Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth
Get your glamp on year-round at this back-to-nature Island holiday spot. Big kids can splash out commando-style at the brand-new Aqua Park while littlies will love the menagerie of furry farmyard friends. When they’re worn out, find sanctuary in a cosy cabin, cottage or ecopod with stunning countryside views.
Family-fun and romantic getaways rarely go hand-in-hand but the eco-conscious, entrepreneurial Turney family have done pretty darn well at solving the eternal intergenerational holiday dilemma.
Close to the harbour town of Yarmouth and the iconic Needles, the former dairy farm is surrounded by glorious pastures, meadows, and coastal woodlands that make the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape with a huge choice of accommodation that offers all the creature comforts you could want.
Back-to-nature campers will love the geodesic domes which feature a skylight for staring up at the stars. If you don’t fancy shared facilities, safari tents have a private shower and toilet, fridge, BBQ, electricity along with comfy sofas, a log burning range cooker, warming firepit and a private decking area – glamping heaven.
Still can’t stomach the idea of a night under canvas? Book a family-friendly wood cabin, a characterful ‘modulog’, or cosy up à deux in a snug Eco Pod. Larger families are also well-catered for with bricks-and-mortar accommodation including the four-bed Dairyman’s Cottage.
New to the Farm, the Isle of Wight’s only aqua park makes the perfect playground for over eights to jump obstacles and cascade down giant free-fall slides. In the Farm Park, there are go-karts, jumping pillows, sledge slides and straw barn with meerkats and wallabies among the cute furry friends you can meet there.
If you don’t fancy leaving the site to eat, Tapnell Farm’s on-site restaurant – The Cow – serves up gourmet burgers galore, including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, while a colourful herd of life-sized model cows – The Wight Herd – look on. If you prefer to cook yourself, the Island is renowned for its fantastic local produce which is available to buy at the on-site, serve-yourself Honesty Shop.
Half a century ago, Jimi Hendricks headlined the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival close by (a six-mile circular walking trail takes in fabulous views over the original site). Today, Tapnell is all set for a new generation of hippies, rockers, thrillseekers and 21st-century glampers – basically your average modern family. See you there.
Tapnell Farm, Newport Road, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0YJ
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm
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