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Albion Hotel
Albion Hotel

Gate Lane, Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9RA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (18 reviews)

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

£38
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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Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel
Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel

South Baddesley Road, Lymington SO41 5ZB

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (115 reviews)

This family-friendly Lymington hotel is located in New Forest, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lymington Sea Water Baths, Spinners …

£79
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 …

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The Manor at Sway
The Manor at Sway

The Manor at Sway, Lymington SO41 6BA

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Sway, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Brockenhurst …

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Hewitt's House Hotel
Hewitt's House Hotel

Lugley Street, Newport PO30 5ET

3.0 out of 5.0
1 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Newport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Thomas Church and Quay Arts. Seaclose Park and Carisbrook …

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The Stag
The Stag

2 Cowes Road, Newport PO30 5TW

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (68 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Thomas Church, Quay Arts, and Seaclose Park. Cowes …

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Bank Cottage B&B
Bank Cottage B&B

Dodnor Lane, Newport PO30 5TD

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

Situated in Newport, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of St. Thomas Church, Quay Arts, and Seaclose Park. …

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East Close Hotel
East Close Hotel

Lyndhurst Road, Christchurch BH23 7EF

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Located in New Forest, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, Sammy Miller Museum, and Highcliff …

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Broadlands Gate
Broadlands Gate

Broadlands Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7SX

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

Located in New Forest, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brockenhurst College, SenSpa at Careys Manor Hotel, an …

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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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