A very special working farm set in beautiful countryside and with a variety of holiday accommodation and activities. The perfect family holiday destination.
Whitwell Isle of Wight PO38 2AF 01983 730 783
Situated on the southern side of the Isle of Wight, Nettlecombe Farm nestles in typically rolling and extremely picturesque Isle of Wight countryside, a working farm that offers luxurious self-catering holiday accommodation, coarse fishing and yoga retreats. The farm, which has been in the Morris family for over a century, has no less than nine converted self-catering properties, three coarse fishing lakes as well an area to get up close and personal with a variety of the farm's animals, including alpaca, donkeys, goats, reindeer and even an emu. It's a glorious setting, and a super-friendly place, with owners who are not only keen and proud to share their family farm with others but are also entrepreneurial enough to know what makes a perfect family holiday, partnering with local beauty therapists, childcare providers, caterers and fitness coaches to help guests get more out of their holiday. And that's before you've joined one of their weekly yoga sessions or the regular morning feeding tours of the farm itself.
Not surprisingly they have been highly commended in Visit England's awards for excellence and self-catering holidays. The accommodation is many and varied, with three self-contained 2–3-bedroom properties in the converted Farmhouse, a 4-bedroom cottage and a 2-bedroom converted Forge and various other re-purposed stable blocks and milking parlours that each sleep between 3 and 10 people. Perhaps the nicest part, though, is the location, which is a stunner – your very own slice of unspoilt Isle of Wight countryside for a week. For all that, civilisation is never far away: Whitwell claims to have the oldest pub on the island, as well as a petrol station, church and bus stop; neighbouring Niton has shops and a post office, and Ventnor and all its seaside attractions is just a mile further on.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
The Spyglass Inn
Esplanade Ventnor PO38 1JX
The Spyglass has a good reputation for its food – lovely seafood chowders and curries – and is busy year-round
The Buddle Inn
St Catherine’s Road Niton PO38 2NE
Parts of the Buddle Inn date back to 1550 and if you’re there on a Tuesday before 8pm you
Things to see & do nearby
A walk from Ventnor to Steephill Cove
Steephill Cove Isle of Wight PO38 1AF
Stroll to a wonderfully unspoilt fishing village.
Ventnor, Isle of Wight
If you’re looking for a good beach then Ventnor is perhaps the best one to go for
The Wight Cycle
Tower House, Zigzag Road Ventnor PO38 1DD
The biggest bike rental operator on the island, and they can deliver all over. It’s best to call ahead
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Farmhouse units cost from £340–£400 a week in low season to £1070–£1255 in high season. The Cottages, Barns & Stables go for £330–£960 a week for the smallest units to £600–£2090 a week for the largest.
- Gardens & Grounds
- TVs with Freeview
- Five-Star Luxury
- Getting Away from it All
- Something Different
If you're coming over on the ferry it's worth knowing that Nettlecombe Farm have a trade account with Wightlink & Red Funnel ferries and can get preferential rates in the higher season so you might want to book through them. Once on the island, whether you arrive at Ryde, Cowes or Yarmouth, the farm is about a half an hour's drive. From Yarmouth take the A3055 towards Ventnor, from Cowes the A3020 and from Ryde – marginally the closest – the A3054.
Available all year.