Arniss Bell Tents at Chapelfield

UK England South East England Hampshire Fordingbridge

  • Distance markers for shower/toilets queues
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Well-equipped bell tent accommodation in a quiet corner of a popular New Forest campsite

People have been living in Godshill in the New Forest since prehistoric times. And many of them in tents too. There was an iron-age camp here, the headquarters of an early Scouting-like movement called ‘the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry’ and, in the early 19th century, there was even a very particular holly tree where roaming gypsies used to gather. Things have rather moved on today and, while nomadic campers will still find a popular campsite in which to pitch their tents, it’s also home to some more 21st-century comforts in the form of Arniss Bell Tents – a sight for sore eyes if you don’t fancy pitching a tent of your own.

Set in a quiet corner of Chapelfield Campsite, Arniss Bell Tents comprises a collection of just six pre-pitched abodes, each with a campfire pit, a picnic table and some round-the-fire timber seating. Inside, expect that classic camping splash of bunting, fairy lights and lanterns, as well as a host of glamping comforts that include a compact kitchen cabinet with all the basics you need to get cooking and a much appreciated welcome pack (think tea, coffee, milk and a few other surprises). Guests can also choose a cheaper, 'semi-equipped' option, with simple camp beds only and a lot less kit and caboodle. Outside, meanwhile, glampers have exclusive use of nearby toilets and can also make use of the main campsite facilities. A particular highlight is the cute pop-up shop, which sells freshly baked croissants each morning.

On the western edge of the New Forest, Arniss Bell Tents are well placed for getting out on foot or by bike and discovering the network of car-free trails the national park has to offer. You rarely have to make it any further than the campsite gate before you start spotting New Forest ponies grazing along the verge and it’s only a five-minute stroll to the nearest (excellent) local pub. Not that you should stop your walk at that point. Persevere – it’s worth it – to see deer and other wildlife along the Lady’s Mile footpath or walk down to the little suspension bridge across a particular pretty stretch of the River Avon.

If you want to leave the boundaries of the New Forest, it’s a half-hour drive to Bournemouth Beach, 20 minutes to Salisbury (a good bet on a rainy day) and 35 minutes to Stonehenge. Just make sure you’re back by evening time, when campfires glow across the campsite, children rest their weary heads and a renewing sense of calm falls upon the meadow – a soporific ambience that’s well worth savouring.

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The bell tents are set on a popular independent campsite in the New Forest, Chapelfield Camping, and bell tent glampers share some of the main campsite facilities – though there are two flushing portable-style toilets for the exclusive use of glampers. Each bell tent has its own firepit, low bench and a picnic table, while glampers can choose from the 'fully-equipped' option, which includes bedding and kitchen equipment, or the 'semi-equipped' option, which has beds only. Shared campsite facilities include hot showers (with dressing area, sink and mirror in each shower unit), washing-up sinks (with washing-up liquid and cloths provided), drinking water taps, mobile phone charging points and a freezer for ice packs. A tiny pop-up shop sells milk, bread and other camping essentials, plus logs for your campfire and charcoal for BBQs.

Suitable For

Arniss Bell Tents are suitable for bell tent glampers only, but it is located on a popular, independently owned campsite (Chapelfield Camping) where tents and campervans are also welcome. Dogs are permitted, though not on beds or furniture.


Arniss Bell Tents is two miles from Fordingbridge and half a mile (a 10-minute walk) from Sandy Balls Holiday Park (08442 491193), home to all the extra amenities you might fancy (including a swimming pool, bike hire and children's playgrounds). There are a number of good cycle routes running directly from the campsite into the heart of the New Forest – keep your eyes peeled for the wild ponies and deer this area is so famous for. By car the Beaulieu Estate is worth a visit, home to a fabulous motor museum (01590 612345), or head to Paultons Park (02380 814442), a popular family attraction and home to Peppa Pig World. The New Forest Wildlife Park (02380 292408) is also a rightful favourite, home to a range of animals native to the British Isles. It's a few miles east of Lyndhurst just off the A35.

Food & Drink

Great local pub The Fighting Cocks (01425 652462) is a five-minute stroll away and serves food and ales all day long, with a popular pub garden that overlooks the heathland. Within three miles there are a further three great pubs – The Horse and Groom (01725 510739) at Woodgreen, The Foresters Arms (01425 652294) at Frogham and the The Royal Oak (01425 652244) at North Gorley – while The George (01425 652040) at Fordingbridge is a fantastic riverside spot. For breakfast, try the Farmyard Cafe at Hockey's Farm Shop (01425 652542) in Gorley or The Potting Shed at Hyde.

Opening Times

August only.

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The Owner Says

Back in 2009 I started Chapelfield Campsite - a wonderful 28 day pop up campsite with direct access to the New Forest. After six fantastic years I hung up my campsite hat to launch a self catering holiday lets business - Arniss Holidays. It's a close knit affair in these parts and Chapelfield Camping (as it is now known) is lovingly run by my goods friends Graham and Tracey. This year I am delighted to be back offering a small selection of Glamping units. Arniss Bell Tents at Chapelfield comprises of 4 fully equipped and 2 semi- equipped Touareg Bell Tents. The accommodation sleeps 5 comfortably making it perfect for families looking for a camping holiday with a touch of luxury.


Six glamping bell tents (four fully furnished, two part furnished) set in a quiet area of the popular new forest campsite.

Arniss Bell Tent - Fully Equipped

Bell tent Sleeps 5 4 Available
Beautifully furnished bell tents in a quiet corner of a popular New Forest campsite.

Arniss Bell Tent - Semi Equipped

Bell tent Sleeps 5 2 Available
Pre-pitched bell tents without bedding and all equipment, set in a quiet corner of Chapelfield Camping in the New Forest.

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Getting There

From the M27 (Junction 1) take the B3078 to Godshill (10 miles). Pass the Fighting Cocks pub on the right and take the next right turn (signed 'Woodgreen'). Look for Chapelfield Camping, which is about 300 meters on the left and turn in here. Arniss Bell Tents is set within the campsite and you should check in here.

From Ringwood, take the A338 and follow the signs to Fordingbridge (5 miles; there are also brown road signs for Sandy Balls Holiday Park). At Fordingbridge, take the B3078 to Godshill (3 miles). Drive through the village and cross the cattle grid. Turn left just before the Fighting Cocks pub (there’s a small signpost for Woodgreen). Look for Chapelfield Camping, which is about 300 meters on the left and turn in here. Arniss Bell Tents is set within the campsite and you should check in here.

The nearest train stations (Salisbury and Ashurst) are both around 12 miles away, so it's quite a trek. There are frequent bus services from Salisbury to Fordingbridge, though, and from Bournemouth too.


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