Stay At Ventnor Botanic Garden – A Self-catering Holiday
Enjoy a self-catering holiday in Britain’s Hottest Garden
Enjoy a self-catering holiday with a difference here at Ventnor Botanic Garden – From camping to glamping in a tipi, staying in a luxury cabin or in an elegant Victorian home you can create a unique experience for a weekend or a week inside our tranquil botanic garden. You can even order meals from our chef, enjoy a barista coffee or breakfast in The Plantation Room Café, and dine at edulis, our restaurant which features VBG grown produce.
Why not come on a work-cation here at Ventnor Botanic Garden… Escape the every day working from home environment and move your office space to Signal Point, where you will be nestled in amongst the palms in the Arid garden with uninterrupted views of the grounds and the English Channel beyond to help ease your mind and offer tranquillity in-between your conference calls.
All stays at Ventnor Botanic Garden include complimentary (Yes, free!) access to the Garden and its Shop, Café, Restaurant, and Studio.
Staying with us gives you a great base to explore the Coastal Path, Steephill Cove, and The Undercliff area of the Isle of Wight.
“Signal Point was an absolute delight! From the fabulously restored Victorian house to the electric showers and large tub bath. Walks along the coastal path and proximity to Ventnor were fabulous. Our excursion into the Botanical Gardens reflected an incredible array of Southern hemisphere gardens and glorious aloes. Even in winter, this was a wonderful place to spend a couple of days. Well worth it!” – Juliet, December 2019
“This cottage is in the most stunning, idyllic setting and it was magical to be able to walk freely through the gardens both day and night. The views from upstairs are breathtaking. The cottage itself has great character. The whole trip was like the most relaxing step back in time and we loved it!” – Sophie, February 2020
The Smugglers Lodge is a newly restored Victorian building originally part of the TB Hospital founded in 1869. The National Hospital’s history is brought to life in the Lodge through a series of period black and white photographs and antique plaques from two of the hospital’s thirteen wings or blocks.
Smuggling also played a part in the Isle of Wight’s history along the coves, beaches and chines of its southern coast. Years ago, a Smugglers Museum was located in the basements below the Lodge, so we retained the name in deference to this chapter of the building’s story. More on the Hospital’s history can be found in the Heritage Centre.
The Lodge sits just inside the working entrance to the Botanic Garden where Lodge guests have free and out-of-hours access. The Coastal Path runs through the south part of the Garden and offers lovely walks to Steephill Cove, Ventnor and St Catherine’s Point where several less visited coves are found.
“The Smuggler’s Lodge within the Ventnor Botanical Garden – a unique location and very pleasant accomodation for 2. The weather in April was incredible. The whole environment is a sun trap and the private garden at the rear of the lodge was the perfect place to relax . The garden staff were very friendly and happy to answer any botanical questions we asked.” – Trefor. April 2022
“A great stay at Smugglers Lodge within The Botanical Gardens at Ventnor . The Lodge is well equipped and just as described and seen in the photos . The enclosed space outside is dog friendly , such a bonus and we could imagine sitting outside in the warmer weather . We enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the café on site before our departure , compliments to the chef. We look forward to returning.” – SEAN March 2022
“Such a beautiful place. The cabin was lovely and so peaceful and we had some great walks recommended to us by the cafe staff. Great location to see some great sea views and the gardens and such friendly hosts.” – Laura February 2020.“We loved the cabin and wished we were staying for longer. It was lovely and peaceful with beautiful views. The cabin itself is lovely and cosy, a perfect retreat! It is brilliant value for money on its own but even more so with the added bonus of the free access to the botanic gardens. We would stay again if/when we return to the Isle of Wight.” Michelle September 2019.
Tucked away in our Upper Nursery, with views across the Garden to the English Channel are a pair of charming cabins in a corner of Ventnor Botanic Garden that not many visitors get to explore.
The Potting Shed is the two-room little brother of The Cabin. Its floor to ceiling window provides an uninterrupted view across the Garden to the English Channel beyond. Inside, the quality kitchen has all the basics you will need for your self-catering retreat. With an outside wood deck and a BBQ at your disposal you’ll be relaxing into your stay in no time.
The Potting Shed sleeps 2 in a double bed and is the perfect escape for you and your loved one. Full kitchen with induction hob, fan oven, toaster, fridge/freezer, and, of course, a kettle. Shared washroom and digitally controlled shower facilities are very close to The Potting Shed. The shower even has a skylight to bring the outside in. Toiletries not provided.
“Unique, peaceful and special hideaway. The takeaway meals and local beer were fabulous. Free access to Botanic Gardens when quiet was perfect for spotting red squirrels and lizards. Lovely short walk to a local cove and Ventnor beach.” – Colin Sept 2023“The tiny cabin was the perfect getaway in search of peace and relaxation away from city burden. The accommodation was clean, warm and cosy as expected. The cherry on the cake, it’s only 10min away from Steephill Cove.” – Emilie April 2019.
“A delightful little gem of a place. Peaceful and very secluded. Simple and basic amenities but adequate for our needs. Being surrounded by Echiums made it feel tropical! Sightings of a barn owl and red squirrel made it all the more special.” – Rosie April 2019.
If you enjoy your visit – Pop in and speak to our team for 5% discount off your next holiday stay in one of our cottages/cabins when you book before you leave us.
- Visit Isle of Wight – The Isle of Wight tourisum website.
- Red Funnel – Travel to the Isle of Wight.
- Wightlink Ferries – Travel to the Isle of Wight.
- Hovertravel – Travel to the Isle of Wight.
- Southern Vectis Busses – The Island’s bus company.
If you’re booking a holiday with us at Ventnor Botanic Garden, make sure to ask us about ferry discounts before booking your ferry!