Welcome! We hope you enjoy your stay in our family’s holiday home.
When you get to the caravan there is a chance you will have already had an explore before referring to this this, so you’ll have realised there’s a lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room and toilet, separate toilet and three bedrooms with double glazed windows and central heating throughout the caravan and a lovely deck area with table and chairs for outside dining, and relaxing.
Sometimes the pigeons and seagulls get a little carried away and use our deck as target practice, if this happens, we leave a hose on the end of the deck to wash down the deck and furniture so it does not detract from your enjoyment.
The tap for the hose is at the far end of the caravan next to the metal shed.
The kitchen is well equipped with most things you might need to prepare drinks, snacks, picnics and full family meals. There’s a fridge with small freezer compartment, ample cupboard space, pots and pans, crockery, cutlery, microwave oven, full sized gas cooker, kettle, toaster, iron (under sink), high chair, airing frame for hanging on the outside of a window and ironing board (under one of the beds). There’s a travel cot under a bed, pretend ice cubes, cool packs, bottle coolers and a cool bag you can use in the kitchen cupboard.
There’s a gas fire in the lounge you can use if you get really cold, but please turn it off if you go out or go to bed.
There’s a freeview tv in the lounge with a built-in dvd player and lots of dvds (for adults and kids), kids books and a few games.
We leave tea, coffee and sugar and some spare provisions at the caravan, you are welcome to use them, but it would be appreciated if you could replace things you use up. ENJOY!
We provide quilts and bed linen for your stay the only thing you will need to take is bath towels and tea towels.
There is a small convenience store on site but walking distance at the entrance to the site is a great Lidl’s so you really do not need to take lots of provisions if space is an issue you can buy it there.
HEATING IN OUR HOLIDAY HOME
The controls for the heating are on the boiler, which is situated in the cupboard in the small, single toilet.
You can set the timer on the front or have the heating on permanently, once the heating is on you can control each room comfort levels by using the thermostats on each radiator, there are three radiators in the lounge / dinning area and one in each bedroom.
If you put the heating on during your stay, please ensure you turn it off at the end of your stay before you leave. But please ensure you leave the water heating on. Thank you.
(If you are at all confused how the heating works, please do not suffer in the cold, give me a ring on 07866 746899 and I will happily talk you through how it works)
Contact Telephone Numbers
In any emergency, please simply call 999.
If you have any issues with the holiday home itself
Norman 07866 746899
Louise 07968 799745
Any maintenance emergencies such as flooding, exploding toilets, burst pipes, gas leaks etc, please contact the site reception on:- 01983 866131.
There is also 24 hour security on the site and they will help with emergencys.
Amenities on the Site
With a guest pass, available from reception, Guests are able to use the facilities at Lower Hyde and the sister site a few minutes walk away at Languard.
The sites boast a large club house with bar, amusement arcade, restaurant, local convenience store on site and a launderette.
There is on-site bike hire too.
There are great outdoor swimming pools at both sites, a paddling pool and heated indoor splash pool at Lower Hyde. The outdoor pool is open between 24/05/19 – 02/09/19.
At Langard which is a five minute walk from our Caravan there is also a great indoor pool which is fab especially if the weather is inclement.
Lower Hyde has a great outdoor playground and a multi-sports court.
There are kids clubs available too and Wi-fi is available throughout the site.
The Red Squirrel Trail is accessible from the top of the site, there are signs up past reception. The trail runs for 32 miles through the island. The route begins in East Cowes and goes around the island and back to East Cowes. You can walk along to Wroxhall and beyond on the old railway track route. The paths are concrete.
Places to Visit/Things to do.
There are many fantastic places to go on the island.
It’s a reasonably small island; it’s 23 miles long, east to west and 13.25 miles wide, north to south - making it 147 square miles. So, to drive around the whole island is very possible, along the coast or you can take a scenic drive through and around the inland towns and attractions is great too.
If you’ve got a car or you’re on foot or you catch a local bus or a tour bus or if you’re cycling – the Isle of Wight has something for everyone with many interesting and exciting places to go.
Listed below are some of the visits, attractions, locations and interesting places that are on the island :-
Cowes – shingle and sand beaches, Egypt Point, sailing, lovely town and shops.
Osborne House – summer home and rural retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Amazing. Private beach, Swiss cottage and beautiful gardens and grounds.
Gurnard Bay – beach huts, sailing club, children’s playground, café and restaurant. It’s quaint and pretty and in walking distance to Cowes.
Thorness Bay – another Parkdean site is here. A beach for walking along and exploring.
Fishbourne – where the Wight Link ferry is.
Ryde – seafront/esplanade and lovely sandy beaches, Superbowl bowling alley and laser quest, great retail shops, Liz Earl shop, Haven falconry, I o W Steam Railway, Wight Karting, Appley Tower, Quarr Abbey, Goodleaf Tree climbing in Appley, Ryde.
Robin Hill Country Park – adventure play, falconry, lovely countryside and grounds, red squirrel runs, slides and rides, toboggan rides, A very fun and Fantastic Day Out!!!
Isle of Wight Distillery in Pondwell – pub, distillery tour and visitor centre.
Isle of Wight Zoo – lots of animals, specialising in tigers and lemurs; with conservation and breeding programmes to preserve species a priority.
Dinosaur Isle – entertainment and education about fossils, geology and DINOSAURS!!!
Brading Roman Villa – Roman archaeology at its best. Really interesting visitor centre and museum, café and shop, meadow trail and garden.
Shanklin Theatre – loads of great shows 01983 868000.
Bembridge – Lovely town, Adventure Activities based there, a windmill, a harbour, three beaches, rock pools and its own airport. Popular for sailing and Bembridge Lifeboat Station!
Blackgang Chine – Rides and slides and lots to do.
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary – Education, therapy and visitor attraction to pay the bills. Gift shop, café, bric-a-brac shop and donkey adoption. Free admission.
Ventnor Botanic Gardens – information centres, lovely gardens and grounds with lots to see and a gift shop.
Steephill Cove – just south of Ventnor with a handful of cottages, couple of cafes, striped deckchairs, sandy beach and no cars, this is a hidden gem but you can only get to it on foot.
Isle of Wight Pearl – cliff top views, butterfly meadow, café, informative talks and beautiful pearl jewellery.
Tapnell Farm Park – Meet the animals (cows, sheep, goats, meerkats, wallabies, alpacas, pigs, donkeys and pets corner) jumping, activity sessions, huge soft play,
Alum Bay and the Needles – great day out. There’s Alum Bay Glass where you can see glass items being blown, I o W Sweet Manufactory, Sand shop where you can buy souvenirs and make Isle of Wight sand filled ornaments etc., 4D cinema experience, cafes, rides, amusements, chairlift (very exciting down to the beach- but you can walk) and boat trips out to around the Needles.
Totland Bay – Sandy beach ideal for swimming, seafront and beach front pub.
Fort Victoria Country Park – Planetarium, model railway, reptilarium, archaeology discovery centre, seashore, woodland walks and café.
Carrisbrook Castle – Carisbrooke has been an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence. There’s a museum, working donkeys, Edwardian garden, Princess Beatrice Garden. Really great day out.
Monkey Haven (Primate Rescue Centre) – Monkeys, owls and reptiles.
Arreton Barns – Dairyman’s Daughter Pub, shops, crafts, ceramics, glass, leathercraft etc.
Isle of Wight Garlic Farm – Lovely farm shop and great restaurant.
Amazon World – Meet the animals (over 200 different species), animal adoption, meet the animals sessions, gift shop, cafe and soft play, displays and conservation information, and Jurassic themed adventure playground.
Holliers Park & House of Chilli – Arts and crafts and local food artisans, double decker bus tea room, craft store and antiques.
Briddlesford Lodge Farm – café, farm shop, dairy and farm.
Sandown – Beach (miles of sand), esplanade, cliffs, cafes, seaside, shops, zoo, restaurants, pleasure pier/amusements, lovely.
Shanklin – Shanklin Chine (a deep narrow ravine with water following through it down to the sea) with pathways to walk on right down to the beach, golden sands, esplanade, cliffs, shops, beach front restaurants, Pirates Cove and Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf, beach side café.
There are countless beaches and we’ve probably missed some off but here’s a few:- E = Excellent G = Good
Alum Bay beach – picturesque, mainly shingle, at The Needles.
Appley – beautiful stretch of sandy beach.
Bembridge – Harbours, pebbly, stone and sand, café, sand dunes, water-sports, dinghy sailing and good for exploring E
Blackgang - cliffs and beach
Brook – beach. Cliffs and fossils.
Brighstone – Sand & shingle beach good for walks and fossils.
Bonchurch (Monks Bay) – small sand and shingle beach.
Bouldnor – Great exploring beach, fossils too.
Compton Bay – Sandy two miles of dark and golden sands E
Colwell Bay (West Wight) – between Totland and Yarmouth, popular family beach, sand and shingle, shops, café, equipment hire, and Hurst Castle E
Cowes – Shingle beach & esplanade, harbour & swimming G
Freshwater Bay beach – grey flint and chalk pebbles, café, great for rock pooling, Freshwater lifeboat, with abnormally low tides you can walk across the rocky exposed ledge to see the caves and small bay to the western side of Freshwater Bay.
Gurnard – near to Cowes, a shelving sand and shingle beach, prom and beach huts, water-sports and beach Café E
Hamstead Point Beach (Newtown Bay) – no swimming, undeveloped, but great for exploring for bird watchers, beach combers and fossil hunters.
Lake beach – between Shanklin & Sandown, golden sands, clear swimming, café & BBQ area, water-sports, shallow sea (great for kids learning water-sports).
Luccombe Bay – Halfway between Shanklin and Ventnor, an exploring beach of sand and rock.
Norton beach – between Fort Victoria and Yarmouth, good swimming beach.
Ryde beach – large sandy beach, shops, cafes, restaurants, accessible by foot, rail or Dotto Train, Peter Pans playground, golf course, kids play area, paddling pool and boating lake G
Seagrove Beach – peaceful sandy beach in the middle of a wide bay G
Small Hope Beach (Shanklin) – sandy popular beach, great for families and swimming, amusements and snack bars.
St.Helens (near Ryde) – peaceful sand & pebble beach, dunes and a prom. Good for walking, swimming and bird watching E
Seaview beach (Seaview, Ryde) – pebbles, sand and rock pools, disappears at high tide!
Shanklin – golden sands and traditional promenade. Beach, cliffs, shops etc E
Sandown – Miles of lovely sandy beaches, cafes, esplanade, zoo, pleasure pier E
Springvale Beach – from Puckpool to Seaview, shingle & sand.
Totland – picturesque and sandy, idea for swimming, short pier, only go at low tide and it disappears at high tide! E
Ventnor – southern most holiday beach, sandy, cafes, pub restaurants, tourist shops, amusements, lovely esplanade E
Yaverland beach (Sandown) – white sands, sheltered seas and a snack shack E
Things to do
Walks – There are over 500 miles of footpaths on the island, it is a favoured walking destination and one of the best places in the world for cycling too.
Horse Riding – Roads, country lanes and sandy beaches, there are stables and equine centres across the island and there is even the Isle of Wight Grand National.
Sailing – adventureactivitiesisleofwight.co.uk
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Coasteering – from April to November in Freshwater Bay. It’s sea level traversing, rock climbing, cliff jumping and sea cave swimming.
Sand dunes for exploring, coastal caves and clear water for amazing swimming.
Wildlife – Red squirrels, foxes, badgers and buzzards, dormice, voles, wall lizards, birds of prey and bats…. Also animals at Amazon World, Isle of Wight Zoo, Monkey Haven & Owl Sanctuary, Donkey Sanctuary and Alapaca Trekking in Wellow.
Bird Watching – Arreton Down, great for birds and butterflies.
Golf – clubs at Ventnor, Shanklin & Sandown, Newport plus driving range, Freshwater Bay, Ryde, Osborne, Cowes and Westridge Golf Centre.
Fishing – ponds, streams, reservoirs, beach, rocks, lake and sea fishing. Some of the fish you could catch are trout, carp, perch, rudd and roach. Also bass, conger, plaice, rays, flounder, cod, smoothhound, dog fish and polluck.
Crazy golf – Pirates Cove and Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf, Sandham Crazy golf, crazy golf at Alum Bay and Rylstone Tea Rooms and Crazy golf.
Sports – Endless sports are available on the island from Archery, badminton, bowls, climbing, football, swimming, rugby, paragliding, sailing, tennis and yoga and many more…
Festivals on the Isle of Wight
I of W Childrens Festival
Spectrum, The Autism Festival
Robin Hill’s Farm Fest
Dairyman’s Daughter Beer Festival
Folk and Blues Fair
Isle of Wight Gothic Circus
Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend
Riverfest (huge summer fete)
MondoMix Festival (Music)
Real Ale Festival
The Great British Gin Festival
Isle of Wight Music Festival
I o W Schools Country Dancing Festival
Isle of Wight Pride
Festival of Heroes (kids festival)
IoW Summer Opera Festival/Tea
Jack up the Summer
Ventnor International Festival
Hops Festival (Celebrates the harvest with music, competitions, food, and magic)
Bembridge Harbour Food Fest
Eklectica Music Fest (boutique music festival)
Celebrating Age Festival
Harp on Wight Festival (harp playing competition)
Isle of Wight Literary Festival
We hope this information has been helpful and you have a fantastic time at our Caravan.
We absolutely love it, and we are sure you will too.
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Norman and Louise.