A nice family friendly site. Especially excellent if you are fairly new to camping and looking for a civilised yet more natural camping experience.
The fire pits ( for each pitch ) were the highlight of the site, along with a good location for the New Forest on the entrance to Beaulieu.
Many folks were there for the minimum of 2 days. Most had young children. It was nice to see the excitement. Behaviour was all round excellent.
The young couple who run the site were good, efficient and very friendly and helpful. Farm was interesting, even for my teenager.
Beyond previously mentioned Tesco express a mile further on in Hyde is a Waitrose. Fish and chip shop near Tesco express is bit run down but food good. Pubs in the area were all OK / standard fare.
Downsides: for the premium price the site charges the facilities are minimal. Although were generally clean and water always hot.
The pitches were slightly sloped but not too bad, however a little close together in the orchard for family camping size tents. Was hoping for a bit more space given the premium nature of the marketing. Fine for normal trekking tents or small groups.
As stated no cars allowed onto the camp field, which I liked, especially with little ones around. Hand pull trolleys provided to transport camping gear. I can imagine ground gets very soft when it rains a lot.
Overall, camping delivers great memories when you have consistent good weather and a roaring fire pit to sit around with your family !
We had high hopes for Embers considering the price we paid - much more than we've paid previously for a camping weekend (£100 for the family for two nights). Overall we weren't disappointed. It's perfectly situated for stunning New Forest walks and cycle rides, the fact that it's on a working farm made it ideal for our animal loving kids who spent most of their time stroking the cows and horses and checking how many eggs the chicks had laid, and the fire pits really do add something special to the whole camping experience. In fact the fire pits were the main reason we booked it - there are so few campsites that allow open fires, and this seemed like a good one.
- the facilities were (for those of us with young children) far from the camping field - a good few minutes' walk. Having said that we never had to queue to use either the showers / washing up facilities or toilets, so even though others have commented on there not being enough showers etc. , we didn't experience any problems here.
- when we arrived at 12. 30 we were told we couldn't pitch our tents til 2pm - the allocated arrival time. This was frustrating and unnecessary as our pitch was empty.
- having to use trolleys to cart things from your car to and from your camp area was time consuming and exhausting. Not really sure why like other campsites they don't allow cars to drive to the camp area, unload, then park, like other campsites do.
- The farm element was wonderful for the kids, and they LOVED feeding the animals. At £3 each for over an hour's entertainment it was a bargain! The lovely young farmer let the kids get as hands on as they liked from milking the goats to filling up food troughs and holding baby chicks. Thoroughly recommended.
- The secret gardens and little pathways were wonderful to walk around.
- The fact that the campsite is small and set on one field / orchard meant we felt safe allowing the children to wander off and play, knowing they couldn't go far.
- Sitting around the fire pits gazing into the campfire of an evening really did make the weekend. Firewood, marshmallows and other camping must haves were available from the on site shop and the owners kindly came round every evening to let us know when it was closing, to give everyone a chance to get what they needed.
Overall a lovely, friendly and safe campsite, very child friendly and a nice (small) size. Would recommend.
We had a lovely 2 night stay at Embers during school holidays. We are not experienced campers but I chose it due to location, being tent only and the fire pits were an added draw. I would recommend it for families and children and it felt secure and safe enough to allow the kids (12 and 7) to roam.
The site is set in an orchard and field above a small working farm. In the orchard there was plenty of space between tents and larger tents were put in the field and there was masses of space. You can now drive your car up to the edge of the field for unloading. It's still a short walk with a wagon but wonderful to know no cars would be there at all. Lovely small farm.
My farm-mad 7 year old opted for the morning animal feeding and I thought at £3 a head it was good value, compared with other farm-type attractions. They had loads of time with the farmer and acting as goat-bait was a highlight for him!
The fire pits did give a magical atmosphere and it was very peaceful. People did respect the night time quiet time. Most other campers were families.
The showers and toilets were very clean and there was rarely a queue.
Although only 2 washing up sinks, there was never a queue for these either or maybe I just timed it right!
There are masses of things to do in the area. Beaulieu obviously, the New Forest, Lymington and fabulous walks and bike rides. We were sailing at Calshot, still 15 minutes away but lots of activities going on there too.
Shouldn't be a surprise as it is a working farm but the cockerel crowed at 4. 15am, waking up the geese and the turkeys and me so if you want complete quiet that would be something to be aware of.
The toilet and shower blocks were a good walk away. Not something the kids found a problem but in the middle of night I was glad it was warm summery weather for the walk down and back. Showers were small and it was hard to get dry feet.
These were minor criticisms for a really sweet campsite. I would go back.
Very good site, good, clean facilities. Some shop run by very friendly young couple. We went so we could visit the national motor Museum which is just the other side of the village. A couple of miles away is a Tesco Express with fuel and opposite that is a very good fish and chip shop. We went to the coast as well and that was 5 miles away. Loads of pubs etc fairly local.
My only gripe was the car parking. The car park is small and if you leave your car anywhere else apparently the farming fines you £5. There is a fire pit at each pitch, you can get wood, fire lighters, marshmallows and sticks from the on site shop.
Visited with 2 other families for a long weekend. Usually you can only book for 2 nights at weekend but they were happy to allow us to extend the booking and pay cash. Nice to be there when everyone else had gone home! We have a large tent and it just fitted in to the Orchard but there is also a large field to camp in. We were camped in a row which meant we couldn't all camp around the fire but this didn't matter too much. Lots of space for kids to play and discover, they had a fantastic time. We had story time in the secret garden and they liked running through the woods and playing in the big field.
It was quite noisy at night, curfew is 1130 but noise levels were loud and then you are woken by the ever so chatty cockerel but it is a farm! We didn't pay to feed the animals as at £3 for children AND adults it seemed pricey especially considering it is a very pricey campsite. £50 a night is not on the cheap end of the scale, was it worth it? In many ways yes but as other reviews state the facilities let it down. Simply not enough toilets and washbasins, it was cramped in there. For that reason I do not feel it is worth that price. Taking stuff up to the field in trolleys is tedious but good exercise and we had no problem with the short walk to the toilets. All in all a very good weekend and a great campsite only let down by the lack of facilities.
Firstly I can't fault this place for location, nor for friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Unlike many campsites that will greet you with locked gates if you're so much as a minute past the official check in time, there's an out of hours number to call so no need to panic if you hit horrific traffic on the way. As everyone else here says, being able to light a fire is a rarity these days and really changes the experience for the better - firewood is available on site as well as a small shop for basic essentials.
That said, I must be honest about some of the potential down sides so that people can make their own choice with full info! The main things that might surprise people are: none of the pitches have electric hookup and you also can't take your car anywhere near them either. So this means any electric stuff you might've planned on running from your car, you'll have to find battery operated alternatives or go without! This also means having to carry all your gear up to the pitches, which are up a steep and very muddy slope - wellies or sturdy boots are a must. They do provide hand carts for you to do this, but it's still pretty hard work - though you only have to do it once and many hands make light work as they say. A common sight is people carrying fully inflated airbeds up after having used their cars to power the pumps!
The other issue is that most of the pitches are not really what you'd call flat. So pick your place carefully, unless you want to spend all night sliding out of bed!
Also there is only one toilet block which is - you've guessed it - at the bottom of that steep, muddy slope - which has no lighting! So plan your liquid intake carefully to avoid much annoyance at night! The showers are. Very basic. There are just two, unisex, very tiny cubicles with barely space to get in round the door and shut it behind you. No chair or anything to sit on while you dry your feet (no space for one!) but the water is at least nice and hot.
That said, it's very family oriented - there's a beautiful garden and a little library with activities for the kids, who will also enjoy the animals on the farm. Also means it's quite noisy - including at night - so if you're looking for a quiet getaway it's. Not so quiet.
If you don't mind all of this, it's just an excellent place to take the family to explore the New Forest. Just a stone's throw from the Beaulieu palace, abbey and motor museum (which will keep the whole family occupied all day) and New Forest Activities (canoes, kayaks, high ropes, archery and so on, bookable in the village) and lots of horse riding places. The rough and ready air of the place didn't bother us and actually rather added to the fun and adventure of it all.
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