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"Your peaceful hideaway in the forest". Do come and see what the Jurassic South Coast has to offer...or just chill out here. Hillside Caravan and Campsite is uniquely well protected naturally by the forest, and our height above sea level along with our superb underground drainage system means we never flood or become boggy! We offer exclusive discounted camping for the emergency services, armed forces, NHS workers, disabled guests and OAPs - just let us know at the time of booking.
Hillside Campsite is peacefully nestled into the 150,000 acres of the Ringwood Forest at Verwood (part of the 'old' King's forest of Cranborne Chase), and open all year round. Diane and Brian are always pleased to share their lovely five acres with guests: you can walk or cycle straight out of Hillside's gates, through our other fields directly into and along the 30-odd miles of beautiful forest tracks, without any dangerous road work.
Children can safely play or learn to cycle anywhere on the campsite, clearly visible from any pitch, as camping is only allowed along the perimeter (this makes each pitch more spacious and private; you can't hear your 'neighbours' snoring). This leaves plenty of room for other guests to play badminton, boules or just share a glass of wine and the odd barbecued sausage or two.
The large modern facilities are both private and very clean: there are 10 electric hook-ups available (modern, safe 10-amp supply units on separate mains - so no loss of current due to another's pitch being overloaded). Ice-packs are exchangeable for the more traditional camper.
The nearest road is 200 metres away, so there are no road noises or street lamps ruining the night sky - in fact, one common comment about Hillside is that guests here can enjoy watching the moon creep across a carpet of sparkling stars, to the tunes of the night jars and owls.
There is a no noise rule before 9am and after 9pm (with talking etc allowed) for all guests' comfort. A zero-tolerance to stupidity, aggression, annoyance to other guests or Hillside is operated.
We have won four awards for excellence, including the Camping & Caravanning Club's 'Your Place in the Countryside' award in 2001.
We are looking forward to welcoming you and yours. Brian and Diane.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Ringwood: Meeting House Lane Coach Stop
— 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Bournemouth Uni.: Talbot Campus Coach Stop — 10.6 miles
10.6 miles Christchurch Coach Stop — 11.6 miles
- Train stations
Christchurch Rail Station
— 11.6 miles
11.6 miles Pokesdown Rail Station — 11.6 miles
11.6 miles Bournemouth Rail Station — 11.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Tuckton Tea Gardens Ferry Landing
— 12.1 miles
12.1 miles Christchurch Quay Ferry Landing — 12.2 miles
12.2 miles Wick Christchurch Ferry Landing — 12.3 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 8.4 miles
8.4 miles Southampton Airport — 22.7 miles
Located to the west of the New Forest National Park. We are located off Batterley Drove which connects the B3081 and B3078.
We are so very fortunate at Hillside, well hidden quietly in the forest yet centrally situated for Bournemouth, Poole, Brownsea Island, Jersey, Swanage, Weymouth, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle, Dancing Ledge, Kimmeridge, Wareham, Blandford, Wimborne, Shaftesbury, Salisbury, Fordingbridge, Burley Lyndhurst, Beaulie, Lymington (and the Isle of Wight), Christchurch and Mudeford Quay.
So whether you want to explore the New Forest or the National Trust properties in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire, you can be there in a little over 20 minutes (which, with the price of fuel, keeps the moths in). Alternatively, just a gentle 15-minute stroll southwards through this beautiful forest, in Verwood town, there's 'The Hub' (busy entertainments, cinema, shows, etc), a museum, the Crane golf course, three super pubs, Indian, Italian, Chinese restaurants, cream teas, street cafes, brilliant and yummy butchers, hairdressers, florists, Morrisons, a Co-op, fish and chip shop and a farmers' market. Westwards there's the Forge, Woodlands, Edmondsham House and Victorian walled garden and a Norman Church; then north to Cranborne past the King's Hill and pottery to Lord Cranborne's shoppe and the Sheaf of Arrows pub - we could go on and on. Or just toddle into this forest and explore the fantastic history here.
- Breamore House (6.4 miles)
- Adventure Wonderland (8.5 miles)
- Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (9.1 miles)
- Kingston Lacy (9.2 miles)
- White Mill (10.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.