This small but fascinating village lies below the 444ft Arreton Down and boasts a 1,000-year-old church which has, among other items, a Saxon doorway, Tudor porch and no less than eight Saxon windows. A carved table made during the reign of Elizabeth I lies in the south chapel together with two brasses, one of which has a poem by William Serle, who died in 1595. The Down itself holds the remains of Saxon settlements.|
A local farmhouse dates back to Jacobean times and there are several manor houses nearby. Arreton Manor is one of the island’s most historic houses, standing on the site of earlier dwellings dating to 872AD. The house was once owned by Edward the Confessor. Charles I stayed in it before being imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle.