We stayed over the bank holiday weekend as a party of 5 23 year olds. We wanted a break where we could chill out around a campsite but still have the option of local attractions and cities. Ashurst campsite was great being only a short drive from nearby Lyndhurst and within driveable distance of Bournemouth. After arriving we proceeded to find a relatively secluded patch to pitch up which was not nicely tucked under some trees meaning we were completely sheltered from the elements and far enough away from the other campers so that we could enjoy later nights than some of the other guests. The patch was great and there is plenty of room for campers to choose whether they want to be located on the open grassland, tucked away into the forest or somewhere in the middle.
In terms of facilities onsite, I would say these are quite basic and not particularly well maintained. For a full weekend only 6 showers did not meet the high demand, the curtains were falling down and the water temperature was not adjustable meaning an extremely toasty shower. We got around this problem by showering in the afternoon and missing the morning rush. Toilets were clean but the sink cubicles could have been cleaner. Toilets also randomly closed during the day which meant the opposite side toilets were very busy. Overall though more than adequate.
Nearby things to check out - The New Forest Hotel has great food if your not in a rush, New Forest Activities offer kayaking and other thrill seek type excursions which were great and Beaulieu is a nice place to grab some lunch!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect for seasoned or novice campers, this beautiful campsite is set in a woodland glade, surrounded by the majesty of ancient oak trees. Set on the edge of a small area of woodland known as Ashurst Wood, the wood opens up onto Matley Heath, an expanse of New Forest heathland criss-crossed with tracks ideal for walking or cycling. With countless direct routes into the unique New Forest environment via cycle and footpaths, this is a perfect base for exploring local flora and fauna. From the sanctuary of your tent you may be lucky enough to spot deer during quieter times and see the famous New Forest and Shetland ponies roaming freely. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed, however guide dogs are. There is also no electricity, however, there are toilets, a refurbished shower block and a launderette. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ashurst Campsite Hotel Southampton