Tom's Eco Lodge – Tapnell Farm
Putting the glam in glamping, Tom's Eco Lodge – the sister business of Tapnell Farm Cottages – offers you the chance to experience the joys of camping without the hassle, with a mixture of luxurious safari tents, well-appointed cabins and cosy pods, each nestled away in the glorious surroundings of Tapnell Farm on the Isle of Wight. The roomy safari tents offer accommodation for up to eight people and offer year-round glamping, with central heating and insulation to keep you nice and warm in the winter – and two of the tents have wood-fired hot tubs. Each wooden cabin (sleeps up to 10) has its own west-facing terrace to soak up the afternoon sun and to capture the spectacular sunsets, and comes complete with a spacious dining room, cosy beds with electric blanket, bunk beds and cabin beds for the kids, plus hot showers and a flushing loo – not to mention a fire pit to roast your marshmallows and a log-burning stove. The pods meanwhile are perfect for a couple, or snug for a family of four, with a double bed and a sofa bed. Each is fully insulated and has central heating, and features a well-equipped kitchenette, decked barbecue area and private shower room. Latest addition to the site are the bespoke cabins they call 'modulogs' – inventive log-built pods for up to six people with the best views on the farm and their own private hot tubs.
Elsewhere on site there are picnic tables, a communal pizza oven and lawned area for games, while a popular restaurant and bar occupies a large converted Swiss barn in the middle of the farm. On a clear day you can see down to the north coast, while a long-distance footpath passes right through the grounds. All in all, we reckon this is the perfect place for a family glamping holiday on the Isle of Wight.
The Owner Says
Luxurious Glamping that doesn't cost the Earth! Tom's Eco Lodge is the perfect location for an adventurous or relaxing family holiday, group get together or romantic hideaway. The Island is easily accessible from England and boasts the most sun in the UK, so you can soak it up on the beach or at your lodge! The farm is set upon a historic site which boasts panoramic sea views both north and south.
The local area
The great thing about being a small island is that you are never far from the coastline, with its many miles of great beaches to discover. Whether you are looking to play, relax, walk, ride, sail, surf, kite or swim there are beaches for you. Our local favourites are Compton and Freshwater Bay. For food and drink lovers, great pubs, cafes, farm shops, vineyards and tasty restaurants welcome you all over the Island. Some of the most inspiring 'creative’s' in history once lived on or visited the Isle of Wight, from Tennyson and Shakespeare to Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll. It is said that Shakespeare was inspired by Freshwater Bay and started writing 'The Tempest' whilst looking out over the breathtaking coastline.
Accommodation5 safari tents (sleep up to 8), 2 cabins (up to 10), 2 pods (2–4 people), plus 'modulogs' that sleep 4 + 2 extra on a sofa bed.
PriceSafari tents with hot tubs from £800 a week, from £495 for a 3-night weekend, from £400 for a 4-night midweek; tents without hot tubs are £30–£40 cheaper. Cabins from £600 a week, from £450 for a 3-night weekend, from £310 for a 4-night midweek. Pods from £80 a night, £550–£775 a week, from £300 for a 3-night weekend, from £250 for a 4-night midweek. Modulogs from £300 (for 2 nights).
Open all year.
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