Glamping sites: Five of the best our Island has to offer

In this time of austerity with more people choosing to holiday nearer home – 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 best the Isle of Wight has to offer…

The Really Green Holiday Company

Don’t let the name put you off just because its green doesn’t mean they scrimp on the creature comforts. Located near Freshwater on the West side of the Island, The Really Green Holiday Company offers yurts set in stunning surrounds on an organic farm.

With bright bunting fluttering, four poster beds beckoning and individual braziers calling to be lit outside every yurt, this is the epitome of comfort camping. On site facilities include a vast communal cooking tent and compost loos and solar showers. 

Nodes Point to the Priory Bay Hotel

Rock up and pitch your tent at Nodes Point Holiday Park in St Helens on the Island’s most easterly point and enjoy the usual benefits of a British camping holiday; brightly coloured pool with mini slides, pony rides on site and a beach within stumbling distance of your tent. 'But where’s the glamour?' I hear you ask – well here’s the trick… one day just before lunch disappear into your tent and put on your glad-rags – then stroll along the beach to the north until you come to the Priory Bay Hotel’s private beach just round the corner.

Make your way up the winding path to this stunning country house hotel and take a table on their terrace looking out over the lawns and nine hole golf course to the glistening sea beyond. Order a glass of something bubbly and sample their exquisite menu made using the finest local produce. Sit back, relax and watch the world go by (you are sure to be treated to the site of guests arriving for lunch by helicopter as they land on the hotel’s helipad). Maybe after lunch a quick game of croquet is in order before meandering back along the beach to your tent for a little afternoon siesta. Perfect!

Isle of Wight Camper Van Holidays

Here is possibly 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: Bullet Trailer

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 Lodges, Tapnell Park Farm

Originally just five safari type lodges, Tom’s Eco Lodges has grown and evolved into the ultimate glamping location, offering lodges, cabins & pods. 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 and two Wigwam Pods – all fully insulated and thus offering year round glamping.  Located at Tapnell Park Farm, a 400 acre dairy farm and the Island's newest visitor attraction, Tom’s Eco Lodges are at the foot of Tennyson Down in West Wight and have far reaching views across the Solent to the mainland beyond – now you can’t get more glamorous than that.  Check Availability

Alix Robinson

27 May 2016

By Alix Robinson in Articles