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 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 accross 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.
Brook and Hulverstone are both just a few minutes from the south coast of the Island, with the closest beaches being those at Brook Bay and Compton. The closest pub is the Sun Inn at Hulverstone, which is just a few steps from the Old School and a 5 or 10 minute walk from Brook House. The pub offers a good selection of local beers and good pub food, both in its restaurant and in the beer garden with fabulous views out to sea. Brighstone is the closest village, about 3 miles away, with small shops, pubs and tea rooms. Freshwater is just a little further, along the Military Road, and offers a range of shops, including small supermarkets, an indoor sports centre and swimming pool, golf course, library and petrol station. Yarmouth is also very close, with a good choice of shops, restaurants and pubs.
The Island is full of attractions and activities for all ages – make sure you pick up your Island guide on the ferry on your way over. Nearby, there are the attractions of Mottistone Manor gardens, Blackgang Chine or the Needles, Fort Victoria in Yarmouth, Carisbrooke Castle, Yarmouth Castle, Chessell Pottery or fossil hunting on the local beaches. Osborne House, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, the Steam Railway, the Dinosaur Museum and many other attractions are all within easy reach.
And if you like the slower pace of travel, there are over 500 miles of walking and cycling paths on the Island; it is easy to hire bikes locally if its too hard to bring them along!