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Arreton Manor Guest House

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Arreton Manor is an early Jacobean Manor House steeped in history and dates back to as early as 872. Once owned by Edward the Confessor as noted in the Domesday Book and is specifically mentioned in the Will of King Alfred the Great in 885. In 1156 it was given to monks belonging to the Convent of Quarr who were thrown out in the 1530s by Henry VIII during his dissolution of the monasteries. Incidentally the monks still have a presence on the island. The house was largely rebuilt between 1595 and 1612, although some 14th century features were kept. Although parts of the property are Jacobean, it still possesses many Tudor designs and features. During his exile from London, Charles I stayed secretly at the manor. Because the doomed king was on the run and hosts could be prosecuted for putting him up, a secret room was built in the west bedroom – the entrance still exists. Arreton Manor changed hands over the next few centuries. The King granted the manor to trustees to help repay his debts to the City of London and it was bought by two London merchants.It was sold on twice, the second time to Lord Culpeper (Thomas II), Governor of the Isle of Wight, who left it to his daughter, Lady Katherine, who married Lord Fairfax. It stayed in that family for 230 years. Among the visitors was Queen Victoria who regularly stayed at nearby Osborne House in Cowes. She planted a conifer on the south lawn that still stands.

In the more recent past Arreton Manor has been open to the public and had a museum of toys and domestic bygones. The Manor is light and spacious with original features and is set in 5 acres of formal gardens. Offering only 2 luxurious guest bedrooms with en suite facilities situated in the East wing providing private first class accommodation.

 

The Adrintone Bedchamber is accessed via its own landing to the North of the East Wing. It has a four poster bed and is furnished with antiques and rich fabrics of a Tudor style and has a separate private bathroom with a bath and no shower.
 


The Culpeper Suite faces south in the East Wing via another landing and offers a super king size bed, again sumptuously furnished with rich fabrics and antique furniture. This bedroom is also available as a twin by prior arrangement. The bathroom is en suite with a bath and a separate shower. Both bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, wardrobes, sitting area and TV with freeview. There are the added luxuries of bathrobes, clothes brush, sewing kit and Molton Brown toiletries. 

Guests may also enjoy the Old Hall with its oak panelling and original Jacobean fireplace as a relaxing area and will find themselves having breakfast in the Old Court Room.

The beautiful landscaped gardens are open for our guests to enjoy all year round.

We are a non smoking establishment and smoking is therefore not permitted in the bedrooms or in any part of the building.

There are many excellent pubs with restaurants in walking distance, a church, post office/shop and Arreton Barns with its craft shops to enjoy. Arreton is centrally located, ideal for exploring the island and for the walkers there are many public footpaths leading from the Manor. Explore the Isle of Wight with Island Eye.

We have occasionally been asked if Arreton Manor is haunted. This is a family home with two young children and we can honestly say that we have not experienced any ghostly goings-on in all the years that we have lived here and neither have any of our B&B guests. Arreton Manor offers a charming, peaceful retreat for everyone to enjoy and allows you an insight into the past. Please be assured that we aim to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable, it is a warm and friendly home and all are welcome to stay in this old manor full of history. Andy and Julia Gray-Ling warmly welcome you.

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