Top 5 Stays with the Kids

The Isle of Wight has it all when it comes to a family holiday and we’ve picked some of our favourite places to stay.

1. Hotel

Luccombe Manor Country House Hotel, Shanklin

The pulling power of this hotel is its family friendly ethos. Even the family dog is welcome here. No surprises then it scooped Certificate of Excellence 2015 Award from Trip Advisor.  Stunningly located in an elevated position on the cliff top boasting amazing sea views over Sandown Bay, the family run hotel has direct access to the sandy Shanklin beach below. Nothing beats chilling out in the outdoor hot tub with a glass of bubbly or perhaps a swim with the kids in the new heated outdoor pool. There’s a big beautiful lounge to unwind in and a huge games room with every game under the sun to enjoy as a family from darts and pool to scrabble. At Luccombe Manor you can also use the facilities of the adjacent sister hotel Luccombe Hall. Inside there’s a spa hot tub, sauna, games room, pool table, table tennis, squash court and basketball. There’s also 4 glorious acres of gardens to roam around in.

2. B&B

Chale Bay Farm, Chale

Chale bay Farm’s fantastic family suites are ideal for those travelling with children and wanting a shared sleeping arrangement to keep a close eye on those youngsters. Being set on two floors, with stairs in between the two rooms, the great thing is that the children can have their own space and you can avoid the classic hotel dilemma of having effectively to go to bed when the kids do. Sleeping up to 7, children of all ages are welcomed. Facilities include Smart TV’s and they even supply game consoles and Blu Ray player (for the main TV), and Free Guest WiFi is available throughout.  Breakfast hits the spot with the little ones too with a large range of cereals as well as yoghurts, juices and fresh fruit and smaller children’s portions from the à la carte breakfast menu. Just 10 minutes away from the glorious sandy beaches at Brook and Compton and also about half a mile from one of the best Island attractions for Children - Blackgang Chine, Chale Bay Farm is definitely one of the top places to stay en famille.

3. Self-Catering

West Bay Club, Yarmouth

Set in 15 acres of landscaped grounds and pathways, which are gated and child-safe, West Bay is a haven for children with toddlers able to run around freely and play games on the grass and older children can ride their bikes and scooters on the open pathways. The ‘New England’ style houses are designed with comfort and relaxation in mind with everything you need for the perfect getaway. There are 105 privately-owned, individually furnished houses that vary in size, layout and style, so you’ll always find the perfect one to rent to meet your needs. The West Bay Country Club & Spa also boasts indoor and outdoor pool, squash & tennis courts, a wide range of onsite activities and classes as well as a spa – perfect for tired mum’s who need to relax and unwind.

4. Camping

Adgestone Family Camping, Adgestone

The focus and attention to detail is on families here and thus the campsite was awarded 5 pennants from The AA and are the only Best of British Holiday Park on the Island. For campers with children its always important to find clean amenity blocks with a high standard of fixtures and fittings - this particular one has a separate family shower room, perfect in case your brood happen to have fun frolicking in the mud! At Adgestone there are two play areas, one for younger children and an extensive area for older children including areas for football and basketball, plus table tennis, boules, outdoor chess and Giant Jenga. Cycle hire is available. The heated outdoor swimming pool (summer only) and children's paddling pool can keep children entertained for hours. An on-site shop stocks all your basic food supplies. Wifi Hotspots are available and Sandown sandy beach close by too.

5.   Glamping  

Tom’s Eco Lodges, Tapnell Park Farm

For those who prefer luxury camping, then Tom’s Eco Lodges are the perfect answer. Set among a 400 acre dairy farm, Tapnell Park Farm is situated at the foot of Tennyson Down in West Wight and is the Island’s newest visitor destination. The site is home to The Cow Co restaurant, massive indoor playbarn, café and outdoor bouncing pillow, animal petting area, a Moo-seum on all things dairy, onsite Adventure Activities IoW such as zorbing and mountain boarding, as well as a range of fantastic accommodation options.  The top spot goes to the unique eco lodges which sleep 6 and each have 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. Staying here is a joy for families as kids can roam freely around the farm and picturesque woodland. Kids can get close-up with farm life from milking cows and feeding chickens, so it’s a family holiday with nature at its best, while also having loads to keep the children entertained no matter what the weather. Check Availability

Sarah Sims

29 May 2016

By Sarah Sims in Articles