In addition to its smattering of stunning beaches, sleepy villages and rolling country fields, the Isle of Wight is home to plenty of exciting attractions. From Roman ruins to zoos and adventure parks, the island really does offer something for everyone. In the west of the island, midway between Newport and The Needles lies one of the Isle of Wight's most popular attractions - Calbourne Water Mill. If you're staying at one of the many nearby hotels, the Mill is well worth a visit.
Calbourne Water Mill
Calbourne Water Mill is among the oldest working water mills in the country, and the only one on the Isle of Wight. The Mill is so old, it even gets a mention in the Domesday Book. Today the Mill is the centre-piece to a diverse attraction.
Spread around the 35 acres in which the Mill is set, visitors can find oak woodlands, picturesque ponds and a good-sized play area. There's also a long list of activities to be enjoyed at Calbourne Water Mill, including croquet, putting and punt hire. The site also features a café and gift shop.
The stunning gardens are populated by a plethora of wildlife, from perky peacocks and doves to ducks and fish. As you'd expect, the venue is also available to hire for weddings and events.
Hotels Near the Mill
As it's such a popular spot with tourists, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding hotels on the Isle of Wight. And holidaymakers needn't travel far from the Mill to find somewhere special to stay.
Snowdrop Cottage is located within a short drive of Calbourne, in the nearby village of Brighstone. The friendly bed and breakfast offers a free breakfast, and WiFi, which can help you plan each day as it comes.
For visitors who choose to stay by the seaside, there are a plethora of exquisite hotels in the west of the island, towards the famous Needles. The Bugle Coaching Inn is a traditional Inn located in Yarmouth. This quaint village offers easy access to Lymington on the mainland. A little way to the south, visitors can take their pick from a number of hotels and B&Bs around the popular Freshwater Bay.