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Setthorns Camping In The Forest Site
New Forest
New Milton
Hampshire   (Browse area)
BH25 5WA
Tel: 024 7642 3008  or  01590 681020
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Pitches: 235
Open: 01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 66 Reviews
                9/10 from 66 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 
 No Toilets   No Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 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:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Alison 1 review from this member

 We were a little unlucky with the weather but when we arrived we were met at the gate by the very friendly manager.

Explaining we had friends arriving the next night with their caravan, we asked if we could pitch close by.

We had electric hook up and the pitches looked great, slightly broken up by the pine trees, very pretty.

On our friends arrival they were indeed given a pitch near us.

Overall friendly staff, great site layout and lovely location. 
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Date of Visit: June 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Zaria 3 reviews from this member

 We loved Setthorns for the beautiful trees, and the way it's boundaries melt into the Forest.

It's on a helpful and safe cycle lane and is great for kids to be safe enough feeling freedom and nature.

I'd come back in a heartbeat.

The people are friendly too, and have good covid-safety policies in place which they communicate clearly and with gentleness.

Highly recommended. 
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Date of Visit: March 2020 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Arnoldbongo 7 reviews from this member

 Our first trip to new forest. As an animal I was in heaven. We actually saw deer walking theough the campsite whilst eating breakfast. A short walk to heathland to see the wild ponies.

Also a little village is close by. We had a short stay after landing back in the uk just before lockdown. It was so peaceful.

There are no facilities on site but it made it a hit more remote and real camping. You get lots of space. And can pick your own space. We opted for amongst the trees. It was beautiful to wake up and see the trees and hear the birds. Paradise.

The little shop has lots of walks and the staff are the friendliest I've met.

Will definitely be returning.

I've given 10 for facility as the shop was lovely and the staff and we knew there was no toilets when we booked. 
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Date of Visit: June 2019 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Vampgirl 34 reviews from this member

 This was our 3rd stay here and its our favourite New Forest campsite. No facilities except EHU and the pitches feel quite secluded amongst the trees.

Its an easy cycle ride out of the back of the campsite into Sway where there are a couple of nice pubs. Or via the old railway track to Brockenhurst where you'll find a good selection of shops. 

Date of Visit: March 2019 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 6 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Chris5mph 38 reviews from this member

 With good sized pitches spread out between the trees you are far enough away from your neighbour not to hear his snoring. Plenty of wild life on view with squirrels bouncing and swinging around everywhere.

One afternoon we had a group of deer, splendid antlers, taking their ease for a couple of hours just 20 feet from our caravan. Good forest walks from the site and many forest honeypots (Beaulieu, Bucklers Hard) within easy reach.

Own sanitation and shower essential, as no facilities block. A popular site so book early - and give yourself time to save up for the very high fees. But I was the only vehicle that stuck to 5 mph, many were doing twenty! 


Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Cj1411 2 reviews from this member

 A nice campsite in a pleasant setting with good sized pitches that are well spaced apart.

However its incredibly over priced for what you get. No showers, no sinks, no toilets for about £27 a night is a bit steep!

I have camped at just as pretty spots in Europe with electricity, hot showers, toilets, a wash block and even wifi for less than half the price. 

Date of Visit: November 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Kipcooper 1 review from this member

 Wow, what a find! We are new to motorhoming (approx 8 weeks), since owning the Moho we have been away each weekend.

We have been fortunate so far and stayed at lovely sites on each weekend, but wow.

Setthorns is idyllic, so peaceful, so perfect, great direct access to the Forest, and great cycle paths. Rangers very helpful and welcoming.

Will defo be back. SOON 

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Wendy Reavill 4 reviews from this member

 If you like sites with a clubhouse and lots of hustle and bustle then this is not the campsite for you. If however you are prepared to forgo facilities (and let's face it, it's not the end of the world to have to empty your own toilet, have a lick and a promise or use a camping shower), then this is a little gem for you.

The whole place has an aura of peace and tranquillity. In the daytime the silver birches glisten golden leaves in the sun, waves of wind gently lap the tops of the oaks and the birds sing in the trees.

At night the Owls hoot, at dawn the woodpeckers get to work and the cows do their noisy best to make sure you don't sleep late. We stay here frequently, in fact I think we would live here if we could! There are plenty of walks straight onto the forest from the site.

Sway is about a mile and a half away, mostly walking or cycling across the forest. There is a good, if pricey, butchers, a deli, a couple of convenience stores, newsagents, the Silver Hind pub and, slightly further to walk, the Hare & Hound pub. We ate in the Hare & Hound, good, reasonably priced food. Both pubs are dog friendly. 

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Matt+Jane 3 reviews from this member

 This was the first time we have stayed on a site with no facilities and were a little apprehensive, however using the shower in our van was not as nearly as stressful as expected, except for the twice daily trip to the water point to refill the water barrel!

The site itself is nature lovers dream. It's set in woodland so there are plenty of birds, deer and other wildlife around.

The site is large but didn't feel crowded. We had a hard standing pitch and you are free to choose your own. We were up high on the other side of the disused railway. We chose not to go down by the railway as it looked shadier and damper there.

Bikes are a must as a disused railway runs through the site and there a plenty of traffic free route to cycle on nearby.

The only downside was the midges. I got eaten alive and my daughters teacher thought she had chicken pocks! How ever despite the midges we will return. 

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Twinspired 11 reviews from this member

 It is rare I leave campsite reviews however I felt it necessary on this occasion. I wanted to come away able to post a positive review as my memories of this site were fond ones and I felt saddened to read some contrary reviews. I’ll attempt to be as subjective as possible, then you can draw from it what you will and can decide what may appeal or not.

Forest location:

10 minutes from Brockenhurst, this site is positioned in the heart of the forest, the positive to this is that you can possibly wake to deer outside your van if you are lucky to bag a pitch on the OUTER edges of the site. The bird calls are varied and squirrels are abundant – beware they also chew more than just seeds!

The positive of being so very much in the forest is the wildlife, the negative is that it is VERY shaded, very little sunlight hits many of the pitches and we were literally eaten alive by midges – I spent nearly £40 just on preventative sprays and bite creams for less than a weeks stay!

It is well positioned for much of the forest, Southampton is a mere 30 mins, Lymington possibly 15 minutes, Ringwood 20 minutes, Marwell zoo 45 mins and from site there are cycle trails, starting with the perfect disused railway.

Select pitches:

All pitches are unreserved and you’ll be aware there are no facilities on this site, only EHU. The select pitches are spacious, most boasting a picnic table and each area within select are within little cul-de-sacs – on the positive this gives privacy. The negative, it removes the ability to socialise as most campers retreat into their own world, this may appeal to some but not to all, especially maybe not to families with children who you want to grow in confidence that spreading their social wings can bring.

This site from a child's perspective:

The site over rule the no den building policy to allow children some ability to create grand designs. However, whilst children are encouraged to build dens, you are ever mindful that ticks are abundant and upon the mention of adders from the office staff, my children feared venturing too far! Such a shame. There are no communal play area’s and for the reasons mentioned above, it is hard for children to seek or make friends due to the layout of this site, infact, even in half term we didn’t come across other young campers in our select area at all. Scooters do not work on this site as they sink into the ground, bikes are best advised. Forget ball games altogether!


I was heartened on arrival by two very lovely chaps who made us feel welcomed however on day 3 we were visited (whilst emptying my chemical toilet!) by a very officious older gentleman who without giving any sort of courteous pleasantries, even as basic as “good morning”, he ordered us to take our hammock down. The one bit of joy my children had and the only thing that gave a sense of relaxation. Given the fact there are many rope swings throughout the forest and that management overturn the no den building rule, to say we were disappointed is an understatement. But more distressing was his manner, especially infront of my children who are brought up to respect and be courteous to all. Appalling and really left a bad taste.

Would we return:

I would love to return but this site isn’t cheap and due to many of the reasons mentioned, we didn’t find this site overly relaxing. It didn't give what I wanted for my intrepid mini explorers and to avoid being more of a feast to midges (that became so unbearable we nearly cut our holiday short), we were out for much of the day which really negated the reasons for seeking a tranquil site in the forest. 

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