Locks Farm

UK England South East England Isle Of Wight Newport

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Relaxed farm glamping with easy access to quietest parts of the Isle of Wight coast
At the edge of Locks Farm is a wonderfully dynamic tidal creek. When the saltwater drains away it leaves a slippery smudge of dark brown mud, speckled with green buds of samphire. Yet gradually, over the day as the tide begins to rise, the space changes altogether; the mud disappears beneath the shimmering blue waters and fat sea bass swim idly around beneath the surface, plopping up occasionally to scout for bugs and flies.

Call us overly philosophical, but the creek seems an extension of island life itself. Dynamic and interesting yet wonderfully calm and pleasantly slow, the Isle of Wight boasts a fistful of activities yet a relaxing, holiday-friendly pace. Which brings us to Locks Farm. If you want to drift to and fro like the waters in the creek then this stunning site seems precisely the place to do it.

Owned by third generation cattle farmers, John and Hayley Angell, it has seen the ebb and flow of change. Once home to a small dairy herd, the farm has modernised with the times, it’s stock growing in numbers and its business diversifying to include glamping in a quiet corner of the farm. The feel, though, is still one that’s wholly traditional. The brick farm house is wonderfully quaint, the chickens roam around as though they’ve been here longer than humans and the accommodation itself has a classic, country feel.

In total there are just three Canvas Lodges, safari tent style units that have wooden floors and three different rooms within. The master room features a king sized bed, there’s a separate twin room, and the largest space is a combination of kitchen and dining areas. The whole lodge is kitted out with everything you need – from duvets and pillows to pots and pans – and outside the likes of a pizza oven add that extra luxury element.

It’s the atmosphere of it all that makes for such a fantastic site though. John and Hayley are attentive without being constantly at your door and their farmyard tours give a fun insight into their lives on the farm. Then there’s the sheer space. Not just wandering around down by the creek but running freely in the field beyond the lodges or taking to the footpath that leads around the coast. It’s an easy walk to Gurnard Beach – shingle and sand, precariously close to being sand castle friendly, yet just when you think you’ve got it they fall back down – while the Sportsmen’s Rest pub, is another good walk (for obvious reasons!). When you settle back at the campsite the tide may just have returned again and the fish will be back. It’s all a gentle cycle and, even if only for a long weekend, it’s a joy to be a part of.

Details

Facilities

Canvas Lodges include a double bed, bunk beds and a cosy cupboard bed. The lodge has also has an en suite flushing toilet and the campsite shower block is fresh and modern, refurbished in 2015. Lodges have a kitchenette with outdoor cooker and a living space with sofas, a dining table and the like. Wood is supplied for heating and cooking along with a starter pack of candles and lamp oil. Towels and bedding are all provided. Campers shouldn't pass up the opportunity to have a farm tour, but closer to the tent there are also chickens and a coup where you can collect fresh eggs.

Suitable For

Kids, families, glampers – yes. Campervans, caravans, tents, dogs – no.

Nearby

On the quieter, western side of the island, Locks Farm is close to some quintessentially English villages, like beautiful Calbourne (with a fantastic old watermill; 01983 531227) and Colwell Bay, on the coast with just a couple of shops and a pleasant beach. Nearer than both is Yarmouth. Of all the island’s many small towns, it's the one that most embraces all things Wight. With its dinky harbour, miniature Yarmouth Castle (01983 760678), yacht club, marina and ferry terminal it’s a bustling hive of maritime activity on an accessible scale. The varied selection of interesting shops can be walked around in under an hour and the town’s cycle hire outlets (01983 761800) make it a good starting place for a two-wheeled tour. At the most western edge, The Needles Park (08717 200022) is a must visit and best seen by walking along the heritage coast there, stopping off at the Tennyson Down monument. Closer to the campsite, however, Newton National Nature Reserve (01983 531785), less than a mile away, is an equally stunning spot for finding the islands resident wildlife.

Food & Drink

Breakfast and local food hampers are available from the campsite at an extra charge and home made meals can be supplied (enquire in advance). It's a little under half a mile (10-minute walk) to The Sportsman's Rest (01983 522044), a wonderful country pub serving hearty meals.

Opening Times

Start of April–end October.

Location

Contact Locks Farm, Locks Farm, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 4PF

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Getting There

The campsite is within half an hour of all three main Isle of Wight ports.

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