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Visitor Reviews - Ocknell & Longbeech Camping In The Forest Sites

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Ocknell & Longbeech Camping In The Forest Sites
New Forest
Hampshire   (Browse area)
SO43 7HH
Tel: 024 7642 3008  or  02380 812740
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Pitches: Ocknell (280) Longbeech (200)
Open: 22/03 To 01/10

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 55 Reviews
                7/10 from 55 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk On Site   Public Transport 

Reviews:  55 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Kateandjames 46 reviews from this member

I stayed here on a sunny day in April. Heaven! there were only 6 other units on site, so it was like I was alone camping in the woods.

My only complaint is the 'getting onto the site' procedure. You have to check in at Oknell campsite just down the road - no problem. But I was given a code to open the gate. Though it wasn't a code to open the gate! it was a code to a key safe, that holds a key to a padlock that is the quite fiddly to access. Once the gate is open, I drove through and then had to get out the van and reverse that procedure, ie; close the gate, lock the gate, and return the key to the safe. Not simple if you are on your own.

Having said that I did enjoy the peace and quiet.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Labradorlass 11 reviews from this member

Just spent a few days here with two Labradogs, what a great site. The staff were super and made me feel most welcome, which is important to me as a lone female camper. I met and had many interesting conversations with a broad selection of fellow campers too. The site is open, airy and not at all boxed in, no formal pitches but plenty of organised space. No showers but all other facilities were spotless and clean. Everything was managed so well, even the rubbish etc. As a former horse rider I know the forest well and so cannot really comment on the more obvious attractions that others would like. But for walkers etc this would be a perfect base for an easy relaxing explore. Keep to the paths in the Forest if not familiar with bogs etc and it's fine. Don't be tempted to follow animal tracks. But a great relaxed site certainly.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Kiki2000 2 reviews from this member

Came here for a spur of the moment break. Expecting it to be really busy for the school holidays, but was pleasantly surprised how quiet it was. Had a very cheerful greeting from the wardens. Invited to choose our own pitch. We chose to go to the section where we had to have our own chemical toilet. Having said that the campsite toilets were very clean when we used them, and the hot water for washing up was very hot. We spent a relaxing few days, enjoying watching the ponies, deer and cattle just roaming around. Can't wait to come back again

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Waldie 3 reviews from this member

We stayed here for two nights and know the New Forest pretty extensively having lived in the area for a number of years previously, however, we had never visited Ocknell before and never used hard-standing either so we thought we would try it.

Not sure about the hardstanding although what you really do is park on the hard-standing and then have the grass as your 'area' to play/eat/keep the dog etc. We did end up with bits in the camper as a result of this but that's our problem.

It is lovely to see deer wandering past your door and you can walk for miles which is lovely. Not everyone obeyed the dogs on leads rules but we did just to be safe as I know that some wardens are quite keen or rules!

The toilets are basic but well maintained, no showers and no electric which again is fine. We were lucky in that the site was pretty empty so could pick literally anywhere and after a night of torrential rain there were even less people.

We had relatives pop in to say hi and they were charged 5 which they were happy to pay but it is something to be aware of and they were asked 'You definitely wont stay will you?'

My four year old piled up some sticks so his toys could keep warm when he was playing outside which did not go down too well, wardens were not too amused, but I appreciate the rule of no open fires.

Overall the site is basic but it is what we wanted, there is some road noise but it is not too bad and can be soothing. Access to the main road is quick so you can be on your way after staying.

Overall a good experience but be aware of what is there, if you like luxury at the site look elsewhere.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Dubdogs 118 reviews from this member

Had a two night stay at Ocknell over a weekend. The site is spacious and barring some rules on type of units, you can choose where to pitch up. There are some areas reserved for tents and others for units which have chemical toilets, the latter seem to be the better areas on the site.

The grass is kept short by the ponies and the old airfield concrete makes it an easy site to keep your feet dry in the morning from the dew on the way to the toilet block. This is basic and dated and kept fairly clean.

Given its location there is great walking directly from the site and few pubs in a range of 2-4 miles away. There is some background traffic hum from the dual carriageway, but this fades in to the background and the bird song, soon disguises it.

The issue I had with the site was the warden. My friend arrived first in his converted VW T5 with a pop-top roof, to be greeted by the site manager; the question was asked whether the van had the required ventilation and the manager took a look inside the van to check it was converted. This was fair enough as it was a 'health and safety' check. When I arrived in my VW T5 (professionally converted), I was greeted by a Warden that seemed to be lacking any modicum of people skills. Again, I was asked if there was ventilation, I explained there was and the gas safety box etc, but he went on to tell me I wouldn't get in to any of the Camping in the Forest sites, but he'd 'allow' me in tonight. A bit of conversation ensued with him questioning the conversion on the van and whether it had been done 'properly'. I fully appreciate the site might get people trying to turn up sleeping in the back of vans, but mine is a fully converted van that has also had the V5 changed, so the way the questioning / interrogation went was ridiculous. So if you're in a T4/T5, you might want to bring your V5 certificate with you as they can't argue with that!

All in all, it was a nice site that just got off to a bad start. I would return, but would hope not to meet this particular warden again!

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Inneseaton 7 reviews from this member

What a fantastic site and what an amazing location! We loved every minute of our stay - in fact we stayed a day longer just so we could spend another evening watching all the wildlife!

Ok so the facilities are basic - toilets and washing up points only - but come prepared and that is no problem. We had a utility tent and shower setup which worked just fine and there is no extra charge for the utility tent. They do offer battery charging at the reception desk if you need it.

Customer service is great here - and the site is immaculate! You get a sense that the owners really care about the forest and hence you are not allowed to do as you wish, there are some strict guidelines.

Definitely bring rock pegs to this site - we didn't and consequently spent most of the afternoon trying to peg the tents out! We know for next time!

All in all a great base for seeing the New Forest - we were here to visit the boat show in Southampton but are already planning to return next year with friends and just spend time away from the city!

We look forward to coming back when you open!

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