Eco Cabins, Isle of Wight

Price point: Mid-range

Isle of Wight

Four beautifully designed off-grid eco-cabins in a unique boutique retreat village set in a meadow environment

  • Contemporary architect-designed cabins with stylish interiors

  • A beautiful environment with a forest on your doorstep and the sea just minutes away

  • Combine your stay with learning a new skill - a 'studycation'

  • The Isle of Wight, with its slower pace of life, clean air and stunning scenery is the perfect place to unwind  

  • Permanent dwellings that provide an insight into 'living small'

  • A  genuinely green, low impact and responsible holiday

  • Year round opening

Come and stay to relax and unwind in comfort knowing that you are having a low impact on the environment. Born out of a quest for a life lived differently these eco-cabins brings the idea of radically down-sizing living space to escape the ‘work, eat, sleep, repeat’ routine - a world away from the consumer driven ‘executive mansion’.

 

The cabins are set in a wildflower strewn meadow environment adjacent to the magnificent Parkhurst Forest; with walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore – including the Isle of Wight's famous red squirrels. The development utilises many eco-friendly measures – including solar power, composting toilets, wood burning stoves and water recycling (see below).

Studycation
In keeping with a sustainable ethos, carefully curated study or hobby courses are available to provide an inspirational and unique experience. Tutors are selected based on their credentials and offer an exceptionally valuable insight into their craft, passing on expertise gained from experience. Topics include macrame, natural perfume workshop, Mental Health first aid training, Japanese style apron workshop 

Facilities 

  • Kitchen – cooker, hob, fridge with icebox and plenty of kit

  • Shower and WC – composting of course! NB these toilets are the kind that gets emptied and thoroughly cleansed between guests and can be serviced during your stay on request

  • Solar power lighting and USB sockets (regular sockets available in the studio)

  • Woodburning stove

  • Pristine white linen and towels are supplied 

  • Welcome pack

  • Outside deck – also outside seating and your own BBQ

  • Access to studio building

  • The eco-cabins are 'lo-fi'… but there is access to wi-fi in the studio should you need it

At a glance

  • Number of cabins: Four (soon to be six) architect designed eco-cabins, each will sleep up to four – either in two king sized beds or four singles.

  • Food & Beverage: Self-catering. .

  • Breakfast included: No. Breakfast baskets are available to purchase.
    Complementary tea, coffee, milk (or mylk) and homemade cakes.

  • Wi-Fi: In the Studio, not in the cabins (enjoy getting off the grid!).

  • Child friendly: Yes. Small wooden tipi for children to play in.

  • Pet friendly: No

  • Season: Year round.

  • Minimum stay: Two nights. 

  • Location: Parkhurst Forest, near Newport, Isle of Wight.

  • Access: Car or taxi - we recommend Cowes eco taxi. Public transport possible - involves 30 min walk.

  • Parking: Free parking on site. Electric Vehicle charging point for guests.

  • Pick up from station: Not available.

Who is it aimed at?

Eco-aware couples or families interested in escaping urban areas and enjoying the simple but good things in life like walking, cycling, local food, outdoor activities... Usually quite travel aware people who realise there is much to discover within the UK. 

Price Guide

Prices vary according to the cabin booked, but as a guideline prices per cabin per night are:

Low season: £95

Mid season: £105

High season: £120

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Sustainability and values

The accommodation owners founded their business on a desire to create a slower and more mindful holiday experience and fully recognise their responsibility to the environment beyond legal requirements. Environmental impact was of the utmost importance when designing each eco-cabin. Measures such as solar panels, eco toilets, log burners and reed bed filtration plus environmentally sustainable insulation methods were included to make the cabins as energy-efficient as possible, whilst still providing a comfortable stay. Local materials were used where possible and recycled where possible.

 

Monitoring and improving our environmental performance is a key part of our business strategy and the owners actively look for ways to do so. Staff are trained and commit to reducing environmental impact and through information packs guests are encouraged to do the same.

 

Energy and water:

  • We aim to use as little energy and water as possible

  • Lights and electrical goods are switched off when not in use

  • Log burners have been installed to provide efficient heat

  • Energy consumption and efficiency of new products is taken into account when purchasing

  • Reed beds filter waste water

 

Maintenance and cleaning

  • Cleaning materials used are environmentally friendly

  • Cleaning materials are purchased in bulk

  • We only use appropriate means to dispose of waste

 

Guest Welfare

  • Guests are advised to embrace off grid living and leave electricals at home

  • Guests are provided with washing up liquid and soap in refillable glass containers

  • Through our information packs we urge guests to use resources carefully

  • We re use washable dish cloths and wood & bristle scourers

  • We operate a plastic free policy

Local community
The owners employ local employees (full time staff are working mums), local craftspeople to run workshops, use local produce for food offerings and local materials in construction of the cabins.
 

"The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less” – Socrates

Our story...

After fifteen successful seasons of running one of the UK’s first glamping businesses Helen & Frazer Cunningham created these eco-cabins with the dream of taking the glamping vibe even further to create an all year round sustainable retreat village. Expect the quirkiness and ethics of a glamping break in bespoke architect-designed hand crafted eco cabins. 

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