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Visitor Reviews - Setthorns Camping In The Forest Site

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Setthorns Camping In The Forest Site
(new Forest)
New Milton
Hampshire   (Browse area)
BH25 5WA   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0845 137 633  or  024 7642 3008

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Pitches: 235
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 51 Reviews
              9/10 from 51 Reviews

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Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Gytha_ogg 1 review from this member

My wife and I had five nights at Setthorns in March and we immediately booked again for May. We've stayed at two other sites in the New Forest before but in our opinion Setthorns is the best. We booked a Premium pitch online initially but when we explored the site soon after finding a pitch we found the Select pitches were bigger, more secluded, and only a little more expensive, so we immediately upgraded and moved up the hill. Also, although it's not a deal-breaker for us, tv and phone reception were much better up in the Select pitches. Be aware that mobile internet is very hit and miss in the forest. If internet access is important to you, prepare to be frustrated at how slow, or non-existent, it can be. There's not much I can say that hasn't been said by other reviewers - there's easy access to numerous walks, the coast, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst etc. , and Blackwater Arboretum and the Tall Trees Trail (my favourite place). There's lots of deer, ponies, squirrels, birds, silence and masses of stars at night. It's a lovely place and the staff are friendly and helpful too. If, like us, you enjoy getting back to nature you'll love it.

No toilets, showers or shop here, just electricity if you need it.

One very minor downside, and one which should be expected really given the location amongst the trees: in May there were clouds of tiny flies in the shade. And I do mean clouds of them!

Date of Visit: January 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Maxt46 33 reviews from this member

We only stayed here one night but would have stayed longer but had to work Monday.

If you're looking for posh toilets and showers, swimming pools and kids entertainment this is DEFINITELY NOT the site for you.

But if you want to be close to nature, acres of forests to cycle, walk and just enjoy the wildlife, this is the place to be.

We found the staff friendly helpful and knowledgeable.

And all this for only £14. 50 (members) magic, we will be back.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Jbraund 7 reviews from this member

Well located site for the local area, we had mainly come to visit Paultons Park and Beaulieu. Well spaced out pitches and fairly level, we had a premium hard standing pitch which was easy to reverse onto. Plenty of water and waste points around the site and right in the heart of the forest.

Kids loved playing games in the trees and reusing a wooden 'den'. The occasional passing pony brighten up the day too.

Be prepared for a cacophony of dawn chorus waking you up in the early morning, or indeed the hooting owls throughout the night.

No review of facilities as there are none, only slight criticism is how rutted the access roads are. It gave the car suspension a workout even without towing and seemed the downfall of some children riding their bikes.

Would return and probably spend more time in and around the immediate area.

Date of Visit: March 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: The High and Lo 24 reviews from this member

We came here for our first trip of the year when the sun finally came out in 2014. This is a really well set out forest campsite with all the pitches in the trees and well spaced with hardstanding pitches. This means it can be open all year round.

There is no toilet block but electric hook up is available. There are few facilities on the site, the campsite office have some essentials and the wardens were very helpful. The attraction of the site is being in the heart of the New Forest which you simply walk out to, with miles of bike and hiking routes. Brockenhurst is a couple of miles away for basic shopping and places to eat. There is also the New Forest villages of Beaulieu, Lyndhurst and Lymington a short drive away.

For a great get away to the New Forest with simple facilities look nor further.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sidetops 1 review from this member

You really wouldn't like it here, its really horrible, maybe think about trying somewhere else to go.

OK you're not going to fall for that one are you?

Setthorns is a fabulous place, great pitches, and the staff very friendly and always on-hand if needed. Great location, its the best camping trip I've had so far. If you like peace and quiet, and a real sense of being at one with nature, then this is ideal for you. Just a short drive (or bike ride) to the local town, and not too far to travel to some glorious beaches. So then, please don't all rush at once - leave some room for those of us who will definitely be returning!

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ian Street 1 review from this member

Being someone that would prefer to stay in luxury and be pampered, but realising that my children are more important than me, I wanted a camp site that would offer something for all of us. I read the reviews, and was impressed by the generally positive feedback, so I decided to book for a weekend. We arrived to a happy face at reception, who was more than helpful. (Bring a chemical toilet, you will need it and it will be checked on arrival). We were given a map of the site and shown which areas were suitable for us, as we were in a tent. (use rock pegs at this site).

We drove around the site, which, although busy, seemed somewhat empty! We found a pitch that was a tents only pitch and set up. Although there were caravans all around us, the pitches are generally very private, so we did not feel like someone could see us all the time. Considering we stayed on the hottest weekend of the year, about 28 (82) degrees, the tree canopies gave great shade cover.

I was fully aware that there were no toilets or showers, but there are plenty of water outlets, sanitary disposal sites and bins dotted about, not next to pitches though. We had a pitch with electricity, which, given the heat, allowed us to keep the cool box on and a fan running as necessary.

The site is quiet and traffic is minimal. Although most pitches are near an on-site track, there is a sort of one way system around the site, so you don't have cars going back and forth all day.

Brockenhurst is an easy 5-10 mins away, where you can get all your shopping needs.

I noticed, on two occasions, a member of staff walking around, collecting rubbish, (although I didn't notice any), which, as a result, meant the site was very clean and tidy.

The disused railway line is ideal for younger children on bikes, so long as they don't fall off, (would graze/cut easily, due to the track material - crushed flint hardcore, like all Forest car parks), as it is obviously quite level. Depending on which way you go, you can get about 3 miles to the end and back. There are bits of the forest that are not too hilly too, for slightly more able children, then full off road for the more adventurous!

Noise at the site was minimal at peak times and very peaceful in the evenings. Check-out is at 12 noon, giving you plenty of time for breakfast, a walk or ride and time to pack up.

Would I return - Yes. Would I recommend the site - Yes. Are there any negatives about the site - None that I noticed, however, that could depend on the individual, (I like my children to have fun, but not scream whilst doing it, though some may prefer their children let it all out, this could have an impact, positive or negative, depending on what way you look at things). I have rated this site 10 out of 10, on the basis that the site is excellent, the facilities 10 out of 10 (although there is no toilet/shower, you are aware of this pre- booking, so I am rating on the known facilities), value 10 out of 10 (compare prices for other sites, just for the added shower/toilet), customer service 10 out of 10, (helpful on arrival), Children 10 out of 10 (safe, and usable site), overall 10 out of 10.

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