West Wight bed and breakfast, Totland
Whitefield is a substantial Victorian villa built in 1881 on land once part of the extensive Weston Manor estate. Originally known as Turret Villa it retains many original period features along with its elegant proportions. We fell for its warmth and welcoming ambiance the first time we walked in through the porch, as we hope you will.
It's taken a while, but we have now decorated and eclectically furnished Whitefield to a high standard. We have two en-suite guest rooms, an elegant dining room where guest breakfasts are served. Plus a beautiful guest lounge for you to relax in during your stay, with plenty of games and books.
We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you, to share and enjoy the wonderful scenery and activities the island has to offer, while staying in elegant comfortable surroundings. We encourage guests to get out and about and explore the West Wight by foot, with local maps and suggested walks that we enjoy with our two Basset hounds: Lucas and Otto.
West Wight is best discovered on foot, nearby attractions include the famous Tennyson down, Alum Bay, The Needles, Headon Warren and miles of unspoilt countryside and coastal paths all within the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Rooms, food and facilities
We have two comfortable en-suite guest rooms, both on the first floor, enjoying spacious bathrooms with well proportioned corner-showers. Our rooms are decorated and furnished to a high standard, with antique furniture and carefully chosen artwork and ornaments, reflecting the personality of both us as owners and the period of the house. Both rooms have flat screen televisions, tonal Roberts radios, tea and coffee making facilities, and quality white bed linen to ensure that wonderful crisp feel when you get into bed. The comfortable stylish lounge is available for our guests to enjoy throughout their stay, ideal for reading, planning your itineraries or listening to music from our extensive CD collection.
On the third floor we have a wonderful artist's studio space that is available to our guests to use by prior arrangement. It benefits from excellent natural light and is equipped with easels and a sink for brush washing. During the summer months guests are welcome to use the front walled garden, where breakfast can be served if weather and temperature permits. Madeira Road has plentiful free on-street parking directly opposite the property, if guests specifically require off-street parking this is available on request.
How to find us
From East Cowes ferry, second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, A3021, A3054 to Newport, town centre, Pyle Street, B3323 to Carisbrooke, B3401, B3399 to Freshwater, A3055 to Totland.
From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Newport, town centre, Pyle Street, B3323 to Carisbrooke, B3401, B3399 to Freshwater, A3055 to Totland.
From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Totland.
Public Transport Directions:
From West Cowes Red Jet Hi-speed ferry: No 1 bus route to Newport and change to No 7 to Totland.
From Ryde Catamaran/Hovertravel: No. 9 bus route to Newport and change to No 7 to Totland.
From Yarmouth ferry: No. 7 bus route to Totland.
For further bus information please contact Southern Vectis.
How this holiday makes a difference
Whitefield has a small walled front and small semi-walled back garden, our ponds are home to damsel and dragon flies and a family of toads. We encourage wild birds with feeders and often have Red Squirrels visit us, using our wall as a pathway.
We recycle as much waste as possible, most food waste going to our compost bins. Foil waste is cleaned and kept for a local charity. We are now able to recycle glass, tins, paper, plastics and cardboard minimising the waste that goes into landfill.
We encourage our guests to take advantage of our daily towel airing service rather than requesting fresh towels. Towels are aired naturally without the use of a tumble drier. We use energy efficient lighting where possible, our curtains are all interlined and our heating is thermostatically controlled.
We are close to Yarmouth ferry terminal and offer a collection/drop-off service to our guests. When with us we actively encourage guests to have a car-free stay with us exploring beautiful West Wight by foot or with hire bikes. We have secure storage facilities for bicycles and welcome walkers.
Being a small B&B we have limited purchasing power but where possible we source locally. During the season our own tomatoes are served to our guests.
We enjoy the opportunity to share our extensive local knowledge to our guests. In addition to face-to-face information we have produced for our guests comprehensive files crammed full of local information. Our bedroom browsers contain detailed information on restaurants, pubs and shops we personally believe are worth visiting, plus a selection of our favourite local walks that all start from Whitefield.
Have both been in the hospitality trade for many years we only recommend businesses that we feel offer excellent quality, service and value to our guests.
We believe that we are a part of the wider Totland community, we enjoy helping our neighbours. We support the FYT (Freshwater, Yarmouth, Totland) community bus service, recently becoming a volunteer driver and passenger assistant. We are passionate dog-lovers especially supporting the Bassett Hound breed, caring for our own dogs and promoting a healthy future for the breed.
Although not talented artists ourselves we love the Islands vibrant art and craft scene. We have created a wonderful art studio on our third floor, which is regularly used by local artists and is available to guests on request. We actively recommend the best arts venues on the Island and are privileged to have an original Jim Downer sculpture in our garden.
Whitefield is located in Totland, within the boundaries of the parish are soft eroding coastal slopes, shingle beaches, chalk cliffs, the Needles and the colourful sands of Alum Bay. Two thirds of the parish is classified as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Headon Warren is the largest surviving area of heathland on the Island. The Western Yar River and estuary form the eastern boundary of Freshwater Isle. Nearby is the internationally renowned Tennyson down.
We actively encourage our guests to explore this magical part of the Island, all our bedroom browsers have a selection of our favourite walks contained within them and we have an extensive selection of maps and guides for our guests to use at their leisure. We enjoy sharing our knowledge of the Island with our guests and hope they will want to return to explore more.