What a gem of a site! Farmer Bill is so welcoming and friendly. Basic facilities but very clean, only snag was occasionally having no hot water if shower in use.
We just watched who was using which facility and timed our visit accordingly.
The evening volleyball was brilliant fun and really made it a very social evening, loved the flexible rules! Our son loved the chicken visit every morning and helping to feed, even had a little song too.
Jim the pony is beautiful as is Daisy the dog.
Raised camp fires are allowed and you can buy a barrow of wood for around £5
Only about 15 units on site, so didn't feel crowded, the centre had a goal, badminton net and volley ball net, a small climbing frame (tbh that could do with an updated version as a bit rickety but the kids didn't mind), the slide made a great car ramp.
There was also a lodge and Teepee on site, which we didn't get chance to look round though.
The toilets/showers could just do with maybe not being in a tin portaloo as the top/bottom had open bits so although you couldn't see in/out, everyone outside could hear you going and maybe one more washing up sink. Such minor points though.
Cost wise, I think it's worth every penny. We didn't find being right next to Sandy Balls a problem at all in fact it was great for cash machine, swimming pool etc. There was even a market there on Sunday morning. We had electric hook up, make sure you have a nice long lead as can be a distance between your pitch and the unit to plug into.
Sadly I wouldn't recommend the pub up the road (fighting cocks or something!)after hearing the landlady be very rude to another family re a messed up food order, they also ran out of glasses and I didn't find the toilets very clean.
Overall I really can't wait to go back, it's a refreshing change to be on such a great small site that covers most bases. See you soon!
Our Family have been visiting for the last 8 years every August bank holiday. It is a wonderful basic campsite with about 15 pitches but very family orientated. We all love visiting 'Bills Field' as the kids so affectionately call it. Toby the horse and Daisey May the dog are all part and parcel of the place and chicken time is a wonderful experience for all to enjoy at 9:30 every morning.
The facilities include 2 toilets and 1 shower (extremely clean), a table tennis table and a volley ball pitch and badminton pitch too. The owner makes you all feel welcome and encourages everyone to take part in the famous volleyball games that take place every night just after dinner. They get very competitive but are highly enjoyable, but The owner is on hand to officiate and usually always ends up on the winning team. Sometimes The owner will organise a talent contest which is optional for any talented people in your family to participate in, he gets a roaring fire going and we all sit down with a few drinks to enjoy. Great fun for all the family and I highly recommend a visit if you can.
I will continue to use this site for as long as possible. Would recommend a visit to Fordingbridge and Frogham Fair that always take place on the Saturday bank holiday. Cant recommend the site enough. The kids are so safe as there is one way in and only one way out. Great fun for you and the kids.
Had a great weekend camping at this site. The facilities, although basic, were kept immaculately clean and coped with the very small site of only 15 pitches. Pitches were set around the edge of the field with space for the children to play in the centre enabling parents to sit by their tents and keep an eye on them. There is a table tennis table, volleyball and badminton court, and football goal on site and the owner organizes a friendly game of volleyball in the evening which is great fun to watch if you are not happy or able to join in. Also chicken time in the morning is a great hit with the kids where they all gather together and sing 'chick chick chick chick chicken' around the chicken coop and collect the eggs. Also the 'Campers Concert' was great fun, all sitting round a small fire and anyone that has a talent can entertain, from the tiniest tots doing 'ring-a-ring-a-roses' to some amazing adults singing.
There is a large campsite nextdoor which has a Spar Shop, lovely footpath down to the River Avon, also eating places (Italian and fast food types). Also a family friendly pub, The Fighting Cox, is walking distance and on the open forest where there are donkeys, ponies and cattle grazing outside.
The site is about a half hour drive from sandy beaches at Bournemouth and the same distance from Salisbury and Southampton.
Relaxing and fun for all - really recommend this site!
This was our first camping trip with our dog and child. The site was lovely and quiet and the games in the centre were a nice touch. You can hear a little noise from Sandy Balls next door but nothing too much. We found it convenient to walk round there to the restaurant and use the shop.
I would agree that the toilets and showers are limited and I did have to wait a while for the shower. My toddler enjoyed the animal feeding in the morning. Overall a small, quiet and family friendly site that I would recommend to others.
First time for us at this site, welcomed by Bill who showed us around and explained exactly what was what.
The site is approximately square with 15 pitches around the outer edge, the centre is left open and has a volley ball pitch small tennis net, goalmouth and a climbing frame for the little ones. There is also a table tennis table over by the stable.
The site was full over the bank holiday weekend but there was still plenty of room as Bill has everything under control, and even though there are only two toilets and one shower these were alway spotlessly clean and we never queued
Egg time at 09:30 is a perfect time for the kids to get together and find out where eggs actually come from and gives the parents a 15 min tidy up break
Toby the pony and Daisy May dog are also around to give this Gem of a site that family feel.
The volleyball is optional and no pressure is on anyone to partake, Bills local rules for this ensure that all abilities have fun even when playing 9 verses 9
The final night gathering with a few songs round the fire was absolutely fantastic and so relaxed and was attended by nearly all staying
Next door is the large Sandy Balls site which although our pitch was next to that hedge didn't give any problems in the way of light or noise and their facilities are available if you wish to use them
5 min walk to a nice pub or into the forest
Fordingbridge is just down the road with a great park and river
There is in fact only one downside to this site and that is its only open for 28 days a year.
We had a lovely holiday in Godshill but this had more to do with the area and the gorgeous weather than the campsite itself unfortunately.
On arrival Bill, the owner, was charming and friendly, showing us where to pitch, down to the last inch. We were astounded at the lack of space though - our pitch was not 10M. We were only a couple of feet from adjacent tents and we could actually hear our neighbours breathing in their sleep! A photograph of the site showing cars at the pitch would give a better idea of the allotted space - the one on here is misleading.
Many of the families at Croft Cottage are friends who go every year, indeed they gather, 20 or 30 strong, around a campfire each and every night to chat and sing from dusk until around 11pm. If you're the type of camper who likes to get the children to bed for ten then sit and enjoy a peaceful quiet drink under the stars then this site may not be for you.
We loved being able to have a fire though. Because this is a small site the sheer noise of the many games going on in the middle, a few feet from your pitch, can be at times quite intense though some pitches were better placed away from the action. The organised activities could make some children feel a bit left out if not their cup of tea. Ours had little interest in 'chicken time' or the talent show.
Bill rounds people up for volleyball every night at 8pm but will leave you alone if you're not keen.
If it all gets too much there's a decent child friendly pub within walking distance, the massive site next door, or the beautiful New Forest with its many activities and attractions right on the doorstep.
As clearly stated there are just two toilets at Croft Cottage. This simply isn't enough for the numbers and you will need your own facilities.
When the fires are doused at 11pm queues for the loos can be 5 or 6 people deep! The one and only shower is surprisingly efficient and if you don't mind when you use it you will be able to shower daily - you just need to keep watching for it to become vacant!
I can see why so many love this site but unfortunately we know there are better simple family friendly sites out there.
Young children adore it though and clearly many of them know each other from previous years holidays.
The owners are friendly and seem to love running the place, and their regular and returning visitors are clearly testament to their good work.
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