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Retro retreats on the Isle of Wight
o matter how many museums you visit or history books you read, it’s hard to imagine just what it was like to wake up every day at various points of the past. Well, Vintage Vacations have now made nostalgic time-travel possible as well as a lot of fun with their quirky Isle of Wight accommodation options.
You and your friends can enjoy a bespoke jamboree complete with colourful bunting, vintage furniture and plastic flamingoes at their boutique campsite at Hazlegrove Farm in Ashey. Or spend the night in a vintage American Airstream caravan. But beyond the campsite, you’ll just see how far Vintage Vacations’ can push their fondness for the past.
Just a stone’s-skim from the beach, there’s the ‘Shack’ which is the perfect place to get-away-from-it-all. With no plug sockets, it’s basic but you’ll be provided with a wind up radio and even a solar mobile phone charger to make the transition easier. There’s also a cute terraced-cottage in Cowes’ old town called the Sailmakers, and a traditional 1960's holiday bungalow at Bonchurch – all lovingly furnished with retro delights.
But the jewel in their crown is the corrugated-iron Mission Hall. Built in 1895 and situated on Blythe Shute, the hall has a wood-burning stove, stained glass windows, red swivel chairs, poodle paintings, and even a bath sunken into what was the baptismal font.
Trust us; this is not your average self-catering holiday home. As well as these kitsch flourishes and immense cosiness, The Mission is also close to a great pub and has some of the best coastal walks on its doorstep. The hardest thing about a stay in any of these delightful homes is going back to the future.