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Visitor Reviews - Hollands Wood Camping In The Forest Site

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Hollands Wood Camping In The Forest Site
Lyndhurst Road
New Forest
Hampshire   (Browse area)
SO42 7QH   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01590 622967  or  024 7642 3008

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Pitches: 600
Open: 26 March - 28 Sept

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 230 Reviews
              8/10 from 230 Reviews

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Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Smg1 2 reviews from this member

Good clean site, great showers, big site but due to the layout does not feel big, staff really helpful and friendly and very close to village.

In was after the school Holidays so some of the showers did need some maintenance work, it was just soap dishes missing that type of thing.

As the pitches are in between the tress rather that a big field you do feel as you are really in the forest.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Scorpion2168 1 review from this member

We have been here a few times now and will be going back twice next year. I love not having uniformed pitches and being able to sit and watch the wildlife around, this year I got up to the toilet at 3am and saw deer going through the park it was amazing, the staff have to be amongst the most friendliest I have come across in my 15yrs of camping. The only down side is the road noise but the site makes up for it, and I did find there was a lot more people here this year and felt everyone was on top of each other which we hadn't felt before. I have children from late teens, autistic and toddlers who come with us at different times and they all enjoy it here, and we have made friends with other campers who come back every year as well. I would recommend this site to anyone who loves the wildlife and the great outdoors young or old.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Donna44 4 reviews from this member

The magical thing about this campsite is it's location.

Camping wherever you find a nice spot makes such a nice change from row upon row of pre-allocated pitches.

The upside of Hollands wood is that you can cycle or walk straight into the newforest paths and cycleways without having to drive there first and the marked out paths make great map reading practice for the kids. Also the animals wandering about make it special.

The downside of Hollands wood is the road noise. However, this is masked slightly by the delightful sound of the birds tweeting above. I suppose the close proximity to Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst means the road has to go somewhere and it is bearable for that reason.

Top tip: You can burn bbq fuel at your tent then turn it into a fire by using 'eco logs'. The site shop sells them for 3. 50 but does run out of them. If you head into Brockenhurs and head left and the 'high st' junction (fish and chip shop on your left as soon as you turn), up on the right there's an Aladdin's cave of a shop called 'Streets' where they sell the same eco logs for 2. 50 and have plenty of bar-b-que stuff as well as other hardware items.

I think Hollands wood staff are terrific, very security minded so you feel like all your worldly camping goods are safe. They're also very high visablity (in a good way, especially for those with lost offspring etc) and were helpful and polite at all times.

If you want a peaceful camping experience, don't camp next to the tent only area near to the middle toilets/shower block as the area seems to attract larger groups of tented families who may have rather a lot of cars and subsequent noise.

It's not the most sociable site if you fancy making new chums on holiday as people tend to keep themselves to themselves or simply socialise within their groups but that is not a good enough reason to give the campsite a black mark.

Will return to Hollands wood at next opportunity.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bayleaf1 3 reviews from this member

Arrived just prior to most schools breaking up so we had five nights of a lovely chilled campsite, we managed to find a lovely spot, the staff were friendly, the facilities adequate and the location was great.

On our last night, a Saturday, the crowds arrived in their hoards, the rule about camping within 6 meters of other campers was ignored (no fault of new campers who had no choice as had to go somewhere) and the facilities couldn't cope, queues for just about everything. I was really glad we were leaving the next day.

If numbers were cut slightly they could have a much better site. Shame as well about having to pay to hire ice blocks on an already slightly pricey site.

Don't keep food in your tent, we did see at least one tent invaded by a hungry horse!

Lovely area to see the new forest though. A drive to the beach at mudeford quays is great and good fun crabbing.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Nicola D-L 2 reviews from this member

We booked last minute, which wasn't a problem at this time of year. Amazing location within the New Forest. Close to Brokenhurst to walk there if you want. We just explored the woods and walks going straight from the campsite- perfect!

It is right off a main road- so you could hear the cars on and off through the night, even at the side of the campsite that is furthest away from the road. However, for a weekend trip in this location it didn't really bother us as we spent whole days out away from the site. I wouldn't want to stay for a longer period because of this.

Facilities are fine, what you'd expect from a family campsite- clean and easy. At this time of year, not very busy at all for showers/ wash up.

Would recommend for great location and the awesome spectacle of seeing the wild horses grazing in the beautiful surrounding fields (worth venturing out at first light for beautiful views!).

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: PeteH48 1 review from this member

We are just back from a great 4 day stay at Hollands Wood. Site, staff, facilities and weather all brilliant but we were amazed at the number of irresponsible dog owners present on the site. Despite the rule of dogs to be kept on leads at all times there was little evidence if this. We witnessed dogs chasing small ponies, barking dogs, a long way from their own tents/caravans, barking a other campers trying to have a meal outside and some very noisy dogs barking during the night.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Houghie 1 review from this member

Very friendly welcome, let in straight away even though we were earlier than our arranged time.

Good choice of pitches and being able to pitch pretty much anywhere was a bonus. I could see this being an issue of it was very busy though, especially with the 6m gap.

Toilets and showers very clean and plenty of them so no waiting even at breakfast time.

Lovely area, very helpful staff when enquiring about cycle routes.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Tammie2878 6 reviews from this member

Really nice site that felt like proper camping. I like the way you can choose your own pitch. Wild ponies just roaming freely through the site which was amazing. The site got really busy though as we were there for good Friday. The people who ended up next to us didn't have volume control or realise that swearing wasn't really acceptable at full volume. The shower and toilet block was clean enough. Loved that the cycle trails and footpaths were straight off the site, no busy roads to cross or cycle down. Would definitely go back there but probably not during busy bank holiday weekends. One thing that is not good was the cost. Very expensive site.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Thecurrantbun 5 reviews from this member

Arrived at this delightful site without any form of pre-booking as we saw it on Google Maps and decided to give it a look. Glad we did as it's a lovely clean site, set back quite a way from the road so very peaceful and accessed down a tarmac lane past fields of sheep, happily grazing on the fresh green grass.

The receptionist was extremely pleasant and soon had us booked in for the night, 22 for hard standing and hookup for the 2 of us. Quite acceptable for the Easter week. The pitch was newly laid concrete and very level, surrounded by grass so ideal for windbreaks etc.

One side of the site (which we stayed on) was dedicated to the hard standing area, while the opposite side was a large open field, neatly cut and surrounded by trees and a hedgerow. Didn't see a play area, but then to be honest I wasn't looking as it doesn't apply to us.

Toilets and showers were first class. I can honestly say that these were the cleanest, brightest toilets I've seen on a site with lots of hot water on tap. Water points were dotted across the areas, while the washing up area and black waste where all integral to the shower block area.

Weather was so nice we ended up staying an extra night, but this opens up the next observation. Come stocked up as there's no shop on site, so make sure you bring plenty with you. There is a town a few miles down the main road, so a bike ride away, however if you're like us and have someone disabled on board you need to bring sufficient for your stay. We did and it wasn't a problem, but just so you're aware.

Lovely site, definitely be back if we're in the area and would recommend for sure.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Iggycamper 36 reviews from this member

Not a normal campsite - e. G. Pitch where you like (within the 20' rule I guess) in the trees - no hardstandings but sandy soil quite well drained. Very dog-friendly. Wild ponies abound - our granddaughter loved it! Facilities quite good but very busy. No electric hook up but we were fine for 3 days or so. Brockenhurst about 1/2 hour walk away - pleasant village with fairly decent shops and cafes etc. On way is a popular 'beach' by river on LHS - plenty kids playing there! Good hotel next door if you fancy a 'posh meal'. Site not cheap tho'.

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