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Visitor Reviews - Ashurst Camping In The Forest Site

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Ashurst Camping In The Forest Site
Lyndhurst Road
New Forest
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: 26 March - 28 Sept

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 121 Reviews
              8/10 from 121 Reviews

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Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: StellaAngelic 2 reviews from this member

As our beloved Rosie (Iveco gorg) died at Denny Wood in June, this has been a revisiting of proper camping for us after 6 years of vans. We've been to this lovely site a few times, would v much recommend to all. You can camp amidst ancient oaks and be happily disturbed by roaming ponies and cows, v little light pollution so just wait till proper dark and look up!

Read the negative reviews about the staff, before we landed, bit perturbed but all good in our experience, bit too matey if anything. Our weekend was a little holiday away from busy lives and yes, we just wanted to sit under the gazebo, enjoying the location and chat rubbish for 2 days, didn't need this commenting on every time a warden passed!

Aside from that a beautiful site, v well maintained and well worth a stay for anyone xx

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: 75angela 1 review from this member

What a lovely camping trip. All staff, at reception, service block and on barrier duty were so friendly.

The site is in an excellent location with walking and cycling paths straight off the site into the forest. Our little boys loved using their bikes and going for a walk and picnic from here as did we.

As our first family camping trip this was a good site. No overbearing facilities/clubhouses etc. Just a simple site with clean toilet facilities and lots of outdoors on offer. A reasonable price on comparison with others. You get what you pay for.

We managed to find a spot to pitch under a tree right next to the boundary to the forest so no immediate neighbours and were lucky enough to enjoy thunder and lightning from the tent. Our toddlers slept very well. I definitely recommend.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Alisonrj 1 review from this member

We love this campsite! It has the perfect mixture of being part of the forest, but also close to useful amenities. There is a well stocked shop just down the road, two pubs within a short walking distance and the site is 10 minutes drive from Lyndhurst with its pubs, butchers, coffee houses and the all important camping shop for last minute purchases or emergency repairs!

There are bike routes directly out of the back of the campsite straight into the forest and the site itself is fun for children to ride around. The toilets and showers are kept immaculate and the wardens and assistants are so friendly and helpful.

There is no playground as such but for a weekend visit there is plenty of fun to be had for children in just exploring the site, making dens etc.

We've visited Ashurst on and off each year for nearly 20 years, as a young couple and now with our 7 year old twins and we always recommend to others.

The only one thing I would mention is, don't set your pitch on the left hand side of the site as you come in unless you want to be really familiar with the local train times. Train noise on the rest of the site is not a problem.

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 15 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.

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