New Chilli Farm to open on the Isle of Wight

by Hot Juan on May 28, 2011 · 1 comment

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The Isle of Wight is to get it own Chilli Farm. The farm is being opened by  Lee and James Illman who run the successful Godshill Organics, an organic small holding and shop.

The Godshill Organic Farm Shop

The Godshill Organic Farm Shop

The farm will be based at the current Godshill Organics location but will not be completely organic and this would limit the varieties they could grow, this year they plan to grown around 30 varieties, and to increase this to 50 next year.

The Chillies will be grown in poly tunnels, with part of the new farm open to the public, the intend to sell the chill based products in their shop including beer, Chocolate and Ice Cream.

This makes the IOW a new holiday destination for Chilliheadz.

P.S. Sorry for the typo, now fixed..

Source: Isle of Wight Country Press Online

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avatar Lisa August 24, 2012 at 11:10 am


We really have changed things over here on the good old Isle of Wight – check out the website and have a see. We really are The destination for all the chilli heads out there. Have a look and let us know what you think.

The House of Chilli has been called “ a hothouse of chilli inspired creativity based on the holiday hotspot of Godshill on the Isle of Wight” with which we agree!!

Our aim is not just to help the hardened Chilli Heads feel the burn, but to bring a unique range of products, suited to all tastes and to spread the warming glow of “Chilli Love” – For us the whole shop is about having an unique experience and bringing another attraction to the Island, whilst being conscious not to be any direct competition to our fellow retailers.

On the 19th April this year my business partner and I decided to push forward the Chilli concept on the Island in partnership with Godshill Organics on the Newport Road.

giving ourselves an incredible turnaround time of about 5 weeks. We launched the ‘House of Chilli’ on the 9th June. Our website launched a few days later –

Our mission is been to make products using chillies grown on site and so the House of Chilli food range was launched. Right now we have a variety of 14 hot sauces, jams and chutneys (and counting), and 5 beautifully crafted balsamics and other bespoke Island made House of Chilli ranges being received very positively from both tourists and Islanders alike. We soon hope to be the largest producer/growers of chillies in the UK and would love it when- “ you think Chilli” actually you think “House of Chilli – Isle of Wight”.

We were fortunate enough to find a graphic designer from Yarmouth, Russell Ince of Wax Crayon Design, who has be instrumental in bringing together a brand and design that we are very proud and passionate about.

Our fantastic Island suppliers have been instrumental in supporting us in driving this small concept into a thriving new business. As an Island we are extremely lucky to have great quality food being made by passionate people, we knew that we just had to tap into that and we would be half way to success.

We have Minghella ‘Spice Creams’ – bespoke gourmet ice creams laced with chilli bringing great flavour and introducing chilli as a spice and not just heat and in some flours also Vodka and Gin???

Nuala Grandcourt from Wild Island produces our very popular Chilli Balsamic range, using Island fruits and locally sourced products where possible, along with the ever popular Wild Island oils and dressings.

Heather from the IW Natural Candle company came on board to make a range of bespoke chilli candles, all natural 100% soy, conscious of providing products not only of high distinction but also about protecting the environment wherever possible.

Dave Yates from Yates Brewery has created our Pokey Chilli Beer which is going down a storm in the shop.

Our clothing has been produced by the Big White T Shirt Company in Newport.

We have created 4 new positions for local people, over a broad age range to come and work with us and aim to continue this trend bringing employment to the Island as well as promoting the Island in the best way possible.

There is an ever increasing range of products which gives some choice for all members of a family – from sweets and rock to chocolate and candles for those who do not care for the hot stuff and then for those who do there is the rest of the store to taste!!.

For the children we have a blackboard for them to doodle and write messages on – this takes up a large proportion of the back wall of the shop, whilst their parents shop in the comfort of knowing that they are entertained – this, along with the different tasting tables is one of the most popular interactive things in the shop. – we are still waiting for our Pack man machine – it will arrive one day soon as will the frothy coffee and chilli hot chocolate!!I in time for the colder weather.


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