Southland CMC Site, Isle of Wight, PO36 0LZ, Tel 01983865385

To Find Site:- From East Cowes take A3021/A3054 to Newport. From Newport take A 3056 towards Sandown. About three miles past Arreton watch out for the Fighting Cocks public house on the right and take the second left (Brown Caravan Sign) towards Newchurch. The site is on the left in just over a mile. Take care on this final section as whilst it is two way it is narrow in places. 

Southlands is set in open countryside with views of the Downs. It was originally a commercial site which was acquired by the Caravan Club some years ago who have extended it. The site is in two sections. The original part where all pitches are divided into sections, some screened by high conifer hedges are all on grass. The second, newer section, are all on hardstanding and has more of an open aspect. Six of the pitches in this area are serviced with water supply and waste disposal. Electric points are the standard 16-amp CEE17 blue connections. There are several Service Points dotted around the site and near to reception is a motorhome service point which has an open grill waste water facility. The single toilet block is centrally situated and is modern and the facilities are of a high standard. Across the road from the toilet block is a separate building housing the dishwash area and laundry. There is site wide WiFi although I did find it very slow at times. Both our phones, one on O2 and the other on EE got decent 4G signals and the latter was used for tethering successfully. This site has a few “Experience Freedom” ready erected tents for hire. For children there is a nice-looking adventure playground but no kick about area. Reception sells ice cream, milk and a few other essentials. Next to reception is an information room with lots of local information. This campsite has four late arrival places with electrics just inside the entrance. 

For those with their own transport the whole of the Island is at your disposal to explore although in the main season roads can be busy and parking difficult particularly at the seaside resorts. For those without their own transport the bus services on the Island are pretty good. There are a couple of services from outside the campsite but one of them is fairly infrequent. The other service called the Island Breezer runs much more frequently but is a pay only service, no bus passes! A ten-minute walk from the site, along roads without pavements, takes you to Winford Cross where you can take the number 8 bus which runs an hourly service between Newport, Sandown and Ryde. Some bus services can be cancelled if their route takes them close to one of the festivals held on the Island, reception will be able to advise. For eating out there is a pub in the village called The Pointer Inn and on the main Newport/Sandown Road is the Fighting Cocks which is about a five-minute drive from the site. Most of the large supermarket groups are represented on the Island but the nearest is Morrisons at Lake on the way to Sandown. For any motorhomers who would prefer to leave their vehicles on site the CMC have an arrangement with Enterprise car hire, where they pick you up from the sites and drop you back once you have returned the car which can be convenient, if not cheap!

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