Christmas & New Year Walking at Freshwater Bay

Isle of Wight

Code: FWXFW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Meadows & hills
  • Newly Refurbished
  • Twixmas & New Year

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
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Difficulty indicator

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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

More about difficulty levels

From £645.00 - 4 nights

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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

What’s included?

  • 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.

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Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Large double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Welcoming bar with local beer
• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Three lounges with view across the bay 
• Dining room
• Bar
• Dandelion Cafe
• 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

All 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

An example of Freshwater Bay evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just 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

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

The Walks programme

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:
Easier: up to a maximum of 4 miles (6.5km)
Medium: up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km)


Christmas – Festive Guided Walking

Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve

The easier walk today takes the shortest route of the three offered to reach 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).


Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas Day

We’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 around 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.

When you return to Freshwater Bay there will be presents under the Christmas tree before our Christmas lunch. Our celebration Christmas dinner is the highlight of the evening - enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer.


Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day

Today’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 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.


Wednesday 28 December 2016

Walk 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.


Thursday 29 December 2016

We all head east towards Ventnor today. From the village of Bonchurch the easier walk explores the rolling downs south of Godshill village, the highlight of which is the impressive ruins of Appuldurcombe House finishing at Ventnor Botanic Garden. The medium circuit passes Appuldurcombe House on the way onto Stenbury Down. The harder walk runs along the spine of the island from Carisbrooke Castle to Freshwater Bay. We’ll cross the hills to Shorewell and then follow the Tennyson Trail along the top of the chalk downs with extensive views throughout, finishing back at Godshill.


New Year – Festive Guided Walking

Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve

We all head east towards Ventnor today. From the village of Bonchurch the easier walk explores the rolling downs south of Godshill village, the highlight of which is the impressive ruins of Appuldurcombe House finishing at Ventnor Botanic Garden. The medium circuit passes Appuldurcombe House on the way onto Stenbury Down. The harder walk runs along the spine of the island from Carisbrooke Castle to Freshwater Bay. We’ll cross the hills to Shorewell and then follow the Tennyson Trail along the top of the chalk downs with extensive views throughout, finishing back at Godshill.

In the evening, join our fellow guests for a fantastic celebration dinner to welcome the new year – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.


Sunday 1 January 2017

We 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 and 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 routes stretches further north to Colwell bay before joining the same route as the medium walk.


Monday 2 January 2017

Today’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 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 £20 return for adults and £10 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, 1600 and 1700 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 by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.

 Ferry heading to the Isle of Wight

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).

Train at Lymington Pier station 

 Ferry

By ferry:

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

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

 Ferry heading to the Isle of Wight

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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Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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