Unique Places to Stay

The Isle of Wight is full of truly unique places to stay where the ‘wow’ factor is the operative word.  here we give you our guide to the very best in unconventional self-catering - and of course, an unforgettable holiday.

The Mission, Chale

It’s hard to imagine what a ‘tin tabernacle’ is but this goes far beyond its name. This is FUNKY with capital letters.  Built in 1895, it was recently converted by the award winning holiday company Vintage Vacations. Situated just outside Chale Village in southwest Wight, the aptly named The Mission sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and is slap bang on the Dinosaur Island Trail with its stunning coastal views.

Inside you get an immediate sense of a ‘building within a building’, with two mezzanine bedrooms floating in the roof space above an enormous living room with oodles of seating and a humungous wood burning stove. There’s a luxuriously large bathroom with a sunken bath nestled into what was the baptismal font. The kitchen and dining area contains a beautiful ‘English Rose’ 1950s kitchen with all manner of mod cons.

To book call 07802 758113 or visit www.vintagevacations.co.uk

The Lighthouse, Steephill Cove

The joy in staying in a lighthouse is simply you get to devour panoramic sea views 24/7. The Lighthouse in Steephill Cove, just outside Ventnor on the south side of the Island offers not only exceptional living space and unlimited views, but the cove itself is truly unspoilt, and full of character. With no road down to the cove (just steps) it’s sufficiently off the beaten track to retain its unique old-fashioned charm. There’s just a handful of character houses, fishermen, rock-pools and deck chairs.

The unique 3-bedroom property can sleep 6 and has two bathrooms (one en-suite), while virtually every window at The Lighthouse basks in uninterrupted sea and coastal views. A fantastic octagonal kitchen-diner and a snug with folding sliding doors leading out onto a large private decking gives you that unmistakable WOW factor. There’s even an outdoor shower on the decking for those wonderful sandy children - and toes.

To book call 07801 899747 or visit www.theboathouse-steephillcove.co.uk

The Shepherd’s Hut, Godshill

A shepherd’s hut is not normally associated as a destination for a holiday retreat, but this one, outside Godshill village, in the middle of the Island, is truly unique. The hut is newly built to a traditional design and is located in a very private spot at Godshill Park Farm. It sits beside the aptly named, Secret Pond where you’re totally surrounded by trees.

Privacy, seclusion, peace and quiet are the order of the day, so good for romancing couples. Simplicity is everything here. The hut has a 6’6? long and 4’6? wide bed and mattress, small but charming wood burning stove and little else comfort (there is no plumbing or electricity). For your power shower with unlimited hot water, flushing loo, electric sockets are just 200m away. So embrace your inner nature and keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels. You can nosh on breakfast in the farmhouse hall where there is a B&B.

To book call 01983 840781 or visit www.godshillparkfarm.net

The Treehouse, Whippingham

Maybe you thought your tree house days were over. Well, think again. Uniquely perched up amongst the woods, you can stay in the heart of nature. For all you wood lovers out there, it’s a dream come true. The timber Treehouse sleeps 6, and is very well provided – smart bed linen, fluffy towels, beach towels, soap and shower gel, as well as basic kitchen ingredients.

There’s plenty of storage, useful hooks and shelves. A cosy wood burning stove, and French doors out onto a sunny decked area for al fresco dining adds to the character of the living up in the trees. The 2 bedrooms sleep 4 comfortably, though there is room for 2 more adventurous souls happy to bunk up. The glorious bathroom with lovely shower and views into the treetops is unbeatable.

To book call 07769 89646 or visit www.isleofwighttreehouse.com

Chert, St Lawrence

For all you lovers of the 1970s, Chert House in St Lawrence, on the south side of the Island, pays homage to the Seventies. The 2-bedroom house sleeps 4, and is situated within a quiet residential area, tucked away against a wooded cliff with wonderful sea views from the impressive first floor windows and enormous balcony. Everything in Chert, inside and out relates back to the same decade.

This house exudes a 1970s timeless classic – flashes of colours (orange, brown and green) mixed with flower fabrics and mosaics, don the interiors. Each carefully chosen piece of furniture is in keeping with the ethos of the house (there’s even a stereo record player midi system circa 1971). At the front is large sundeck balcony that leads off from the upper hallway. The large, rectangular open plan living area upstairs is made up from two identical wings that meet in a central hallway. A lovely spiral staircase leads down to a mirrored entrance hall – how very seventies.

To book call 0844 800 2070 or visit www.nationaltrustholidays.co.uk

Sarah Sims

27 September 2017

By Sarah Sims in Articles

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