Seahorses, Isle of Wight

Offering a special holiday welcome

People with learning disabilities benefit from the existence of Seahorses in various ways. It is a home, a workplace and a popular holiday centre all in one. The guest house is for people with special needs and the general public alike, which people with learning disabilities also help to run. People who live and work there say it is a great place to be and holiday visitors make return bookings year after year. An initial loan from Camphill Foundation to buy the property was successfully repaid and the Foundation then assisted with the building of an art studio for creative activities which greatly enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike. A further loan helped to extend the facilities for art and craft courses for holiday-makers and local people.

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The project also received a loan from Camphill Foundation to help establish a new guest house adjacent to the main building, to accommodate the great demand for holiday places. Anne Allday and other residents who work in Seahorses enjoy learning to take responsibility for this additional element in their working life.

Studio Cottage is open to the public and comprises a beautiful spacious sitting room with open plan dining space and kitchen, a double bedroom and two twin rooms, bathroom and sliding doors leading to patio and garden. Dogs are welcome. At any time of year visitors can take up one or more activities in the art studio during their stay.