Under Canvas...Tipis and Bell tents on the Isle of Wight

Are you a happy camper looking for an alternative holiday? Then maybe it’s time to consider sleeping under a magical handcrafted Native American Indian tipi on the Isle of Wight. Take that much-earned break away from the hum, buzz and din of 21st century life without breaking the bank.

Eve’s Tipis can provide tipis for an array of events from private parties and weddings to festivals and holidays. The brilliant thing about Eve’s tipis are that they can be hired furnished with everything you can think of or unfurnished, with just a groundsheet and coir matting flooring, so that you can bring your own choice of bedding and personal things. You can also pick a tipi friendly campsite and Eve will then erect your tipi ready for your stay.

If you don’t fancy carrying loads of bedding, you can hire one of their bedding packages, or simply just order a furnishings package, which will provide you with cosy rugs, comfortable floor cushions, a table and tea-light lanterns. Sustainability is a key part of the ethos here and everything possible is recycled. Sawdust is used in the composting toilets. Eve’s tipis range from cosy 10ft diameter for one or two people or for a children’s party, to large 20ft diameter sleeping up to eight for a family holiday or shared festival accommodation. For any honeymooners out there, soft drapes and colour-themed furnishings are provided to create the ultimate romantic setting.

As an alternative to tipis and still under canvas try a Bell tent. Cosy, yet spacious and practical, these natural canvas tents are available unfurnished or furnished from Eve’s Tipis.

Or try Wight Bells, run by three sisters who always adored camping holidays but with a few more creature comforts thrown in. Their beautiful bell tents are set in stunning countryside. Here everything is thought of as the sisters aim is to give guests the simple pleasures of camping without any of the hassle. So you can have a good old fashioned camping holiday with a little bit extra style and comfort - by that they mean, curling up on a real bed under a cosy duvet just like your own home.  And with electricity you can even charge up your mobile and make a cuppa.

Their three bell tents have a great retro look and with a floor space similar to that of a yurt or tepee so perfect for both couples and families. The tents are 100% cotton canvas which, unlike nylon, mean they are cool in the day and warm at night. And they don't leak…perfect for the British climate!

If you’ve ever fancied a holiday under canvas but still wanted a sofa and a telly, you can do this too at Canvas Village. The tents can sleep up to 4 and have everything you can think of.  And for those going to Bestival, then stand out from the crowd, and rent one in the boutique camping area at www.bestival.net

Sarah Sims

7 April 2016

By Sarah Sims in Articles