Oakhill Cottage is a traditional Manx stone building set in a rural location near Port Soderick and yet it is only two miles from the Island's largest supermarket, the quayside and a little further from the centre of Douglas. Steam trains pass the garden and public footpaths start just yards from the cottage. It is only six miles from the airport and two from the ferry.
We bought the property in 1999, after it had been renovated by a previous owner, and have continued to reinvest. The two bedroom cottage, sleeps four people in a double and twin bedroom with a cot available (we also have a high chair and stair gate). It has free wi-fi in addition to a computer in the twin bedroom and ethernet sockets in the living room and double bedroom.
On entry, you will find the hand crafted kitchen, which is equipped with a fridge, freezer, dishwasher, electric cooker and hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, internet/DAB/FM radio, and just about everything you'll need if you choose to cook during your holiday. There is an adjoining dining area with bench seating. Under the stairs is an ironing board, iron and accessories.
The living room which, like the stairs and the double bedroom, was re-carpeted for 2012, has a leather suite, plenty of books and information and a wide range of home entertainments. The 37" Sony High Definition wide screen TV is internet enabled (so you can watch the BBCiPlayer, YouTube etc) and see the Freeview channels in HD. There is also a Sky TV subscription (including sport and movie channels
and Sky+), a Bluray player and a Nintendo Wii. Just off the living room is the bathroom, with whirlpool bath, where you will also find the washing machine and tumble dryer.
The double bedroom has exposed beams, new king size bed (2012) and a sizeable wardrobe. There are bedside cabinets, a dressing table, hair dryer and a full size mirror. A 32" flatscreen TV has Freeview channels and there is also a Freesat receiver and a Freeview hard disk recorder - plus a bed side radio through which you can play MP3s. The ensuite showroom has an electric shower, WC, washbasin
and shaver socket.
The twin bedroom is designed with children in mind. The two single pine beds leave plenty of room for a TV (Freesat & Freeview), computer, Playstation 2 (with a selection of games), DVD, video player (with plenty of videos), CD/radio, books & a few toys. Adults are also welcome and the room includes wardrobe space, a chest of drawers and bedside cabinets.
Please note that the stairs are quite steep and there is no handrail. We cannot, therefore, recommend the cottage to the elderly or disabled. The cottage has a septic tank and so we do ask guests to be considerate with what they flush down the toilet.
The south facing garden (there is adequate patio furniture) is a real sun trap in the Summer. The garden shed is large enough to store bikes (you can enjoy a fantastic cycle ride from the cottage around the Marine Drive to Douglas). There is another shed at the rear which is a favourite for children. The Isle of Man Steam Railway runs behind the hedge and if you stand on the bridge on the road
by the cottage or walk up the ramp into the top section of the shed you can watch the trains race by at 20 miles per hour!
There is one off road parking space (width of gate 8' 10"; length of space 15") and plenty of road side parking immediately next to the garage. Another investment in the winter of 2011/2012 was a new external oil fired central boiler leaving more space indoors and providing plenty of warm water.
Video of Oakhill Cottage (above) and photo gallery below
You should always have the river on your right and proceed straight ahead at the next roundabout. Picture here.
At the final mini roundabout of six in half a mile, you should continue straight ahead. Picture here.
You should see the former Nunnery (now the International Business School) on your right hand side. Picture here.
A mile from the last roundabout you should turn left at the signpost for Port Soderick. Picture here.
A mile from the turning you will reach a small junction by a railway bridge with white railings.
Do not turn off but as soon as you reach the bridge signal to stop on the left immediately beyond the bridge. You have arrived at Oakhill Cottage! The arched entrance has “One Oakhill” carved above it. Picture here
From the airport
Follow the road signs for Douglas. After about six miles (just after entering the 30 miles per hour restriction) you will reach a large (by Isle of Man standards!) roundabout. Take the right lane and the final exit. You should have the golf course on your left. Go down the hill past a school, under a railway bridge and then up a hill. Be prepared to
turn right at the top of the
for Port Soderick at the signpost for Port Soderick.Picture here.
A mile from the turning you will reach a small junction by a railway bridge with white railings. Do not turn off but as soon as you reach the bridge signal to stop on the left immediately beyond the bridge. You have arrived at Oakhill Cottage! The arched entrance has “One Oakhill” carved above it. Picture here .