Tapnell Farm

Fun for little ones, yummy food and a choice of fabulous accommodation makes Tapnell Farm on the Isle of Wight an all-round winner. At the same time, the family who own Tapnell Farm have created a sustainable success story on lots of levels which all add up to a great destination for families.

Back in 1970, Tapnell Farm would have been rocking to legends like Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, overlooking the site of the iconic Isle of Wight Festival, but now there are only the sounds of the countryside and the squeals of happy kids. Maybe they’ve discovered the giant jumping pillow to bounce, slither and slide around, or perhaps the new indoor play barn, featuring zip wires, straw bale tunnels, a giant chalkboard, climbing wall, soft play and Imagination Playground. Children can collect eggs from the obliging hens and help the owners feed the lambs or have a go at archery, climbing, bushcraft, mountain boarding and zorbing thanks to the local Adventure Activities company who are based are Tapnell Farm. (Activities are at an extra cost.)

The brill, bouncing pillow and playbarn are free to guests staying at Tapnell Farm and what a choice of places to stay here too! How about glamping in a super swish safari tent or chilling in the Scandinavian luxury of an eco-log cabin? There are also two family holiday cottages at Tapnell Farm and a Manor House for up to 20 family and friends, which is perfect for a celebration occasion - especially with kid’s party packages available, which include catering from the onsite restaurant, The Cow Co. Worth noting that the whole farm can be hired for special occasions!

All the accommodation at Tapnell Farm offers every home from home comfort to flop and relax, with amazing views over the fields and towards the sea. Each one has been designed, finished and furnished to the highest spec and each has its own plus points to suit different families. The magnificent manor includes a games room and 10 bedrooms which are mostly ensuite, including a dedicated nursery, while Stockbridge cottage has a large garden with a climbing frame and The Dairymans has a hot tub for luxuriating under the stars. The log cabins are large and luxurious, and the safari tents really put the glam in glamping, with separate bedrooms, showeroom and a living area with a woodburner.

When parents don’t feel like cooking, The Cow Co. provides a funky setting to tuck into homemade dishes, with beef and dairy the stars of the show, from juicy burgers and sumptuous steaks to lush ice creams and speciality cheeses. It’s ideal for a light bite and speciality coffee at lunchtime but also open on Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner, and licensed to sell real ales and wines to help parents wind down. Within The Cow Co there is also a shop which sells all sorts of foodie goodies and unique gifts.

Accommodation Overview

Tapnell Farm offers a wide range of accommodation, comprising The Manor House for 20 people, two 4-bedroom holiday cottages for 8 people, luxury safari tents for up to 8 people and 3-bedroom log cabins for up to 10 people. Travel cots and highchairs are available for all the accommodation and the Manor has a dedicated nursery with a wooden cot.

The Log Cabins at Tapnell Farm (sleeping up to 10 plus a baby) are beautifully light and contemporary, with stunning views across the West Wight towards Tennyson Downs, Monument and Freshwater Bay. The main living space is open plan, featuring two sofas (one of which is a sofa bed), a dining table with 8 chairs and a fully equipped kitchen including a fridge freezer, family size toaster, oven and hob, dishwasher and washing machine. The cabins have three bedrooms – one with a double bed, one with twin beds and one with twin bunk beds (4 singles) and a sofa bed. The cabin has both a bathroom with a wc and a shower room with a wc. The veranda at the front has a barbecue and seating to enjoy the views, sunsets and starry nights plus the owners can hire in a hot tub for added luxury.

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Tapnell Farm Family-Friendly Stays

Tapnell Farm - Safari Tent 2

  • £1032.00 - £3927.00 per week
  • Sleeps 8 in 3 Bedrooms

Tapnell Farm - Safari Tent 3

  • £1032.00 - £3927.00 per week
  • Sleeps 8 in 3 Bedrooms

Tapnell Farm - Safari Tent 4

  • £1032.00 - £3927.00 per week
  • Sleeps 8 in 3 Bedrooms

Tapnell Farm - Safari Tent 5 with log burning tub

  • £1080.00 - £4123.00 per week
  • Sleeps 8 in 3 Bedrooms

Tapnell Farm - Wood Cabin 1

  • £1188.00 - £4531.00 per week
  • Sleeps 8 in 3 Bedrooms

Tapnell Farm - Wood Cabin 2

  • £1188.00 - £4531.00 per week
  • Sleeps 8 in 3 Bedrooms

Tapnell Farm - Dairyman's Cottage

  • £1184.00 - £4513.00 per week
  • Sleeps 10 in 4 Bedrooms

Tapnell Farm - Stockbridge Cottage

  • £1752.00 - £6693.00 per week
  • Sleeps 12 in 4 Bedrooms

Tapnell Farm - Tapnell Manor - The Perfect Family Escape

  • £3284.00 - £12764.00 per week
  • Sleeps 26 in 10 Bedrooms
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The Owner / Manager

Chloe Baker

Member since Feb 2014
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
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  • Availability Updated:16 hours 46 minutes


Seasonal Discount

Up to 5% discount for holidays taken between 06 Sep 2021 and 28 Oct 2021 maximum of 28 nights
Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 29 Oct 2021 and 19 Dec 2021 maximum of 28 nights

Late Availability Discount

Bookings made within 21 days of travelling discounted by 20%

Fast Facts

Airport under 2 hours drive

Southampton and Bournemouth.

Ferry Port

Lymington to Yarmouth, Portsmouth to Fishbourne. Both of these Wightlink- cheaper flat rate offered using our account. Southampton to East Cowes- Red funnel. Currently no discount for Red Funnel, but in the process of applying for one.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Freshwater Bay- pebble/ shingle, 5 minute drive. Compton- black sand, 10 minute drive. Totland & Colwell, Sandy & pebble, 10 minute drive away.

Amenities within Walking Distance

Restaurant & gift shop on site. Nearest Village Freshwater, Yarmouth, Colwell and Totland- all less than a 10 minute drive away. Local pubs less than a 10 minutes drive away. Supermarkets less than 10 minutes drive away.

Indoor Play Area

Fantastic play barn with soft play, climbing wall, zip wire and lots more.


Professional babysitting can be arranged.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Travel cots available in all accommodation on request. Guests are asked to provide cot bedding. Wooden highchairs are also available on request. Baby monitors are available for the tents and cabins in the communal honesty shed. All properties have stairgates available when needed.

Indoor Toys

There are children’s books in the cabins.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Guests can arrange pre arrival shopping and there are also meal packages- bbq pack, self catering pack, cheeseboard pack etc that guests can pre order for your arrival. Owners can also provide a list of caterers that we recommend and are regularly used in the manor. Takeaways are also available from the restaurant.

Outdoor Toys

The honesty shed has a selection of toys games guests can use.

Onsite Restaurant

Restaurant on site- open for breakfast and lunch every day, then dinner on Friday and Saturday evening. Guests have a 10% discount.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates can be provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Private garden and BBQ.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided.


The farm is very big on the environment and being green! The estate has recycling in place. Log burning hot tubs, log fired ovens, edible hedgerows, biomass gas supply, solar panels, eco cleaning products, energy saving light bulbs, fresh ex battery hen eggs.

Pet Friendly

Pets are welcome in the accommodation. The owners ask that they stay downstairs and off furniture and that guests clean up after them. They are not allowed in the restaurant or play barn, but are in all outside areas.

Friendly Animals

Resident cows, sheep guests can feed and chickens providing daily eggs.


Two golf courses are within a short drive.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple travel cos can be provided.