4-Night Isle of Wight Self-Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £375pp £290pp

Away from mainland England, the Isle of Wight is the perfect location for peaceful walks and a more relaxed pace of life. Freshwater Bay House - our 4-star country house - is located right on the coast with sweeping views over Freshwater Bay and up to Tennyson Down. The house is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts with several walking routes starting right from the front door. The island boasts an 85-mile coastline, filled with sandy beaches, dramatic white cliffs and well-known highlights such as The Needles, Alum Bay and Ventnor Botanical Gardens. This holiday island is ideal for self-guided walking and sightseeing. Back at Freshwater Bay House, you can enjoy hearty food and sea views from the lounge and dining room.

Holiday Highlights

  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions, for exploring the local area
  • Head out on any of our walks to discover the varied beauty of the Isle of Wight on foot
  • Admire panoramic views from dramatic cliff top coastal paths or along the lush Undercliff
  • Visit enchanting villages and beautiful unspoilt beaches
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Island's history 
  • Get some fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland 
  • Explore the island by bike
  • Visit Queen Victoria's Osborne House
  • Spend the day at the beach
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The use of our Discovery Point to plan your walks – maps and route notes available

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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


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

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

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

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.

 

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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – 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 – 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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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
24 Aug - 28 Aug
4 Self-Guided £469 £359 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
01 Sep - 05 Sep
4 Self-Guided £359 Available Trip Notes Book Now
08 Sep - 12 Sep
4 Self-Guided £469 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
15 Sep - 19 Sep
4 Self-Guided £469 £419 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
28 Sep - 02 Oct
4 Self-Guided £425 £355 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
05 Oct - 09 Oct
4 Self-Guided £425 £385 Save £40 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
12 Oct - 16 Oct
4 Self-Guided £425 £385 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
19 Oct - 23 Oct
4 Self-Guided £425 £385 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
26 Oct - 30 Oct
4 Self-Guided £425 £365 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
02 Nov - 06 Nov
4 Self-Guided £359 £299 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
09 Nov - 13 Nov
4 Self-Guided £359 £299 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
2021
08 Mar - 12 Mar
4 Self-Guided £375 £290 Save £85 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
15 Mar - 19 Mar
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22 Mar - 26 Mar
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29 Mar - 02 Apr
4 Self-Guided £439 £354 Save £85 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
12 Apr - 16 Apr
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04 May - 08 May
4 Self-Guided £495 £445 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
11 May - 15 May
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18 May - 22 May
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25 May - 29 May
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01 Jun - 05 Jun
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08 Jun - 12 Jun
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15 Jun - 19 Jun
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22 Jun - 26 Jun
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29 Jun - 03 Jul
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06 Jul - 10 Jul
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13 Jul - 17 Jul
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20 Jul - 24 Jul
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27 Jul - 31 Jul
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24 Aug - 28 Aug
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31 Aug - 04 Sep
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07 Sep - 11 Sep
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14 Sep - 18 Sep
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21 Sep - 25 Sep
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04 Oct - 08 Oct
4 Self-Guided £439 £354 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
11 Oct - 15 Oct
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18 Oct - 22 Oct
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25 Oct - 29 Oct
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01 Nov - 05 Nov
4 Self-Guided £375 £290 Save £85 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
08 Nov - 12 Nov
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15 Nov - 19 Nov
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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

4 nights from £375pp £290pp

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