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Visitor Reviews - The Orchards Holiday Caravan And Camping Park

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The Orchards Holiday Caravan And Camping Park
Main Rd
Isle Of Wight   (Browse area)
PO41 0TS   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01983 531331

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Pitches: 160
Open: 28th March-3rd November

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 68 Reviews
              9/10 from 68 Reviews

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Reviews:  68 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lover2dstars 3 reviews from this member

This is a excellent site for new or experienced campers.

The wash area is better than my own home !

The only negative I could give would be our pitch was on a hill, but when we asked if we can be moved the very helpful staff offered us a new pitch strait away even though it was peak time.

The swimming pools and play areas were very clean and maintained to a very high standard.

When speaking to the other campers most had been coming to this site for years, which speaks massive volumes to the pull of this site.

Would recommend this site to all.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mr_jibbles 5 reviews from this member

Just returned from a week here. Had a great time. The area is beautiful. We had a lovely view across the rolling countryside from our pitch. We prefer the quieter, less touristy western side of the island and this site is only a short drive to the lovely south coast, it's also only about 20 mins from the Needles.

There is no clubhouse or evening entertainment - one reason we chose this site! The children loved the pools. Pool areas were all clean and well maintained. Use of the pools was included in the pitch price, I saw that earlier reviewers were charged so I guess this is something that has changed recently. There is a toddler play frame and one for older children. Our 6 and 7 year olds enjoyed both.

Facilities block was excellent, very modern and well maintained. Very clean, especially considering the site was busy. Shower cubicles were huge, with plenty of room to shower the children without getting clothes, shoes, or me, wet! Never had to queue.

Shop was useful for the basics and small number of souvenirs and pocket money toys for the children to buy. Also sold pool/beach toys, very useful.

Can't comment on the on-site takeaway as we didn't use it. Can recommend 'Rainbow' fish and chips in Freshwater - good sized portions, good service.

Reception staff were friendly and helpful, from booking to 'checking out'.

We were lucky that the site was not full when we stayed as this meant we had extra space around our pitch. I imagine some pitches could feel a little jammed in if all were full. However, it is the school summer holidays and to be anticipated and I think this is only a minor negative on an otherwise excellent site.

Would we go back? Yes, definitely.

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Ladybug 5 reviews from this member

From reading the previous couple of reviews, I think this site has improved since last year.

We stayed over half term and found it a very pleasant site. It was busy but we didn't feel crowded on our pitch - they're not hugely private as the fields are quite open but they're big enough. All well kept and tidy with nice lush grass. There's a big open field at the back (possibly used for overflow camping at really busy times) where the kids could take their footballs and play without disturbing other campers. Lots of families playing frisbee etc in the main field though and a nice friendly feel to the site.

Shower and toilet blocks are absolutely top notch, the best we have seen on any campsite. Loved the music, it felt very welcoming especially for those late night visits!

With our children aged 8 and 7, we found the indoor pool a nice extra (you can swim an hour for free, there is a wristband system to stop it getting too crowded) and I am sure the outdoor pool would be great in better weather. Shop is well stocked and friendly. Takeaway was a disappointment, very busy and food not very nice.

It's a good position for exploring the Island. Of the nearby pubs, our favourite is the New Inn at Shalfleet - fantastic local food.

Date of Visit: October 2012 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Carol Daly 2 reviews from this member

We visited The Orchards for a 4 night stay during the October half term

We booked our ferry/accommodation through The Orchards and was automatically allocated a hardstanding pitch due to the time of year (if booking with the ferry company you are asked if you would like either a grass or hardstanding pitch and charged an additional 10 if you request the hardstanding)

On arrival the reception staff were really warm and welcoming. We were given all the information we needed regarding the site and the local area and shown to our pitch in person by the receptionist.

Our pitch was flat and we had adequate space between our van and the caravan next to us.

We have stayed on many campsites and we found the facilities in the shower block are some of the best we have seen. They were spotlessly clean with plenty of space in the washing/shower areas.

The location of The Orchards allowed easy reach to all over the island. The one downpoint for us was that their was no local shop or pub in walking distance (though the shop on site had any basics you might need)

If you have children with you we found The Horse and Groom pub (about a 5 to 10 minute drive away) to be really friendly and welcoming. The food was plentiful and their was a lovely outdoor play area with bouncy castle as well as indoor games.

We had a lovely time while staying at The Orchards and would recommend it to anyone.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Surfspud 14 reviews from this member

On arrival we received a warm welcome. After a quick run through of rules regarding the pools, we were shown to our pitch.

The lady disappeared before we had even got out the car so no chance of mentioning if the pitch was suitable or not. As it was, the pitch was somewhat further from facilities than we had requested. It was all up hill too. However we decided to stay put.

Our pitch appeared level, that was until we got into bed and discovered actually it wasn't. Not too much of a problem though, we just slept the other way round.

The new facilities block is lovely. Plenty of space, and never had to wait. The music is a nice idea but was never loud enough to actually hear unless directly under the speaker.

Shop was very useful, and reasonably priced. We only got to try the takeaway once but again not too expensive and the food was quite tasty.

Pools were also nice. The outdoor one was used most as we had glorious weather. A few loungers would have been a nice touch. The rule regarding all under 16s needing supervision was a bit of a pain, but it appeared no one checked, so not many complied.

It appeared that many of their rules were overlooked. Despite a 'quiet after 11' policy, we had a number of noisy tents nearby that sat around until gone 12 each night. And on one night we had to put up with the lady who decided to have a full blown conversation on her phone at 1am. No idea who it was, but I would like to say Thanks to the man that asked her to 'Shut Up! at 3am'.

They also like to pack you in. Sometimes without even a decent gap between tents. Our pitch wasn't that large, same with neighbouring pitches. This meant we all had to park in front of our pitches. But due to no area to turn around, we all had no choice but to reverse down the hill into our spots. It appears they have only recently started using the centre of the field as pitches, so guess this was not a problem before. Maybe they should re think! Sitting outside the tent was a bit awkward. Not only is there lack of space due to the slopes but you tend to end up sat starting at your neighbour just a few feet away.

Overall, we would return. Maybe next time we would have more considerate neighbours, and also now we know the layout we could perhaps be more specific about where we would like to be pitched.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Uptons 3 reviews from this member

We recently returned from a 10night stay at this site. Our first impression was that the reception staff were friendly and helpful and the site clean.

We were pitched in the lower field under a huge tree (not to be recommended) due to the wind and noise from the rain. Our pitch was not well kept; it had pot holes in it which we had to fill ourselves with broken slabs found in the edge-row.

The facilities were ok but disappointed that the on-site shop and take away appeared to be closed more than they were open.

We spent a lot of time in the outdoor pool; this was nice but needs attention (not very well heated and years of grime on the curved slabs and tiles missing). The indoor pool is simply too small for the size of the site and should be included in the price of the holiday - we object to paying for extras on site!

There are a lot of loose slabs on the footpath behind the pool which also has overgrown shrubs overhanging. The showers/toilets/ washing facilities are excellent. The pool room was good fun but has very poor lighting as does the table tennis room.

We were told by reception staff that it was ok to play ball games on the small recreation area in front of our pitch only to be told to stop by the same reception staff after other campers complained.

Most of the grounds staff barely acknowledged our presence ie a passing good morning or hello would have been nice. Now I know you can't pick your fellow campers but there were a lot of teenagers on site during our stay and with a recreation area immediately behind our pitch it was quite noisy in the evening. The same teenagers swore like it was second nature to them and had little or no regard to others around them. We complained to the reception staff who appeared to sort it only for the same incident to repeat itself over the following days.

This review probably reads more like a rant. It's not meant to. The Orchards is a pleasant site; I particularly enjoyed its compactness compared to other much larger sites but we shall not return.

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