Nettlecombe Farm is a charming family friendly farm stay nestled in the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside. Holidays here are all about enjoying the great outdoors with unique animal feeding experiences, children’s play areas and fishing lakes on offer.

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Contact details & location

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  • Address: Nettlecombe Farm, Whitwell, Isle of Wight, PO38 2AF

  • Tel: 01983 730783

Nettlecombe Farm is tucked away in the Isle of Wight countryside near the small village of Whitwell. There’s tons for families to see and do on the island, not least enjoying the many miles of beautiful sandy beaches, exploring secret coves, and following countryside routes in the neighbouring Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on foot or bicycle. Seaside amusements can be found nearby at Sandown and Shanklin, while further afield family friendly days out include Brading Roman Villa, Butterfly World, Carisbrooke Castle, Dinosaur Isle, Robin Hill Adventure Park and Godshill Model Village.

Our review of Nettlecombe Farm

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There are nine child friendly cottages at Nettlecombe Farm, sleeping between 3 and 10 people. The cottages have been tastefully and sympathetically converted from former farm buildings including a milking parlour, stable block, grain store, blacksmith’s forge and more. They now offer well-equipped, child-friendly self-catering accommodation with all mod cons supplied. BBQs are provided for all cottages.

For an idea of prices, a family of four staying in cosy two bedroom Oats Cottage – with open plan living area and private patio overlooking the hills – costs £1555 for a week during the summer holidays (but as little as £485 out of season). Ten bed Swallow, perfect for larger groups or extended family gatherings, costs between £850 and £3025/week.  Short breaks and weekend stays are available throughout the year other than the summer holidays.


Nettlecombe is an award-winning working farm and young residents are invited – encouraged! – to explore the farm and get involved. Animals for little ones to befriend and help feed include sheep, goat, pigs, geese, chickens, giant rabbits, donkeys, a Shetland pony, alpacas, reindeer and even an emu! The Parent Friendly Stays children have always enjoyed unique animal feeding experiences like the ones available at Nettlecombe, and we think they’re the stuff the best holiday memories are made of.

There’s plenty more to keep children occupied and entertained at Nettlecombe, including grassed play areas, toddler play equipment, a Wendy house, a wooden tractor, a rustic climbing play facility and a sports play area perfect for football or other games.

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Nettlecombe Farm is perfect for grown-ups who enjoy a spot of fishing, with its very own well-stocked fishing lakes. Fishing is free to guests and really enjoyed by kids fishing for the first time ever – and also by the more professional types – you’re almost guaranteed to catch a fish!

Helpfully for parents who fancy a break from cooking dinner, there are two pubs and restaurants in the nearby village of Niton – just a five minute drive away. A babysitting service is also available to ensure mum and dad can have some relaxing ‘me time’ by themselves.

Those looking for peaceful rest and relaxation may also like to join in with yoga sessions in Nettlecombe’s converted barn with underfloor heating, where a number of experienced yoga teachers offer weekly classes and workshops, with all equipment supplied.  Or enjoy a relaxing walk in the beautiful countryside surroundings.

Nettlecombe is very pet friendly and dogs are welcome to stay in any of the farm’s nine cottages, while the acres of countryside offer the perfect place for your four-legged friend to let off steam. High chairs and cots are available to borrow, and there’s free WiFi available in some (but not all) of the cottages; for those without, data sticks can be hired for a small fee.  Electric vehicle charging is available for a small extra charge.

It’s worth noting that if you’re planning a stay at Nettlecombe, your booking will give you access to significant discounts on the Isle of Wight ferries (both Wightlink and Red Funnel.


Safe outdoor space, tranquillity and seclusion are all in ready supply at Nettlecombe; this is a place for parents to relax, unwind and enjoy the great outdoors with their family. The Isle of Wight is firmly on the Parent Friendly Stays family wishlist and we think Nettlecombe offers an ideal base for a holiday on the island!

In video


“Nettlecombe Farm is nestled in the heart of the rolling Isle of Wight countryside. It offers nine award winning dog friendly self-catering cottages, unique farm feeding experiences, three coarse fishing lakes, yoga and pilates, educational visits, electric vehicle charging and discounted ferries.

We have been welcoming families, groups and explorers of all ages to Nettlecombe Farm for over forty years. We work hard to make sure our guests have an unforgettable experience of our working farm and the surrounding areas – which is why so many families return to us year after year for their rural escape.”

Prices and availability

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