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Spectacular cliff top art deco house with stunning sea views and period features.

How about being transported back to the heady days of the ‘20s and ‘30s, surrounded by opulent décor, art deco architecture, and unspoiled views of the English seaside?  Yes, it's possible, as this is exactly what Art Deco House UK promises, and more besides! 

Located in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, Marine Villa dates back to 1929.  With many original features, including wood panelling, parquet floors, a sweeping staircase and stunning stained glass windows, the house has been lovingly furnished with period pieces to evoke the style and glamour of the era.

Large enough to accommodate 14 adults and five children, the house is the perfect place to celebrate a special birthday, anniversary - or even a wedding.  Guests have compared the house with something from an Agatha Christie novel, and once you're settled into the splendid drawing room, it's easy to see why.  Leather sofas, a table that converts into a card table and 1930s artwork send you straight back to the days of Poirot and Marple.  There's even a walnut cocktail cabinet said to have come from the Elstree Studios' set for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

The kitchen, with its three independent ovens and large gas hob, is certainly sufficient for catering for large groups.  Sleekly finished in classic monochrome, the central island doubles up as a breakfast bar, making for sociable mornings over fresh juice and coffee, while French doors open onto the impeccably manicured garden, with outdoor seating for 18, a BBQ area and spectacular ponds.

Entertain like Gatsby himself under magnificent chandeliers in the wood-panelled dining room.  Every detail has been attended to in here for authenticity, from the period ornaments and glassware to an original 1930s clock still marking time.  Even a SONOS speaker has been hidden within a 1930s radio; it's just down to you to choose your soundtrack for the evening - some Benny Goodman or Duke Ellington, perhaps...?

Five generously sized bedrooms upstairs, and the Morning Room downstairs, which can be used as a sixth bedroom, provide ample room for everyone. Families are especially welcome at Marine Villa; the Family Bedroom can sleep five, and several of the other rooms have additional single beds plus space for a cot.  

The ground floor Accessible Bedroom has been designed with the less mobile in mind (Marine Villa has been graded as Mobility Grades 1 and 2), with wheelchair access and an en-suite wet room, although older children may prefer this twin room, located away from their parents!

The pièce de résistance is the Master Suite however, with its spectacular circular art deco window above the bed, triple aspect views out to sea, and exquisite furniture, from the sleigh day bed to the luxurious chaise longue.

Owners Sharon and Laurence will go to almost any length to make your stay comfortable, enjoyable, and most of all, memorable. With two of probably the Isle of Wight's top chefs available for hire, as well as caterers who will deliver pre-prepared meals, there is an opportunity to have a very special evening in. Art Deco House UK is also licensed for the sale of alcohol, and guests can pre-order magnums of fine wines and Champagne from Sharon's specially selected collection. 

When you're not spending your days relaxing in luxury, the beach at Sandown Bay is a short step away, while cliff top paths are perfect for a morning walk or run.  Take a trip to Shanklin Old Village for charming thatched cottages, gift shops and tearooms, and of course, there is the whole of the Isle of Wight to explore from here, with its gardens, beaches and family attractions.

We always think that a special occasion calls for a special place to stay, and there is absolutely no doubt that this stunning house offers exactly that. Over the past year, the house has hosted an 80th birthday family get together, a reunion for 8 ladies in their 60s who attended college together 40 years before, a very senior government minister and his family, several Lords and Ladies and people just like you, keen to indulge in one of the UK's most stunning period properties from the early 20th century.

Things to note

Five Star GOLD graded whole house rental. Minimum booking period is 2 nights in low season and 7 nights in July/August/September. Prices range from £1800inc VAT in low season for a weekend to £5000 inc VAT for a week in the peak season. Wheelchair access and mobility graded 1&2, group.  Fine wines and champagne magnums may be advance-ordered on request. Non-smoking. No pets.

Tried and tested

"We go away as a group of friends every New Year. It's increasingly difficult to find properties to suit our mix of children and adults but this worked brilliantly. There was enough space for the adults and children to separate. All the right kitchen equipment including two ovens so that we could cook enough food to feed everyone and the location was fabulous, particularly with the path at the end of the garden meaning we could walk down to the beach. The house was decorated for Christmas and felt very homely. The house manager was extremely friendly and just a phone call away when we had a very minor issue - immediately resolved. Would love to see the house in a different season so that we could make the most of the fantastic outside space and sun rooms. If you do stay here we would recommend the Salix Beach Cafe, which is a pleasant walk and doable for our 5 year old. Food was good and the service was fab, despite our sudden take over with a party of 18!"

"From that glorious moment of being welcomed in to the amazing Art Deco House for the first time by the Karen (House Manager), to closing the door at the end of the long weekend it was a perfect family event in a fantastic home. Lawrence and Sharon have done a stunning job of reviving the house in the period style, AND managed to make it a very usable, homely and luxurious space. We had a large party from teenage to late 80s who all loved it for different reasons. The views are incredible, rooms so spacious and the sound system - quite a marvel. All of this kept the whole party happy, amused and fascinated for the whole visit. We enjoyed the indoors so much we had to force ourselves to make the best of the local/natural resources too. The cliff-top walk is accessed directly through the garden gate; the Hideaway cafe (towards Shanklin) is also a gem - tiny, cozy with such a wide range of food and drink. It's easy to get down to the beach level and the walkway from Shanklin to Sandown. The weather was surprisingly good, which meant the Sun Room and garden table even got some use. Thank you so much for the starter 'hamper' - which was ideal to give us time to settle in. I can't wait to find another excuse to book in to celebrate something!"

"I stayed here with family to mark my 50th birthday. We'd been stunned by the photos and descriptions of the house, but the reality exceeded these. An absolutely beautiful place, as is clear, but this beauty isn't at the expense of it also being a comfortable, welcoming and very well appointed place to stay. Great location - lovely to pop out of the garden gate and straight onto the coast path - and beautiful views out to sea from most of the bedrooms."

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Region: Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Cost (from): £1800 per weekend
Sleeps: 19
Bedrooms: 6 (+1)
Bathrooms: 5
Minimum stay: 2 nights (low season)
Property ref: 121

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Facilities

Six bedrooms, plus Morning Room (7th optional bedroom), sun-room, 5 bathrooms, 2 WCs, fully equipped kitchen with 3 ovens, large gas hob, 2 dishwashers, breadmaker, steam cooker, toaster, full crockery. All bedrooms with  Freeview TV and hairdryers, towels provided. Dining room seats 20. Drawing Room has seating for 16, TV, card table and chess set. Utilities include washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing boards. Child high chairs available. Free internet wifi throughout and SONOS Soundsystem downstairs. Large garden with terrace and BBQ, direct cliff top access. Most rooms have a king size bed, with additional single beds in two bedrooms, plus bunk beds in the Family Bedroom. Accessible bedroom with wheelchair access and two single beds.

Please contact the owner directly with any questions.

Local Activities

Blue Flag beaches, cycling, walks, golf, sailing, hiking, swimming, theatre, theme park, caves, churches, photography, jet skiing.

At a glance

  • Large art deco house, sleeping up to 14 adults and 5 children, in Shanklin, Isle of Wight
  • Offers original features, including stained glass windows and wood panelling, and furnished to recreate opulence of 1920s and 1930s
  • Cliff top location providing stunning sea views from the house and its ¾ acre garden
  • Six large bedrooms, including Accessible Room on ground floor and Family Room, sleeping up to 5
  • Licensed to sell magnums of fine wine and Champagne, and option to hire chefs and caterers
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