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.
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The Estate at Farringford is now open to the public Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am to 4.30pm, entry (2017) £3.00. The walled garden and estate are in the process of restoration, but visitors can now visit the walled garden, parkland and a small area of woodland leading to Tennyson's bridge. The walled garden planting schemes (2017) are based on paintings by Helen Allingham and the diaries of Emily Tennyson. The fully restored house is open to the public, entry (2017) £11 (advance booking is necessary).
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.
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