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Hollands Wood Campsite
Certificate of Excellence
near London
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Love this place.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

We have stayed here for the past two years and we absolutely love it. We have only ever been In The school summer holidays so it is very busy and probably a bit too cramped but the facilities (toilet block and washing up etc) are very clean which is an important factor for me. The kids love it here and there is a real sense of the children being free to roam as they please knowing they are as safe as they can be. There is an open area when they can play and lots of wooded areas for making dens, as well as being able to cycle round the site safely.

The only downside is the fact that the site is on a main, busy road. If you are lucky enough to find a pitch away from the road, the time you will spend there will be a much better experience. If you pitch near the road ( and on the last occasions we went, there really was no choice as the site was chocka block), it really does your sleep as there is a lot of road noise all through the night. This will not out us off going again though as we believe that all of tha other many positive things an it the site outweigh that.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

On the surface this is a lovely campsite. We often camp in the New Forest but our usual Holmsley site was fully booked so we read all the reviews and chose here. We arrived before 5 on a monday but it was still very busy. We couldn't find any places away from the road but thought it wouldn't be too bad. However, the road is constantly busy and as it is a lovely straight bit of road boy racers tended to speed down it at all times of the night.The pitch we eventually found was very hard and we bent many tent pegs with much anger from my husband.
Also we didn't realise (completely our fault) it was the New Forest show. The site is perfectly situated to visit this but also to hear the PA announcements from 7.30.
The shower and toilet blocks are clean and the site itself is nice enough. We just missed the openness of Holmsley and our 7 year old boy missed having the open spaces to play in. (You do get this if you get one of the coveted pitched away from the road but be warned the big open field you can ride your bike in is in fact incredibly bumpy)
Nice enough place but don't think we will hurry back.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

The site is lovely and is great being able to camp amounts the trees. You have to find your own pitch, which was ok when we arrived on a Tuesday however on the Friday people were driving around and around. You never know if you got the best pitch available.
The facilities were really good. Toilet are shower block clean and tidy. They have freeze blocks on site for a small fee and will change them for you for 50p but they will not freeze you own ones.
If you pick a pitch near the road it is noisy at night but you do yet use to it. The staff are very friendly and approachable.
Unfortunately the noise curfew is not aheard to and it was not enforced, which unfortunately meant we did not get much sleep and cut our holiday short as the lack of sleep was causing issues.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

We arrived on the first Saturday of the summer holidays in two cars.
To allow the second car access on site to unload our camp kit Hollands Wood wanted £5 (and another £5 on the last day to reload the car). Having camped at a couple of the other Forestry Commission/Camping in the Forest sites in the New Forest previously, this surprised us as the others do not apply this charge.

Upon arrival we were told we could drive round & choose our own pitch & it very quickly became clear how full the camp site was. There was only one space that we could find that would allow us to stick to the Hollands Wood 6 meter rule (although this wasn’t enforced as several tents were much closer to each other).
The pitch was by a very busy road – one of the main roads running through the New Forest, so if you’re looking for a peaceful campsite – this is not the one for you!
In our opinion, Hollands Wood had accepted far too many bookings as the site was crammed full. There were queues for the toilets, queues for the showers and queues to drive in or out of the site.

The toilet blocks were vast ugly buildings, not in keeping with the beauty of the lovely oak forest setting, and needed far more daily cleaning than what was being offered. They were often dirty and the sanitary bins were overflowing.
The toilet blocks are also locked by a key/number control pad & the staff gave us the incorrect code for this.

During our stay a three year old child went missing. Luckily the child was found safe within 30 minutes, but the staff seemed very unconcerned by this and had no action plan to put into place to help locate her. Several parents searched for the child & others went from tent to tent putting the message round that a child was lost, but not one staff member joined the search.
The lack of staff concern & the fact no emergency procedure was put into place was the most shocking part of our stay.

As other reviews have mentioned, the New Forest Ponies & Cows freely roam the campsite. Having witnessed this for the last week, I now firmly believe that ponies & people do not mix well. The site had virtually no grass left due to the amount of people, caravans, cars, bikes and tents using the space – offering little vegetation for the animals (see my attached photo showing both the ugly toilet block & lack of grass for grazing).
One pony died on site whilst we were there. I’m trying not to sound too ‘precious’ by this experience as ponies do die, but it was how it was handled after that concerned us. The pony was put on a flat-bed trailer & driven across site in front of several families, including my six year old, horse obsessed, daughter. I want her to be aware of the cycle of life & that includes being open about death, but these were brutal images for her to see & a simple blanket covering the horse would have been far more sensible.
The ponies also enter tents & help themselves to food, or eat scraps next to bins. Children stroke the ponies & families surround them for photo opportunities.
The staff also petted the animals & had named those that never left the site – these are wild animals & should be left to have the most natural existence possible.
The fields & forest surrounding the site are far more suitable for these animals and their welfare would be much better catered for if their access to the campsite was forbidden.

There were several camp rules that clearly were not enforced on site:
Dogs on leads – several dogs were not restrained and ran over to us as we walked past their tents.
Noise – on our first night there was still a party on site until 2am.
The 5mph speed limit on site - this seemed well observed by holiday makers, but on-site service vehicles (the Sanity Bin Contractor, the visiting Ice Cream Van) both raced down the small road behind our tent.

Trapped litter in trees, bushes, behind bins and so on was also wide spread. We saw one staff member litter picking, but no one giving any attention to the trapped litter.

Lastly, there is no on-site shop or children’s play area – not a complaint, just an observation so future campers are aware.

I find it hard to believe this site is more expensive than other Forestry Commission/Camping in the Forest Sites where we have previously stayed.
They are located in a beautiful, ancient oak wood setting and are ruining it with poor management and the greed of over-booking.
Bottom line, we shall not be visiting again.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

Turned up on spur of the moment...so pleased I did...its just great. Staff knowledge of local area great. Toilets nice and clean and clean hot showers. Horses and deer roam freely through the site...a must place to stay ..I will be recommending and returning to camp again here.just a great place

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

First time I've camped since my teenage years so a little intrepid. However, I needn't have worried. The location is absolutely fantastic, you feel so in the middle of the New Forest with a huge open expanse of unspoilt open grassland alongside the campsite for children to play completely unsupervised without any concern. My six year old soon made friends and had nightly fun of football, exploring and cycling (borrowing a very friendly neighbour's daughter's bike!)

New Forest ponies, Shetland ponies and cattle wandering everywhere - watch for the poo!

Was the school holiday time so the camp was a little too busy in places - the 6m rule was a challenge for everyone to comply with.

A lovely stream is 10 minutes walk away, great fun for the children paddling and swinging from the tree rope.

Brokenhurst is lovely, though the 25 minute walk was a little too far for my 6-year old. Even got the ubiquitous small Tesco for all the essentials.

Had 2 30-something couples pitch up next door who seemed incapable of making eye contact let alone saying hello or passing the time of day. What is the point I wonder! Maybe too used to the ignorance of daily tube journeys in London - really no excuse though as in the real world here!!

Room Tip: left had side of site is nearest road so may be slightly noisier, left hand side definitely better f...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

We were heading to a different destination and decided to stop here instead .. Excellent decision on our part .. Staff helpful, chatty and informative with loads of local knowledge .. Toilet blocks spotless and well stocked .. But above and beyond all of that a great campsite .. Wild horses and deer wandering through with no concerns .. Toads jumping around at night .. We will be back !

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hollands Wood Campsite

Property: Hollands Wood Campsite
Address: Lyndhurst Road, New Forest, Brockenhurst SO42 7QH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest > Brockenhurst
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Brockenhurst
Number of rooms: 600
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pitching your tent here will automatically connect you to nature and provide you with a camping experience you won't forget! Just a ten minute stroll away is Brockenhurst village with an abundance of pubs, banks, shops and restaurants. The campsite also has direct access to the forest via its numerous walking and cycle paths, and is within easy reach of the popular and expansive picnic site of Balmer Lawn next to the Lymington River, perfect for a dreamy lunch next to an enchanting waterway - where wildlife is abundant. This is an extremely family-friendly campsite and popular with families, groups and young people alike; it is therefore advisable to book in advance during high season to avoid disappointment. This campsite features grass pitches suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes. There is no electricity on site, but it is fully equipped with three toilet and shower blocks, disabled facilities, baby wash and change areas, laundry facilities and a dog showe ... more   less 
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