Isle of Wight luxury bed and breakfast
The house has been providing guest accommodation since at least the 1960's - we occasionally get callers who tell us they used to stay here when they were children. The farm's location in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) makes it ideal for those seeking total peace and relaxation.
Guests love seeing the variety of unusual and rare breed animals - Mangalitza curly coated pigs, Castlemilk moorit sheep, llamas, alpacas, dogs, miniature Shetland ponies, horses, cattle, chickens, geese, ducks, red squirrels and possibly foxes and badgers.
The bridleway running through the farm was used by Queen Victoria's carriage when she visited the neighbouring Appuldurcombe Estate.
Special things to do and see here
- Llama trekking
- Look at the stars - we have no light pollution and beautiful dark skies
- Coarse fishing
- Horse riding
The island abounds with attractions such as Osborne House, former home of Queen Victoria, the award winning Brading Roman villa, Appuldurcombe Owl & Falconry Centre, Sandown zoo with the big cats which were broadcast as Tiger Island, Owl & Monkey Haven - this is just a selection - there are many more.
There is a wide variety of pubs, cafés and restaurants. Within walking distance of the farm is the Taverners (Michelin rated pub) and Essex restaurant. The Michelin starred Hambrough is a short drive away as is Olivos Italian restaurant.
Rooms, food and facilities
The Shepherd's Hut is located by the Secret Pond - very peaceful and secluded with compost toilet adjacent and luxury shower room just 200m away. Breakfast is served in the hall of the main house.
Our 2 rooms in the house are spacious and comfortable with en suite facilities (both have bath and free standing shower), colour TV and countryside views. WiFi is available. Breakfast is served in the impressive oak-panelled hall. As we only cater for a few guests at a time the service is very personal and we aim to provide a home from home.
Local and organic produce is used wherever possible including free range Isle of Wight bacon and sausages produced on a neighbouring farm, our own free range eggs and honey, British organic milk and butter plus preserves homemade with our own fruit. Locally pressed apple juice is served together with a selection of other pure fruit juices.
Cycling & walking friendly: There are facilities if you wish to bring your own horse or bicycle and drying facilities for walkers. Maps and walking/cycling guides are available.
Disabled friendly: As the house is 100 years old and our 2 rooms are on the first floor it is not feasible to provide disabled facilities for all types of disability. However, some disabilities can be catered for eg people with sight impairment. Specific provision can be discussed at time of booking and provided to the guest. Service dogs are welcome.
How to find us
By car: We are situated south of Newport approximately 45 minutes drive from each of the three car ferry ports. The car ferry can be booked for you by us (Lymington to Yarmouth, Southampton to Cowes or Portsmouth to Ryde). Specific directions from the ports will be provided on booking or request.
By rail: The train runs from Ryde Pier to Shanklin from where we can collect you, you can catch a bus or take a taxi to the house.
Passenger ferries: Passenger ferries run regularly from Lymington to Yarmouth, Southampton to Cowes and Portsmouth to Ryde.
By bus: The number 3 bus from Newport or Shanklin will bring you to the bottom of our drive.
Lower carbon travel: The cost of ferry travel for foot passengers is refunded.
How this holiday makes a difference
We are committed to preserving the diverse eco system which exists on the farm. We have wild orchids and many other wild flowers which remain undisturbed and are allowed to set seed. There are 7 ponds which host waterfowl and different varieties of damsel and dragon flies.
The farm is home to abundant wildlife including foxes, badgers, rabbits, dormice, red squirrels, toads, voles and a wide variety of birds including buzzards, sparrows, woodpeckers, blue tits, chaffinches, wagtails, heron, English partridge, owls, blackbirds, robins. Our philosophy is to live and let live and integrate our domestic farm animals with the natural environment.
The landscape can be experienced by following the many footpaths and bridleways that cross the farm - either on foot, cycle or horse. Guests can walk the llamas on the farm in a safe environment away from traffic and can also go into some of the fields to get closer to th animals - accompanied by Kathy or Mark.