Wherever we ventured during our time on the Isle of Wight, we passed by Arreton Old Village in the heart of the island. I am so glad that we finally made the time to visit on our last afternoon there as I was utterly taken by this quaint little village.
There are several quaint and utterly charming shops in the tiny little village including Lavender and Lace country accessories, Sweet Memories traditional sweets and homemade fudges and the Vintage Penny Arcade. All of these shops are housing in ancient little houses, completing the authentic visit into yesteryear.
Of course, the highlight for me and the absolute reason we had to visit was the ancient Church of St George. This is a fabulous, old medieval church which was first built in the Norman era with the tower built in 1299. It is in fantastic shape and it was a real treat to see such an old church still intact. It won’t surprise you to know that the church is Grade 1 listed.
This is the graveyard and the war memorial. The war memorial was dedicated in 1920
to remember those brave men that died in The Great War. Like so many memorials, it had to be tragically altered several years later to include the names of the World War II dead.
Arreton Old Village has a superb pub called The White Lion. They have a great pub menu but we warned: the portions are gigantic. You most certainly won’t be needing to order starters, desserts and extra vegetables like we did! We shared a curry and a pie of the day and it really warmed us up after a chilly day exploring Carisbrooke Castle and The SeasideTown of Cowes.