4-Night Exmoor Through a Lens
Explore the charming villages surrounding Selworthy which are full of character and charm. Traditional thatched cottages, pretty gardens and village greens will help create your own ‘picture postcards’. Work out how best to capture the grandeur of Dunster Castle and the winding streets of Watchet. Test your skills on the bay at Minehead or try your hand at photographing the steam trains on the West Somerset Railway. The Valley of Rocks near Lynton will produce some beautiful coastal scenes; wild goats provide a nice subject for the foreground. There are photographic opportunities to suit all interests, with plenty of scope to practise different techniques.
- Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light compositions
- Be guided and encouraged by your professional HF Holidays Leader
- Visit the most inspirational vistas that surround the country house
- 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)
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.
On this photography holiday, you will be visiting a range of locations which all have something different to offer. With your Leader in tow, you will explore the local area through the lens of your camera, practising techniques and gaining an array of top tips along the way. The full day will be spent outdoors so be sure to bring your sturdy shoes! Dispersed throughout the week shall be opportunities to review photos with your Leader and the group if needed.
Come ready to capture a variety of settings and subjects such as hills and mountains, lakes or waterfalls, townscapes and more!
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1, 4 or 9 to feel suitably special.
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.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow
After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. Take a dip in the large heated outdoor pool. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate.
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 Holnicote House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the wood panelled dining room with its giant fireplace hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try classic Porlock oysters or Priddy Oggies, a local pasty of chicken, bacon and cheese. Mains might include Exmoor venison or Bellbrook valley trout, while you could cap it all with a Somerset apple cake, dressed with cream.
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What to Bring
- Camera and a selection of lenses if you have them (e.g. wide-angle, telephoto, macro, etc.)
- Spare battery and charger
- Your camera's instruction manual
- Laptop for reviewing, editing and sharing photos - not essential but good to have!)
Other optional camera kit may include tripods, Neutral Density filters, waterproof coverings for your camera, a spare memory card or a laptop for reviewing and editing images. Please feel free to bring any other items you use which are additional to this list.
You will be outdoors for the majority of this holiday, walking up to three miles each day (with some ascent and descent) carrying your kit. Please be sure to bring suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy boots and waterproofs to contend with our changeable British weather!
Graham has been a full time professional photographer since 1977 and is based on the southern edge of the Cotswolds and a qualified member of The British Institute of Professional Photography. Over the years he has been commissioned to photograph royal events through to countless weddings, family portraits, commercial photography and has lead numerous courses in photography both at home and overseas. He is a tutor for a distance learning Diploma in Professional Photography and the author of a book 'The Wonder and Beauty of Westonbirt', the National Arboretum. In addition to this Graham regularly takes on commercial assignments for a variety of clients as well as personal tuition in photography. His work has been used around the world in a variety of publications. He believes photography should be fun and he aims to encourage his students to appreciate all they observe and see how they might record it in an imaginative and creative way.
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