Hollands Wood Campsite

  • Hollands Wood Campsite
  • Rating: 4
  • Campsite Owner: Camping in the Forest
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  • On June 26, 2013
  • Last modified:August 10, 2013

Review Summary:

Lovely New Forest setting among the trees where ponies roam. For motorhome owners the only downsides are that pitches are grass and no electric hookup. Drainage seems to be good so should not get stuck on pitch in summer months. Shower block is great but busy at peak times with queues.

In late June I decided to head to the New Forest and my campsite of choice was Hollands Wood campsite. It is one of a number of campsites across the UK set within forests and woods operated by Camping in the Forest which is a partnership between The Camping and Caravanning Club and the Forestry Commission.

Like most Camping in the Forest campsites, Hollands Wood campsite provides showers and toilets but not electric hookups. As a result of this I decided to break my journey at Carron Caravan and Camping Site, a small site within the New Forest with no showers but electric hookups for £12.00 a night. While there I charged up the leisure batteries, my Ring Professional PowerPack and my thumbsUp! Dual Power Bank.

Hollands Wood campsite – An overview

I arrived at Hollands Wood campsite at about 1:00pm on a Tuesday afternoon and was greeted and shown to my pitch. The fee was £15.00 and whilst there were a number of motorhomes and caravans around this campsite attracts more tents than anything else. Hollands Wood campsite is a huge site with a total of 600 pitches but it was not very busy the day I arrived. Facilities included showers, toilets, laundry and  dish washing area. Since I had laundry to do I was pleased to discover that a wash was £3.00, 50p cheaper than club sites and the machines were huge, allowing me to clean everything in just one load. Driers were 20p for 8 minutes. On the downside there don’t seem to be enough showers for such a large site with queues at peak times, so I used my own shower.

The staff at Hollands Wood campsite are known as Rangers rather than wardens and there are a number of Ranger  led activities including Young Explorers, Dusk Watch and Tour de Forest. Open fires are not allowed but Barbecues are, provided they are off the ground and  in a suitable container.

What attracts most to Hollands Wood campsite  is the sense of  getting  away from it all. You are surrounded by  nature, whether that’s the  mature trees or the wildlife which includes the famous ponies. New Forest ponies are owned by commoners who have rights to allow their ponies to roam freely and graze. It’s a common sight to see ponies next to your tent or motorhome or even wandering the local high street! Signs tell you not to feed the ponies and you are also advised not to stroke them in case they bite or kick but my fellow campers were ‘cuddling’ new born ponies who seemed to love human contact.

Hollands Wood Campsite

The Hymer at Hollands Wood Campsite

Hollands Wood campsite – What to see locally

The campsite is a 10-15 minute walk from Brockenhurst village centre.  The village has a selection of shops including a Tesco Express. For the tourist there are a number of attractions close to Hollands Wood campsite. The New Forest itself makes a great place to walk or cycle. Beaulieu Motor Museum is a short drive away, popular with school parties and families. If beaches are your thing then the long sandy beach at Bournemouth is not too far away.

Lovely New Forest setting among the trees where ponies roam. For motorhome owners the only downsides are that pitches are grass and no electric hookup. Drainage seems to be good so should not get stuck on pitch in summer months. Shower block is great but busy at peak times with queues.
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Author: Gary Box.

Gary decided for a complete change of lifestyle late in 2009 which resulted in him buying a Hymer motorhome to live in and starting the Motorhome Vagabond blog. A tour of Europe followed in 2010 and he still writes about his adventures.

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a great site and a wonderful area. I like the inventive stopover at another site to ensure that everything was charged up before getting there – due to lack of hookups on the site. We recently had a few nights in our early Bailey Pegasus without water due to a pump failure. This did something to remind us of the early camping days boiling a kettle for hot water and trekking to the kitchen to do the wash-up.

  2. Hi John,

    I find I can get away without needing hookup for a couple of days. IF I had a solar panel I could probably extend this but finding good wild camping places in South East is not easy and I like having the facilities of a campsite most of the time.

    For most of my motorhoming life I’ve had an old fashioned camping kettle that whistles and only last year bought an electric one too!

    Hollands Wood is a good site in the summer with the New Forest ponies and woodland setting but the lack of electric would prevent me spending more than a day or two there.

    All the best
    Gary
    The Motorhome Vagabond

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