On the 20th October, Steph and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary.
Half a decade seemed like a good excuse to really celebrate, as we’re saving for our wedding we aren’t doing any big holidays or get away’s so I wanted to plan a surprise mini break and whisk us away somewhere, whilst trying to be good with my pennies.
After browsing online at different mini break sites, I came across Blue Chip Holidays and had a little browse to see what deals I could find. I wanted to go far enough that we felt like we we’re getting away, but close enough to home that it wasn’t going to cost me a fortune in petrol and the Isle Of Wight seemed to tick all the boxes.If I’m completely honest, I filtered the price low to high, entered the dates I wanted to go and the first result was a gorgeous site called Buttercup Barn Retreats.
There are 4 places to stay on the site, a Sheppard’s hut, a cabin and two yurts, they all looked really cosy and rustic, with wooden exteriors and barn like interiors, it was perfect for two people. As soon as I saw that the yurts have a private hot tub each I was sold and at £41.50 per person, per night it was a bargain.I booked our getaway for 2 nights from Friday – Sunday, with our anniversary falling right in the middle of our trip. Since February I spent my spare time planning our trip, looking at things to do in the area, local shops, the best attractions on the island and most importantly, booking our ferry.
Blue Chip Holidays very kindly offer a 25% discount for the Wightlink ferry, but I had been saving up my Tesco Clubcard points which made halved the cost of the ferry.
Friday finally arrived and it was time to head off to our Yurt, I secretly packed up an over night bag for us both and told Steph we we’re heading out for the day, before she knew it we’d arrived at Lymington Ferry Terminal. The ferry ride was smooth and easy, it took about 45 minutes to cross over, then an additional 35 minutes to get from Yarmouth Terminal to the site in Wootton Bridge (Fishbourne Ferry Terminal is only 10 minutes from the site, which leaves from Gosport).When we got to site, I called the owner to let him know we’d arrived, he allowed me to park my car outside the yurt whilst he showed us around and let me unpack the car, then I moved it back into the car park area. The owners are the sweetest couple, who are clearly very proud of their site, which is on the vast land where their home is.
Our yurt was called Bay, set between the Sheppard’s Hut and the second yurt Olive. Each plot has it’s own private garden, with a table and chairs to sit outside and enjoy the wildlife. Tucked into the back corner of the Yurt’s garden was the hot tub, which was clean and well looked after – the hot tub was up against some shrubs and bushes, giving us some privacy from the neighboring plots.This place is honestly one of the best little finds, as you walk up to the entrance of the yurt you see the gorgeous green barn door and the floor to ceilings windows – the setting and surroundings are beautiful. Upon entering the yurt you step into what’s essentially a studio, Steph and I joked and said we could live there!
There is everything you could need, a large double bed, 2 seater sofa, a flat screen TV on the wall, space to put your bags and unpack your clothes, hooks for coats and jackets. On the rear wall of the yurt is the kitchen space, with a small over and 2 hobs, a microwave and fridge. The only other room in the yurt is the bathroom, which is a good size, it’s very clean with a nice shower – perfect for two people.The owners put some really thoughtful touches in the yurt to make sure you have everything you need and more such as tea bags, coffee, sugar and milk in the fridge, plenty of towels for the bathroom and the hot tub, lots of cosy blankets and even some biscuits.
Separating the kitchen and lounge area is breakfast table, on the table you’ll find a folder with everything you could need to know inside, check out times, how to work the hot tub and lights along with recommendations of places to eat, taxi numbers and places to visit in the area.We spent the evenings sipping prosecco in the hot tub, cook a nice meal then curl up on the sofa with some TV and a bottle of cider. The mornings we’d wake up and not want to get out of bed, it was so comfortable. I’d open up the blinds and see the gorgeous sunshine beat through the windows into the yurt, we’d have a cup of tea and watch the bunnies run around the grass. It was bliss.The view from our yurt window in the morning
Steph was so surprised and we both absolutely loved staying at Bay, we could have easily stayed there another week, but unfortunately all good things come to an end. We packed up the car and checked out. We both agreed we’d go back and stay at the Buttercup Barn in a heartbeat, it was the break we needed and it didn’t break the bank.
I can’t recommend this place enough and we cannot wait to return.
Thank to Buttercup Barn for having us and for Blue Chip Holidays for making the booking process so easy and stress free.
Head over to our Youtube Channel to see our vlog of our Isle Of Wight trip, including a tour of the Bay Yurt: IOW Vlog & Yurt Tour