If you’ve been following my social media, you’ll have seen we’ve been away on our first family of four trip to Parkdean Resorts Landguard, Isle of Wight.
Basically, back in August, I got a little wanderlusty (is that a word, I’m sticking with it) so decided to book a little last minute – well as last minute as you can get when you have a family and a husband who works – weekend away.
It turns out I booked our budget trip (£79 for 3 nights in the Autumn sale) at the same resort that Dann used to visit every year of his childhood with his family. Totally unintentional, but Parkdean Resorts Landguard was the best placed on the island for the places I knew we’d want to see.
So the details.
Parkdean Resorts Landguard is near Sandown, about 5 minutes away in the car from the beach. It’s perfectly located for Sandown and Shanklin, which are our favourite places on the Isle of Wight.
We booked a Plum Caravan that hand three bedrooms (1 double and 2 twins) plus the capacity to create a sofa bed in the living room area. The caravan included your normal self-catering items with linens and heating inclusive.
The Landguard resort itself is basic but does the job. It was newly refurbished last year and you can tell the staff take peide in their resort. It’s got a homely kind of vibe with everyone being super friendly and welcoming.
The indoor pool is a decent size, though I imagine it can get very busy in the summer, but their outside pool looks like it would be very popular. This is then connected to a mini arcades area which in turn links to the restaurant and entertainment.
The food is good and similar to most caravan sites. The entertainment is cute, thiugh quite structured. Great for maybe 4-5+ years, but Henry wasn’t so keen on sticking to the prescribed activities, especially in the morning tots sessions.
For us, none of the facilities really mattered too much as we were out and about throughout the day and wanted to keep road normaliseh bedtime so didn’t stay for all the evening entertainment.
As a quick, basic holiday, it did the job perfectly and Henry loved being back in a caravan. And Dexter was good as gold, sleeping from 8pm to 3am each night for the first time! Thanks lad!!
Of course, being me, and having two kids that don’t believe in sleeping in, I took a bunch of photos one morning in the caravan.
As a mother who loves to travel, I’d love to take Henry on a trip to Disneyland Paris someday. The trip won’t be cheap, but I’ve learned that I can buy or rent a Disney Vacation Club timeshare on the DVC Resale Market at a steeply discounted price.