Isle of Wight Villages
Isle of Wight villages are amongst the prettiest in the UK. Many of the delightful ´chocolate box´ villages on the Island have delightful thatched cottages and welcoming olde worlde pubs. Countless famous people visit the Island each year to escape the pressure of their normal lives and many own properties here. So, if you're deciding where to stay on holiday, one of the wonderful villages on the Isle of Wight makes a perfect choice for the visitor, with superb accommodation on offer at various locations around the Island.
Below is a list of Isle of Wight villages:
Adgestone is a small village on the Isle of Wight. It is located close to Brading in the east of the Island.
Bembridge is located on the easternmost point of the Isle of Wight. Bembridge lays claim to be the largest village in England and was once cut off from the rest of the Island.
Binfield is a hamlet on the Isle of Wight near Newport.
Binstead is positioned two kilometres from Ryde in the northeast of the Island. There are two churches (the Methodist and the Holy Cross) and a monastery (Quarr Abbey). There is a beach within walking distance.
Blackwater is located three kilometres south of Newport close to the centre of the Island. The famous singer, Robbie Williams once visited for three nights to reportedly ´get away from the media´.
Bonchurch is a village next to Ventnor and is one of the earliest settlements on the Island. It boasts some large and striking Victorian houses and a pretty village pond. The sea views here are superb and between the village and coastline is the tiny church of St Boniface, which was built by Benedictine monks, around 1070.
Bowcombe is located three kilometres southwest of Newport, in the centre of the Island.
Brighstone is situated about six miles southwest of Newport, near the Island´s southwest coast. Its original name was Brixton and dates back to the 12th century. It has beautiful thatched houses, a pretty church (St Mary's, built in the 1180s) and a small village museum with free admission.
Brook is on the south west coast of the Island. There are miles of trails and bridleways which are perfect for walking, cycling and riding. There is a Norman church to be found at the top of the village. Brook is the major kitesurfing and windsurfing venue on the Isle of Wight, due to the outstanding waves along this stretch of coastline.
Calbourne is in the west of the Island, eight kilometres from Newport. It is one of the most photographed Isle of Wight villages, made famous by the picturesque row of 18th century thatched cottages in Winkle Street. There is a 9th century church next to the village green. It is also the home of Westover cricket team, who play on the green.
Chale is situated near the southernmost tip of the Island. Both holidaymakers and locals alike, enjoy the remote coastline and rugged beauty of the rural surroundings.
Cranmore is to be found about three miles east of Yarmouth, in the northwest of the Island.
Easton is located close to Totland in the west of the Island.
Fishbourne is a small village between Wootton and Ryde and includes the Wightlink car ferry terminal to and from Portsmouth.
Freshwater is a village and parish at the western end of the Island. Nearby Freshwater Bay is a small cove on the south coast. Alfred Lord Tennyson lived at nearby Farringford House.
Gatcombe is positioned four kilometres from Newport in the centre of the island.
Godshill is the typical English village, with several tea gardens and a lovely old-fashioned feel. It is located between Newport and Ventnor in the southeast of the Island. It has many attractions for visitors including a Toy Museum and Model Village. There is a large coach and car park in the centre of the village, opposite a superb family pub.
Hamstead is about three miles east of Yarmouth, in the northwest of the Island.
Havenstreet is a village located about 2 miles southwest of Ryde. It is home to Havenstreet Station, the focal point for the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
Knighton is a small hamlet close to Sandown. The old manor house, Knighton Gorges used to stand there, but only the two stone gateposts remain. Rumour has it, every New Year´s Eve the house reappears in ghostly form. Locals have also claimed having seen animal-like gargoyles (which were removed many years ago) on top of each gatepost!
Mottistone is in in the southwest of the Island, 11 kilometres southwest of Newport . It is home to a church and a 16th century manor house.