Priory Bay Hotel adds further designer camping to its portfolio of accommodation
Making the most of its unique environment and spearheading the trend of luxury hotels introducing "glamping" facilities, Priory Bay now offers luxury designer camping in specially designed Island-crafted yurts. Furnished with stylish accessories and furniture (predominately made on the Isle of Wight), each yurt will be styled by a different designer, creating their own dream environment at “the country house hotel by the sea” – from seaside chic, romantic castaway and Victoria’s Secret (a homage to Queen Victoria who used to visit Priory Bay and whose summer house – Osborne House - is located just 20 minutes away) – amongst others…
Priory Bay Hotel’s magical setting, above the sheltered sandy Priory Bay beach, offers guests the opportunity to get closer to nature in spectacular surroundings. The yurts are discreetly placed in their own woodland clearings with Solent views, some with magnificent vistas across the golf course and out to sea, and others with views through leafy, woodland boughs to the golden beach and crystal clear waters of Priory Bay.
Traditionally providing warm dwellings for Mongolian tribes on the Steppes of Central Asia, these tented structures have been adapted by the I Love Wight Yurt Company, using contemporary laminates and materials to create an altogether different experience, stylish, spacious and luxurious. Each room is entered through a stable door with French windows which open out onto a small secluded terrace – guests can enjoy lazing amongst dappled trees in their own private glade: inhaling the fresh sea air. Spacious in size, each yurt is 20 feet in diameter and furnished with a king size bed (with luxury cotton linen), sofas, bean bags, soft lighting, accessories and exterior candelit lanterns. The ensuite bathroom comes complete with overhead shower or roll top bath… and flushing loo.
Priory Bay’s owner Andrew Palmer comments “The yurts offer the ultimate in seaside accommodation with a luxurious twist: we don’t view them as just tents, but regard them as some of our best hotel rooms, set in a natural location and closer to nature. While guests will primarily use the restaurants and bars in the hotel for dining. Breakfast, lunch or dinner (such as barbequed lobster) can be served on their own private terrace (by prior arrangement & subject to room service charge)”.
For nature lovers, Priory Bay is a haven for wildlife, flora and fauna. As guests fall asleep listening to the rustle of leaves in the trees and waves gently breaking the beach, they might hear nocturnal creatures exploring their natural habitat – maybe the hoot of an owl, the bark of a fox or badgers foraging... and on waking they might experience a dramatic Island sunrise. Priory Bay’s grasslands are also a visual feast: peppered with rare flora and fauna, they offer the opportunity to spy red squirrels (indigenous to the Island) and spot butterflies, dragonflies and birds of prey, such as buzzards, kestrels and sparrow hawks - circling in the sky. They might even see the dramatic stoop of peregrines (which nest on the fort out to sea).
Guests staying in the yurts can also enjoy the hotel's full facilities which include an outdoor swimming pool, croquet lawn, six hole golf course, tennis courts, falconry courses, electric bikes, numerous coastal walks across the estate and extensive car parking.
Food at Priory Bay – the head chef and his team create innovative, seasonal cuisine for the fine dining Island Room and brasserie-style Priory Oyster (with alfresco terrace offering spectacular views) using homegrown and fresh Island produce.
Prices from £200 per night inclusive of bed and full English breakfast. Accommodation available from 1 April to 31 October 2015.