Architectural History

The house has had many different influences and owners driven by usage and fashions.  Some  good, some not so attractive and some even quite dangerous!

  • Pre 19th Century

    The name ‘Farringford’ occurs in various forms in documents from the end of the 13th century.

    Pre 19th Century »
    Pre 19th Century
  • Construction of the Lodge

    No building existed on the site until the present house was built

    Construction of the Lodge »
    Construction of the Lodge
  • 1805 to 1823 Farringford Hill

    The seat of Ed. Rushworth, Esq. This elegant, newly-erected edifice, about half a mile from Freshwater Gate

    1805 to 1823 Farringford Hill »
     1823 Farringford Hill
  • 1823-1844 Additions By John Hamborough

    In or before 1825 the house was bought by John Hamborough who added the Gothic embellishments and extended the house westwards, creating most of the present frontage.

    1823-1844 Additions By John Hamborough »
    1823-1844 Additions By John Hamborough
  • Additions by Alfred Lord Tennyson

    ... Have you seen E? I shall have to give up this place out of pure disgust at the conduct of Seymour I expect.

    Additions by Alfred Lord Tennyson »
    Additions by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • 1892 -1939 Additions by Hallam Tennyson

    The actual phases of extensions at the west end have resulted in a somewhat awkward-looking, and structurally unsound development.

    1892 -1939 Additions by Hallam Tennyson »
    1892 -1939 Additions by Hallam Tennyson
  • 1945 - 1963 Hotel Thomas Cook

    A report was submitted by Clough William-Ellis, architect, describing the project as “a projected hotel colony at Farringford, Isle of Wight.”

    1945 - 1963 Hotel Thomas Cook »
    1945 - 1963 Hotel Thomas Cook
  • 1963 -1990 Hotel Fred Pontin

    Extra dining capacity was added in the form of a large modern single story extension on the south side of the ‘ball room’ at ground floor level

    1963 -1990 Hotel Fred Pontin »
    1963 -1990 Hotel Fred Pontin
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