Hamish visited Appuldurcombe House in July 2007 during a short break to the Isle of Wight. He and his people enjoyed the mostly ruined house and its impressive gardens. A couple of rooms have been restored to give an idea of the house’s splendour at its height. The Tudor cellars are surprisingly extensive – giving an idea of how important this house once was. Information boards give an account of the house’s history – with a few photos of its time as a school. This was an ideal visit for an aging Hamish!
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DogPeople Says : Appuldurcombe House
0.5 mile Wroxall off B3327 (OS Map 196; ref SZ 543800).
The shell of Appuldurcombe, once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight and still an important example of English Baroque architecture: the 1701 south front has now been restored. It stands in 'Capability' Brown-designed grounds. An exhibition of photographs and prints depict the house and its history. You can also visit the Freemantle Gate (part of the 1770s neo-Classical additions to the estate) on the nearby public footpath, and the adjacent Falconry Centre (not managed by English Heritage). Managed by Mr and Mrs Owen.
Check the English Heritage website for details.
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.
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