Luxury self catering accommodation on the Isle of Wight
Description from the accommodation owner
Offering everything from complete tranquillity, vibrant festivals, adrenaline pumping watersports, relaxed wandering and more sunshine than the rest of the UK, there is always a good time to visit the Isle of Wight. To get there our preferred option is via one of Wightlink’s ferry services. With departures from both Lymington and Portsmouth to Ryde, Yarmouth and Fishbourne operating hourly or more throughout the day, Wightlink makes getting to the Isle of Wight easy.
Luxury self catering accommodation on the Isle of Wight: the story of this holiday company
We 've always been passionate about wildlife and nature. Some years ago we became interested in rare breed farm animals and organic food. In 2002 the chance arose for us to move to the Isle of Wight and we came to live at Godshill Park Farm. We moved in in May 2003. Guests were already staying on a small scale so we carried on, found we enjoiyed it and developed the business.
Responsible tourism: Luxury self catering accommodation on the Isle of Wight
The farm and garden are organic and the farmland is entered into environmental stewardship schemes which mean extensive grazing by cattle and sheep, no fertilizers or pesticides are used and bee & butterfly nectar rich grasses are planted.
Our woodlands host bats, dormice and red squirrels which are European Protected Species. All wildlife is encouraged with foxes and badgers often seen. Only native plants are used and the grounds are not manicured therefore watering is kept to a minimum.
All glass, paper and food waste is recycled/composted and guests are encouraged to do the same. Water saving bags are fitted in the toilets to minimise water used for flushing. We have a green island gold award and a copy of our environmental policy is provided for each unit.
The cost of ferry travel for foot passengers is refunded.
There are several footpaths which cross our organic farmland and these are well used by locals and visitors including local school children visiting the farm. A local part time seasonal cleaner is employed.
Toiletries provided for guests are produced on the island from locally grown lavender, cakes are also locally made, all services used are local trades people.
Guests are encouraged to recycle and make a donation to Gift to Nature. We work closely with Godshill Organics. They stock our beef and lamb in their shop when available and it's from there I normally buy cakes for guests' arrival. Guests are encouraged to shop at Godshill Organics and also the weekly Farmers' Market.
We are committed to preserving the diverse eco system which exists on the farm. We have wild orchids and many other wild flowers which remain undisturbed and are allowed to set seed. There are 7 ponds which host waterfowl and different varieties of damsel and dragon flies.
The farm is home to abundant wildlife including foxes, badgers, rabbits, dormice, red squirrels, toads, voles and a wide variety of birds including buzzards, sparrows, woodpeckers, blue tits, chaffinches, wagtails, heron, English partridge, owls, blackbirds, robins. Our philosophy is to live and let live and integrate our domestic farm animals with the natural environment.
The landscape can be experienced by following the many footpaths and bridleways that cross the farm - either on foot, cycle or horse. Guests can walk the llamas on the farm in a safe environment away from traffic and can also go into some of the fields to get closer to th animals - accompanied by Kathy or Mark.