Lepe Beach Campsite
Lepe Beach Campsite, Lepe Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1AD
There’s no doubt the canniest campers come to the Hampshire coast. While those with a stripy windbreak under one arm and a copy of The Lonely Planet under the other flock to the South West counties, this quieter stretch of coastline – often overshadowed by the neighbouring New Forest – is an ideal spot to avoid the crowds. Not only can you stroll along wide beaches and board-walk your way through marshy nature reserves but, if the British weather does make a turn for the worst, there’s the added insurance of the national park’s genteel villages, museums and country homes, just a stone’s throw away.
Only yards from the beach (seriously, how many campsites can say that?), Lepe Beach Campsite is a traditional camping field that offers nothing flashy but, instead, focuses on doing the basics well – in fact, very well. Facilities are immaculately kept, pitches are flat, well-maintained and campfires are permitted with pits available to hire and wood for purchase. Campervans and caravans are not permitted, giving the whole campsite a more peaceful, informal ambience – you can pitch where you like with enough space that you needn’t tread on others’ toes – and if you really can’t bear roughing it, there are pre-furnished tents which include camp beds, camping chairs and plenty of cooking utensils.
Though the campsite doesn’t have a playground of its own, it backs onto Lepe Country Park where there’s a large picnic area, climbing frame and swings for little 'uns to roam. Really, the country park and the campsite seem to roll into one, making it a thoroughly family-friendly location, with the added bonus of Lepe Beach Café & Shop down on the waterfront, which serves afternoon tea and delicious hand-made cakes.
The views from Lepe Beach Campsite's enviably vantage point are ridiculously picturesque, taking in the Isle of Wight and, to the east, the marsh and sand flats of the Solent National Nature Reserve. But if you do venture inland, the charming lost-in-time village of Beaulieu or rhododendron covered Exbury Gardens, are both less than 15 minutes by car. But in truth, the New Forest is a paradise for non-motorised transportation and anyone renting a horse, bike or packing just a pair of walking boots will probably end up forgetting about the car altogether.
The Owner SaysNew for 2017, Lepe Beach Campsite is operated by EazyCamp and offer fantastic camping breaks during the Summer Holidays 150 yards from Lepe Beach and next door to Lepe Country Park. Offering a choice of Pre-Erected Tents & Equipment or pitch space for you to bring you own tent, we are the ONLY Campsite in the New Forest that offers Sea Views from virtually every pitch and being only a 2 minute walk to the beach. Not only do we have the beach on our doorstep, there are so many great attractions close by that we're sure you'll have a fabulous time with us. Apart from the stunning views, we have toilets, showers and washing up facilities to make things more civilised. We will also be offering Pit fire Hire, Camp Fire Wood and Ice Pack Hire onsite so why not pre-book this early to avoid disappointment.
We loved it at Lepe! We loved the sea view & the kids liked spotting all the different ferries & boats. We went on lovely day & night beach walks, kids loved the near by park & we had lovely fire pits. The weather was't the best but was nice to be in nature. We went to the motor museum on a wet day. There was a bit of back ground noise which we kind of got used to. It is what you make it & we made some lovely memories & are thinking to go back this year.
A little spot of paradise on the South Coast
Having just booked my families camping holidays for 2018 I felt compelled to write a review of this glorious site in Lepe on the South Coast. We visted in August and had an excellent holiday. Great location, loved having the beach on our doorstep, spent 2 full days there sunbathing and swimming, and had the perfect spot with no other people there. The beauty of the beach is it’s shallow for quite a way and was perfect for the children to splash about in. We also loved being able to see the cruise liners go past everyday along with the cargo ships. The tents were lovely and spacious, such a great idea having pre-erected ones available. The site was perfect with a park for the kids a very short walk away, and surprisingly the best shower I've ever had whilst camping! The Langley Tavern pub up the road had great food and a huge garden for the kids to play in, and shops and take-ways near by helped massively. Is is cheating if you get food delivered?? Thoroughly recommend this location, and especially the company, the staff couldn’t be better. One of the best trips the kids and I have been on. See you again next year.
Characterless Campsite - But Great Location
This campsite has all the charm of an overflow parking area at a music festival, complete with the stench of chemical loos and over head pylons at one end of this large shadeless field. That said the staff running it were all lovely and the location definitely has its benefits. Just a leisurely 5 minute walk to the sea and nearby coastal park. The firepits were nice - if you could get one - they were over subscribed. Unfortunately everything seems very temporary, which is because it only opens for 6 weeks at the height of summer to take advantage of the peak camping season. At night you may notice a background hum from the very busy Solent which has some of the heaviest shipping and boating traffic in the UK. During the day it's non stop shipping containers, ferries, speedboats, jetskis and sailboats. It looks lovely but there are definitely more tranquil bits of coastline. We enjoyed because of the great weather but I dread to think what our experience would have been like in the rain as the site looks like it would turn into an instant mudpit. Could do better - definitely not a "cool" campsite.
Thanks to your feedback, we have made some vital improvements to our campsite for 2018, these include major improvements in our toilet system for 2018, which mean we will no longer have to use a sewerage tank directly under the toilet block which, we admit, at times, produced an unpleasant chemical aroma last year. We've also dramatically extending our gravel drive way from the bottom of the field (entrance) and creating a complete loop back down to the exit, thus controlling the flow of traffic away from the main camping area and significantly reducing muddy tracks during prolonged periods of bad weather. We are always looking to improve the campsite with in the limitations of our licence and any feed back is welcome
Good location, noisiest camp site ever visited
Great location on the beach, friendly welcome from the staff. This is THE noisiest campsite I have ever visited. From being kept awake til 1am by shouting adults to being woken at 5am by screaming children. I know this is not necessarily the sites fault, but there are meant to be noise restrictions in place in the site "rules''. The facilities are clean, showers hot but loos are chemical and smelly. All in all I don't think this site it worth the price being charged, but has a lot of potential, and fellow campers need to brush up on their camping etiquette!
Thanks for your feedback, we're pleased to say, as a consequence, we have made vital improvements for 2018! This year we have made major improvements in our toilet system for 2018 and will no longer have to use a sewerage tank directly under the toilet block which, we admit, at times, produced an unpleasant chemical aroma. We're sorry to hear you were near noisy campers – if you had made our warden aware we could have addressed this situation for you at the time. We hope it does not put you off returning again.
Simple site, good location
We had a lovely stay at Lepe Beach Campsite last weekend. Sadly very rainy but not the campsite's fault. Great location. Would love to have spent more time on the beach but, because of the weather, we headed to the National Motor Museum instead, which isn't too far away. Facilities decent, nothing flashy but just what we wanted for a tent-only campsite.
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Fantastic site with potential!
We camped at this site in mid-July 2017 - yes it rained! The location within the New Forest is great - the site is basically a farmer's field with portable toilets and shower blocks (6 showers). The nearest grocery store is just under 2 miles away so you will need to be organised, especially as there's no electric hook-up. However, the location is fantastic, with direct views of the Solent from your tent and the opportunity to stroll along the beach on sunny evenings (yes we had quite a few of these) whilst the children scour the 'rock pools' for hermit crabs and other creatures! All in all, we would definitely go again - the site was very relaxing and the children loved the accessibility of the beach and watching the cruise liners come and go!!
Great setting but very not very cool
Warm welcome, friendly staff & an ideal setting a stone's throw from the beach. The fire pits are great. Facilities to freeze ice packs. We knew things would be basic but the portaloo type toilets without proper plumbing are not reflected in the price of the pitches. Could do with more than 6 showers & 4 wash up sinks. No recycling facilities. This is a field with loos. Muddy underfoot. Lovely area but won't be returning to the site.
Like any service industry it is extremely important that we receive feed back from our guests and we are delighted to say that we are making some vital improvements to our campsite in 2018! Due to New forest Council planning policies, we have a camping exemption licence that comes with extremely limited options when is comes to infrastructure and we are not allowed to build any permanent structures on the site. That said, we have managed to make major improvements in our toilet system for 2018 and will no longer have to use a sewerage tank directly under the toilet block which, we admit, at times, caused problems in 2017. We are also really please in inform our guests that we are also dramatically extending our gravel drive way from the bottom of the field (entrance) and creating a complete loop back down to the exit, thus controlling the flow of traffic away from the main camping area and significantly reducing muddy tracks during prolonged periods of bad weather.
A bit disappointing
Elements of this site are good, like location right next to beach, and it has potential - but needs lots of improvements for next year. After rain this weekend the whole of the top of site is a festival style bog which we only just managed to drive through to get out. You also have to wade through it to get to the loos. The loos are a portacabin and stink very strongly of chemicals. In retrospect the Cool Camping review reads as if they hadn't actually visited before writing the review and I feel a bit let down having relied on it, and feel like I could have picked a better campsite in the area.
Thanks to your feedback, we have made some vital improvements to our campsite, which include major improvements to our toilet system for 2018 – this means we will no longer have to use a sewerage tank which, we admit, at times, produced an unpleasant chemical aroma in 2017. We've also dramatically extending our gravel drive way to better control the flow of traffic and significantly reducing muddy tracks during prolonged periods of bad weather. We're always looking to improve the campsite with in the limitations of our licence and any feed back is very welcome. Thanks.