We’re visiting an unexpected architectural gem on the Isle of Wight now – Quarr Abbey.
It’s proper title – Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr – is a monastery that is home to a small group of Benedictine monks.
Construction on the abbey started in 1911 and it was consecrated on October 12, 1912.
The abbey itself is a gorgeous chunk of red brick that feels more at home in mainland Europe which makes sense as the original monks were exiles from France.
I love the way that the brick glows under the early sunshine and contrasts with the spiky palms that add a more Mediterranean feel to the scene.
There’s a wonderful walled garden that provides fresh fruit and veg for the tearooms and farm shop as well as the ruins of a far older abbey as well.
Definitely worth a potter around for an hour or so. You can learn lots more about the abbey here.