21 answers to holiday cottage questions that you didn't know you needed to know!

Some FAQs to help answer questions or queries you may have about our Isle of Man holiday cottages. If you'd like any additional help, don't hesitate to get in touch.


1.Do you have wifi?

Yes, wifi throughout.


2.Do you cater for families with small children?

Of course, and we supply travel cots and highchairs, just let us know in advance contacting us here. If you are looking for places to take young children around the local area, we have plenty of suggestions for you. We supply an XBox with games for older children, and a smart TV with Netflix. 


3.Can we bring our dog? 

Yes, we love dogs, the cottages are dog friendly. We supply dog bowls, and there is a local pet shop a two minute walk away if you need any supplies or toys. There is a vet next door should you need them. Read this article for tips on taking your dog on holiday or staycation.


4.Can the bed arrangements accommodate a group of six?

Zip lock bed in Seaview Yes. In Seaview, we have a zip-lock bed that can be a superking or two twins, plus a further twin and a double. We can bring in a separate z-bed if required for a maximum occupancy of six people (let us know in advance what configuration you need here) .

Palm Villa has a Kingsize, and two double rooms,  one shortly to become a twin room, with the option of a z-bed to be brought in, for a maximum of six.


Bradda Glen5.Where can I eat out at night nearby

Great places to eat nearby include The Bay, Bradda Glen, The Station, Versa, Breagle Glen, or take a walk or the bus to Port St Mary for The Fishery, or to The Shore in Gansey.  Don’t forget Port Erin chippy, you simply must not miss out.  


6.Are there basics supplied in a welcome pack?

Yes, on arrival at Palm Villa you will receive Ross bakery bread, Isle of Man Creamery cheese, butter and milk, coffee and other goodies to keep you going. We will shortly be introducing Paula's Kitchen granola too so you can sample her delights, and more can be bought locally if you like it.   


Milner's Tower7.Can you suggest some walks for us to do please?

There are some beautiful walks from Port Erin. Take a look at this article for ideas. Hiring a walking guide is a great option, they will show you routes and tell you all about the history of the Isle of Man.  






Rib to the Calf of Man8.What activities are nearby?

So many choices:- paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, hike to Milner’s Tower, a game of mini-golf, Port Erin Railway Museum, the many Manx National Heritage Sites,

a boat trip to the Calf of Man
a teddy-bear making workshop for the little ones, seal spotting and lunch at the Sound Café, cake decorating, Roller skating (for adults and kids!), geocashing, Scarlett nature trail, Spa Day......

Take a look at these articles for ideas, even things to do in wet weather...


Bicyle Port Erin9. I would like to do some cycling- where can I hire a bicycle and where should I go?

You can hire a bike from Erin Bike Hut  close to the cottages. Take a look at here for ideas, or book Pedal to Progression for a cycle guide or some Mountain Bike coaching while you stay with us.


Dinner party 10.It's a special occasion, can we arrange a dinner party delivery?

Yes we can arrange for a dinner party delivery, contact us well in advance of your booking and we can send through options and prices, from a five course local foraged tasting menu, to outside catering, to an Indian banquet created by our chef at Leela's Kitchen just for you  



Palm Villa Kitchen11. I'm having a weekend with the girls. Please can I arrange for a chef to host a cookery workshop in Palm Villa?

Absolutely. We have several chefs who can visit your cottage and host a workshop, show you tips and tricks, and you can learn from the best. Alternatively if you would like them to cook for you at your cottage while you enjoy some pre-dinner drinks or cocktails in Foraging Vintners, this can also be a relaxing option.  


Isle of Man Live Music 12.Where can I watch live music?

In many venues nearby. There is a new live music venue,  Riddler Under The Nest on Station Road Port Erin close to the cottages. Also, live music in The Haven. The Bay hosts summer beach stage gigs. Take a short bus ride to Castletown to The Secret Pizza where you can listen to bands every Friday and Saturday night, plus many other pubs in this fabulous town. If you are looking for live streams of operatic, go to Erin Arts Centre, plus here you will find Orchestras, brass bands, folk, classical. have a look at this website for events coming up.  


Golf at Rowany 13. Can I play golf at Rowany in Port Erin if i'm not a member?

Yes, Rowany Golf Club is incredibly friendly. Book a round here, and you can also hire Ping clubs so you don’t need to bring your own. You can also take the family to play mini-golf, use the practice range, or arrange a coaching session. Ged at Isle of Man Golf Holidays can show you around. 

14. Please can I have Information about the buses to Port Erin

Timetables are here. From the airport or the ferry terminal you need to go south to Port Erin on the 1, 1A, 1H, 2, 2A, 2C, 11, 11A, 12, 12A, or N1. Buses are regular, and have wifi.


Romantic retreat15.Its our anniversary and we are having a romantic retreat. Can we book a massage or a pamper day at the holiday cottage?

Yes we can arrange for the spa to come to you and arrange a day of treatment to help you drift away. We can also have afternoon tea delivered. 




Swimming in the sea16.Can I swim in Port Erin bay?

Yes!  Port Erin bay is a fabulous natural swimming pool, but bring a wetsuit if you aren’t used to it and buddy up with someone. A group goes out on a Sunday morning.  Have a look at this article for tips on open water swimming. If you would like to swim inside,  take a trip to Castletown swimming pool which is a 10 minute drive or bus ride.    




Fishing17.Where is the best place to go fishing?

Port Erin has a choice of three piers, and nearby Port St Mary breakwater is a good option. Other local spots are Gansey beach near the pottery and also the opposite end of the bay, plus Fleshwick Bay. You can hire fishing rods from Heidi's Fish N Bits in Port Erin.


18.Can I book a dog groomer while i'm staying in your holiday cottage?

Port Erin Pets is very close to the holiday cottages in Port Erin and has a Grooming Room. Call 830686 in advance or click here  


Dog on a paddleboard19.What time can I take my dog on the beach?

Port Erin beach times are listed here . Usually from 1st May to 1st September dogs are permitted on the beach before 10am and after 7pm. For the rest of the year there are no restrictions. You can take your dog to Spaldrick Beach any time, or the nearby Gansey Beach.




Isle of Man Ferry20.Can I fit my stay around ferry sailings?

Yes, although we have a three night minimum stay in Palm Villa (seven in Seaview), we can usually work around the Isle of Man ferry sailings to accommodate you when is most convenient for your travel arrangements.

For transport from the ferry terminal in Douglas, see this bus timetable for buses to Port Erin. In the summer months, a wonderful way to travel to Port Erin is by steam train, and the cottages are within a stones throw of Port Erin Railway station


21.Where can I hire a car?

Isle of Man car hire is available at the airport and Mylchreests will offer a 10% discount if you are staying with us. Contact us here  in advance of your visit and we can arrange to have the voucher ready for you


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Book a cottage now for a winter family break, a get-together with friends, a romantic getaway, or just for a change of scenery. 

To stay with Seaside Cottages at Palm Villa or Seaview, contact us here or email seasidecottagesiom@gmail.com

Both cottages are fully self catering, sleep 6 each with 3 bedrooms in each cottage, and are close to the beach and are dog friendly.

We can cater for a group of up-to 12 in both cottages and they are located close near to one another. 


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