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The Oven
Manor Road
Hayling Island
Hampshire   (Browse area)
PO11 0QX   See Map
Tel: 02392 464695
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Pitches: 425
Open: March To November

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 56 Reviews
                7/10 from 56 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Refills   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Cbrracer 4 reviews from this member

On arrival paid at reception, but no map of site or facilities available just a receipt to hang on tent with basic rules on back, no mirrors or sinks in shower block, had to shave in toilet, then go round back to shower block(no lights working in there). Lots of permanent caravans on there looking a bit drab. Dogs running around despite rules saying dogs should be on leads at all times. The 11pm to 8am no noise rule was not enforced, had to put up with shouting teenagers. Toilets & showers are cleaned regularly, although some residents liked to mess them up leaving toilet un-flushed and loo roll everywhere. (which I don't blame site for) Will not be visiting this site again.

I do understand everybody has different opinions, this site was just not for me.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: ZIMBO65 1 review from this member

We had a touring caravan with electricity for the weekend. Toilets and showers were adequate- boiler broke down on the Sunday morning, so no hot water! Toilets get very dirty during the day, lots of tissue on the floor etc. They could do with being cleaned more often. Pitch was fine. Electricity worked. Location good.

The problem is the unsupervised children that are left to run amok on the site reserved for people with dogs. Although the road is one way and has a limit of 5mph for cars, that does not apply to the children on bicycles and scooters who have no road sense and race along the road without looking where they are going directly toward cars using the road! pedestrians going to the ablutions are also at risk from the unruly children. These children are there nearly every weekend it seems as there are complaints from other people too.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Tinytina 14 reviews from this member

Stayed here for a week, it was the first time that I have been to the area but I'm sure I would go again, And when I do come back to the area this site is where I would stay again.

Most of the people who stay here do so for the whole season so they seemed to want to look after the place (there was only one teenager who lived there was a bit of a pain, but he never caused me any problems apart from his swearing), The site is very well looked after and very very clean, lovely hot showers(hot water all day) nice cheap cafe on site as well as a little( but very well stocked) shop

If I had to say one bad thing it would have to be the fact that they charge you to use the little outside pool, , we never used the pool but it seemed to be well used.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Bigmacc 1 review from this member

Stayed for a week in August and found the site catered for everything we required. Plots were spacious and staff very friendly and helpful, showing us to our plot and helping us to find our way around the local area.

The toilets and showers were plentiful with hot water always available and kept to a high standard of cleanliness.

Plenty for the children, lovely warm pool, yes its extra but only a small fee and well worth it. Play area looked good, mine a bit old for that now and preferred to play on the football pitch. Shop and café there too, which is great.

All in all a nice site for a summer break and talking to other campers seems very popular too, we would highly recommend the site to our friends.

Great location, central on Hayling Island and not too far from Portsmouth and all its attractions.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay !

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Abimatt 2 reviews from this member

Ok I will be fair and give the positives first. The shop on the site is very well stocked with a friendly shop assistant and the stock is not overpriced as most campsites are.

I'm afraid that is where it stops.

We arrived (family of 4 with and 11yr old and 9yr old) with our large tent and electric hook up. We were directed to our pitch that had been booked 6 months in advance. Bang smack under overhead power lines, backing on to someone's garden and right next to a main road!

Nevermind, we pitched up and settled in for our 5 night stay. Time for the loo and shower. The tents are the furthest away from the facilities although tents are the places with no facilities - I can never understand this! The toilets have no lights, the showers have nowhere to put anything other than outside your cubicle and when you are done there is no socket anywhere to be found for your hair dryer! (I behave and don't use the tent electric as that is only 12v!). To be fair, the showers were nice and hot and there was toilet paper in the loos but beware if someone comes in to the room after you and leaves the door ajar - it is freezing.

The kids decided to play in the play park which looked good enough. Mistake - it was over-run with smoking, swearing teenagers.

So back to our tent to relax and chill out - next mistake! The field was full of loud obnoxious youths who had no consideration for their fellow campers and played their thumping music for hours on end.

We spent our days in and around Portsmouth dockyard, Southsea etc. Which were great fun even in the British weather! The park and ride into Portsmouth is great - cheap, quick, no hassle.

Now I have just mentioned the British weather - it rained constantly and by the end of day 3 we were pushing our fellow campers cars out of the field in droves! It was horrendous. Rain is not new to England and this campsite had not drainage whatsoever - people were leaving their mud soaked belongings behind.

One other positive was our immediate neighbours who arrived the day after us - they were great fun to be with, and even throughout the rain and noise we had lovely evenings with them drinking Pimms and playing glowstick hoopla - thank you!

However we ended up leaving a day early and will not be returning!

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Zoop90 2 reviews from this member

Just arrived home from a four night stay at The Oven and felt compelled to write a review.

The location of the site is handy. As a family it was easy to get to places once pitched. The on site shop was extremely useful and sold everything we needed over the weekend including a gas canister for our cooker. Our 5 year old daughter enjoyed the free reign of the play park. We could not find the ball field as described.

However, the remainder of the site is a big disappointment. The first night was not too bad, except there were a group of loud, foul-mouthed teenagers who we're running in and out of the park until gone 11. 30pm.

On the Saturday, many more campers arrived, and we were crammed so tightly in together that it was uncomfortable and unlike any other site I have ever visited. There was little notice being paid to the 20m fire precaution sign. Someone in our party likened it to being in the slums. Large parties arrived and were drinking and being loud well into the night, accompanied by their barking dogs. There was no on site management of camping etiquette at all.

Across the site are many dilapidated permanent caravans which give the appearance of a site that has been neglected.

The washing up facilities are adequate and I notice that there was a washer dryer for use. There is a newer toilet block which is better to use than the older version which is not lit and is very eery, especially late at night. I chose to use the older shower block as the cubicles were larger. However, there is nowhere to put your belongings inside the cubicle, only 1 hook on the back of the door. Again, there was no lighting in this shower block, other than coming in through a ceiling window.

Overall we were very disappointed in our stay and would not recommend. We will definitely not be returning here.

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