Going on holiday should be a family affair, yet sometimes keeping all ages happy can prove a bit of a tricky one – even for the most experienced of travellers.
However, don’t fret – if you’re tasked with keeping both the kids AND grandparents happy with your holiday plans, why not book a fantastic, family-friendly getaway to the Isle of Wight in 2019? Here’s some brilliant places to check-out before you check-in.
Head down to the farm
East Afton Farmhouse has all the glory of a rustic holiday dwelling with its 300-year history. From its utterly breath-taking scenery to the range of activities available at Tapnell Farm, you’ll easily cater for all family members with this Isle of Wight getaway.
The farm has a huge range of animals that the youngest of your group can squeal at and pet. Thrill-seekers can try their hand at archery and mountain boarding on-site and, if you’re knackered from all that excitement, the farmhouse itself comes complete with cinema room and a hot tub on its roof terrace so you can relax in style.
Escape to a harbourside cabin
Situated in the picturesque calm of Bembridge Harbour is Old Mill Holiday Park. The park has a range of accommodation available, including cute little pine cabins. Why not hire a few and invite the whole clan?
Away from the beaten track, it’s a great spot to go bird watching and fishing, the on-site playground is fun for the little ones and there’s even a games room within the complex.
Just a short way from the park there are sandy beaches and rock pools, cycle tracks, the Bembridge Windmill and the quaint village of St Helens with cafes, restaurants and plenty to explore.
Relax in modern surroundings
For something a little bit chic but still family-friendly, try OneFifty Cowes. This Cowes-based B&B boasts modern design in all four of its suites – Tennyson, Culver, Osborne and Solent – and each have unique features such as Juliet Balconies and views of Cowes Harbour.
Every day the rooms are refreshed with fresh fruit, crisp linens and are just a stones-throw from the town centre. Whether you want to chill in the beautiful garden with a cup of coffee or fancy visiting nearby Osborne, OneFifty Cowes is ideally situated to make the most of the trip – whatever you’re into.
Lower the drawbridge
With its imposing turrets and impressive exterior, Ryde Castle is certainly an unexpected sight in a busy seaside town. The building, built in the Victorian era, overlooks Ryde seafront and situated close to transport links.
In the peak of summer you can sit and enjoy a drink on their outdoor patio or in the depths of winter, enjoy a hearty meal (complete with kids’ menu) within the cosy confines of the castle walls.
If you fancy heading out and about, visit seaside attractions such as the Peter Pan Funfair opposite or take the short walk down to the family-friendly, sandy Appley Beach.
Sleep under the stars – in style
If you fancy something slightly quirkier and more rural than bricks and mortar, the accommodation at The Garlic Farm is worth a nose. Here they have their very own compound of glamping Yurts, filled with mod cons – king-size beds, USB charging plugs, fully equipped kitchens and their own wood burning stoves.
If some members of the party find this a little bit too “al fresco” then there’s also a range of adorable little cottages on site and the beautifully converted Milking Parlour for something a tad closer to home comforts.
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