Isle of Wight Glamping Sites: 5 of the Best

With more people choosing to holiday nearer home, and a rise in outdoor adventurers swapping hotel ceilings for sleeping under canvas and the stars – Glamping, or glamorous camping is taking the Island by storm. Essentially this new fad offers all the joys of camping; the closeness with nature and the great outdoors, time to enjoy the simpler pleasures and relax with family or friends, but with one big difference – no smelly sleeping bags on hard ground or sodden tents. Now is the time to experience the joys of bell tents, yurts, four-poster beds or vintage trailers.

Here are five of the most Unique Places to Stay the Isle of Wight has to offer…

Glamping the Wight Way

Located near Freshwater on the West side of the Island, Glamping the Wight Way offer some of the most stunningly finished Safari Tents you're likely to find anywhere in the UK.

With three spacious bedrooms, kitchen, living area, two toilets and even a free standing bath in every lodge, you won't run out of home comforts on your holiday. Couple that with the gorgeous countryside and river views, and you've got an amazing off-grid experience!

The Garlic Farm Yurts

The Garlic Farm’s Yurts have all been handmade on the Isle of Wight, and sit in a private field up behind the main farm. They're perfect for couples and small families of 4 but can sleep up to 6 at a push.

Each of the yurts comes with a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom. You also get flushing toilets, hot and cold running water and wood burning stoves, so needn’t sacrifice any of those home comforts during your stay – whatever time of the year you visit

Location wise, you sit on the doorstep of one of the Island’s best-known food destinations, with the Garlic Farm café and shop, both packed with endless goodies for garlic lovers. There is also a beautiful valley surrounding the farm which is great for exploring, with plenty of walking and cycling trails nearby.

Isle of Wight Camper Van Holidays

Isle of Wight Camper Van Holidays offer the best of all world’s for the itchy footed glamper. Original VW vans full of character, riotous in colour and boasting all the mod cons – even somewhere to plug in your iPod! They are equipped with everything you’ll need during your holiday including cooker, fridge, sink, double bed and two pop up top bunks suitable for children. Each van includes a hamper of Isle of Wight products to start off your holiday and all fresh linen and towels are also included.

Taking a VW Camper holiday on the Isle of Wight allows you to take life at your own pace and visit an array of different locations and campsites like a modern day gypsy if you will. This is glamping on the move.

Vintage Vacations: Airstream Caravans

Try out one of Vintage Vacations 11 American trailers for something extra glam this year! These polished silver beauties will take you straight back to the 1960’s and their retro chic extends from the aluminum exterior to the cosy interiors resplendent in Formica, crochet and even fuzzy felt. There is no skimping on the luxuries either with full size cookers, sinks and showers.

The ultimate in posh pitches, the Vintage Vacations campsite is located near Ryde on the East of the Island, with beautiful views over to Brading Down. Home to 14 vintage caravans (11 American, two Brit and one French) facilities include separate shower facilities, 'proper' toilets, BBQ's and log burners and Shop-in-a-shed (from which they offer breakfast packs). 

Tom’s Eco Lodge

Originally just five safari type lodges, Tom’s Eco Lodge has grown and evolved into the ultimate glamping location, offering Safari Tents, Wood Cabins, Pods, Modulogs and even a Dome Meadow! The Safari Tents are beautifully kitted out, each has a wood burning stove, wooden floors, extremely comfy beds – and yes, your very own flushing toilet and private hot shower, not to mention all the other bits thrown in such as bed linen, cutlery and crockery, a BBQ and campfire.

Tents 1 & 5 even include an outdoor wood fired hot tub – but fear not they also offer add on packages for the other accommodation if you want to hire a hot tub for your stay! Nestled nearby are two Wood Cabins (with electric spa hot tubs) and two Wigwam Pods – all fully insulated and thus offering year round glamping. The recently added Modulogs are as luxurious as they are unique, and the Dome Meadow opens up to some of the best views at the farm. Located at Tapnell Farm, a former dairy farm which now boasts one of the Island's largest family attractions (Tapnell Farm Park) and popular restaurants (The Cow).

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18 October 2019

By Alix Robinson in Articles