The Isle of Wight offers the perfect escape any time of year. Spend your holiday immersed in a one-of-a-kind accommodation and say goodbye to standard hotel rooms. From quirky wood cabins, to refurbished helicopters – there are plenty of unique stays on the Island that are sure to add character to your getaway.
Here are our top five picks for incredibly unusual stays on the Isle of Wight for your next short break.
The glamping professionals
Now in its fifteenth season of glamping on the Isle of Wight, Vintage Vacations know what they’re doing when it comes to unique accommodation options. After all, they were among the very first businesses that offered Glamping holidays in the UK. Vintage Vacations are proud to be known as one of the most ‘unusual’ places to stay.
The Mission, known as the ‘tin tabernacle’ is situated on Blythe Shute, just steps away from coastal views and walks to the pub. If you’re looking to rally up a large group, The Mission sleeps 8 and has all the amenities you’ll need for a great stay. If you’re hoping to really make it a party, it’s suggested that groups book The Scout Hall in tandem, to sleep 16 in total. Scout Hall sits on Church Place and is the best place to stay for views over to The Needles. With only the four bedrooms and two bathrooms enclosed, the rest of the house is open for you to explore and appreciate the retro space. Oh, we may have forgotten to mention that both properties come with homemade cake and fresh flowers to welcome you. Where do we sign up?
Hidden away holidays
Relive your childhood, with a slightly modern twist, in a beautiful hand-built treehouse with Into The Woods. We’re almost positive that these treehouses are a step up from the ones you played in as a child, simply because they are comprised of a living house and a sleeping house, joined together by open, spacious decking, high up among the trees.
These state-of-the-art treehouses come with a fully equipped kitchen and bedding, laundry and bathroom necessities. Allow yourself to turn away from technology and dive into one of the many board games, books or puzzles and find that familiar inner-child feeling. This accommodation is perfect if you want to escape to the wild and let yourself be a kid again as you roam throughout the forest below – before returning to a warm, cosy bed to call it a night.
Planes, trains and… shepherd’s huts
Whether it’s a car, a hut, a motorhome or a plane, Windmill Campersite can guarantee you a stay that is anything but ordinary. This family run establishment offers something different around every corner, including picturesque views, endless trails, roaming chickens and a variety of onsite entertainment.
Tuck into one of three shepherd’s huts which sleep 2-4 guests and experience a compact, yet cosy stay. If you’re in need of a bit more space, the groovy VWs have been converted into accommodation options without any assembly required. Believe it or not, there’s even enough space to move around, cook up a light meal, or relax with some music.
If you’re really looking to step out of the box, then the “Galahad” is where you’ll want to spend the night. This Westland Wessex XT469 helicopter has been converted into a rustic sleeping space for 2-4 guests, complete with a small washroom, kitchen and seating area. The history lies within the copter walls so do take a look around – just be sure not to take flight.
Up in the trees
Those who belong up in the stars will be well-suited to a night of tree top camping with Goodleaf Tree Climbing. An experience like no other, you will have a lesson in recreational tree climbing from the Goodleaf experts followed by a trip to a local pub for dinner. Later visitors will ascend the tree, where their mattress and sleeping bag will be hoisted up to them, and get settled in for a night sleeping in the treetops.
A night amongst the stars with the Solent below you is a unique experience. Fall asleep listening to the sounds of the countryside and then watch as the sun rises in the morning. Local pastries and fresh coffee will be delivered to you in our hammock before you hoist yourself down.
The simpler things in life
If you’re looking to enjoy a low-key vacation and appreciate a slower paced holiday then Tiny Homes Holidays is sure to meet all of your laid-back needs.
On-site, the Tiny Homes are very environmentally driven, using solar power, composting toilets, wood burning stoves and water recycling. Here, you should feel able to enjoy the land and the fresh air, without a care in the world. Each tiny home sleeps up to four guests and comes complete with a kitchen, shower and bathroom, wood burning stove, accommodation amenities, and a private outside deck – complete with seating and your own BBQ so you can sit outside and enjoy the peace and quiet until the sun sets.
Run away to the Enchanted Manor, for the ultimate fairytale escape. You’ll feel pampered by the personal friendly service at this one-off quirky manor. Each suite is designed with its own elegance and charm, including chandeliers in every room to match the fairytale themed décor.
The Enchanted dining room provides endless Instagram opportunities, as careful touches of floral décor are draped throughout the dining space. Celebrating a special occasion? Then treat yourself to their pampering packages, which offer a range of massages as well as food and beverage pairings to help set the mood.
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