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Ashurst Campsite
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Despite the recent motorbike banter, we (families of 4 adults and 5 kids embarked on ashurst and found the site clean, tidy, polite with really nice staff. Showers were hot, toilets were clean, the cows and crows were full on at 6.30am adding to the outdoor experince. The Fullers pub across the field was really good ( can't remember the name ). Horses walk around freely which is actually really cool, although they are no shy about dropping a few poo's out side your tent but hey, thats the new forest. ... BBQs were welcomed which was good. all in all a great place and would definitely go there again.

Could do with a couple more showers, that's the only negative.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

I have just stayed at the Ashurst campsite in the New Forest in order to attend a motorcycle ride out for 1970’s classic bikes. This event has been organised for the last 5 years by some local enthusiasts. For the first few years we stayed at Holmsley, as it is nearest the start point for the ride.

Last year was the first time anyone had any issues at all. Shortly after we arrived Friday afternoon, one of our group with a new bike started it up to show some friends. I have to admit the bike was a bit noisy and Kevin one of the wardens came over and asked the owner to turn it off. He then said none of us were to run our bikes unless we were actually leaving or arriving. This was done in an apparently friendly way. We had no problem with this request and readily agreed as we had no wish to inconvenience other campers. The owner of the noisy bike was particularly careful and in fact pushed it to the entrance before starting. There were no further issues or complaints that I am aware of and the rest of the weekend went very well.

This year we chose the Ashurst site mainly due to the close proximity of the Restaurants and Pubs,.

Very soon after arriving and whilst I was setting up the awning, Kevin arrived. “I remember you lot from last year at Holmsley’ he said. He went on to infer that we caused trouble the previous year and had changed campsites because of that. He suggested that we shouldn’t be allowed on Ashurst at all and should be on a rally site somewhere. “You can stay this year, but any hint of a problem and you’re off” This was said with a veneer of good humour, but there was an obvious hint of menace. We readily agreed to comply with all the rules (which we would have done anyway). As others turned up, there were similar tales of warnings and school teacherish lectures.

We spent the evening in the Happy Cheese and arrived back at the campsite before midnight. The following morning we left on our bikes at about 9am to meet our guides on the main road outside. We were stopped at the gate by a cross looking female staff member and were told there had been a complaint. We were accused of causing noise all evening and up to 3am in the morning. We explained it was not us, we had not been there most of the evening and we ourselves were disturbed by the noise at 2-3am. When we got back, and presumably after some investigation by site staff, our version of events was accepted. However I’m not aware there was any apology.

On Sunday morning most of us paid the extra £3 to extend our stay to 3pm. At the same time some were told that we must not book Ashurst next year. When they asked what we had done wrong, they were told that our “behaviour was exemplary, but we didn’t fit the profile of camper that the site wished to attract”. We didn’t think much of this, but had another ride out organised and left at about 10am.

On arrival back at the campsite at about 2pm, We were saying or goodbyes to our guides at the main road and arrived in ones and twos at the entrance. To me there seemed a reluctance to open the chain for us. No a problem to me, maybe the staff were busy. I had my son as passenger, so he simply opened the chain for me. Some of the others rode around the gatepost on the grass. Possible not the wisest thing, but hardly the crime of the century.

As we were packing up. Kevin turned up again with a colleague (A chap with glasses, I don’t know his name, but whom I have to say treated us with courtesy all weekend). Kevin however was clearly gloating. “My managers banned you lot” he said laughing “and don’t think you can turn up at another site next year. If you bring motorcycles again you will turned away” In my opinion, this was extremely poor people skills and very foolish. We already knew we weren’t welcome back and yet this triumphalist idiot was not to be denied his moment of glory.

The site is in general ideal for us, we are not in the first flush of youth. Many of us are in their late 40’s, early 50’s or even older. We are a mixed group, comprising of couples, singles and families (even one small child). As such we prefer not to have to walk too far for our evening meal. However the general prejudice we felt, means that most don’t ever want to spend our hard earned with ‘Camping in the Forest’ again. I personally find this very sad as I have been caravanning on Forestry Commission sites for many years, first with my parents, then with my own family and latterly with my classic motorcycle friends. I am disgusted that one member of staff and a few others maybe under his influence have affected the Forestry Commissions reputation with so many of my friends

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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9  Thank Mark C
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

We've been to Ashurst several times, and enjoyed every one. It's a large site so there is always a good quiet space to be found, even on August weekends. There are many trees and bushes on the site, making it feel secluded even if busy. It is almost always quiet by 10pm.
The staff are friendly and helpful - last time we were debating a possible space and one came up on a bike, asked us what exactly we were looking for and then led us to a perfect space for us.
The tracks around the site are all gravel, so cars go slowly and children enjoy cycling around them. There's also lots of woods all around for dens or climbing on fallen trees and open land for playing games.
There is a train line alongside the campsite with trains every half an hour or so. The children love watching and waving at them, but if adults don't you can camp at the far side and although you can hear the trains they are not loud over there.
There are plenty of showers, which have always had hot water. There are also plenty of rooms with basins in. Queueing is sometimes necessary, but only when very busy and for a few minutes. The showers are big enough to go in with 2 children.
The only negative reviews here all seem to be by people who put up gazebos (which are not allowed) and are then asked to take them down. Gazebos are not allowed. It is also not a suitable place for groups wanting to party all night - this is very much a campsite for families or individuals/couples wanting to enjoy the forest and peace and quiet. As that, it is brilliant.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Katharine T
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

we arent new to camping having cycled and travelled aroung europe when we were both younger.. but we have not been camping for a number of years and wanted to try out our new tent (we purchased this 2 years ago and have just not had the chance to use it..) we recently returned from our stay (yesterday evening to be precise) at this great campsite. we had not been before and were pleasently surprised with what we found. we arrived on the monday afternoon to glorious sunshine (something we have been missing of late in yorkshire with all the recent rainfalls and flooding..) and which i am pleased to say, stayed with us all week.
there is plenty to see and do whilst staying in the area. we visited some great places to name afew; bournemouth, isle of wight, salisbury, stonehange and much more. also the lovely quaint town of lyndhusrt is not far up the road (5-10 mins in the car) with its mix of small supermarket/shops/restaurants and pubs. we had a bbq the first day we arrived and located a butchers in lyndhurst high street where the lady behind the counter was very helpful with our selection of delights aswel as advising us where to visit on our stay.
ashurst is within walking distance of the campsite and again their is a mixture of pubs/shops/post office/fish & chip shop/chinease takeaway/indian restaurant/takeaway aswel as some bistro style cafes and also a little mace shop so everything you should need close to hand and also a rail station/stop.. we tried a couple of the pubs to eat at as we close by and with the lovely weather it was great to be able to sit out and eat. the one we would certainly reccomend is THE FORRESTER i think it was called at the far end of the town, the warm welcome we received aswel as the service and food was second to none (we arrived for looking for something to eat at 2.28 and was then informed that they stopped serving at 2.30) but they said if we looked at the menu and decided all would be ok. the food was excellent my husband ordered the belly pork and was certainly not disappointed, i had a little taste and it was beautiful. i ordered a tuna mayo sandwich which arrived on doorstop bloomer bread x 3!! and which also came with tortilla chips too. the lady serving us was very friendly and made sure all was ok and that we were satisfied. WELL WORTH A VISIT..NOW I WISH I COULD SAY THE SAME ABOUT THE FOOD AT NEW FOREST INN this is a pretty looking pub with a big fantastic beer garden and play area for the kids, infact this is the closest pub and sits just to the right of the campsite entrance (you can actually cut across the field and over a style into the pub grounds without having to walk all the way around the roadside to the pub, but remember if you are returning back to site at night then i would reccomend the use of a torch as it gets very dark on your return visit back across the field..) we ordered a meal and some drinks one evening the place was packed, i managed to secure somewhere to sit outside whilst my husband went to get the drinks and some menus..i sat their and sat their after about 30-40 mins my husband arrived with the drinks i asked if he had gotten lost or returned back to yorkshire to get them LOL as he had been gone that long he then mentioned that their was only one member of staff serving on (the place was packed to the rafters) and that their would also be on hours delay/waiting time for food once ordered. as we wernt overly hungry yet that wasnt to be a problem and also my husband had purchased 2 rounds of drinks so didnt have to queue again for a while!!!..we would have walked around to the next pub THE CHEESEMAN but wasnt sure if it would be the same situation their and time was ticking away for last orders on the food ordering, so decided to stay. however we regret this decision, the food eventually arrived and their was us and two other tables left eating at this point (literally in the dark! the conservatory had lights on the outside which wernt lit and which would have been beneficial to the outside diners, we could have sat inside but as it was such a lovely evening we wanted to stay outdoors. we shared a starter of cheesey garlic bread..awful. i then ordered a ploughmans which wasnt great infact the best thing on the plate was the bread and butter.. my partner had the chicken dish again all very disapponting. so be warned just because something looks good doesnt always mean it is going to be a pleasent experiance..
we also tried the chinese in ashurst one evening and brought it back to our tent it was a set meal and was very nice, we sat and relaxed whilst having a drink. then on out last evening we again had another bbq (this time all purchased from the morrisons superstore we had come across whilst out and about, the salad bar was very good as was the wide selection of meats,sausages and fish to choose from.infact it was that great we ended up over buying and bringing some supplies back up north with us!!!)
now back to the campsite itself, the staff are very friendly and do have a little chat with you sometimes whilst doing their rounds (checking all is ok and everyone is adhering to all the rules..we saw some people having to take down their GAZEEBOS but you are informed of this when checking in and also by the signage at the entrance. the shower/toilet block was very good and more than adequate, you require a code to enter the toilet/shower block. their are water stations dotted around the site, aswel as bins. on our last day the camp started to really fill up but considering how many people were on site the noise was never an issue for us. returning back to noise i mentioned earlier their was a train line at the side of the site again if you try and stay away from that side of the site then this should not be a problem at all and now finally the wildlife..what a great sight to see groups of ponies,horses,donkeys and sqirrels running/ambling around the place-just make sure you dont leave food lying around unopened or unsealed and within reach as you will be asking for trouble...and now finally MOSQUITOES/MIDGES....if you do generally get bitten by these then please make sure you have protection as me and my husband have been bitten something terrible even though we had some of the lotions and potions, one of the friendly wardens advised us that AVON SKIN SO SOFT is a very effective way of dealing with them as they dont like it so will definately have a bottle of that to hand on out next camping trip... thankyou ashurst for a fab holiday and i hope when you all visit you get the fantastic weather that we had

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Bruce A
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We cannot talk highly enough about this beautiful campsite.We are staying there for an extended period of 7 weeks,due to my husband receiving daily radiotherapy treatment at nearby Southampton Hospital.We have been treated so well by all the staff,Dave &Sue and their wonderful team,who cannot do enough for us ensuring that our stay there is as good as it can be under the circumstance.
The site is so well managed to ensure that everyone has the best stay possible in the New Forest.They are always so friendly and kind and have suggestions of what events are taking place nearby,making time to stop for a chat as they check around to see that all is well.
The situation of the campsite is absolutely perfect as there is everything nearby.several good pubs shops and of course the lovely village of Lyndhurst.
With short drives you can be in Southampton or many stops on The Solent or even down to the coast in no time at all.
The facilities at Ashurst are always spotless and are warm on the colder days that we have experienced too.
The setting in the campsite is so relaxing with donkeys,ponies and their foals plus squirrels just wandering around.This site takes you back in time away from the rat race that we all live in.very healing to the soul.
Thank you to each and everyone of you for making our stay so brilliant. We will be back.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Miranda A
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

This used to be a really nice campsite but since being run by the ccclub it has gone downhill.there are too many notices all over the place and the commando who run it now have even built their own two conservation piles next to thier caravans as to stop people camping too close to them.It is clean and in a good location with trains close by so you could go to London or weymouth if you fancied a day out . or just drive to local places like Beaulieu ...very nice They say it is a dog free site but the commando have a dog.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank chris w
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

We were meant to stay for 3 nights but come home early as the rain was constant, not the camp sites fault, the camp site it's self was good the toilets were clean and tidy and the staff were helpful, apart from two things, the 3 and 6 meter rule, what a ball ache, if you are in a group the tents must be 3 meters away from the next tent, if the tents you are pitching near are not in your group it has to be 6 meters away, this is policed by a warden coming to keep an eye on you when you pitch randomly pops up and say that is is not 3 meters away from that guy line, which when in a group of 6 adults and 5 children is not ideal when you want to use the tents to block the kids from escaping very where. We used the family room to shower the kids in ask for the key at reception they ask for a £20 deposit which is given back when you hand the key back, well worth it as you can keep the door shut and know where the kids are, nice place to stay will go back when the UK weather sorts its self out.

Room Tip: Get there early as it gets busy on a Friday night people still coming in at 8pm
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Ashurst Campsite

Address: A35, 5 miles south west of Southampton, Southampton SO4 2HH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Southampton
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Ranked #2 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Southampton
Number of rooms: 290
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 
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