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

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.




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

  1. 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.

  2. This place looks incredible. I would love to go there, I would be seating in the hot tub every night relaxing. What a great time you guys must of had 😊

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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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