Freshwater – Fort Redoubt

This distinctive three bedroom apartment is sat within the cliffs of Freshwater Bay, benefiting views over the bay to the east and the English Channel to the south and west. Standing at the foot of Tennyson Down, this distinctive three bedroom apartment is sat within the cliffs of Freshwater Bay, benefiting views over the bay to the east and the English Channel to the south and west.

The caponiers were erected to be the barrack quarters for 24 troops within the moat of Fort Redbout, a Palmerston fort built in 1856 in response to the danger of a probable invasion by the French under Emperor Louis Napoleon. The caponiers also served as a means of ditch defence, with their iron window shutters and rifle slots; these original features can still be found following the owner’s sympathetic renovation of this derelict building, resulting in wonderful holiday accommodation in keeping with its historical value.

It’s a terrific place for the whole family to discover the Isle of Wight’s attractions. Freshwater Bay has a wide range of water sports, and with 57 miles of coastline to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning your beach day. The Needles Park, located further along West Wight, is a terrific day out for the whole family.

Enter the grounds of Fort Redoubt through the bridge that spans the moat next to the caponier apartments; entry to the caponiers is by a staircase leading from the fort’s central parade area through an iron gate. The lower flat is located at the bottom of the stairs; enter through the front door into the charming corridor. You’ll enter the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner through the double doors on your right.

In the lounge, there is a TV and a cosy gas stove to curl up in front of, as well as a fully equipped kitchen with an electric oven and induction cooktop, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, and dishwasher, as well as a dining table and seating for the entire group. All three bedrooms, a king-size with en-suite shower room and WC, a twin room, and a further king-size bedroom, are located just beyond the prominent archway in the corridor. At the end of the corridor is the bathroom, which has a bath with a shower above it and a WC.

In the fort’s central parade square, there is parking for two cars. A table and chairs are supplied for sitting outside and enjoying the common grounds in the moat, which are conveniently accessible from this apartment, as well as a BBQ.


Freshwater Bay is one of West Wight’s most beautiful beaches, located just south of the town of Freshwater. The beach is made up of a mix of grey flint and chalk stones that generate a distinctive sound as the waves crash against the coast. If you stroll to the bay’s eastern edge, you’ll find sand below the low water line and some sandy locations to sit. At low tide, a granite ledge appears on this side, which is ideal for rockpooling with your kids.

Thousands of years of exposure to the waves and the tiny river that runs from here to Yarmouth have carved the Bay out of the chalk cliffs that surround it. The river Yar flows northwards from here, now dammed at this end, leaving a marsh in the bay area’s hollow, and the sea wall and coastal road prevent it from reaching the sea.

The caverns near the bottom of the chalk cliffs that are revealed at low tide were originally used by smugglers; if you want to explore them, it’s important to get a local guide because you could get cut off by the tide. Kayaking is the best way to observe them, as well as the other little bays carved out of the chalk, Watcombe and Scratchells. Boats will moor offshore to come ashore because this beach is renowned for surfing and activities. When persons in need at sea require assistance, the Freshwater Independent Lifeboat is launched from this bay.