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Visitor Reviews - Roundhill Camping In The Forest Site

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Roundhill Camping In The Forest Site
Beaulieu Road
New Forest
Hampshire   (Browse area)
SO42 7QL   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0845 137 633  or  024 7642 3008

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Pitches: 500
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 150 Reviews
              8/10 from 150 Reviews

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Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Novicemummy 2 reviews from this member

What a fabulous spot of countryside for family camping! We don't need the all singing, all dancing playgrounds, facilities and entertainment type sites as are happy for our boys to just enjoy the space and freedom of the countryside outside the tent door and this site fitted the bill almost to perfection. We stayed Friday-Monday and had an enormous area around our pitch by the trees, admittedly it wasn't a peak weekend, the site couldn't have been more than 25% full, even with a number of several tent groups dotted around.

The toilet / shower / washing up blocks were basic but clean, copious amounts of hot water with soap dispensers full and hand driers were always functioning too, never even a hint of a queue. The water and bin points were well distributed too - a shame people couldn't read the massive labels on the recycling bins and threw general waste in though. There was an equipment recycling point by reception and we were able to borrow a BBQ one night too, free of charge, as there were a number that had been left. There was also apparently a food composting point by reception but only noticed the sign for this on the last night!

We deliberately booked to be there on the Gruffalo birthday weekend as their were some vague activities highlighted on the Forestry Commission website. As it was the wardens laid on and guided a brilliant nature trail / treasure hunt with birthday cake too for the children, which was beyond what I hoped would be there - they even posted a fabulous video via the Camping in the Forest facebook page afterwards.

I see there have been negative comments about the cost in other reviews - at under 20 per night for a family of 4 for 3 nights in the countryside, I am not complaining.

The only downer was the midges and mozzies although apparently this was a hazard around the tree boundary perimeters, we will no doubt be back but this time to a more open heath pitch.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Chrismo 6 reviews from this member

I stayed here with my 2 teenagers over the Bank Holiday weekend. Roundhill is recommended in a number of guides, including Cool Camping, whose arty photos as usual make it seem nicer than the reality.

A very large site, in admittedly lovely surroundings, with some pretty basic facilities.

I'm fine with lovely surroundings and don't mind basic facilities, but not with paying 32 per night for the privilege. It seems Forest Camping have the monopoly of camp sites in the New Forest, and, boy, are they milking it. We have 2 small tents, no electric. I dread to think what people in larger family groups were paying.

Despite some fairly over-officious management of the entrance, and lots of staff/volunteers around, it seemed to be pretty anything goes on the site. We found a peaceful spot back in the pines, only to be completely surrounded by other campers ignoring the 'no nearer than 20 ft' rule.

They could also do with some better segregation of groups on the site, or just not allowing large single sex groups. Ten or so oikish blokes near us kept their neighbours amused by bellowing every profanity-laden conversation, running around screaming in the woods until 11. 30 pm, and then starting up the bellowing again at 4 am. Staff did have a word with them the next night, but only after several people asked them to. It didn't stop them openly peeing against trees in broad day light, which upset my daughter. We weren't happy campers.

On the plus side, the area is lovely, with nice walks from the site, lots of wild life, etc.

Your experience of it is probably going to depend on who you get camping on top of you, and whether you mind paying a small fortune for the privilege.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jdaniels06 1 review from this member

Hello all, We took our children on their first camping trip to roundhill in the New Forest last August. Cant say enough what a fantastic experience it was! It really feels like its not part of the UK. Tall pine trees combined with heath and roaming wild horses and cows, made it feel like we were in the Montana wilderness! Our girls are pony crazy so this we are are booked in for an entire week. The facilities are basic but clean and the actual pitch sites are mainly level. We have the perfect spot, but not going to say. For a real experience stay near the wood line. So many children running around and playing, felt really safe. No weird looking men lurking about. Sometimes you get a loud group but camping is cheap and everyone deserves a holiday so you get the good with the bad. Needs more water taps spread around and could really really do with a grocery on site! Overall though if you want a campsite that wont break the bank, is an experience of a lifetime for your children, and relaxing for you. Go to Roundhill! Just don't take my spot!

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Andrewsvoice 2 reviews from this member

Stayed here during the very warm July 2013 from a Sunday to a Wednesday. This was our third visit to the site and second with our now two and half year old daughter.

The site was very empty, considering the warm weather, but it was outside school holidays. It does get very busy at weekends apparently. By the Tuesday our view from the front of the tent was completely clear of anyone else which was very nice.

Facilities are reasonable with three blocks containing toilets/showers/washing up/baby change. Free showers with lots of hot water.

However on our visit they closed Block 3 on the Sunday evening as it was not busy. This effectively meant all people on the right side of the main road had to walk over to Block 2 which was a right pain. That would be my main gripe but I understand why they did it.

Ground is reasonably flat and you pitch wherever you choose. (Note we were there last year in July and there was a considerable amount of standing water at the site. Not an issue this year)

Ground was getting quite hard in the dry weather as well and required one rock peg as one of my plastic Outwell pegs would not hammer in. Made removal tough as well.

It is basically a large heathland and there are no other facilities like shop or play ground. Brockenhurst is 5-10 mins drive and has pubs and a Tesco Express.

Paultons Park/Peppa Pig World is 25 mins drive away and is very good for children of all ages, especially younger ones.

NOTE: Horses and Cattle roam the Site as it is part of the New Forest Park so do not leave food lying about unattended because they WILL nab it with the potential to wreck your tent. We got careless and a horses grabbed our rubbish bag and it was strewn over the place. A kind neighbour came to our rescue with a Water Pistol and scared them off. A good tip!

Not sure I would like it when very busy, but that goes for anywhere. We would definitely go back.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Chtd 12 reviews from this member

This is an excellent site. I have only visited at weekends in May and June, when the site is about 1/3 full, so can't vouch for what it is like during the summer holidays. However when it is about 1/3 full there is huge amounts of open green space for games and bike riding. It means that no one needs to be pitched near someone else - you can easily be about 30 metres from another unit.

The toilets are plentiful and clean, and despite the size of the site you never need to be too far from a toilet block. There are lovely views to the Isle of Wight and access to the open heath direct from the campsite. Horses wander through the site but they are not a problem. There is a good atmosphere on site with lots of families. Everyone seems to stick to the no noise rule between about 10pm and 8am, so you get a good night's sleep.

Negatives - the toilets and showers are only cleaned once a day around lunchtime. After that they are very clean for the evening, but by mid-morning they are getting rather muddy. They could do with being cleaned more often.

The site is very expensive during Bank Holiday weekends, even the first May Bank Holiday when it is quiet.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Philtutton 2 reviews from this member

Stunning site! Our first ever camping tour and we were very pleased with this site.

The Staff that welcome you are very friendly and helpful, the site is clean and peaceful.

The toilets were not working in one area and this was pointed out so that we didn't pitch nearby.

Ponies and young cattle freely roam about the site and generally do not cause any problems but do be cautious. If you have food in your tent keep it in a sealed box/bag as a pony came into our tent while we were in it looking for food. It stole some bread ripping our tent in the process and as a parting gift kicked me in the face as it left requiring a trip to Lymimgton A&E (which is very nice BTW)There are wonderful cycle routes throughout the forest and Brockenhurst is nearby and has a small Tesco.

Owls and cuckoos kept me from sleeping but that was all part of the appeal for me.

Cant recommend this site highly enough.

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