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The Christchurch Harbour Hotel And Spa

The Christchurch Harbour Hotel And Spa

95 Mudeford, Christchurch
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 days ago
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Located in Mudeford, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Christchurch Harbour and Mudeford Quay. Prototype Bailey Bridge and Christchurch Castle are ...

£92

£92
The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms

18 Castle Street, Christchurch
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
1 others viewing this property now

Situated in Christchurch, this hotel is steps away from Christchurch Castle, Regent Centre and Red House Museum and Gardens. Christchurch Priory and Christchurch ...

£63

£63
Captains Club Hotel

Captains Club Hotel

Wick Lane, Christchurch
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
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Situated on the riverwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Red House Museum and Gardens, Christchurch Priory and Regent Centre. Christchurch ...

£99

£99
Rhinefield House Hotel

Rhinefield House Hotel

Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 17 hours ago

Situated in Brockenhurst, this spa hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from New Forest and within 6 miles (10 km) of Brockenhurst College and St. Nicholas Church. Brockenhurst ...

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The Bugle Coaching Inn

The Bugle Coaching Inn

The Square, Yarmouth
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago

Situated in the historical district, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Yarmouth Castle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Victoria Country Park and Dimbola Lodge. ...

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The Lord Bute Hotel & Restaurant

The Lord Bute Hotel & Restaurant

181-185 Lymington Road, Christchurch
5.0 out of 5.0

This guesthouse is located in Christchurch (Highcliffe-on-Sea), close to the beach, Highcliffe Castle, Mudeford Quay and Christchurch Harbour. Local attractions ...

£98

£98
Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel

Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel

South Baddesley Road, Lymington
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago
1 others viewing this property now

Set in Lymington, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Yarmouth Castle, Fort Victoria Country Park and Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club. St. Nicholas ...

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Albion Hotel

Albion Hotel

Gate Lane, Freshwater Bay, Freshwater
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Freshwater Bay, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Dimbola Lodge and within 3 miles (5 km) of Tennyson Down and The Needles Park. Fort Victoria Country ...

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Careys Manor & Senspa

Careys Manor & Senspa

Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 19 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now

Located in the heart of Brockenhurst, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockenhurst College, St. Nicholas Church and Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club. New ...

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North House

North House

30-32 Sun Hill, Cowes
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 days ago
3 others viewing this property now

Situated in Cowes, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Island Sailing Club and Cowes Beach. Osborne House is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

£79

£79

Pocket Guide: Dimbola Lodge 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.