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Visitor Reviews - Ashurst Camping In The Forest Site

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Ashurst Camping In The Forest Site
Lyndhurst Road
Ashurst
New Forest
Southampton
Hampshire   (Browse area)
SO40 7AR   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0845 130 8224  or  024 7642 3008

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Pitches: 280
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 118 Reviews
              8/10 from 118 Reviews


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Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Alimilly 4 reviews from this member

We stayed at this site over the Bank holiday weekend and expected it to be heaving. We were pleasantly surprised to find that although the site was obviously busy there was plenty of space and you certainly didn't feel on top of each other. It makes a change to be able to select where to pitch and how you wanted to pitch and I really liked not have 'straight line marked out pitches' this makes the site feel informal and relaxed and you definitely get the feeling of camping in a forest!

The facilities were spotless and the water hot even though the site was busy with ample WCs, showers and basins for all.

Ponies wandering around was novel and interesting for the children. A really lovely site and one that we will definitely be returning to.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Handyrew 1 review from this member

A great site. Helpful staff. Facilities cleaned regularly and showers are hot. A true camping experience. Ponies wander freely around the site, and as we are the intuders, they rule the site. They caused us no problems and we enjoyed their presence. Being able to cycle straight into the forest from the site was a bonus for our grandchildren, with no busy roads to cross. Arrive after midday on sunday, when the weekend campers have left, to get a good choice of pitches. Any problems we have previously had on other sites, would be directed at inconsiderate campers, who think the rules of site are for everybody else and not them, this did not occur on this site as the rules are strictly adhered to. This was our first visit to the New forest, and we loved it, and will return.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bridgeywidge 13 reviews from this member

We stayed here for two nights using my prize from from UKCampsite.co.uk/Camping in the Forest (for a tent review). I wish we could have stayed longer but had work commitments as it was hard to leave in the sunshine.

The ground is hard (when dry) so do take rock pegs and a good mallet; I'm glad we had ours.

The site is deceptively spacious, combining open grassy areas (very close trimmed) with more wooded glades of mighty oaks and other treeage. There is no electricity so you can pitch where you please, allowing for 3-6m between tents. Gazebos are banned during busy times and only allowed at the manager's discretion at others. There's also a rule on the size of windbreaks you can use, which I think is fine as it prevents a Berlin wall effect.

Probably because there is no EHU, tents ruled, which made a pleasant change as often we're outnumbered.

Should you be expecting total tranquillity, remember that the site is near the busy A35 and also bordered by a railway line, so there is some traffic noise at times. As well as from owls and other lovely natural things.

The site is really keen on recycling and saving water - there are even bins for BBQ coals. With regards to BBQs, charcoal BBQs are allowed provided they are kept off the ground.

The large central facilities block has plenty of toilets and washing cubicles, and these were kept very clean. But, I was surprised at only 6 showers in both men's and the women's sections: too few perhaps for the size of the site.

The 'pot wash' had oodles of hot water which was great.

Be prepared to keep your food - and rubbish - inside your car or risk being raided by ponies and squirrels: a very real risk. We had the boot open for a bit whilst I cooked breakfast and a pony took a bite out of the binbag - whilst another mistook a yellow spoon on our table for something edible. You are given all this information on arrival by the welcoming reception team. That said they are delightful to see, just preferably at a distance!

The site is conveniently situated for many of the area's attractions and for cycling, whilst there is a large and pleasant pub(great beer) just outside the site, with more eateries and shops within walking distance.

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

Wonderful site, great facilities, highly recommend. The New Forest is a great place to visit and explore. The site is perfectly placed for touring the area. Good pubs nearby, the children made friends and played around the site and were completely content and safe. The facilities were cleaned regularly and hardly ever a queue for the showers. Best of all you can cycle straight from the site into the New Forest.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Spam brown 1 review from this member

We arrived late afternoon on a saturday - it was pretty crowded, with the only spots in open fields - and we prefer a bit of privacy. We wandered around a bit and found a nice empty patch against some thick trees on one side of the large campsite. We set up tent, and then wandered in the beautiful forest - it really is stunning. Found some rope swings and shelters for the kids to play in. We made a campfire, watched the ponies nearby and went to sleep. Then it all went bad. The other side of the thick trees, and no more than 10 feet from our tent was a train track, which was used all night long by the loudest freight trains you could imagine. It would shake the tent and felt like they were driving right through it. None of us slept well. It was brutal. We packed up the next morning and found a quieter spot on the site - it was much better than the first night. So the scenery is beautiful, but beware where you pitch your tent. Facilities were fine. Staff was fine.

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

After looking at nearly at all the New Forest campsites we chose this one for the following reasons:

1. We live East of the Forest and getting to Ashurst would mean less driving for us. It turned out to be very easy to find.

2. My husband doesn't like dogs and this is a dogless site!

3. It appeared from the website to be near civilisation at the entrance and the back opened out onto the Forest. This proved to be so.

Even though we booked well in advance, our Friday night arrival meant that spaces were few and far between and we ended up near the railway line. The site is next to the main line to London and so some trains are long and noisy. I would have probably relocated the tent if we'd been there for more than 3 nights. Other reviewers have pointed out the hard ground - it was like rock in places. Bring the right pegs! Pitch sizes are generous and the campsite, although busy, did not seem over full.

The washing facilities were fine - lots of washing for bodies and plates. Water was always hot.

We took advantage of the bike delivery service from 'Trax' and hired some bikes for a day - it was great riding around the well marked easy trails. The kids managed 15 miles!

The site fronts onto the main Lyndhurst road and is close to two large pubs that both serve food. A small range of takeaways and other shops are just over the railway bridge and Lyndhurst itself is 3 miles down the road. There is a large Morrisons in Totton - about 10 minutes drive from the site.

It would have been great if the site had a small shop though!

There are no 'playground' facilities, but the kids were all just running around playing together anyway.

This site is also one of the closest to Paulton's Park (Peppa Pig World) so may be especially busy because of this. We visited the close by New Forest Wildlife Park - easily cyclable (but we drove!). It was a lovely day out and great for all the family.

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