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Watercress Lodges Campsite

9.4
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Watercress Lodges Campsite: Pitches

General

  • Family-run site by the Watercress Line: see the trains from your pitch
  • A minute's walk from steam engine events of Ropley station
  • Spotless amenities and friendly vibe 20 minutes from Winchester

Do you have a Thomas the Tank Engine fan or mini trainspotter in the family? They might just go up in a puff of excited smoke at Hampshire’s Watercress Lodges Campsite, so close to the historic Watercress Line that you’ll be able to see the trains’ steam from your tent pitch. Engine-ious.

No need to be out of puff when tracking other activities in the area either, as the line’s Ropley station and its railway bridge are both a minute or two’s walk from the site, and it has regular events for all ages including Thomas the Tank Engine and Wallace and Gromit days, dining evenings, real ale trains and Santa bookings. Just the ticket then for a well-conducted family hol…

The site is on land the Graham family has farmed for four generations and opened as a campsite in 2014, pulling out all the stops to make this a friendly site with a family vibe. Facilities including the new shower and toilet block are spotlessly kept by Hannah and her team, who are on hand if guests have any problems or questions.

Off site, once kids have let off steam at the railway, the small town of New Alresford is three miles away for supplies, shops and pubs, and the city of Winchester within a 20-minute drive.

Please note

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 01/06/2021.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

The toilet facilities are closed until Monday 17 May 2021. Guests will need to use their own facilities.

No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

The shower facilities are closed until Monday 17 May 2021. Guests will need to use their own facilities.

Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.

Reception is unmanned after 6 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Tents are not accepted until Monday 17 May 2021.

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.


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9.4

Overall rating based on 131 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

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Lovely site, clean facilities, lots to see as it's a …03/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlie W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely site, clean facilities, lots to see as it's a stones throw from all the steam train action at Ropely Station and workshops.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Lovely site. Pretty surroundings next to the steam railway28/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndrew E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Everything was clean and easy

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A beautifull location. campsite was spotless , showers/toilets excelent, again …26/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    A beautifull location. campsite was spotless , showers/toilets excelent, again spotless, loved the whole place !!

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The campsite was really nice, clean and well laid out. …20/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The campsite was really nice, clean and well laid out. Pitch sizes are generous and the ground was lovely short grass with fairly soft ground for tent pegs. The facilities were lovely and clean and maintained. Ropley Train Station is a stones throw away with easy access from the campsite and great views of the Steam Trains.

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Brilliant site, safe and friendly05/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGareth W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The showers and toilet blocks were always clean and well maintained. Pitch was right next to the steam railway so was great for the kids. Found a nice secluded area to camp. Very safe site. Staff very helpful

    Disliked: 

    Would only add electric hookups!

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Beautiful location, no artificial light so excellent for stargazing. Only …02/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLydia H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Beautiful location, no artificial light so excellent for stargazing. Only a short drive to the beach or to Bude. Lovely hosts. Facilities were very clean. Reasonably priced.

    Disliked: 

    Payment must be made by cash or cheque. No wifi. No outbuilding for leisure.

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Good site. Great for kids with the railway and playground31/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJackie W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Flat ground, good showers and loo block

    Disliked: 

    Pitches not defined. Came back after a day out to find that someone had pitched 1.5 m away from us!

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Great location, not crowded, clean and quiet - what more …31/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael Z.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Great location, not crowded, clean and quiet - what more do you need.

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    The handdryers in the bathrooms are useless.

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Will definitely be returning30/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid S.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Very well maintained grounds nice clean showers.
    Right on Ropley station free access to station, play area and viewing area.

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    Having to park car in car park away from tent

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Lovely site with good clean facilities.29/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Facilities were good standard and cleaned regularly throughout the day. The camp wasn't too big and there was plenty of room for the children to play.

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Features

Coronavirus

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Dean Farm, Bighton Hill, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire, England, SO24 9SQ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.0888°N 1.1003°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Broadway Guildhall — 9.3 miles
Dragon Street — 9.3 miles
Dragon Street — 9.3 miles
Train stations
Alton Rail Station — 7.3 miles
Petersfield Rail Station — 9.0 miles
Micheldever Rail Station — 9.5 miles
Ferry ports
Hamble-le-Rice Ferry Landing — 18.4 miles
Warsash Ferry Landing — 18.5 miles
Southampton Vehicle Ferry Terminal — 18.9 miles
Airports
Southampton Airport — 14.8 miles

Directions


You can also arrive in style on a steam train which links to rail mainline services at Alton. Steam rail services do not run every day: please check train times.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Puff along on the Watercress Line or walk along the River Itchen to sightsee at Georgian New Alresford, or go in the other direction along the 10-mile route to its other terminus Alton, home of historic buildings, art gallery and the Curtis Museum.

The ancient market town of Petersfield is about five miles to the east of Watercress: head here for markets, museums and scenic walks/pedals into the South Downs (Petersfield is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is in the South Downs National Park and on the South Downs Way).

Winchester and its museum and castle is about 10 miles away: if the kids aren’t suitably awed by the 900-year-old cathedral (tsk), take them to Marwell Wildlife at Owslebury near the city to marvel at the 1,200 or so-strong menagerie of animals from all over the world, or to the simply super INTECH Science Centre and Planetarium on Winchester’s Morn Hill.

Must see

  • Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' (2.7 miles)
  • Jane Austen's House (5.7 miles)
  • INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium (7.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Hinton Ampner (3.9 miles)
  • Winchester City Mill (9.2 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Watercress Lodges Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 01/06/2021.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Watercress Lodges Campsite will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

For parties over the age of 18 and below the age of 25 years a no-nuisance deposit of £50 per person may be taken on arrival. This will not be refunded on departure if any damage is caused, alcohol is brought on site or if any complaints are made against you and/or your behaviour.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Can bookings for Watercress Lodges Campsite be amended free of charge? Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 01/06/2021. Read more
  • Does Watercress Lodges Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Watercress Lodges Campsite dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Watercress Lodges Campsite? Puff along on the Watercress Line or walk along the River Itchen to sightsee at Georgian New Alresford, or go in the other direction along the 10-mile route to its other terminus … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Watercress Lodges Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Watercress Lodges Campsite? From £25 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Coronavirus
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 01/06/2021.
Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.
Tents are not accepted until Monday 17 May 2021.
The shower facilities are closed until Monday 17 May 2021. Guests will need to use their own facilities.
The toilet facilities are closed until Monday 17 May 2021. Guests will need to use their own facilities.

General
Generators and air conditioners, chinese lanterns, chemical waste, fireworks, halogen heaters, lamps, external gas bottles, washing lines or hanging of anything over the trees, bushes or fences are not permitted.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Hired accommodation
No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

Pitches
Please note, pup tents are to be used for storage purposes only. Guests may not use them for sleeping.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is unmanned after 6 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

For parties over the age of 18 and below the age of 25 years a no-nuisance deposit of £50 per person may be taken on arrival.

Care should be taken when leaving the site onto the lane and gaining access onto the main highway.

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