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Wishing I was here: the perfect country getaway?

No posts for the rest of this week, as I'm on holiday... on the Isle of Wight. You may have read about black leather sofa-gate the other week, when we were first looking for a UK cottage to stay in. 

Well, we found a decent place with friendly furniture – but it wasn't a patch on this which, typically, I discovered too late. But for anyone else planning a southern British break...

This is The Shack, one of the shamelessly nostalgic self-catering locations run by Isle of Wight-based Vintage Vacations, started up ten years ago by Helen and Frazer Cunningham. Their colourful accommodation collection includes Airstreams, a 1950s caravan, a bungalow, an old scout hut and a former mission hall – all beautifully restored and furnished with gems from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and a joyful little sprinkling of kitsch.

Most are for families or larger groups, but The Shack could have been our dream holiday base a deux (though it actually sleeps three – the dog could have has his own room). Prices, in case you're tempted, start at £525 per week, or £255 for a weekend. Have a nose inside.

Not sure how much use we'd have got from this in October, but you never know.

Here are some more examples of Helen and Frazer's hospitality options, all on the Isle of Wight.

Here are the airstreams for hire. What dinky insides...

The Mission and very similar looking adjacent building, the Scout Hall (pictured above), both sleep 8 in four rooms, and prices per week start at £780.

Stay toasty. Catch up next week.

Find out more about a holiday in one of the locations above – and more – at

Post by Kate

1 comment :

  1. What fabulous choice of places to stay - I must say - the cosy shack or The Mission for a group - would be perfect! Hope you have a lovely break ....