Opening in 2017, Tiny Homes is a new, ethical way to holiday on the Isle of Wight. Currently scheduled to open in late summer, Tiny Homes is all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time – and living simply in a smallholding environment.
It has been created by the people behind Vintage Vacations – the first Airstream caravan holidays in the UK. Like Airstreams, the tiny house movement originated in the US, among people choosing to downsize and live more simply. And the same ethos applies on the Isle of Wight site.
The architect designed Tiny Homes are set in a smallholding environment adjacent to the Parkhurst Forest, with walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore – including the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels. Tranquil coastlines and the coastal town of Cowes are a cycle ride away.
The development incorporates many eco-friendly measures, including solar power, composting toilets, wood burning stoves and water recycling.
There will initially be three Tiny Homes on the site, eventually rising to six, but the aim it to purposefully keep it…tiny!
Should they wish, guests will be able to spend time working in the mandala gardens, and – if they do so – they will be able to help themselves to the produce. There will also be various workshops and events on offer in a separate studio that will reflect the philosophy of Tiny Homes.
The Isle of Wight Tiny Homes will all be finished to the highest standards…making them truly tiny, but perfectly formed. They have also been designed with holidaymakers in mind – featuring everything to make a stay here comfortably luxurious and with enough space for storage. The idea, however, is to travel light and fit right in; and ingenious internal architecture is aimed at surprising guests at just how spacious Tiny can feel!
The Tiny Homes Holidays have also embraced the ‘Tourism for All’ concept: all of the first phase of homes have been thoughtfully designed to cater for all guests including those with hearing, visual or mental impairment, older guests and people with certain types of Dementia. The aim is to offer a great holiday experience for these guests and their carers and families.
In time, there will be a full schedule of workshops, courses and experiences. Courses will range from pilates and yoga to painting and drawing, clothing upcycling and theatrical costumes, to life coaching, bread-making, and workshops for pregnant couples.
Tiny Homes Holidays is currently on schedule for a soft opening on the Isle of Wight in July, when is hoped press visits will also be welcome. They will then be ready for guests from late summer.
Further detail can be found at www.tinyhomesholidays.com.
Also new for 2017, on the Isle of Wight will be the appearance of the Island’s first Modulogs, which will offer year-round accommodation for up to 6 people, in a glamping pod at Tapnell Farm.
As well as having the best views at Tom’s Eco Lodge, the Modulogs were designed specifically with their guests in mind. The cosy accommodation pods are fully insulated and kitted out with heaters, comfy sofas (which fold out into sofa beds), log burners, dining tables, compact kitchens with all the essentials, two bedrooms, and separate shower room and toilet. Both have WiFi, and electricity for lighting and plug sockets. Outside, each Modulog has its own decking area, with seating, BBQ area, and a log-burning hot tub designed for up to 6 people. Prices range from £300 for 2 nights (low season); £1,299 for 7 nights (peak).
For further details, visit http://tomsecolodge.com/modulogs/.
For other examples of what’s new on the Isle of Wight this year, visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/escape-to-adventure-island.