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My review of Elscott Park is very much split into ...08/07/2018


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    My review of Elscott Park is very much split into two sections, as the park itself is very nice, but the behaviour of the owner sadly, is not.

    First the easy part - The site is situated in a brilliant position for accessing all that is lovely about Chichester Harbour, the Witterings and other beaches. It is also close to camping amenities such as a large supermarket, all of which we reached in under 15 minutes (West Wittering traffic queues aside!)

    There is a large camping field for tents, which is kept clear in the middle, as an area for children to play and dogs to be walked. It has goalposts, and I think a basketball hoop too. This field wasn’t too busy, obviously busier at the weekend, but still seemed to have lots of space.

    The caravan field was somewhat more cramped. Many of the pitches were allocated already to seasonal holders, with large caravans and full awnings already in place. As we arrived at very short notice however, we were grateful to find somewhere at all and didn’t pay this much mind. There seemed to be adequate hook ups and water supplied with each outlet.

    The loo block was adequate apart from Friday - Sunday, when it was stretched beyond it’s 4 loo and 2 shower size (for women, not sure about mens). Lots of queuing and restrictions on washing up during peak hours, to save water for the showers. This failed on the busy evenings, as there was no hot water left when 3 of us needed to shower after 7pm. The owner was standing outside the block at one point, sending in another camper to check if there were children inside. He was unhappy that a Mum had been in the shower with her children for 20 minutes and said she wasn’t “playing the game”,
    Though they were mopped and cleaned, during our week stay there was nothing done about the abundance of cobwebs around the inside of the block. It’s a shame to clean the facilities then leave everything else looking dirty - didn’t make sense to me.

    There is a washing machine and dryer in its own hut, a good facility, even though we didn’t need to use it, so am unsure what the charge is. There is also an indoor washing up area with 2 sinks, alongside a freezer for ice blocks. The freezer was too small for the amount of people wanting to use it during the warm weather (freestanding - looks like a top loading fridge), so blocks were taking a couple of days before they could be used.


    Now the hard part - Mike the owner is an ex-police Chief Inspector, and this is reflected in the way he seems to patrol the site on his bike, on the look out for people misbehaving. His manner is quite brusque and at times, patronising. He seems to be very pre- occupied with money and making sure he gets his payments promptly, indeed this being the first thing we told on arrival.

    I was quite shocked by their pricing policy, or lack of, when it comes to pup tents. I have postage stamp sized Eriba Puck, which sleep 2 people, and has an awning. My Niece was with us, so slept in a very small pup tent. Our entire square footage, including my car, could’ve fit twice into one of the large caravan and awning pitches. However, we were charged £20 per night for the caravan, car, awning and 2 adults (reasonable enough), but then charged and additional £17 per night for the pup tent. A whopping £37 per night! My fault for not checking before our arrival I suppose, but I’ve never been so overcharged for camping.

    The day before we were due to leave, I injured my foot and leg on the beach, meaning I couldn’t pack up the pitch. My partner saw Mike and approached him to ask about the possibility of staying an extra night. She was dressed in shorts and a bikini top, as it was 30 degrees. Mike’s response was “you can stay all week if you dress like that”, to which she responded “I’m going to put a top on”, Mike responded “oh no, don’t put any more clothes on”. Needless to say I wasn’t very happy, and if we could’ve left, we would have.
    When he was on his patrol later that day, he approached and asked if we were going to stay a further extra night, to which I said no. My partner joked about getting a discount on the expensive rate for the extra night. His response was “oh no, you’re fully dressed, so you don’t get any discount”. I made my feelings about this known, as he cycled away laughing. All of this said by a 73 year old man, within earshot of a 16 year old girl. Completely unacceptable predatory behaviour, which left all of us feeling very uncomfortable. As an ex-Police Officer, he should know better and set a better example. I’m not sure if he would have said that to a woman if her husband had been sitting beside her, I’m guessing not, but as a group of females, he obviously thought it appropriate.

    The site has mixed reviews if you look around, and I now understand that your rating will largely be based on your interactions with the owners. We will certainly never go back there, despite its good points.

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  • Sidlesham Lane, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex, England, PO20 7QL
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.7891°N 0.8239°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Chichester Bus Station — 3.5 miles
Bognor Regis: High Street Coach Stop — 6.6 miles
Bognor Regis: Butlins Reception Coach Stop — 7.2 miles
Train stations
Fishbourne Rail Station — 3.5 miles
Chichester Rail Station — 3.5 miles
Bosham Rail Station — 3.8 miles
Ferry ports
West Itchenor Ferry Landing — 2.3 miles
Bosham Hoe Ferry Landing — 2.4 miles
Hayling Island Ferry Landing — 8.8 miles
Shoreham Brighton City Airport — 23.6 miles
Southampton Airport — 26.0 miles


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Must see

  • Fishbourne Roman Palace (3.3 miles)
  • Chichester Cathedral (3.8 miles)
  • Goodwood House (6.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Uppark House and Garden (11.7 miles)
  • Bembridge Windmill (13.9 miles)

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