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The Bugle Coaching Inn
The Bugle Coaching Inn

The Square, Yarmouth PO41 0NS

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Yarmouth Castle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fort Victoria …

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The Norfolk Royale Hotel
The Norfolk Royale Hotel

Richmond Hill, Bournemouth BH2 6EN

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Genting Casino Bournemouth and Bournemouth Internationa …

£62
per night
The Cumberland Hotel
The Cumberland Hotel

27 East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AF

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bournemouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth …

£41
per night
Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach

Marine Drive, New Milton BH25 7DZ

5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Barton-on-Sea inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Barton-on-Sea Golf Club, Sammy Miller Museum, and Sammy …

£70
per night
Bosuns Chair
Bosuns Chair

Station Street, Lymington SO41 3BA

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Lymington, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Lymington Sea Water Baths and St Barbe Museum. Spinners Garde …

£70
per night
Watersedge Guest House
Watersedge Guest House

10 Marine Drive West, New Milton BH25 7QH

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Barton-on-Sea, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Highcliffe Castle, Sammy Miller Museum, and Sammy …

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Village Hotel Bournemouth
Village Hotel Bournemouth

Wessex Fields, Deansleigh Road, Bournemouth BH7 7DZ

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Holdenhurst, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Littledown Sports Center and Altitude High Ropes …

£43
per night
Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel
Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel

South Baddesley Road, Lymington SO41 5ZB

4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Lymington hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lymington Sea Water Baths and St Barbe Museum. Spinners Garde …

£89
per night
The Green House
The Green House

4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bournemouth, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, …

£79
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The Crown Manor House Hotel
The Crown Manor House Hotel

High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7NF

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this historic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Forest Museum and Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary. …

£77
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Pocket Guide: West Wight Dimbola Lodge Hotels

Home to dramatic landscapes and inspiring views, it's no surprise the Isle of Wight is often thought of as an artistic haven. Before the famous Hendrix-centric Isle of Wight festivals of the 1960s and 1970s, the island was home to some earlier but similarly pioneering, artists. Julia Margaret Cameron, the Victorian photographer, made her home on the island between 1860 and 1875. Visitors staying in hotels near Freshwater Bay in the west of the island can now visit her home and studio at Dimbola Lodge.

A Dominating Sight

The idyllic beach at Freshwater Bay must have been quite a sight back in the late-19th Century, just as it is today. Arriving on the island in the early 1860, Cameron bought a pair of adjacent houses and chose to unite the two by building a central Gothic tower. The resulting building dominates this pretty cove, and is a demonstration of the considerable wealth of the photographer's family. The house was named Dimbola Lodge, after the family's coffee plantation in Sri Lanka.

An Artistic Centre

Today, the impressive home houses a vast collection of artistic works. In addition to the permanent collection of Cameron's own work, there are also displays of cameras and a changing exhibition feature the work of other photographic artists. Visitors can relax after looking around, by taking a tea, coffee or cake in the on-site tearoom.

Hotels near Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay - the setting for Dimbola Lodge - is located on the far western tip of the island. Close to the Needles, the area is popular with tourists, thus ensuring that many of the finest hotels on the Isle of Wight are nearby.

The Freshwater Bay House offers a particularly convenient location, overlooking the picturesque cove. In addition to direct beach access, the hotel provides a seasonal outdoor pool, on-site bar and a breakfast each morning.

Nearby Totland also houses a number of fine hotels, including the Wester Manor Bed and Breakfast, and the traditional Highland Inn. Alternatively, visitors can find a number of quaint places to stay in nearby Yarmouth, which offers regular ferry services to Lymington, on the mainland.

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