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FRESHWATER BAY - ISLE OF WIGHT

On this Discovery Tour we stay for seven nights at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight just a short ferry ride off the south coast. We enjoy the varied landscape the island has to offer, from towering chalk cliffs to pretty villages. Over time the island has been frequented by smugglers, poets and the royal family. Queen Victoria spent much time here at Osborne House and you will see why.

Highlights:

2017  Dates: One week tours start Saturdays  22 April, 15 July

Price in British pounds:  855.00 GBP  based on double occupancy.  (805 in April)
A few single rooms have no supplement, 
Non-member associate fee is 10 GBP per person


Accommodation:  

Freshwater Bay House dates from the 1790s and is a prominent local landmark, occupying a premier coastal location below the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down.  48 rooms have private ensuite bathroom, TV and hairdryer. Many have sea views.
The heated outdoor swimming pool is open from Easter to September. Freshwater Bay House sits in extensive gardens with steps down to the beach. Outside there is a putting green and a croquet lawn. The atmosphere is that of a private club.

Meals: All meals are included. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet. Lunch is a packed lunch. Dinner is a three course meal with a choice of four main courses including one vegetarian. Special diets can be catered to.

Itinerary:

Saturday: Arrival day check in from 2.30pm onwards. Afternoon tea at 4pm.

Sunday: Yarmouth & Freshwater
Stroll from the house following a village trail, viewing houses with literary connections such as Farringford House - the much-loved home of Alfred Lord Tennyson.  In the afternoon we visit Yarmouth or Fort Victoria with its numerous attractions, followed by a visit to Freshwater Church with many Tennyson connections.

Monday: Cowes & Osborne House
The focus today is on the islandís 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 islandís premier visitor attraction Ė Osborne House (English Heritage).

Tuesday: Isle of Wight Villages
Be charmed by the pretty village of Brighstone, followed by a lunch stop at historic Appuldurcombe House (English Heritage) with the change for a falconry display. Then explore the village of Godshill followed by a drive to the Ďfailedí medieval town of Newton and lovely Newtown Creek.

Wednesday:  Free day to explore the local area or to relax. 

Thursday: North East Wight
Modern Quarr Abbey has a fascinating history. Discover this, then we head to Ryde, for the opportunity to travel on both the Isle of Wight Railway (ex-London Underground rolling stock) and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. We then take the scenic route round Brading Haven, seeing the islandís only remaining windmill, with a brief stop at Brading. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Garlic Farm.

Friday: Along the South West Coast
Today we encounter much of the islandís spectacular coast scenery. Firstly, a drive along the islandís Military Road to visit sub-tropical Ventnor Botanic Gardens, then continue to the resort of Shanklin with its fascinating geology. We conclude our tour exploring the iconic Needles at the west end of the island.

Saturday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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