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Visitor Reviews - Abbotstone Wood A Camping Unplugged Site

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Abbotstone Wood A Camping Unplugged Site
Abbotstone Down
Ashdown Road
Hampshire   (Browse area)
SO24 9TQ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 07712531696

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Pitches: 60
Open: Easter To 30th September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 20 Reviews
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Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Zippy9 1 review from this member

There's great potential at Abbotstone Wood campsite. It's a lovely quiet rural setting and you have the choice of whether to pitch in either the large open meadow or in the woods. The guy in charge is very welcoming and friendly. We stayed there in early May when the site was fairly quiet and had a very relaxing time.

Walking out of the campsite you can take a stroll around The Grange or to The Woolpack at Totford. For a choice of where to eat or somewhere more child friendly, you'll need to drive to Arlesford.

Facilities-wise there's a great set of portacabins with showers and loos at reception but apart from one new composting toilet the other loos and the outside showers have become a bit decrepit. Doors that don't close, missing toilet tops, nettles and rubbish could all be fixed pretty easily but the site manager was keener on having a chat and selling you his bags of wood at £10 a pop than looking after the place. Somewhere to wash your hands or some sanitiser at the composting toilets wouldn't go amiss either.

The campsite could be great but needs to do a bit of work on the basic facilities first.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Deanosoar 1 review from this member

We visited this site in the last weekend of June 2014. We went to Abbotstone wood to celebrate our sons 12th birthday. We found the site to be perfect for our basic camping needs. There was an organic toilet for the brave and toilets, showers and washing up facilities by the main office. The office sold a few main essentials like tea and coffee. Syd greeted us on arrival and was very friendly and welcoming and very conscientious in running the campsite. The campsite was very clean and Syd was always easy to find if you needed a question answered. It was great that we were able to camp in the woods and have our own campfire in the designated area where we pitched our tent. The children loved the bush craft and just being with nature. Syd made it a birthday our son will never forget arranging a birthday cake and card which he presented during a bush craft activity. Have nothing negative to say about this campsite, just a big thumbs up!

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

Best camp site I've ever been too. Very kid friendly and lots of fun things to get involved with ie fire making, den building, swing on tree rope swings, bug hunts and really just back to basics to teach children outdoor life. Sid was so helpful and always came to the rescue with any problem we had. We'll be back for sure!

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Markp1999 2 reviews from this member

This is pretty much my ideal campsite. I stayed midweek in September having hiked out from Winchester and arrived to find I was the only person on the site. I pitched my tent in the main field and had a brilliant peaceful evening watching the sun set and the moon rise under the stars and listening to the owls.

Booking and paying online was easy and the welcome from Sid the site manager was warm and helpful.

The facilities as discussed by other campers are basic but functional with the woodland showers being a particular highlight. It's a great experience having a hot shower in the open air.

My only regret is that the Camping Unplugged sites close in mid-September. Now I've discovered them I'd like to have been able to stay in their site in the New Forest. I will certainly be looking to stay in more of these sites when they open in Spring next year.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Phuzzymap 1 review from this member

We had a lovely weekend. The staff were very helpful to us newbies. The hire of the camp grill was a god send. The campsite was very roomy and full of little surprises for exploring. We felt very safe as the staff did their rounds at night checking everyone and everything was ok. The compost toilets were a surprise as they didn't smell. The toilets and showers were clean and functional. We will definitely go again. Thank you Paul.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Victoria Debae 2 reviews from this member

Wonderful site, will be back and will bring friends.

Love the welcome and hospitality by Sid (site manager). Warm and friendly family atmosphere offered by him, and from Nick (part-owner), and from other campers.

Facilities are all great, more than happy, most of all the outdoor HOT showers are wonderful! Even the longdrop loos were very good except there should have been more bins/bigger bins in the longdrops/porta-cabin loos/showers as people were just leaving waste on the floor! Washing up station great.

We love open fires and Camping Unplugged encourage this experience. Didn't need to hire a camp fire grill, but the kit on offer was great. Camp shop is well stocked.

Site has loads of space, loads of sky (on the big field), loads of nature, very nice local pub (35mins walk away).

Worst bit - Only down side was the strict need to book and pay for the three nights over the bank holiday - we hope they drop this rule as the thing we like most about the Camping Unplugged sites is the relaxed and casual nature of their set-up, (this suits us as we only ever decide to go away a few nights before we do and we like to camp as a group, with members coming and going depending on their work schedules, minimum stays aren't convenient for us and discourage us from booking), so the restrictions and booking rules are a bit off-putting. Surely 'freedom' is what its all about?

Best bit - the outdoor showers; Sid and Nick; starry skies; camp fires; far enough, yet enough close location of the loos/showers/washing up/shop/bins/reception to all pitches; constant access to site manager for assistance or just a fab chat; FREE facilities - hot showers, loo roll, hot washing up station, all taps were drinking water; really nice pub.

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