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Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth

Splash out in the aqua park, meet farmyard friends then kick back in luxe glamping, cottage or manor house accommodation with stunning countryside and sea views.

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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 in West Wight 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. And it’s all pooch-friendly too, with pet dogs welcome everywhere except the Farm Park attraction.

Back-to-nature glampers will love the geodesic domes which look out over stunning sea views across the Solent to Lymington and have their own ensuite bathroom and kitchen. Safari tents also each have a private shower and toilet plus fridge, BBQ, electricity, comfy sofas, a log burning range cooker, warming firepit and a private decking area. Yep, this really is 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 and ten bedroom Manor.

Like to splash out? Head for the aqua park (the only one on the Isle of Wight) which makes the perfect playground for over sevens to jump obstacles and cascade down giant free-fall slides. Active kids (and big kids) will also love the Island’s only Football Golf course here, and the Archery & Axe Throwing ranges. Head’s up!

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.

Prefer to cook yourself? The Island is renowned for its fantastic local produce which is available to buy at the large onsite Farm Shop, including fruit and veg, meats and cheeses. And of course, you can also buy wines and spirits, cakes – and other holiday essentials.

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, thrill-seekers and 21st-century glampers – basically your average modern family. See you there.

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Tapnell Farm, Newport Road, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0YJ
01983 758722

Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm

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