Firefly House is a 4 bedroom luxury Victorian house with 2 on-site parking spaces, just a few minutes walk from the historic towncentre, waterfront and marinas of Cowes, home of UK yacht racing, and gateway to the Isle of Wight

 

Steeped in history, the house has been beautifully renovated to retain its Victorian charm and furnished with contemporary detail, to provide comfortable stylish self catering accommodation for families, crews, friends and colleagues, walkers and cyclists.

 

The House

The accommodation is spaciously arranged over three floors and includes 4 double bedrooms, 3 shower/bath rooms, 3 reception rooms and a brand new outdoor decked area, perfect for alfresco eating and relaxing.  There are 2 onsite parking spaces, and a secure rear garden with side gate for bicycle storage/pushchair access. 

 

The Reception Rooms

On the ground floor, the formal sitting room is styled in comfortable traditional décor, whilst next door the cosy snug /playroom is furnished for more relaxing activities such as watching television, or playing. 

 

Fully equipped with all appliances and equipment for cooking, the stunning open-plan ground floor kitchen-diner is perfect for entertaining, socialising, cooking and formal dining.  The expandable dining table comfortably seats 12 diners in the dining area.

Outdoor area

NEW for 2019 - the expansive new decked area is equipped with a large outdoor dining table and chairs, comfortable outdoor seating area, sunshade umbrella and a large gas bbq.

The Bedrooms

Each of the four bedrooms comfortably sleeps two adults (or children) in luxurious Hypnos beds. 

  • Albacore Room: the sumptuous main bedroom has a traditional kingsized brass bed and mahogany furniture, and an ensuite shower room

  • Flying Fifteen Room: the bedroom at the rear of the house, overlooking the garden, has zip and link beds (1 Superking bed, or 2 full sized single beds) and shares the main bathroom

  • Jolly Boat Room: has 2 full sized single beds and shares the main bathroom

  • Javelin Room: on the second floor this larger room has zip and link beds (1 Superking bed, or 2 full sized single beds) and an ensuite shower room

 

The house caters for a maximum of 8 adults or children.  If you need 8 individual beds, please see note below.  Please note that due to Covid-19, there may be some restrictions on bed set up, please read our Covid-19 policy for up-to-date information.

Bathrooms

 

  • Albacore Room ensuite shower room - regular standing shower cubicle, toilet, wash basin

  • Javelin Room ensuite shower room - regular standing shower cubicle, toilet, wash basin

  • Main bathroom - full sized bath with overhead shower, toilet, wash basin

  • Downstairs toilet - toilet and wash basin

Linen


We aim to provide almost everything that you could need for your stay, to save you the stress of having to pack it all. Welcome pack of tea, coffee, bread, biscuits etc provided, Egyptian pure cotton linen on main beds, coloured polycotton linen for children's rooms, bath and hand towel per person, toiletries, basic kitchen stores (herbs, flour, oil).

Please enquire before your visit to confirm what is provided.

5th bedroom

By prior arrangement and an additional charge, the downstairs Snug/Playroom can be made up as a bedroom to create a 5 bedroom house for a crew/group of 8 individuals.

Please enquire for more details.

Note: Firefly House is set up for a maximum of 8 adults or children.
Please note that due to Covid-19, there may be some restrictions on bed set up, please read our Covid-19 policy for up-to-date information.

Position

 

Firefly House is situated on Mill Hill Road, a suburban street of original 19th century villas.  Mill Hill Road runs from Medina Road (where the chain ferry is situated) to the top of town and on to Newport.  The house is positioned between Gordon Road and Victoria Road, at the lower end of the street.

 

Walk to Shepards Marina – 5 minutes

Walk to town – 7 minutes

Walk to Red Jet – 10 minutes

Walk to chainferry – 7 minutes

Drive to chainferry – 2 minutes

Drive to Newport – 15 minutes

Please note all distances are approximate timings

Transport

 

  • Please contact us for 15% discount voucher for Red Funnel Car Ferry (from Southampton to East Cowes)

  • Ferry choices

    • Red Funnel Car Ferry from Southampton to East Cowes.  From the car ferry terminal in East Cowes, take the chainferry to West Cowes, it's then a very short drive to Firefly House

    • Red Jet Passenger Ferry from Southampton to West Cowes, then short walk to Firefly House.

    • Wightlink Ferries (Porstmouth to Fishbourne, Lymington to Yarmouth) then drive to West Cowes.

  • See our Getting to & around the IOW page for more information on ferries

  • Please note that due to Covid-19, ferries may be running at a reduced service.  Please check ferry company websites for latest information and additional guidelines (eg wearing facemarks)

Firefly House front
Firefly House front
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map
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Shepards marina
Shepards marina
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Red Funnel
Red Funnel
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Parking

 

Offroad parking spaces for 2 cars at front of the property

Secure bike storage for several bicycles at rear of the property with side gated access from front

Accommodation

 

Sitting room

  • 2 sofas and 2 chairs allows seating for up to 8 persons

  • Coffee table

  • 40" Samsung Flatscreen TV with Freeview and catchup, DVD player

  • Selection of DVDs

 

Snug/playroom

  • 2 arm chairs

  • Sofa

  • 28" Samsung Flatscreen TV with Freeview 

  • Laptop desk

  • Treasure chest of toys, games, books & DVDs

  • Books, magazines, guidebooks & maps

  • By prior arrangement, can be arranged as a 5th bedroom

 

Open plan kitchen diner

  • Spacious open plan kitchen and dining area

  • Access to utility room/WC and access to outdoor dining area

  • Very large expandable dining table

 

Cooking facilities

  • Smeg range cooker with 5 gas burners

  • Dishwasher, microwave, American style fridge freezer

  • Bosch Tasimo coffee maker, juicer, Kenwood hand blender

  • Cutlery, crockery, glasswear for 12 settings

  • Cooking equipment 

  • Table linen

  • Cupboard space for supplies

Utility / WC

  • WC and washbasin

  • Washing machine

Outside

  • New for 2019 Expansive outdoor decked area

  • Rear enclosed garden with side access

  • Dining table and chairs

  • Parasol

  • Outdoor seating area

  • Gas BBQ with 4 burners

  • Bike storage area

  • Outdoor water tap

  • Lawned area with plants

Sitting room
Sitting room
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Sitting room
Sitting room
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Sitting room ceiling rose
Sitting room ceiling rose
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Dining area and outside
Dining area and outside
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Kitchen diner
Kitchen diner
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Dining area to outside
Dining area to outside
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Dining area
Dining area
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Kitchen and Smeg cooker
Kitchen and Smeg cooker
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Smeg cooker
Smeg cooker
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Kitchen diner
Kitchen diner
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Snug / Playroom
Snug / Playroom
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Snug / Playroom
Snug / Playroom
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Snug / Playroom as a 5th bedroom
Snug / Playroom as a 5th bedroom
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Outdoor dining area
Outdoor dining area
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Barbecue
Barbecue
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Al fresco entertaining
Al fresco entertaining
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Relax in the sunshine
Relax in the sunshine
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Bedrooms and Bathrooms

 

Albacore Ensuite Master bedroom

  • Spacious 1st floor front bedroom

  • Front facing bay window with sea glimpses

  • King sized brass bed with Hypnos mattress

  • 2 Bedside tables with lamps

  • Built in hanging wardrobe with drawers

  • Large ottoman box with storage 

  • Gentleman’s valet

  • En-suite with walk-in shower cubicle, WC, washbasin and heated towel rail

  • Large mirror over fireplace and full length mirror in wardrobe

  • 1 hairdryer

Albacore bedroom
Albacore bedroom

1st floor ensuite bedroom with 1 kingsized bed

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Albacore bedroom
Albacore bedroom

1st floor ensuite bedroom with 1 kingsized bed

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Albacore fireplace
Albacore fireplace

1st floor ensuite bedroom with 1 kingsized bed

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Albacore bedroom 3
Albacore bedroom 3
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Albacore wardrobe
Albacore wardrobe

1st floor ensuite bedroom with 1 kingsized bed

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Albacore ensuite
Albacore ensuite

Shower cubicle, washbasin, WC & heated towel rail

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Albacore ensuite shower
Albacore ensuite shower

Shower cubicle, washbasin, WC & heated towel rail

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Albacore view
Albacore view
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Javelin Ensuite bedroom

  • Spacious 2nd floor front bedroom (with sloped ceilings)

  • Front facing window with sea glimpses

  • Zip and link beds with Hypnos mattresses (2 standard sized twin beds or 1 superking bed)

  • 2 bedside tables with lamps

  • Chest of drawers

  • Full length mirror

  • En-suite with walk in shower cubicle, WC, washbasin and heated towel rail

  • 1 hairdryer​

Javelin Room twin beds
Javelin Room twin beds

2nd floor ensuite bedroom with 2 twin beds OR 1 superkingsized bed

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Javelin Room twin beds
Javelin Room twin beds

2nd floor ensuite bedroom with 2 twin beds OR 1 superkingsized bed

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Javelin Room twin beds
Javelin Room twin beds

2nd floor ensuite bedroom with 2 twin beds OR 1 superkingsized bed

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Javelin Room superking bed
Javelin Room superking bed

2nd floor ensuite bedroom with 2 twin beds OR 1 superkingsized bed

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Javelin bedroom
Javelin bedroom

2nd floor ensuite bedroom with 2 twin beds OR 1 superkingsized bed

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Javelin ensuite
Javelin ensuite

Shower cubicle, washbasin, WC & heated towel rail

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Javelin ensuite shower
Javelin ensuite shower

Shower cubicle, washbasin, WC & heated towel rail

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Javelin view
Javelin view
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Flying Fifteen bedroom

  • 1st floor rear bedroom

  • Rear facing window

  • Zip and link beds with Hypnos mattresses (2 standard sized twin beds or 1 superking bed)

  • 2 bedside tables with lamps, chest of drawers, hanging area

Flying Fifteen Superking
Flying Fifteen Superking
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Flying Fifteen Twin
Flying Fifteen Twin

1st floor bedroom with 2 twin beds OR 1 superkingsized bed

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Flying 15 bedroom
Flying 15 bedroom

1st floor bedroom with 2 twin beds OR 1 superkingsized bed

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Flying 15 bedroom view
Flying 15 bedroom view
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Jolly Boat bedroom

  • 1st floor middle bedroom

  • Rear facing window

  • Standard sized twin beds with Hypnos mattresses

  • 1 bedside table with lamp

  • Hanging wardrobe

  • Drawers

  • Large mirror over fireplace

Jollyboat bedroom
Jollyboat bedroom

1st floor bedroom with 2 twin beds

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Jollyboat bedroom fireplace
Jollyboat bedroom fireplace

1st floor bedroom with 2 twin beds

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Jollyboat bedroom
Jollyboat bedroom

1st floor bedroom with 2 twin beds

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Jollyboat bedroom wardrobe
Jollyboat bedroom wardrobe

1st floor bedroom with 2 twin beds

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Family bathroom

  • 1st floor bathroom

  • Fixed shower over bath, additional handheld shower on taps, WC, washbasin and heated towel rail​

Main bathroom with overhead shower
Main bathroom with overhead shower
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Overhead shower in bath
Overhead shower in bath

Family bathroom with overbath fixed shower & separate handshower, washbasin, WC and heated towel rail

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Further information 

Families

We have a great selection of toys, games and equipment for babies including 2xhigh chairs and 2xcots.  This is just a selection shown here, please see all photos on our dedicated page for Young Families at Firefly House

Growing toy collection
Growing toy collection
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Growing collection of family games
Growing collection of family games
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Travelcot in Albacore
Travelcot in Albacore
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Ikea Antilop high chair
Ikea Antilop high chair
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House restrictions

  • Not suitable for pets

  • ​Not suitable for hen or stag parties

  • Please bring your own beachtowels

  • No smoking

 

What’s included

  • Welcome basket (contents vary according to size of party, length of stay etc)

  • Basics, e.g. tea, sugar, flour, herbs

  • Linen - 300 thread count Egyptian cotton satin 
    or Coloured linen - natural cotton blended with a touch of polyester (see note on Extra Services page about linen services)

  • Egyptian cotton bath sheet or towel and hand towel per person.  Bath mats and spare coloured towels also provided

  • 3 extension leads & 2 shaver socket adapters in bedrooms

  • WIFI - Superfast fibre broadband with WIFI extender