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Welcome to 1 Barton Lodge on the Isle of Wight

If you like comfort. If you love the countryside. If you love the seaside. If you love walking, cycling and sightseeing then the Isle of Wight is the place for you. Filled with history, places of interest, stunning countryside, good food and great pubs, the Isle of Wight is perfect for a short break, a family holiday or a romantic weekend away.
And what better place to stay when on the sunny Isle but in a piece of history.
Standing on the old Osborne Estate, at the entrance to Barton Manor with views of Osborne House, 1 Barton Lodge is the ideal little piece of British history in which to spend your break. Designed by Prince Albert in the mid 1800s, the Lodge is a Grade II listed building with original features including royal coats of arms on the facade and a York stone floor in the dining room.
There are views over fields from the large garden, a small orchard and plenty of room to roam for adults, children and dogs. With shops, pubs, beaches, downs and town all a short drive away, 1 Barton Lodge is the ideal place to base yourself whilst you explore all the delights that the Island has to offer. There is plenty for families with Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill Country Park, the Owl and Monkey Haven and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway to visit and award winning pubs and restaurants to sample some of the best cuisine around.
So give us a call if there’s anything else that you’d like to know or to book the house. We are always happy to help and advise. 01983 298995.


A little bit of history

Barton is the most northerly of all the Island manor houses, and has had a very different history to the others. Originally the name was 'Burton' or 'Berton', meaning a farm attached to the manor of Whippingham, and as such it is mentioned well before the Norman Conquest. It was included in the Domesday Survey in 1086, when it was in the possession of the Fitz Stur family, supporters and beneficiaries of William of Normandy, with whom they arrived in England. Nearly two hundred years later John de Insula, a member of an important family who owned extensive lands in the Island, particularly at Wootton, purchased the manor of Barton. 

This small religious house, founded for an archpriest with six chaplains, Barton Oratory, near Whippingham,10 was experiencing difficult days under its superior, William Love. In 1386 he was declared to be absent, a prisoner in foreign parts, and so Barton was granted in commendam to one of its chaplains, Gilbert Norreys.11 The following year the abbot of Quarr with others was commissioned by the bishop to restore William Love, for Gilbert Norreys was accused of mis-appropriation, not to speak of other enormities. The election of Norreys was declared by the abbot to have been invalid but, early in 1390; the bishop of Achonry with the abbot of Quarr was given the charge of Barton. Things may have gone on quietly for some years, but in 1403 the abbot and rector of Niton were again appointed to investigate William Love. By 1440 however the oratory at Barton was dissolved and its possessions passed to the College of St Mary in Winchester.12

Barton Manor however reverted back to being a farm after 163 years, and so remained for the next 400 years until 1845. The building itself saw several changes, being practically rebuilt in 1605, and in 1795 Albin, in his History of the Isle of Wight, confirmed that it was still owned by the Warden and Fellows of Winchester College.

In 1845 Queen Victoria bought the neighbouring estate of Osborne, and she and Prince Albert set about building themselves a country house to which they could escape from the limelight of London or Windsor. At the same time she purchased Barton to act as an annex to Osborne. Albert who was much taken with Italian architecture, had already produced designs for the new house at Osborne, and his talents and enthusiasm were now let loose on Barton. Barton was purchased purely as an overflow to that of Osborne, somewhere to put up equerries and other high officials, also visiting royalty, particularly those with children whom the Queen could not stand. In addition, Barton was to provide extra kitchens, so that food could be cooked there and sent to Osborne in insulated vans when the demands on their kitchens became too great. The interior of the house was completely gutted by the Prince Consort and rebuilt. All the old fireplaces and panelling went and were replaced by Victoriana, and the character of the house was changed. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert once enjoyed the tranquillity of these beautiful parklands.

King Edward VII, who had unhappy memories of Osborne as a child, presented the estate to the nation, but retained Barton as a pied-a-terre in the Island. He extended the gardens originally planned by his father, built the terraces and walled garden and used the house for entertaining his friends.

In August 1909 the Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his family paid a visit to this country and stayed at Barton, reviewing the fleet at Spithead and watching racing at Cowes.

King Edward VII sold Barton Estate sometime after 1922 when it was taken into private ownership. Also during this period and up to 1953 parts of the estate were broken up, thereby reducing the total acreage.

Of the newer owners we have records of Anthony and Alix Goddard, who had given Barton Manor a new lease of life.The next owner was Mr. Showbiz, Robert Stigwood, who produced such musicals as Grease. He is also credited with having discovered the Bee Gees and giving the nation people like Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, producing Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever and Evita. The 500-acre estate was put on the market in June 2004 for £9 million.

The house and gardens are private but open during the year in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and other charities.

The lodge houses at the gates are said to have been designed by Prince Albert and feature no windows on the upper floor overlooking the drive as it was said the Queen Victoria would not allow herself to be looked on from above. They have Grade II listed building status and feature original chimneys, floors, and mullions.

*Information courtesy of Wooton Bridge Historical

**By virtue of being a lodge house, the house is by the road so you will experience some traffic noise.