Why move to... Freshwater
Buying a new home on the Isle of Wight?
The largest village of Freshwater in West Wight is a charming little gem if you’re considering buying a new home on the Isle of Wight. If you’re looking for your next home, Freshwater should certainly be on your radar and Pittis can help you find it.
What are Freshwater’s nearest towns?
The historic harbour town of Yarmouth, famous for its eateries and castle, postcard-worthy Totland and the picturesque Freshwater Bay are each within a few minutes drive of Freshwater.
What’s in Freshwater?
Covering an area of roughly five-and-a-half square miles, Freshwater and the surrounding area boasts some impressive attractions, notably the Isle of Wight’s iconic Needles, Tennyson Downs and Dimbola Lodge. Freshwater Bay is a flint and pebble cove with sand at low tide and the Isle of Wight’s official tourism group hails it one of the island’s most picturesque beaches.
Transport links from Freshwater
Buses are the best mode of public transport for the area. Southern Vectis buses connect Freshwater to the rest of the island with route 7 and route 12 serving Totland and larger towns, Yarmouth and Newport and the other villages along the way. If you’re feeling fancy or have guests from further afield, during the summer months, The Needles Tour and Island Coaster offer an open-top bus service.
You’ve got several options for travelling to the mainland or further afield. The ferries to Lymington, Portsmouth or Southampton takes between 30-60 minutes. For international travel, the nearest airports are Southampton and Bournemouth.
Things to do in Freshwater
If you’re looking for the great outdoors in your new home on the Isle of Wight, Freshwater has you covered. It’s home to its own golf club and its proximity to the calmer waters of the bay makes it a great place for watersports. Adventure Activities provide kayaks and paddleboards as well as bushcraft and a rock climbing for all ages and abilities.
When it comes to local history, literature buffs will want to explore nearby Farringford Estate. Once home to Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson today it’s open to the public and boasts stunning grounds.
House prices in Freshwater
● Large detached houses: £450,00 – £750,000+
● Detached houses: £250,000 – £450,000
● Semi-detached: £200,000-£350,000
● Terraces and cottages: £180,000-£380,000
● Flats: £90,000-£450,000
Renting in Freshwater
● £500-£700pcm for a flat
● £750-£1,000pcm for a 2-4 bedroom house
Best Fish and Chips:
The Rainbow Fish & Chips on Avenue Road is the best chippie and their food tastes best when taken to the seafront and eaten on the beach.
Your nearest cinema is Cineworld in Newport, which is roughly half an hour’s drive. The Waterfront in Totland also has live music of a weekend.
There are two Co-ops, one on Afton Road and another smaller one on Avenue Road. There’s also Orchards the village store on Victoria Road and a Sainsbury’s Local on School Green Road.
Aside from Tennyson, other famous residents of Freshwater have included painter, George Morland and photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
Freshwater is the birthplace of natural philosopher, architect and polymath, Robert Hooke and explorer, Sir Vivian Ernest Fuchs.
What you may not know about Freshwater…
The current Dalai Lama’s mother came to Freshwater following major surgery in London to rest and recover.