Stay in style: the best of vintage holidays
There is no denying that the Isle of Wight has become a haven for all things vintage. Here Anthea Payne rounds up the island’s best vintage holidays. From retro campervans to secluded shacks – there is something to cater to every taste.
Isle of Wight Campervan Holidays
Choose from a selection of candy-coloured 1970s VW campervans and explore the Island at your own pace. Each camper has its own distinct character and a suitable name to match. Owners Julie and Will Sutherland include everything you might need in the price, from bed linen to kitchenware, tents to torches. March-October. Unit 2 Fishbourne Quays, Ashlake Copse Road, Ryde, PO33 4EY, 01983 642143. £300 to £815, including insurance for two. isleofwightcampers.co.uk
The fabulous Vintage Vacations Airstream caravans bring gleaming 1950s glamour to the Island. Helen and Frazer Cunningham were the first to offer American Airstream holidays in the UK and the experience has proved so successful that 2018 will be their 15th year. The fleet, located on a small working farm 10 minutes from Ryde, includes 13 quintessential American trailers and four English vintage caravans. Each trailer has been lovingly restored and kitted out, while remaining authentic to the style of the era. Hazelgrove Farm, Ashey Road, Ashey, Ryde, PO33 4BD, 07802 758113. From £205, vintagevacations.co.uk
Brought to you by the folks at Vintage Vacations, The Shacks are three individual and quirky properties dotted about the Island. The Mission, near Chale, is a converted corrugated tin tabernacle, originally built in 1895, with a distinctly mid-century modern vibe. The Scout Hall, located just 10 minutes away, has been converted into an upside-down house to make the most of the beautiful views and has more of a 1960s feel (one of the four bedrooms is dedicated to Elvis). The Shack, meanwhile, is located in a secluded spot near Cowes, in rolling farmland that meets the sea. Simply styled, it invites you to be gloriously off-grid for a while. 07802 758113. From £280, theshacks.co.uk