Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
I think of nothing but the Isle of Wigth, and I call it the Island as if there were not another island
in the world.
I have taken a most delightful and beautiful house... cool, airy, private bathing, everything delicious. I think it is the prettiest place I ever saw in my life, at home or abroad.
Any man from America or Australia might take one glance at the Island as something on a map, and then decide to give it a couple of hours.
But you can spend days and days exploring the Isle of Wight, which, if you are really interested, begins magically enlarging itself for you.
J. B. Priestley
Hosted in FRESHWATER on the ISLE OF WIGHT (IOW)
"The Garden Isle", as the Isle of Wight is known, it is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in the UK to enjoy as a revitalising holiday, tranquil short break, meditation retreat or for intense training days. Located just off the south coast, you will sail away to a beautiful Island and leave the "hustle and bustle" of mainland Britain behind. The short ferry journey across the Solent is both inspiring and relaxing.
The Isle of Wight has so much to offer, from music and themed festivals, to miles of stunning walks and cycle tracks. Much of the Isle of Wight has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and the rolling down lands that form the backbone of the Island extend to the towering white cliffs at Alum Bay in the west and Culver Cliff in the east.
We have superb beaches of golden sand at Sandown, Shanklin, Lake, Ryde and Colwell to pretty coves and bays, such as Freshwater Bay. For those wanting a more dramatic backdrop and a spot of surfing and fossil hunting, try Compton and Brook – you won’t be disappointed.
The Isle of Wight has long since been noted for its beauty and scenery and breath-taking views and coast line. Indeed, it has attracted the likes of Dickens, Tennyson and of course Queen Victoria, who made Osborne House at East Cowes her home in her later years.
Located on the West (part of the Isle of) Wight lays the Parish of Freshwater, near the source of the Western Yar, a river whose estuary runs north to Yarmouth (the Ferry Harbour!). Freshwater Marshes are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a large part of the Marshes are also a Local Nature Reserve called Afton Marshes.
Close to the centre of Freshwater (Village) there is the Seahorses Guesthouse which is our home for our training and retreat groups (e.g. ensuite twin and triple rooms plus a cosy cottage for very small groups).
The crew at Seahorses, they call themselves companions, live and work together as an extended family team, has the aim to see that the real needs of every person are fulfilled as far as possible (- sounds mindful!).
The house was originally an early Victorian Rectory. The land around totals 2.5 acres and includes lawns, mature trees, flower beds, an orchard and a productive vegetable garden.
Both the house and the garden provide tremendous opportunities for contemplative walks, leisure time and socialising opportunities – for example there is a barbecue and a pizza oven in the garden and an art studio onside (- creativity and mindfulness!).
In less than a 15 mins walk you can reach the beach at Freshwater Bay (- tranquillity pure!).
If you would like to see lovely pictures please click on the following link:
How to get there?
The Isle of Wight (IOW) is easy to get to, and once you are here you won’t want to leave! Less than one and a half hour’s journey from London by train and ferry, the IOW is ideally located for English and European visitors and easy to reach from all the major UK airports.
BY TRAINS – There are excellent rail connections to all the major ferry ports, providing fast access to the Isle of Wight from London and across the UK.
Travel time from London Stations to most
of the ports is less than 2 hours, and many ferry services coincide with train arrival times – inclusive
tickets can also be purchased.
For rail services search e.g. London Waterloo Station to Yarmouth (IOW) out:
BY FLIGHTS – If you are travelling from further afield, or outside the UK, you can reach the Isle of Wight
via flights into either of the major London airports at Heathrow and Gatwick.
From both airports are shuttles to the train and ferry connection available.
For this rail services search out Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport to Yarmouth (IOW):
BY FERRY – There are up to 200 Isle of Wight ferry crossings a day operating from Portsmouth,
Southampton and Lymington.
The main links operate for passengers to 5 different Island towns Ryde, Cowes, East Cowes, Fishbourne and Yarmouth (IOW) - the latter 3 services also carry vehicles.
More info on Isle of Wight ferry services here.
LYMINGTON PIER to YARMOUTH (IOW)
is the direct way to Seahorses, the hospitality gem which
becomes home for our Retreat and Training days in Freshwater.
Taxi time from Yarmouth (IOW) to Seahorses is approximately five minutes.
If you have any questions please call 020 3137 1358 or send an email.