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“No showers?!” 3 of 5 stars
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B3079 | off A31 at Cadnam, Southampton SO43 7HH, England   |  
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“No showers?!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

Basic camp site, no showers (how do they expect folk to clean themselves?), wild horses and their leavings everywhere and a noisy motorway close by. Staff were very helpful but don't always trust their directions: I was sent on a two-hour wild goose chase for camping gas. The new forest is great, but won't be returning to Ocknell.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Having used the New Forest for the past 35 years. I feel I must complain about the attitude of the site warden during our recent stay. ( 9 August 2013) We found them officious, sarcastic and unfriendly. Having traveled for 3 hours to be verbally beaten up on the site rules, like we were children and that in their opinion that we had not booked properly (although every thing was Ok with our booking through internet) is totally unacceptable and spoilt our holiday weekend.
Whilst I accept rules need to be enforced this was not a good way to start a holiday.
They should remember that people come here for a holiday not a boot camp.
This is a real shame as the site is fantastic and in other ways we could not fault it.
Maybe next year they will change the Warden.

Mark Jaworski aged 54

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

My son , 10 years old, was nearly bitten by an adder, an almost 2 foot brown snake with V patterns on its body. This happened as my son with his two sisters a few meters behind excitedly walked on a path between blackberry bushes to see a horse in the next grass patch. As the horse walked towards them my son got frightened and doubled back, and unfortunately, stood on the snakes tail (which was trying to sneak across the path to the next bush behind him). The snake lunged at him and my son narrowly escaped being bitten. The snake then curled up ready to strike by which time my kids had run for their life. As they screamed snake, snake, snake , I ran to see the rather fat snake slither into the blackberry bushes. There were family tents pitched all around the blackberry bushes with children running around. I informed them of the snake and they too were unaware that the campsite had snakes and were rather frightened. I then went and informed the staff who shrugged it off that it was a nature area and what would I expect. They tried to make a joke of it and said that they wouldn't relocate the snake as it was the snake's land. My concern were for the children playing around and the fact that no one was aware there were snakes n the campsite and that we were not informed on arrival or given any information about the adders and there were no signs warning of snakes. Being from the city this was a truly frightening experience but didn't deter me and the kids from going for a walk in the forest though we were more alert for snakes.

The campsite provides basic facilities of WC and wash basin and there are no showers. It is also close to a busy road so you can hear the din of traffic all day and night. It has ponies and horses grazing all around and some of them bully you for breakfast and lunch! I was having breakfast when a short fat pony came to our tent and started sniffing around for breakfast. I shooed him away and he went to the next tent whose occupants were asleep. The pony stuck its head under the fly sheet and started to look for food and awoke the rather startled family who came out to greet the visitor. The pony then barged into the tent and grabbed a bag of buns. The lady tried to pull the bag away and the pony got aggressive and kicked her few times on the ankles with its rear legs and gobbled up the buns. I had to help shoo away the pony with a foldable chair as it went for seconds!

We really did get our moneys worth in the two nights we stayed for just £25 per night! We saw a snake, dears, ponies and horses and had breath taking walk in the dark dark forest! Take heed of the warning from the staff to keep your food in the car has you don't know who will turn up at your tent!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is a no frills campsite with toilets and washing up sinks only. We stay here every year though because we love the setting and wildlife you get to see. It really is a great campsite. You get to wake up to donkeys, cows, horses, pony's and deer. Take a walk at dawn or dusk and there are of course lots of rabbits and on our last visit we are sure we saw a pine marten run past the tent.

Take rock pegs!!!! This is an old air field site and so the standard pegs you get for free with your tent will not cut it. Take decent and strong tent pegs.

The one bad point is the big guy that believes he is some sort of traffic law enforcement officer. We live in Southampton and have to drive two cars to get all our gear out there. I went with the kids in my car and paid up, then my wife came with her car a bit later with the rest of our stuff. She didn't pay and just drove up to our tent to unload. We fully planned to then drive back home and leave her car as we don't live far away (as we do every time we stay). However the big guy drove after her very quickly in his 4x4 and was quite aggressive towards her, I came very close to getting kicked off the site if you know what I mean!!!!! Once I explained to him, in the same tone he was talking to my wife, he backed off a bit. But was seriously telling us we literally had minutes or we would be charged.

All the other staff at Ocknell are brilliant. Literally every other member of staff are firm but fair and they have no problem in assisting were they can. Also they all had a great sense of humour and made our stay, and every stay all the more pleasant.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Panda in Kent
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Our first time at Ocknell, we have been to the New forest many times over many years and this is by a country mile the best site we have stayed at. The warmest and friendliest welcome ever, made a perfect first impression, the rangers here have a wicked sense of humour, so a big mention to Irene, Dave, Bob and Brian all so helpful and pleasant with a cheerful smile always.
The whole site is very clean and tidy including the wash house/toilets and washing up areas.
There are many secluded little areas if you wish to have your own space, which is always a must for us (not that we are unsociable, its just the way real camping should be in our view).

There are two problem areas, first, the ground here is very very hard so make sure that you have rock tent pegs for your pitch (if you do not have these they do sell them at reception at a very reasonable price so you wont get caught out).
Second, yes you can hear the motorway which is not far away, however, I would have to say that it is most prevalent because the site is in itself so quite and peaceful.
These two problems are offset by the fact that the site is beautiful and full of the usual wildlife that you would expect in the heart of the forest. Beware all the information that is available about the pony`s they are wild animals, lovely to look at, but "DO NOT FEED THEM" our food does them harm, and they become very insistent about their share of your food, mainly because other people in their ignorance feed them, which makes life hard for everyone else.
We even stumbled upon three wild Deer in the wooded area of the site (quite unusual, as Deer are the most nervous of creatures) A wonderful site to see.
In conclusion, I would have no hesitation in recommending Ocknell campsite to anyone, a wonderful experience and also good cycling area with many `off road` areas near by.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

greeted with a cheerful older lady (owner)? very helpful told us the rules etc basically use your common sense your in a wooded area our tent pegs were useless brought some heavy duty one on site £1@,my mallet was no good older gentleman (owner)? in reception lent me his hammer over all amazing area,clean and tidy plenty of bins, on site roads need attention other than that were going back in sept can't wait, THANKYOU Ocknell camp site see you soon

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for a couple of nights despite reading the bad reviews. I beg to differ on a lot of things. The rangers were very cheerful and helpful. Yes there are a lot of rules but with very good reason. There are no showers as it states on the website but we took a solar shower which was perfect for the weekend. We camped in a spot called the glades as it was a bit quieter. Most families tend to camp nearer the toilets. The code for he toilets was given on the back of the camping ticket. The toilets were very clean except just after the morning rush. I can see why the rangers get cross, a few hours after we arrived people were driving onto areas that they were told not to. People need to listen when they arrive. The area is protected and we want it to stay unspoilt. We would definitely return to this campsite again.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: B3079 | off A31 at Cadnam, Southampton SO43 7HH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Southampton
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Southampton
Number of rooms: 480
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocknell campsite is perfect for campers of all abilities. Situated on a quiet expanse of heathland with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, this site offers direct access from your tent to beautiful heathland and forest walks, as well as the New Forest cycle route. Facilities Rally field Tents Touring caravans Motorhomes Trailer tents Jumbo tent pitches Grassy pitches Hardstanding pitch Seasonal pitches Toilets Washbasins Electric razor sockets Some disabled facilities Chemical toilet disposal Drinking water taps Dishwashing facilities Ice pack freezing facility Pets welcome Just a short drive away is the tiny, but beautiful, village of Fritham with its thatched cottages, gorgeous lake, ducks and ponies wondering freely down the street. At just over four miles long, Fritham Walk, one of the most popular walks within the New Forest, is a popular highlight. Looking north over Islands Thorns and Amberwood Enclosures as the route heads back towards the car park, film fans might recognise the landscape as Sherwood Forest from Kevin Costner's Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. At Bramshaw there is a well-stocked local shop, while a stunning short cycle ride takes you to Deer Viewing at Bolderwood and into the heart of the New Forest. A little further afield lies the cathedral city of Salisbury and the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. After a busy day sightseeing, you can then return to your tent to experience all the wonders of the forest at night. Please note that due to hard ground, rock pegs are essential at Ocknell. Pitch types at Ocknell There are 280 standard pitches at Ocknell, of which 150 are hardstanding Longbeech campsite consists of beautiful open clearings overlooked by ancient beechwood which are a haven for local birdlife, including nuthatches, siskins, blue tits and coal tits. In addition, the campsite is often visited by the New Forest's famous, free-roaming ponies and deer. Facilities Tents Touring caravans Motorhomes Trailer tents Jumbo tent pitches Grassy pitches Seasonal pitches No disabled facilities Chemical toilet disposal Drinking water taps Pets welcome Running through the campsite is a small network of narrow concrete roads, a reminder of the campsite's wartime history - this site was used as an airfield during the Second World War. The campsite has direct access to beautiful heathland and forest walks, as well as the New Forest cycle route. Just a short drive away is the tiny, but beautiful, village of Fritham with its thatched cottages, gorgeous lake, ducks and ponies wondering freely down the street. From Fritham runs one of the most popular walks within the New Forest - not least because of the proximity to the famous Royal Oak pub in the village serving great food and a range of ales drawn straight from the barrel. At just over four miles long, Fritham Walk offers a popular highlight. Looking north over Islands Thorns and Amberwood Enclosures as the route heads back towards the car-park, film buffs might recognise the landscape as none other than Sherwood Forest from Kevin Costner's Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. At Bramshaw there is a well-stocked local shop, while a stunning short cycle ride takes you to Deer Viewing at Bolderwood and into the heart of the New Forest. A little further afield lies the cathedral city of Salisbury and the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, and after a busy day sightseeing return to your tent to experience all the wonders of the forest at night. Please note that this campsite does not have electricity or toilets. Pitch types at Longbeech There are 200 standard pitches at Longbeech ... more   less 
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