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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
Tel: 01983 531331  or  01983 531350
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Pitches: 160
Open: 23rd March- 29th October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 89 Reviews
                9/10 from 89 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 Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <5 miles 

Reviews:  89 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: October 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sidrat 7 reviews from this member

What a lovely campsite. We had booked because it had a heated indoor pool and october half term can be a little chilly in a tent!.

As it turned out it was quite warm. End of season but everything apart from the outside pool was open. The pitches were nice for the tent and the facilities are some of the best we have ever had. Friendly knowledgeable staff and great surroundings, the Island was a lovely place to visit.

We will come back and stay again, I can only give it 10 out of 10.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Retired of IOW 11 reviews from this member

I can't praise this site enough. It is well run and pristine without being regimented.

It is in a quiet location overlooking countryside. The showers are individual cubicles with wash basin and very roomy. The toilet/shower block is modern and pristine. The swimming pool facilities looked great, although we didn't use them. We did have a take away and the food was great. There is a well stocked shop on site, it has a big selection of frozen and fresh food, we were also able to order our morning paper.

The pitches are big, we had a motorhome and awning, ample space for both.

There are 2 two pubs within 30 mins walking distance, both serve food. Horse and Groom is cheaper than New Inn.

We were very impressed with this site.

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Revington 1 review from this member

We spent a fantastic week here at Easter 2017, with 2 adults and 3 kids (6yrs, 4yrs, 7mnths) in the party We were blessed with lovely weather, with sun almost every day.

The site is in a lovely rural and peaceful setting. It has great views across the rolling hills of West Wight, and at night there are lots of stars visible, due to the absence of ambient light in such a rural setting. There isn't really anything in the village, but we did walk to the local pub which was about 20-30 mins away. There is also a footpath accessed from the site which leads to another pub in Shalfleet

We had a great pitch with plenty of space for a twin axle 8m van and full awning. There are a number of statics on the site, but due to the layout you would hardly know they are there.

The facilities are very good. The indoor pool is well heated and perfect for when the weather is chilly. There is also plenty of seating inside by the pool for anyone not swimming, together with a small coffee shop in the pool complex. Outdoor pool was closed when we visited, opening in May. The showers etc are very good - nice large cubicles, plenty of hot water etc. They also have accessible showers, a family bathroom, dedicated baby changing, a drying room for bikers/hikers.

A handy on site shop sells the essentials and some cheapy toys for the kids which was handy. The on site take away was delicious and very reasonable. We used this a few times, but I would recommend ordering ahead as the food can take a while. They cook all food to order and sequentially - so if you order a couple of portions of chips, you could still wait 45 mins if there are other larger orders in front of you in the queue! We quickly learned and you can phone them with your order, which was handy when returning from a day out on the island to arrive back and collect your food.

There was a couple of small kids play areas and then a separate games field with football and some outdoor exercise equipment (monkey bars, pull up bars etc)

We booked the ferry and campsite together which was excellent value. They arrange the ferry and send you the tickets for this.

We would definitely return to the site.

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.

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