The cabin was in great condition (I think it was almost new when we went in) and the owners clearly have put a lot of effort in making it a good stay for their guests which was well appreciated. It had everything we needed aside from maybe a few communal supplies for cooking like oil, spices, etc. It is a great spot if you are looking for a bit of seclusion from the world or if you want to use it as a launch pad to some half-day or day journeys.
The holiday park was all right, although the park management are a little too tight with their rules. The leisure centre, arcade, Spar supermarket and pubs/restaurants on site weren't that great - generally had poor service, poor quality and were over priced. Where possible, I'd suggest do your shopping and go for pub meals outside the holiday park.
The leisure centre isn't great, but unavoidable if you want to just get the kids out of your hair for a few hours.
My only point of warning is the WiFI Internet Access and mobile phone coverage. The WiFi is a general park-wide WiFi access. It was extremely slow and the signal in the lodge itself is very poor. It is good enough to do some Google searches for things to do, but not good enough for much else (streaming videos on a rainy day, opening the laptop to check in with the office or making a phone call with Skype are all not possible). For regular mobile phone calls I had to stand on the deck to maintain a connection for the call. For a better signal and reliability you have to go up to the park reception, but the speed doesn't improve only signal quality and reliability.
The local town (Milford) was horribly boring. I can only describe it as a retirement community. It also has very few amenities (I'd avoid their local high street coffee shop at all costs). For better days out or for your general shopping I'd recommend going a bit further to Lymington or Christchurch or beyond.
There is a Tesco superstore a short drive away which is the best place to stock up on supplies for your trip. There is also a large Waitrose in Lymington if you want something better quality.
The Royal Oak is the closest pub outside the holiday park. It was OK, but over priced for the quality. The Beach House in Milford was incredible from all standpoints - the general setting, the quality of the food and the price for the quality - and well worth the little extra journey. The Red Lion in Milford also looked good although we did not get a chance to eat there.
If you are a freshwater fisherman, we really enjoyed a couple of days out at Hordle Lakes Fishery (carp and course fish). The lakes were great and it seemed to be well run by some very friendly people who were happy to help and give some advice. Probably the gem of our trip...
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