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The hidden gem of West Wight, Calbourne is arguably the prettiest village on the island
It has an enchanting terrace of stone cottages all dating from the 18th-century. The access to the street is dominated by an octagonal gatehouse of flint structure which guards the entrance to a lovely Georgian mansion, the heavy iron entrance gates are hung on small octagonal stone piers that almost perfectly match the charming gatehouse. The pretty cottages all have delightful front gardens that in summer show a riot of colourful flowers and plants, these tiny gardens face the glistening waters of the Caul Bourne, it is a idyllic scene that has been painted by noted artists such as A.Heaton-Cooper (1864-1929). The main street of the village winds steeply past a sloping green towards the 13th-century village church which houses many treasures including a commemorative brass of 1383.