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Windmill Campersite

Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, England

Small secluded glamping site offering a range of unusual accom including a Helicopter, shepherd's huts, VW Campervans and wooden shack.


Windmill Campersite, set in the centre of the Isle of Wight, is a small, exclusive glamping site offering quirky accommodation including Galahad the Helicopter, 3 Shepherds huts, The Shack, 2, 1970's VW campervans and Hive pods plus there is the Showershack and big Bertha - a large BBQ/pizza oven plus Mrs Firepit. The site is perfect for individuals, families or groups.

There are scenic walks from the site through the Clatterford streams, across the fields, around the moat of Carisbrooke Castle and the village with local shops and public houses (just 5 minutes away). For a larger town with a range of facilities, shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, just 20 minutes walk from the campsite is Newport, the main town on the Isle of Wight.

There are 3 Shepherds Hut on the site.

"Ellie" sleeps 2 guests and is a modern equipped unit with veranda doors, electric mains water, small fridge, gas domino hob, circular sink and a double bed. There is also a small stove which can burn wood or coal.

"Hector" can sleep up to 4 and has a rusty style on its exterior, yet inside offers comfort. There is a double bed, 2 small children's beds, a dining area and kitchen sink with hot and cold running water. Hector is equipped with a combination oven/grill microwave, fridge, electric domino hob, kettle and toaster plus a small raised patio outside.

¨Millie¨ sleeps, 2 guests. Although the smallest of the huts she is very cute! There is a double bed, little wash basin and cold running water.

Prices include linen. Prices are based on 2 people sharing, midweek Mon-Fri, weekend Fri-Mon. Prices start from:

Hector- £225 midweek stay / £235 weekend stay.

Ellie- £165 for a 4-night midweek stay / £185 for a 3-night weekend stay.

Millie- £125 for a 4-night midweek stay / £145 for a 3-night weekend stay.

Galahad is a Westland Wessex XT469 Helicopter (with a lot of history!) that can accommodate up to 4 guests. The cockpit offers a great view of the valley. The kitchen has an American caravan style layout with stainless steel units with gas hob, triple sink, oven/microwave, fridge, a small table and chairs. There is also a small cloakroom with a WC, hand basin and bidet. Guests also have use of the Showershack for showers. The main 'copter' has a mini bedroom with a fitted foam mattress which has space for either one extra adult or 2 small children, the main double bed is located off the main 'copter' and has a cockpit dome above for star gazing. Outside there is a breakfast decking area and enough space to park a car.

Prices include linen: £350 for weekend / £335 midweek stay based on 2 guests sharing.

Enquire for single night stays from £150 a night.

The Shack - A 1950's design with thatched roof, old brass taps and a 1930's cooker. Other features include a spiral staircase which leads you to a double bedroom and with galley stairs down into the kitchen. There you can find a small eating area, cooking facilities and appliances, sofa, toilet/wash basin and another double bedroom.

Prices include linen and start from £335 for a midweek break / £350 weekend break based on 2 people sharing.

VW 1967 split screen campervans, converted into static accommodations - Bollywood, aka Henry and Scotty.

Scotty can sleep 2+2 guests and comprises of one double bed, sink with hot water, fridge and other kitchen appliances and an outdoor BBQ. Alongside Scotty, there is a static Hive camping pod which sleeps an additional 2 guests.

Bollywood, aka Henry, can sleep 3+2 guests and comprises as Scotty but with an additional single bed and alongside with the Hive camping pod.

Prices include linen. For both units prices per night start from £85 based on 1-2 persons / £124 based on 3-4 persons. Under 16yrs -15% discount.

Hive Camping Pods offers budget camping with mattresses. Priced at £35 for 1 night for 2 with reductions for longer stays. The Hive Double with decking can sleep 3/4 people. Priced at £70 for 1 night with reductions for longer stays.

Supplements apply during IOW Festival (8-12 June)

Campervans who stay for 3 or more nights may have use of a Hive Pod for free - enquire at the time of booking. There is space for 10 small campervans, 6 of which can use hook up facilities.

The Showershack offers modern shower and toilet facilities, with music, hot air - enriched with solar power electric and water. There is also a separate small shower room, 2 hand basins with mirrors, a urinal and 2 WC's. Spudomatic, a jacket potato oven and Big Bertha a large BBQ/Pizza oven are available for use plus Mrs Fire Pit which offers a place to gather round a small open firepit and socialise with the other guests.

There are small supplements for extra adults and children, awning, electric hook up. Dogs are welcome by arrangement for a small fee.

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