“ Small family run, non-commercialized Farm, with barn conversions, static caravans and camping. Grange Farm, Grange Chine, Brighstone Bay, Isle of Wight, PO30 4DA. Tel: (01983) 741233. „
First the disclaimer: we stayed at this site in a motorhome a few years ago, so things could have changed since...... I felt it might still be useful reviewing it as no-one else had yet!
Right, now for the review.....
The site is open March - September. We went before Easter when the area still hadn't really woken up for the start of the season. The site had maintenance work going on at the time, which meant reception/shop were in a portakabin sort of building, so these are no doubt much improved now (they served their purpose ok then - the lady we spoke to was friendly and helpful enough). Even the best site in the world can feel a bit forlorn at this time of year when there is hardly anyone around, and Grange farm was no exception.
We booked a ferry/site combined package. When we booked we checked they had hardstanding available and they said yes. On arrival it transpired that the only hardstanding was a sort of single parking place along the pathway to the beach, which wasn't a particularly attractive area to stay and had the feeling it would be a wind tunnel. We decided to risk the grass, parking on mats to give us the best chance of getting moving if the weather turned bad.
The site is right on the cliff top, which means it has fantastic views but also means it will catch any wind that is going. Tents and awnings need to be very securely pegged. Pitching at the road end of the site rather than the cliff end might be fractionally less windy. The site is generally level. We had quite a lot of wind and lashing rain when meant at times we were parked in a couple of inches of water - despite that our parking mats worked well and we never got stuck.
If you are starting to get the feeling by now that I have a bit of a downer on this site, that isn't actually true. It has lots of things going for it.
- Easy access to the beach
- Facilities were good quality and kept clean - toilets, showers, dishwashing, laundry, they even had a bath if you prefer that to a shower
- Play area for children looked a lot more interesting than the rather sorry looking affairs I have seen on some sites. (we don't have children so I can't give you a child's opinion of it)
- They had some farm animals on site which would probably appeal to the children
- they have barn conversions and static caravans for hire, as well as taking tents, caravans and motorhomes
- The site is within walking distance of Brighstone village, which has a shop, pub and you can catch a bus there to explore further on the island if you don't have a car with you.
They have a website at http://www.grangefarmholidays.com/ which includes the ability to make a booking online. Current prices range from £10 for a hiker pitch in low season to £28 for a maxi pitch with electric in peak season. Supplements apply for awnings, pup tents, dogs, extra people, extra cars. They will still book you a ferry/pitch package if required.
OK, it felt a bit lonely and deserted when we were they, but that was a feature of the time of year - I think this would be a really nice site in season when there were other people around. My only reservation about returning has been the lack of hardstanding pitches.