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Isle of Wight goes big on Tiny Homes Holidays

Opening in 2017, Tiny Homes is a new, ethical way to holiday on the Isle of Wight.  Currently scheduled to open in July, Tiny Homes is all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time – and living simply in a smallholding environment.

It has been created by the people behind Vintage Vacations – the first Airstream caravan holidays in the UK.  Like Airstreams, the tiny house movement originated in the US, among people choosing to downsize and live more simply.  And the same ethos applies on the Isle of Wight site.

The architect designed Tiny Homes are set in a smallholding environment adjacent to the Parkhurst Forest, with walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore – including the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels.  Tranquil coastlines and the coastal town of Cowes are a cycle ride away.

The development incorporates many eco-friendly measures, including solar power, composting toilets, wood burning stoves and water recycling.

There will initially be three Tiny Homes on the site, eventually rising to six, but the aim it to purposefully keep it…tiny!

Should they wish, guests will be able to spend time working in the mandala gardens, and – if they do so – they will be able to help themselves to the produce.  There will also be various workshops and events on offer in a separate studio that will reflect the philosophy of Tiny Homes.

The Isle of Wight Tiny Homes will all be finished to the highest standards…making them truly tiny, but perfectly formed.  They have also been designed with holidaymakers in mind – featuring everything to make a stay here comfortably luxurious and with enough space for storage.  The idea, however, is to travel light and fit right in; and ingenious internal architecture is aimed at surprising guests at just how spacious Tiny can feel!

The Tiny Homes Holidays have also embraced the ‘Tourism for All’ concept: all of the first phase of homes have been thoughtfully designed to cater for all guests including those with hearing, visual or mental impairment, older guests and people with certain types of Dementia.  The aim is to offer a great holiday experience for these guests and their carers and families.

In time, there will be a full schedule of workshops, courses and experiences.  Courses will range from pilates and yoga to painting and drawing, clothing upcycling and theatrical costumes, to life coaching, bread-making, and workshops for pregnant couples.

Tiny Homes Holidays is currently on schedule for a soft opening on the Isle of Wight in late June, when is hoped press visits will also be welcome.  They will then be ready for guests from July.

Further detail can be found at www.tinyhomesholidays.com.

Also new for 2017, on the Isle of Wight will be the appearance of the Island’s first Modulogs, which will offer year-round accommodation for up to 6 people, in a glamping pod at Tapnell Farm.

As well as having the best views at Tom’s Eco Lodge, the Modulogs were designed specifically with their guests in mind.  The cosy accommodation pods are fully insulated and kitted out with heaters, comfy sofas (which fold out into sofa beds), log burners, dining tables, compact kitchens with all the essentials, two bedrooms, and separate shower room and toilet.  Both have WiFi, and electricity for lighting and plug sockets.  Outside, each Modulog has its own decking area, with seating, BBQ area, and a log-burning hot tub designed for up to 6 people.  Prices range from £300 for 2 nights (low season); £1,299 for 7 nights (peak).

For further details, visit http://tomsecolodge.com/modulogs/.

For all other tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

 

Inspiration to pitch-up on the Isle of Wight

Responding to an increase in demand for camping & caravanning holidays on the Island, Visit Isle of Wight has just launched a dedicated microsite and new brochure in a bid to help promote itself as the Camping Capital of the UK.

The new site (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/camping-capital) highlights the many and varied options that are currently available to anyone visiting the Island – from luxury yurts and shepherd’s huts, through to American Airstream caravans, VW Campervans and camping pods.

And if further inspiration is needed, it even flags-up the fact that last year the Isle of Wight recorded more hours of sunshine than the rest of the UK, making it officially the sunniest destination in the country – and a perfect place to pitch-up a tent!

Recent developments across the Island this year already include a new glamping opportunities at Tom’s Eco Lodge (http://tomsecolodge.com), where prices start from £85 a night.

Elsewhere, a range of new holiday lodges has also just been launched at the 5-star Woodside Coastal Retreat which lies to the north of the Isle of Wight, between Cowes and Ryde (https://www.darwinescapes.co.uk/parks/woodside-coastal-retreat/). Prices here start from £225 (based on a 3 night stay).

Looking further ahead, Robin Hill is planning a development of quality tree houses for 2018 http://www.robin-hill.com/welcome-to-nesting).

For now, however, it’s all about the range of options, and perfect backdrop provided by an Island with so many sites located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to so many outdoor pursuits and unusual modes of transport – including electric bikes and Renault Twizys.

It is also an Island synonymous with festivals

V-Dub Festival from August 18-22 (http://www.v-dubisland.com/) for example, is a family friendly camping and Volkswagen Festival for music lovers. While world famous Bestival, from September 8 to 11, will have its very own Boutique Campsite this year (http://www.bestival.net/areas/campsites) with tipis, yurts, squrts (baby yurts, cloudhouses, bell tents, safari tents, airstreams and a wide range of other options from the people who bought us PodPads,

Other favourites on the Island include woodland camping in tree houses (http://www.isleofwighttreehouse.com/) where red squirrels are said to come and tap at the windows and prices start from £150 per night (for up to 6 people); and Compton Farm (http://comptonfarm.co.uk), on the coastal Military Road, where the twelve static caravans have been named Best National Trust site for Camping (high season prices for adults £9pppn, children £4.50pppn.

The Isle of Wight’s new camping and caravanning microsite also features a competition to win a seven night camping holiday on the Island for the next three years (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/competitions/win-a-three-year-camping-holiday).

Cream of the crop Island Tourism Businesses crowned at The Beautiful South Awards

Isle of Wight tourism businesses have been awarded some of the region’s highest accolades at the Beautiful South’s Awards for Excellence held last night (4th December 2014) at the Grand Hotel in Brighton.

The annual awards, organised by Tourism South East and sponsored by Shepherd Neame are now in their 20th year. Held to recognise exceptional levels of customer service and dedication to raising standards in the tourism industry, the ceremony is the event of the year for the South East’s leading tourism businesses, with 60+ award-winners presented amidst a great evening of celebrations and networking for 250+ industry professionals.

It was a particularly good evening for The Isle of Wight’s Owl & Monkey Haven and Nettlecombe Farm Holiday’s Corner Cottage who scooped top Gold awards in the Small Visitor Attraction and Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year categories respectively. Also celebrating their victory was Tom’s Eco Lodge awarded Silver in the Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year category.

Other Island winners were Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, awarded Bronze in the Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year category and Osborne, who also beat off stiff competition to win Bronze in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category.

Liz Walker, Visit Isle of Wight Destination Development Manager, who was at the awards ceremony in Brighton said, “This was a truly glittering event that showcased the very best of the South East’s regional tourism. In particular it was so inspiring to see how many tourism businesses from the Island featured in the nominations and subsequently won prizes.

“It demonstrates the calibre of the Isle of Wight as a top-quality tourism destination and the winners should be rightly proud of the accolades that they received at this wonderful event.”

Commenting on the awards, Peter Colling, Managing Director of Tourism South East, said, “Every year the Beautiful South Awards are a reminder of the amazing wealth of fantastic tourism businesses and experiences South East of England has to offer. And this year the overall standard of entries was higher than ever making it extremely tough for the judges. The winners truly are the best of the best and a match for any in the country. We are now looking forward to our winners taking the spoils at Visit England’s National Tourism Excellence Awards in 2015”

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “The nominations for the Island businesses were funded this year by Visit Isle of Wight as part of an ongoing strategy to drive up quality and shine a spotlight on the Isle of Wight.

“The Tourism Excellence Awards provide finalists with a moment of well-deserved glory which can be used to market, promote and improve their businesses still further. I offer my hearty congratulations to all the winners, who are all worthy ambassadors for the Island.”

The Visit England National Tourism Excellence Awards ceremony will take place in May (http://www.visitenglandawards.org/).

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For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

For more information about the awards and awards night please contact awards@beautifulsouthawards.co.uk

The attached image shows staff from the Isle of Wight Owl & Monkey Haven receiving their Gold award in the Small Visitor Attraction category at this year’s Beautiful South Awards: Left to right: Peter Colling, Managing Director, Tourism South East, Antony Walser, Owl & Monkey Haven, Don Walser, Owl & Monkey Haven, Mark Smith, Board Director, Tourism South East and Rich Clarke, Heart FM Presenter.

More high resolution images are available on this link: http://www.paulfletcherphotography.co.uk/galleries/index.php?do=photocart&viewGallery=1750#page=thumbs

Visit Isle of Wight

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight. As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

Tourism South East

Tourism South East is a leading membership-based tourism organisation and provider of tourism services operating across South East England, including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, The New Forest and Kent. TSE partners with local tourism businesses and destinations, providing services and expertise to support their performance and growth. http://www.tourismsoutheast.com/ & http://www.visitsoutheastengland.com/