Isle of Wight Rocks

Appuldurcombe House

Places to Visit


Begun in the early 18th century as the seat of the Worsley family, Appuldurcombe was once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight. A later owner, Sir Richard Worsley, the 7th baronet, gained notoriety for a 1782 court case in which his wife, Seymour, admitted to having had 27 lovers.

Appuldurcombe was a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture, and though now a graceful shell, still retains more than a ghost of its former dignity, and many fine architectural details. The celebrated landscape designer 'Capability' Brown enhanced the rolling grounds in the 1780s.


  • There are no facilities at the house however the nearby Donkey Sanctuary makes a great place to visit for lunch and to see the donkeys. 
  • Free parking nearby in the carpark 
  • Dogs allowed but must be kept on leads

Visit the English Heritage site for additional information. 

You can park in the carpark and go for a lovely walk to the Freemantle Gate and up then head up the hill to the monument on Stenbury Down, for some incredible views of the Island.  Once through the gate, instead of going up the hill, you can keep going straight and you'll arrive in Godshill.  

Opening Hours

Monday10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday10:00 - 16:00
Thursday10:00 - 16:00
Friday10:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00

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