House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Tower House is a lovely old Victorian residence offering generously sized rooms with their high ceilings, ornate ceiling roses, decorative cornice and polished wood floors. We are advised that the home has quite an illustrious history, being once owned by Alfred Lord Tennyson's doctor. In addition to housing local artists and gentry, the property was also used by the Langtry family, so it is possible that 'Royalty' once passed over its threshold! Immediately across the road from Tower House, the well known author Lewis Carroll, came of his idea for 'Alice in Wonderland'. Alice was a little girl who stayed in a small private hotel which was next door to Tower House, although sadly the hotel no longer remains.
The accommodation offers five bedrooms which includes a double room to the ground floor being adjacent to a shower room/WC - useful to those not wishing to use the stairs. The remaining four bedrooms (1 x twin room & 4 double rooms), two of which have their own en-suites, can be found on the first floor. There is also a family bathroom (with shower over bath). A particular 'feature' of Tower House is the 'tower room'. This could be construed as being a bit of a folly and is best described as a kind of 'summer room' constructed from first floor level. However, from here you can enjoy the lovely morning sun together with views across the area to the downs and a glimpse of the sea. To the ground floor there is an entrance hall, sitting room with formal dining area and kitchen/diner. There is also a utility room with washing machine which can be found on the first floor. Outside, there are gardens to the front and side. A driveway allows for off road parking, although Victoria Road is a quiet road where parking is not a probelm.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Freshwater Bay 800 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bournemouth International Airport 40.8 km, Nearest railway: Lymington Pier Station 13.4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (4)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
* Double bedroom to ground floor - adjacent to shower room/wc * Selection of books * Selection of games *
|Further details outdoors|
* Garden to front & side * Driveway allowing for off road parking - situated on a quiet road so on-road parking never a problem either *
Bed linen & towels are provided but please bring own beach towels. Utilities are included.
Well behaved dogs are welcome at the owners discretion. This must be confirmed at the time of booking.
Changeover day is Saturday. Guests are kindly requested not to arrive before 3:30pm and vacate before 10:00am
The Isle of Wight region
The Isle of Wight is situated approximately 3 miles off the English Southern Coastline. It is known for its breathtaking scenery with much of the Island being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Island first became popular as a holiday destination during Victorian times and its unique charm still entices over 2.5 million visitors each year. It is quite easy to appreciate why the Island attracts so many, with its scenic coastline, award winning golden beaches, charming little villages and temperate climate – in fact the Island can boast more hours of sunshine than most other destinations in Britain. For the more energetic, the Island offers over 500 miles of maintained footpaths which makes it ideal for walkers and cyclists alike. The Islands towns offer a comprehensive range of shops and amenities including many 'High Street' names together with popular cafes, bars and restaurants - some even being awarded the 'Michelin Star'. All in all the Island is a wonderful holiday destination, catering for all ages and with activities for all interests.
The village of Freshwater is situated within the 'West Wight' where there are many areas of outstanding natural beauty. This includes rolling countryside and quaint old villages. The village itself offers a good selection of local shops and amenities, including an indoor swimming pool at the West Wight Sports Centre. In addition, there is a wonderful 18 hole golf course which is situated on the downs where breathtaking panoramic views of the coast, Freshwater Bay and Tennyson Down can be experienced. For those who love the beach, not only can the beach at Freshwater Bay be enjoyed, there are two further great beaches at Totland Bay and Colwell Bay – all within easy reach. Other local attractions include The Needles Pleasure Park offering children’s rides, watch sweet making and glass blowing, take a trip in a ‘chair lift’ to the beach below and see the ‘famous’ coloured sands. From here you can also take a boat trip to the Needles Lighthouse and chalk rocks. Don’t forget The Needles Old Battery (a Victorian fort and rocket testing site), Afton Down (site of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival), Dimbola Lodge (museum and former home of pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron), St Agnes (the Island’s only thatched church) or Compton Bay (where dinosaur footprints are visible at low tide). Alternatively, you can always take a stroll up Tennyson Down where the Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson gathered much of his inspiration. The West Wight has so much to offer – we haven’t even mentioned the neighbouring town of Yarmouth – a historic harbour town where Yarmouth Castle can be found, built by Henry VIII to strengthen coastal defences when invasion by the French was once feared. We hope you have enjoyed reading this small insight into the West Wight but why not pay a visit yourself – there is something for everyone.