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Visitor Reviews - Ocknell & Longbeech Camping In The Forest Sites

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Ocknell & Longbeech Camping In The Forest Sites
New Forest
Hampshire   (Browse area)
SO43 7HH   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0845 137 633  or  024 7642 3008

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Pitches: Ocknell (280), Longbeech (200)
Open: 26 March - 28 Sept

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 51 Reviews
              7/10 from 51 Reviews

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Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Dubdogs 61 reviews from this member

Had a two night stay at Ocknell over a weekend. The site is spacious and barring some rules on type of units, you can choose where to pitch up. There are some areas reserved for tents and others for units which have chemical toilets, the latter seem to be the better areas on the site.

The grass is kept short by the ponies and the old airfield concrete makes it an easy site to keep your feet dry in the morning from the dew on the way to the toilet block. This is basic and dated and kept fairly clean.

Given its location there is great walking directly from the site and few pubs in a range of 2-4 miles away. There is some background traffic hum from the dual carriageway, but this fades in to the background and the bird song, soon disguises it.

The issue I had with the site was the warden. My friend arrived first in his converted VW T5 with a pop-top roof, to be greeted by the site manager; the question was asked whether the van had the required ventilation and the manager took a look inside the van to check it was converted. This was fair enough as it was a 'health and safety' check. When I arrived in my VW T5 (professionally converted), I was greeted by a Warden that seemed to be lacking any modicum of people skills. Again, I was asked if there was ventilation, I explained there was and the gas safety box etc, but he went on to tell me I wouldn't get in to any of the Camping in the Forest sites, but he'd 'allow' me in tonight. A bit of conversation ensued with him questioning the conversion on the van and whether it had been done 'properly'. I fully appreciate the site might get people trying to turn up sleeping in the back of vans, but mine is a fully converted van that has also had the V5 changed, so the way the questioning / interrogation went was ridiculous. So if you're in a T4/T5, you might want to bring your V5 certificate with you as they can't argue with that!

All in all, it was a nice site that just got off to a bad start. I would return, but would hope not to meet this particular warden again!

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Inneseaton 5 reviews from this member

What a fantastic site and what an amazing location! We loved every minute of our stay - in fact we stayed a day longer just so we could spend another evening watching all the wildlife!

Ok so the facilities are basic - toilets and washing up points only - but come prepared and that is no problem. We had a utility tent and shower setup which worked just fine and there is no extra charge for the utility tent. They do offer battery charging at the reception desk if you need it.

Customer service is great here - and the site is immaculate! You get a sense that the owners really care about the forest and hence you are not allowed to do as you wish, there are some strict guidelines.

Definitely bring rock pegs to this site - we didn't and consequently spent most of the afternoon trying to peg the tents out! We know for next time!

All in all a great base for seeing the New Forest - we were here to visit the boat show in Southampton but are already planning to return next year with friends and just spend time away from the city!

We look forward to coming back when you open!

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ninja 47 5 reviews from this member

Enjoyed our family stay at Ocknell, we visited at a fairly quite time of year and had a large field to ourselves. Camping like it should be!

Wardens were friendly and helpful. Rules are designed to improve the camping experience and are mainly common sense, nothing intrusive.

Facilities are basic with no showers and quite old. They were clean.

The Forest is lovely hereabouts with nice views and abundant wildlife.

Beware the ponies are able to raid tents for food, we came home a day early due to the ponies making a 6ft by 3ft hole in our tent to get at food. Don't leave it in your tent!

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Trident22 7 reviews from this member

We have used this site happily for years but were very disappointed this year at the huge hike in prices and the restrictions on where to camp.

We are quite happy to accept the wash block but feel the price is now extortionate for what you get.

For another 1.50/night each in Dorset we got lovely showers etc. Etc.

I think Forest Holidays is making a big mistake.

This is a lovely area of the New Forest with many good pubs around - particularly the Royal Oak at Fritham which only does food at lunch time but is definitely worth a visit.

Also recommended for value is the pub at Nomansland.

Good cycling and walking in the area and not as commercialised as the area south of the forest.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mrsstanley 4 reviews from this member

Absolutely fantastic site. We went there last minute and we picked well. Although very busy plenty of staff on. Good clean toilets and showers and a large shop. Lots of horses roaming about which was lovely. It's very picturesque and full of history, we enjoyed reading about the history and had a walk around to see what it was all about. It was so nice to go somewhere with history. You could imagine from the layout how it was all those years ago. Just fantastic

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ajaysee 2 reviews from this member

Having been to the majority of the forestry commission sites in my 35 years of camping, I found that I had never been to this site, so I booked it for myself and 4 friends to go for the May bank holiday.

Location: Ocknell was quite easy to find via a Satnav and is set as others have stated in the grounds of a WW2 airfield. There was a certain amount of background noise from the main road, but you get used to it very quickly. There is plenty of tree cover on the site that allows you to find some level of privacy. However it is relatively small so this can be impossible during peak times.

Facilities: Facilities are poor to average on the whole. Whilst the toilet and wash block is kept clean by the wardens, it is in drastic need of updating and repainting. When you compare to other Forestry Commission sites such as Holmsley and Hollands Wood they are very old and dingy. There is no camp shop on site or playground facilities for children.

There are no electric hook ups.

Be aware, that you will not be able to park or drive on the grass at any point and will have to walk with all your camping gear from the 'runways' to your chosen area.

Customer Service: As a whole the wardens are polite however, as a group of 5 men (Average age of 48)we were treated with suspicion and with a lack of respect. After being given a condescendingly long explanation of the rules after having handed over 125 cash as a 'behaviour bond'. I have been camping since a child, am a member of the Camping & Caravanning Club, had been to forestry commission sites more times than I can recount and whilst I was aware that this was usual practice, it was done so that it left a bad taste in your mouth.

The campsite crew obviously care about the environment a great deal and were very enthusiastic about looking after the place as it was spic and span. However, they went overboard with this and put a big dampener on our weekend, treating us with continual suspicion with regular walkarounds and 'chats'and reminders of the rules, despite being quiet and thoughtful and respectful of our environment and of other campers.

The no vehicles on grass rule is very strictly monitored and enforced. This is the only campsite that I have come across which has this rule or is enforced to this degree.

We had regular noise checks, even when we were 'asleep' - maybe we snored a bit too loudly? During this weekend there was also a large family group, who were noisy right into the early hours and were not visited once.

My advice, don't come here as a single sex group, even if you adhere to the rules, you will still be made to feel unwelcome. They may have received some bad previous experiences from groups in the past but they have now gone to the other extreme.

We were accused of letting off a chinese lantern, and were threatened with eviction. It then transpired that it was a family with teenage children who did this. We never got an apology.

At the end of the weekend feeling somewhat disgruntled, we had to then wait over an hour before we could leave whilst the pitch was checked before we received our bond back reluctantly.

We will not be coming back here again. It was insulting!

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