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Visitor Reviews - Fish Ponds Bottom

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Fish Ponds Bottom
Hale Purlieu
New Forest
Hampshire   (Browse area)
SP6 2NN   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01725 510623

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Pitches: 20 maximum
Open: Late May Bank Hol, Wends July, All Of August

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

Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  No Motorhomes 

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Reviews:  9 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Beckaroony 5 reviews from this member

As some others have said, I really don't want to leave a review so that it doesn't become too popular!

This is an amazing site - so peaceful and friendly. It is basic, with only the bare necessities, which is what is so appealing. Pick your own spot, no cars at the pitches, open fires and BBQs.

I'm sure we will be back! Thanks to the owners.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: EveB 6 reviews from this member

Great little site tucked away in a beautiful part of the New Forest. We had full choice of where to pitch when we arrived and it was quite refreshing to be on a site where you were allowed to make your own choice and wander/explore before pitching the tent.

We loved the honesty box for the firewood and kindling and the little home-made bags of fire packs. The shower was better than our one at home whilst the compost loo worked fine.

We had a leisurely 15 minute walk to the next village where the is a great shop with all you need to stock up and there's a great pub reasonably priced nearby.

The owners are very welcoming and friendly. Our kids plus dog loved the space to play/explore and it really is worth stopping off here.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jillngaz 1 review from this member

We were looking for a small, quiet, unspoilt field for a chill out weekend. Fish Ponds Bottom was perfect! It is very peaceful, very pretty and certainly not for anyone wanting lots of modern facilities. You can pitch in the woods or in the meadow like field. We chose the field at the top which was perfect for us. We backed on to the hedgerow and had a very large area to ourselves. It felt very private and we didn't feel over looked at all. The cars are parked in one area and you use a wheelbarrow to get your stuff to your tent. Very novel and much nicer without cars all over the place. There is a place to wash up which is kept very clean. The loos are novel too. Nothing modern. Just the toilet seat over a hole which you put sawdust in, there is a sink and even fresh flowers in there! The showers were eco friendly too. The owners were very friendly and helpful and even brought us a hot flask of water when our gas canister ran out! Wonderful! There is New Forest walking on the doorstep which of course as always is very beautiful. There is a co op in the nearby village of Downton for any provisions. We took our own BBQ but you could use ones that were there and charcoal was also there at a minimal charge. We would highly recommend Fish Ponds Bottom if you are looking for a quiet beautiful little site.

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

This incredible campsite is quite idyllic. The individual sites are separated by mown paths which makes campers feel screened in their own little meadow surrounded by long grasses.

The woodland pitches also looked beautiful with a great swing for kids.

We were lucky enough to have a very separate pitch on top of a little hill, this entailed taking up all our gear in a barrow as the cars are all parked centrally on the pitch away from tents. This was more fun than trouble.

The enormous oaks surrounded us and we enjoyed watching bats and later shooting stars beside our fire. The logs to buy are a good combination of woods and the locally sourced charcoal excellent for cooking easily and evenly.

The owners greeted us with no trouble and showed us how it all works in a relaxed fashion, made everything feel cosy. The facilities of compost loos, washing up post and semi open air self built shower were all delightfull and functioned well.

A great peaceful and happy place!

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Byers 1 review from this member

My family and I recently spent a very enjoyable weekend camping at Fish Ponds Bottom.

It is situated in a beautiful part of the New Forest. The field is a haven for wildlife and our children had a great time spotting lizards with the camp site owner! This is an eco friendly campsite and all campers need to respect that. Like other reviewers I wanted to keep this place a secret but I feel I have to leave a review having read another from a camper who stayed on the same weekend as us.

The compost loo on the site is great - I was not aware of any 'ripe' smell about it. It was clean at all times and was in fact far more pleasant to use than many conventional public toilets I have encountered.

Our children thought the 'quirky' shower was fun and I myself had a very pleasant outdoor shower. It is warm, clean and very user friendly.

The owners could not be more helpful and leave all responsible campers to enjoy their weekend in peace. We did notice one camper pulling wood out of the hedgerow for his camp fire. He was gently asked not to do so and pointed in the direction of suitable wood for his fire!

We cannot wait to go again.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Alexrich9876 1 review from this member

Well I guess the secret's out now!

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights, we a lovely peaceful time.

This is a very unique site, the owners have created a lovely friendly and natural place to stay and added their own unique touch!

The site is basic but beautiful, with all the necessities covered, compost loos, a hot shower, and a washing up area all made from reclaimed materials.

There were solar fairy lights giving the place a bit of night time magic, and cut flowers in vases, long grasses left for wildlife, a woodland area and an inexhaustible dog who is more than willing to spend the day with you, (as long as you keep throwing sticks!)

Fires are also possible if raised off the ground, try to grab the old beer barrel, amazing for cooking on!

It's a nice peaceful location, good walks around, a shop and a pub a couple of miles away and no throngs of tourists passing through.

I agree with the previous reviews that what makes this place truly special is the warmth and hospitality of the owners. When we left it felt like we were leaving friends. We'll definitely return!

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