Culver Down Manor

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 5
Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 5


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One of the Isle of Wight's most exceptional properties, Culver Down Manor is an elegant art-deco mansion overlooking Sandown Bay from a prime clifftop setting. Built in the 1920's, this building maintains glorious original features, including huge shimmering garden water features, statues and stain glass windows that frame the striking coastal vistas reaching out to Culver Cliff.

As you step into the reception area you are instantly transported back in time, from the piano and ornamental period lampshades to the wooden panelling and even the old boot cleaner.

The rooms each offer an abundance of floor space, and are all tastefully furnished to continue the art-deco experience within spaces filled with softly reflected natural light.

The magnificent 22 seater dining table and the grand lounge area are the perfect spaces to arrange a family get together or reunion of friends as part of an incredible self-catering holiday, where you can be in absolute privacy within this architectural masterpiece.



Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • Grand detached art-deco house with decadently proportioned rooms.
  • Cliff top location with spectacular uninterrupted sea views across the bay.
  • Opportunity to step back in time and experience the splendor of a bygone era.

What you should know…

  • When this house was built, the concept of en-suite bathrooms throughout was not a consideration.
  • The many beautiful ponds and water features mean you need to keep an eye on young children in the gardens
  • It's about 70 steps to walk down the cliff to the beach (or a 600metre walk down the cliff path)

Property Features

Internet Ideal for Parties Ground Floor Bed & Bath Wheelchair Access Wine Cellar Indoor Games DVD Heating

The large entrance hall with grand staircase and beautiful stained glass windows is sure to impress guests upon entering the property. This has been thoughtfully appointed with coat stands, a boot cleaner, two benches, three arm chairs, a tourist information leaflet display stand, bureau, writing desk, plus a piano ensuring the space is fully utilised.

The formal dining room has half wood panelled walls and solid wood vintage retro dining table seating up to 22, and a music system is available for the guests enjoyment also. Lighting levels are very good with two ceiling and four wall lights, plus 3 freestanding lamps allowing guests to create mood lighting if desired.

The ground floor conservatory is the perfect place to sit and relax and enjoy views of the gardens.

The morning room, accessed from either the hallway or conservatory, serves as a second living area or bedroom 7 for occasional use and has been furnished with two day beds. A coffee table, TV with DVD player, music system, small selection of books and DVDs plus a wardrobe stocked with board games are all in place for the guests enjoyment and entertainment.

The spacious and bright living room is furnished with five large sofa's and four armchairs to ensure all the guests can comfortably socialise together. Flexible lighting levels are provided by two ceiling lights, four wall lights and four freestanding lamps, and the room is effectively warmed by central heating, plus a fire is available as an additional heat source in the cooler months.

High quality occasional furniture is supplied for guests convenience including a coffee table and 6 side tables. Entertainment is provided by a large flat screen TV and Sonos music system plus a small selection of books and magazines are supplied for the guests enjoyment.

Bed Room Configurations

There is limited flexibility to change the bed arrangements. One wooden cot and two additional travel cots are available. Visitors will need to provide their own bedding and sheets for all cots. Visitors may bring additional travel cots with prior approval. Please note that all the rooms throughout 2015 are subject to change in both the furniture and the decorations.

Master Bedroom/Bridal Suite
King Size Bed under a wonderful large Art Deco Round Window and amazing views across the sea. A chaise longue, plus a short day-bed suitable for a child Plenty of space that provides room for a cot if you must! The best panoramic sea views from the house and also opens to the upstairs sunroom.

Bedroom 2
A king size bed Room for a cot Opens to the upstairs sunroom with panoramic sea views

The Family Bedroom (Bedroom 3)
A king size bunk beds, probably most suitable for children or teenagers, or energetic adults who yearn for their youth and fancy climbing up to their bed. A day-bed (single). The second best panoramic sea views from the house and also opens to the upstairs sunroom.

Bedroom 4
A king size bed A day bed (single) Room for a cot En-suite bathroom Stunning sea views Bedroom

Bedroom 5
A little smaller than the other bedrooms, but is a duplex room. A king size bed side sea view and view to the front of the house Bedroom

Bedroom 6
Downstairs Two single beds with memory foam mattresses. Wheelchair access (private front door) and a wet room (disabled access en-suite shower). Facing the front of the house, but next to the kitchen for sneaky midnight snacks.

Morning Room (Optional Bedroom 7, Downstairs)
Two day beds (both singles), as this room is really a secondary lounge. Perfect for two adults or teenagers Room for a cot Opens into the downstairs sun room and lovely garden views


About the surrounding area of Culver Down Manor
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Culver Down Manor is located about a mile from the town of Shanklin, where the Isle of Wight railway terminates. We have ample parking for 6 cars, but you can also come on foot, catching the train from Waterloo, London to Portsmouth Harbour, getting the Cat over and then the Island Train (a 1930's Central Line tube train...honestly!). Get an inclusive ticket!

The Isle of Wight is like going back to 1950's England, the pace is slower, and the pubs are wonderful. We have provided a large secure outhouse for devoted cyclists, although you can hire a bike locally very easily. There is a golf club about 5 miles away, but you might get distracted by the pubs on the way back.

From the house, there are wonderful cliff top walks (or runs), and you are right above the Blue Flag beach (actually it is a lot of steps to get down, perfect for walking off the dinner). There are lots of cycle routes across the island. Of course there are many local attractions, but bring a book, sit in the sunroom and enjoy the 3/4 acre gardens and spectacular views over the bay.

The whole of the Isle of Wight awaits you.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bournemouth and Southampton

(26-30 km)

Nearest Ferry port Fishbourne

(15 km)

Nearest Train Station Shanklin or Lake

(2 km)

Nearest Village Shanklin

(2 km)

Nearest Restaurant Shanklin

(2 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Numerous

(1 km)

Nearest Shop 500 yards to CoOp
Nearest Beach 100 Yards


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Fenced Grounds

You will not have stayed anywhere quite like this before, where the decor is so loyal to the art deco styling, and sure to excite young imaginations.

Many of the rooms are available as family rooms, with additional single beds and in one room, bunk beds too, so you can easily bring 6 families and be comfortable.

There's also a selection of traditional board games and a small library.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Plastic crockery : x3


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Property host

At an additional charge a range of services can be provided:

1. License pending, but expect to be granted March 2015 for you to pre-order Champagnes, large bottles of wine (magnums and up), fine wines, desert wines.

2. 1930's Cream Tea, served in antique bone china cups, old style sandwiches and cakes for that authentic afternoon trip back in time.

3. Freshly prepared dinners, delivered in tray ready for you to pop into the oven, lovingly created by leading chefs of the Island.

4. A fully catered dinner, freshly cooked on the premises by professional chefs.

5. Cakes for any occasion, custom made according to your specification.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit

Event information

The house is perfect for that intimate/small wedding or civil partnership occasion, where everyone can be inside the house, but then again, with well positioned marquees the garden can accomodate up to 180 people.

The owners work with Coast & Country Marquees on the Isle of Wight and can introduce you to many local suppliers including caterers.

Currently applying for a license to supply alcohol at the property and also for the property to be licensed for weddings.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit £750 - UK pounds (£1000 if its a hen or stag do) payable before arriving at the property, and will be refunded in full within 1 week of departure so long as there is no excessive cleaning or damages.
Arrival time STRICTLY 4 PM (Not Before! as house takes time to prepare and to have everything ready for your arrival)
Departure time 10 AM
Energy costs included? YES
Heating costs included? YES
End of stay cleaning included? YES, BUT PLEASE TIDY UP BEFORE LEAVING!
Linen & towels included? YES
Pets welcome? Not unless agreed prior to booking
Smoking Allowed? OUTSIDE ONLY

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 14 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
December 15th 2017 - December 23rd 2017 - £2,047.50 £4,095.00
December 23rd 2017 - January 5th 2018 - - £5,250.00
January 5th 2018 - March 22nd 2018 £1,260.00 £1,890.00 £2,730.00
March 22nd 2018 - April 13th 2018 - - £2,730.00
April 13th 2018 - May 4th 2018 - £2,331.00 £3,780.00
May 4th 2018 - May 25th 2018 - £2,331.00 £3,360.00
May 25th 2018 - June 1st 2018 - - £4,410.00
June 1st 2018 - July 13th 2018 £2,782.50 £4,173.75 £3,990.00
July 13th 2018 - September 7th 2018 - - £3,990.00
September 7th 2018 - October 19th 2018 £2,835.00 £4,252.50 £5,775.00
October 19th 2018 - November 3rd 2018 - - £5,460.00
November 3rd 2018 - December 22nd 2018 £2,730.00 £4,095.00 £4,200.00
December 22nd 2018 - December 30th 2018 - - £5,250.00
December 30th 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - £4,725.00
January 4th 2019 - June 18th 2019 - £2,205.00 £4,725.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 14 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
December 15th 2017 - December 23rd 2017 - €2,244.35 €4,488.70
December 23rd 2017 - January 5th 2018 - - €5,754.75
January 5th 2018 - March 22nd 2018 €1,381.13 €2,011.13 €2,992.46
March 22nd 2018 - April 13th 2018 - - €2,992.46
April 13th 2018 - May 4th 2018 - €2,555.11 €4,143.41
May 4th 2018 - May 25th 2018 - €2,555.11 €3,683.04
May 25th 2018 - June 1st 2018 - - €4,833.99
June 1st 2018 - July 13th 2018 €3,050.01 €4,441.26 €4,373.60
July 13th 2018 - September 7th 2018 - - €4,373.60
September 7th 2018 - October 19th 2018 €3,107.56 €4,525.06 €6,330.22
October 19th 2018 - November 3rd 2018 - - €5,984.93
November 3rd 2018 - December 22nd 2018 €2,992.46 €4,357.46 €4,603.79
December 22nd 2018 - December 30th 2018 - - €5,754.75
December 30th 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - €5,179.27
January 4th 2019 - June 18th 2019 - €2,416.99 €5,179.27

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 14 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
December 15th 2017 - December 23rd 2017 - $2,645.16 $5,290.33
December 23rd 2017 - January 5th 2018 - - $6,782.47
January 5th 2018 - March 22nd 2018 $1,627.79 $2,257.79 $3,526.88
March 22nd 2018 - April 13th 2018 - - $3,526.88
April 13th 2018 - May 4th 2018 - $3,011.42 $4,883.38
May 4th 2018 - May 25th 2018 - $3,011.42 $4,340.78
May 25th 2018 - June 1st 2018 - - $5,697.27
June 1st 2018 - July 13th 2018 $3,594.70 $4,985.95 $5,154.68
July 13th 2018 - September 7th 2018 - - $5,154.68
September 7th 2018 - October 19th 2018 $3,662.53 $5,080.03 $7,460.71
October 19th 2018 - November 3rd 2018 - - $7,053.76
November 3rd 2018 - December 22nd 2018 $3,526.88 $4,891.88 $5,425.98
December 22nd 2018 - December 30th 2018 - - $6,782.47
December 30th 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - $6,104.22
January 4th 2019 - June 18th 2019 - $2,848.63 $6,104.22

Owner Profile

Owner name
Laurence and Sharon

How long have you owned the property?
Under 1 year

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
This property was bought because we love it, we love the architecture and we love the design. Each year we will introduce more and more Art-Deco 1930's features including more Art-Deco furnishings. Our goal over the next five years is to make this property one of the leading Art Deco houses in the UK. Uniquely, our business plan is that any profits we make from this house will be reinvested in the house, upgrading it continually.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?

It would appear that the most influential owners of the House, were the colourful local characters H(orace) Terry Wood and his wife Sadie, who purchased the house and lived and partied there for many years from the 1930's They were responsible for installing the distinctive Art Deco pond and garden design, as these did not previously exist as evidenced by the 1933 particulars of sale. Sadie also installed on brick patio on the lawn facing the sea, two statues of the Great Dane dogs she had been raised with. H Terry Wood owned the Shanklin brewery, several hotels on the island (including the Holliers) and most significantly, Shanklin Pier housing Shanklin Casino and concert theatre which hosted many evening entertainment events. It is documented in several books that the Terry Woods hosted many after-show parties at their home, entertaining stars of the time such as Arthur Askey, Jimmy Tarbuck and Tommy Trinder.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Arthur Askey, Jimmy Tarbuck and Tommy Trinder. (before our time!)

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
The Coastal Walk, from the bottom of our garden, and incredibly all round the Island!
Really eat? Fresh locally caught fish in the many restaurants and fish and chip shops on the Island
Really see? The many antique shops everywhere, and of course Queen Victoria's Osborne House

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Check out MattAndCat online as they seem to have reviewed every pub, every restaurant, in fact EVERYTHING on the Isle of Wight.



  • Happy memories!

    Created on 24/01/2017

    There were 3 generations of the family staying. 13 in total. Very well equipped and more glasses than most pubs have. Only slight downside is that en suite was not in vogue when the property was built. There are however enough bathrooms to allocate one to each bedroom, so only a very minor problem. It is definitely in a much better condition that all other placed that I have stayed in and it is obvious that it is also the home of the owners. It was very cold when we were there, but the heating system was up to it. The Hidaway bar and restaurant is a 5 minute walk from the back gate and is open for breakfast. So no need to do too much cooking. We all enjoyed ourselves, and have happy memories of Grandads 70th Birtday treat for the family.

  • Stunning house, memorable holiday

    Posted by Karen H on 06/10/2016

    We had a fantastic stay at Culver Down Manor - definitely the most beautiful house I've hired. All our guests were delighted with the house and we had a memorable holiday there.


    Probably not suitable for families with small children as we had to be very careful not to put glasses on the polished antique furniture without coasters - perhaps the owners should install some glass table tops so that the guests can relax a bit more!

  • Quite stunning accommodation and grounds

    Created on 23/07/2016

    A quite wonderful art deco house, very clean and extremely well equipped. Beds and bedding were excellent for a good nights sleep for all 13 of us. The weather during our visit was good, so we enjoyed use of the barbeque, and the extensive garden provided ample space for the children to run around and hide, and for playing organised games. Views over the sea from the house were memorable. The house is extremely well situated, being just a few minutes walk to Shanklin, and a little further, but still an easy walk, to Sandown. A walk down steps/slope give you immediate access to the vast sandy beaches between these resorts. The train station at Shanklin was only 8 minutes walk away. The Hideaway restaraunt/bar on the clifftop path is only minutes away on foot, and provided a good alternative to home cooking, or just a place to visit for a drink while watching the wonderful views. Overall this was one of the best holiday accommodations that we've had, and certainly excellent value for the money.

  • A real privilege

    Posted by Ian C on 25/09/2015

    When I was looking for somewhere to have my sixtieth birthday celebration, I came across this house, and from the description seemed perfect, but just too good to be true. But I can now say that not only did it live up to expectations, but amazingly exceeded them. The setting is stunning, in beautiful grounds on the the clifftop, but it is the house itself that is the star. Big light and airy rooms, with wonderful furnishings and fittings and decor, all in keeping with the Art Deco theme, made you feel you had stepped back into a bygone age. It felt a real privilege to be staying there, and trusted with this amazing place. The big dining room was a perfect setting for my birthday dinner, and the kitchen had everything you could possibly want to prepare and serve the meal. The owner was very helpful and responsive, and on his recommendation we had food for the meal supplied by Deli Tramezzini, which was great, and a cake from Wight Vintage, which was also wonderful. So it was very memorable weekend for us all, topped off by the lovely warm and sunny weather the whole time.

  • Absolutely Amazing!!

    Posted by Anonymous on 20/06/2015

    There are not words to describe quite how fantastic the Culver Down Manor really is. It happily accommodated our party of 17 and is truly a beautiful house. It was completely spotless and a very thoughtful welcome pack was left with some very yummy treats for us. Thank you Laurence and Sharon for allowing us to stay in your wonderful house...we will be back!

  • Wonderful, Blissful

    Posted by Emma on 29/01/2015

    A 60th birthday getaway. House was warm and immaculate. All the equipment you could ever need in the kitchen. Fabulous welcome pack with wine and local products. Easy access to costal walks and shop 5 mins away. Beautifully and sympathetically done, the Deco age comes to life! The housekeeper sent my forgotten clothes back (doh!) and was very helpful on all fronts. We stayed in a lot. Why leave??? Blissful.


  • Beautiful authentic Art Deco Property

    Posted by Sara on 23/01/2015

    Beautiful , authentic Art Deco property. Fabulous place to relax by the sea and dream of days of old. Stunning views from garden and sea facing bedrooms. A great experience for friends and family.

  • Amazing Art Deco Residence

    Posted by Lisa on 31/10/2014

    Amazing that a property like this is available to hire – stunning sea views from all front windows and the incredible landscaped garden. The owners clearly have a love of Art Deco with attention to detail and extra home comforts – you’ll never want to leave!

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