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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 4 Shepherds Hut on the site.

"Ellie" sleeps 2+2 guests and is a modern equipped unit with veranda doors, electric, mains water, small fridge, gas domino hob and circular sink.There is a lovely brass double bed and 2 single beds. There is also a small stove which can burn wood or coal. Outside you can find your own Victorian privy toilet! Ellie- £250 for a 4 night low season stay. 

"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. Also has its own toilet facility. Hector- £295 for a 4 night low season stay.

"Millie" sleeps 2+2 guests. Although the smallest of the huts she is very cute! There is a double bed, little wash basin and cold running water. Plus a static hive caravan pod with 2 mattresses and pillows, which suits adults or children.  Millie- £155 for a 4-night low season stay for 2 people. 

"Aunt Sally" sleeps 2+2 and have a double bed plus 2 small children's beds. There is a dining area with kitchen facilities and its own toilet. Aunt Sally - £295 for a 4 night low season 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. Galahad - £465 for a 4 night stay in low season. 

The Shack - A 1940'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 £395 for a 4 night break for 4/5 people. 

VW 1967 split screen campervans, converted into static accommodations - Bollywood 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, can sleep 3+2 guests and comprises as Scotty but with an additional single bed and alongside with the Hive camping pod. For both units prices are £155 for a 4 night stay in low season. 

Hive Camping Pod offers budget camping with mattresses. The Hobbits House can sleep 2+1 and has a typical hobbit round door. Both priced at £45 for 4 nights per person. 

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.

As well as all these properties on site there is also the Showershack which 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. On top of all that there is the SiloFAx Cinema, so remember to bring some popcorn with you plus Pigglett's Superstore, an honesty shop where you can get all your basics. 

Campervans and small tents welcome. Awnings and electric hook up included in price, please enquire for more detail. Dogs are welcome by arrangement for a small fee.

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