New luxury yurts overlooking a private beach on the Isle of Wight


One of the UK’s leading luxury country house hotels, Priory Bay, has launched new luxury, designer yurts overlooking the hotel’s gorgeous private beach on the Isle of Wight. The five luxury tented structures, introduced last month, offer dramatic views toward the Solent and come complete with their own unique Yurt Butler Service – affording a truly luxurious “glamping” experience for guests.

Making the most of its natural environment, and complementing the existing 18 bedrooms within the period house, Priory Bay’s five Island-crafted yurts have been designed in harmony with nature. They are discreetly placed in an elevated position and offer spectacular sea views from their setting amidst woodland glades where flora, fauna and local wildlife, including Island red squirrels, abound.

Using eco-friendly materials made on the Isle of Wight, the yurts are 20 feet in diameter and each styled by a different designer to include a king-sized bed and luxury cotton linen; sofas and bean bags; soft lighting and exterior candlelit lanterns; as well as en-suite bathrooms, featuring either an overhead shower or roll top bath and that all-important flushing loo. Guests can also make full use of the facilities at the Priory Bay hotel, including its excellent fine dining scene.

Guests staying in the yurts can dine at the hotel’s two restaurants where seasonal, local menus are created using ingredients from the Island and the Priory Bay estate, gardens and orchards. For more formal dining, from à la carte menus to a six-course tasting, guests can choose the Regency Island Room with its impressive, gilded plaster work and muralled paintings depicting the Island. While the more relaxed Priory Oyster brassiere, with its alfresco terrace adorned with lemon and orange trees and affording dramatic views across the Solent, offers tempting dishes such as local Bembridge Blue oyster and chunky chips or freshly-caught fish and crustacean.

The yurts are ideally suited for those who want to get close to nature but do not wish to compromise on their home comforts. Each one is entered through a stylish stable door with French windows opening onto a secluded terrace, where guests can laze amongst dappled trees in their own private glade. At night, guests can listen for nocturnal animals in their natural habitat – maybe the hooting of an owl or foraging foxes and badgers – before being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the wind rustling in the trees and the waves gently breaking on the beach.

The morning will bring a breathtaking Island sunrise and ample opportunity to explore Priory Bay’s beautiful grasslands, peppered with rare flora and flora, and look for red squirrels (indigenous to the Island), butterflies, dragonflies and birds of prey – such as buzzards, kestrels and sparrow hawks – circling in the sky. What’s more, guests can make the most of the Yurt Butler Service, dedicated exclusively to yurt guests, and enjoy breakfast and cuisine served on the private decking adjoining each yurt whilst having their every whim catered for.

In addition to in-room beauty and wellbeing treatments at the hotel, appointments can be taken within the luxury yurts. Elsewhere, guests can stroll on the hotel’s sandy beach or take a dip in the sea; tee off on Priory Bay’s six-hole golf course; enjoy scenic coastal walks and bike rides; play a game of tennis or croquet; charter “Infanta”, a 1947 classic sailing yacht, or the hotel’s Rigid Inflatable Boat; experience a falconry course or horse riding on the beach; or simply embrace the tranquillity of this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Available from now until 30th September 2012, the new designer camps offer the ultimate in eco seaside camping. Whether seeking a rural retreat or celebrating a special occasion, they promise a spectacular setting for a memorable wedding night for newlyweds,  a unique honeymoon location, or simply a magical family holiday without extensive carbon footprints. There are five yurts to choose from, each sleeping up to two guests in a double bed and beanbags available for two children. Prices start from £200 per night inclusive of bed and full English breakfast at the Priory Bay hotel.

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