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A Stay in a newly refurbished cottage with Rookley Park on the Isle of Wight

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May 16, 2018

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Rookley Park on the Isle of Wight to see their newly refurbished holiday cottages and lakeside homes.

Rookley Park is part of Island View Holidays which own several sites on the Isle of Wight, as well as sites in mainland UK too and we set off on a Wightlink ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth on a wet and blustery day.

Rookley Park is home to a beautiful collection of holiday cottages, lakehouses and caravans in a (mostly) sunny parkland setting at the heart of the Isle of Wight. This idyllic countryside location is within 20 minutes’ drive of half of the island’s beautiful beaches and a perfect location for families, with daily activities and entertainment throughout the school holidays.

We were allocated a cottage for our stay which had a driveway for the car, a lovely garden area with decking area and a hot tub which overlooked a large pond.

Rookley Park Cottage
Although the cottage has a very early ’80’s look on the outside, inside it has been brought bang up to date with an open plan kitchen and living area, three spacious bedrooms and two well equipped bathrooms.

Kitchen Rookley Park
The kitchen had everything your could possibly need for a holiday, with a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and oven as well as cooking equipment and crockery.

Dining Area
We really loved the styling of the property, particularly the dining table and large mirror which made the cottage feel homely and I can imagine throwing the large patio doors open in the summer to bring the outdoors in.

Rookley Park Cottage Lounge
The master bedroom and en-suite bathroom are situated downstairs at the back of the property and there are two further twin rooms and a shower room upstairs.

Twin Bedroom
The bedrooms are all equipped with plenty of storage space to be able to unpack and both bathrooms are clean and modern.

We all loved having the opportunity to relax in the hot tub too.

Hot Tub
My only grumble with the property is that there is currently no wifi, however I have been reassured that this is being addressed and it is available in the clubhouse at the top of the site should you need to use it.

Swimming Pool
Rookley Park’s facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, bicycle hire, kids play park, arcade, site reception, entertainment lounge and their huge our fishing lakes, which seem very popular.

Although our cottage came equipped with a kitchen, we found that the restaurant was very reasonably priced and chose to eat there, rather than cooking. The food was delicious and we had the added bonus of Hubby being able to watch the football in the sports bar, whilst the kids enjoyed a disco.

Sports Bar
During the school holidays, Rookley Park also lays on activities for the kids such as volleyball in the pool and arts and crafts during the day, plus entertainment in the evening.

Clay Models
Eliza and Sebby particularly enjoyed the clay modelling and they all enjoyed making tie dye t-shirts.

Tie Dye
Sadly we didn’t have the best weather on our visit, but I have been assured that the Isle of Wight is officially the sunniest place in the UK and has some brilliant places to visit to keep the whole family occupied.

Rookley Lakes
We enjoyed all the activities on Rookley Park, but did head off-site to explore making visits to Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, as well as family favourites Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill.

The Isle of Wight famously has the best weather in the UK, however if it doesn’t play ball during your visit, check out Giving Up Normal’s 32 Indoor Places to spend a Rainy Day on the Isle of Wight.

Thanks to Rookley Park, I have a 20% off discount on online bookings for readers of my blog. Simply quote code: CHELSEA20 at the checkout.
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 CHELSEA20 must be quoted with booking. These terms may change at any time without notice.

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    May 16, 2018

    The decor in the cottage looks lovely! And those lakes are so idyllic. Must have been a fabulous stay! I love the Isle of Wight!

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    Erica Hughes

    May 16, 2018

    I like that you get a proper cottage on a holiday park – I’ve not seen that before. I would struggle without wifi too unless mobile signal was good – I have unlimited data on my phone. I’m so envious of the kids in that hot tub.

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    Nayna Kanabar

    May 16, 2018

    What s modern and stylish place to stay in. It looks well equipped too .

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    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    May 16, 2018

    Looks a lovely visit even without the weather

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    Mellissa Williams

    May 16, 2018

    That cottage looks lovely and its great that the wifi issue is being addressed. I love the Isle of Wight!

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    Menna Rachel

    May 16, 2018

    That cottage looks stunning! I’ve not been to the Isle of Wight for so long. This post makes me want to start booking a trip there!

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    May 16, 2018

    Sounds like you had a fantastic time at the Isle of Wight. Love the changes made in the cottage and a hot tub is always a plus!
    Fatima |

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    Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels

    May 17, 2018

    I have never been to the Isle of Wight – I would .love to stay here, the cottage looks amazing. The kids love a hot tub too. Kaz x

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    Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels

    May 17, 2018

    I have never been to the Isle of Wight – I would .love to stay here, the cottage looks amazing. The kids love a hot tub too. Kaz x

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    Tanya Brannan

    May 17, 2018

    What a fantastic place! I love the Isle of Wight and so something like this really interests me. The cottage is stunning and has great facilities. I would love to know if they accept dogs on site as this would be then perfect for us!

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    Ali - We Made This Life

    May 17, 2018

    This looks really great, we often stay in places like this, they are so great for families! They need to sort the wifi out though!!

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    May 17, 2018

    What a beautiful place to stay, it looks like a great place for families and lots to do. I had so many brilliant holidays at the IOW as a child and I really want to take my girls there x

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    Bella and Dawn

    May 18, 2018

    My mummy would struggle without the WiFi but the property and location of Rookley Park sounds fantastic!

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    May 18, 2018

    The cottage looks beautiful, it’s great to see they have invested time and money to bring it up to date for families

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    May 18, 2018

    How lovely, I am deffo liking the look of that fab hot tub x

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    May 19, 2018

    These cottages look lovely, really modern, but nice and cozy too (although they’ll need to sort out that Wifi!) Sorry you didn’t have better weather but it looks like you still had a great time.

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    The Willow Tree

    May 19, 2018

    Looks beautiful and what great discount offer too! I now need to find a few days to squeeze a holiday in so we can take advantage!

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    Lauretta at Home and Horizon

    May 19, 2018

    I love their cottage! The whole place is actually lovely and the activities are fun. Good to know that you can always get the kids occupied.

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    Cath - BattleMum

    May 19, 2018

    That’s a really fancy looking cottage. Sounds wonderful and great to know the restaurant is reasonably priced if you don’t fancy cooking as you said. I’d love to visit the Isle of Wight one day.

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    May 19, 2018

    The property looks stunning with its high end finishes especially the bathroom. Shame about the WiFi but hopefully once thats address it will appeal to a lot more families. The isle of weight is one of my favourite holidays I’ve ever been on and I would love to go back.

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    May 20, 2018

    Wow these cottages look fantastic and the perfect place for a family break away that is both stylish and comfortable. These parks look like they have great facilities and we are hoping to head to the Isle of Wight this year, going to book mark this post
    Laura x

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    Holly - Little Pickle's Mom

    May 20, 2018

    Oh, this looks fantastic! The new decor is really cool, and looks really welcoming and cosy. Definitely the kind of place we’d love to holiday at. And what a treat to have a hot tub!

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    katherine Melinda

    May 24, 2018

    Great info about the new cottage. Really Loved it. Loos that there would be great time. A good post. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 26, 2018

    Those fishing lakes look great! I’ve actually been thinking about taking our family on a carp fishing holiday to France because everyone seems quite keen on the idea. This cottage looks absolutely gorgeous though. Did you have a go at the fishing?

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    Newcastle Family Life

    May 29, 2018

    This looks like a great place to visit, the cottage looks really comfortable and perfect for a family stay. My other half really wants to revisit the Isle Of Wight so I will have to show him this x

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