My wife and I recently purchased a caravan that was for sale in Fareham, we also booked into a caravan site in Fareham. On arrival at Ellerslie caravan and camping park we were about to hook up and journey another 8 miles to where our SatNav indicated our other stop to be. We were then approached by a young man who was very eager to help us as he could see we are obviously novices. He took a lot of time helping and advising us on the art of towing. It was a good job he turned up because as it turned out we were booked into his campsite (in the next field) so do not always trust a SatNav. We intended to stay 1 night but already we had made a friend with our neighbour. The next day we attempted to erect the awning and another couple offered their help with good advice. That was it for us we stayed another 2 days and cannot believe the friendship and help we received. We were told we could park anywhere we wanted facing any direction, there was very little noise on the site, maybe the odd train away in the distance. The M27 did not make any noise as there are roads nearer. The shower block was very clean as was all the facility's, yes I did have to push the button 2 or 3 times but I managed. We will definitely be visiting Ellerslie again and hopefully for a lot longer stay. It was a great beginning to our future caravanning career and if other camp sites are half as good as Ellerslie and half as friendly we will be very happy. Once again you know who you are a great big thankyou. See you soon.
We used this site 4 years ago and it is excellent for those wanting everything on their doorstep. But when we visited before we thought the toilets/showers needed updating. Unfortunately even after all this time, this has still not been done. No toilet paper, no hand dryer, no soap. Very old. Cobwebs everywhere. Although hot enough water to shower with, literally 5 seconds (I counted) and the water goes of and you have to push the button again. I understand the need to save water but give at least 10 seconds guys! Needs pulling down and re-building. I notice that this complaint keeps popping up for this site.
I think the owners should definitely think about re-investing the money they get from camping into making this a more attractive site for campers otherwise they will get less and less campers - as decent toilet and shower facilities are an absolute must for some campers. We are now on a different site and the difference is amazing.
Nice and clean and pleasant to use. Come on Ellersley, buck your business ideas up!
We've just returned following a weeks stay at Ellerslie Camping & Caravan Park and thought we should update the reviews. Although it would be nice to say that the less positive aspects of the site which are noted within previous posts have been rectified. I'm sad to say they haven't. The location, however, is great.
The site isn't regimented so when we arrived, mid bank holiday, finding a spot was a bit tricky. We eventually found a space under the apple trees which turned out to be perfect. Others that arrived later were not so lucky and they had to squeeze between other units so they could access electric hookup. This caused problems as there are no identifiable roadways between the trees and its possible to get blocked in. We saw the owners on the first day, checking that we'd paid, otherwise they didn't seem to venture into the camping field. Identifying pitches would make things much simpler for everyone.
The site isn't too noisy, you could only hear the M27 very late at night. People on the site were good and everything went quiet by 10pm.
There are two mobile phone masts about 10 meters from the site boundary which are very ugly.
The toilet block is pretty grim. The worst we've experienced in our 18months caravanning! Although its obvious the owners have updated the mens with some new sinks and mirrors the rest (mens and womens) were beyond basic. There was only one toilet in the mens block which was always dirty and didn't seem to get from one day to the next. The showers were hot and there was plenty of water but the cubicles were painted breeze block and very tired. The other amenities, laundry, washing up were of a similar standard. Dirty and in need of some serious TLC.
The site had no playground facilities but the abundance of trees meant the kids had something to keep them amused.
The site is within 10 minutes drive of Gosport Ferry which will land you within a few yards of the Historic Dockyard (HMS Victory etc) and the new Gun Wharf Quay Shopping Center which is the home of the Spinnaker Tower. The dockyard was brilliant and both of our girls (4-6) loved exploring the old sailing ships and learning about how people lived and died in years gone by. The site location was also good for visits to Southampton.
Overall, we had an enjoyable week but it had everything to do with the weather and location and less to do with the site and its facilities. I'm afraid we won't return unless we see better write ups.
A very good camp site for those who don't like the regimented side by side forest of white boxes style camps. This camp site does not have pre defined pitches as such, you just have to fit your unit/tent in between the trees in the orchard or around the perimeter wherever it fits!.
The shower/toilet blocks are clean and there is loads of hot water, there is a mini laundry room and plenty of electric hookups dotted around the site.
It is a simple small site with all the basics you need. 10 minutes from the the sight is the local town with plenty of shops and restaurants there are also a couple of pubs nearby which serve good pub style food.
It is a good site to stop off at to break up a long journey, and it is very peaceful, I loved it and will definitely return.
Just returned from a 5 day visit to this site and felt I had to leave a review.
The site is very friendly and well run, and the day after we arrived the owners walked round the site checking that everyone was ok.
There are a lot of trees providing shelter from the wind and the fields are slightly sloping though this was not a problem for us. Electric hook ups were a bit higglety piggelty, but we managed to connect as we have a long lead - if yours is short you may encounter problems. Each electric hook up stand also had it's own water supply. Another review stated that you could only have one thing connected at a time but we did not have this problem - quite often we had four things plugged in at a time as did my brother who pitched his tent next to ours.
The toilets and showers were better than we expected, with three rooms - ladies, gents and another - each with one toilet, two showers, and wash basins. The gents also had urinals. These were very clean and were stocked with toilet tissue and soap and hot water.
The site filled up a lot on the Friday with it being a bank holiday and although I never had to queue for a toilet or shower, I suffered a cold shower one morning as I was late going in and the hot water had all been used. However - get in early and you will be rewarded with a hot one! Showers are free and the type you find in swimming baths with a button that needs to be pushed regularly as it is on a timer. Take your clothes in a carrier bag though as although there is a stand and hooks for your clothes, they do get splashed!
The children found their own entertainment in the form of a very large conifer tree which was hollow inside which they made their 'den' - this kept them occupied for hours, as did the horses in the next field.
There is so much to see in the surrounding areas, though we were there soley to see Portsmouth which is just 8 miles away. On the final day we were also able to pack up our trailer tent and leave it in the car park on site so that we could enjoy another day in Portsmouth without having to worry about the trailer. We found a great PARK AND RIDE on the last day in North End which was just £2.50 for parking all day and the bus takes you to the city centre or the Hard which is a minute walk from Gunwharf and the Historic Dockyard. We wished we had found this sooner as we had been paying between £5 and £8 in the city centre. There is a fantastic Chinese in Gunwharf - upstairs right by the spinaker tower which offers an 'all you can eat' for £6.95 a head (£3.50 for kids). This is well worth a visit as the food is fantastic. We will be returning to this place! The historic Dockyard also provides a great family day out which is excellent value for money and we were able to fill two days with this attraction - your ticket is valid for 1 year unlimited returns.
There are also many attractions in other surrounding areas that we simply did not have chance to visit. There is a cracking view of Portsmouth and the Solent just up the road from the site and this is well worth a visit as another reviewer also states.
We will definitely return to this site next year and my brother also agreed it was excellent.
My children have just thanked me for what they called 'the best holiday ever'. What more can you ask for as a parent?
Well, we nicknamed this site: Planes, Trains & Automobiles!
Why? Because the M27 provided a constant backdrop, there was a railway line nearby which had the trains sounding their horns and the planes for Southampton airport went overhead, as well as numerous helicopters.
It is a secluded site consisting mostly of an orchard with very clean showers and toilets (just 2 toilets in the ladies though!). The showers barely got warmer than lukewarm and if nobody entered the block whilst you were showering, then all of the lights would go out!
We never saw the owners, were given no guidance as to where to pitch and had to chase someone to pay upon departure. On one night, another camper called the police as there were drunken men in a van with music blaring at 12:30am threatening to jump the fence and cause mayhem at what they perceived to be a gypsy camp! When we informed 'reception' a day later this was news to them.
We felt the 60 foot mobile telephone mast not to be the most eye catching delight we have ever slept under. The electric hook up was erratic to say the least! There is nothing here for children.
The area we pitched in was given over to long term elderly residents who appear to live there for 6 months per year. They seem to feel it is appropriate to appear in your awning whenever they feel like it and comment on your comings and goings ad infinitum!
At the end of the day, if you are just having an overnight stop en route to the ferries this could be fine. But at £19 a night,with the bare essentials in terms of facilities, we felt this was poor value for money.
Next time we will go to Hayling Island or Wittering to be a lot nearer the sea and all amenities that this area has to offer.
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