Culver Down Manor

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 5
Oliver Approved


Sustainable Collection
Ideal for Kids Walk to Beach Walk to Village Ideal for Parties

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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 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)

This property is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

To be part of this collection, properties either have to tick 4 or more of our sustainable checklist, or tick 3 of the checklist but also have a score of 5 or lower (kg) for the total carbon footprint per day, based on full occupancy, per bedroom. View the full collection here >

This property ticked these points on our sustainable checklist:

  • Supports the local community (locally owned)
  • Supports the local community (promotes local businesses)
  • Committed to Renewable and Green Energy
  • Promotes Sustainable Living (Recycling)

Property Features

Heritage Collection Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ 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.

Master Bedroom/Bridal Suite
King size bed under a wonderful large Art Deco round window and amazing views across the sea. There is a chaise longue, plus a short day-bed suitable for a child. The room offers plenty of space that provides room for a cot. The room certainly boasts the best panoramic sea views from the house and also opens to the upstairs sunroom.

Bedroom 2
A king size bedroom which opens to the upstairs sunroom with panoramic sea views

The Family Bedroom (Bedroom 3)
Well proportioned bedroom with double bed. There are two additional single beds available in this room.

Bedroom 4
A king size bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The room has stunning sea views

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

Please Note: 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.


About the surrounding area of Culver Down Manor
Sustainable Collection
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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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 Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

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.


Plastic crockery: x3

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Plastic crockery

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available


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.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

Terms & Conditions

Please note: There will be scaffolding at the property between the 16th April - 7th May 2018 while renovation work to the exterior of the property takes place. No work will be undertaken between 4pm Friday and 9am Monday and never after 4pm weekdays. The workmen will not be entering the property.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

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? No pets allowed at the property under any circumstances
Smoking Allowed? OUTSIDE ONLY
Changeover day Any day except Sunday

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 8th 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 - - - £6,128
Sep 4th 2020 - Sep 18th 2020 £3,010 £3,612 £3,763 £3,763
Sep 18th 2020 - Oct 16th 2020 £2,150 £2,752 £3,010 £3,010
Oct 16th 2020 - Oct 23rd 2020 - - - £4,838
Oct 23rd 2020 - Oct 30th 2020 - - - £5,590
Oct 30th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 £1,935 £2,365 £2,365 £2,365
Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020 - - - £6,020
Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - £6,020
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 12th 2021 £2,150 £2,817 £2,903 £2,903
Feb 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2021 - - - £6,020
Feb 19th 2021 - Apr 2nd 2021 £2,150 £2,817 £2,903 £2,903
Apr 2nd 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 - - - £5,913
Apr 23rd 2021 - May 28th 2021 £2,688 £3,548 £4,408 £4,408
May 28th 2021 - Jun 4th 2021 - - - £6,665
Jun 4th 2021 - Jul 2nd 2021 £3,118 £4,085 £4,623 £4,623
Jul 2nd 2021 - Sep 24th 2021 - - - £6,773
Sep 24th 2021 - Oct 16th 2021 £2,365 £3,118 £3,225 £3,225
Oct 16th 2021 - Oct 29th 2021 - - - £6,020
Oct 29th 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 £2,150 £2,580 £2,580 £2,580
Dec 20th 2021 - Dec 27th 2021 - - - £6,450
Dec 27th 2021 - Jan 9th 2022 - - - £6,450

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 8th 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 - - - €6,408
Sep 4th 2020 - Sep 18th 2020 €3,148 €3,750 €3,935 €3,935
Sep 18th 2020 - Oct 16th 2020 €2,249 €2,851 €3,148 €3,148
Oct 16th 2020 - Oct 23rd 2020 - - - €5,059
Oct 23rd 2020 - Oct 30th 2020 - - - €5,846
Oct 30th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 €2,024 €2,474 €2,474 €2,474
Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020 - - - €6,296
Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - €6,296
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 12th 2021 €2,249 €2,915 €3,036 €3,036
Feb 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2021 - - - €6,296
Feb 19th 2021 - Apr 2nd 2021 €2,249 €2,915 €3,036 €3,036
Apr 2nd 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 - - - €6,183
Apr 23rd 2021 - May 28th 2021 €2,811 €3,671 €4,531 €4,609
May 28th 2021 - Jun 4th 2021 - - - €6,970
Jun 4th 2021 - Jul 2nd 2021 €3,260 €4,228 €4,834 €4,834
Jul 2nd 2021 - Sep 24th 2021 - - - €7,083
Sep 24th 2021 - Oct 16th 2021 €2,474 €3,226 €3,373 €3,373
Oct 16th 2021 - Oct 29th 2021 - - - €6,296
Oct 29th 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 €2,249 €2,698 €2,698 €2,698
Dec 20th 2021 - Dec 27th 2021 - - - €6,745
Dec 27th 2021 - Jan 9th 2022 - - - €6,745

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 8th 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 - - - $7,221
Sep 4th 2020 - Sep 18th 2020 $3,548 $4,150 $4,434 $4,434
Sep 18th 2020 - Oct 16th 2020 $2,534 $3,136 $3,548 $3,548
Oct 16th 2020 - Oct 23rd 2020 - - - $5,701
Oct 23rd 2020 - Oct 30th 2020 - - - $6,588
Oct 30th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 $2,281 $2,787 $2,787 $2,787
Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020 - - - $7,095
Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - $7,095
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 12th 2021 $2,534 $3,201 $3,421 $3,421
Feb 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2021 - - - $7,095
Feb 19th 2021 - Apr 2nd 2021 $2,534 $3,201 $3,421 $3,421
Apr 2nd 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 - - - $6,968
Apr 23rd 2021 - May 28th 2021 $3,167 $4,027 $4,887 $5,194
May 28th 2021 - Jun 4th 2021 - - - $7,855
Jun 4th 2021 - Jul 2nd 2021 $3,674 $4,642 $5,448 $5,448
Jul 2nd 2021 - Sep 24th 2021 - - - $7,981
Sep 24th 2021 - Oct 16th 2021 $2,787 $3,540 $3,801 $3,801
Oct 16th 2021 - Oct 29th 2021 - - - $7,095
Oct 29th 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 $2,534 $3,041 $3,041 $3,041
Dec 20th 2021 - Dec 27th 2021 - - - $7,601
Dec 27th 2021 - Jan 9th 2022 - - - $7,601

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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.



  • Best holiday ever!

    Posted by Mary on 30/09/2019

    This year we wanted somewhere special to celebrate a Diamond Wedding Anniversary and we found it. It is a lovely house in a spectacular situation. We found it. It is very spacious and well equipped. Just what we wanted. We have been having family holidays in various parts of the country for many years but this was the best ever.

  • 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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