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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 16 Reviews
              8/10 from 16 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  No Motorhomes 

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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.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Richwhite 1 review from this member

A lovely site with a choice of pitches in and outside the woods. We had a pitch in the woods and it was fantastic - remote, atmospheric and peaceful.

The facilities are above average but perhaps a little sparse - never really had to wait long though.

The owners are very friendly and helpful, and generous with the wood for campfires.

There are some excellent walks in the surrounding area: Northington Grange is worth checking out, and the Woolpack Inn, at the time, served a very refreshing pint of ale tinged with ginger. Well worth the walk.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Romogape 10 reviews from this member

We stayed here at the end of may for just one night, two of us in two small tents.

The weather was a bit dodgy so decided at the last minute to take the gear off the motorbikes, and chuck it in the boot instead! A good move overall as the track to the site would've been impossible on anything other than a full blown motor crosser! Very muddy and slippery would be a understatement! So if the weather's been bad and you're going by bike, ringing in advance to check the access would be a good idea.

Overall we a pleasant stay, chilling in the woods with a few beers, campfire and a BBQ. The facilities are basic and limited, but clean. Not sure how it would be when the site is busy, but as it was very quiet when we were there we had no problems at all.

Would probably go back, but bit put off by the cost, as it's a bit pricey considering the (lack of)facilities, maybe it's a case of less for more. Still it's nice to have the peace and quiet of a woodland setting, with a fire to chill by!

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lingmell 2 reviews from this member

We are seasoned campers and try out different sites at least twice a year - this place is definitely not for any 'glampers'. It markets itself as 'camping unplugged' and we would not disagree; there are no frills, only 2 proper toilets (and a couple of other compostable ones)and 2 showers for the whole site. Perhaps we were unfortunate but every time 2 of our members went down to the showers the water was cold (the others gave up trying).

We camped in the large meadow which provided plenty of space and it was very quiet. The highlight was being able to light a proper camp fire (which we needed over the weekend we were there).

The children enjoyed exploring the woods, making dens and using the rope swings. There is nothing else on site so they were forced to make their own entertainment.

The area was very pretty and we enjoyed several walks and pub lunches. Would go back to this area but not this site.

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