Situated down a quiet private lane Brook House was once the manor of Brook, mentioned in the Domesday survey. The Clamorgan family occupied it for 300 years and Henry VI was even entertained at there by Dame Joan Bowerman in 1499.
The house was completely rebuilt in the early 18th century and then remodelled again in 1854 by the then owner Mr Charles Seely, MP for Lincoln. On his death the house was passed on to his son Sir Charles Seely who added a third storey and extended the estate buying farms all across the southern coast of the Island. The estate was sold in 1958 and the house split up.
The house’s current owners Geoff & Belinda Walters have lovingly restored the house and reunited all the main buildings to form a stunning home with beautiful gardens.
An idyllic location home to many an Isle of Wight holiday maker over the years, but perhaps not quite as well-known as some of the family favourites like Sandown and Shanklin, is Brook. A quiet area, on the unspoiled south west coast of the Island, where visitors can enjoy the peace and quiet that’s so synonymous with an Isle of Wight visit.
Brook itself is home to arguably one of the Isle of Wight’s nicest beaches – comprised of golden sands and an active surf that’s perfect for watersport lovers to enjoy. Whether visitors are looking for a gentle stroll along the beach, a swim or an afternoon of sports, Brook beach is the perfect place to accommodate – and it’s often fairly quiet too, unlike the adjacent beach at Compton which is so popular that can be busy all year round – but then it does have a regular ice cream van! If you are a member of the National Trust, do bring your membership card as you will have free parking at Brook beach car park.
For those of you that are more at home in the comforts of a pub or restaurant than exploring in the sand, Brook won’t disappoint, being home to or close by to some of the Island’s most traditional pubs. The Sun Inn in Hulverstone for example, which is set in beautiful countryside near Brook Chine on the South-West coast of the Isle of Wight, about a ten minute walk away from Brook House itself.
The Sun Inn has a huge beer garden perfect for those summer months, where a drink can be enjoyed with an outstanding view of the English Channel. They’re also home to cosy fires and provide a warm and welcoming retreat in the wintertime. The Sun Inn sits just minutes from the popular beach at Compton Bay and is the perfect stop-off point for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers – even being completely dog-friendly too!
Brighstone’s The Three Bishops can also provide all visitors to nearby Brighstone with high quality, home-cooked food chosen from a menu of traditional favourites with a modern twist; so the choices for drinking and dining are plenty, and the options are endless when it comes to wanting to explore all that the idyllic Brook has to offer.
Whether you want to spend an afternoon surfing amongst dinosaur footprints, or enjoying a tipple and a meal in a lovely restaurant, Brook may just be the perfect Isle of Wight destination for you.
At Brook House, we offer you a choice of 3 lovely self-catering holiday cottages just next door to Brook House. Each of these will offer you style, charm and character – as well as comfort and all the essentials that you will need for a wonderful holiday on the Island.