Here’s our guide to the best boutique hotels in England’s Isle of Wight.
For a magical stay where your imagination can run wild, choose Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, which offers pretty accommodation including a beautiful treehouse. Tastefully decorated and equipped with all mod-cons, this is a delightful place to call home during your stay on the island. Get back to nature from the comfort and safety of a bubbling hot tub.
This is a good’un. If the treehouse thing didn’t excite you enough, then perhaps a night or two on this tiny floating fort will. A truly unique experience, your stay at this exclusive hotel makes a thrilling change from the traditional B&Bs we all know and love. There are 23 en suite bedrooms and, unsurprisingly, you’re guaranteed a sea view. With a hearty restaurant menu and classy cabaret acts by night, this little island (which you’ll spot on the ferry ride across from the mainland) will make you some grand memories.
These delightful huts make an ideal romantic escape from the bustle of this busy island. Snug in a wonderfully rural setting, these modern spaces are perfectly equipped to let you whip up a cooked breakfast or wine and dine your loved one at the height of luxury. Windy walks in the surrounding countryside are all the sweeter knowing you’ll soon be home to this clean and cosy retreat. There’s a hot tub here, too, to relax your tired legs after a windswept stroll on the Isle of Wight’s gorgeous sands.
You’ll find St Catherine’s Lighthouse just outside the scenic hamlet of Niton and not too far from popular Ventnor (where Edward Elgar is believed to have spent his honeymoon). Choose from three former lighthouse keeper’s cottages including Landward which sleeps up to four of you. With a shared grass area for summer picnics and a real ale pub a breezy 10-minute stroll up the hill, any one of these beautiful buildings would make for a fine place to stay and, of course, to admire the postcard-perfect white lighthouse itself, which sits proudly at St Catherine’s Point.
No one does caravanning quite like the British. In fact, does anyone else even do it at all? Shiny camper vans with blacked-out windows, yes. Super trendy VWs with 1960s flower-power print, sure. But a good, old-fashioned caravan? Not so much. This is a true taste of the summer holidays growing up in Blighty. From its dumpy silhouette to its hand-stitched curtains, a real caravan offers sheer delight unrivalled by fancier mobile homes. Vintage Vacations offers you the chance to sleep outdoors in one of these adorable vans, decorated inside to kitsch perfection. With lovely sea views and excellent facilities, this charming accommodation adds a quirky twist to your stay on the Isle of Wight.