Top Five Places to Stay in 2019

There are so many lovely places to stay on the Isle of Wight, whether you want to be in the lap of luxury, go it alone or fancy something a little bit different from the ordinary. We have been keeping up with what’s new and what’s trending for you and have pulled together these top five suggestions for 2019. 



For an adventure in the country with far reaching views across the fields to the white chalk cliffs at Freshwater and the sea glistening in the distance as the sun goes down, it has to be Tom’s Eco Lodges at Tapnell Farm.

You could stay in one of their original safari style tents (some with hot tubs) which have several rooms, rugs, wood burner and bunting. Or try a wood cabin sleeping up to 8 with hot tub, a modulog sleeping up to 6 with wood fired hot tub or a snug wigwam pod for a romantic getaway. Get your eggs from the hen house in the morning, and pick up essentials from the well-stocked honesty shed.

There’s the award winning Cow Co restaurant on site and Tapnell Park Farm with its animals and activities to keep the kids amused for hours. Plus Isle of Wight Adventure Activities are based here with loads of great ideas for enjoying the great outdoors.



The Nightingale Hotel in Shanklin is the Island’s very first gothic hotel. Perched on the cliff at the Shanklin Chine end, you won’t miss it as it has an amazing black and red themed mural covering the outside of the hotel, with eyes looking out from the walls along with immortal pop stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Amy Winehouse.

Inside the dining room and lounges are decidedly gothic, with black, gold and burgundy the colours favoured, black net curtains, skulls on the soft furnishings and a coffin for a coffee table. Lovers of the gothic will feel right at home inside its sumptuous interior, and you can even book their very indulgent Victorian gothic bedroom suite with carved wooden bed and roll top bath in the middle of the room. The owners host gothic themed burlesque evenings at the hotel, and also run a Gothic Circus. Several rooms have superb sea views and surprisingly brightly themed décor, although more gothic rooms are planned…



Small and perfectly formed, Tiny Home Holidays have three beautifully built holiday homes that are all original and unique.  Eilidh has light pouring in through the windows in the roof and glass doors to the front, Hygge is black and has a wonky slanted roof with cosy Scandi styling and Silva is an A framed house with wooden cladding and all have outside decked seating areas with BBQ. 

Each Tiny Home has a lovely Charnwood wood burning stove, the kitchens all have a cooker, hob, fridge with icebox and plenty of kit and the bathroom has a shower and WC – composting of course!  Not only are these cute little homes ecologically green in impact, with solar cells for power and compost toilets, but you are bang smack opposite one of the island’s largest forests where you can take long walks through the trees. Plus you can learn eco skills such as willow weaving and candle making at their on-site studio.



Voted the top spot on the ‘Most Instagrammable Cottages in the UK’ list by Snaptrip, Marine Villa is much more than just a cottage – in fact it’s a large elegant art-deco mansion overlooking Sandown Bay from its clifftop setting.

Built in the 1920's, this building maintains glorious original features, including huge shimmering garden water features, statues and stained glass windows that frame the striking coastal vistas reaching out to Culver Cliff. With its green tiled roof and bright white stucco exterior, once inside you are transported back to an era of grand pianos, wood panelling and softly reflected light through the stained glass windows.

For entertaining on a grand scale there’s a huge lounge area and magnificent dining table seating up to 22 people. But it is self-catering – unless you bring the staff with you!



With 180 degree views of the sea from its lofty position on the clifftop, Haven Hall is the newest hotel on the Island and probably the most private, with black and gold ironwork gated entrance.

But once inside you are in a haven of tranquillity, with sweeping gardens inspired by Lutyens, grass tennis courts and outdoor heated pool. All rooms are individually and lovingly designed and decorated by the owners to a top end yet comfortable style, and patios and lounges look out over the sea.

The top penthouse with round window is something rather special, as is the honeymoon suite where you can look out over the bay from your bath. Colin Firth and his family have stayed here for the past two summers, as have Peter Crouch and wife Abbey Clancy. You can stay on a bed and breakfast basis or in one of the six self-catering apartments, or hire the whole hotel with staff.

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28 December 2018

By Jo Macaulay in Articles