Chessell - ISLE OF WIGHT

What's around Chessell?

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Chessell is a lovely hamlet on the Isle of Wight, located to the west of the island in the geographically isolated area known as the Back of the Wight beside Brighstone Forest. With untouched countryside, rolling hills and trickling streams, Chessell is home to several self-catering cottages dotted down winding lanes and overlooking stunning the scenery, making it a wonderful choice for a self-catering break on the Isle of Wight.

Although it is a small hamlet with few amenities, this makes Chessell an ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the bigger towns and to appreciate the peacefulness and serenity of this gorgeous island. If you do want to visit other busier areas on a day trip or two, then the hamlet is approximately 8 miles, or a 15 minute drive, from the county town of Newport, one of the largest and most populated towns on the Isle of Wight. There is plenty to see and do, including a day trip to the Owl and Monkey Haven, or a visit to the 1,700 year old Roman Villa.

The sea is just over 1.5 km from Chessell as the crow flies and it is a short drive to beaches. Chessell is the perfect location for a cottage holiday, it is peaceful and pleasantly rural, yet a short drive from the coast and forest walks. Even the fabulous yachting town of Yarmouth with numerous eateries and specialist shops in just under 5 miles away. Stay in Chessell to enjoy safe cycling and walking, a good night's sleep, fresh air and country views.

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Chessell pottery vrans for something creative to do during your holidayOne of the main draws to this charming hamlet is the Chessell Pottery Barns, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At this small pottery, visitors can participate in painting their own pieces of hand-made pottery at the working studio, with kids and adults alike welcome to join in! There is also the barn’s award-winning Courtyard Café serving scrumptious cream teas, scones and little sandwiches, which you can eat in the café or take outside to the courtyard and sit under the weeping willow tree. The Pottery Barns’ shop, the Gift Barn, is a wonderful place to buy souvenirs for family and friends, with a wide selection of hand-decorated Chessell Ware, fair-trade wooden toys and beautifully decorated cards, perfect for a unique present from the Isle of Wight.

Also close by to Chessell is the large village of Freshwater, only 3 miles away. Home to a striking coastline with chalk cliffs, a visit to this village makes a great day out, and there is a lot to do such as taking part in walking treasure trails or visiting the beautiful English Country Garden of Afton Park. With apple orchards and pretty flower beds, a trip to this park is definitely worth the visit if you are in the area, and as it is so close to Chessell, can be visited for a nice afternoon trip.

The picturesque village of Calbourne is a short drive away from Chessell. This much photographed village is home to very pretty cottages, a handsome village church overlooking a duck strewn green and the famous row of thatched cottages in Winkle Street.

Self catering accommodation

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