Last weekend we visited Rookley Park as guests of Island View Holidays. My boys were very excited to be catching the ferry over. The journey only took an hour from Southampton and was remarkably smooth considering it was such a windy day.
If you haven’t visited the Isle of Wight before you really must! We have already fallen in love with the place.
I will be writing plenty more posts about all our lovely days out. We went to Osborne House, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, to see the Needles rocks and to Blackgang Chine. Our three-night stay really wasn’t long enough to do the island justice.
Undoubtedly this has been one of our favourite holidays in the UK.
Island View Holidays have invested heavily in Rookley Park with the aim of making it a more premium experience. The lake is a key focal point, it makes for an attractive setting for the cottages and lake houses. We saw a heron and ducks, it was very peaceful first thing in the morning.
There is a lot of construction work ongoing. But you can see the site starting to take shape and it has great future potential.
We stayed in one of the premium caravans. So, although we didn’t have such lavish accommodation as the cottages we did appreciate how conveniently located Rookley Park is. Being centrally placed means you don’t have to travel very far to visit the many incredible attractions on the island. Check in was efficient and the comprehensive information booklet appreciated. It included lots of helpful information.
The premium caravans could benefit with a few changes, such as adding decking so guests could enjoy sitting outside if they wanted. However overall, we were pleased with our accommodation.
It was surprisingly modern and well equipped. There was a welcome pack with a tea towel, a scourer and a little bottle of washing liquid! This was handy as I had forgotten to pack any of these essential items.
The lounge was very spacious. We had a comfortable stay as the caravan warmed up nicely. Sadly, the Isle of Wight hadn’t blessed us with its usual beautiful weather that weekend!
We sampled the food during our welcome dinner and a cooked breakfast on the Sunday morning. We found the meals to be very appetizing with decent sized portions.
The activities are new for 2018 and already the staff seem to have got off to an excellent start with them. The entertainer had a good rapport with the children, very friendly and bubbly. The activities were reasonably priced. It was nice having them as an additional option when you’re staying onsite especially if the weather turns.
My boys tried the clay play (£4.50) and the tie dye t-shirts (£7). With both activities they could take their creations home. I was pleased to see they had a good choice of sizes for the t-shirts. So, my boys had no problem getting the ones they needed. I think a lot of thought and attention has gone into the development of the activity programme. For the tie dye activity the children were provided with bibs to wear to protect their clothing and gloves as it gets very messy!
On the Sunday we had plans otherwise I would have happily booked the boys in for Pool Volleyball (£3.50) and Sand Bottles (£7).
Rookley Park Facilities
The boys appreciated the indoor pool. Furthermore I liked that they are both old enough and confident enough swimmers to go in without me. It was quite relaxing sitting down and watching them having so much fun.
The outdoor play area on the other hand could do with being developed. It didn’t hold the boys’ attention for long.
I have a discount code to share with my readers that will give you 20% off your stay, use MISSING20 when booking online.
Terms & conditions: Online bookings only. For new bookings only. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other offer. For stays at Rookley Park only. Valid for stays between 1 June 2018 and 31 August 2018. Must be booked by 31 May 2018. Offer code MISSING20 must be quoted with booking. These terms may change at any time without notice.
You certainly can’t go wrong with Rookley Park especially if you’re looking for a great base to explore the island. The caravans are very reasonable. Staff were very approachable and accommodating. Our three-night stay would have worked out about £240, making it affordable for most families. My eldest said it was “top class holiday” so that speaks volumes.