Farringford House & Gardens

Isle of Wight

Type:Historic House / Palace

Bedbury Lane, FRESHWATER, Isle Of Wight, PO40 9PE

Tel: 01983 752500

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Farringford House & Gardens


Farringford is a Grade 1 Listed Building and was the main residence of the Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson from 1853 until his death in 1892. It continued in the possession of the Tennyson family until 1945, when it was sold to British Holiday Estates Ltd, who converted the house into a hotel. Farringford remained a hotel until 2010, when work began to restore the building to its original condition as a historic home.

Occupying a level position overlooking land to the north and east towards Afton Down, Farringford is a local landmark that lies west of Freshwater Bay.  Tennyson Down lies on its south side, running west to the Needles.  The down is 147 metres at its highest point at Tennyson Monument and ranges down to 75 metres south of Farringford, while the house is only 35 metres above sea level.

The original house itself is essentially a large country villa, based on a Georgian plan and Georgian structural principles, but with superficial cosmetic Gothic features, such as castellated parapets, Gothic arched windows, a flattened arched veranda, a Gothic porch and internal Gothic ornamentation to doors and cornices. The house was constructed using buff-coloured brick in Flemish bond with a slate roof, and rests on a mixed stone foundation.

Farringford is unique on the Island in its style of architecture and its exterior form.  Few other Gothic buildings have the same style of window or porch and there is no other building that has the same layout in the form of an extended U-shape.  Most Gothic buildings of the 19th century are characterised by neo-Elizabethan features such as gables and square-headed windows with drip moulds above.  In a way, Farringford represents a hybrid house, combining the ideas of proportion and symmetry integral to Georgian architecture with the imaginative flair of Gothic ornamentation.

Change has taken the form of extensions, rather than any rebuilding. The original house of Farringford has remained relatively intact, the only structural change being the repositioning of the entrance from the east to the north side.  Over the years there have been a number of additions that have somewhat enveloped the original house and its neat Georgian frontage.  Internally, where change has occurred, it has been in the function rather than the form of the rooms.

This year our Parkland & Gardens will be open from the 19th May - Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat only until 23rd October.  We are an RHS Partner Garden. please visit our website for more details.

  The House will remain closed for 2021.



Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
aged 5-17 House tour£6.00 per ticket
aged 5-17 years Garden only£1.50 per ticket
Garden only£3.00 per ticket
House Tour£11.00 per ticket

Please note tour spaces are limited to 12 people per tour, to avoid disappointment pre-booking is advisable either by phone: 01983 752500 or email: contact@farringford.co.uk

Unlimited garden season ticket £10 - please apply in the ticket office.

Children under 5 free



  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Garden only
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - but not in the house
  • Groups by arrangement - We welcome groups by prior arrangement: Please call 01983 752500 or email contact@farringford.co.uk to enquire about group bookings.
  • Guided tours
  • Prior Booking Recommended
  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given) - 2 tour guides fluent in French, although don’t work everyday
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1.5 hours
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 30
  • Min group size - 12
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth


Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car Farringford is located on Bedbury Lane, Freshwater, Isle of Wight. The post code is PO40 9PE. Its co-ordinates are 50°40'28.5"N 1°31'28.3"W. The house can be approached from the south by the Military Road, from Newport by The Middle Road, and from the north by the A3054.  

Public Transport Directions

By Bus Several bus services stop near to the house. The most frequent bus is the No.7 that runs between Alum Bay and Newport, via Yarmouth. Please click on the link for the Southern Vectis timetable: http://www.islandbuses.info/service.shtml?serviceid=1334.

The closest stop to the house is Freshwater Sainsbury’s on School Green Road. From here, walk south on Queen’s Road for 10-15 minutes until you reach Farringford’s entrance on Bedbury Lane. Please be advised that this route does not have a continuous pavement or pedestrian pathway. The No.12 bus runs between Newport and Totland, and stops at Freshwater Bay as well as Freshwater Sainsbury’s.  Please click on the link for the Southern Vectis timetable: http://www.islandbuses.info/service.shtml?serviceid=1337

The closest stop is outside St. Agnes’ Church on Gate Lane, but please note that Bedbury Lane does not have a pavement or pedestrian pathway. Local volunteers also run a service called the FYT bus, which operates between Yarmouth, Freshwater and Totland.  Buses stop along the regular Southern Vectis route, but can also be hailed wherever you are and can often drop you very close to your chosen destination upon request.

To find out more about FYT bus routes and timetables, please click here: http://www.fytbus.org.uk/.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2021

Opening Times

Season (19 May 2022 - 26 Oct 2022)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Bank HolidayClosed

* 2021 - This year our Parkland & Gardens will be open from the 19th May - Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat only until 23rd October. We are an RHS Partner Garden.

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