Liz Earle trip to the Isle of Wight


Charlie, Bex and BillyIt was Olley's birthday last week (a big one) and rather than celebrating in public with a party he decided he'd prefer to keep it quiet and enjoy a few days with our children instead.

We booked a beautiful little cottage by the sea on the Isle of Wight, all three children managed to put their busy lives on hold for a few days and off we went, across the water!

We enjoyed incredible weather and loved the island so much we'd like to live there!

Coastal path walk on Isle of WightIt's rare, now, to have us all together for longer than a few hours and the pleasure we have as parents, watching our grown-up children getting on so well and listening to their friendly banter is something many of you will understand, I'm sure.

We found so many lovely places: coastal path walks and beaches, pubs and restaurants full of friendly people. Bex and I braved the slightly chilly sea in several places – we both love to swim outdoors. And we all ate some delicious food – fresh fish and ice cream standing out in my memory, but not at the same time, of course!

The stunning view from our cottageWhen the children returned to the mainland we swapped them for some friends, Sarah and Graham, who joined us to continue the birthday celebrations.

A highlight for Sarah and me, though, had nothing to do with Olley!

You may know that Liz Earle, one of our most popular skincare ranges on QVC, is based on the Isle of Wight and they had invited me to look around their new headquarters and enjoy lunch and a facial with them.

Sarah and me with Lotti and Emma in front of the Liz Earle living wallSarah was included too so we both headed to Ryde, which is their base. The recently custom built building is called The Green House, with good reason. As you might expect from a company as forward thinking and environmentally aware as Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare, an impressive level of thought has gone into building a business home for the future.

And the main entrance has an incredible living wall beside it – a massive vertical union flag created with a variety of green foliage plants. Beautiful!

Around three hundred people work there, but thanks to the innovative methods of providing for their needs, the annual energy bill is close to that of a three bed roomed house.

Kathy at Liz EarleNot just extensive solar panels and sensor operated lighting, but underground tunnels of air heated and cooled by the ground and circulated in and out of the building.

Rainwater is collected and stored in huge tanks then filtered and used for non drinking purposes, such as flushing the loos. What a sensible idea! Why purify water that has no need for it? I know what our home water bills are, so I can imagine what those of a big company might be…

Waste composting at Liz EarleAnd most impressive is their way of dealing with food waste from the bistro which serves delicious meals made from locally sourced ingredients. Geoff Day, who showed us around, is so proud of having zero carbon miles for this, thanks to his Rocket!

It's a futuristic metal container which digests all the waste and produces a compost perfect for using in the company vegetable patch and also the woodland that Geoff and other staff members are managing alongside The Green House. It's a haven for red squirrels, bees, orchids and other wildlife.

I was really impressed with the working conditions as well. The packing for mail orders is done here and the room is airy and bright, happy people wrapping bottles in tissue paper and putting into labelled boxes.

They do a few minutes of stretching exercises together at the beginning of each shift, to help avoid repetitive strain issues, and they enjoy a goody bag of the products they work with each month. A great and caring company to work for.

225356  Superskin ConcentrateAnd a great one to be a guest of, when a facial is offered. After lunch Sarah and I were whisked off to the Liz Earle store and beauty salon where Jenna and Nicole were waiting to take us to heaven and back!

I have to admit to hearing a little snore coming from somewhere(!) while I was enjoying the most relaxing of facial massages.

The aroma of the Superskin Concentrate that Jenna used on my face was so soothing and combined with the gentle massage and the glass of lunchtime prosecco that I had indulged in, the land of nod beckoned for a few moments.

All too soon it was over and Sarah and I were ready to head back to our men. But not before we said a big thank you to Sarah, Lotti and Emma who had been the most generous and hospitable of hosts. We had enjoyed a wonderful day.

I do hope you are enjoying what you are doing at the moment – good health and happiness to you!

Take care
Kathy x



  1. Susan July 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Well I really enjoy your blogs anyway but that one was just fab! What a lovely selection of hols you take. I just love your laid back, natural approach to life and you really are the most wonderful presenter. I couldn’t listen to everyone for long but I could you. The ‘kids’ look fabulous in the first photo. Good looking pack! And that photo of the view from your cottage..I thought it was a postcard! Stunning! Glad you all had a lovely relaxing break and Olley enjoyed his birthday. I’m really looking forward to the Commonwealths.. no doubt you are too!? I can’t sit for long enough either, like you, to watch a full football match, but I do love the athletics!!
    Look forward to next exciting blog Kathy! Susan x

  2. Barbara Owen July 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Glad you enjoyed your trip to the Isle of Wight. We have just returned from three weeks holiday which we take every year, staying near Colwell Bay at Totland which is I think where your photo was taken. You’re right the weather was incredible, although it always seems to be better than the mainland, and we had a marvellous time as usual. I would love to live on the island!
    We saw you in Union on the last Friday of our holiday when we were stocking up on our goodies as usual, its a lovely shop and the highlight of our holiday. We usually visit the island twice a year and are looking forward to returning in October. We stay in our touring caravan with our five dogs and the rest of the family out of the way in a nearby cottage. Its a different kind of holiday to the Summer one but just as enjoyable.
    We’ve been visiting the island for 20 years and although we love cruising we can’t miss our annual trip, there’s so much to do for all ages. Once you’ve been you’re hooked!
    Very best wishes,

  3. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv July 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    hi kathy hope you had anice holiday with the family.
    hop you are well i am not bad

  4. Barbara MacKay July 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, just to say I had my cataract op on 5th June and the first thing I noticed was the lines on my face !,, so happy to have had the op though ! I have now had my post op checkup and am now waiting on a day for the left eye .hope there are no more lines!! I ordered Judith Williams range straight away to add to Decleor and the rest !! Hope you are well Missed your cheery face !!
    Best wishes
    Barbara MacKay

  5. Kathy Tayler July 23, 2014 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Thanks for your kind and lovely comments – I feel embarrassed to admit that I’ve just had another holiday! I’ll write about that soon, but I’ve just finished a blog that will be posted soon about the Commonwealth Games – you’re right – I will be glued to it!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  6. Kathy Tayler July 23, 2014 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Barbara
    It was lovely to hear about your love of the Isle of Wight. We had a fabulous time and I think we may well become regulars like yourself. It has so much to offer. maybe I’ll see you in October! Have a lovely time.
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  7. Kathy Tayler July 23, 2014 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    I’m glad you’re ok, Martin. I’m good too.
    Take care
    Kathy x

  8. Kathy Tayler July 23, 2014 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Barbara
    I’m well thanks, and waiting on having my left eye done next week. Then my special high definition vision will be binocular! Best of luck when you have your done.
    Take care
    Kathy x

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