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Nettlecombe Farm, Whitwell, Isle of Wight

Nettlecombe Farm, Whitwell, Isle of Wight

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Award winning self-catering

Nettlecombe Farm Holidays

One of the Isle of Wight’s best self-catering destinations was created out of a need to diversify once the farming industry became increasingly more challenging for the owners.

Nettlecombe Farm, nestled in a picturesque corner of the island and surrounded by beautiful South Wight countryside, is now popular with a wide range of visitors, who can participate in an impressive number of activities.

The farm, which has been in the Morris family for over a century, took its first steps in the tourism industry in the 1970 when the main farmhouse was converted into a six-bedroomed guesthouse offering bed and breakfast and evening meals.

Today, Nettlecombe Farm consists of nine converted self-catering premises benefiting from several delightful rustic play areas, three coarse fishing lakes, a light and airy function barn and a petting area that has a very wide selection of interesting animals, including alpaca, donkeys, poultry, goats, reindeer and an emu!


“For the past five years we have seen a year-on-year steady increase on very healthy occupancy rates,” says owner Jose Morris. “We feel this consistent high rate is a testament to our ability to retain repeat customers as well as attract new ones. Word-of-mouth recommendations have helped us to remain popular and busy.”

And there’s no room for complacency at Nettlecombe Farm with “continuous improvement” being at the heart of the business.

“We always strive to do better and consistently aim to exceed expectations. We believe this philosophy is what keeps us firmly at the top of our league,” adds Jose.

“We know that a holiday is a very special occasion that lives long in the memories of our guests and we do our best to leave them with an unforgettable and positive experience that makes them want to return year after year and tell all their friends.

“We have a glorious setting with breath-taking views and provide a unique experience unrivalled by any of our competitors. This is backed up with excellent customer service and facilities.”

During their stay visitors can join the morning feeding tours on the farm, experiencing a day in the life of a farmer. These tours take place from April until September (Monday to Friday). They also have full use of three fishing lakes and can take part in weekly yoga sessions.

The business also partners with local organisations such as beauty therapists, childcare providers, caterers and fitness coaches to help guests get more out of their holiday.


“We love Nettlecombe Farm,” continues Jose. “It has been our family home for over 100 years and we make our guests feel like it’s their home during their stay. One of our key objectives is to make guests want to come back, and we have evidence to suggest this is working. In 2013 over 50% of our customers were repeat bookings and we have generations of families who have been visiting for well over 30 years.”

Nettlecombe Farm was Highly Commended in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014, Self-catering Holiday Provider of the Year category.

Stay with us

Our traditional Isle of Wight farm buildings have been converted to provide comfortable and modern places to stay.

Wren: Converted milking parlour (sleeps three to four)

Robin: Converted grain storage barn (sleeps five)

Heron: Converted stable block (sleeps six)

Swallow: Converted milking parlour (sleeps ten)

Corner Cottage: Stunning stone cottage (sleeps eight)

Forge Cottage: Converted blacksmiths forge (sleeps three)

Oats: Converted farmhouse property (sleeps four)

Barley: Converted farmhouse property (sleeps six)

Wheat: Converted farmhouse property (sleeps eight)

Our Residents

Some of our full-time residents at Nettlecombe Farm include reindeer, donkeys, alpacas, goats, poultry and many more.Forge Cottage (sleeps three) Converted blacksmiths forge

Yoga at Nettlecombe Farm

We work with a range of wonderful, experienced yoga teachers who offer weekly classes, workshops and residential retreats at the farm. Yoga classes are held in our under floor heated function barn which provides the perfect space and environment for your practice.

We supply all yoga equipment including mats, blankets, straps, blocks and bricks.


If you enjoy fishing then you should take advantage of our three lakes that are located a 150 yard stroll down the lane, which is also accessible by car. These man made but now wholly naturalised lakes cover an area of one and a half acres and are well-stocked with carp, roach and tench of various sizes. The largest recorded fish caught from these lakes to date was a 20lb carp caught by a 12 year old boy.

Yearly, double figures are caught. As well as being a peaceful place to pass the time and admire the beautiful scenery the lakes offer something to anglers of all abilities; good sport for the experienced angler and simply a chance to catch fish for the novice.

Guests staying at Nettlecombe Farm can fish free of charge, and the lakes are also open to the public for a daily ‘per rod’ charge of £5.00.

NEW FOR 2014 – Feeding Time

An amazing opportunity for kids (and big kids!) to get involved in feeding time at the farm.

From May – September you are welcome to join Farmer Jon on his morning feeding round and try your hand at being a farmer. The animals you will visit on his tour include:

  • Alpacas
  • Lambs (in spring time)
  • Chickens (including collecting eggs)
  • Guinea Fowl
  • Geese
  • Pig
  • Emu
  • Donkeys
  • Goats
  • Rabbits

Jon’s feeding tours take place Monday – Friday starting at 8:30am.

Residents only.

Disabled Children

Nettlecombe Farm are proud to work with the Isle of Wight Council as a recognised provider of activities for disabled children through the ‘Short Breaks’ initiative (previously known as ‘Aiming High’). We are grateful for funding received through the Short Breaks initiative which has enabled us to make our lakes accessible and has also allowed us to provide fishing and yoga activities for local disabled children.



Nettlecombe Farm Whitwell Isle of Wight PO38 2AF



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