New for 2020

3-Night Learn to fly a drone in the Lake District Holiday

Man operating a drone with remote control. Dark silhouette against colorful sunset. Soft focus.
Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Photography Holidays
from £899pp £799pp

If you have never flown a drone before, and are interested in seeing the world from a new perspective, these holidays are for you. Over the course of the holiday, learn everything you need to know, to fly like a pro, and film like a pro, from expert, commercially-qualified drone pilots. With an emphasis on practical flying tuition, at hand-picked locations in Dorset and the Lake District, you will learn how to fly a drone safely and effectively, and how to capture spectacular images and video that will delight friends and family. There is no need to own a drone to come on these holidays. We provide best-in-class DJI drones, spare batteries, filters to get the most out of the camera, and everything else you need. We even have a waterproof drone we can fly if it rains. Or bring your own drone and our expert HF Holidays’ leaders will help you to get the best out of it. During the holiday, you will be given thorough tuition on the legislation around drones, and what the future of drones looks like: from delivering vital health supplies in Africa, to helping with Search and Rescue in the UK. You will see that once you understand the legislation, as a responsible drone pilot, there are literally 100,000s of spectacular places around the UK that you can fly a drone.

Holiday Highlights

  • Gain amazing views of stunning landscapes
  • For absolute beginners or those with limited experience
  • Try something totally different
  • We provide everything you need including best-in-class DJI drones. Or bring your own drone, and learn how to get the best from it
  • On most holidays we'll spend the majority of the day outdoors, either exploring by mini-coach or on foot
  • There will be informative daily talks from your HF Holidays’s leader on the legislation, future developments of drones

What’s included

  • 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)

Trip Notes

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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.


You'll enjoy trying your hand at flying one of our drones every day.  Our low ratio of one tutor and drone to every 4 guests means you have plenty of opportunity to learn with practical hands on experience.  There will also be daily talks on different aspects of drone usage and development.

Where we fly will be dependent on the weather.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Derwent Bank

Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other, beautiful Derwent Bank has been entrancing walkers since 1785. Extensive refurbishment and investment have seen this established walkers’ retreat transformed into a beautiful country house hotel perfect for people looking to explore the great outdoors. It’s also perfect for drinking in the views over a glass of something chilled on the terrace. With 41 bedrooms across the main house and garden rooms as well as a rustic ‘pod’ to sleep in, there’s plenty of space, along with a pretty orangery, large lounge and relaxed vibe. The lakeside land encompasses a formal garden, extensive lawns and mature trees. The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors and it’s all made super easy with walkers’ facilities from an inspiration point equipped with maps and route ideas to a boot room and drying space – this is the Lakes, after all. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away. Venture out from the house to head to the high peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn or stick to the lower slopes and lakes; Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes, Borrowdale and Buttermere are all within easy reach.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the stylish outhouse where there are eight garden rooms with exceptional views for stylish, laid-back Lake District accommodation. In the main house, we’d pick room 12 for the extra space and stunning views over the gardens and Derwentwater. Alternatively, ask for rooms 46, 47, 48 and 49 in the outhouse, all first-floor garden bedrooms with their own glass balcony looking over the ornate formal garden and with views of the lake. There’s easy access to the boot room and orangery too, making these rooms a must to stay in. If you’re after somewhere a little more unusual to stay overnight, there’s a ‘pod’ in the garden that offers extra privacy, sleeps up to four and gives you a great story to take away!

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.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, extensive garden, putting green, orangery, lounge and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Lake District, settle in at our country house. Walk the pretty gardens, pause on the pier that juts out in to Derwentwater and look for the boats and ferry that sail on the lake. Try your hand on the putting green or at croquet. Grab a drink and sit on the terrace above the sloping lawns. Indoors, the spectacular orangery with its superb views, is the ideal setting for a bit of peace and quiet, or sink into the sofas in the large, comfortable lounge. Head to the bar for a great local ale and a cracking conversation with fellow guests.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea and cakes 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 Derwent Bank is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to traditional Cumbrian fare from local river trout with samphire to a duo of local lamb. Look out for Eden Valley brie and red onion tart or Whinlatter Forest wild mushroom risotto. And to cap it all, Cumbrian sticky toffee pudding with English Lakes thunder and lightning ice cream.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

Derwent Bank hotel and Derwent Water area. Stills from drone.

Getting to Derwent Bank

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What to Bring

You will be outdoors for the majority of this holiday, walking up to one mile each day. Please be sure to bring suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy boots and waterproofs to contend with our changeable British weather!

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
08 May - 11 May Drone Photography £899 £799 Save £100 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Photography Holidays

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