If you’re looking for unusual places to stay on the Isle of Wight – for a trip with a difference – then take a look at this lovely selection for some inspiration.
If you see something you like, book quickly as cool accommodation on the Isle of Wight gets snapped up fast!
If you haven’t been, a trip to the Isle of Wight really is a must. With all those lovely beaches it’s definitely best in summer, but any time of year can offer something different, including breezy sea walks, moody skies and less tourists if you pick the right time – still so much to love no matter the season.
I’ll start with my favourite unusual place to stay on the Isle of Wight – the Spice Girls’ actual tour bus from SpiceWorld. Amazing!
Unusual Places to Stay on the Isle of Wight
If you’re looking for Isle of Wight accommodation, how about staying somewhere more unusual on the Isle of Wight this year? Here’s my pick of the best unusual places to stay on the Isle of Wight out there.
1. Original Spice Girls Bus!
I’ll tell you what I want – THIS. The amazing original Spice Girls bus from the Spice World movie – the SPICEBUS!
Not only will you get a beautifully decked out bus as your accommodation for the night – which Posh, Sporty, Ginger et al have genuinely BEEN ON – you’ll also get a great location overlooking Island Harbour Marina a few miles outside of Newport.
The bus looks exactly as it did in Spice World, but the inside is now a cosy home for you and your 2 friends. You can relax and hang out on the Union Jack cinema-style chairs listening to the retro CD player, with Wannabe on loop.
The toilet and kitchen facilities are in a separate block, but, no worries, there’s a mini fridge inside the bus for to keep the essentials cool. There’s also a shop and restaurant within a minute’s walk.
Click here to see availability and prices for the Spice Girls Bus
2. Tom’s Modulogs
I love Tom’s Eco Lodge Modulogs. Check out my video to see an Isle of Wight Festival hungover me trying to show you round the facilities. These unique designs are fitted with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay year round. Log burners, wood-fired hot tubs, and heaters come as standard.
Stay here and you’ll have two bedrooms, WiFi, a decking area and all the kitchen essentials.
“The Modulogs are at Tom’s Eco Lodge, Tapnell Farm, with plenty of open space and amazing views / spectacular sunsets. We have Tapnell Farm Park, The Cow restaurant, Adventure Activities, Clay Pigeon Shooting and lots more on site.”
Everything you need to know about staying in the Modulogs
Anything else you need to know?
Watch my video, or check out my post on the Modulogs here! ^^
Click here to see availability and prices for the Modulogs
3/4. Debby the Vintage Caravan
A 1960s caravan on the Isle of Wight – could your England holiday be anymore wonderfully kitsch?
Stay in Debby the Vintage Caravan and you’ll be in a field full of Airstreams, in beautiful IOW countryside. Recently refurbished, you’ll be cosy and warm in here nestled in among the new white linen, upholstery and curtains. It’s your home away from home for two people here, with an electricity supply, small kitchen sink and basic kitchen facilities too.
You’ll need to use the campsite’s shower and toilet separately but what’s a traditional British caravan holiday without an early morning walk to the toilet block?
If you don’t fancy Debby, then how about Gloria the Caravan instead?
Click here to see availability and prices for the Debby Caravan, and the Gloria Caravan
5. Americana Airstreams
How about a unique stay in an award-winning Airstream on the Isle of Wight? Couples or best friends will love the charming classic Americana. There are three to choose from, all in original condition and dating from 1954, 1960 and 1962.
Inside you’ll find a double bed, another pull out bed, a small cooker and fridge, a heater and plugs too. You’ll have all you need for a brew, and there are music facilities and board games too.
ALSO, your own outdoor picnic bench with parasol and two deck chairs as well as a BBQ and log burner. Toilets and showers are on site and don’t forget your American adapter for the plug sockets – (if you do, they have them).
“Tucked away on a small working farm, our spacious, grassy field is in a peaceful, pretty spot with views over to Brading Downs.”
Click here to see availability and prices for the Airstream on the Isle of Wight
6. The Potting Shed, in Ventnor Botanical Garden
IMAGINE spending a few nights in a sub-tropical botanical garden in a Potting Shed.
Well, this is your chance.
“Tucked away in the Upper Nursery at the sub-tropical Ventnor Botanic Garden, The Potting Shed is a tiny home perfect for a couple’s short break. The Potting Shed’s floor to ceiling window provides an uninterrupted view across the Upper Garden to the English Channel beyond, and you’ll have unlimited access to the gardens. Simple kitchen, outside wood deck, composting toilet and digital shower shared with adjacent cabin and occasional campers. You can enjoy on-site yoga classes, public events and more.”
Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
You can see the botanical garden in this video I made on days out on the Isle of Wight here.
It’s a magical place.
Check out the Ventnor Botanical Garden in my video
Stay in the Potting Shed and not only do you get to live in the garden, but you can also dine at the cafes and restaurants and order meals to your shed.
I presume you’ll want to leave at some point, so you’ll be happy to know you’re in a great spot to explore the Coastal Path, Steephill Cove, and The Undercliff.
Click here to see availability and prices for the Potting Shed
7. Creekside floating home
Look for a creekside floating home with an adjacent cabin?
Yeah I didn’t know I was either, until I found it on Airbnb. Look at it!
Located in Wooton Bridge, just ten minutes from the Fishbourne ferry terminal, you’ll be in a great location. You’ll also have a living room, kitchen and your own balcony over the water. The main USP though, is the seating deck overlooking the creek. Fabulous!
“Rena Haus is a floating home on Wootton Creek, a tidal creek off the Solent, home to much sealife including beautiful swans that swim by on a daily basis as well as breathtaking views on your doorstep. The property comprises Rena Haus on the water and Rena Sommerhaus, a self contained cabin set back from the water with it’s own bathroom and facilities. A true tranquil retreat.”
Click here to see availability and prices for the creekside floating home
8. Entire wing of a manor house
If you like your holiday accommodation kinda olde worlde, then this manor house on the Isle of Wight is the one for you. You can stay in your OWN wing in a manor house – dreams!
The grand country Manor House is set in its own mature grounds by the coast. It’s the original country seat of Lord Pelham, now Lord and Lady Thompson.
Style, privacy and peace are all here for you at the manor – you’ll even have your own outside access stairs to the wing.
Invite your friends, but make sure you bag the master bedroom for yourself. You’ll have your own private sun deck here, and a super king four poster bed too.
The location is great – just off the Isle of Wight coastal path and at St. Lawrence Undercliffe. Make sure you read the full description before you book. The WiFi sounds a bit ropey tbh. Just as a warning.
Click here to see availability and prices for the wing at the Manor House
9. Super cool treehouse
Six guests, 4 beds and two bedrooms, all up in a treehouse on the Isle of Wight – let your childhood dreams come TRUE!
Stay here and you can expect comfy beds and stylish interiors, as well as lots of outdoor space and a unique getaway to show off to your friends about. You’ll have ultimate privacy here, in the stunning and peaceful woodland surroundings.
LOOK AT IT IN WINTER!
“The sleep-house is joined by decking to a separate cosy living-house, with logburner and full kitchen facilities, with a big outdoor deck and BBQ facilities below. French doors lead out onto a sunny decking area for al fresco eating, relaxing and entertaining.”
The treehouse has been newly built to extremely high standards, is fully insulated and you’ll find all the kitchen essentials in there. Books, puzzles and games are all provided.
Click here to see availability and prices for the Treehouse
10. Hiker’s Hut on the coastal path
The Hiker’s Hut is in a fabulous clifftop location, overlooking Shanklin Beach in Highcliff in one of England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The famous Isle of Wight Coastal Path is at the front gate, making it the perfect choice if you’re on a walking holiday around or in the island. There’s one double bed on a mezzanine and two singles in bunk beds on the ground floor. You’ll have a kitchenette and a shower room too. Also, private space outside.
“The Hut borders a National Trust field and is a perfect cabin for hikers, bird watchers, beach goers and nature lovers. With its own separate entrance and garden, it sits in the apple orchard of Highcliff Estate, Luccombe.”
Keep your eyes peeled for the butterflies, red squirrels, barn owls, pheasants, woodpeckers and the ‘black rabbits’. Also, paragliders, Spitfire flybys and helicopters too – never a dull moment up here!
Click here to see availability and prices for the Hiker’s Hut
Check out our post on how to have a great day out in Ryde.
Accommodation on the Isle of Wight
6. Potting Shed
10. The Hiker’s Hut
As you’ve seen – there are loads of great, unique places to stay on the Isle of Wight. So, what are you waiting for – get over there!