Hayling Island holiday park Mill Rythe gears up to open in April after £10m revamp

A holiday park in Hayling Island is gearing up to open this spring following a £10m transformation.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 10:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 4:48 pm
Mill Rythe

Mill Rythe Coastal Village, formerly known as Mill Rythe Holiday Village, is in the final stages of renovation – and hopes to open in April.

The park has been a popular attraction since the 1940s and even saw scenes from BBC sit-com Hi-de-Hi! filmed there.

However investment from its owner Away Resorts, which bought the park in 2010, has turned it into a contemporary, self-catered destination.

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The Hayling Island park is one of seven sites owned by Away Resorts, which also runs Sandy Balls in the New Forest.

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Chief executive Carl Castledine said: ‘Away Resorts are redesigning the caravan and glamping experience for today’s modern guest.

‘We’ve always been very proud of Mill Rythe, and all of our parks, and we’re even prouder to be investing more into this booming industry.

An artist's impression of the new bar planned for Mill Rythe in Hayling Island

‘Staycations are going to be just as vital this year as they were the last, and we’ve worked hard to design something different that reflects the way today’s visitors live and relax.

‘We hope that our customers are as excited about this amazing new development as we are.’

He said the firm has seen unprecedented demand for UK breaks and has invested heavily in a host of significant improvements across its park portfolio.

As part of the transformation at Hayling Island, existing chalets have either been upgraded or replaced with 85 modern caravans and luxury lodges.

The all-new park facilities include a ‘Missing Squirrel Lounge Bar’, a sports court and an indoor swimming pool.

A restaurant, coffee house, laundrette, shop and full activities programme will follow in phase two of the development.

The park is taking bookings from April.

Fifty bases for holiday home ownership are also available to purchase.

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