Strawberry Fields Adults Only Campsite
Woodpeckers Bed & Breakfast, The Prophets, Newtown, Romsey, Hants SO51 0GJ
In the 10 mile divide between the ancient trees of the New Forest and rolling hills of the South Downs, the pristine River Test weaves through the countryside towards Southampton. On its banks, the Queen and Prince Philip once picnicked as they honeymooned in the Palladian mansion of Broadlands, its groomed gardens extending down to the waterside. The crystal chandeliers and long mahogany tables of this stately home may be perfect for love-locked monarchs, but crossing the bridge and heading a few miles further inland leads you to the more modest sort of accommodation that Cool Camping lives for; a secluded little site in equally picturesque surroundings.
Down a leafy lane bound for the charming farmstead of Sue and Brian Hatch, a wooden gate opens into Strawberry Fields Campsite, a grassy meadow with views across the surrounding tree tops. Facilities here are certainly a little more stripped back than Her Majesty's marble-chiseled toilets. But there's a rustic simplicity about the shower, four toilets and a washing up point sheltered beneath the roof of a lean-to barn that gives the site such character. A maximum of 14 tents means there’s acres of space to roam.
This simple site is an off-shoot from Sue and Brian’s B&B business and, just a short walk from their home, campers can take advantage of the fact by ordering a cooked breakfast delivered to your tent. Munch through the farm’s own free-range eggs, before hopping in the car for a short drive to the unspoilt townscape of Romsey, best known for its Norman Abbey dating back to 1120. The historic market town is a pleasant place to browse the shops or enjoy a meal while deciding between the Solent Coast, South Downs or New Forest National Park, all of which are just a few miles away. Such a prime location makes it ideal for those who want to make the most of the outdoors: A web of footpaths and cycle trails spread into the countryside, while the Test Way follows the length of the river, famous for its excellent fishing.
Though the royals know how to pick a winning destination, it seems they arrived a few decades too early. Surely today they'd bypass the grandeur of an ageing manor house for the romantic simplicity of Strawberry Fields, a peaceful hideaway in a beautiful farm meadow. Bliss.
The Owner SaysA quiet, spacious adults-only campsite on the edge of the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, Strawberry Fields is ideally-located for a wealth of wonderful walks and cycling adventures. The South Downs National Park, the magnificent town of Winchester, vibrant Southampton, Salisbury and iconic Stonehenge are all within easy reach. No groups . Directions for the campsite are on our woodpeckers website under the heading strawberry fields. The entrance to the campsite is before you reach the bed and breakfast
Quiet and gentle site just outside New Forest
We stayed here for 5 nights and enjoyed the site, mostly having it to ourselves. the owners were friendly but unintrusive and left us to get on with it. The amenities are basic but functioned well and were clean. The owners run a B&B business too so you can order breakfast to your tent but we didn't do this. The pitches are in an open field with loads of space around. there is a fridge and freezer for your use and a power point. There is hot washing up water and space too. Easy to find and good instructions provided.
Lovely campsite with great owners
Had a very pleasant stay. The owners are accommodating and friendly (no issues with arrival time on Friday night, just come in and pitch up and see them in the morning) and the site is big for the number of tents they have staying.
The shower and toilet were kept clean all weekend (may BH so as busy as they get) and always had toilet paper. The shower had decent water pressure and was pretty hot - impressive for a camp site!
Very easy to find even in the dark - google maps takes you straight there and the owners directions on the website are also spot on (slightly different to the ones on this site).
There is a fridge with large freezer compartment which was great for refreezing freezer blocks. There are even a few extra garden chairs you can use.
There are three camping areas, the garden with a nice tree in it, a large field and a small field. The large field very gently slopes but plenty flat bits to pitch on and this means you get a nice view from the top end of the campsite.
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One star knocked off because its not quite as picturesque as some - lovely views into the distance but there are some reasonably ugly houses/sheds along one side of the camping field which could benefit from being screened off by some quick growing greenery.
I would stress that the overall atmosphere of the site is very good, the facilities have been well thought out and the owners do a lot to make this a nice place to stay.
Great campsite - very friendly, not over crowded, simple but clean facilities. Great to have a fridge with freezer compartment available.
Well worth a visit if for nothing other than the superb full cooked breakfast delivered to the tent!!!! Awesome!!