New holiday resorts don't come along very often on the Isle of Wight, so I couldn't resist taking a look at Sandy Lanes Resort.
It is currently being built in Atherfield, which is along the Military Road in the South West Wight. The site was a Pontins holiday park which apparently opened in 1935 and closed in 2007 - that's according to this article which has creepy photos of what it looked like once abandoned. It was sometimes known as Atherfield Bay Holiday Camp.
(Update - in fact, it wasn't a Pontins site. It was privately owned. Thanks for Vivienne for clarifying this for us).
A planning application was approved in 2016 for 63 lodges, a clubhouse and a swimming pool and the land was put up for sale with a guide price of £650,000 (according to this auction website). The poster outside the site refers to a bar, restaurant, tennis courts and a wellness centre.
I'm not exactly sure what it will be called once it's completed. The company which owns them is called Sandy Lane Resort Limited but the poster calls it Sandy Lanes - Luxury Coastal Living.
I've not looked around the site but the lodges look to be very nicely done. You get a 250 year lease with them and they have all year round occupancy. This property listing was for a three bedroom property at £395,000. It says that owners will pay a £5800 a year service charge.
There's been some controversy in the local media about changes to the site.
The local beach is a really quiet one, which takes a bit of effort to reach. There are a couple of parking spaces on the road and then you walk for about five or ten minutes along a footpath and down tracks to reach the beach.
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