Two of the houses in Alexandra Gardens, number 3 Bermuda House and number 5 The Windsor Carlton, will be open to the public with no admission fee, as part of the English Heritage Open Days on the afternoons of 13th and 14th September 2014.
Alexandra Gardens, named after HRH Alexandra, Princess of Wales, is a private road of eight grand villas close to the Winter Gardens overlooking the beach and harbour in Ventnor on the south coast of the Isle of Wight.
The villas were build in 1883-4 and many still have wonderful gothic style carved staircases from the ground up to the second floor with ornate plaster cornicing and magnificent ceiling roses. The ground and first floor front rooms are large with high ceilings, bay windows and magnificent views. Unusually high skirting go round all of the rooms. The main reception rooms had large marble and slate fireplaces. When built they would have been among the finest houses in Ventnor - homes for gentlemen.
The houses stand on the site of Ventnor Mill and mill pond which had certainly been there from the 1300's.
As well as being able to go around two of the houses, number 3 Bermuda House which is currently self catering holiday accommodation, and number 5 which as the Windsor Carlton continues the street's tradition of providing guest accommodation, you will be able to find out about:
Both houses will be open for guided tours from 1-5pm on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September. Assemble at number 3, Bermuda House, and refreshments will be available in the Windsor Carlton, number 5.
How to find us
The street runs between Pier Street and Dudley Road above the Winter Gardens in Ventnor. For satnav the postcode is PO38 1EE. Car Parking is available nearby in Dudley Road and on the seafront. Southern Vectis routes 3 and 6 stop nearby.
This event is staged by the Ventnor and Undercliff Heritage Partnership would not be possible without the co-operation of the other residents of Alexandra Gardens, English Heritage and the Ventnor Heritage Museum.
Organised by Ann & Paul Hutchins and John Allen.