Just 90 minutes from London, our park is a real escape from big city stress. Surrounded by sea, a nature reserve and sitting on a peninsula, our park is surrounded by relaxation and fun. Being just outside picturesque St Osyth in one of Essex’s many tidal inlets. Despite the rural idyll, we’re still only about 15 minutes from fun-filled Clacton.
Almost hidden away in a tranquil part of deepest Essex, it’s hard to imagine the lively resort of Clacton-on-Sea is just a few miles away from The Orchards.
With terrific indoor and outdoor pools, a gorgeous sun terrace, a couple of superb fishing lakes and a 9-hole golf course it’s very self-contained - especially with a full programme of family entertainment every day and throughout the evening.
Feel free to fill each day in just your own way. Every family is different of course, but a typical day might begin with a lazy lie in or a family B Fit session. It could be a morning in the heated indoor or outdoor pool complexes or a round on the 9-hole golf course.
Lunch out at a great little pub or pop into our Mash and Barrel: Lounge-Bar-Café. Afternoon try the Archery or Fencing Coaching, explore Clacton-on-Sea or a spot of fishing on the Coarse Fishing Lake.
Early evening enjoy a stroll on the beach, a game of Bowling or a barbecue. Then head off to the ShowBar for a drink, live music and dancing.
The Orchards offers a lovely grassy touring area with 69 pitches.
Or we have our comfy home from home, self-catering holiday homes? Take your pick from great value Standard to luxury Prestige.
: May in 2011
Firstly I have to say that this was unfortunately not our first choice of site - however we were holidaying with friends from Swindon but hoping to find a site somewhere in the middle but we were limited with dates so ended up going to this site as they had availability for those particular dates. Initially we were all very disappointed but thought we would simply make the best of it, afterall at least we were still getting away for a few days! We needn't have worried!
The site itself was a lot larger than we thought it would be and it was very relaxing to have the ducks (and a pheasant!) wandering around the caravans.
The site was very well laid out, and for the most part, clean and tidy (however some people had thrown rubbish bags under the caravan or onto their steps quite needlessly when there were enough bins and recycling points for glass, paper and card etc)
All of the staff that we spoke with were friendly and polite.
There was a wide a variety of activities available for children, including sporting activities such as water walking, archery, fencing (some of which were available for families to partake in together. There was also the usual arcade - slots, videogames. The kids had lots of fun on the 2p machines and were extremely excited to win lots of tickets and be able to exchange them for giant bubbles - which of course then led to hours of fun in the sun the next day!
We only visited one of the pubs on the site 'The Mash & Barrel' and we found the prices to be reasonable and the food was quick, yet tasty and the children were allowed to stay with us with no time limit imposed, which was nice!
However I wouldn't recommend the walk to the beach promenade. It is signposted as if it were just around the corner, but in fact it was quite a long walk....and when we got there it was all stones and dirt really. Nice to sit in the sunshine, but not good for excitable children who have packed their buckets and spades!! :)
But if you do pop down and you get rather grubby...don't worry as there is a laundrette on site too!! :)
Anyway at the end we all agreed that it was worthwhile. Despite the long drive everyone had a fab time and we would go back again!
i would just like to say thankyou to the orchards we have just spent our first weekend in our new caravan and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves we only wished we had bought one sooner!!!
the sales team have been fantastic particulary simon who found us exactly what we were looking for was very un pushy and it was under our budget!! thanks again
sandra 10 Apr 2008
Practical Caravans Top 100 Parks Awards 2004
The Orchards is one of those rare sites that provides a quiet and restful holiday for couples while at the same time accommodating families looking for action-packed fun.
The entrance is easy to spot and wide enough to allow two caravans to pass. The site sits on a gentle slope, with rows of terraced pitches overlooking the beautiful, rolling countryside. Dogs are welcome; you’ll find two walking areas where they can get their exercise. There are no limits applied to your accompanying canine companions as long as they behave and you clean up after them.
The attractive indoor pool has an upper patio served by The Orchards restaurant, There is also a take-away, which offers tasty food at reasonable prices, and a shop selling groceries, ice creams and holiday items.
One of the toilet blocks contains four unisex cabins, each with a shower, toilet, washbasin and hairdryer. These are well-designed and are in pristine condition, though the disabled toilet would benefit from its own shower. They are heated when necessary – usually from September to May.
The crossing to the Isle of Wight is one of the most expensive ferry journeys in Europe, but thoughtfully the site offers travel packages that help offset the cost.
16 Aug 2004