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Visitor Reviews - Acres Down Farm

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Acres Down Farm
Minstead
(new Forest)
Lyndhurst
Hampshire   (Browse area)
SO43 7GE   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 02380 813693

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Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 47 Reviews
              7/10 from 47 Reviews


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Reviews:  47 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Smiffinch 22 reviews from this member

Firstly, the location is perfect if you want to cycle or walk in the forest, as there is no need to drive anywhere once you're here (except to shop for food perhaps). You can get directly out onto the forest paths and Acres Down itself is a beautiful walk.

The campsite is basic but adequate. You pitch where you like which may be a problem when it gets very busy, as it is only a small field. We stayed midweek and it was ok. It's a bumpy field, the facilities are basic (3 toilets for the ladies, washing up at your tent) but then we only paid £16 a night for a large tent, so it's worth it. They really should just get rid of that dirty hand towel in the toilets though! Either provide a hand dryer or let people use their own towels. (The trouble is that children see it and think it's ok to wipe their mouths on it. )

Showers are £1 per person and you have to ask for the key and it's only up to 8pm. So this is ok if you're just staying a few days, but if you're staying longer you might get fed up with it. I see the sense in only charging you what you use. However freezing freezer blocks a little expensive at 50p per block in my opinion.

The shop is lovely but it's a farm shop rather than a camper's shop, ok for fresh meat and fancy cakes, but not that useful for every day. Minstead shop is not useful either, so you need to go further afield.

The cream teas are delicious but they are very inflexible about the 'menu'. For example, you can't just have scones and tea. You have to have scones and cake and tea. But you can't let someone else have your cake (well you can, but they won't be allowed a cup of tea!) Oh well, maybe it's the way of the countryside. Save the cream tea for when you've done a 20 mile bike ride perhaps!

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Klw270299 3 reviews from this member

Cheap but not so very cheerful! Just returned from a couple of nights in the new forest at Acresdown Farm. On a practical note the main field (that has to be virtually full to the rafters before the overflow field is opened) is on a very large slope, limited areas offer flat surfaces. For that reason this campsite (farmers field !) is probably suited to much smaller tents. The toilets were ok, 3 cubicles, namely clean, however the only means to dry hands was a hand towel hanging off the window latch which was not changed for the entire 3 days that we were here. This I feel would not have taken much effort to be changed once in a while. The showers were ok if you can locate the owners to pay for the key to enter, during One entire morning we were unable to locate the owners who had left a sign on the door advising that they had had to go out, after checking several times we all were resided to the fact that we would not be getting a shower that morning! The field we camped in was completely infested with wasps, (the great outdoors of course provides such insects for our annoyance rather than this being a problem affiliated with the campsite). However if you do not like wasps then this really isn't the place for you, from the moment we woke up to the time we went to bed, ( and even joining us is our tents too) we were plagued by wasps. While we are on the subject of insects, it's worth noting that every night we were infested with flying insects which gathered on the tents in their thousands, ok if you have a sewn in ground sheet and fly screen but a big big issue if you haven't.

Finally, if you have visions of a pleasant stay on a working farm and perhaps being offered the opportunity to see some animals or feed the chickens then you would be very wrong. The owners were very unfriendly and unwelcoming.

On a positive note the location of this site is directly in the new forest, walks are fabulous.

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

We stayed here earlier this year and had a lovely time. The loos were clean, the owners very friendly and helpful and it was lovely and peaceful and there are some lovely walks around the site. The cream tea was one of the best I've ever had (and I've had quite a few!)and the breakfast was great, delicious and lots of it. From reading other reviews, I'd suggest maybe out of high season is the time to visit.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ralph71 7 reviews from this member

Being caravanners we purchased a tent for something different for the kids and decided to head down to the New Forest to try it out particularly aiming for a tent only site and found this site. On reading reviews and looking at the website this seemed ideal the location was perfect in the heart of the forest. Unfortunately one of my main concerns were met by big groups of tents drinking all day and blaring music from their cars and loudly singing along until late (site paperwork states no loud music) I thought maybe someone would come and have a word with said groups but they didn't and it was down to a woman whose small children were being kept awake by the noise to ask them to turn it down (they did for around half an hour-then up it went again) this being the same group walking up and down the country lane which runs adjacent to the site shouting at the tops of their voices at who knows what hour. It also stated no open fires in the rules (good for me as an asthmatic - another reason to choose this site) but again there were people with open fires burning wood. Therefore inconsiderate people have ruined a weekend in a tranquil location for others and it is a shame as the site is perfect for back to basics camping saying that I would go back and try again but would avoid the weekend for the fear of the lairy people. The toilets are clean enough and there is a water tap at the top of the field. Its a perfect location to explore the New Forest but only if you're not kept awake all night and have the energy to do so the next day.

Date of Visit: September 2011 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Mustang75 12 reviews from this member

We stayed here for the second time in 2 years and nothing had changed. Its a basic site with basic facilities but it was the only one in the area that had pitches available as they don't take bookings. As it is basic, it is cheaper than the rest of the sites in the area but we have experienced better facilities for the same money in other parts of the country.

The site is down a nice quiet lane across a ford and with direct walking access into the forest. You can often hear ponies trotting down the lane! The owners are friendly and pleasant and accommodating enough. They also offer cream teas and have a nice shop with local produce.

The showers are £1 but we didn't use them this time. The loos and basins are adequate but not the cleanest. But as I say its quite a cheap site for the area.

The drive down to the field is rather precarious but once you are in the field all is ok. There are a number of areas that are quite flat although it is on a slight slope.

Nevertheless we had a pleasant stay and it helped to break up the journey back home. We also got to visit Buckler's Hard and had a lovely walk to Beaulieu village.

We would probably use the site again for convenience.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Addictedtotents 3 reviews from this member

We have stayed here on a few occasions with other family and friends and on each occasion we have had a lovely time. The site is a couple of fields with portacabin style toilets and sinks and a separate male and female shower block. You have to pay additional charge for shower. Very relaxed atmosphere and great walks in the forest. Owners very accommodating and polite. Little farm shop on site which is great.

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