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Farringford

Introduction

Farringford is an early 19th century house and was the home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson from 1853. The grounds, which occupy about 13.2 hectares, retain many original features. There are some self-catering holiday cottages on the site.

Farringford Park lies partly within the Pound Green Conservation Area, and within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The house is situated in a semi-rural and agricultural setting beneath chalk downland, with extensive views to the south over Freshwater Bay.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

The Estate at Farringford will reopen in Spring 2022.

The house will reopen for tours on 27th April & the garden will reopen 6th April 2022. For more detailed information please visit the Farringford website.

History

Farringford Hill was described and illustrated as 'a newly erected edifice - the residence of Mr Rushworth' in Cooke's 'Tour of the Isle of Wight', 1808.

The house was built by John Rushworth in 1806, with alterations in 1810 and later. It was the home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson from 1853 until his death in 1892. Farringford was a hotel for many years from the 1940s, but is now a private house.

Features & Designations

Style

English Landscape Garden

Key Information

Type

Landscape Park

Purpose

Ornamental

Principal Building

Commercial

Survival

Part: standing remains

Hectares

13

Open to the public

Yes

References

References

Contributors

  • Isle of Wight Gardens Trust