Excellent wi-fi reception. The house is in it's own grounds with parking, a 5min drive to Douglas center. The shower room is solely yours, steps from your bedroom (dressing gown supplied). The garden leads to a private glen and trout river. Hubby is a published author of walking guides to the isle, from coastal paths to the more lesser known hidden gems, he'll be very happy to help plan any tailored route with you. Please note there are a couple of steps to gain entry.
Your room is set up to be fully self-catering, with it's own fridge/freezer, microwave, sink, toaster, kettle and crockery, however you are also very welcome to use both the cooker in the kitchen and the washer/drier/iron, etc, in the utility room.
Complimentary tea/coffee/sugar/milk and biscuits are there to welcome your arrival.
You will find an ordinance survey map and guides to the isle, plus updates of any coming events, current bus and train timetables, as well as various books of local interest in your room. A set of binoculars is also provided.
Please do feel free to make full use of the BBQ's stored in the garage, (and we don't mind at all if you wish to invite over one or two friends, but no parties, please) we only ask you return them as you find them.
For those of you who cycle, two rather old but perfectly serviceable bikes are stored in the garage free for use (there are some delightful cycling paths all around the isle), and there is also a bike rack to ferry them by car. If you enjoy sports, the National Sports Center is less than a 10 min walk from us, where for a nominal fee you can either swim in the Olympic size swimming pool, catch a game of squash, badminton or tennis, or perhaps make use of the outdoor running track.
Please note, this listing accepts a maximum of two overnight guests.
Your shower room is not on the same level, there are four small steps to gain access to it, likewise, there are a couple of outdoor steps leading up to your own private entrance.
We are a five minute drive (15-20 minute walk) to the center of Douglas.
A cup of birdseed is provided in case you might wish to feed Alfie, Hopalong, and their ladies (the family of pheasants who live under the hedge).
If you would like to book a guided open-top (convertible car) tour, my husband is government approved and registered to offer informative excursions around the most well loved parts of the isle, as well as a two hour tour solely dedicated to the TT course. Simply email for details. (The TT tour is proving particularly popular, and an advance booking is recommended.)
Most days I am easily found and here if you want me to be, but also (respecting your privacy) I am mindful not to intrude.
I've spent most of my adult life in London. We moved to the island 17yrs ago, and have never regretted a day since. Our children have mostly flown the nest now, and hubby, Al, is semi-retired.
We adore the slow pace of life here, with the sandy beaches and the virtually nil crime rate - for us, this truly is paradise.
Since leaving full time work I've discovered my artistic side, and now have a converted studio in our conservatory where I enjoy painting oil landscapes, portraits, and any of a million other things. You can usually find me up to my eyes in paint and turps in there, if I'm not pursuing my other passion of making quilted bedspreads, cushions and other soft furnishings.
Al is a keen walker and has published several walking guides of the isle (and no, he is NOT self published, he actually has a proper publishing house taking him seriously, so there!). He has also become a bit of a Manx history (bore) buff, so if you want to know more about the island's culture, folklore or architecture, he's definitely the man to ask!
He's a registered Marshal volunteer for the TT and Grand Prix annual bike races, as well as helping to stage several of our recent Real Ale festivals (yup, he does enjoy a beer or two). He also is government approved and registered as an open top (convertible car) tour guide.
Yeah. He never sits down.
(Cinder's here just cleans house, quilts and paints.)
We've been renting out for several years now over race weeks, and most of our guests return on an annual basis. We thoroughly enjoy the friendships forged, and are now hoping to extend our rentals to throughout the year.