Top Five Places For A Family Break

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay with the family on the Isle of Wight, here's a selection that offers lots more than just somewhere to sleep. Check out our top five self-catering options...

1. West Bay Club, Yarmouth

The West Bay Club offers family accommodation in New England style cottages set in 28 acres of landscaped grounds. Guests have free access to a 20 metre heated indoor pool, three Astro-turf tennis courts, three squash and badminton courts, an aerobics studio specialising in Yoga and Pilates and an ESPA Spa that includes both a sauna and steam room.

2. Mersley Farm, Newchurch

Deep in the countryside and nestling beneath the downs in the converted barns of the Garlic Farm are Mersley Farm cottages. On a working farm growing garlic and asparagus, the Garlic Farm Shop in the farm yard sells their garlic products, plus a range of Island products, while the Garlic Farm Cafe offers fantastic breakfasts and lunches every day. Take a tractor ride round the farm with the kids and learn all about the history of the area and all things garlicky in the Heritage Centre.

3. Tapnell Farm

For an exciting holiday on the farm, Tapnell Farm is the perfect place for a family break. There is a wide range of accommodation available from Safari Tents and Eco Pods to Wood Cabins and Farmhouse Cottages. Great for families, there are farm animals to befriend, fresh eggs that can be collected every day for breakfast and on site there is the all weather Tapnell Farm Park with its bounce pillows, indoor climbing and ball pits, go karts and animal experiences. The fantastic Cow restaurant is also on site offering a delicious menu.

4. Seaview Hotel, Seaview

The Seaview Hotel is a family hotel but it does also offers a range of self catering accommodation. Myrtle Cottage is a beautifully modernised 200 year old fisherman’s cottage, that is suitable for a family of four. Or The Old Bank has three suites (Vault, Brian Gardener & Newclose) that cater for four to eight people. All within a short skip and a hop from the beach which is perfect for crabbing and exploring with the children. Seaview is a super family friendly village.

5. Farringford Cottages, Freshwater Bay

Farringford House, the former home of Poet Laureate Lord Alfred Tennyson, has been lovingly restored and now offers private tours to the public. But if you want to stay onsite you can rent one of the self-catering cottages in the extensive grounds.

Alfred Cottages were designed by the famous architect and visionary, Clough Williams-Ellis, who built Port Merion, and have vaulted ceilings and stone fireplaces with log burning stoves. Or you can opt for the one of the Stable Cottages, which have all been refurbished over the last 4 years, and are on the edge of the estate set around a cobbled courtyard. Within the grounds there is a hard tennis court and children’s play area.

Jo Macaulay

7 October 2018

By Jo Macaulay in Articles