7-Night Isle of Wight Discovery Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £1,189pp

Five days of guided sightseeing and one free day will reveal the wide array of things to see and do on the Isle of Wight. History through the ages is uncovered with visits to the Roman Villa at Brading, ancient Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s sumptuous summer residence. There are gardens to explore at Ventnor and Mottistone, and an interesting visit to Quarr Abbey – home to Benedictine monks. The relaxed pace of island life is enjoyed in quaint villages and the yachting capital of Cowes. The beautiful coast is a constant companion and can be enjoyed from the comforts of our cliff-top country house which overlooks the sweeping expanse of Freshwater Bay.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Osborne House – once home to Queen Victoria
  • Explore ancient Carisbrooke Castle
  • Enjoy the beauty of Ventnor’s famous Botanic Gardens
  • Gaze upon The Needles and explore Cowes

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

For 2022 departures, all admission costs are included on Discovery tours, including National Trust & English Heritage. 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Carisbrooke Castle sits in the centre of the island and we'll spend time exploring and learning about its history with time to climb the ramparts and meet the donkeys in the pumphouse who help pump water up from the well. In the afternoon, after stopping for a refreshing cuppa, it’s time to head for the peaceful gardens at Mottistone which surround an Elizabethan manor. Located in a sheltered valley, these enchanting gardens enjoy their own micro-climate. This means that the flowering season of familiar favourites is extended and plants usually associated with the Mediterranean region thrive. 


Today we enjoy the island’s spectacular coastal scenery starting with a scenic drive along the island’s Military Road. Running parallel with the island’s southern coast from Freshwater to Chale, it offers unbeatable views of the coast. The road takes us to Ventnor and a visit to its sub-tropical Botanic Gardens.  The gardens are split out into zones of the world so you can travel from New Zealand to the Mediterranean to Japan in a few paces!


Discover more about Freshwater Bay House and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Modern Quarr Abbey has a fascinating history. Discover this, then we'll head to Ryde, for the opportunity to travel on both the Isle of Wight Railway and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. We then take the scenic route around Brading Haven, seeing the island’s only remaining windmill, before rounding off the afternoon by visiting Brading Roman Villa, one of the finest Roman sites in the UK.


Be charmed by the pretty village of Brighstone, followed by a lunch stop at historic Appuldurcombe House before exploring the village of Godshill. From there we'll head to the Newtown Nature Reserve and take a stroll down to the quay-side of the salt-marsh nature reserve. 


The focus today is on the island’s royal connections. We head to West Cowes for a pleasant walk through Cowes across the floating bridge to East Cowes. The afternoon is spent at the island’s premier visitor attraction – Osborne House.


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 atop 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.

 

Rooms

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are en-suite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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, 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 (open in summer season) – 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 Mermaid 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. Food at Freshwater Bay House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Freshwater Bay House

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Essential Information

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera and drinks (at least 1 litre) during the day.

Please note: For 2022 departures, all admission costs are included on Discovery tours, including National Trust & English Heritage.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
02 Jul - 09 Jul 2022
7 Discovery Tour £1,189 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

7 nights from £1,189pp

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