Quirky Stays for Couples
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all with the one you love, but you might want something a bit different and more secluded than a hotel room. We’ve selected a few quirky options on the Isle of Wight that might appeal to you.
Great for Twitchers
A romantic hideaway overlooking the RSPB bird reserve of Brading marshes, the Lodge on the Marsh is in the large pretty garden of the former signal man’s house on the now defunct Brading to Bembridge branch line. With a cosy, vintage vibe, the green painted lodge has a lounge with kitchenette, double bedroom and shower room and a verandah overlooking the garden and marshes, shaded by a huge mimosa tree. You’re in the grounds of owners George and Juliet Bristow’s home, but quite secluded – the garden is full of flowers in the spring and summer and dogs are welcome. Across the lawn sits a bird-hide for you to use looking out over the marshes, and binoculars and bird books for avid and amateur twitchers. The marshes are renowned for their wealth of bird life that includes nesting lapwings, buzzards, little egrets, green woodpeckers and marsh harriers and hobbies. A path leads across the former sea wall through the marshes to Centurion Copse where you will find hosts of wild flowers and may glimpse red squirrels.
A former RAF helicopter complete with rotor blades and instrument dials, this Westland Wessex whirly bird has been lovingly converted into a holiday home by Stewart Dungey at Windmill Campersite in Carisbrooke. The two of you can sit in the cockpit and sip Champagne as he’s installed bottle and glass holders. A small airstream has been added on one side, with state of the art kitchen, dining area and cloakroom. From here a corridor leads into the helicopter fuselage, which houses a seating area and a very small bedroom in the tail. The master bedroom is in another caravan annex and has a domed cockpit for lying in bed looking at the stars. All resplendent in camouflage paintwork, ‘Gallahad’ the helicopter has a landing pad themed patio and is opposite the ‘Showershack’ – another unique invention with ‘sexy music’ and huge showering area. This site has to be seen to be believed and it’s in an idyllic location behind Carisbrooke Castle with great views of the castle and surrounding countryside.
Fairytale for Two
Cute and romantic, think Lord of the Rings meets Robinson Crusoe, Woodside Bay has two treehouses for couples with wooden shingle cladding, gothic shaped windows and rustic wooden stairs up to their front doors. ‘Firestone’ is right on the bottom edge of the holiday park and ‘Brighstone’ is just slightly further up toward the facilities that include a restaurant, gym and spa. Each treehouse has its own hot tub on a platform half way up the winding steps to the front door where there’s another little balcony with table, chairs and hanging wicker seat. Inside is king size bed beneath a boat styled canopy, a kitchen area and a good sized wet-room style bathroom with copper bowl sinks. Everything in the treehouse is curved – even the widescreen TV opposite the bed, and there’s a log burner for chilly evenings. In ‘Firestone’ you’re much more secluded and right on the edge of the woodland that skirts the beach - you have a code for the gate that leads from your treehouse to the beach path so that nobody else can disturb you.
On the Water
Pretty pale blue ‘Houseboat Harbour View’ in Bembridge Harbour has three double B&B rooms with en suite bathrooms, and the use of a large shared lounge/kitchen/dining room with harbour views leading to a balcony overlooking the water. There’s a light nautical feel to the interior and views to the pretty rear garden from rooms ‘Eve’ and ‘Don’, which has a small decked seating area to the rear of the boat. But the master suite, ‘Diana’, has the real wow factor as the bedroom and seating area have great views of the harbour, there’s a two person Jacuzzi bath and superking (6ft) bed and it has its own private balcony overlooking the water. Set within an eclectic group of houseboats that skirt the harbour, there’s a surprising amount of room on this three storey houseboat - the owners Tony and Diane live in the ‘basement’ within the hull. There’s also Heyvon, a one bedroom self-catering unit, on stilts next door.
Living in the Round
Only for couples, with no kids on site, the two wooden clad yurts at Buttercup Barn Retreats look out over the local countryside and are right on the edge of fields and farmland. Each have their own hot tub for soaking beneath the stars in your private garden with table and chairs, a couple of lounge chairs, and a small BBQ. Inside your yurt you have a king sized bed, comfy sofa, TV, wardrobe, kitchen and breakfast bar, and there’s a separate shower room with toilet and hand basin. Lay in bed and you will see the sky through the glass dome in the ceiling. There’s also a self-catering shepherd’s hut for hire and ‘Beebs Cabin’ that sleeps two. All are in a very peaceful location close to Wootton Bridge, with walks into the countryside and local pubs to find.
2 May 2018