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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
Fritham
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 52 Reviews
              7/10 from 52 Reviews


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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Waldie 3 reviews from this member

We stayed here for two nights and know the New Forest pretty extensively having lived in the area for a number of years previously, however, we had never visited Ocknell before and never used hard-standing either so we thought we would try it.

Not sure about the hardstanding although what you really do is park on the hard-standing and then have the grass as your 'area' to play/eat/keep the dog etc. We did end up with bits in the camper as a result of this but that's our problem.

It is lovely to see deer wandering past your door and you can walk for miles which is lovely. Not everyone obeyed the dogs on leads rules but we did just to be safe as I know that some wardens are quite keen or rules!

The toilets are basic but well maintained, no showers and no electric which again is fine. We were lucky in that the site was pretty empty so could pick literally anywhere and after a night of torrential rain there were even less people.

We had relatives pop in to say hi and they were charged £5 which they were happy to pay but it is something to be aware of and they were asked 'You definitely wont stay will you?'

My four year old piled up some sticks so his toys could keep warm when he was playing outside which did not go down too well, wardens were not too amused, but I appreciate the rule of no open fires.

Overall the site is basic but it is what we wanted, there is some road noise but it is not too bad and can be soothing. Access to the main road is quick so you can be on your way after staying.

Overall a good experience but be aware of what is there, if you like luxury at the site look elsewhere.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Dubdogs 67 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

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