Appuldurcombe House was once the Isle of Wight’s most striking building and it opens to the public between April and September. Owned by English Heritage, the house is one of the country’s finest examples of English baroque architecture and if you stand inside the shell as the windows flood the building with sunlight it’s beautiful.
The front of the building dates back to 1701 and after extensive restoration in recent years it’s one of Appuldurcombe’s most striking features. There’s an exhibition of historic photographs and prints of the house which explain the building’s history, and as it started out as one of the grandest property’s on the whole of the Isle of Wight this is a building with many a story to tell.
While you’re at Appuldurcombe, pick up the footpath nearby that takes you to the Freemantle Gate. The gate was added to the sprawling estate during the 1770s and it was constructed in the neo-classical style. There’s a falconry centre close to Appuldurcombe House too, it’s not owned by English Heritage but if you want to try something different as part of your visit it’s the ideal way to finish a day in the area.
Dogs are welcome at Appuldurcombe House, but they must remain on their leads.