Following the success (apart from the breakdown!) of last year’s big summer camping trip to Cornwall, this year we settled on the Isle of Wight and hoped for a repeat experience. We spent quite a while researching campsites in the IoW and found quite a few impressive looking places with gorgeous cliff-top views out over the sea. We were a little worried by some reports of high winds though so decided to hedge our bets and split our time between two different sites. Beaper Farm was the first site, and was selected because it’s close to Ryde and a little further inland than some of the other sites so we hoped it might be a little more sheltered if the weather turned against us.
Grange Farm was the second campsite that we stayed in on the Isle of Wight. Before we set off on our holiday, we were looking forward to staying here, having looked at the website and seen the location and the views. Having already spent a few days being rained on and blown about by the British weather though, we were more than a little nervous about staying at the top of a cliff!
We arrived at Heaven Farm on a sunny Friday afternoon in May, in need of some relaxation after a particularly bad week at work. Thankfully, we picked a site which allowed us to do just that!
It doesn’t sell itself as a campsite but as more of a tourist attraction. As we turned down the gravel drive, we could see it had it all – a lovely old farmhouse and barns (housing a farming museum!), a tea room, farm shop, garden shop, gift shop, a nature trail and a kangaroo enclosure – all set within 100 acres of rolling Sussex countryside.