Nettlecombe Farm Holidays
Child friendly farm, Isle of Wight – Nettlecombe Farm, Whitwell, Nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight
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About Nettlecombe Farm Holidays
Nettlecombe Farm has excellent facilities for families including three large play areas and a petting farm
Nettlecombe Farm is an idyllic farm stay that offers luxurious self-catering holiday cottages that can sleep families from 3 up to 10 on the stunning Isle of Wight. There are excellent facilities for children including three large grassed play areas and a petting farm with a wide variety of animals including reindeer, alpacas and donkeys (to name just a few!). Nettlecombe Farm is a working farm, nestled in the heart of rolling countryside, which you may not want to leave once you arrive. Climbing the hill above the farm offers breathtaking views of the island as well as a bird's eye view of the farms three coarse fishing lakes. Should you wish to tour this fabulous Island, the Isle of Wight has an abundance of things to see and do for all ages, and the seaside town of Ventnor is just three miles away.
Self Catering Holiday Accommodation
The farmhouse, barns and stables around the farmyard have been converted into nine high quality holiday properties sleeping between 3 -10. The cottages are cosy, clean, well equipped with all mod cons and really feel like home from home. The original farmhouse was converted some years ago into three fully self-contained and comfortably furnished self-catering apartments - Oats, Barley and Wheat. In 2003, the Morris family further converted the barn and stables surrounding the farmyard, to provide four additional high quality self-catering holiday cottages which are close to the animal petting area - Wren, Heron, Robin and Swallow. Cottage Corner sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with a large, enclosed garden and Forge Cottage sleeps 3 in two bedrooms complete the self-catering properties at the farm.
The Farm and Meet the Animals
Nettlecombe Farm has been in the Morris family for over 100 years. Beef cattle, sheep, ponies and donkeys graze the farm's meadows. In the Rickyard there is a wide variety of small livestock normally including chickens, geese, turkeys, pigs, goats and rabbits. In springtime, visiting children may be lucky enough to help bottle-feed the lambs. And when the kids need to let off steam there are three large grassed play areas - including one with toddlers play equipment, which has a stunning large 'Wendy' house and a fabulous wooden tractor and for the older children there is a sports pitch. There are many glorious walks and cycle routes accessible from the farm with breathtaking views of a large part of the island. Excellent coarse fishing is also available from the farm's three lakes.
Things to do on the Farm
During your stay families can join the morning feeding tours on the farm, experiencing a day in the life of a farmer. These tours take place from April until September (Monday to Friday). Guests also have full use of three fishing lakes and can take part in weekly yoga sessions. Nettlecombe Farm also partners with local organisations such as beauty therapists, childcare providers, caterers and fitness coaches to help parents get more out of their holiday.
Holidays on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight can be found off the south coast of Southern England, separated from the English Mainland by the Solent. The islands is linked to the mainland ports of Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth by vehicle ferries, high speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft. The Isle of Wight has two major car ferry operators, Red Funnel and Wight Link. At just 23 miles by 13 miles the diamond-shaped Isle of Wight is England's smallest county, over half of the Island is designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty. With plenty of sunshine, unspoilt beaches, historic houses and gardens, stunning countryside, a thriving arts scene, and abundance of activities, making it the perfect place for a family holiday.
1. The kids’ play areas – ranging from a big wooden climbing frame for older ones to toy tractors and a wendy house for smaller children.
2. The setting: the farm is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside but is also just 10 minutes’ drive from the beach.
3. Our private garden – the kids loved riding the toy tractor in the morning while we sat and drank coffee outside.
4. Open-plan living space in the cottage meant the kids could play while we sorted out meals.
5. Discovering and exploring the various animal and bird enclosures.
6. Being able to park the car right outside the cottage was so helpful for unloading and loading the car.
7. Spending time on the beach. We particularly loved the wide, sandy expanse of Compton Bay.
1. Bring basics like oil, seasonings, ground coffee, etc with you for use in the kitchen.
2. Most of the major supermarkets will deliver to the farm.
3. Don’t miss out on the animal feeding tours on Mondays and Fridays – a highlight for most visitors.
4. Book one of the cottages so you can enjoy your own private outdoor space.
5. Take wellies with you – you’re out in the countryside and this is a working farm after all, so it can get a bit muddy in damp weather.
6. Pack toys for the kids in case of rainy days.
7. Ask for a cot if you’re travelling with a baby or toddler.
8. Don’t forget to take all your beach gear – towels, swimming costumes, buckets and spades – as you’ll definitely make use of them on the island’s beautiful coastline.
What The Kids Say....
“I loved the nice bouncy hoppers and playing on the tractors. The peacocks were my favourite. I did not like the emu though, it was too big!” Lydia, 5.
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