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With miles of open countryside and no shortage of dramatic coastal scenes, the attractiveness of the Isle of Wight as a holiday destination isn't hard to see. Though just a short distance across the Solent from the mainland, the island heralds a distinct charm and character, which convinces many tourists to return year after year. One of the Isle of Wight's foremost attractions is Appuldurcombe House. With a number of fine hotels in the area, the grand house is well worth a visit.
Appuldurcombe House is an 18th century country house near Wroxall, in the south of the Isle of Wight. A fine example of Baroque architecture, the house was once the island's grandest private residence. Now managed by English Heritage, the epic house is now free to visit.
It's not only lovers of architecture who are drawn to Appuldurcombe House. Many people come in search of the supernatural, as the house is said to be one of the most haunted places on the island. This is perhaps something to do with the notorious 7th Baronet, Sir Richard Worsley, who lived in the house at the time of his 1782 court case, after his wife admitted to having had some 27 lovers. Regular ghost walks are held throughout the summer months.
The house provides ample parking, and dogs are welcomed on leads.
With many of the finest hotels on the Isle of Wight in the south, visitors to Appuldurcombe House are spoiled for choice.
If a touch of grandeur is your thing, you could do worse than to head to the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor, on the south coast. The The Wellington Hotel boasts panoramic sea views, with many rooms even enjoying a seafront balcony.
The Luccombe Hall Country House also offers guests the opportunity to continue the country house theme. The hotel is situated on the outskirts of Shanklin, just to the east of Appuldurcombe House. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a range of spa treatments and a games room, ideal for kids. The town of Shanklin offers a range of places to eat and drink.