Kids Love Yurts
Burnt House Farm, Burnt House Lane, Newport
A good idea well executed: themed yurts (dinosaur land, enchanted woodlands) with bunk beds and interiors with high-end fixtures and fittings. Located in a rural setting, halfway between Newport and Robins Hill.
Family-run holiday park behind Shanklin. There’s space here among landscaped gardens and mature trees for tents, touring caravans and small motor homes. You’ll also find a pool and play areas to entertain the children. The owners encourage the use of bicycles, while footpaths and bridleways connect the park to the adjacent countryside. Environmental measures include a small solar array to power the campsite and a solar thermal heating system to provide hot water for showers and washing up. Meanwhile, a harvesting system tank recycles and filters rainwater to flush the toilets. Sheep, rather than lawnmowers, are deployed to keep the grass short.
Old Barn Touring Park
Cheverton Farm, Newport Rd, Sandown
A mixture of pitches, statics, caravan parking places and camping pods at this campsite just to the west of Shanklin that offers downland views. Run by owners with a strong commitment to conservation who have ensured the grounds are thoughtfully landscaped with hedges, trees and wildflower plantings.
Priory Bay Yurts
Priory Croft, Priory Bay, Seaview
Two quirky and luxurious yurts hidden away in woodlands by beautiful Priory Bay, half a mile south of Seaview. The Hideaway sleeps four (including a mezzanine space for children), while the Caribbean Corner sleeps three. Features include French doors, a decking area with gorgeous views, and roll-top bath. After the beach crowds go home, you can feel as though you have temporary ownership of a desert island.
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