Hoburne Naish - Brilliant 5 Star Holiday Park

Hoburne Naish - Brilliant 5 Star Holiday Park
What to do with three teenage girls on a cold, wet February half term?

Find them somewhere with things to do if they want to, peace and quiet if they don't, and not to mention a bit of the home comfort they've grown accustomed to over their developing years.

Set on a clifftop location, overlooking Christchurch Bay, somewhere between Bournemouth and Southampton, on the edge of the New Forest, Hoburne Naish is nicely tucked away from the madding crowd and yet is conveniently close to civilisation. We drove in through a leafy tree-lined, but thoroughly speed-bumped avenue which leads you to the reception area together with its ample car park immediately outside.

A friendly receptionist made sure we knew exactly where our 'lodge' was located and how to get there, the importance of our car parking badge, the identity cards that would give us access to the park facilities! We had a brief look at the notice boards in reception which gave us a breakdown of the forthcoming 'goings-on'. Interesting, we thought!

Opening the double-glazed door and walking into the lodge, we were immediately impressed! It was big, clean, stylish, bright, not like
A Lodge at Naish
we expected a 'lodge' to be. There was an amply-proportioned lounge-diner, three bedrooms, one of which had its own en-suite facilities and a really nice main bathroom. There were many mutterings of contentment from our three main critics at this stage. This was better than many so-called 'good' hotels they have stayed at over the years! Like a super-duper dolls house, complete with all the trimmings, but bigger! Big comfy sofas, a patio/verandah (not that February is particularly conducive to 'sundowners' at eight!), fitted bedroom furniture, a TV, together with DVD player, who on earth could want more! Even the Silverback of the group was suitably impressed!

After unpacking the vittles and making just the right amount of mess around the place we all decided to venture out for a wander around Naish Common. We had been warned in the useful little folder that accompanied the lodge that the cliff-edge was fragile and that we should avoid approaching too close to the edge, lest we disappear into the oblivion. They neglected to mention about the fact that it wasn't just the cliff edge, but a few previous generations of chalets too by the looks of it. This particular part of the park, though spectacular, is obviously best avoided by unaccompanied minors! However, there are many other parts of the park which were very pleasant, with plenty of open space to run around in and for the little ones, a great adventure playground. There is a gated path that runs down to the beach and the coastal path. This gate, incidentally, is locked at dusk - we presume to keep unwanted visitors from entering the site at night from the beach.

Only a couple of hours into the stay, the girls decided to try out the indoor swimming pool. They loved it. Lovely, warm water but they would have liked to have seen more showers in the changing room. However, they seemed to have a great time and went on each of the subsequent days too!
view from the park

What were we to do with ourselves we wondered! There's a pub/restaurant on site, and for anyone who wanted it, loads of entertainment for children and adults. We were quite happy just enjoying the peace, reading, drinking the odd glass or two of red and watching DVDs though we did venture down to The Solent Bar on Quiz Night! Due to some discrepancies with the 'apples' question, we missed out on the grand prize by a hair's breadth! (well, that's our excuse anyway!).

We never expected the middle of February to be a busy, all-action half-term break and that's not we wanted anyway, but it was very pleasant and an experience we would certainly have no qualms about repeating. The standards of the accommodation were nothing short of excellent: clean, warm, well-appointed and a thoroughly enjoyable place to be for some rest and relaxation in a delightful location! If you imagine a Lodge holiday to be like a caravan with wood panels, you'll be very pleasantly surprised. It's a true home-from-home with all the creature comforts you could want!

Nigel Crawford and some of the family!
Feb 2007

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