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 amongst the Arreton Down Nature Reserve, in the heart of the Isle of Wight. Due to popular demand and because of the Manor's historical prominence to the island, we have made some rooms available to overnight guests so that they can be surrounded by history in a house that has changed considerably little. It is incredible how much love people feel for this house and we really enjoy sharing it!
The Manor is steeped in history that stems from before when 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. James I reviewed his troops on our front lawns and Charles I hid in a cupboard on our first floor after spending much time here acting as judge and jury in our Court Room during his reign. Queen Victoria even graced us with planting a conifer tree on our front lawn and would visit our local Medieval church, St. George's, to visit the grave of Elizabeth Wallbridge, whose life inspired the book 'The Dairyman's Daughter' by the Revd Richmond which had a circulation of over 4 million copies and was translated into 19 languages. The Manor was given to the Quarr Abbey monks who farmed the land for about 400 years until 1525, when Henry VIII reclaimed the house. One of our stone floors still has dips in its flagstones, evidence of where the monks prayed to the East for their very long time here. The Manor has been several things in its long history but it has changed very little since 1595 and is truly a very handsome and exceptionally fine example of Jacobean manorial architecture. Arreton Manor has always been predominantly a private home, as it is now, and we have made some rooms available for a more unusual escape where you can choose to breakfast in the 430 year old oak panelled Court Room, followed perhaps by a morning stroll through our grounds which include seven ornamental gardens. Sadly, while Covid-19 is upon us, breakfast is not possible in the house but it is still possible for guests in The Nook. We are fully licensed so perhaps a glass of wine in the oak panelled Hall before a fire in the evening?
We welcome anyone who needs a haven to relax in or simply an unusual base from where to explore the island, singles or couples alike. If you enjoy history and/or Architecture, we are positive that our home would be really fun for you. We are nestled amongst 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 with ease. 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 the time of booking if there is an event if you are looking for peace and quiet. Please be aware that breakfast is sadly no longer available to guests staying in the main house due to Covid-19 but The Nook can still have the breakfast option. Otherwise, The Dairyman's Daughter provides wonderful breakfasts all day from 10am onwards which is right in front of our grounds.
We have extensive ornamental gardens to explore, including parterres, knot gardens and a maze. A swimspa is currently being installed and its surrounding recreational area and terraces are being constructed. Covid-19 slowed down the build but we are hoping to have it in full swing by September 2020. We also have an antiques, home and garden shop at the front of our property in our coachhouse which landed there after we were constantly going to the shops of the companies who now run it so we asked them to move in...
After we had guests become unexpectedly engaged in our gardens, we were asked to have their wedding here so we got a full licence and now are also doing weddings, birthday celebrations, corporate events - any kind of celebration really!
We have super friendly dogs and a snuggly cat who roam the property freely (although not allowed in bedrooms) so we apologise that we unfortunately cannot accommodate other pets under any circumstances and we do not advice bookings for those with severe allergies to cats and/or dogs. We also cannot accommodate children nor anyone who is disabled either since the property is Grade II* listed so is impossible to change enough to make it completely safe in such a manner.
This is a private home in which we have selected guest rooms in the main house and one separate guest suite, The Nook, which is still joined to the Manor but has its own private entrance. 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 extremely welcoming, even on business. We would be thrilled to have you become part of Arreton Manor's great history!
The Pulford Family
COVID-19 Update: Please only book if you are willing to move dates should Government guidelines prevent you from staying here as we are a very, very small business. Refunds will only be possible once the business is up and running again. If government guidelines prevent reservations or travel, we will of course be happy to move dates for you and to work with you. Just give us a call and we'll figure it out together!
For those staying in the main house, the optional breakfast is served in the original oak panelled Court Room in the Manor where you shall be completely encompassed in history. For those in The Nook, the optional breakfast will be waiting for you in the kitchenette for your convenience
Available at the Manor upon request. Fees apply accordingly although there is a communal washing machine available in the grounds free of charge
Once open to the public, feel free to explore our now private gardens which includes six large knot gardens, a tree which is said to have been planted by Queen Victoria and lawns that King James I reviewed his troops on. We are in the process of also adding a swim spa which will be completed by Autumn 2020
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
Arreton Manor Antique Shop
Our very own Antique Shop within our coachhouse, offering antiques, garden statuary and other wonders for your home. Open Tuesdays to Sundays
Parking and Transfers
Free parking. Transfers are available upon request and availability, fees apply accordingly
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THINGS TO DO
Our Two Local Pubs
We have two excellent pubs, The White Lion and The Dairyman's Daughter right in front of our home! Both serve delicious food throughout the day and evening and are a true asset to our community
Take a walk through the gardens and find an old metal gate that will lead you straight onto the beautiful Arreton Down Nature Reserve which spreads out beyond our home. During the Summer months, you can even find yourself in clouds of rare butterflies!
The Isle of Wight is rich in its vast array of cultural sites and heritage. Being central on the Isle, Arreton Manor is ideally located to explore from
St. George's Church
Before the Manor stands the handsome St.George's Church. Being a 12th century church with a splendid interior, it is well worth visiting. Bell ringing practice still occurs and we have the pleasure of being able to hear it at the Manor every Monday evening
The Isle is surrounded by wonderful beaches and beautifully coloured waters. Water sports are one of the Isle's most popular attractions and there are many harbours and beaches only a short drive away from the Manor
In front of our grounds, we have the popular Arreton Barns where you shall find two superb pubs, the fabulous Farmer Jack's farm shop, full of its wonderful delicacies, together with several fine and interesting shops and entertainment
"...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!"
Weddings & Events
If you are searching for a flexible location for 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
COVID-19 Update: If government guidelines prevent reservations or travel, we will of course be happy to move dates for you and to work with you. Just give us a call and we'll figure it out together!