Top Isle of Wight Farm Stays
Enjoying a family holiday on a working farm comes with all sorts of unexpected benefits beyond the beauty of the countryside. You’ll be experiencing all manner of farm life close-up. Here are 5 of the best on the Isle of Wight...
1. Cheverton Farm - Brummell Barn & Cheverton Farm Cottage Shorwell
Nestling in the beautiful Bowcombe Valley, just 4 miles from the nearest south coast beach, Brummell Barn is one of the original outbuildings to Cheverton Farmhouse, converted to provide highly individual and spacious accommodation to sleep up to 11. Boasting a wealth of interesting and original features such as beamed, vaulted ceiling, lovely views abound. Brummell Barn has its own enclosed terrace with barbecue and Wendy house. Cheverton Farm Cottage is attached to the owner’s 17th-century home, with beams throughout. The joy with both properties is access to 550 acres of meadow and arable land adjoining forest and downland, walking trails, plus trampoline, swings, climbing frame, slide, games room with table tennis and air hockey, fitness room and a separate room with full-size billiard/snooker table (for adults) and darts, as well as use of the family’s indoor heated swimming pool.
2. Mersley Farm, Newchurch
Mersley Farm is situated in unspoilt scenery overlooking the valley of Newchurch below Mersley Down. The beauty about staying here is that it’s a working farm growing garlic and asparagus with the Garlic Farm Shop located in the farmyard and the licensed restaurant serving delicious lunches by the acclaimed chef Charlie at the Garlic Farm restaurant. There are six different charming properties to choose from with accommodation from 2-10 people (Little Mersley Farmhouse, Barn cottage, Kiln cottage, Milking parlour, Mill cottage and Paddock cottage). Around the farm there are plenty of open spaces ideal for children and a tennis court plus plenty of farmyard ‘pets’. The farm also lies at the hub of the 147 miles of bridle, cycling and footpaths for which the Island is famous.
3. Newnham Farm, Ryde
Newnham Farm is a beautiful 17th century farmhouse nestled in the middle of a 350-acre working farm just a few minutes drive from Ryde. The house is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty (ANOB) and is surrounded by green fields and ancient woodland. The extensive gardens make it a perfect place to sit and soak in the scenery, which spans a medieval fishpond. There are two bedrooms for B&B both with wonderful 100% crisp cotton linen guaranteed for a restful nights’ sleep. John and Diana Cleaver run this award winning Bed and Breakfast and they boast wellies of many sizes for guests to use. On a warm summer evening you can sit on the patio and listen to the echolocation sounds of five different breeds of bats.
4. Kemphill Farm – Kemphill Barn and Kemphill Dairy, Ryde
With the highest accolade from a former chairman on the English Tourism Council on the farm’s website, Kemphill Farm is a must holiday destination. Built in 1769 a two-storey hay store Kemphill Barn has been lovingly converted and still overlooks the original duck-pond. The old hayloft door and magnificent beams have been retained to preserve its unique character. The barn comfortably sleeps 10 in its 4 en-suite bedrooms. Kemphill Dairy is a lovely Edwardian building constructed from local brick and clay tiles. Although very modern when first created in 1911, milking finally ceased in 1999. All later extensions have been removed, and in 2002 the interior was carefully transformed into the luxurious, 5 en-suite bedrooms. The farm location is great for the kids with much to see and explore right on the doorstep.
5. Dean Farm, Whitwell
Dean Farmhouse dates back to the reign of Queen Anne in 1702. Built with locally quarried stone it has been the home of the Attrill family for many generations. The self-catering holiday farm cottages lie at the very heart of the picturesque 400-acre working arable farm in its own valley with a small herd of cattle, sheep and chickens. Both properties are extremely well equipped for families, especially those with very young children and babies, which makes the farm a great base to explore the Island from. Great views, and fantastic walks abound with quaint villages and unspoilt beaches nearby.
11 May 2016