3-Night Isle of Wight Through a Lens
Our stunning country house is set on the cliffs overlooking Freshwater Bay – a great base from which to take coastal photos first thing in the morning as well as at sunset. Cameras at the ready, you’ll visit the Needles at the westerly tip of the island for your own take on this Isle of Wight icon. At Newtown you will find the island’s only National Nature Reserve; the wooden boardwalks provide a great focal point for shots across the salt marshes. The area is frequented by red squirrels; keep your camera handy and you might just snap one. There’s also time spent in Cowes to photograph the many yachts and the marshes of the Yar Valley for scenery and water birds.
- Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light compositions
- Be guided and encouraged by your professional HF Holidays Leader
- Visit the most inspirational vistas that surround the country house
- High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
- Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- All essential transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other modes of transport (e.g. boat)
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
On this photography holiday, you will be visiting a range of locations which all have something different to offer. With your Leader in tow, you will explore the local area through the lens of your camera, practising techniques and gaining an array of top tips along the way. The full day will be spent outdoors so be sure to bring your sturdy shoes! Dispersed throughout the week shall be opportunities to review photos with your Leader and the group if needed.
Come ready to capture a variety of settings and subjects such as hills and mountains, lakes or waterfalls, townscapes and more!
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Freshwater Bay House
Holidaying on the picturesque Isle of Wight doesn’t get any better than at Freshwater Bay House. Stood stop the island’s classic white cliffs and dominating the bay that it is named after, Freshwater Bay House has a gorgeous location. As well as 43 bedrooms, many decked out in blue and white printed wallpaper featuring foam-tipped waves breaking softly across the walls that act as a promise of the coastal scenery to come, there are three lounges and a friendly bar. Extensive gardens give on to the coast path, with a staircase that drops to the beach one way, while a path leads away across Tennyson Down towards the Needles in the other direction. If you’re experiencing some of the island’s plentiful sunshine (it averages around 2,000 hours a year), head to Alum Bay for coloured sands or Compton Bay for dinosaur footprints. Explore Carisbrooke Castle, stroll through Ventnor Botanic Gardens and keep an eye out for red squirrels in Borthwood Copse and America Wood.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms, many that come with sea views. They’re mostly spacious and chic, styled to acknowledge the house’s nautical connections but with a modern twist of dove greys, clean whites and contemporary furniture. With 43 bedrooms, Freshwater Bay House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: Rooms 19 and 20 on the first floor come with spectacular sea views out over the English Channel; Rooms 18 and 22 are sumptuous corner rooms with expansive views over both the bay and Tennyson Downs. If it’s a room with a view you’re after, ask for Room 24, a superb, spacious corner space with five large windows all overlooking the gardens and bay, with its own private sitting room to relax in. Request Room 39 on the second floor and you’ll get an attractive corner room complete with a bath to soak in after a day of coastal walking.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounges, library and board games to borrow
After a day walking on the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the extensive gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. If you’re visiting with children, turn them loose in the outdoor playground area or watch them splash in the large heated alfresco pool – there’s seating with sea views for you to enjoy a drink in too on a hot English summer’s day. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the three cosy lounges to read a book, play a board game or just hideaway; there’s a grand piano in one if you’re feeling musical. Head to the bar before dinner to perch on a tall stool with a perfect gin and tonic made with the Isle of Wight’s very own Mermaids Gin and a chance to catch up with your companions.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Freshwater Bay House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the light-filled dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
- Camera and a selection of lenses if you have them (e.g. wide-angle, telephoto, macro, etc.)
- Spare battery and charger
- Your camera's instruction manual
- Laptop for reviewing, editing and sharing photos - not essential but good to have!)
Other optional camera kit may include tripods, Neutral Density filters, waterproof coverings for your camera, a spare memory card or a laptop for reviewing and editing images. Please feel free to bring any other items you use which are additional to this list.
You will be outdoors for the majority of this holiday, walking up to three miles each day (with some ascent and descent) carrying your kit. Please be sure to bring suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy boots and waterproofs to contend with our changeable British weather!
David is a well known and established professional photographer. During his busy and extensive imaging career he has worked on assignments for all of the top UK newspapers and glossy magazines, as well as many leading worldwide publications. As well as leading photography holidays for HF Holidays, David gives photographic seminars and presentations. He also gives talks on historical subjects and is indeed a guest speaker at HF Holidays’ Country House on the Isle of Wight.
David made everyone feel they achieved something and went home having learnt something.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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27 Mar - 30 Mar
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