-store which has work tools, bikes, some of our personal items, beach toys and games.
- We also tend to lock the access cupboard to the HD computer and wifi/sonos controls.
- We have loads of kids stuff in the house but quite a lot of it is likely to be put away when you come to stay. If you want access to any of it or for us to have it out and ready for you please just let us know.
In fact, let us know if you want to discuss any of these.
Kontakt z gośćmi
This is your holiday. We are available to help you plan but will otherwise give you as much space as possible. You should treat it as your home (unless you are a group of students or stags who treat your home like I used to in which case definitely do NOT treat it like your home).
Specific stuff we can help with includes:
- travel arrangements
- great places to go (Osborne House, Carisbrook Castle, Needles, Lifeboat station, Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill, Cowes, one of the Solent Forts)
- things to do (sailing, swimming, waterspouts, walks, cycling, eating, beaches, crabbing, day trips)
- what you might need to pack
- what is in the house / what you can help yourself to (most things)
- the best pubs, restaurants, cafes
- childcare, babysitters, drivers, extra cleaning, catering, occasional household help, sailing instructors
- shopping & groceries, including the BEST local suppliers (there are amazing local butchers, crab/lobster people, florists, breweries, dairy-products and fruit & veg)
- anything we can get ready for you in the house before you arrive
- specifically child arrangements in the house : cots, high chairs etc.
Inne ważne rzeczy
SOME COOL STUFF
1. Breakfast is not included in the price; BUT let us know if you would like us to arrange breakfast. We can provide local Island bread, milk, eggs, bacon, sausages as well as delicious fresh cold pressed juices, and other ingredients. If you want to put your feet up, we can also arrange an excellent breakfast at Lily's cafe right across the road which is owned by good friends of ours and which we regularly have our family breakfast at.
2. This is our home, which we love, and which we hope you will love too. As such you'll see personal things throughout the house, albeit that the house is tidy and surfaces are clean. When we chat on the phone we will discuss how much cupboard space you would like us to clear in each bedroom for your group. Please raise any questions or special requests you have and we will do what we can to address them.
3. Aside from advising you on your holiday, we can also get you discounts at some of the best local restaurants, beauty salons, cafes, pubs and attractions. Lets just pick up the phone to chat about all that.
THE LESS COOL STUFF - "Being a Responsible Guest"
It feels odd to even write this but... for the record:
1. We have neighbours, some of whom are elderly. Please behave in an appropriate manner, including keeping noise down after 10pm. If we hear complaints of noise we assume you are happy for us to buy the neighbours a large bottle of champagne out of your deposit.
2. We remind you that the house is strictly no-smoking.
3. We remind you that our party policy is "no parties". Please discuss with us at point of booking if you have any intentions in this regard.
4. If you break or damage something, please tell us. We understand that these things will happen, and we won't be pr1cks about it. All the same, we do need to know so that we can replace it. (Don't worry too much about this - the house isn't precious in general - it's a family home designed to be lived in and enjoyed - definitely not a museum of treasures and delicate objets d'art!).
5. We will take a dim view of anyone who misleads us on their booking, including with regard to number of visitors, animals, parties. (See notes on the deposit below)
6. Please note we have a strict cancellation policy.
THE SMALL PRINT - when we may claim your deposit
The advice for AIRBNB hosts is to make it clear, and in writing, that guests are liable for any damages they cause whilst staying on our premises. So - for the sake of legal clarity:
We will consider making claims on deposits for:
1. Any damage or loss of property by the responsible guest, or anyone in their group.
2. Any theft that can be deemed due to negligence of the responsible guest, or anyone in their group
3. Any guest who has misled us when making their original booking, including in manners stated above (number of guests, parties, animals).
4. Under circumstances of complaint over behaviour or noise at unreasonable times
(NB This last paragraph is legally covering our backsides. We are pretty cool people and will make efforts to be reasonable on damage, especially where it doesn't arise from negligence. That said, we'll be happily cashing the whole deposit under the circumstances whereby we have been misled at the point of booking.)
As a standard rule we tick no pets, smoking, events or parties. HOWEVER we will try to accommodate special requests where possible so please do ask and we'll help where we can.
CONNECTIONS TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT
My family has been on the Island for 200 years; my great-grandparents were both from local families and met on the local and stunning Priory Bay. They went on to buy the land above the beach, and to build the family home, which is where my siblings and I spent our idyllic childhood, got married, and have brought up our own children. At Easter and other holidays there might be over 100 of our extended family kicking around. As such I’m passionate about the local area & reckons that anything we don't know about the Isle of Wight isn't worth knowing.
We are a sporty professional couple in our mid 30's. We met at Uni at Cambridge 15 years ago and since then have worked in Investment Banking & Hedge Funds, and more recently with disruptive tech companies & start ups. I love interior design and hosting, and Steve loves DIY (it makes his day when he gets asked if he is "in the trade" when he is hardware store). We got married in the local church, as did my parents and grandparents before us.
We work hard during the week and love coming home to relax, unwind, and enjoy time with family and friends. We both come from big families and we love hanging out with them. During the summer our place is heaving with relatives coming and going - one of the things we love about the house is that it works well for 1 or 2 people as well as for big groups.
NATIONALITY & TRAVEL
Steve is Irish, Addie is English and we also have close relatives living in San Fran, NYC - who we stay with when Steve is running marathons/ultras around the world. That said, we are happiest when we are on the Isle of Wight.
HOW WE SPEND OUR TIME?
In general you’ll find us sailing, waterskiing, hanging out on the beach playing cricket with mates or building sandcastles with our kids, going on day trips, long lunches in the sun with rose, jamming on the piano & guitar, good walks with pub lunches, watching the sun rise over Priory Bay, catching crabs outside the Old Fort, or watching rugby with a pint of local ale. We couldn't live without Sonos, Wifi, Nest, Sky - we’re keen on mod-cons and nice finishes.
WHAT ARE WE LIKE AS HOSTS?
We are new to AirBNB but we have heaps of experience welcoming friends and family to our home. Our plan is to extend that to our AirBNB guests. As such, we want our guests to feel like they are staying with friends. We’ll do what we can to be flexible - just let us know whats on your mind (animals, parties, wedding, sailing, crews, catering) and we’ll do what we can to help. We will offer you EVERYTHING we can to ensure you have an awesome time in this magical place.
In particular, we’d be delighted to:
introduce you to the best pubs, cafes and restaurants;
plan an epic itinerary;
help with your travel plans (its easier than it seems)
show you the best beaches/cycle routes/walks/running paths;
set you up with any toys you might want (bikes, boats, etc);
let you know how you can get discounts on the Island;
share the best bits of our local knowledge and lifestyle including the best local butcher, local veg, and fresh-that-day lobsters and crab.
THAT’S ABOUT IT!
We could not be any happier raising our family here and with the memories we create and we will make sure that you enjoy the same during your stay. This is the best place in the world - come visit it.
PS If there’s anything we haven't covered here, just reach out and ask.