Ninham Country Holidays
Poised in the southeast of the aptly nicknamed ‘garden isle’, Ninham Country Holidays is a campsite with a secluded rural feel, yet one that remains a short distance from one of the nicest resorts on the seafront. With its functional new town and quaint, thatched old town, Shanklin has been a popular part of the Isle of Wight since tourism began here. Where its cluster of houses merge into the woodland beyond, anyone with a good eye will spot the potential for fantastic campsites to be found. And, no sooner have you hopped, skipped and jumped into the green, inland countryside, then Ninham appears in the grassy midst, a family-run camping park ideal for exploring the island.
Although admittedly a large site, Ninham Country Holidays thankfully has none of the commercial atmosphere you might expect. This is a family-owned and family-focused site based around the original farm buildings. The site's 230 pitches are also divided across two separate fields, split by a wooded valley and surrounded by mature deciduous that provide shelter and shade on warmer days. This secluded, countryside feel is only accentuated by the long, private drive that takes campers down to the site, cutting them off from any road noise whilst also acting as a speedy cycle path back to the outside world.
Campers have a choice between two fields: ‘Orchard’, the larger of the two with ultra-modern eco-facilities that do clever things with solar and rainwater-harvesting technologies (and which happen to include an extremely handy family room with specialist showers and a baby bath), and ‘Willow Brook’, with its own separate facilities that – although more basic – are functional and well-kept. In both camping areas, pitches are kept mostly to the edges of the field, providing ample room in the centre and ensuring campers aren’t crammed together in the 18 acres of space. Those still wanting more from their pitch can even ask for the ‘XL’ option so motor homes, awnings and cars can all easily be accommodated in one spot.
If the weather turns, wander back to the main reception block and you’ll find a welcoming indoor games room with a pool table, air hockey and more, along with free Wi-Fi and space to relax with a coffee or ice cream, served onsite. Outside, Ninham also boasts a sports area and a heated swimming pool – ideal if the weather is a little too nippy to enjoy the sea at nearby Shanklin Beach.
The best way to explore the island is on two wheels. Surrounded by mature woodland and rolling countryside, there is a fabulous network of footpaths and cycle routes that lead directly from the campsite across Ninham Farm's sprawling 120 acres. Those who head south can link up with the famous Shanklin Chine, a twisting pathway with steps leading down into a mossy gorge, enlivened by the sound of a cascading waterfall. Meanwhile, by car, the rest of the island is open to experience, its plethora of attractions and summer festivals providing all with an entertaining itinerary, whatever your taste.
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2 camping areas are set over 18 acres within a 120 acre farm, with separate facilities for both. There are 140 pitches in the 'Orchard', with 9 showers per gender, 10 WCs per gender and 90% electrical hook ups. A further 90 pitches are in 'Willow Brook', with more basic but clean and functional facilities. Here there are 4 showers per gender, 5 WCs per gender and 50% electrical hook ups. There is laundry onsite, a heated swimming pool and a sports area with volleyball, badminton, petanque and table tennis. Numerous bridleways and footpaths lead directly from the site with easy access to an extensive cycle path network covering a lot of the Island. Bikes are certainly recommended and cars are not allowed as transport around the site. All electricity at Ninham is supplied by green energy supplier Ecotricity. Supplemented by their 10kw solar system.
Tents, touring caravans, motor homes all welcome. Cyclists or guests arriving on foot by public transport do not pay a pitch fee. Families and couples only. Groups at management's discretion. Dogs permitted, though not in the 'Orchard' camping area during the school summer holidays.
Head into the seaside resort of Shanklin (01983 821000), with its thatched old town at the southern end overlooking the golden sands of the beach. The Shanklin Chine (01983 866432) is a popular attraction, a luscious green ravine with a walkway down the gorge-side to a handful of attractions at the bottom, including caged birds, chipmunks and a Victorian brine bath. Back at the top of the cliff, Rylstone Gardens are also a great place to escape the crowds. Beyond Shanklin, Ventnor, in the south, is a fishing village turned fashionable health spa and boasts beautiful gothic buildings that cling to the slope above the sands. It is a fantastic walk from here to Steephill Cove. Meanwhile, inland, the Amazon World Park Zoo (01983 867122), Brading Roman Villa (01983 406223), Carisbrooke Castle (0870 3331181) and Robin Hill Country Park (01983 527352) all offer plenty to do for families and an insight into the history of the island.
Food & Drink
A coffee and ice cream hut is open during high season offering freshly ground 'Island Roasted' coffee, dairy ice cream and drinks. There is a supermarket 10 minutes' cycle (a 5 minute drive) away in Shanklin. Farm shops nearby include Farmer Jacks (01983 527530), in Arreton, and The Garlic Farm (01983 865378), in Newchurch, both excellent. The Pointer Inn (01983 865202), also in Newchurch, is one of the oldest pubs around and still deserves its local fame, as does The Taverners (01983 840707) in Godshill, a real country bolt hole. In nearby Shanklin, the place to head is down to the waterside where The Fisherman's Cottage (01983 863 882) is tucked away. Uncomplicated and unpretentious, this thatched pub serves some of the freshest fish on the island.
May–September (the Willow Brook area is open July and August only).
It may be the largest island in England but there's only one campsite you need to know about on the Isle of Wight when it comes to kid-friendly fun. With an outdoor pool, a well-equipped sports area and a perfect, safe location for exploring the isle by bike, Ninham is top of the tree.
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Contact Ninham Country Holidays, Ninham Farm, Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Sat Nav should use postcode: PO36 9PJ
Arrivals from the Cowes / Yarmouth direction: Go past the park entrance and proceed 400 metres to Morrisons Supermarket roundabout, turn 180 degrees and return to filter off left onto the private drive.
From Ryde / Fishbourne direction: Take the A3055 and turn onto the A3056 at Lake. Continue for 1km, passing over the Morrisons Supermarket roundabout, the drive is 400 metres further on your left.
The nearest train station is 10 minutes cycle way in Shanklin (0845 748 4950), which links directly to the mainland and beyond via Ryde Pier and the ferry to and from Portsmouth Harbour (0333 9997333). The nearest Bus stop is at the end of the campsite drive: Number 8 using Southern Vectis (01983 827000).
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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews
Odd customer service- spoiled what would have been a pleasant stay.
Perfect for bank holiday
Just ideal in every way!
We were a little cautious when booking as this is a sizeable and semi-commercial site. We tend to shy away from the campsites with row upon row of little white boxes.
We needn't have worried. The place is stunning. Set in woodland, the camping fields are large, but don't feel that way as they offer lots of shady areas and are divided by large hedgerows and fruit trees. Most with hook-ups and water (ideal for campervans)
The location is down a seriously long private drive. Makes you feel like you've really left the road behind. Large lake, in a lush setting (rabbits everywhere in the evening!). My wife was able to put a couple of 10k runs in (down to Shanklin and Sandown) and the cycle paths are ideal for exploring the area.
The facilities are first rate. Large shower facilities and toilet blocks set in a rustic eco-friendly cabin (with benches outside, it's that good you want to sit *outside* the loo!)
Swimming pool area is fab - straight out of a continental site. Small kiddies play area and games room (which was being refurbed when we visited) We went in June, so missed the school holiday fizz (and the staff did say it's very different in the high season). There's a big supermarket (Morrisons) just a couple of hundred yards up the road (no shop on site, but none needed).
One of, if not *the* best site we've visited.
Superb campsite in picturesque setting with outdoor heated swimming pool.
- welcoming & friendly owners & staff
- marvellous, secluded outdoor heated pool: O, the heavenly bliss!
- reasonably priced tent pitch: v. quiet & peaceful
- best coffee on IoW!
- space-age shower block: ultra modern, clean with piping hot showers
- very pleasant 20 min stroll to Shanklin, shops &c
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