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Best gay honeymoon destinations
October 2014

As same-sex couples across the UK are saying "I do" for the first time, we pick our top destinations where the loving couples can celebrate their matrimonial bliss.

Full article here.

The Daily Telegraph
March 2014

An island with royal approval

With its beautiful beaches and diverse coastline, no wonder Queen Victoria was a fan.  Eliza Page agrees that there is no lovelier place than the Isle of Wight.

Article here.


Sunday Times - Go For It
March 2013

Wouldn't you rather be on holiday?  Here are five good reasons just to pack up and go...

In one week: you could wrap warm and stride out for a winter walk on the Isle of  Wight.  There are hundreds to choose from, but a good circular route for Saturday follows Bembridge beach to the ...

See full article here.



London Evening Standard
April 2013

The mind travels... to UK literary festivals

Before the season for snuggling in front of a fire with a book is upon us, find inspiration at a literary festival


WHAT Isle of Wight Literary Festival, 18-20 October (isleofwightliterary festival.org)

WRITERS ON SHOW Kate Mosse, Deborah Moggach, Penelope Keith, Louis de Bernières and Conn Iggulden.

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Canopy & Stars - Your Herts & Beds - Yurts
January 2013

Make like a Mongolian

Glamp in style on your wedding night in this luxurious yurt overlooking the sea on the Isle of Wight, set in the grounds of the Priory Bay Hotel.  Take a stroll on the private beach with the sand between your toes, ...

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Fodor's Travel Guide - 5 Ultra-Cool Glamping Sites in the UK
August 2013

In summer, Britain is awash not only in rain, but also in outdoor music festivals—not what most would consider a happy combination. Presented with the challenge of appealing to an increasing number of more mature festival-goers (often accompanied by small children) who could no longer face sheltering from the wet in a tent or dealing with Port-O-Sans, over the past decade festivals have started offering more luxurious accommodations: portable structures such as yurts or tipis, complete with solar showers, toilets, and back-friendly beds.

Now the trend, known as "glamping", has been widely adopted by the tourism industry. So if you want to go back to nature in a beautiful location without giving up all the comforts of home—and maybe even gaining some—this may be a welcome alternative.

Priory Bay, Isle of Wight
Tucked away on this elegant country house hotel’s 60 acres of grounds encompassing lawns, woodland, and beach are locally-made luxury yurts— water-resistant plastic domes stretched over wooden frames with a skylight at the top, modeled on the Mongolian originals. Each yurt has a lockable stable door, king-sized bed, sofa, rugs, deck, and separate wood-floored bathrooms with either shower or bath and flushing loo. There is electricity, but no TV or Wi-Fi—the views of the surrounding woodland glade and the Solent beyond make up for it, however. You also have access to the hotel’s swimming pool, tennis courts, and restaurant, though you can arrange to have meals delivered to your deck. Open May–Sept only. From £200/night.

More details here.

The Times - Hotels move a bit of luxury outdoors
October 2013

British Isles
Priory Bay, Isle of Wight
Priory Bay, set in 60 acres of countryside on the Isle of Wight’s east coast, has long been synonymous with luxury, but you don’t have to keep yourself cooped up in the converted manor house if you want a little more freedom.

Full article here.

The Times - 20 best hotels with yurts
October 2013

Glamping ... with room service

Hotels now feature everything from Airstream caravans to treehouses in their grounds.  James Ellis pick the 20 best in Europe.

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Priory Bay, Isle of Wight
Priory Bay, set in 60 acres of countryside on the Isle of Wight's east coast, has long been synonymous with luxury, but you don't have to keep yourself cooped up in the converted manor house if you want a little more freedom.  Over the summer months there are a number of specially designed yurts in the grounds, each with a different design theme such as "seaside chic" or "Victoria's Secret" - the latter an homage to Queen Victoria, who would visit when she lived on the island.

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Mail on Sunday - Who needs a Mediterranean holiday this summer...
July 2013

Who needs a Mediterranean holiday this summer when Britain is basking in a heatwave?  Here, we pick the nation's best 50 beaches.

29 Priory Bay, Isle of Wight
An utterly delightful, privately-owned beach accessed via the Priory Bay Hotel.  It lies to the east of village of Nettlestone and faces towards Selsey Bill.  If you are keen to visit in style, the hotel has an oyster bar which offers striking sea views.  It is surrounded by attractive woodland which give this quiet spot an intriguing sense of adventure.  To make it the perfect location for a Famous Five yarn, all it needs is a mysterious boat and a couple of dodgy-looking strangers.

By Frank Barrett, Mail on Sunday Travel Editor.
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La Isla Bonita
February 2013

Where Craig Hanlon-Smith longs to be...

The Isle of Wight evokes many memories of childhood school holidays exploring its family-friendly beaches and amusement centres, but as an adult, for many the island had lost out to its staycation Cornish and Devonshire competitors.  Not so anymore.  The reintroduction of the Isle of Wight Festival, for decades a legendary memory of Woodstock proportions, has injected a deep shot of cool into one the south coast's most aesthetically pleasing locations...

Full article here.

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