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Sunday, 7 February 2021

Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat - Treehouse review | Isle of Wight | February 2021

2020 was a very strange year especially for travelling due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we had a number of holidays booked last year which all had to be canceled. We knew that we still wanted to get away to have a break after a tough few months and that it was looking likely to be a staycation within the UK during the summer months. We had previously been to the Isle of Wight a few years ago with family and absolutely loved it so this was the first place that we thought of as a potential holiday location. 

I wanted to go somewhere different and came across the treehouses at Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat. As soon as I saw the treehouse online I just knew that it was a place that we needed to visit. We booked our holiday through Hoseasons and our ferry tickets through Wight Link. Staying in the treehouse is quite expensive but after not having any breaks throughout the year we thought that it was worth it to get away somewhere special. 

There are two treehouses located at Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, we stayed in the Firestone treehouse for 3 nights at the end of September 2020. There were some restrictions that were in place during our stay due to Coronavirus but they didn't impact our holiday too much as we managed to plan around them. For example the bistro was not opening but we were able to order food for contact free delivery to the treehouse.

Detailed below is some of the key information from staying in a treehouse. 


Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat is located in Ryde and is very close to the Fishbourne Ferry terminal, it only takes about 12 minutes to get to the park from the ferry. The park is a beachside resort with a number of walks alongside water edge of the Isle of Wight. On a good weather day you can see right across the sea to Portsmouth. 

We absolutely loved that from the treehouse you can join the woodland walk and within minutes you can be on a private beach. On a good day you are able to see right across to Portsmouth but it can also be very windy as we found on a number of occasions! The sea is also so close to the treehouse that you can hear it when you wake up in the mornings, which is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves to be by the sea. 


Staying in the treehouse is based upon self-catering and we found that it all the facilities that you needed. We didn't use a lot of them in terms of cooking as we brought food back that didn't need us to use the hob. The treehouse has a fully functioning kitchen that which includes a fridge, two ring hob, microwave, dishwasher and all the cookery and cutlery that you would need. 

As part of the products that are provide they do leave you with washing up liquid and dishcloth which is perfect for getting started. We did notice that there weren't any dishwasher tablets supplied so if you are staying for longer and would want to use the dishwasher, I would suggest bringing you own dishwasher tablets. 

The treehouse is open plan for the main living area/bedroom and the kitchen but has very separated areas but we loved how you could walk almost completely around the treehouse. 

When we arrived there were dressing gowns and slippers as well as toiletories on the bed which was perfect for using the hot tub. 

The bathroom was more like a wet room and had his and hers sinks as well as a walk-in shower. I loved the colour scheme that flowed through the tree house and the use of copper, made it feel really rustic and fitted in with the location. The bathroom was a perfect size and also enabled us to hang all our wet swimming clothes from the hot tub. The shower also had a waterfall shower head which was great and would love to have one of these at home. 

Hot tub and outside space

One of the main benefits of the treehouse for us was that it came with its own private hot tub. This was one of the features that we were most looking forward to as part of the holiday and had already planned the potential amount of times that we could use the hot tub during our stay. 

At the treehouse, the hot tub is buried into one of the decking levels and is fully covered which also acts as a stand when you are using the hot tub. When we arrived the hot tub was all set up and fully up to temperature, we knew that as soon as we had unpacked that we were going to be in the hot tub after a long day of travelling. 

The hot tub that we had is suitable for up to 4 adults and has waterfall as well a coloured lights and you can set the temperature depending on how hot you like the water. 

We really enjoyed waking up early in the mornings and getting in the hot tub to see the sunrise and hear the birds and the sea, this was a perfect start to our day! We also liked to end the day in the hot tub which was the perfect way to relax after a long day exploring. 

We loved the hot tub so much that we even had to used it on the morning of us checking out, the hot tub really did make our stay in the tree house extra special. From walking round the park I noticed that there were a number of the individual lodges that also had private hot tubs so there are definitely a lot of options if you did want to have your own hot tub. 

In addition to the hot tub there is plenty of other outside seating areas with the treehouses. By the entrance door there is a hanging egg chair which is perfect for lazy afternoons reading a book and listening to the sea. On the same level is also a patio table and chairs, these were perfect for eating our breakfast at and seeing all the nature in the forest. Next to the hot tub there is also a bench with cushions available from the store box, there are plenty of different options when wanting to sit outside. All of these overlook you own private pathway from your car parking space which joins the woodland walk. 

This path has locked gates on both ends, one tip is to make sure that both of these are properly locked during your stay. We found on our first evening that the gate at one end wasn't locked properly and that when we came back from a walk people were walking around and looking into the treehouse out of curiosity. We managed to fix this after this and didn't have any other issues throughout our stay. 

If you want to see more of the treehouse at Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat as well as the places that we visited on our trip to the Isle of Wight, check out my two travel blogs below on my YouTube channel. Part 1 of the vlog includes a tour of the Firestone treehouse. 

Hope you found this blog and the videos useful if you are thinking of staying in a treehouse. We are hoping that we will be able to re-book our cancelled stay as soon as possible as we absolutely loved staying in the treehouse and know that if you book to stay there you will too. 


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