There’s something pretty special about The Hermitage, a ten bedroom Blue Chip Holidays home near Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. First up, the grounds are stunning. Rolling lawns give way to incredible views right across the island, with a cute play area and a rather grand outdoor terrace. This is the type of place you can play pretend Ladies and Gentlemen as you imagine you’re the star of your very own Jane Austen novel.
Inside, the set-up doesn’t disappoint. The downstairs features a huge drawing / dining room complete with big comfy Chesterfield sofas, a writing bureau, a large dining table that seats up to 20 people, fireplace and French doors opening out onto the sun terrace.
This alone would be ample room for a large family property, but it gets better – and bigger.
There’s also a beautifully welcoming open plan kitchen and dining room, if formal dining isn’t your thing, with an adjoining (well stocked) play room next door. And that’s before you even get to the bonus living room; a cosy snug set off the back corridor next to the utility room and separate boot room. And then there’s the games room (complete with pool and table tennis tables and a private gym – yes really!).
If you’re looking for a property to escape to with a bunch of people then this one won’t let you down. There are so many rooms and seating areas that you’d avoid any sense of cabin fever, even if you were confined to the house all week. My favourite spot was the upstairs reading area at the top of the stairs. The huge period windows catch every inch of sunlight streaming in, with views out across the idyllic countryside.
Although this is a huge property with plenty of home-from-home comforts, it manages to act as a blank canvas in order to appeal to a wide range of interiors tastes. That’s often a tricky balance to maintain when it comes to holiday properties.
Highlights, for me, included the G-Plan-esque nests of tables in various rooms, the fire hydrant lamps in the drawing room, the shutter blinds throughout (got to make the most of that gorgeous light) and the mid-century shaped lounge chairs in a couple of the bedrooms.
It’s also a definite added bonus to have an en-suite bathroom in every room, as well as another two bathrooms downstairs – one adjoining the gym. If you were here with lots of families there’d be no waiting for the bathroom or having to traipse around the house wrapped in a towel as you go for a shower.
We’ll leave you with a couple of mini tours over at Roost TV (have you subscribed to the channel yet? Plenty of interiors inspiration in short bites!). And if you want to find out more and see what else we got up to on our week on the Isle of Wight, check out my post at Mother’s Always Right and Alison’s post at Not Another Mummy Blog.
Thanks to Blue Chip Holidays for inviting us to stay at The Hermitage. You can stay for 7 nights at the property from £2,635 on a self-catering basis, based on 6th June 2016 arrival.