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Albion Hotel
Albion Hotel

Gate Lane, Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9RA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Located in Freshwater Bay, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Agnes Church and Dimbola Lodge. Afton Park and The …

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The Bugle Coaching Inn
The Bugle Coaching Inn

The Square, Yarmouth PO41 0NS

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (120 reviews)

Located in West Wight, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Yarmouth Castle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fort Victoria Country Par …

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South Lawn Hotel
South Lawn Hotel

Lymington Road, Lymington SO41 0RF

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (29 reviews)

Located in Milford on Sea, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Braxton Gardens and within 3 mi (5 km) of New Forest National …

£65
Britannia House
Britannia House

Station Street, Lymington SO41 3BA

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in New Forest, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Lymington Sea Water Baths and within 3 mi (5 km) of …

£109
Castle Lodge Guest House
Castle Lodge Guest House

54 Castle Road, Newport PO30 1DP

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (60 reviews)

Situated in Newport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carisbrooke Castle, St. Thomas Church, and Quay Arts. Seaclos …

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Newport Quay Bed and Breakfast
Newport Quay Bed and Breakfast

41 Quay Street, Newport PO30 5BA

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Situated in Newport, this bed & breakfast is steps from Quay Arts and St. Thomas Church. Seaclose Park and Carisbrooke Castle …

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The Montagu Arms Hotel
The Montagu Arms Hotel

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZL

4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Located in Beaulieu, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Beaulieu Abbey and Beaulieu National Motor Museum. St. Nicholas …

£127
Balmer Lawn Hotel
Balmer Lawn Hotel

Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZB

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (93 reviews)

This family-friendly Brockenhurst hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Brockenhurst College and …

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Mimosa Lodge
Mimosa Lodge

59 Baring Road, Cowes PO31 8DW

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4.9 out of 5 (25 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Cowes Beach and Island Sailing Club. Cowes Harbour an …

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Villa Rothsay Hotel
Villa Rothsay Hotel

29, Baring Road, Cowes PO31 8DF

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (14 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cowes Beach and Island Sailing Club. Cowes Harbour and …

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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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