Local Area - West Wight
Farringford is situated in tranquil, unspoilt West Wight in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, notable for being the least populated part of the Island. A footpath to the breathtakingly beautiful Tennyson Down and the world famous Needles lighthouse beyond is accessible from a green gate within the estate grounds. This was Alfred Tennyson's daily walk and a source of inspiration for many of his most celebrated poems.
For ambitious walkers the path strikes out in the opposite direction to link with the Tennyson Trail with many hidden coves and beaches along the way, making West Wight the perfect location for nature lovers, walkers and Victorian enthusiasts. Farringford is a ten minute walk from Freshwater Bay from where you can safely bathe. Compton Bay is ten minutes journey by car and is considered by many to be the finest sandy beach on the Island. It is also the Island's most popular surfing beach, and at low tide dinosaur footprints are visible in the mud flats.
Farringford makes an excellent centre from which to explore the Isle of Wight. The famous Military Road runs along the striking coast to the south of the Island, affording the opportunity to visit the unspoilt villages of Mottistone and Brightstone before heading south to the pretty coastal town Ventnor and the nationally renowned Botanical Gardens. The famous beach resorts of Shanklin and Sandown lie a short distance beyond.