Nestled among the apple blossom at The Apple Farm near Freshwater on the Isle of Wight is a truly green type of camping experience. Standing proud amongst the long grass the yurts are an exotic statement in such a quintessentially British setting.
The Really Green Holiday Company is the brainchild of Alison Martin and Anthony Davies who saw an unfilled niche in the market offering 100% green holidays where everything is composted, recycled, renewable and back to basics. But there is nothing basic about the accommodation on offer. The yurts, which sleep up to 5 people, are furnished to a high standard with solid floors, rugs, wood burning stoves, an array of candles and lanterns and even a four poster bed in one … they are a home from home.
Outside guests can reconnect with their roots, enjoying cooking on open fires (there is a basket brassier outside each yurt), and the ‘Dome’ communal area provides comprehensive cooking facilities. The brassiers have a barbecue shelf that can be put on for cooking ‘at home’ and for those not wanting to brave the brassiers there is a café on site serving a wonderful selection of snacks and meals. Facilities on site don’t end there, based on a working apple orchard and nursery, The Apple Farm also has its own farm shop selling local produce and fairtrade goods.
Back among the blossom the compost loos and solar shower are a real treat – a cross between an old fashioned bathing hut and a Bali beach shack, they stand high above the grass, and despite their quirky appearance their function is all practicality, with the loo helping to fertilise the orchard and the shower doubling as a mini sauna. Camping with extras is definitely the message here, with breakfast available daily in your tent.
Whether planning to explore the West Wight or just kick back and relax with nature, this is camping without the hassle of having to bring anything with you – except maybe some walking boots and a good book.
A low season midweek 4 night break in a 16ft yurt costs from £175 or from £195 in an 18ft yurt.