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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  or  01983 531350

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Pitches: 160
Open: 31st March- 31st October 2017

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 86 Reviews
              9/10 from 86 Reviews

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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sue1234567 3 reviews from this member

We have now visited this site twice and love it. The pitches are spacious and very well laid out. The facilities and pools are lovely and always kept sparkling clean - the shower block is one of the best we have experienced. The views are brilliant although the rural location may put some off. There is a good playing field at the bottom of the site and a smallish wooden play park. There are lots of lovely sandy beaches nearby and many nice walks. The pub at the end of the road is great for families and has a great play area and plenty of other great pubs / restaurants nearby. The only slight negatives for us are the entrance / driveway which is tight for caravans; the on site shop only supplies basics; the takeaway provided reasonable food at acceptable prices but was very slow; and the indoor pool had fairly limited capacity and access was restricted (during school holidays). However, overall this is one of the nicest sites we have experienced and we will return. Family staying in static vans were also very impressed with quality, cleanliness and value for money.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Squidders 2 reviews from this member

We initially booked a pitch for our tent and spent two nights in that before we got bored of the fantastic British weather. Half way through our booking, I popped into the office and upgraded us to a static caravan. The booking with the park included the ferry which was very convenient.

My partner and our son were very happy. Which made me very happy!

The site has by far the most comprehensive facilities I have come across. On the touring side, the showers are plentiful, free and huge, the toilets were also plentiful and clean. The laundry and dish washing facilities were also great.

The area by the office has a well stocked shop, great food takeaway (The southern fried chicken burgers rock!), nice climbing frame area for smaller children as well as a larger climbing frame area for older kids, a nice heated outdoor pool and nice indoor pool. The indoor pool was especially welcome given the bad weather during our stay!

All the facilities were busy but never overcrowded, the whole site had a nice family feeling and we were lucky to only encounter friendly parents and well behaved children having lots of fun together. On Thursday we were planning a trip out to Cowes to see some events there but our son was having so much fun around the park with other children we enjoyed staying instead.

The last day was a bit of a drag because of the foul weather, even after we had checked out, a quick call to the park and we were booked on an earlier crossing to Southampton. This service is representative of the whole stay - really first class.

The surrounding area was very nice but the park is not really next to any kind of attraction. It is quite central though which meant a nice consistent journey wherever we ventured. It's the Isle of Wight - the furthest attraction is only ever a short drive away! The setting of the park was nice and the views were of nice countryside.

The pitch we started on in our tent was very nice, free electric hookup and while the pitch was on the side of a hill, the whole site had been landscaped into huge steps meaning every pitch was completely level. Genius.

The static caravan was very clean and well provisioned, the shower, often weak or hard to get to the right temperature at other sites, was great.

In all, we were really happy with the site and have the webpage bookmarked to try and go back for a weekend over the next spell of hot weather.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pepsteak 1 review from this member

This is our second stay at the Orchards. This time was significantly busier than the last but despite this the facilities were still kept in superb condition. The toilets, showers and washing facilities are the best I've seen at a campsite (although the timers on the showers could do with some adjustment - pressing the button every 5 seconds isn't mush fun). Both the indoor and outdoor swimming pools are well maintained.

On both of our visits we have found the campsite very quiet (noise). The official 'quiet' time is after 11pm but there is very little noise after 10pm or before 8am. There is a 'no bikes/scooters' rule on the site which disappointed the kids somewhat but this probably contributes to the sites low noise.

The on site takeaway is excellent and good value although would benefit from longer opening hours in the mornings. The on site shop however is poor. Fresh produce (ham, cheese, bacon etc) often sells out and they do not sell freshly baked bakery items.

Our only other critics this visit was that our pitch was on a slope which caused us a few issues! I would have preferred if we had been told that at the time of booking.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Rgeo4 1 review from this member

We stayed for eight nights, and could not fault the campsite. We took the package that included ferry crossing from Lymington to Yarmouth. Campsite only 10 minutes away from harbour.

Facilities on site were excellent. Shop and takeaway reasonably priced.

Toilet and shower block immaculate, and cleaned regularly.

Several local pubs only five minutes drive away, if you show your camping card when paying for food they gave a 5% discount.

Newport with good selection of supermarkets only 15 minutes away.

Also campsite is surprisingly central with most places to visit on 10 - 15 miles away.

The best thing about the site is that it wasn't overcrowded, and where we pitched was a large central area where the children could play without annoying anybody.

We liked it so much are already planning our return visit for next year!

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Kimothy 2 reviews from this member

A lovely site, clean amazing toilet block, never had to queue for a shower!

Outdoor pool is very cold but indoor pool fine. Shop an average campsite shop but everything we needed. Cafe sold mainly fried food but chips went down well one night!

Beautiful views from pretty much anywhere on the site. Make sure you give the exact dimensions of your vehicle and tent/awning as our pitch was too small and they will not let you camp over the set pitch.

Glad we booked here, had a great holiday, would I book again? Probably not but only due to wanting to try other sites.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Percy on tour 38 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.

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