We've just returned from a 4 night stay at Thorness Bay. We had a lovely few days on the island but it was so cold! I made the decision last minute to upgrade to a Gold Plus caravan and I'm so glad we did - we were toasty warm and the caravan was fab.
We stayed in the Solent Village area of the park. As we arrived at our caravan, a man was carrying out a maintenance check and informed us that our caravan was brand new and had just been installed. We were the first people to stay there - Lovely! The fixtures and fittings etc were top notch and it looked and felt like a small apartment rather than a caravan. However, I don't believe we were the first to stay in the caravan - on closer inspection there were food crumbs and Rice Krispies on the seating! I spent a couple of minutes sweeping all the crisps, crumbs and bits of food off the bench seating and the place felt like new again. The window sills etc were covered with a thin layer of dust so if I did have a gripe, it would be that it needed a going over with a cloth and Hoover, regardless of how "new" it actually was.
The park itself was good - the pool was small but our daughter enjoyed having a splash around. Watch out for the condensation if you're spectating though, it drips from the ceiling!
We didn't make use of the kids club faculties or bingo etc so I can't really comment on that aspect. We went to the kids entertainment on the first evening and unfortunately a power cut meant that we had to evacuate the whole building. We tried again on the second night but our daughter (5) wasn't really interested. The other children there seemed to be having fun though.
We used the bar on a couple of occasions but didn't eat there - the food looked nice though.
All in all, the park was a good base from which to explore the beautiful island - we would stay again. Nothing to rave about but we had a lovely time :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Isle of Wight countryside, Thorness Bay is a big hit with everyone. Why not stroll down to the bay, it's just at the bottom of the Park! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Thorness Bay Holiday Park - Park Hotel Cowes
- Thorness Bay Holiday Park - Park Resorts Cowes, Isle Of Wight