Calbourne - ISLE OF WIGHT

What's around Calbourne?

Winkle Street in CalbourneCalbourne is a village and civil parish in the central western part of the Isle of Wight. Located 8 kilometres from the county town of Newport, Calbourne is a charming little settlement with a pub, a church and other local businesses, and has a stream passing through the centre of the town, the Caul Bourne, which is where the village’s name is derived from.

Westover House, a private manor house, is located in Calbourne and sits on a hill looking over the village. Established during the reign of Edward the Confessor in the Middle Ages, Westover House is steeped in history and although it is privately held, it is lovely to stroll through the village and look up at the historic house sitting on the hill.

Calbourne church in the distance beside beautiful cottage gardensCalbourne is also home to Winkle Street, which is often displayed on postcards of the Isle of Wight due to its pretty rows of quaint thatched period cottages lining the street which overlooks the Caul Bourne stream. Along with this street, the village is home to many picturesque paths and country walks, and is lovely to rent a cottage in, if wanting to go on a self-catering holiday to the Isle of Wight.

Retired people with an interest in gardens would appreciate a stay in Calbourne. So many ordinary homes have such pretty cottage gardens that it is a delight to walk around the village and admire each garden's design and plants. A squad of resident ducks often forms a welcoming committee on the grass in front of the church and a peacock may also strut proudly past visitors flaunting its splendid tail feathers.

Calbourne water mill for a place to visit during your holiday on the Isle of WightThe only functional working mill on the island is found in Newport Road (B3401), Calbourne (PO30 4JN) . This is a pleasant place for a family day out and much more than just a watermill. There is a café, a pottery where visitors can try creating their own pottery momento, hire a pedalo for paddling on the stream, play croquet, petanque or putting.



Places to visit near Calbourne


Newport, Isle of WightAlthough a stay in Calbourne will be lovely and relaxing, you may wish to explore busier towns on the island for a little shopping. Calbourne is about 15 minutes drive from one of the largest towns on the Isle of Wight, Newport, which is easily reached by car and is home to lots of exciting events and attractions, including the Museum of Island History which gives an insight into the history of the Isle of Wight, dating back millions of years to the dinosaur periods.

Entertainment-wise, Newport is packed full of exciting things to see and do, with a 200 year old theatre - the Apollo, plus cinemas, pubs, bars and restaurants, ensuring that your visit to Newport will be busy and varied compared with country life in Calbourne.

Also in Newport is Quay Arts, which art lovers will adore. This centre offers an eclectic programme of art events throughout the year and has a gallery featuring stunning work from artists all around the world. There is also the Newport Museum and Art Gallery for those wishing to dip their toes even further into the world of art on the Isle of Wight, which has brilliant collections of ceramics and paintings.

Chessell Pottery Barns in the small hamlet of Chessell, are 7 minutes drive away from Calbourne along quiet rural roads. The barns offer some of the very best biggest cream scones on the island and a little creativity. Select a piece of pottery and paint it to your own satisfaction. This may not be something that you would do everyday but is a good thing to do on holiday, especially on a wet day.

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