Reviewed by Kerry Hopkins
I was extremely excited to be asked to review the Hoseasons, Colwell Bay Holiday Park on the Isle of Wight. After hearing this news I promptly visited the Hoseasons website to check our forthcoming accommodation. I found the site extremely easy to use, finding where we will be staying in a matter of seconds. This turned out to be a beautiful little cottage, Yarmouth Cottage, that accommodates 4 people, has outside space, an outside hot tub and was extremely accessible to a beautiful beach. The information of the accommodation on the website was thorough and inviting whilst being extremely informative on the location and attractions that would be accessible to us.
Our stay was a Monday-Friday short break, and on the Monday we arrived at 4pm anxious to start our holiday. We were warmly greeted at reception by a lovely staff member (the lady who runs the park) who was very helpful, explaining where our little cottage was and provided me with ample leaflets on attractions and things we could do/visit during our stay as well as a bus time table. Unfortunately this was also the time when she explained to us that the swimming pool would be closed that week for maintenance, but was extremely apologetic and explained that it would be open until 7pm that evening.
We found our little cottage easily and upon entering the accommodation we were instantly amazed at the space we had. On arrival the accommodation was extremely well presented, clean and welcoming. It felt like a little home from home. Whilst taking a quick look around where we would be staying, we quickly stumbled upon what I believe to be a ‘welcome pack’. The kitchen was readily stocked with the basics for our first night/day there, with bread, milk tea and coffee and sugar and even little packets of biscuits. We were really impressed with this as weren’t expecting it at all.
In the main bedroom we found a lovely comfortable bed that later we slept really well on. There was also a wardrobe for our clothes and a little dressing table that even had a hair dryer in the draws which was great as I completely forgot my own. The second bedroom comprised of two single beds, which we didn’t end up using as we had brought our toddlers travel cot. This room also had a wardrobe in as well as housing the hoover and ironing board. We also found board games in one of the cupboards in the living area. On the coffee table there was a REALLY useful folder of information that provided us on information of the accommodation including instructions for appliances, more tourist information (including postcodes for satnav use) and even handy numbers for local takeaways and taxi services.
So, once taking an extensive look at our new pad for the week, we ‘dived’ into to our swimming costumes and rushed up to the swimming pool which was a short stroll back to where the reception area also was. The pool was a great size and was very quiet with only one other couple and their young son in there too. Our 19 month old daughter absolutely loved the pool and did not want to leave (even after a whole hour in there). The only criticism of the pool would be the lack of changing facilities as there was only one toilet you could go to, to change in privately. However this didn’t affect us as it was so quiet, but it may be more of an issue during busier periods.
Over the next few days we enjoyed the onsite little play area on which our daughter LOVED the slide. We also used the tennis court to play a few ball games. It was really lovely as the park was lovely and quiet and calm. It felt great to be away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday. During our stay we also came across other members of staff who we found to be extremely helpful and accommodating.
Unfortunately my partner and I do not drive which therefore meant that getting to attractions across the island difficult. However we do live on the island so weren’t too worried about this, but this may be an issue for prospective holidaymakers unless they were happy to use public transport or taxis. Not a big issue but maybe something to think about if you a considering this location. So during our stay we did attempt to visit Fort Victoria and staff were very helpful with recommending a taxi service. But upon arrival we found that this attraction was only open Friday – Monday so had to return to site again. This may be the downside to this time of year, as you will find a lot of attractions are only open on weekends or not at all during the winter. Not all the leaflets were great with opening time/days information, to combat this I would suggest ringing places beforehand.
The majority of our stay was spent on site, where we really enjoyed chilling out in our little cottage, playing in the garden and most especially using the hot tub. This feature of our accommodation completely MADE our holiday. It was so relaxing and we used it every day, most days more than once! However one day we did venture down to the beach which was easily accessible due to the parks gate which meant only a short stroll down there. The beach was beautiful, with lovely clean sand. Unfortunately for my daughter however this time of year the ice cream shop was not open. Neither was the beachside café as it was undergoing some maintenance, but I can see this being an amazing spot to eat in the summer when the weather is warmer.
Overall we had an amazing holiday it was so good to spend some quality time as a family, in a nice, quiet and friendly atmosphere. I couldn’t recommend this place highly enough; we really did have a great time. The accommodation was great with fantastic facilities, the staff were great and we even had on site Wi-Fi which meant we could keep online. I can honestly say the only disappointment of this break was the pool being closed but that was only because we loved it in there so much! We are definitely hoping to return at a later, more summery date.
We stayed at Yarmouth Cottage (LP7252), at Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight – part of the Daisy Door cottage style collection – courtesy of Hoseasons. Accommodation consists of cottages sleeping between four and six people. A week’s stay at Colwell Bay starts from £295 and a short-break starts from £165. For more information about holidaying with Hoseasons in the UK and in Europe visit www.hoseasons.co.uk or call 0844 847 1100.