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Reviews of Holmsley Camping In The Forest Site

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Holmsley Camping In The Forest Site
New Forest, Forest Road
Thorney Hill
Dorset   (Browse area)
BH23 7EQ
Tel: 024 7642 3008  or  01425 674502
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Pitches: 600
Open: 07/04/2022 to 31/10/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 210 Reviews
                7/10 from 210 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <5 miles 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach <10 miles   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: July 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Extended family
Reviewer: Vickyw 1 review from this member

 Great 2 night stay, this is a vast site lots of space, although busy it was easy to find a quieter spot nestled in the trees away from the busy areas as you can pick your own pitch, this does mean a bit of a walk to the shower and toilet blocks but well worth it as being surrounded by tents is not my ideal pitch, we are fussy campers !

Plenty of ponies to see outside the site and nice walks. I would recommend this site and stay again. 
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Date of Visit: July 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Leen4i 1 review from this member

 Lovely nice small friendly place, clean and comfy,

10 min driving to seaside

Toilet and shower, washing area, horses close to you)).

Definitely will be back! Big thank you to owners. 
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Date of Visit: July 2021 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Other
Reviewer: Damaca 62 reviews from this member

 We loved this site. Went with our 5 year old grandson. There is a huge amount of space to play, and a well provided playground as well. Turn left out of the front gate and you are cycling on the lovely traffic free New Forest cycle tracks.

Yes it is on the site of an old airfield, so there is tarmac/concrete on which motorhomes and caravans pitch, but by pitching alongside one of the fields we could step out onto grass while having the benefit of a very level pitch.

The 3 toilet/shower blocks(presumably old RAF buildings) were cleaned at least once a day and had more than adequate space for all the summer weekend campers.

The large shop sells everything you may have forgotten to bring (but not newspapers). No wifi, and very patchy mobile phone coverage (we discovered the sweet spot, near the motorhome service point, as we were leaving unfortunately).

The staff are helpful and friendly. Our one complaint is that they did not enforce their own 'dogs on leads' rule, resulting in several piles of dog poo lurking in the grass.

We had to wait about 15 minutes on arrival, as a group of about 20 New Forest ponies was blocking the road. Great local colour! 

Date of Visit: September 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Susanj 18 reviews from this member

 I was rather worried about staying at this site due to some poor reviews. I neednít have worried! Unfortunately we can only stay one night, but we will be back.

Friendly and helpful wardens. Itís a lovely but unusual

Setting on an old airfield. It has a lovely feel about it. I much prefer it to the clinical and expensive MH&CC site weíve just been on (Black Knowl) which was soulless and just rows

Of mainly caravans, and £10 a night more expensive!

This site is open but next to forest and heath and great for wildlife. There are 3

Toilet blocks which were better than Iíd imagined. There is a large shop selling camping equipment, food, fresh bread, wine & beer AND it has a takeaway open from 8-5. 15 and 5 stars for food hygiene.

The ground was dry even after 24 hours of solid rain. Loved it! And if you think Iím easily pleased, you need to read my other reviews-I am rather picky! 
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Date of Visit: August 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Cassid 1 review from this member

 It was the first time camping for me, my 2 sons (age 3 and 6) and our camper van, we arrived and were directed in by a really helpful guy.

I had my reservations as its the August Bank Holiday, with the rarist of things, excellent weather, so thought it would be overcrowded etc etc. But I was surprised! There was still some good pitches left and in good positions.

We camped next to a tree to give us a bit of shade. We went exploring and bought some new forest ice creams from the well stocked and I have to say, not badly priced shop (compared to others I've witnessed) the people working in the shops are one of my main reasons for writing this review.

Everything they seemed to do was with a helpful smile, and that goes a long way for me.

Then there's the location. Incredible! Even the commute in through the new forest was spectacular and felt like we were somewhere special special.

In the campsite there are a few stiles around the circumference where you can easily hop the fence and BAM you're in the middle of the forest, surrounded by beautiful walks and much to my 3 Yr olds excitement a never ending supply of blackberry bushes.

I'm not one for going to the same place year in, year out, but I dare say youll be seeing us again Holmsley! 
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Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Mung 9 reviews from this member

 This is a spacious site with lots of facilities. Caravans park on the roads and there are green areas for tents. Staff are friendly and there's a well equipped shop.

The facilities are clean but run down. 
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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Woodya10 8 reviews from this member

 Holmsley - What a site! and that's not necessarily a good thing. The welcome we received was faultless, very welcoming and full of lots of info - A great start. We were shown to our pitch (Pitch 77) which appeared to be flat and fairly well maintained. Firstly we noticed that there were no actual pitch markings, basically we could pitch where we wanted as long as we were in the general vicinity of the pitch marker. This was ok but as our 10 days progressed it would appear that the 3m rule does not apply. Tents were all over the place in no order what so ever.

Then it rained! be warned this site floods quickly and we had water running under our tent. What we thought were flat pitches ARE NOT! The hard standing area for mostly caravans resembled a travellers site complete with caravans, kids all over the place and yapping dogs. I'm sure that Holmsley was once a really good site but has now gone down hill rapidly. It's by far the biggest site I've been to and with 600 pitches it's no wonder it gone to rack and ruin. Not sure if C&CC rules about cleanliness, noise and safety actually apply here - but it does appear on their website.

On a plus side the shop was excellent. Our 10 day was good, but we will not be staying at Holmsley again and I cannot recommend it. In closing, Holmsley fall well short of what a C&CC site should by. A shame really because it's location is excellent. 

Date of Visit: September 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: DJMotorhomer 48 reviews from this member

 Our first visit to a Camping in the Forest site. And our last. Terribly maintained. Hard standing pitches are simply on the road, it looked like a gypsy encampment more than a site.

As we have been site wardens for private sites we asked what time were the shower blocks closed for cleaning, the answer we received was 'whenever we get up'. That did not bode well with us.

Shower block is very dated and left in a disgusting state by other campers. Luckily we only spent 2 nights there and was glad to leave.

No wifi except for small area outside reception.

No phone coverage or 4G on 3 or Asda mobile. 

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Daveandmitch 8 reviews from this member

 Our DofE group used Holmsley because our usual site at Avon Tyrrell was completely booked. So we had 28 teenagers and 5 leaders just staying the one night. Some sites would have said no but Holmsley were very accommodating allowing us a small field to ourselves.

So under the circumstances the site was adequate for our needs. However I think if I was camping for a week with my family I would think the site too big for a quiet getaway.

Showers were clean when cleaned but like a lot of busy sites quickly became wet and dirty. Why does that happen? There was a shop/takeaway on site but we never used it. 

Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Kentpingu 2 reviews from this member

 Have been visiting this site for many years and have to say the standard has changed considerably. Seasonal pitches now seem to dominate the site with their vans parked on the tarmac so close together around all the grassed edges, so your view from the grass where you pitch your tent is of backs of caravans or straight into people's awnings. Many have made wooden flooring for their awnings and are screwed to the tarmac.

At busy weekends it appears the six metre rule becomes non existent. Staff do not enforce this. The rule is also no open fires but evidence on the grass shows this is happening (again staff do not enforce this)and with so many units crammed in, it is a fire disaster waiting to happen.

The staff are pleasant but the standard of camper is changing. There are mops to rinse the showers when finished but these are rarely used leaving the cubicles uninviting and muddy. Teenagers are hanging out in the showers having toothpaste fights, breaking toilet seats and I have even seen fecaes placed on the toilet lids. The site needs more strict supervision at peak periods. It is like staying on a very bad council estate.

In fairness to the staff it is a very large site to cover but during busy periods they would benefit from some extra wardens walking the site? It is such a shame as this is a beautiful place in the forest and am afraid to say that it is now one I shall remove from my list until the Camping and Caravan Club up their game. The roads are full of deep potholes which cannot be good for touring caravans. 

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