I want to introduce you to the best of glamping on the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight is England’s only island county, off the coast of Portsmouth on the South Coast of England.
For me, it’s a 15 minute bike ride and then ten minutes on the hovercraft over the Solent, and I’m there. Ready to experience all the many, many things to do on the Isle of Wight – including glamping.
– If you want to go glamping, the Isle of Wight is a great place to do it!
More on how to get there at the end, but let’s take a look at the most unique glamping on the Isle of Wight for you to enjoy. With that stretch of water between mainland England and the Isle of Wight, you could almost pretend you were going abroad.
And thanks to the range of shepherds huts, yurts, bell tents and safari tents on the island, you can have a totally new experience than you’ve ever had before. The whole island is only 25 minutes across, and 50 minutes, so it doesn’t matter so much where you stay, but what you stay in.
Glamping Isle of Wight
All prices listed are for two, for three nights, at the end of July – just to give you an idea of costs.
The prices I’ve written includes all airbnb costs, and were correct on 15th June 2020.
1. Isle of Wight Retreats – Meadow View
Shepherds Huts just became all the rage one day didn’t they? I actually love the idea of living in one permanently – having all you need close to hand. Might seriously effect my step counter though.
Go glamping on the Isle of Wight in these Shepherds Huts and you can enjoy a luxury bed, mattress and bedding, and a private en suite too. There’s a barbecue here, a pizza oven, a fire pit and plenty of outdoor seating too. Loads of parking, AND A HOT TUB.
Located near Shorwell, 6 miles from Newport, and near a village shop and a local village pub, this is a lovely getaway, without being too far away. Step out your door and there are stunning walks and cycle tracks to explore the island.
3 nights for two people in July – £239
2. Caribbean Corner Yurt
Located in the woods on Priory Bay, Caribbean Corner is a luxury yurt glamping experience on the Isle of Wight. Peace, sand, tranquility – it all comes together to offer a romantic setting for any couple.
A local craftsman created the Mongolian yurts – complete with king size double beds positioned perfectly to be able to see out to the woods and up to the stars. You’ll have your own bathroom here – complete with roll top bath – and a kitchen too. There’s a BBQ for summer sunny nights on the beach.
Around the yurt you’ll find an 8-acre wild garden with an orchard, ponds, dragonflies and a woodland garden. The area is wild with ever changing flowers and you can take a morning walk at low tide to St Helens Fort – make sure you get back before the tides out though.
Nature lovers and bird spotters will love it here. And the owners say you’re welcome to enjoy the whole garden!
3 nights for two people in July – £643
3. Tom’s Eco Lodge
I stayed at Tom’s Eco Lodge a few years ago, in this Modulog you see in the video. I absolutely loved it here. Thanks mostly to the awesome two-bed modulog, but also thanks to Tapnell Farm, where the modulogs are located. There’s so much to do there, and the views are fantastic.
Let past (very hungover from Isle of Wight Festival) Vicky take you through some of the best things about the eco lodge.
Watch my video review of Tom’s Eco Lodge
4. Quiet Couple’s Ark
There are a few different listings for this glamping spot on the Isle of Wight, in Cowes. So you can have a look and decide which one suits you best. Known as ‘Arks’ these cabinsare similar to the modulogs above, with a little difference…
Would you like to stay in a romantic shepherds hut here? Or maybe the kids want a piggy themed shepherds hut as home for the night? And there’s another shepherd’s hut for two to compare. There’s a more luxurious honeymooner’s Ark too.
This glamping is perfect for anyone wanting some peace, quiet and maybe even seclusion. In fact, THERE’s NO WIFI OR ELECTRICITY. Just bear that in mind. Each cabin has a luxury bed with antique French linen. You’ll have your own wood burner and a wood-fired hot tub under the stars too.
You can expect to see red squirrels, buzzards and kestrels around to add to that natural ambience.
Bacon, sausages and eggs are made on site – as in, sourced. Not just cooked. And you can order a luxury hamper for your arrival, if you like.
3 nights for two people in July – £450+
8. Bluebell Tent in Woodland
Slightly more friendly on the old budget than some of the other options, The Bluebell Tent at the Woodland Retreat is located in the heart of the woods on the Isle of Wight, immersed in this beautiful natural world. It’s only a 5-minute walk to civilisation but you can get away from it all here.
Inside the tent you’ll find a double bed and bedding, but you’ll need to bring your own towels. Bit more back to basics here.
The communal cooking area here has all the utensils you’ll need, the equipment and a fire pit too. All showers are outside, and the whole area is alcohol and meat free. Make sure this is the right place for you before you book!
3 nights for two people in July – £215
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9. Parkdean Resorts
Totally at the other end of the spectrum of glamping on the Isle of Wight – big holiday resort company Parkdean have four sites on the island.
Theres’ Nodes Point, where I’ve stayed. It’s in a fab location right near St Helens Beach near Ryde. You could walk to the beach in the morning and they have lodges and safari tents to stay in, as well as caravans and pitches. Our lodge was amazing, and came with a hot tub too.
You could also check out Thorness, Lower Hyde and Landguard. All the parks are unique but share the same promise of quality and high standards. They’re a popular choice for families looking for holiday parks on the Isle of Wight, but they also offer glamping options too. Check them out!
3 nights for two people in July – £289
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13. Yurt living in Cowes
Imagine a sunny day sat outside this yurt – lush! These new luxury yurts will give you seven metres to play with and feature sweet, sweet central heating, a log burner, shower and a kitchen. There’s a comfy king size bed in here, with another bedroom up on the mezzanine.
Kids will love all the chickens milling about, and cyclists will enjoy the fact it’s only 100 metres from the round the island cycle route.
3 nights for two people in July – £415
14. Stanwell Glamping
Now this is exactly what I think of when I think of ‘glamping’ on the Isle of Wight. A lovely, spacious tent complete with everything you need inside. Comfy, roomy and a log burner – that’s what you need for the full glamping experience.
Stanwell Glamping is located in Bembridge, in an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) on the Isle of Wight. Choose your three favourite people and enjoy the comfort of the bell tent, as well as the on site bathroom – just a few steps away.
You’ll be in the middle of a stunning field, away from all other distractions. There’s an oak and rope monkey swing, a reading tent and stunning views out to the beautiful white cliff bay. You’ll also be within walking distance of The Propellor Inn, for a good feed.
Just to note, there’s no electricity or WiFi, but your 3G should work. Don’t forget your wellies!
3 nights for two people in July – £377
What to do on the Isle of Wight
I made a video for my other website, Day Out in England, about what you can do on the island…
15. Shepherds Hut with farmland views
Let’s have another shepherds hut on the Isle of Wight shall we?
This unique little beaut, is on an actual working farm. Great for kids who love watching tractors. Stay here on your Isle of Wight glamping trip and you’ll be close to unspoiled beaches, country walks and plenty of places to eat in Newbridge – on the west side.
At the hut you’ll have a shower room, a gas BBQ and a cosy fire pit and wood burner. Inside you’ll have a double bed, all the pots and pans you could need, and a cosy place to sleep for the night. As it’s a working farm it might be the cows that act as your alarm clock – all part of the fun!
3 nights for two people in July – £222
16. Bembridge Harbour Yurt
Think this one is my favourite of all the places you could go glamping on the Isle of Wight. Located in Bembridge – near one of my favourite stretches of road on the Isle of Wight – you’ll love it at the Bembridge Harbour Yurt.
This is perfect for two people looking for somewhere unique to stay on the Isle of Wight. There’s gas central heating, a log burner and a moni kitchenette, so you won’t go hungry, or cold. The bathroom facilities are in a wet room in the bow of an old sailing boat – pretty cool hey?
You’ll have your own terrace with views of the harbour, and the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience on the harbour.
3 nights for two people in July – £263
Glamping on the Isle of Wight
There’s a whole range of glamping on the Isle of Wight to suit your needs and budget. I was surprised at the cost of some of the places, but when you factor in that you don’t have to go through an airport or faff with passports, a weekend on the Isle of Wight seems even more appealing.
Handy map of all the spots with airbnbs on the Isle of Wight
I love the Isle of Wight and have lots more blog posts on the Isle of Wight for you to look at. And if you have any questions about glamping on the Isle of Wight, or your trip there, then just let me know in the comments below.
How to get to the Isle of Wight
Hovercraft to the Isle of Wight
Apparently, the hovercraft which shuttles between Ryde and Southsea is ‘the last remaining commercial hovercraft service in the world‘. It’s also the quickest way to get from mainland England to the Isle of Wight.
It takes around 10 minutes from Southsea seafront to Ryde, and costs upwards of £15.
TOP TIP: When you’re looking at trains to Southsea, type in Ryde as your destination, rather than Southampton or Portsmouth, and you may get a discount on your hovercraft. If you have a Network Railcard this is definitely true. Even coming from Fratton, the next station north of Portsmouth, I can get a discount on the hovercraft with my Network Railcard – and remember Network Railcards cover two people too!
Check with your booking if they can get you cheaper tickets. Often they’ll have deals where they can get it much cheaper for you.
Car ferries to the Isle of Wight
If you want to take the ferry to the Isle of Wight you have a few options.
You can either go from Portsmouth to Fishbourne, which takes around 45 minutes and costs from £45 for a car.
Or, you can go from Southampton to East Cowes, which takes around an hour.
The quickest car service is from Lymington to Yarmouth, which takes around 30 minutes.
You can see a few pics from my ferry crossing from Southampton to East Cowes with Red Funnel in my write up of a day on the Isle of Wight, and the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route back again.
Foot passenger Isle of Wight ferries
As well as the car ferries above, foot passengers can also go from Portsmouth to Ryde on the FastCat catamaran foot passenger service, which takes 22 minutes.