“Tranquil surroundings in a charming coastal town” - VisitEngland Assessor
Freshwater, Isle Of Wight
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Chocolate box? Picture postcard? Take your pick. This 18th-century thatched cottage overlooks Pound Green on the outskirts of Freshwater. Furnished in traditional country-house style, its pretty french doors lead out to a lawned garden with ancient trees and a white wicker fence. Walk local footpaths to Tennyson Down (the poet lived nearby), the coastal path and The Needles, the island’s most westerly point.
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Discover Isle of Wight
There’s a timeless quality to the Isle of Wight. For many it embodies the spirit and atmosphere of English seaside holidays. Small and intimate – at just 23 miles by 13 miles – it’s a great place to get away from it all. And with its mild climate, long hours of sunshine and colourful architecture, it has something of a continental flavour.
Explore the island’s varied coastline at any time of the year using the well-established Coast Path. Even in the depths of winter, the weather conditions are often favourable for walking. The island has more than 500 miles of public rights of way in all. There are numerous other things to do too. You could plan a week’s itinerary and not set foot on the beach. The island’s history is fascinating and it was long considered as a convenient stepping stone for the French in their plan to invade the UK mainland. Various fortifications – including Fort Victoria, Carisbrooke Castle and Yarmouth Castle – reflect its key strategic role in the defence of our coastline.
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