Farm stay in the top crop

By a County Press reporter

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Farm stay in the top crop

Liz Morris, son, William, and visitors Tamsin, four, and Isabella Gration, six. Inset, the reindeer. Picture by Peter Boam.

AN Isle of Wight farm has been chosen as one of the best to stay at by a national newspaper.

Nettlecombe Farm, Whitwell, was selected as one of the four best British farm stays by the Daily Telegraph.

The farm, which has nine self-catering cottages in stunning countryside, prides itself on its great selection of animals to pet, ranging from alpaca to reindeer, as well as three fishing lakes, play areas and a yoga barn.

The farm has been in the Morris family for more than 100 years and current owner Jose and her daughter, Liz, run the business.

The Telegraph described it as an excellent choice for anyone wanting to explore the Island and praised the safe environment for children.

Liz Morris said: "We were so delighted to be chosen and it immediately sparked a surge of bookings for next year after it appeared in Saturday’s paper.

"We have worked hard over the years in building up this business and it is now paying dividends, with lots of repeat bookings."


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by Russell Palin

20th August 2013, at 09:21:12

year round.

Remaining characters ..Yeh yeh yeh...

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by Russell Palin

20th August 2013, at 09:17:45

From a conversation with a friend:- We came to the conclusion that Farm based holidays might be a more "all year round" holiday business if allowed by planners.
The thought of a steady trickle of year round holidaymakers is sound I suggest. The coast resorts always look dreary in winter in my and many others opinions. Farms on the otherhand are definitely not dreary in the closed season...
Farms are in the heart of the countryside, most on the Island are in or very near AONB. Beautiful, romantic, splendid isolation etc, etc,
Of course most of the gift shops and amusements will close for the winter, but the Pubs restaurants and shops stay open all year, they would benefit and help at the same time.
The only danger I can see is that farms sell off the business separate from the farm, I presume that planning could prevent this.
What I am saying is there should be lots more like Nettlecombe Farm on the IoW all with 12 month holiday planning consent.
Posh chefs in pubs all

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by Mark Hitchman

19th August 2013, at 12:14:11

Still no idea!! :)

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by Russell Palin

18th August 2013, at 22:29:01

Blind reindeer LOL

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by Dennis Moor

18th August 2013, at 13:23:33

We are "overners" but visit the Island at least 3 times a year. Havent' stayed at this place which I am sure is lovely by the description Many lovely places to stay but we are so grateful we found "Manser" near the Botanic Gardens at Ventnor. They really ought to be up for an award as well. Back soon!!!

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by John Lennon

18th August 2013, at 11:50:47

@ Lee: Dear, dear!.....

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by Russell Palin

18th August 2013, at 11:19:28

I did not know there were any reindeer on the Island.
Nice to see a Island holiday business flourishing.

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