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Reconnect and Relax in the Country: Barton Estate

For most of us it can be difficult to disconnect from the stresses and strains of modern life and getting off the merry go round of work can be hard. So, what if there was somewhere to do just that, to reconnect, relax and get your work / life balance back on track?

As you cross the Solent towards the Isle of Wight you can feel the decompression begin. And when you arrive at either of the stunning holiday properties which form part of the peaceful and private Barton Manor estate, then that decompression will be complete. With more than just a nod to the Victorians who came to the Island to benefit from the effects of the microclimate that the Isle of Wight is blessed with, this Jacobean estate, formerly owned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert has everything you need to make your holiday one to remember. And in this, the year of the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, you will feel closer than ever to one of the most charismatic Royals in holiday homes adjacent to the Osborne estate.

The 150-year-old, Grade 2 listed Farmhouse is the perfect spot for a family holiday or one with friends. Sleeping nine and decorated to an exceptionally high standard, kids and adults alike will love the fact that there are not only 200 acres of woodland to explore but that they also have access to their own private beach. You can play tennis or enjoy the games room which is shared with the Lake Cottage or hunker down in front of the log burner with a glass of something special while the kids enjoy a movie in the media room.

Or if you fancy something smaller and more intimate, then the Lake Cottage which sleeps four is just lovely. Boasting vaulted ceilings in the sitting room, kitchen and the more than spacious master bedroom, the Lake Cottage is a home from home. From here you can enjoy all of the shared aspects of the Farmhouse by exploring the beach and woodlands or keep to yourselves beside the lake. Both houses are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest so there are plenty of nature rambles to be had around the grounds and woods. Both properties are also available to rent, along with Prince Albert’s Barn for weddings and events and you can travel to the Island by ferry or use the estate’s helipad. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Royal Owners
The manor of Barton is spoken of in the Doomsday Book and the current Barton Manor dates from the Jacobean era. Owned by Winchester College for over 400 years, it was bought by Queen Victoria in 1845. The Queen had rented the house for a year but decided that it was too small for her needs and so purchased Osborne House whilst retaining Barton Manor to entertain and house visiting European royalty. After Victoria’s death the Manor passed to Edward VII for his private use after he had gifted Osborne House to the nation in 1902 and it was from here that he entertained the Romanovs (Russian Royal family) in 1909. The estate then subsequently passed to George V who finally ended 75 years of Royal ownership in 1922 when he sold it.

Added Extras
As if the prospect of a beach, woodland and tennis were not enough, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do on the Island. From fine dining to award winning pubs and restaurants as well as beachside cafes and some of the best ice creams ever, your foodie self will be more than happy. There are attractions including the oldest theme park in the UK, Blackgang Chine, fossils to find, waves to surf and sandcastles to build as well as nature reserves to explore and Downs to climb. Events on the Isle of Wight include Cowes Week, the Literary Festival and of course the Isle of Wight Festival itself, now celebrating 51 years as well as blues, folk and jazz events scattered throughout the year. Rent a bike and soak up some vitamin sea or join one of the walking trails or festival events for stunning scenery and when you’re done come back to some of the comfiest sofas and beds on the Island! Dawn and Alex Haig-Thomas have done their utmost to ensure that all your needs are met and that you really can decompress on your holiday or break. All you have to do is turn up…

To book your decompression break, contact Dawn at BARTON ESTATE

Or telephone: 01983 280537


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