Freshwater Bay, IOW

Freshwater Bay, IOW

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

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I think of nothing but the Isle of Wigth, and I call it the Island as if there were not another island in the world.

Jane Austen

quotation marks I have taken a most delightful and beautiful house... cool, airy, private bathing, everything delicious. I think it is the prettiest place I ever saw in my life, at home or abroad.

Charles Dickens

quotation marks Any man from America or Australia might take one glance at the Island as something on a map, and then decide to give it a couple of hours.
But you can spend days and days exploring the Isle of Wight, which, if you are really interested, begins magically enlarging itself for you.

J. B. Priestley

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In addition to a great event, the wonderful welcome on arrival was just the start of the care and thoughtfulness of both host and staff at Seahorses.

quotation marks The food was so delicious and it seemed that nothing was a problem or issue when guests had requests.

quotation marks The grounds of the guesthouse, the atmosphere, EVERYTHING was just great. I have not a single negative comment about my stay. Thank you!

quotation marks Food, food, and again food. People of course and all felt like a five star hotel service.

quotation marks Thank you to everyone for putting a heart into it. The place is amazing and the garden just beautiful.

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"The Garden Isle", as the Isle of Wight is known, is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in the UK to enjoy a revitalising holiday, tranquil short break, meditation retreat or intensive training event. Located just off the South Coast, you will sail away to a beautiful island and leave the "hustle and bustle" of mainland Britain behind. The short ferry journey across the Solent is both inspiring and relaxing.

The Isle of Wight has so much to offer, from music and themed festivals, such as the famous Isle of Wight Festival in June, to miles of stunning walks and cycle tracks. Much of the Isle of Wight has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the rolling land that forms the backbone of the island extending to the towering white cliffs at Alum Bay in the West and Culver Cliff in the East.

We have superb beaches of golden sand at Sandown, Shanklin, Lake, Ryde and Colwell, to pretty coves and bays, such as the stunning Freshwater Bay. For those wanting a more dramatic backdrop and a spot of surfing and fossil hunting, try Compton and Brook – you will be sure to rekindle your childlike curiosity again!

The Isle of Wight has long since been noted for its beautiful scenery and breath-taking views across the coastline. Indeed, it has attracted the likes of Dickens, Tennyson and, of course, Queen Victoria, who made Osborne House at East Cowes her home during her later years.

The Parish of Freshwater is nestled within West Wight, near the source of the Western Yar – a river that has an estuary running north to Yarmouth (the Ferry Harbour!). Freshwater Marshes are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a large part of the Marshes are also a Local Nature Reserve called Afton Marshes.

As you can see, the island, and especially the area of Freshwater Bay, can offer breath-taking views and a chance to fully immerse all of your senses in nature.
The peaceful sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures are boundless and enable us to deeply reconnect with our internal and external world.

If you would like to see lovely pictures please click here.

Seahorses Guesthouse – our Venue

Close to the centre of Freshwater (Village) there is the Seahorses Guesthouse, which is our home for our training and retreat groups (including en-suite twin and triple rooms, plus a cosy cottage for very small groups).

The crew at Seahorses, who call themselves companions, live and work together as an extended family team. They aim to see that the real needs of every person are fulfilled as much as possible (sounds mindful!).

The house was originally an early Victorian Rectory. The surrounding land is around 2.5 acres and includes lawns, mature trees, flowerbeds, an orchard and a productive vegetable garden.

Both the house and the garden provide tremendous opportunities for contemplative walks, leisure time and socialising opportunities – for example, there is a barbecue and pizza oven in the garden and an art studio on site (creativity and mindfulness!).

In less than 15 minutes, you can walk to the beach at Freshwater Bay (pure tranquillity!).

If you would like to see lovely pictures please click here.

How to get there?

The Isle of Wight (IOW) is easy to get to, and once you are here you won’t want to leave! Less than two and a half hour’s journey from London by train and ferry, the IOW is ideally located for English and European visitors and easy to reach from all the major UK airports.

BY TRAINS – There are excellent rail connections to all the major ferry ports, providing fast access to the Isle of Wight from London and across the UK.

Travel time from London Stations to most of the ports is less than 2 hours, and many ferry services coincide with train arrival times – inclusive tickets can also be purchased.
For rail services search e.g. London Waterloo Station to Yarmouth (IOW) out:

BY FLIGHTS – If you are travelling from further afield, or outside the UK, you can reach the Isle of Wight via flights into either of the major London airports at Heathrow and Gatwick.
From both airports are shuttles to the train and ferry connection available.

For this rail services search out Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport to Yarmouth (IOW):

BY FERRY – There are up to 200 Isle of Wight ferry crossings a day operating from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington.
The main links operate for passengers to 5 different Island towns: Ryde, Cowes, East Cowes, Fishbourne and Yarmouth (IOW) - the latter 3 services also carry vehicles.
More info on Isle of Wight ferry services here.

LYMINGTON PIER to YARMOUTH (IOW) is the direct way to Seahorses, the hospitality gem which is the home for our Retreat and Training days in Freshwater.
Taxi time from Yarmouth (IOW) to Seahorses is approximately five minutes.

Our NEXT Residential Events on the Isle of Wight

  • Winter Group – Feb 2019: Wed 13.02. - Mon 18.02.
    Interpersonal Mindfulness (IM)
    IM offers an opportunity to deepen our meditation practice in the place we most often forget it: our social interactions.
    Explore more about IM Intensive >
  • Spring Group – Mar/Apr 2019:
    1st weekend: Thu 21.03. - Mon 25.03. & 2nd weekend: Thu 25.04. - Mon 29.04.
    AwarenessCoaching Foundation Training (ACFT) – a Training for Professionals
    The ACFT is an Association for Coaching recognised course and understood as the entrance road into Mindfulness Coaching.
    Explore more about the ACFT >
  • June 2019: Thu 06.06. - Tue 11.06.
    6-Day Teacher-led Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
    We invite you to join us in stillness and silence to wake up to the beauty of being alive and to encounter the life we have with freshness and wonder.
    Explore more about Mindfulness Retreats >


If you have any questions please call 020 3137 1358 or send an email.