James Bond submarine is Isle of Wight campsite hideaway PHOTOS

THE Isle of Wight has a new place to stay: A submarine, originally used in the James Bond Film ‘The World is Not Enough‘.

HMS Bond is a copy of a Soviet Victor III class nuclear-powered submarine and is available for hire at Windmill Campersite near Carisbrooke Castle.

The teardrop-shaped submarine, which cost Rhys and Stew around £40,000 to convert into accommodation, starting over the winter months of 2021/22, is now taking bookings, and guests can stay from Friday (April 29).

Isle of Wight County Press: HMS Bond at Windmill Campersite near Carisbrooke Castle. Picture courtesy of Sienna Eve Anderson.HMS Bond at Windmill Campersite near Carisbrooke Castle. Picture courtesy of Sienna Eve Anderson.

Rhys Dungey, who co-owns the site with dad Stew, said: “Every year, we like to add something new or improve our site, and we decided that a submarine would be the perfect partner to the infamous Galahad – our Westland Wessex Helicopter.

“I scoured the web in search of a suitable submarine, and after many months I located what we would finally name HMS Bond.”

The family-run site is already one of the quirkiest glamping sites in the UK, and the new sub puts the Island firmly on the map for one-off experiences – complimenting their Falklands helicopter, shepherds’ huts, a dairy cottage and a split-screen Volkswagen Campervan.

For the sub, the Windmill Campersite team stripped out galvanised buoyancy tanks, miles of hydraulic hoses and an ingenious feature that enabled the replica to float and drive in the film.

Isle of Wight County Press: Like the real submarine, it has little headroom, but loads of character.

It now features two double beds and a single bunk, sleeping five people, as well as a well-equipped kitchen, shower, toilet, eating area and doors out to the patio.

Like the real submarine, it has little headroom, but loads of character and is equipped with trap doors, ladders, an interactive dashboard and a periscope.

Rhys added: “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors over from the mainland as well as Islanders to our unique site.”

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