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Croft Cottage Camping New Forest
Croft Cottage
New Forest
Hampshire   (Browse area)
Tel: 01425 657955
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Pitches: 18
Open: 28 Days Between May And August

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 20 Reviews
                9/10 from 20 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 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 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   No Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 1 mile   Wild Swimming 1 mile   Indoor Pool 1 mile   Outdoor Pool 1 mile 
 Horse Riding 1 mile   Cycle Hire 1 mile   Golf 5 miles   Tennis 5 miles 
 Beach 10 miles   Watersports 5 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: ChilledChick 1 review from this member

Simply Superb!

Camping as camping should be, kids have the freedom to roam in a safe environment.

We have been coming to Bill’s field since our youngest was in nappies. She takes her GCSE’s this summer ;)

Each year we have always managed to squeeze in a week or more at Bills. We have our favourite places in the New Forest, but also discover new ones each visit as our girls have grown up.

Bills is a secret we would love to keep quiet, but that’s not fair on Bill and Helen. So thank you both for helping to make our girl’s holiday memories, as well as creating an environment where we have made some fantastic friends.

The Watkins clan x

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Richardandjo2010 6 reviews from this member

We stayed here on the August Bank holiday, this is a splendid camp site. The owner Bill and his wife were very friendly and helpful, and considering its the New Forest the price was reasonable. The site is well kept and the facilities although basic were kept very clean. The only problem we had was there were a lot of children playing football and other ball games and as a consequence we were inconvenienced with the ball hitting our tent or car on a far too often basis and sometimes very hard, we did ask them politely to play elsewhere but this just resulted in one of the parents taking a dim view with the attitude of kids have to play. As other reviews these people go there every year and obviously feel they own the place. The whole of the New Forest is a beautiful area there is loads to do there, and the villages are lovely places to visit. We would definitely use this site again.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Funky2sarah 1 review from this member

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!

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kevmay110671 1 review from this member

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.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Stonemoon 1 review from this member

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!

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dreamer99 5 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: TRANSPOTTER 1 review from this member

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.

Bill don't change a thing

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Splodge67 3 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Campingjohnson 1 review from this member

As a previous reviewer has said, I'm not sure I want others knowing about this site, but after a lovely stay I feel it is only fair. We opted to stay in the tepee. Normally we camp in our own tent, but and unexpected lack of a suitable car and two kids wanting to go camping, this seemed like a good option.

As other have said the campsite is great, very laid back, great for kids, dogs are not a problem as long as they behave and in a lovely setting.

As for the tepee, very nice not having to pitch your own tent (especially if it rains as you are packing to go home). The tepee is large enough for a family, but cosy enough for a couple. Shame the weather was not warm enough, as I would have liked to fall asleep watching the stars. Unlike the rest of the campsite, the Tepee is available all the time in season, so you can have the whole site to your self.

Lovely location and very welcoming.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Donna44 4 reviews from this member

If, 2 months ago, someone had told me that I would be happily showering and dressing in a cubicle the size of a telephone box, I would have snorted and laughed the informant out of the room!

Let's face it, we all hate the post shower trick of balancing on one flip-flop whilst trying to negotiate a new sock onto a damp foot.

I have to say that when we arrived (two adults, two 6 year olds) at Croft Cottage campsite, I checked out the washing facilities and immediately made a snap decision - '6 out of 10' I told my husband.

As it turns out it's a comment which really was unfair and I'll explain why.

Yes, the shower box is tiny and occasionally you kick your heels waiting a couple of mins to have get to the loo, BUT, this campsite is the most fantastic family friendly site I've ever been to!

There are only 15 pitches round the outside of a pretty field, and in the middle there are badminton/volleyball nets, raquets lying around to use whenever, a kids climbing frame up to age 8 and a generous layout for everyone to enjoy.

Our kids had their bikes and would cycle about or run around with the other children all day.

We had very little to worry about since they were

Always in view but never in our hair (if you like your kids to be free to entertain themselves in the old fashioned sense, then this is the place).

A word about Bill and his family who own the site. What a lovely welcome we received, it was more like visiting a distant relative. They only use the campsite 28 days a year so they haven't been jaded by days and days of stroppy campers. And I'm not sure anyone who was at the site was of the stroppy kind. Another bonus is that we sussed that the other campers were making fires in braziers so we got some kindling to add to our BBQ and Bill let us have a few logs from his 'pile'.

A campfire is the cheer you need when it's pouring rain (during our time it rained for 3 days almost solid, but the field has good drainage so it didn't get boggy).

I don't want to really tell everyone to go there as it's a little jewel in the camping crown. It's right next door to Sandy Balls, but a world apart! So if you don't want to be in a regimented, 'row upon row' campsite, Croft cottage with its hearty atmosphere and amiable campers, is the place to head for. If you can beat back the regular customers, that is.

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