Isle of Wight Members' Break

Isle of Wight in summer
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking

Our Members’ only Breaks are ideal if you fancy a few days away at a great price. To keep the price as low as possible these breaks don’t include guided walks – during your stay you may wish to try one of our self-guided routes, explore the local area independently, maybe visit friends or family, or just relax and enjoy a good book in the comforts of our country house. There’ll be an HF Holidays' leader in residence, to offer advice on local walks, and to organise activities in the evenings.

What’s included

  • Best Prices: Members' Breaks are offered at a specially discounted price exclusively for HF Members
  • Great Value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation at our country houses, advice on where to walk and free use of the full range of note cards and maps at our well-stocked Discovery Point, for local routes that don't require any additional transport to trails further afield
  • Sociability: as the breaks are Members only, this gives Members a great opportunity to meet and share stories

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Freshwater Bay House - the starting point for your outdoor adventure. 

You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not visit Queen Victoria's Osborne House or spend a day on the beach. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.


During your stay at Freshwater Bay you can enjoy the following recommended routes:

Laid back walks

Enjoy some relaxed, peaceful walks along the coast, see some well-known landmarks or visit the quaint villages in the Isle of Wight.

  • Alum Bay to the Needles - 2 miles
  • Tennyson Monument - 3 miles
  • St Catherine's Down - 3 miles
  • Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay - 3 miles
  • Freshwater Bay to Yarmouth - 3 miles
  • Alum Bay to Freshwater Bay via the Needles - 3 miles

Leg stretcher walks

Some longer walks on inland and coastal paths. Experience the true flavour of the island as you follow these varied routes.

  • Compton Bay - 5 miles
  • The Pepperpot & Gore Cliff - 5 miles
  • St Boniface Down - 5 miles
  • Compton Down - 7 miles
  • West Yar Valley - 7 miles
  • The Needles - 7 miles

Full on walks

For those who love to stride out with some longer routes following the coastal path and inland trails.

  • Shorwell to Freshwater Bay - 8 miles
  • Shorwell to Freshwater Bay via the Coast - 10 miles
  • Tennyson Trail - 10 miles
  • West Wight Circuit - 12 miles
  • Brighstone and SW Coast - 13 miles
  • Wight's Highest Hills - 15 miles

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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 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 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 (closed for 2020) – 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.

Accessibility

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

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