Isle of Wight Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Celebrate Christmas and New Year on the Isle of Wight

Code: FWXFW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Free WiFi
  • Meadows & hills
  • Twixmas & New Year

Level

  • 1
  • 2
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

More about difficulty levels

From £399.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

Holiday highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes and New Year celebrations
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

Price includes

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Freshwater Bay House in Isle of Wight

Freshwater Bay House boasts a beautiful cliff-top location overlooking the bay. Enjoy dramatic chalk cliffs, sandy beaches, picture-postcard villages and more from this wonderful island gem.

Freshwater Bay House has 48 bedrooms located in the main building and a cottage in the grounds. Many of the rooms have sea views, whilst others overlook the gardens and downs.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Welcoming bar with local beer
  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Three lounges with view across the bay
  • Dining room
  • Bar
  • Multi-purpose activity room with a Nintendo Wii
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
  • Range of broad games and books
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    (Open Easter to September)
  • Extensive gardens
  • Putting green and croquet lawn
  • Table football
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Outdoor playground for children
  • Outdoor games
  • Mini-golf

Dining

An example of Freshwater Bay evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our option evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

More details on Freshwater Bay accessibility

Additional information

  • The fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance with an evacuation are identified at this point and alternative door hangers are issued to help the team members identify them
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • All team members have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for and specialist food can be arranged with prior notice
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridges can be supplied for medication with prior notice.

Itinerary

Festive Walking at Freshwater Bay

Our House Manager and leaders are busy putting together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. Typically, easier walks are up to a maximum of 4 miles (6½km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km), while harder walks can be up to a maximum of 9 miles (14½km).

Shorwell and Carisbrooke Castle - Monday 24 December

The enttrance to Carisbrooke CastleThe easier walk today takes the shortest route of the three offered to Carisbrooke, making its way over Bowcombe Down before turning north to finish on the Shepherd’s Trail at the impressive castle. The medium walk starts in the pretty village of Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church and also follows the Shepherd’s Trail. The harder walk goes all the way up from the south coast to the castle via Shorwell (to pronounce and sound like a local, rhyme with coral).

Tennyson Down and Alum Bay - Tuesday 25 December

View over Freshwater Bay to Tennyson DownWe’ll build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner on some of the island’s very best cliff walks which start and finish on our doorstep. The easier walk makes its way onto the beautiful chalk downland of Tennyson Down, turning back at the Tennyson Monument, with its panoramic view stretching across the Solent to the mainland. The medium walk enjoys the same spectacular views but continues as far as Alum Bay, while the harder route heads first to Totland Bay to soak up its views before heading back via the Needles and Tennyson Down.

Calbourne to Freshwater Bay - Wednesday 26 December 

Two pheasants in the snowToday’s easier walk enjoys excellent views to the south of the island heading east through Brighstone, passing the Longstone (a Neolithic long barrow and ancient meeting point) and ending at Isle of Wight Pearl - claimed to be the largest collection of pearls under one roof - where we are picked up by return coach. The medium and harder walks both start from Calbourne, with its much photographed Winkle Street and walk back to the house via slightly different routes over the Downs.

The Yar Valley or the Tennyson Trail - Friday 28 December

Tranquil reedbeds of the yar EstuaryWalk beside the tidal River Yar to the historic town of Yarmouth with its bustling harbour and Tudor castle. The easier walk returns from here by coach, the medium returns on foot via the opposite side of the valley, and the harder strikes out from Yarmouth to the West Wight coast, returning inland through Freshwater village, at Colwell Chine.

Godshill and Appuldurcombe House - Saturday 29 December

Winter scene - path and treesFrom the village of Bonchurch the easier walk takes the coastal route through Ventnor finishing at Ventnor Botanic Gardens. The medium and harder walks start and finish in the picturesque village of Godshill and explore the rolling downs south of the village, passing the impressive ruins of Appuldurcombe House.

Shorwell and Carisbrooke Castle - Monday 31 December 

St Peter's church in the village of ShorwellThe easier walk today takes the shortest route of the three offered to Carisbrooke, making its way over Bowcombe Down before turning north to finish on the Shepherd’s Trail at the impressive castle. The medium walk starts in the pretty village of Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church and also follows the Shepherd’s Trail. The harder walk goes all the way up from the south coast to the castle via Shorwell (to pronounce and sound like a local, rhyme with coral).

Tennyson Down and Alum Bay - Tuesday 1 January

The Needles rocksWe will be traversing some of the island’s very best cliff walks which start and finish on our doorstep. The easier walk makes its way onto the beautiful chalk downland of Tennyson Down, turning around at the Tennyson Monument, with its panoramic view stretching across the Solent to the mainland. The medium walk heads off northwest to reach Totland and Alum bays with views of the majestic Needles before turning back and returning towards the house. The harder route stretches further north to Colwell Bay before joining the same route as the medium walk. 

Calbourne to Freshwater Bay - Wednesday 2 January 

Robin in the snowToday’s easier walk enjoys excellent views to the south of the island heading east through Brighstone, passing the Longstone (a neolithic long barrow and ancient meeting point) and ending at Isle of Wight Pearl - claimed to be the largest collection of pearls under one roof - where we are picked up by return coach. The medium and harder walks both start from Calbourne, with its much photographed Winkle Street and walk back to the house via slightly different routes over the Downs.

Local area

Discover the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a delightful haven away from the bustle of the mainland, easily reached by ferry. Broadly diamond shaped, the island is 25 miles long and 15 miles wide. This makes it ideally sized for a week’s walking and exploration.

Freshwater Bay
Freshwater Bay is a small semi-circular cove at the foot of the garden of Freshwater Bay House. There is a pebble beach here, or better sandy beaches approximately 3 miles away at Totland Bay or Colwell Bay. Shops and banks are located in Freshwater village, about 30 minutes’ walk away.

Sailing boats and ferry in Yarmouth harbourYarmouth
The small harbour town of Yarmouth is located 3 miles north of Freshwater Bay; either a 10 minutes drive, a pleasant 1 hour walk, or reached using the 'Needles Breezer' open-top bus. Yarmouth has a selection of small shops and pubs, and there's always a bustle of activity around the harbour. Yarmouth's Tudor castle is also worth a visit. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/yarmouth-castle/ 

Impressive frontage of Osborne HouseOsborne House
Queen Victoria’s island residence, managed by English Heritage, is located near East Cowes at the north of the island. Enjoy the lavish interiors and take time to explore the extensive grounds which slope down to the Solent. Osborne House is about 40 minutes drive from Freshwater Bay. During the main season (May to Sept) we offer an excursion to Osborne on most Wednesdays. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne/

Entrance to Carisbrooke CastleCarisbrooke Castle
A fine medieval castle situated near Newport in the heart of the island. The castle's most famous 'resident' was King Charles I, who was imprisoned here after the English Civil War. Walk around the impressive walls and visit the castle's famous well where donkeys are used to raise the water using a large treadmill. The castle is around 20 minutes' drive from freshwater Bay, and can also be reached direct using the number 12 bus. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/carisbrooke-castle/ 

Black steam locomotiveIsle of Wight Steam Railway
Step back in time and ride this vintage steam railway from Wootton to Smallbrook Junction. The railway has a particularly historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock, including many wooden 4-wheeled carriages dating from the the 19th Century. The main station is at Havenstreet where you'll also find a museum and the line's workshops. The steam railway is about 45 minutes' drive away, but can also be reached by local bus, via Newport. www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Blackgang Chine
This fantasy theme park is a big hit with children of all ages. Attractions include Cowboy village, 'Fantasyland', maze and the giant snakes and ladders. Adults may also enjoy the maritime exhibition and working sawmill. Blackgang is 20 minutes' drive from Freshwater Bay and in Summer can be reached using the 'Island Coaster' bus. www.blackgangchine.com

Ventnor Botanical Gardens
The island's rich climate enables Mediterranean plants to prosper. Enjoy magnificent floral displays and relaxing gardens. Ventnor is 30 minutes' drive from Freshwater Bay and in Summer can be reached using the 'Island Coaster' bus. www.botanic.co.uk

Travel

Travel to Freshwater Bay

Our address is: Freshwater Bay House, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight PO40 9RB

 Ferry

By ferry & transfer - great value!

We offer a reduced price ferry and transfer ticket - just £22 return for adults and £12 for children. This includes a foot passenger ticket for the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry, plus a connecting transfer to Freshwater Bay.

Our transfers operate every Saturday and Wednesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). These connect with the 1500 or 1600 ferries from Lymington. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Yarmouth in time to catch the 0845 or 1005 ferries to the mainland.

Book your tickets at least 7 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Lymington Pier on the mainland. This is immediately adjacent to the ferry terminal. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

 Ferry

By ferry:

The Lymington to Yarmouth ferry is the most convenient for Freshwater Bay - see www.wightlink.co.uk

Alternatively the Southampton to East Cowes ferry is often the cheapest option if you want to take your car to the Isle of Wight - see www.redfunnel.co.uk

Driving to us

By car:

From Yarmouth turn right out of the ferry terminal onto the A3054 and over the bridge across the River Yar. After 1 mile turn left down Pixley Hill, signposted to Freshwater Bay. At the double roundabout by the Co-op turn left onto the A3055 and follow this road to the seafront at Freshwater Bay. Turn right passing the Albion Hotel on the left. The entrance to Freshwater Bay House is beyond on your left.

Alternatively leave your car on the mainland and travel to the Isle of Wight as a foot passenger. There is a pay and display car park at Lymington Pier - price £8.20 per day. 

Travel by plane 

Travelling from overseas

If you're travelling from Europe the most convenient airport is at Southampton. From Southampton Airport Parkway station (adjacent to the airport terminal) there are regular trains to Lymington Pier - journey time 40 minutes). See www.nationalrail.co.uk for details.

For most guests, travelling to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airport is the best option. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for onward connections by train to Lymington Pier.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
23 Dec 2018 FWXFW - Festive Walking - Freshwater Bay 4 £715.00 £715.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2018 FWXFW - Festive Walking - Freshwater Bay 7 £989.00 £989.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 FWXFW - Festive Walking - Freshwater Bay 3 £399.00 £399.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 FWXFW - Festive Walking - Freshwater Bay 7 £919.00 £919.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2018 FWXFW - Festive Walking - Freshwater Bay 4 £665.00 £665.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2019 FWXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Freshwaterbay 4 £735.00 £735.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2019 FWXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Freshwaterbay 7 £995.00 £965.00 Save £30 per person Book Now
27 Dec 2019 FWXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Freshwaterbay 3 £415.00 £415.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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