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Next to the glorious shores of the Solent, Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat is the perfect peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Woodside has a wonderful history to explore and our resort is perfectly placed to discover the local area, on your holiday break with Darwin Escapes.

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our history

Woodside Bay has a long history as a holiday camp from the early 1930’s, but was closed during the Second World War.

The camp finally opened again during the 1960’s, and was a popular tourist destination with great views of the Solent, it was considered one of the largest camps that Warners’ (the well-known owners) had at that time. However, Warners sold their camps in 1981, and Woodside Bay was passed from company to company; with Darwin Escapes acquiring the 35-acre land in 2010.

Here at Darwin Escapes, while redeveloping the land and resort, we were keen to protect the marshland, while working closely with the Natural England and Isle of Wight Council’s Biodiversity Officers to ensure that no important habitats were affected. This conservation effort makes our resort truly magical for our guests: on our walk through the woodland, you may even spot the beautiful glow-worms shining along the path on a warm summer night. We are proud of our environmentally-friendly approach to creating Woodside Bay, which goes all the way down to the signs and bollards around the park, made from the old wood from the Great Yarmouth pier which has been redeveloped.

Having been closed for decades, Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat was finally able to open its doors in 2016. Surrounded by wildlife and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this resort is truly a sight that has to be seen to be believed.

holiday break near Cowes

All our holiday homes come fully equipped with everything you need for a self-catering break in Cowes.

Our comfortable accommodation will feel like your home away from home; with beautiful and simple furnishings, sumptuously soft bedding, and all the mod-cons you could need. With everything from a fully-fitted kitchen to double glazing, from central heating to flat-screen TVs with Freeview and free, fast *Wi-Fi across the park, we’ve truly thought of everything. We have accommodation for all, including one-bedroom lodges and four-bedroom holiday homes available, as well as our one-of-a-kind, studio-style treehouses.

Enjoy the view across the park, from this unique and beautiful treetop accommodation! Relax in your space, with an open-plan living area, sumptuous double bedroom suite leading to the spacious ensuite bathroom, a lovely seating and dining area, as well as a small kitchen area. Walk through the French doors, leading to an outdoor decking area with tables and chairs. The breathtaking views from the inside must be seen to be believed, thanks to the stunning full-length windows. Why not take advantage of the treehouse holidays at Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, for a truly magical experience?

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explore the local area

Our Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat is in the perfect location to explore the beautiful Isle of Wight. It’s just under five miles away from the vibrant town of Ryde, which is home to a lovely swimming pool (with some balmy saunas!), open seven days a week, if you fancy a dip. We are also just under ten miles away from the bustling and popular town of Cowes, with plenty of bars and restaurants available for great nightlife activities.

With so much to do in and around Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, we know there’ll be something for everyone. Book your next Isle of Wight holiday to Woodside Bay online today, using the Darwin Escapes website. We’ve partnered with Hoseasons to make the booking process as easy as possible – however, if you do encounter any problems please don’t hesitate to contact our team, who’ll be on hand to help at any time!

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