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Tent camping in the grounds of a New Forest manor with heaps of family-friendly activities to boot

Owned by the Girlguiding since 1922, Foxlease, a white-walled Georgian manor on the edge of Lyndhurst town, has clearly reaped the benefits of the sixth law of Girlguiding: ‘to respect all living things and take care of the world around you’. Beyond the house, lawns merge gradually into great oak, ash and birch trees and wildlife sings its constant song, from birds nesting in the woods to the rustling of squirrels, darting from trees to undergrowth. It’s the same as it ever has been since the home was first built in this central New Forest setting. And it’s the ideal scene for a campsite.

Today, you needn’t be a fully signed up Guide to pitch your tent in Foxlease’s sweeping 65-acre grounds. The estate, with various different camping meadows, welcomes families from far and wide, too, opening up, not just its tent-only campsite, but also its range of on-site activities (extra charges apply), from high-rope climbing and zip-lining, to canoeing, kayaking and archery. In fact, while the meadows remain a rustic, back-to-nature haven – camping pitches are undesignated so you can pitch where you please and campfires are permitted – this isn’t a campsite that’s short of facilities. There’s a fully licensed bar, a partially-covered swimming pool and a basketball court for use, plus, of course, there are the endless walking trails of the Foxlease grounds, with geo-caching markers dotted around so you can practice your orienteering.

While the campsite is ensconced in the very heart of the national park, it only takes around 10 minutes to walk into the centre of Lyndhurst, the New Forest’s largest town and home to the main visitor centre. The town offers rainy-day cafés and hideouts, as well as bike shops, where you can pick up a set of wheels and head out in search of New Forest ponies. There’s a vast network of car-free trails in the national park and, with a picnic packed, a bike is often the wisest way to explore as a family. After all, any good Guide knows the second law is to use your time and ability wisely. Spending a while cycling in the outdoors should definitely be high on that list. And a few days camping at Foxlease? That’s certainly time well spent.

The Owner Says

A hidden gem in the heart of the New Forest. Close to Lyndhurst town centre with access to the Forest. Foxlease is set in 65 acres of beautiful grassland and woodland. We have a fully stocked lake, so don't forget your fishing kit. If you are into walking have an amble around our extensive grounds or go further a field into the New Forest and have a proper explore. If you are more adventurous why not book one of our daring activities. We have a Zip wire over 60m, High Ropes, Tunneling, Climbing and Abseil Wall, Kayaking, Canoeing, Raft building, Crate Stack challenge and more. If you are looking for something a bit more sedate we also have a swimming pool, Archery range, Low Ropes, quiet area and a Pentanque course. (All pre-bookable, subject to availability and charges apply)

Our campsites are fully equipped with showers and toilets we also have disabled facilities. All campsites have large dry storage sheds, for when a little drying out is needed, complete with table and chairs. Each campsite offers beautiful views either into our woodlands or over green fields. Foxlease is completely secluded, so a proper camping experience is sure to happen.

If you are after camping fun but don't want to cook all the time, breakfast baps can be pre-ordered. There is a local pub within walking distance that offers cooked meals. We offer either BBQ's or Altar Fires for rent, for that proper camping experience. Don't worry if you forget anything, we have various equipment for hire. Foxlease also has a fully licensed bar, why not sit out on our sunny decked area and relax with a tipple and maybe play a game of Pentanque.

Foxlease is also a wonderful Training and Activity Centre for Girl Guiding. The estate was gifted to Girl Guiding in 1922 by Mrs Archbold Sanderson. Girl Guiding is extremely grateful and lucky to have this wonderful centre, with continued support to the Girl Guiding Charity  we are able to share this centre.

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★★★★☆

Expansive grounds with access directly to forest

On the upside - A great location, good for kids with bikes, safe, friendly and spacious with access to fishing and fire friendly. It's also easy to walk into Lyndhurst. On the downside the bridges campsite has no washing up area so had to fill a washing up bowl from the shower as the taps on the toilet sinks were impossibly angled. The activities and on site shop seem a bit hit and miss for individual families, it seems to work better for the larger groups they get.
Jun 18, 2018 by IanS
★★★★★

Amazing couple of weekends

Just returned from our second weekend camping here. Truly beautiful grounds, in a beautiful area of the country. We wanted somewhere that made us feel like we were in the middle of nowhere with a possible escape to civilisation if the weather turned bad. The walking, cycling and local amenities are all within grasp yet, with a clear sky you can see the night sky as though you were in the middle of a desert. The showers and the toilets are functional. Though it would be nice to have a larger sink or hot water output for doing the washing up with. Already planning our next stay.
May 8, 2018 by BenS

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