Freshwater Bay House commands one of the best views in the entire Isle of Wight and is a great base from which to explore England’s largest Island. Follow the coastal path over the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down to the famous Needles or visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s summer home.
There’s the Blackgang Chine fantasy theme park – a hit with children of all ages, the magnificent floral displays of Ventnor Botanical Gardens and medieval Carisbrooke Castle, home to King Charles I who was imprisoned there after failing to escape to Jersey at the end of the English Civil War.
The small harbour town of Yarmouth is located 3 miles north of Freshwater Bay; either a 10 minutes drive, a pleasant 1 hour walk, or reached using the 'Needles Breezer' open-top bus. Yarmouth has a selection of small shops and pubs, and there's always a bustle of activity around the harbour. Yarmouth's Tudor castle is also worth a visit.
Take a trip back in time on the award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway and visit quiet rural stations while riding behind vintage steam locomotives.
For cyclists the quiet back roads of the Isle of Wight are ideal for leisurely touring, families can enjoy traffic free cycling along several old railway trails while mountain bikers can explore The Tennyson Trail which follows the chalk spine of the island.