As a child I spent many a long hot Summer on the Isle of Wight, as an adult I revel in the opportunity to steal a few days with my folks when they make their annual trip back to the island.
Fresh from my latest visit I thought I would share some of my newest finds as well as regular faves.
On this visit we discovered an amazing place called The Cowshed Antiques & Salvage.
This was a brand new discovery and well worth the trip, nestled down a narrow farm lane in an old barn, floor to ceiling vintage, retro and reclaimed stock, merchandised in a maze like layout that allows you to weave through the building leaving no stone unturned.
Froglands Lane, Newport, Isle of White, PO30 3DU
They also have a great website where you can view a large selection of current stock online.
After seeing my enthusiasm for snapping pics in the Cowshed, one of the guys tipped me off to visit the Camp site around the back of the building for some 'really interesting photographic opportunites' . . .
Fancy sleeping in an old bee hive? a shepherds hut? Or how about an original 1965 Westland Wessex helicopter?!
We were fortunate that the owner was around and she allowed us take a peek inside the helicopter which sleeps 4 and was incredible!
Complete with everything you could possibly need, even the cockpit is still in tact and apparently the seats give an awesome vantage point down the valley to watch the sunset.
It's amazing to think this once saw action in the Faulklands and now you can sleep inside of it on a farm on the Isle of Wight!
There's a shower shack on site, as well as the mother of all BBQ's ''Big Bertha", "Spudomatic" a jacket potato oven, a cosy campfire and hens laying fresh eggs for breakfast.
There is also a Dairy cottage and Granary Barn conversion available for larger group stays.
Such a special and unique place, some fantastic memories could be made here!
Windmill Camper Site
Froglands Farm Cottage, Froglands Lane, Newport, Isle of White, PO30 3DU
No visit to the island is complete without a stop at the Garlic Farm.
A pretty little cluster of stone buildings set within rolling fields, you can visit the Farm shop where there is every type of garlic imaginable as well as sauces, chutneys, and oils, a restaurant, and also a luxury yurt if you wish to camp here.
Most years I go a bit crazy and buy tons of stuff until my next annual trip but I recently discovered that my local Teddington butcher AG Miller retail some of their sauces so this time I kept it simple.
I took home a little pouch of garlic which is new to the farm this year, an ancient rare variety from the black sea.
They name it Lyubasha which translates to ''Little Loved One"
Im a sucker for marketing and this just sounded too adorable to pass up!
The Garlic Farm website is really handy with tons of recipe ideas so you can figure out exactly what to do with all of your lovely ingredients once home!
The Garlic Farm
Mersley Lane, Newchurch, Sandown, Isle of White, PO36 0NR.
I have followed the blog
by jewellery designer Artemis Russell for a good few years now, (have a read, it's utterly, utterly gorgeous!)
Along with her husband Nao they design and make the most stunning pieces imaginable.
After leaving London to return to the island with their young family they have set up shop in Yarmouth, a lovely little showroom which is open for just a few hours on selected days (best to check opening times here first before planning a visit)
You can view a full selection of designs online with recent offerings appearing to be influenced greatly by the sea and island life.
A very talented duo who's attention to detail is second to none, from every single precision stroke of engraving to the way in which the designs are presented and merchandised with magical imagination.
5 High Street, Yarmouth, Isle of White, PO41 0PL
GETTING THERE FROM LONDON
Trains run from London Waterloo to Southampton in around 1 hour 2o minutes.
It's also worth checking out megatrain.com where you can often find super cheap tickets if you don't mind taking a slightly slower train!
Once at Southampton you can make your way down to the docks.
Quay connect is a bus service which runs every half hour picking up from Southampton train station and taking around 7-10 minutes to reach the docks or you can walk the route in around 20-30 minutes.
You can also find cabs at the station.
Red Jet is the high speed passenger ferry service sailing every 30 minutes to the island and taking around 25 minutes to reach West Cowes.
Red Funnel ferry service carries both passengers and vehicles into East Cowes with a longer journey time of around 60 minutes.