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Visitor Reviews - The Oven

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The Oven
Manor Road
Hayling Island
Hampshire   (Browse area)
PO11 0QX   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 02392 464695

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Pitches: 425
Open: March To November

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 50 Reviews
              7/10 from 50 Reviews

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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.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Rogvanman 3 reviews from this member

Very family friendly with a cafe and shop on site that supplies most things. The pool is great for kids and can be hired exclusively if you want to. I think the it would be a bit crowded in the school holidays and the caravan side has lots of long term caravans that are a bit run down. The showers and toilets were quite good and the block looked fairly new.

Quite loud in the evenings especially at weekends. We enjoyed our stay here.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kevrow 1 review from this member

We are a 35 years old couple, with two children aged 2 and 4 never been camping before so all very new.

Arrival - pitched up on the Wednesday so park was very empty, staff helpful when booking. We pre booked electric and had the choice of three pitches in the tent area.

Facilities - What I expected as a newbie standard clean didn't have to queue even in peak time. Pool was clean and bin area was always well kept.

Location - Perfect really we cycle so took on a little bit of the famous billy trail. Shops were not far away 2 mins in a car and 5 mins from the beach.

Positives - Wednesday through to Saturday everyone was friendly children all played happily in a large centre area in the middle of tent pitch field which was really nice. All parents were friendly and joined in the fun or rescued the children from other tents when the play shifted

The on site cafe was an area I didn't eat in only purchased cold drinks. The staff were really nice and let us put our cool blocks in there freezer on alternative days.

Negative - There were clear site rules that being new I read and followed. Pitch in the centre of the peg, noise kept to a minimal between certain hours etc etc.

We arrived back from Pepper pig world on the Friday and found a tent had pitched within our guide ropes so very close. Which was slightly annoying as the field was still very empty. On the Saturday this worsened and a group of tents pitched very close to the corner we occupied so we felt quite cramped.

At around 5pm a large group arrived in all around 15-20 people including children. They had one tent 8 berth at the most and heavy drinking commenced which led to foul language and loud music way into the night and a large number of the group all stayed in cars???.

This slightly tarnished the overall feel of the campsite and lost the family friendly atmosphere. If the campsite had been a little stronger with the rules it could have stopped the this situation.

Overall I would go back and enjoyed most of my camping time at The Oven.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jods 1 review from this member

Our family absolutely love this campsite, We tay here at least twice a year.

Th facilities are good, They have a park which my 7 year old loves, They have a pool which is 1. 50 a session or 25 private hire for 2 hours which we do at least once.

We are going next weekend for my sons 8th birthday and have hired the pool for his birthday party. This was his choice he loves it here. The staff are very helpful.

There is a football pitch with goals at the bottom of the camp field this has been there for years.

Would recommend to all

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: The reluctant campe 1 review from this member

Site location is quite good. Hayling Island is obviously quite small so most services only a very short drive away. Nice pubs locally but do have to drive. We had our boat moored at nearby marina and journey back and forth was good.

Our proposed 1 week visit was cut short by dreadful weather which is obviously something nobody can do anything about. Staff were very reasonable in letting us book and pay for just a couple of days as the bad weather was predicted even though it was busy half term week.

First impression of site was quite good although pitches crammed in with very little space around. We were located in the caravan area as we wanted electrical hook-up so were surrounded predominantly by residential caravans - some of which were really tatty although attempts were being made to smarten them up by the looks of things.

Toilet and shower facilities I have to say were poor - the worst thing was them being separate ie. Toilets and sinks in one room and showers in another room. Showers were dirty with no space to put your things other than one hook on back of door. Our kids are old enough to sort themselves out but this arrangement would be really tricky if you have little ones.

Our party consisted of 4 boys aged 10-15 who naturally wanted to play ball. Despite advertising themselves as a family site there were dozens of signs stating 'no ball games' which was fine around the tents/caravans but there was nowhere else provided for them to play - no field or even an area with no pitches.

Plus grumpy residents complained when we did allow ours a calm game of ball between our 2 pitches. However, there was a small playground area (too young for our boys) and a tiny pool (weather too bad to use).

Overall an ok site - just don't have too high expectations and pray for better weather as the ground was becoming rather boggy.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: HannahBanna 1 review from this member

We arrived with our 7 year old and 2 year old, without a reservation on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Booking in was straight forward. We paid just under 20 a night.

There are plenty of pubs and convenience stores around. We used the car but it didn't seem too far to walk. The beach and funfair, which the kids loved, were not too far.

The tent field was spacious and not too crowded. The ground was soft and level but not boggy so our tent pitched well (I think it had rained the night before). There was enough space for the kids to run around with their ball games and a playing/football field at the bottom of the field.

There are plenty of water points on the field and a short cut/walk through over to the toilet block, We took a travel potty for the little one as it was a bit of a walk.

The toilet/shower block was in the caravan section and seemed inadequate for the number of people that seemed to be using it. This was clearly reflected in the cleanliness. They were useable and not the dirtiest we have used but we just wanted to be in and out as quick as possible. They could definitely improve the standard here with more regular and thorough cleaning.

On a positive side the showers are free with plenty of hot water, although there are only two hooks on the door so bear this in mind when you use them.

The washing up area was clean with plenty of hot water but again there wasn't enough and you will queue at peak times.

The bins were situated next to the toilet block and were overflowing with rubbish. This must have been awful for those people positioned near it.

It did look like there was some building work going on near the toilet block so maybe things will improve.

The pool, although small for the numbers in there, was warm and looked cared for. The play park was ok and my son spent some of the time in there. The shop was handy and reasonably priced.

There were lots of kids on bikes and scooters riding around so you need to be careful when driving through the site.

There seemed to be quite a few caravans that are kept there all year round. You could tell this by the amount of algae that was covering them. The owners should insist that they are kept clean or offer a service included in the fees for this to be done. We felt that it just made the place look uncared for.

Despite the site's pitfalls, we enjoyed our trip. We didn't need to worry about the kids making too much noise (they just blended in with the rest of them) and we were able to relax without having to worry about rigid rules. We had a BBQ and our friends were able to take their dog. It did seem like a 'social' site and people seemed to know each other - therefore there was a bit of noise around and a pair of ear plugs would probably be quite useful at night.

If you have kids and are willing to accept some of the site's disadvantages then this site is perfect for a short break and I'm sure you will have a lovely time, as we did. Although for it to be more enjoyable, I do wish the owners would take a bit more pride in the facilities.

If your children have flown the nest and you want a relaxing, quiet camping break then this may not be for you.

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