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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-1st November

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 81 Reviews
              9/10 from 81 Reviews

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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Percy on tour 31 reviews from this member

The Orchards is a large holiday site near Shalfleet at the western end of the Isle of Wight. There a variety of well-sized pitches for caravans and tents, whether on grass or hardstanding, serviced or non-serviced - all on a gentle east-facing slope that is well-maintained and manicured.

There is a truly palatial shower, wash and toilet block, with more than enough space in the shower cubicles to spread out. There are indoor and outdoor heated pools, games rooms, a shop and a laundry. The reception staff are helpful.

Internet connection can be purchased at £10 for five nights. The speed and connectivity of it can be hit and miss - and this at 7. 00am on a site that was half-empty! Therefore, it isn't worth purchasing unless you desperately need it for e-mail use.

The nearest beaches are Brook Chine and Compton Chine about 10-15 minutes drive away. A regular local bus service passes outside the main gate, providing public transport links to Newport and Yarmouth, with connecting buses available from there to most places on the island.

The Orchards is therefore a superb site to stay on, with excellent facilities. We paid £180 for five nights (including ferry fare), and it appears many of the campers on the site were staying there as part of the same Red Funnel offer.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Avanti2uk 1 review from this member

Had a superb stay at this lovely campsite, surrounded by countryside we were made most welcome. Immaculately clean everywhere. The shop was reasonably well stocked even though its not high season, and the prices reasonable too. All in all had an easy and very pleasant stay. Would highly recommend to anyone.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Thewhitehorse 19 reviews from this member

This is a big campsite set in a rural landscape. The pitches are set in a lawned area with apple trees, hence the name. Our pitch was the furthest away from the showers and other facilities, such as laundry. I enjoyed the walk to the block but my partner felt that they were too far away, something to consider prior to booking.

There were plenty of showers and loos; the shower cubicles were like small rooms with a sink and chair. The site has a shop, Wi-Fi, Pool & TV room and even a swimming pool with Café.

Best thing for us was the bus stop outside. A bus goes to Newport, with its central location and bus station, which gives easy access to anywhere on the island.

Carisbourne Castle, Osborne House and The Needles, Alum Bay all highly recommended.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Daz and Sara 6 reviews from this member

We have just got home from spending a long weekend at the Orchards and have to say we loved it there. The staff were friendly and helpful and the site was clean and well laid out - we had a lovely view across fields up to the Rowridge aerials. Amenities were good - largish shop, pool table, table tennis, indoor and outdoor pools. The only slight drawback for us was there wasn't a pub in short walking distance. All in all a great site and we'll definitely be back.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: DanandSan 5 reviews from this member

First advice is don't use sat navigation as it puts you down pound lane and having towed a twin axle van with bikes on top of the car I can tell you it's not advised.

Let the orchards take the hassle out of booking the ferry for you. I did and it also worked out cheaper that way. Well done the orchards

Upon arrival I found the staff helpful and friendly. They showed us to out pitch which was number YA1. This is right next to a busy pathway through to the amenity block and swimming pool so gets very busy. On pitch size I have to say I was disappointed. It was big enough for the van and porch awning but you have to put the car across the front of the unit. In 20 years of caravanning this is one of the smaller pitches I have come across. The site is well laid out and well maintained. It's a little bit heavy on the rules for my liking but it does keep the place ticking along pleasantly. Too many signs and notices. I there are 2 pools an outdoor which is nice and an indoor one which at peak times and operates an 1 hours time slot approach. I am a bit frustrated that all children under the age of 16 HAVE to be watched swimming. It's normally nice for the children to go off and find a bit of independence whilst giving us time to settle down for an hour. The shower block is the best I have seen being modern and well appointed. I was slightly disappointed to be asked to pay a £2 deposit for a photocopy of a download able local cycle ride. This seems a bit tight to me. I went to wight link ferry port at yarmouth and asked the receptionist their and she took the time to colour photocopy me one for free even though I just walked in off the street. Well done wight link on cracking customer service.

The orchards is set in rambling countryside and is well appointed and we'll run. The negative comments are only minor but would improve the welcome no end if improved upon.

Would I come back YES

Would I rate as a top 100 park NOT YET, BIT WOULD NOT TAKE MUCH

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mr_jibbles 11 reviews from this member

Just returned from 10 day stay here. It was a return visit; we spent 6 nights here last summer.

The fact that we have come back for a 2nd year and are considering staying next summer says it all. This is an excellently thought-out and extremely well maintained site. Staff were always friendly and clearly worked hard to make the site run smoothly.

We were staying on a hardstanding pitch which had lovely views across the countryside. There was plenty of space for our car, caravan, awning and somewhere to sit in the sunshine. The site was quite busy but we didn't feel too jammed in considering it was peak, school holiday season.

The facilities block is excellent with plenty of showers, loos and sinks. Never had to queue and they were always clean, the cleaners worked at various times during the day and evening to ensure they were kept clean and tidy. The shower cubicles have loads of room to shower the kids without getting soaked myself. There is even a little area with hairdriers and sockets to plug in your own drier if your prefer, or hair straighteners.

We used the pools a number of times. Our kids (7 & 8) loved them. There is no additional payment for using them and they have good, long opening hours. No slides etc but still great feature of the site. Site also has a pool room, table tennis room and outside play area.

On-site shop is handy and has good basic range of food, drink & camping goods as well as some souvenirs.

We had fish and chips from the takeaway and also breakfast. It was good value. The kids especially liked that they could buy Mr whippy icecreams too.

We were really lucky and had fabulous weather so spent a fair amount of time on the beaches but would also recommend yarmouth, Needles old battery, fossil walk with Oliver from dinosaur expeditions cic, Osbourne house & carisbrook castle. Dinosaur isle at Sandown was also good and inspired the children to hunt for their own fossils! Bembridge lifeboat station is definitely worth a visit. We went back on a Tuesday evening to watch it launch.

All in all, an excellent site, we had a great stay.

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