Having recently returned from a week in the Hermitage during the half term break, I can honestly say it was the perfect accommodation for us in every way.
On arrival, we were all blown away by the beauty of the grounds and house itself and it was in a very secluded, therefore safe location. We were met by the Property Manager (Suzanne) who took the time to show us around the house and everything was in pristine condition.
Being a group of 19 (10 adults and 9 children - ranging from 2 to 8 years old) we are always nervous about how a holiday home would cater for our needs and accommodate so many of us under one roof, but we were all blown away by the sheer size of the house and there was ample room for all of us… and then some.
The sleeping quarters were fantastic, extremely clean, spacious (especially the 4 “Master” bedrooms) and tastefully decorated, with all rooms having en-suite facilities. There were travel cots and beds available making it easy to juggle the room configurations when the inevitable happened on the first night with the older children ending up in one room together!
The en-suite bathrooms were all clean, modern and well stocked.
What really made our stay perfect however, was the living quarters downstairs. The Kitchen was large and spacious with casual dining for the children’s dinner time and ideal for family breakfasts together. The formal dining room across the hall provided a great setting for the adult meals and, like the rest of the house, was beautifully presented and wanted for nothing.
The garden provided a very safe and enjoyable environment for the kids and they were out there playing practically every minute that we were home. That said, the grounds are quite large so you do have to be vigilant keeping an eye on the little ones.
The games room was well-stocked and provided the kids with hours of amusement... and us with the dream “Man Cave” to escape to... to enjoy Table Tennis, Pool and board games galore. There was also a large variety of outdoor games to play on the lawn with, so The Hermitage had thought of everything.
As if this was not enough, there was also an additional play room for the younger children and a quiet TV room for the adults to find a few minutes of peace.
It was only a 10-minute drive to nearby Ventnor, where there is a beach and a good selection of pubs and restaurants. We also recommend Blackgang Chine theme park which is again only 10 minutes away, The Wight Mouse Inn for it’s great food and outdoor play area, Steephill Cove for some of the best seafood around and finally Coasteering in Freshwater Bay for those more adventurous.
All in all, I would not hesitate to recommend The Hermitage to anyone and will definitely be returning again as I think we will struggle to find a holiday home that ticks so many boxes for our needs.
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