Things to do in the local area
We have a great local pub – the Sun Inn at Hulverstone – within easy walking distance. It serves good pub food and is lovely in winter (with a roaring fire) and summer (in the garden with its spectacular view out to sea). It’s also very dog friendly! Just a few miles further afield, there is Brighstone with its village shops, museum and pub, and Freshwater or Yarmouth, each with a good choice of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. There are also a good range of farm shops and artisan food producers on the Island.
As well as the unspoilt sandy beaches close by at Brook and Compton, there are the shallow beaches at Colwell and Totland, about 10 minutes drive away, both with cafes and other amenities, including a footpath between the two.
On the Island, there are miles of spectacular walks, including on cliffs and downlands and many are easily accessible from the properties. The Island boasts over 160 miles of bridleways, over 500 miles of well-kept footpaths – including two Heritage Coast footpaths – and a 60+ mile round the Island cycle network (plus lots of inland and off-road mountain biking routes). One of these coastal paths runs past Brook along the South coast, in total running from Totland to St Lawrence, and the second runs from near Yarmouth along the north coast to Thorness, near Cowes. As well as the coastal paths, there are the inland trails, including the Tennyson Trail which passes Brook, along with many other lovely footpaths.
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Within easy reach of us, there are many tourist attractions to enjoy, including the National Trust gardens at Mottistone Manor; Alum Bay, with its views out to the famous rock formations, plus chairlift, boat rides, coloured sands, amusements and glass making at the Needles Park; and Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK. There are also the choices of pottery painting at Chessell (and wonderful afternoon teas), plus only a little further afield, Robin Hill, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Calbourne water mill (with its working watermill making flour), museums including the Dinosaur Museum, the Isle of Wight zoo, Carisbrooke Castle and Osbourne House. The pretty harbour town of Yarmouth is only 10 minutes away, and the popular Victorian sandy seaside resort of Ventnor is about 25 minutes’ drive, with a choice of pubs and restaurants and the esplanade, where fresh crab and lobster or locally landed fish can be purchased – as well as fish and chips to eat there! As well as walking, there are a host of other outdoor activities available locally including riding, cycling, sailing and other water sports, golf and paragliding. You can bird watch, go crabbing or fishing. There is bowling, a cinema and museums – and much more!