We stayed for a short mid week break (M-F) for Feb half term in a 2-bed bungalow classic. Late booking taking advantage of a special offer.
Ferry (Red Funnel) Soton - Cowes bang on time both ways.
Driving into resort initial impressions were that we'd arrived at a park styled on Butlins with retro chalets lining the access road and tennis courts outside reception...however this impression was soon gone and our expectations were exceeded.
Main resort building incorporating leisure club is first class. Excellent facilities (pool, gym, kiddie play area (Monkey Mansion). Although we arrived straight from afternoon ferry so potentially one of their busiest times we were immediately 'checked in.' There were numerous staff on hand so everyone was seen very quickly.
Expecting one of the 'Butlin chalets' we were amazed to find ours was a very modern looking bungalow with an ideal layout. In turns out all the older looking chalets are privately owned with Gurnard operating all the new ones + the pine chalets. It was a 2 minute walk from the main building yet still in a quiet spot.....in fact the whole park seemed quiet all week although it was half term and fully booked....even the pool was quiet....twice we had it to ourselves!! Very peaceful.
Being really picky our bungalow missed coat hooks, scissors and a cheese grater but that is literally the only ideas for improvement we can come up with.
Our only other comparable, UK holiday park, experience has been the Penrith Centre Parcs. Gurnard Pines is far superior to this.....better value, much higher standard accommodation (we stayed in a Comfort Plus at Centre Parcs), much quieter etc etc.
We'll certainly be keeping an eye out for special offers at Gurnard Pines when we're looking for a UK short break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set within 50 acres of private woodland, a short stroll from the beach and moments from the lively yachting capital of Cowes, Gurnard Pines is the perfect destination for holidays and short breaks. With quality leisure facilities offering plenty of action for all ages, there is plenty of fresh air, freedom and flexibility to relax. Our Bungalows and Lodges nestle in a peaceful countryside setting, complete with a nature trail and quiet spots to relax. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gurnard Pines Hotel Cowes