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Did you know that Alfred Noyes lived at Lisle Combe? He brought this beautiful house, with his second wife, Mary Angela, in 1929 and lived here until he died in 1958.
Famous for his narrative poem The Highwayman (1906), Alfred Noyes played an important role in shaping the Twentieth century. At Lisle Combe there is plenty of evidence of his life on the Isle of Wight and beyond. Living history, as you are surrounded by memoirs if his life, it's a step back in time! Just the smell as you walk through the front door, read the letters, see the paintings - they all transport you to a time of life after the second World War and the rebuild to future optimism (read 'No Other Man' a great reflection of this time).
Now the third generation to live at Lisle Combe, the Noyes family welcome people to stay at the home of a distinguished poet and author, and experience a little bit of the magic.........
" There's a magic in the distance, where the sea-line meets the sky" form Forty Singing Seamen by Alfred Noyes.
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Apologies, it's been a while!
A busy season of weddings and B&B guests is flying by. With the beautiful weather, life has been hectic especially with family life and injured hubby! But we are nearly through to the start of September when the kids go back to school and a different style of guest arrives.
Next Pop Up Pub:
Saturday 15th September
6pm - 10.30pm
Live music with Jez & Gary
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National B&B Day!
Our first Pub of 2018 is on Saturday 24th March, to coincide with National Bed and Breakfast Day!
It would be great to see you and chat about your own B&B experiences, good and bad! We have quite a few stories to tell too!
Doors open at 6pm for guests to walk around the garden and see the beautiful spring flowers. The cash bar closes at 10.30pm.
Hope to see you on the 24th.
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We are now closed for the winter. We reopen in the spring, just before Easter, ready for the daffodils
and spring flowers that 'litter' the garden. Much work is going on behind the scenes ready for our guests in 2018.
Our final event of 2017 was our Charity Casino Night, what fun we all had! Thank you to everyone who came along to make it such a special evening. We raised over £1000 for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, a local charity which helps Islanders to cope with the death of loved ones.
Bed and Breakfast bookings are coming in from all over the world. Please remember if you contact us directly we may be able to give you a better rate than the Online Travel Agency that you booked through!!
Merry Christmas from all at Lisle Combe
Best wishes for a prosperous 2018!
We hope to see you soon.
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Charity Casino Night
Saturday 9th December
Bugsy Malone theme
An evening of style & sophistication!
Tickets: £15 (includes a welcome drink and casino chips)
Come dressed in your best mobster or moll outfit!
7.30pm until 11.30pm
Silent Auction in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice
Last year's Casino night had a 007 theme, this year we are hoping that the inner child-gangster with emerge and we may even see a splat gun! Not sure if we can beat the Aston Martin of last year though!
We raised a fantastic £1400 for the Bus Shelter in 2016, this year we are celebrating the Hospice's 35th Anniversary by supporting them on our Charity Night and hope to equal last year's total. Tickets need to be purchased in advance from Ruth or Robert at Lisle Combe.
The Bed and Breakfast has continued to be busy throughout October, with our final Pop Up Pub of the year in this month too. It was wonderful, as always, to welcome lots of locals to the pub. It was great to have Jim Mercer join us with his blues guitar sound. Our guest from Romania loved the experience!
"British quality at it's finest!! Love it! The Elizabethan style of the house, the smell of NYR, the stylish coyness of the room, the tasty breakfast and the openness of the hosts have made me delay my departure." Beatrice from Romania, living in London.
It's always fun meeting the people who choose to stay at Lisle Combe, some come to us not really knowing what to expect whilst others have very predetermined assumptions! It's always interesting when they realise we actually live in Lisle Combe, it's our home!
Comments from our guests this month:
"Beautiful home, lovely hosts. We don't want to leave, loved every second. Major points for being superb with (2yr old) Oscar!" Darren, Kimberley & Oscat the T-Rex!
"Ruthie indulged us with chitchat & allowed me to follow her around chatting over breakfast" Jill & Rod Schaffer, South Dakota USA.
"A lovely relaxing stay in such wonderful surroundings! Thank you for your hospitality & the lifts!" Karen & Luke Riichie, Devon
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September has been the month for weddings! Even the weather managed to be kind to our couples, with blue skies and fantastic photograph opportunities. Pictures to follow, eventually on the wedding page!
"Thank you so much .... for being the most wonderful hosts. We have had the most amazing wedding. It was beautiful." Sue and David Honeywill, who married at Lisle Combe in September.
'Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to use your home for what became a wedding that was a dream! Dianne and Kevin Wheeler also married at Lisle Combe in September
We have had a constant stream of visitors from near and far. Sharing our home can be challenging, but meeting such lovely folk is a bonus in this line of work, and we get to chat about life! In this day of technological communication Lisle Combe offers a step back from the immediacy of social media and a 'time out' for our guests to regroup!
"We wished it could have been longer - there surely is 'a magic in the distance, where the sea-line meets the sky,' because we discovered it here! so says Mary Montague from East Anglia.
Don't forget, we open our doors for our last Pop Up Pub of 2017 on Friday 20th October! A time to meet new and old friends and catch up after the hectic summer! We have live music from one of our returning B&B guests & now friend, Jim Mercer, with his unique bass guitar blues!