So, after a fab 4-night stay at Southland C&MC Site we set off for Heathfield Farm Camping Park at Norton Green just outside Freshwater.
That morning, we saw our first bit of rain since arriving on the island but it didn’t get heavy or last for very long. On arrival at Heathfield, we checked in with the wardens, were given some information about the site and local area, filled Jolly up with water and then followed the warden who led us to our pitch (no. 12). We had pre-booked and opted for a large pitch and we certainly got that. It was huge compared to some sites. Plenty of privacy space to enjoy the sunshine which did reappear soon enough 😎.
That afternoon we decided to explore the area on our bikes. We turned left out of site to the top of Heathfield Road, turned left again and followed the road down until we came to a sign for Colwell Bay which is located between Totland & Yarmouth.
There are good views of mainland England from the bay and to the right as you look out you can see Fort Albert, a Victorian gun tower. You can also walk further along the sea wall to Totland Bay (approx. 1.5 miles).
On arrival at the bay we passed a cafe by the beach and as we reached the sea wall/prom we looked to our left and saw a row of colourful beach huts. These huts can be hired out for the day.
In between the rows of beach huts, we came across ‘The Hut’ which is a restaurant/bar. This turned out to be the best find of our whole holiday eatery-wise. We bought a drink and sat at an outside table on the front terrace looking out across the Solent. The sun had reappeared by this time and we kicked back, relaxed and just watched the boats coming and going. The chill out lounge music being played was spot on for the setting.
The Hut offers a collection service for people arriving by boat, bringing them in to shore and this appeared to be a popular service. We saw several groups of people arriving from the mainland to eat here.
We had originally only intended to have a drink before venturing further afield but we were so pulled in by the whole vibe of the place that we ended up booking a table for our evening meal. We decided to try our first ever lobster and steak ‘surf and turf’. It was SENSATIONAL. Wowzers! 😋 . Our holiday treat to ourselves.
If we lived locally this would definitely be a regular haunt for us. The atmosphere was great, lots of groups in party mood but without any rowdiness. Also couples, a real mix. It really pulled us in. One of the best bar restaurants we’ve ever been to (and we’ve been to a few 😉).
Anyway, that was the first day of the second half of our Isle of Wight Adventure. Next day we planned to visit The Needles at Alum Bay. Soooo much to see on this beautiful island.
Suzie & Bri