A R R E T O N M A N O R
Escape Into History
Welcome to Arreton Manor, our historical Grade II* Listed private residence, nestled just below the Arreton Down Nature Reserve, in the heart of the Isle of Wight. Unlike hotels, we are a private home where, due to popular demand and the Manor's historical prominence to the island, we have made rooms available to overnight guests so that they can savour its rich history and reviving atmosphere. It is incredible how people respond to Arreton Manor and we thoroughly enjoy having guests unwind here.
The Manor is steeped in history that stems from before it was first recorded in 872AD in Alfred The Great's Will, the first of the eight British monarchs who were known to own it, including Edward The Confessor, William The Conqueror, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Charles I. It is understood that Alfred The Great's mother owned the manor before him and that she had inherited it from her Father. Included in the rich history, James I reviewed his troops on Arreton Down just behind us and his son, Charles I, did the same on our front lawns, both Kings enjoying to frequent the manor. Charles I enjoyed relaxing here as well as acting as 'Judge and Jury' in our Court Room during his reign and hid in a cupboard on our first floor when troops came searching for him from Carisbrooke Castle. Queen Victoria graced us with planting a conifer tree on our front lawn and would frequent the manor and its private chapel, our now local church, the medieval St.George's, to visit the grave of Elizabeth Wallbridge. Queen Mary and HRH Prince Philip were also known to enjoy visiting here. The Manor was given to the Quarr Abbey monks who farmed the land for about 400 years, one of our stone floors still has dips in its flagstones where the monks prayed. In 1525, Henry VIII reclaimed the house from the monks as it owned a considerable amount of land all the way up to Fishbourne. The Manor has predominantly been a home in its long history and architecturally it has changed very little since the 1590's and is truly a very handsome and exceptionally fine example of Elizabethan and Jacobean manorial architecture. Although a private home, we have made some rooms available for a more unusual escape. We also have extensive ornamental gardens which are our family's private grounds so they are always evolving and fun for our guests to explore. We are fully licensed so perhaps some wine or a bottle of bubbles in our swim spa while basking in the sun, overlooking the Downs?
We welcome anyone who needs a haven to relax in or simply an unusual base to explore the island from, singles or couples alike. Lone travellers express that they find our home an exceptionally happy place to stay and couples have even claimed to have had their marriages reignited. The manor seems to offer just what our guests need. If you enjoy history and/or Architecture, we are sure that our home would be really fun for you. We are nestled below the Arreton Down Nature Reserve so we have several walks around our home, one of the best being accessible directly through an old metal gate at the rear of our garden. Being central on the island, we find that we are ideally located to explore the island from. Although very relaxing most of the time, the house does come alive enormously around festive times such as the Isle of Wight Festival, Cowes Week, Bonfire Night, Halloween, Christmas and, of course, New Year's Eve so please do check at these particular times of booking if you are looking for peace and quiet. Please be aware that breakfast is unfortunately no longer available to guests staying in the main house but The Nook still has breakfast available as an extra option.
We have extensive ornamental gardens to explore, including parterres, knot gardens and a maze. A heated 19' Hydropool swim spa is available for guests to share from Spring until the cold weather sets in, usually the end of November.
After two wonderful guests became unexpectedly engaged in our gardens, they asked us to have their wedding here so we got a full liquor licence and a wedding licence and we are now doing weddings, birthday celebrations, corporate events - any kind of celebration really!
We have super friendly dogs who roam the property freely (although not allowed in the bedrooms) so we cannot accommodate other pets and we do not advise bookings for those with severe allergies to dogs in the main house but The Nook is perfect for anyone with allergies. We sadly also cannot accommodate babies or children as the property is Grade II* listed and therefore impossible to change enough to make it safe for them. Please phone us for advice on rooms if you struggle with steps.
So welcome to Arreton Manor! We are a private home in which we have selected rooms for guests to enjoy its history and sense of peace. If you are longing for a romantic getaway or an escape with an unusual historical twist, you've found the right place! Sole travellers will also find it very welcoming, even on business. We would be thrilled to have you become part of Arreton Manor's great history!
We hope to see you soon!
The Pulford Family
For those in The Nook, the optional breakfast will be waiting for you in the kitchenette for your convenience to have inside The Nook or on your terrace
For those staying in the main house, breakfast is no longer available
We have a private heated 19 Ft long swim spa with views over the neighbouring fields and Arreton Down Nature Reserve with double sun loungers which guests are welcome to use at their own discretion until 6pm. Available in the warmer months, April - November
Once open to the public, feel free to explore our now private gardens which includes eight ornamental gardens, a tree which is said to have been planted by Queen Victoria and lawns that King Charles I reviewed his troops on
Available at the Manor upon request. Fees apply accordingly although there is a communal washing machine available in the grounds free of charge
We offer free Wi-Fi which unfortunately relies on the Isle's speed capabilities which is usually fine but can also be a little grumpy at times, especially during storms. This is due to be upgraded in Spring 2023
Parking and Transfers
Free parking. Transfers are available upon request and availability, fees apply accordingly. We do not have EC chargers at the manor...yet
If you are searching for a flexible location for an event whether it is a Wedding, corporate event, or Birthday, we have the fabulous Terrace Room and bar to suit your needs as well as spacious grounds should you be wishing for a marquee. Prices on application
"...a unique stately home setting in the middle of the countryside. A great place to treat yourself with wonderful butterfly meadows to get out of bed early for!"