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Fish Ponds Bottom
Hale Purlieu
New Forest
Hampshire   (Browse area)
Tel: 07743559332  or  01725 510623
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Pitches: 20 maximum
Open: May Bank Hol And Weekends In July And August

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 21 Reviews
                9/10 from 21 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <5 miles   No Wifi Access 
 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   Cycle Hire 5 miles   Golf 5 miles   Tennis 1 mile 
 No Beach   Watersports 10 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: AlanBarnett 1 review from this member

What a find. Fish Ponds Bottom is real camping. Go here if you love space and peace and quiet. Not for you if you like glamping! The site is beautiful right on the edge of the forest so lots of great walks. The pitches are all hidden away from each other along mown paths or in the woods so all feel very private. The compost loos worked well and didn't smell! The outdoor shower was in fact lovely and warm, a great experience. Ginny and Roly are super owners, very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend and will be returning again soon.

Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: KirstyD81 1 review from this member

A treat of a campsite, set in beautiful woods with charming hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights here and would love to come back.

The location is great for exploring the north of the New Forest and Salisbury, and a number of pubs a short drive away.

The range of pitches is lovely, all with their own character. The eco credentials are just right for such a beautiful part of the world.

Being able to have a campfire is the best part of camping and got us through a very damp evening!

Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Johosephat 1 review from this member

If you're looking for a smaller scale, peaceful, back to nature and family friendly campsite with great hosts, this is the place for you.

You won't find power outlets or a bar here, just fresh air, nature, nice people and the new forest on your doorstep. They also allow campfires which was a real treat in the evenings.

The campsite contains areas of meadow and woodland, with certain areas allowed to grow free to encourage wildlife, of which we saw plenty during our stay.

Upon arrive, we were given free reign where to pitch our tent, and found a private, yet open shady spot in the woodland area which was very much appreciated in the heat.

The whole family enjoyed our stay and will definitely be returning.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: AlisonCraig 1 review from this member

Fish Ponds Bottom is a peaceful magical place.

I escaped there for a night of quiet camping. I took just the dog. I left the next morning feeling restored, having enjoyed the most sublime sunny evening, a night under the stars, and an amazing dawn chorus complete with whinnies from nearby New Forest ponies.

Roly and Ginny host perfectly: welcoming, and allowing peace and privacy.

Perhaps the energy from the underground springs at this site give it its special atmosphere. Or its history. Or its geology. Roly can tell you about all of them, and more, if you want.

Fish Ponds Bottom does not pretend to be anything that it is not.

It is truly, authentically eco. The criticisms of KentGlamper above are quite unfair.

For anyone who can sense magic in a place, Fish Ponds Bottom has it.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Roxenham 2 reviews from this member

This is a beautiful, remote campsite for those wishing to escape the everyday hustle-bustle and switch off for a few days. The facilities were as described on the website and kept clean. The owners, Roly and Ginny were superb, with a friendly welcome on arrival, helpful presence throughout our stay and warm farewell.

This is obviously not the right place for 'glampers' who can't live without their luxuries and might find Sandyballs or Butlins more appealing, or at least do some research before booking an extended stay.

We will return again and bring like-minded true camping enthusiasts along. The chorus of the crows and neighboring horses were a very effective alarm clock in the mornings, and the chatter around glowing campfires in the evenings was a relaxing experience. Nature at it's best! Thank you! Lexi and Rich.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Byers 2 reviews from this member

My husband and I have camped in many parts of the UK and have to say that Fish Ponds Bottom is a most beautiful site. We enjoyed our second visit to the site in May and will be returning again in August. It is as close to wild camping as you can get in the New Forest. The owners work hard to preserve the peace and tranquillity of the site and the minimum of facilities help you to truly relax and get away from the stresses of daily life.

There are pitches behind the meadow grass which is left uncut to provide a home for many plants and wildlife! Such a variety of wild flowers!

We camped in the wooded area in a secluded pitch with dappled sunshine.

Our car was left in the central parking area which worked well as campers are not disturbed by other people opening and shutting their car doors. Taking our belongings to our tent by wheelbarrow was no trouble at all.

The compost toilets are very good, no smell, clean and a lot nicer than many toilet blocks we have seen. Handwash and toilet rolls provided and even a vase of flowers in the ladies.

There is a sink with running cold water for washing up. All you need to do is heat your kettle.

The owners are very welcoming and always on hand if anything is needed.

There are sufficient lights at night to enable you to see but not to intrude. The stars were great!

Recycling bins are provided for glass, cardboard, cans and plastic.

They sell locally sourced logs and lumpwood charcoal both of which light and burn very well.

There are two village shops nearby supplying all you need.

The site is situated in the Northern part of the New Forest which is a quieter area of the National Park.

There are some good photos of the site on googlemaps.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Brucie123 1 review from this member

This was our first visit at this site as wife doesn't do basic camping. Safe to say we both loved it and we will be back next year!

Site has 2 sides to it, grass and woodlands. You can pick and choose where you want to pitch. You will have to use wheelbarrow to get your tent and everything else to your prefered spot. Cars are only allowed in the car park area.

As for facilities you have a compost toilets (with cut flowers for ladies) and basic but hot showers. You can recycle almost everything as this is a eco friendly site.

We chosen woodland site that was just brilliant. Enough shade for our 2 huskies to relax in and enough sun for us to enjoy too.

Wood fires and barbecues are allowed in fire pits provided. You can buy wood and charcoal on site, which we did and you get enough to last you all night.

You can do all your food shopping at local village shop that's 5min drive away or you can walk there too.

When driving to the site be aware of New Forest ponies that stroll along the road.

If you are after a campsite with entertainment for kids and pub for adults then this isn't a site for you. It's all about back to basic and appreciating nature.

Owners are very helpful and very friendly and go out of their way to make sure you have great time.

We will definitely visit again next year and would recommend to all that appreciate nature and basic camping.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dazzlankaz 1 review from this member

What an amazing find here on UK Campsites.

The friendly owners Ginny and Roly are the host and hostess with the mostest!

We were greeted warmly and after being shown the facilities, we were allowed to walk around the site to choose where we wanted to camp.

There is plenty of choice between open meadow or in the woods. The open meadow pitches are all well apart with long grass to provide extra seclusion and privacy but you can always join Roly and Ginny with a cup of tea or invite other campers around for a glass of wine around the open campfire.

We spent our first evening cooking on the open fire and enjoying the peace (the only sound was the fire crackling) and looking up at the vast array of stars in the open sky. (no light pollution here)

The compost toilet was very clean and easy to use as was the lovely hot shower. A very relaxed site. We will be back! :)

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kentglamper 1 review from this member


Positives: The owners were pleasant; the campsite is in a pretty location with a variety of pitches in woodland or meadow, and tents well-spaced; it was quiet most of the time (though occasional families don't always respect the peace); it was nice that cars were left in a central car park away from the tents and using wheelbarrows to cart stuff around worked quite well; it was possible to get a hot shower (but it was not ideal - see below); there were ponies in an adjacent field - but none running wild and damaging tents as was reported at some other New Forest campsites!

Negatives: Dubious 'Eco' credentials: they don't recycle or compost as much as we do at home - it just seemed to be an excuse for not using any new materials to construct the facilities - which were decidedly shabby.

No electricity on site means you have to boil every bit of hot water needed for washing, shaving, or washing up. There's no lighting in the toilets, nowhere to charge phones etc. Or to freeze icepacks (so we had to shop daily and wasted quite a bit of food which couldn't be safely kept). Two redundant archaic and broken electric switches

Safety was poor in various respects:

* Some steps were made of old pallets, which became slippery when wet - one of our party slipped and fell.

* A narrow plank of wood, supported on crates and other bits of wood, to access the gents toilet tent. Or a wobbly stool sideways-on in the entrance to the ladies toilet were both precarious (especially when you are half asleep and it's unlit at night).

* The shower consisted of an LPG cylinder powering a domestic boiler attached to a tree, which supplied a shower head over a shower tray inside an adapted gazebo. The boiler leaked and it was sometimes difficult to control the water temperature - one of our party scalded themselves.

The shower head was lashed up at too low a height for any adult to wash their hair. As there was no shower curtain, the decking floor was continually wet and also dirty with leaves etc. And you have to be careful not to soak your clothes and shoes! The shower gazebo fabric 'walls' were secured with velcro which kept coming loose or falling down, and there was a gap at low level that could not be re-fixed, so it didn't feel entirely private.

The zip to the gents toilet gazebo was broken for 2 days too! There was only 1 gents and 1 ladies toilet plus 1 shower for everyone, which was not really adequate for the number of campers. Compost toilets were also very full and not a sustainable composting facility. Neither toilet was at the usual height (even with the stool in the ladies) - not ideal for children or shorter adults. Toilet paper regularly ran out for a day or two - take your own! The sawdust for use in the compost toilets also kept running out.

There was no basin in the gents toilet - only a standing tap over a shower tray outside - so the gents had to use the wash up sink for cleaning teeth, washing or shaving. The basin in the ladies WC, which appeared pretty clean in the half-light when we arrived, did not appear to be cleaned throughout the rest of our stay. My partner complained that the gents WC was often dirty too, and he cleaned it up a bit. I saw no evidence that anything else was cleaned either.

To sum up, if it wasn't such an effort to move all our stuff, we wished we had not put up with it and had moved elsewhere.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kevicky 1 review from this member

Fish Ponds Bottom is set in the New Forest and is the most beautiful, peaceful location I have been to in a very long while.

When we arrived on site we were greeted by Roly who runs the site with Ginny, our welcome was warm and friendly meaning we felt relaxed right away. The site has few sections where it is possible to pitch your tent, one of the sections is in a wooded area and another is on the other side of the site in a meadow area.

We chose to pitch our tent in the meadow area, although being more in the open we still had a huge amount of privacy due to parts of the site left to grow and create habitats for wildlife.

The toilets on site are compost toilets as the site tries to be environmentally friendly as possible, it took my partner a while to get used to the toilets, but I felt they added to the character of the site.

There is a shower on site which has been made from completely recycled/reused materials which I have to say is fantastic and works very well indeed (despite what other reviews on here say).

During our stay we were delighted when two other campers who are in a folk band put on a small impromptu concert for the other campers which was perfect on a sunny Saturday evening.

This Campsite really is a wonderful place and Roly & Ginny are truly lovely hosts who believe its important not to pack the site full of campers and ensure there is space and privacy for all on site I hope to be returning very soon as Fish Ponds Bottom is truly a little piece of paradise.

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