Campsite Review: Grange farm holidays, Isle of Wight

It always surprises us how easy it is to get to the Isle of Wight, so don’t let the journey put you off this gem of a beachside campsite. With Red funnel and Wightlink running, frequent ferries from Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth, there’s plenty of options. We take the very dog friendly Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne. Dogs are welcome onboard in the top-level lounge and deck area. The 45-minute journey flies by and once you are off the ferry it is a scenic 35-minute drive through the middle of the Isle to get there.

Grange farm is situated on the rugged south coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perched on the cliff edge, with its own private beach below. Pitches in the main area of the campsite are marked, but you can choose your own, some pitches are literally on the cliff edge, so pitch as close to the edge as you dare!

This campsite is all about the sea views and beach, but if you can manage to drag yourself away there is so much to see & do. With record breaking sunshine levels, this microclimate produces some very tasty fruit and veg, incredible seafood, plus lots of local, independent food & drink producers on the Island, making this quite a foodie destination.

Beach at Campsite

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  • Private beach, dogs can run off lead
  • Sea views – Camping on the edge of the cliff
  • Coast path runs through site
  • Epic sunsets
  • Great nightly food trucks
  • The most imaginative, eclectic kids play area ever, with tractors, a sunken boat, parts of old fairground rides, tire swings.
  • Farm animals, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, guinea pigs, rabbits, donkeys, buffalo, alpaca

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  • It can get very windy, 2 out of 3 times we have been here the weather has been glorious, but 1 not so. When its windy tents and awnings really struggle.
  • There are a few static caravans at the site which often would put us off, but they are very discreetly tucked onto a little ledge below the main campsite, that use to house the lifeboat station, so really not an issue.  
Holiday camp next door

SURROUNDINGS

  • Your own private part-Sandy beach below the campsite
  • Coast path runs in front of the campsite
  • Adjacent to the campsite is a semi – deserted 1930’s holiday camp, currently operating as a campsite. The coast path walks right through it and it’s a fascinating glimpse at a bygone era.  
  • A short drive away (or 1 hour walk on coast path) is Brook Chine beach, dog friendly all year round, with a car park.  
  • Walk from the campsite via Brook Chine beach, to the Sun Inn Hulverstone
  • A 10 minute drive from the campsite takes you to Freshwater bay, where you can walk Tennyson down, with a great view of the Needles: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-needles-headland-and-tennyson-down/trails/tennyson-down-a-meander-with-maud
  • Steephill cove, a secluded fishing village, is only accessed by foot along the sometimes-steep coast path, 1.5 miles from Ventnor. Ventnor is 25 min drive from campsite. For us the highlight of the cove is eating at the Crab shed

FIRES

  • No fires
  • BBQ’s allowed.

Steephill Cove

FOOD & DRINK

Spoilt for choice on an island filled with incredible places to eat and buy food, here’s just a few we have tried and recommended.

Kids playground

FACILITIES 

  • Working farm, with animals,
  • Well stocked campsite shop
  • Free hot, push button showers
  • A mix of marked and unmarked pitches
  • Coin operated bath
  • Washing machines
  • Shaver points
  • Electric hook up
  • Amazing kids’ playground
  • Nightly food trucks
  • Extra toilet blocks dotted around
Overflow Camping field

OUR TOP TIPS 

  • Ferries can be expensive, book in advance and look out for deals. Before you book check with the campsite, they have a flat rate ferry deal and it often works out cheaper to book through them.  
  • Over the school summer holidays they open the overflow field, which is a fenced off from the cliff edge, with no marked pitches, we love to camp in this field in early September when the school kids have gone back, so it’s pretty empty and you get those outstanding sea views all to yourself.

Map of Grange farm Campsite

Grange Farm Website

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