Park reviews: Coast and Country Escapes

Parks in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Lincolnshire, north Wales and Essex, all with entertainment and superb facilities… From seaside to forest, lakeside, seclusion or full-on activity location, whatever your taste, Away Resorts has it covered.

Away Resorts has a delightful, attention-grabbing headline on its website: “Escape your everyday and leap into ours.” Here’s what you’ll discover if you do just that….

Away Resorts are well known as brilliant places in which to hire a lodge or holiday home and have a fabulous holiday. But did you know that you can become an owner with Away Resorts? That way, you can escape the rush of everyday life and head to your holiday home whenever you can create the opportunity – and then relax, and recharge the batteries.

Events and festivals are held throughout the year at all the resorts.

The holiday home locations

Sandy Balls in the New Forest

Sandy Balls' Forest Kitchen Restaurant

Picture this: your own place amid the beauty of the New Forest. Cycling and walking trails directly from your doorstep, squirrels to watch, tranquillity at your holiday home when you want it, plenty of activity on hand when you don’t.

Explore the 120-acre estate that is Sandy Balls; woodland stretching down to the River Avon. Take your pick from indoor and outdoor swimming. Keep up with fitness in the gym that is part of the park’s Leisure Club. Enjoy the hot tub and sauna here, too. Then pop into The Retreat, the park’s health and beauty suite, for a massage and some top-to-toe pampering.

There’s a choice of eating-out opportunities and facilities, arranged in and around a charming ‘village square’. Real ale and traditional pub food is the offering at the cosy Woodside Inn. You’ll also find food with an Italian flair, at the stylish Forest Kitchen restaurant.

You’ll find a cycle hire centre, an indoor soft play area, pool and snooker tables… All this and with the New Forest spread out before you to explore endlessly. Gardens, Beaulieu (home to the National Motor Museum and much more, the quaint port of Lymington, beaches at Bournemouth, the delightful New Forest ponies to watch… The New Forest is a paradise in so many ways.

Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire

Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire

Fancy a lakeside location with the tranquillity of woodland and parkland that is also a water sports centre? Tattershall Lakes is a very special place. Waterskiing, jetskiing and wakeboarding is all here for you. And fishing, too.

There’s also a swimming pool, a spa and a gym, plus bars and a family eaterie. And a new outdoor heated pool is due to open for Easter. This will be the second largest outdoor pool in Lincolnshire. Also due to open at Easter is a new splash pool, giving the park three in total.

Last year the park opened a stunning £5.5m outdoor elevated bar, overlooking the waterski lake.

Tattershall Lakes even has its own (man-made) beaches, plus a High Ropes Course, for swinging, jumping (and hanging on!) fun and challenge.

If you don’t yet know Lincolnshire, take it from us, this is an enchanting county, of fenland, big skies and wolds, of stately homes – and of fascination for aircraft enthusiasts. Lincolnshire is home to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and also the Red Arrows. These amazing aircraft fly over the park regularly so it’s a free air show too!

Close to the park, there’s Tattershall Castle to explore. It’s a landmark red-brick castle built in the fifteenth century where open-air theatre and re-enactments are an attraction.

Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park on the Isle of Wight

Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park on the Isle of Wight

An island retreat or a lively holiday centre – what’s your preference? Whitecliff Bay is both of those things. So, whatever your idea of the perfect park on which to buy a holiday home, Whitecliff Bay ticks the boxes.

This is what you’ll find here. You can relax on the sun terrace by the outdoor pool. You can swim rain or shine in the indoor pool, complete with flume and toddler pool. You can enjoy the park’s outdoor cinema events, entertainment, mini golf, indoor and outdoor play areas… All this, and a sandy beach on your doorstep.

Eating and drinking is catered for with the Nab Bar and restaurant, plus the park’s supermarket.

Whitecliff Bay is at Bembridge on the easterly point of the island. Restaurants and cafés, a pier – and the white cliffs of Culver Down are attractions here.

The Isle of Wight is very close to the Hampshire coast. You can get there by car ferry from Portsmouth, Lymington and Southampton. Discounted ferry travel is available for owners.

Barmouth Bay in Wales

Barmouth Bay in Wales

There’s something spellbinding about the west coast of Wales. It has a deliciously remote vibe. Yet it’s not – the resort of Barmouth is here to provide all needs. Beaches and mountain scenery combine to create a wonderful region where exploration and discovery are as guaranteed as relaxation.

Barmouth Bay has direct access to a beautiful sand-and-shingle beach. It has a large indoor pool, and a new play area was installed in 2019. Cycling and walking trails lead from the park.

And the backdrop to the park? That’s the foothills of the magnificent mountains of Snowdonia.

Mersea Island Holiday Park in Essex

Mersea Island Holiday Park in Essex

Mersea Island is an idyllic holiday home location – a peaceful retreat with a captivating character. The island’s expansive beaches are perfect for relaxing times and walks – and for watching windsurfers when the current, tide and wind are ideal.

Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK and is just nine miles from the city of Colchester. The island covers around seven square miles.

There’s a great choice of types and styles of cafés, restaurants and pubs on the island, including an oyster bar and a pizzeria. Boat trips and sea fishing trips, clay pigeon shooting and Roman history is all here on your doorstep at Mersea Island Holiday Park. There are also two farm shops on the island plus a place to buy freshly caught fish from local fishermen.

Mersea Island Holiday Park has direct access to a shingle beach. The park has an indoor swimming pool with a totally glazed cover, so it’s as appealing as an outdoor pool but completely sheltered! There’s an outdoor adventure playground, a clubhouse, a shop, and family entertainment during the peak season. Walking and cycling trails abound on the island.


Tattershall Lakes
Tattershall, Lincolnshire
T 01526 348 801

Sandy Balls
New Forest, Hampshire
T 01425 651 206

Whitecliff Bay
Bembridge, Isle of Wight
01983 874 365

Mersea Island
Mersea Island, Essex
01206 383 252

Barmouth Bay
Gwynedd, North Wales
01341 247 350