Information

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Owners contact details (no further bookings are accepted at this time)

Email: reservations@murrayandmarie.com
Telephone: 01624 675536

Address: Murray & Marie Lambden, Milton House, Brunswick Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2 3LF

Oakhill address:

Oakhill Cottage, 1 Oakhill, Port  Soderick, Isle of Man, IM4 1AW – Telephone 01624 621006

Directions to Oakhill Cottage from the sea terminal

From the ferry terminal follow the signs for Peel and Castletown. At the second mini roundabout (with the cannons in the middle take first exit at (signposted Castletown / A5) and first exit at the next roundabout and over the bridge.  At the roundabout beyond the bridge take the second exit (signposted A5). You should always have the river on your right and take second exit at the next roundabout with Quay House to your left.  At the final mini roundabout take first exit and you will pass two entrances to the International Centre for Technology (the old nunnery) on the right hand side of the road. After a mile fork left at the signpost for Port Soderick and pass the Carnane Centre for Autism on the left.  A mile from this turning you will reach a small junction by a railway bridge with white railings. Do not turn to the left (stay on the A25) but slow down and prepare to stop on the left immediately beyond the bridge. You have arrived at Oakhill Cottage! The arched entrance has “One Oakhill” carved above it.  

Directions to Oakhill Cottage from the airport

Follow the road signs for Douglas (A5). 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 third 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 hill signposted for Port Soderick and pass the Carnane Centre for Autism on the left.  A mile from this turning you will reach a small junction by a railway bridge with white railings. Do not turn to the left (stay on the A25) but slow down and prepare to stop on the left immediately beyond the bridge. You have arrived at Oakhill Cottage! The arched entrance has “One Oakhill” carved above it. There is a slightly more direct route taking the turning to the right about two miles from the airport onto the A25 but we recommend the route above for your first visit. 

Milton address:

Milton Apartment, Brunswick Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2 3LF – Telephone 01624 620146

Directions to Milton Apartment from the sea terminal

From the ferry terminal in Douglas, follow the signs for Peel and Castletown .

At the mini roundabout (with the cannons in the middle) take second exit (signposted Peel / A1)  After about 200 yards, take the first right turn into Ridgeway Street. Follow this road past the HSBC bank on your left, up a hill (Prospect Hill) until you reach traffic lights (about half a mile with Trinity Methodist Church & Rosemount Pub on left ). Go straight ahead at the traffic lights, and then  take the third turning on your left (Alexander Drive; just after a bus stop). After about 50 yards turn right at the Woodbourne Hotel. Milton House is about 150 yards on the right hand side of the road. Its not numbered but it is opposite number 29.

Milton Apartment is in the same building as Milton Apartment and if you turn right into the lane beside the house you will find the parking area behind the building.

Directions to Milton Apartment from the airport

Follow the road signs for Douglas (A5). After about seven miles you will reach a small roundabout with the Quarter Bridge Hotel on your right.  Follow the signs for Onchan and then take the second turning on the right (about 100 yards past the roundabout).

This road is known as Alexander Drive and veers off sharply soon after an even sharper turning. Proceed past a crossroad, a petrol forecourt on your left, a further cross road until you come to the Woodbourne Hotel on your left. Turn left here and you will find Milton House about 150 yards on the right hand side as above.

The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is 227 square miles, has a population of about 86,000 and is located in the Irish Sea at the very centre of the British Isles.  The Queen is the head of state but we are known as a self governing crown dependency – we have the oldest continuous parliament in the world, Tynwald,  but the UK is responsible for external affairs and overseas our good governance. We accept all sterling currency and have our own banknotes too.

During Victorian times, the Isle of Man thrived as a relatively upmarket tourist destination for the factory workers of northwest England. The Isle of Man Steam Packet also brought visitors to the Isle of Man from other parts of the British Isles with arrivals peaking at 663,000 in 1913. A further boom occurred after the Second World War but, like other seaside towns around Britain, declined during the 1960s with the introduction of package holidays to Spain and other Mediterranean destinations.

We first let Milton Apartment in 1992 (we bought Oakhill Cottage in 1999) and our involvement in the tourist business has paralleled a steady improvement in what the Isle of Man has to offer tourists and consequently visitor numbers have risen again. One thing that has never changed though is the Isle of Man’s natural beauty and that’s a good place to start. We’ll then look at some of the resources, show the Isle of Man at TT time, display some photos of major events and sport and tell you how to get here. The site is littered with links to other sites that will help you understand and enjoy the uniqueness of Mann.

Shops, pubs & restaurants

Milton Apartment is well served with a pub, a hairdresser and postbox all within 100 metres. Within a quarter of a mile there is a terrace of shops (Prospect Terrace) and within a half mile radius there are two chip shops, an Indian and six Chinese takeaways! Prospect Terrace includes a Co-Op store open until 10 pm, a fruit and vegetable store, and, just around the corner, another convenience store open from 7.30 am until 10.30 pm.

There are an abundance of restaurants and pubs on Douglas quay two miles away from Oakhill Cottage and the town centre is a further 400 yards away. A Tesco superstore is just four minutes away by car (close to the harbour) and is the usually one of the first ports of call for our guests. Many visitors use Tesco to order online and arrange for deliveries to the cottage.

Besides Tesco, there is a large Marks & Spencer store in Douglas, the Island is served by Shoprite, a local supermarket with around a dozen stores, the Co-Op (who run one of the two supermarkets in Ramsey) and a good number of independent grocers.

Most of the high street retail chains are based in Strand Street in Douglas. Tynwald Mills is the favoured shopping location outside of the towns. Throughout the Isle of Man there are many pubs and restaurants of varying prices most of which are of a good standard and offer good value.

Public transport

Milton Apartment is well served by public transport and a holiday without a car is easily possible. Several bus routes pass within a 100 metres of the apartment.

Bus timetables here – see routes 3, 11, 12, 25, 26 & 27 (Prospect Terrace or Somerset Road for approximate times).

Oakhill Cottage is not well served by public transport. There are just two buses to Douglas each afternoon (Monday to Friday only) and a morning service on schooldays only. Unless you are keen on cycling or walking or prepared to pay for regular taxis, the cottage is not recommended unless you bring a car or hire a car on the Island.

Car Hire

There are plenty of choices for car hire. Most of the local operators act as agents for the international car hire companies as well as trading in their own names.

Taxis

Taxi fares are approximately £20 from the airport; £4-£6 from the sea terminal.

Mobile phones

It is advisable to check the costs of roaming with UK (or foreign mobile phones) before visiting the Isle of Man. Many visitors buy an Isle of Man pay as you go SIM card from Manx Telecom or Sure.

Medical care

Although the Isle of Man has retained its reciprocal health care agreement with the United Kingdom, you are advised to purchase travel insurance to ensure that you are covered for extreme requirements such as air ambulances.