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Fort Redoubt - Lower Caponier

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs allowed 2
4
star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Quirky
Apartment
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A unique three bedroom apartment set within one of the islands most photographed and painted landscapes
  • Take a hike from the doorstep over Tennyson Down onto the infamous Needles and explore the beauty of West Wight
  • This pet friendly accommodation is an ideal place for the whole family to holiday
Property code: 78099

Standing at the foot of Tennyson Down, this distinctive apartment’s sat within the cliffs of Freshwater Bay, benefiting views over the bay to the east and the English Channel to the south and west.

Located within the moat of Fort Redbout, a Palmerston fort constructed in 1856 as a response to the threat of possible invasion by the French under Emperor Louis Napoleon, the caponiers were built to be the barrack accommodation for 24 soldiers. with its iron window shutters and rifle slots, the caponiers also provided a means of ditch defence, these original features can still be found following a sympathetic renovation by the owner to this derelict building, creating wonderful holiday accommodation in keeping with its historical value. It makes for a great base for the family to explore the delights the Isle of Wight has to offer. You’ll find a good selection of water sports nearby at Freshwater Bay and will be spoiled for choice with the 57 miles of coastline to chose from when it comes to selecting your beach day out. Head further along West Wight where you will find The Needles Park, a great day out for the family.

Enter the grounds of Fort Redoubt over the bridge which crosses the moat next to where the caponier apartments are situated, access to the caponiers is via a staircase through an iron gate from the forts central parade square. At the base of the stairs is where the lower apartment is located, enter through the front door into the characterful hallway. Through the double doors to your right you will come into the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. There is a TV and warming gas stove to curl up in front of in the lounge and a fully equipped kitchen with electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher with a dining table and seating large enough to seat the whole group. Just beyond the feature archway in the hallway is where you will find all three bedrooms, a king-size with en-suite shower room and WC, a twin room and a further king-size bedroom. The bathroom with bath and shower over and WC is located at the end of the corridor.

There is allocated parking for two cars in the forts central parade square. A table and chairs are provided to sit out and enjoy the shared grounds in the moat which is easily accessed from this apartment and a BBQ is also provided.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom and 1 en-suite wet room
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • TV and gas stove in the lounge
  • Cello DAB/DAB+/FM/Internet Radio, CD Player, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth player
  • Towels included
  • Allocated parking for 2 cars
  • A 3 pin plug socket is available on site for electric vehicle charging at no additional charge
  • Pub, shop and beach within walking distance
  • BBQ provided
  • Table and chairs available to sit out in the shared grounds of the moat
  • Sea views from the grounds of the fort
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 15:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Amy Hendriksen

This property joined our collection in 2020 and is managed by Amy.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Eileen, 3rd June 2022

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A lovely restored capioner, everything you could need is supplied however it is the only self catering accommodation I have rented that did not supply a welcome basket. I knew there were stairs to the flat however did not realise it was 19 & then another 2 sets of 8 & 7 to get to the lower caponier. This meant our elderly relatives could not come tRead moreo visit us. Also a hard slog to carry luggage & groceries. Excellent location for walking the downs, watching the bud & the bay. Hide

Reviewed by Jackie, 25th March 2022

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Lovely comfortable base for our holiday and the location is perfect for long walks. Coming back to the fire and sofa meant we felt at home straight away. Good beds and all equipment was available. Thoroughly relaxing, we will return later in the year.

Reviewed by Joanne, 25th February 2022

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A wonderful, quirky holiday experience. Charming, comfortable and utterly delightful.

Reviewed by Ruth, 1st October 2021

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Fantastic holiday place and amazing location. We stayed with our dogs and enjoyed the views and the walks. The accomodation was beautiful, what a great place to spend your holiday. We will be back soon hopefully.

Reviewed by Sheila, 17th September 2021

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A definite WOW . Very clean and well stocked with everything you need. In a great location. Good quality bedding, towels and accessories. We had a wonderful time. Would definitely go back.

Reviewed by Deborah, 10th September 2021

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Great accommodation .. wonderful to stay somewhere unique .. this area of the island is a joy .. and to be able to walk from Fort Redoubt straight onto Tennyson Downs.. and onto The Needles was a bonus and would recommend! Totland Bay & Colwell Bay are a short drive, beautiful quiet bays with fab views with great cafe/restaurants would not hesitateRead more to return Hide

Reviewed by Judy, 3rd September 2021

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This is a stunning peaceful location, with walks across the downs and to the beach. We had walked past the fort before and were intrigued to stay there. Very unusual property, and nicely fitted out with most things you needed. Nice to find a "travelling pub" and pizza van parked in the bay. We had a bbq in the moat, which was lovely. Lots of steep Read moresteps in and out of the property, and a bumpy track up to the parking spaces. Hide

Reviewed by Kathryn, 30th July 2021

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The apartment was stunning - decorated and equipped to a very high standard.

Reviewed by Jo, 23rd July 2021

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The property is in a wonderful location, where you can walk out onto the Downs. We had a fabulous week exploring the area. It was fun staying in the fort. The main living area is beautifully appointed and a great space for the family to be together. The main bedroom/ensuite was a slight disappointment although the other 2 bedrooms and bathroom wereRead more well appointed. It's definitely cool temperature-wise as you're effectively underground so make sure to take an extra hoodie! Hide

Reviewed by Natalie, 25th June 2021

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Reviewed by Sara, 18th June 2021

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We had a lovely week's stay in the Lower Caponier. The renovation of this once derelict building has been creatively and sympathetically carried out, with many original features remaining. The accommodation is very comfortable and tastefully furnished. The shower in the en-suite wet room is especially good! It is difficult to imagine a more interesRead moreting and breath taking setting for a holiday. A very special place, and a real treat to stay here. Hide

Reviewed by Scot, 28th May 2021

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Lovely apartment and lovely spot to spend relaxing few days. Spotlessly clean and A very friendly and helpful manager.

Reviewed by Martin, 30th April 2021

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Fort Redoubt Freshwater Bay. What can I say? Absolutely stunning location. Anyone who has a dog or just loves walking would struggle to find a better place to stay. Walk down the driveway and you are straight on to miles of rolling hills or the lovely beach in the bay. The accommodation was very well equipped and superb condition. You must bear in Read moremind that the Lower Caponier is basically below ground but access to the grassy moat is right outside your door. Hide

Reviewed by Nigel, 23rd December 2020

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The Lower Caponier has been put together to a very high standard. Warm and cosy and well appointed. Comfortable beds and sofas and very quiet. The door to the communal outside area (in the moat) is immediately opposite the door to the apartment and perfect for dogs (safe & secure). There are quite a few steps down to the apartment which could be chRead moreallenging for some. Will definitely return. Hide

Reviewed by Tracey, 11th December 2020

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Great cottage, great location really unique cottage with fab facilities. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed by Lisa, 30th October 2020

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Reviewed by D, 23rd October 2020

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A fascinating place to stay in and one never to be forgotten Quite an experience.

Reviewed by Stephen, 16th October 2020

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Reviewed by Sandra, 2nd October 2020

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Great place to spend a week living somewhere a little bit different. Quirky place and stunning location. Would definitely stay there again.

Reviewed by Ian, 18th September 2020

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Well appointed stunning property steeped in history. Sited on the south coast the fort provides for an interesting holiday accommodation. Your visit needs to take in the cliff top walk up Tennison Down and on over to the Needles famous landmark and its lighthouse.

Reviewed by Karen, 11th September 2020

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Perfect for our stay. Historic building with modern conveniences and a great finish. Good location, too. Only thing I would say was that the steps were a little bit of a puff with two small children, but we managed just fine!

Reviewed by Jessica, 4th September 2020

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We had a great week at the fort. Its in a great surrounding and so relaxing. There is everything you need provided and its very peaceful. The walk across Tennyson Down up to the monument is great from the accommodation.

Reviewed by Jenny, 21st August 2020

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Comfortable, unique accommodation in a safe location. There are a few niggles, which I am sure the owners will address.

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