Spotlight on Isle-Of-Wight Cottage Aire
About the Aire
Owner Phil got his first motorhome about 10 years ago and would travel to France every year. He used the Aires over there extensively. In his words, “They are just brilliant, you feel welcomed into the local community, just the opposite of England where motorhomes seem to be abhorred and rejected.”
Phil thought it was such a shame we don’t have a similar system of AIres here in the UK. He moved into the Isle-Of-Wight Cottage, Mullion, Cornwall, last October. This is a 200 year old cottage located in the far south-west of Cornwall, on the Lizard Peninsular in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It faces south-west for delightful sunsets over Mounts Bay with St Michael’s Mount in the distance.
When Phil discovered the remnants of a hardstanding and an electric hook up point beside the cottage, which sparked Phil’s idea of setting up an Aire. A previous occupant had obviously had a caravan parked there, but it was wildly overgrown. Phil researched how to set up an Aire and found help from Steve Haywood from CAMpRA. So Phil worked on getting the site ready this spring, received CAMpRA Accreditation and had their first guests in June.
Easily accessed from the Aire there are two pubs in the local village and a Chocolate Factory down at the bottom of the hill with a cafe. It is a perfect location for walkers, with plenty of local walks around, and easy connection to the South West Coastal Path. For cyclists the cottage is actually right on the West Kernow Way, a 230km cycle route round west Cornwall. From the pitch you can cycle to Kynance Cove and the Lizard in one direction or Penzance and Land’s End via Penrose/Loe Bar/Porthleven in the other.
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