Reviews

Reviews

  • Woodside: Wonderful hidden gem…….stayed for a week in October. Sue and Paul thought of everything to make sure your stay is perfect, it’s like home from home. They even provided tea, coffee, milk and lovely local biscuits. The garden is beautiful and so peaceful. We would highly recommend here and will definitely return one day. Thank you for a lovely break Sue and Paul, just what we needed.  Sue (October 2021)

  • Both Lodges: Absolutely amazing hosts and facilities.  It was our daughters second visit.  We will be back.  Kevin (October 2021)

  • Both Lodges: 
    We felt so welcome on our arrival to celebrate my 40th birthday. Not only was the booking system (direct) excellent but we also had everything as requested in our corresponding emails. The lodges are beautiful, well equipped and cosy. The location is ideal for dog walk/walks and local amenities should you need to walk/drive to the shops. Yet you feel like you're totally remote and 'on holiday'. The pool is lovely and clean.  I highly recommend the property and can't thank the owners enough for a lovely stay.  Fleur (October 2021)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: What a wonderful weekend we had based at Monktonmead Lodge - Sue and Paul were such accommodating hosts, and the lodge itself was perfect - the kids were so excited to be staying in a “Wendy house” (their words, not ours!) and it more than lived up to expectation - such a well stocked cabin and the pool was such a huge added bonus and the cause of many lost hours! Thank you, looking forward to next time. Lucy (October 2021) 

  • Both Lodges: Fantastic self catering lodges.  Fabulous location, a hidden gem.  Highly recommended for couples or families. Michelle, Andy, Leila and Tony (September 2021)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: We’ve just returned from a lovely week staying in Monktonmead Lodge. Sue & Paul are fantastic hosts and made us all feel very welcome. The lodge is well equipped with all you could need for a family holiday. The pool is fantastic and our children definitely made the most of it. We can’t wait to return next year 😀 Katie (August 2021)

  • Woodside Lodge: Such a lovely week. The lodge had all we needed and the owners were exceptional. Friendly, helpful and it made for a wonderful week. Liz (August 2021)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: Paul and Sue are perfect hosts, children loved the pool, a relaxing and happy holiday!  David (August 2021)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: This chalet is down a little road, in a quiet garden. It has it own large pool. Everything was clean and in good condition, and the owners were brilliant. We would definitely return to explore the isle of Wight more. Clare (July 2021)

  • Both Lodges: We have just returned from an amazing week, everything was lovely, clean, comfortable and welcoming. Our little old dog was very happy there and having the pool during the heatwave week was a proper treat. We can absolutely recommend staying there. Eileen (July 2021)

  • Both Lodges: Our family stayed at Arethusa Holiday Cottages in July 2021.  This was our second visit and it didn't disappoint!  We had a really fantastic week and we all really enjoyed our stay.  We occupied both lodges and both were spotlessly clean on arrival with excellent COVID-safe measures in place.  The pool was a massive hit with our children who swam in it every day.  Our hosts, Sue and Paul were very friendly and we very much enjoyed speaking to them over the week.  They gave us some great recommendations and to top it all off, our dog really enjoyed playing with their dog too!  We have no hesitation in recommending Arethusa Holiday Cottages (in fact, we've done it already!) - just brilliant!  Kirsty (July 2021)

  • Woodside Lodge: Lovely short stay. Lodge was clean and perfect for us and the dog. The location was fantastic within a beautiful garden with the swimming pool. The surrounding nature reserve was perfect for dog walking . All in all a top stay. Russ (July 2021)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: Everything was perfect, the owners went above and beyond expectations, just the perfect place to celebrate my daughters hen party! Thank you. Chrissie (June 2021)

  • Woodside Lodge: It was very calming after covid; every thing connected to covid was adhered to even with the wonderful heated swimming pool.  We would throughly recommend this for a peaceful break.  Brenda (June 2021)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: Perfect location for a peaceful vacation and only a short walk into Ryde where there is a beautiful beach.  Sue and Paul are very friendly and welcoming.  The lodge we stayed in has everything you need for a very comfortable stay and was immaculate.  The swimming pool/grounds are very clean and tidy and the wildlife is lovely to watch.   Would definitely recommend and will return again.  Thanks again for a very comfortable stay.  Sue and Kev (June 2021)

  • Woodside Lodge:  We had a fantastic stay at Woodside Lodge. The hosts, Sue and Paul are very welcoming and helpful to ourselves and our 2 dogs. The Lodge is in a small nature reserve and it is hard to believe that it is only a couple of minutes to the centre of Ryde. The lodge was very comfortable and spotlessly clean with all the amenities you could need. You have the use of an excellent heated swimming pool and the gardens are fantastic. We will definitely be going back.  Paul (May 2021)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: Communication was excellent from Sue and Paul. They were very welcoming. The accommodation was very clean and cosy. The swimming pool was amazing and we had a fantastic time relaxing in the pool area. 100% recommended. Looking forward to a return visit. Many thanks.  Victoria (May 2021)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: A lovely location with amazing facilities. The kids loved the Pool. Sue and Paul were the perfect hosts. Friendly and a warm welcome. We will certainly return.  Minesh (May 2021)

  • Woodside Lodge: Peace and tranquility.  A wonderful getaway .... great bird watching and red squirrels.  Sylvia (April 2021)

  • Woodside Lodge: This was my first visit and I'll be sure to go back again. Sue and Paul are absolutely amazing. I went there for my partner's birthday and Sue helped me to prepare a surprise. I loved that the place was very quiet, well-maintained, with a beautiful pond and the private swimming pool was the cherry on the cake. Highly recommended!  Ellie (December 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: Was a fantastic stay this past weekend. We had everything we needed and just a short distance from the centre of Ryde. The pool was great and the garden was lovely and peaceful. Owners Paul and Sue were very helpful and friendly and even picked us up from the ferry port. Overall it was a perfect stay and we will certainly consider going again in the summer. Thanks.  Kieran (December 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: We were greeted by our lovely hosts Paul and Sue on arrival. Very helpful and welcoming. Set in a stunning location and well maintained. The lodge was like a home from home, very relaxing, clean and with all you need for a great holiday. The swimming pool is fantastic and well kept Great location to see any of the Isle of Wight.  Would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you to our hosts. We will be returning next year.  Julie (November 2020)

  • Both Lodges:  We had a wonderful time. Both lodges were super clean, cosy, comfortable and equipped with everything needed. We had both lodges for our family and so the sole use of the fantastic pool. Garden around the lodges is so great and Sue and Paul so helpful and discreet at the same time. We had a faboulus time! Thank you.    Claudia (October 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: Arethusa Cottage lodges are the perfect holiday location for the changing times around us (COVID). We stayed in a beautifully clean self-catered wooden lodge that was comfortable, warm and was perfect for our toddling little 13month old. Paul and Sue are really friendly and very happy to accommodate our needs - buying a high chair for the lodge to save us bringing one. The wonderful swimming pool was literally several steps from the door to our lodge, arranging separate swimming times with the other guests was really simple to accommodate social distancing. Our little one loved it, splashing around for hours! The location is great, really easy to find and very close to all the great sights of the Isle of Wight. Located in a forest area you have lovely walks on your doorstep and a short walk to the beach in Ryde. We are definitely coming back next year!! Thank you so much! X  Ben (October 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: Such a lovely place, with great hosts. Sue and Paul are kind and very helpful and can recommend some beautiful walks and cafes. Stayed in Woodside Lodge, everything you need for a comfy few nights or a weeks stay. Already booked for 2021. Debbie (October 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge:  Lovely hosts, ideal location for exploring the island.  Our little one loved the steam train ride (10 mins away).  The lodge is in a private setting.  The pool is great, gardens lovely.  We had a very comfortable stay here - great value for money.  Jade (October 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: This was our first visit to Arethusa Cottage, we travelled with our two dogs, we were all super excited.  After a smooth crossing on Wightlink and a very short drive to our accommodation, we were impressed by the location, very secluded but not isolated, perfect place for us.  We were all greeted warmly by owners Sue & Paul , this place is definitely doggie friendly. First thing you notice is the beautiful gardens , well kept by Sue & Paul , so many personal touches. You could feel the love in the place.  A wow moment for me was the indoor pool, super clean and water warm and inviting.  We spent a wonderful weekend in Woodside Lodge, WOW what a lovely place.  Yes, it was spotlessly clean, yes, it had everything you could want but for me it was just charming, beautiful bedding and those little touches that really do make this whole place really something very special.  We will definitely be back but for longer next time.  Sue & Paul are thoughtful hosts going the extra mile to ensure your stay at Arethusa Cottage is amazing.  Debbie (September 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: We have just had a fabulous weekend in Woodside Lodge thanks to Sue and Paul, the hosts.  The whole place is a haven of peace and quiet with the two fantastic lodges, stunningly beautiful gardens and a fabulous private, indoor swimming pool.  It is perfectly located on the edge of Ryde, close enough to walk to anywhere locally and yet in the middle of nowhere also having a nature reserve right next door.  Everything is spotlessly clean and tidy with all you need in the lodges to enjoy your stay without any cares or worries. The gardens are beautiful and well looked after giving you the best start to your day, sitting out on your private patio overlooking the well tended lawns dotted with fruit trees, flowering bushes and colourful beds.  Location couldn't be better with many stunning beaches, woodland walks, great pubs with tasty food and so many other places of interest I haven't got time to list them all.  As already mentioned, this is a haven, set up perfectly to give you the relaxing rest we all need from time to time.  Sue and Paul are fabulous hosts who look at their guests as friends not visitors and are ready with help, advice, information and any fixes the minute they are needed.  We will definitely be back again... as soon as we can find a time when there is availability as the lodges are filling up... fast!  Thank you Sue and Paul and see you again soon.  Steve (September 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: If you're looking for a quiet relaxing getaway or something nearby local attractions then you can't go wrong with booking your stay at Arethusa Cottage near Ryde. The two lodges in the lovely grounds are comfortable clean and have all the amenities you could wish for including being dog friendly. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool for that extra bit of exercise or just lazing about and having fun in the water. We were blessed with warm sunny weather and couldn't fault the local tea shops, pubs and beautiful beaches for a walk. We were only there for two nights but felt like we had been away longer with all the fresh air and the beautiful nature reserve on the doorstep. Our stay was made all the more special by the friendliness and hospitality of Sue and Paul the owners. We'll definitely be back again.  Roz (September 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: We had such a wonderful stay at Arethusa Cottages, not only were Paul and Sue (the owners) fantastic hosts but extremely helpful and happy to make recommendations about things to do on the island. We stayed in Woodside Lodge which was really nicely decorated, spotlessly clean and had all the facilities and more that you would hope for in a self catering holiday cottage. The hosts had even left us complimentary milk, locally-made biscuits and little hand gels (especially during these horrible covid times!) and there were plenty of entertainment ideas such as books, boards games and dvds to watch in the evenings. It was lovely sharing a bottle of wine on the large private decking area outside Woodside Lodge in the last of the summer evenings. The grounds of the cottages are beautiful and the photos do not do it justice for how tranquil it truly is. There is a pond area, which is lovely little spot to tuck yourself away with a book and relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the pool house is extremely clean and well maintained. Arethusa Cottages are perfect not only for couples but families too as they have all the facilities to cater for all and are conveniently located a short 20 minute walk to Ryde town centre and well positioned for easy access for driving around the island. I couldn’t recommend enough booking a stay at Arethusa Cottages when visiting the Isle of Wight and will definitely be returning in the near future!  Charlotte (September 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: My partner and I stayed in Monktonmead Lodge last week. The Lodge , gardens and swimming pool were spotless and Sue and Paul were very helpful in giving advice on places to visit on the Island. Our stay was relaxing which is just what we needed. We especially liked to sit by the pond with a cuppa and book after a day of exploring. We were so pleased that we have booked Oct half term with extended family.  Luisa (September 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: The property is wonderful, with peaceful surroundings and the added bonus of a really nice pool that you can actually swim in. The Lodge is comfortable and clean with top class amenities. The proprietors were very welcoming and we felt at home immediately. Thank you for a really nice week. Keir (September 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: We stayed at Arethusa at the end of August in the lodge which sleeps 6. It really was the perfect covid getaway. Setting: Amazing! The garden is so beautiful. We loved Ryde and especially Dell Cafe which is near Puckpool park. Pool: Brilliant and very clean, it’s a really good size and made swimming with 3 kids so easy. Accommodation: The lodge was small but perfectly formed. Immaculately presented with a great bathroom. The kids loved sleeping in the eaves. Hosts: Sue and Paul are so lovely, the perfect hosts!  Jillian (August 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: A little peace of heaven. The accommodation is beautiful and set in a peaceful garden. The facilities are excellent with access to the pool. Paul and Sue made us feel very welcome. Looking forward to our return. Nicola (September 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: A fabulous place to stay whilst exploring and visiting the IOW. Tucked away to feel like you are miles away but close enough to walk to Ryde. The accommodation has everything you need to make you feel at home with the added bonus of a pool! So good we are booking up for next year!!  Katharine (August 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge: Really liked this property, great surroundings and in a secluded area which was very peaceful. Great for dog owners too as it is surrounded by a nature reserve. Ellie (August 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: We had a lovely holiday on the IoW, staying in the delightful, compact Monktonmead lodge. It was great to have use of the beautifully kept gardens, the lovely pond and the fantastic pool. Emma (9) and Megan (7) loved turning the eaves area into their own 'play den'. They especially loved the pool with the inflatables, which they went into every day. Thank you so much Sue and Paul. We will recommend to friends, and hope to return.  Rob (August 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: Wonderful cottage and hosts who couldn't have been more accommodating. Pool was great for the kids and the idillc location was a great base for us to explore the island. 10/10  Neil (August 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: Location good, hosts very friendly and accommodating.  Weather was hot but the pool was just outside our lodge which was great and we had it all to ourselves.  Only 2 lodges on site so not overrun with other families and was very private.  Lots to do on the island, Ryde has a good sandy beach and good pubs quite near.  We would recommend the White Hart in Ryde.  5 year old loved Robin Hill.  Would definitely stay again and maybe book the second lodge for family/friends.  Carol (August 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: We had an excellent stay at Arethusa Cottage Holiday Lodges.  It is a great base to explore the Island and the setting is wonderful, with the added bonus of a pool.  Sue and Paul gave us a very warm welcome and were very helpful throughout our stay.  Our lodge was clean, comfortable and the little added touches made this an excellent self-catering experience.  We will certainly be back!  Susan (July 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: We had an excellent time at Arethusa Cottage, myself and my 2 children. The lodge was spacious very clean and had everything we needed. The garden and pond are lovely with regular visits from the Red Squirrels, the Pool is located right next to the Lodge so easily accessed, the Kids really enjoyed their time in the Pool which became a daily activity after we’d been out exploring the island. The pool is spacious and clean, Sue & Paul provided inflatables which the kids had great fun with. Sue and Paul were very friendly and made us feel comfortable as soon as we arrived, they maintained Social Distancing whilst still attending to our needs, they were always looking to improve our stay, providing garden games and advising on places to visit on the island. I would recommend Arethusa Cottage holiday Lodges and would definitely stay again. Their location is ideally located for the ferry and to explore the island, albeit that the island is not that big.  Billy (July 2020)

  • Woodside Lodge:  We spent a wet weekend in this really spacious and comfortable light lodge with everything you need. The lodge consists of a lounge with tri-fold doors onto a large deck. A good size kitchen with all equipment you need, including a full oven and washing machine. Large shower room and toilet. At the rear a bedroom with a very comfortable double bed. The lodge is within a large very well maintained garden, with a large indoor heated pool at the end of it. The area surrounding the house is a nature reserve so ideal for Annie our dog. One of the highlights was watching all the birds and the red squirrels from the Lodge. Paul and Sue are great hosts, ever ready to make your holiday an enjoyable time. We hope that we will be able to come back, bringing our family and friends with us.  Phillipa (February 2020)

  • Monktonmead Lodge: Stayed here on a wet and windy weekend in February, but found a calm sanctuary in the midst of storm Dennis. We were a party of 2 adults, 2 teenagers and 2 children staying in monktonmead lodge set in the beautiful grounds of Arethusa cottage. A completely wooden lodge with high beams, a master bedroom, bunk bed room and Eaves Annex sleeping area, perfectly located right next to the heated indoor pool. The teenagers loved the sanctuary of being upstairs in their own ‘den’! While fairly small, the lodge never felt crowded with 6 of us there. The kids spent most of their time in the pool, which has its own changing area, and tables and chairs where I relaxed while watching them play on the many inflatables provided by wonderful hosts Sue and Paul. They even offered to tumble dry our towels for us, and gave the children fish food to feed the huge fish in the gated garden pond. 5* service. We had a key to both the outside gate and the lodge itself, so we could come and go as we pleased. We explored the vineyard next door, and ventured out to Ryde seafront (5 minutes drive) and Shanklin beach and the old town( 20minutes drive). None of us wanted to go home. Will definitely return in the summer. Little slice of heaven.  Victoria (February 2020)

 

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