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Muddycreek Farm (New Forest)
195 reviews
· Milford On Sea, England
12 acres
60 units
60 Tent
A 28 day August pop-up, offering traditional Hampshire camping on a New Forest Pony farm
Hurst Castle is not your archetypal fort-shaped building. Thanks to the Napoleonic wars it has long, rather weird looking flanks that bend around the coast. Its centre is still the rotund stone castle that Henry VIII commissioned though, sitting like a circular watch face in the middle of two ginormous granite straps. The castle's shape mirrors the curvature of the spit on which it resides, an outlying strip of shingle that runs in to Milford-on-Sea. And it’s on the other side of this village that Muddycreek Farm resides. Like the castle, Muddycreek Farm has been here for years and, while much of the countryside has seen an infringing urban invasion, the fields here have been largely untouched. The countryside is a patchwork of agricultural colours and, to the north, the vast New Forest wears its national park status with pride. It’s the perfect setting, then, for a campsite and a pop-up one at that – a tent-only haven that drops into existence for 28 days of the year before returning back to nature. Muddycreek Farm is a campsite that gets it right. There’s no swimming pool, no laundry blocks, no strings of static caravans. In fact, if you came here in mid September you’d never even know the site exists. Yet in the height of August the 50 pitches each harbour a colourful tent, enlivened with the quiet hum of satisfied campers and kids yawning in their sleepbags. "Hmmm... 50-odd tents?!", you say? It may sound a little full, but with an expansive 15 acres of space there’s no such problem here. Peg down in the soft grass and fold out your tables and chairs, there’s no danger of feeling hemmed in by other peoples guy-lines. It’s best to leave the site on foot to get into Milford-on-Sea. The village centre is only 10 minutes away and the coast a little further. If the short stroll is enough to get you thirsty then try stopping in The Beach House, a fine pub with great sea views and a child-friendly garden that backs onto the cliffs. Hurst Castle still makes for an excellent walk along the beach and acts as a wonderful lookout point for views of the Solent Coast as well as, on a clear day, the distant Isle of Wight. But from the rooftop it’s inland that often catches the eye, as the New Forest sweeps away before you, fronted by the rooftops of classic Hampshire villages. What the views from the castle seem to capture is the eclectic location of this campsite: cycle-friendly woodlands to explore, beaches on the doorstep, wetland nature reserves and charming Hampshire towns. Muddycreek Farm has a wealth of activities in the vicinity while the site itself still wears a relaxed, unobtrusive aura that’s not in-your-face. When you want to retreat into the atmosphere of the outdoors, simply light a campfire, grab a skewer and enjoy toasting on the campfire beneath the stars. Afterall, that's what it's all about.
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Milford On Sea, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Polly W.Joined in August 2016
127 Ratings · 195 reviews
Teresa C.recommends
August 15, 2022
Grass pitch
This is a great campsite! Loads of space between different groups and the facilities are plenty and well maintained. The location is perfect for accessing local attractions, as well as exploring more of the New Forest. We will come back.
Rebecca F.recommends
August 14, 2022
Grass pitch
Spacious field for camping: toilets, hot showers, teeth and washing up area were good. You can leave your ice packs in the freezers and food trucks visited on 2/3 of our 3 night stay. Perfect for kids and cyclists as the beach at Milford is only a mile away. The village has all the amenities and the beach is great for families. Definitely recommend!
Martin R.
August 7, 2022
Grass pitch
So, the site is really well located, just a short walk into the lovely town of Milford on sea with great local amenities. The entrance to the site is a little bit sketchy, hidden in a hedge on a corner of the road. For the site itself, all of the toilet, shower and sink facilities are at the entrance to the field and if you end up pitching at the far end, it is a Heck of a walk. Some enterprising campers bought e-scooters to solve this! Toilets wise, there are 5 women's cubical, 4 mens plus two urinals. 4 unisex showers and two sinks for pot washing. Plenty of hot water on tap, but be prepared to queue at peak times. They are kept nice and clean and well stocked with loo roll. The site had a good strong breeze for the whole time we were there, so bring wind breaks. Polly was on the ball in terms of making sure everyone had everything they needed and would pop round for a quick chat every now and again. Nighttime noise was kept to a minimum and the site was settled down by the latest 10.30 every night. There are no defined pitches, so you are at the mercy of good sense when pitching Up. There is plenty of space, but at its peak, the site did feel a little over busy. I think we were spoilt with a few quite days, followed by a fully booked Weekend. Friday evening pizza was a lovely touch and the girls selling local ice cream was a definite hit. If we lived closer, we would probabaly come back for an odd weekend
Lucy W.recommends
August 7, 2022
Grass pitch
We had a great stay at Muddycreek Farm. Polly was helpful with all enquiries both before and during our stay. The site had lovely toilets, hot showers with plenty of space to change, relaxed arrangements for pitches, and she made sure the sun shone for our entire stay :) The site is conveniently located near a small village with great conveniences stores and a very nice fish and chip shop! as well as some brilliant beaches.
Eva K.recommends
August 5, 2022
Grass pitch
Absolutely brilliant!
What an amazing stay at Muddy Creek! Facilities were great, staff so friendly and the camp is situated amazingly - about 20minutes walk from the town of Milford-on-Sea (with an amazing bakery and coffee shops, gift shop and Co-Op), leading to the beach and a great field footpath for a lovely walk. The wild ponies are just 20 minutes drive away, a Tesco and a petrol station about 10 minutes drive. I can't wait to return!
Andrew H.recommends
August 3, 2022
Grass pitch
Great campsite
Great campsite - very clean showers and toilets. Never runs out of hot water. Lots of space. An easy walk into the village.
From the host
Throughout some of July and August, our traditional New Forest Pony farm is open to tent campers and campervanners for just 28 days. Our loos flush, our showers are hot, we allow dogs (for free) and, Fridays are pizza night... best of all, you can make your own campfires! We don't have set pitches so you can choose your perfect spot and easily camp together with your family and friends. Situated in the charming coastal village of Milford on Sea, Muddycreek Farm lies on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Wonderful beaches, shops, pubs and restaurants are all within easy reach. We're ideally located to exploring the New Forest. There's a shingle beach just down the road and plenty of fishing opportunities for anglers.
Nearby attractions
The farm is within walking distance of Milford-on-Sea, a well-stocked village with shops, pubs and restaurants. The seaside town has a shingle beach and there is a lovely walk along the coast to Barton-on-Sea, skirting the top of a low cliff. Hurst Castle (08703 331181) makes for another great walk. Start at the pretty village of Keyhaven – little more than a cluster of boats with a great pub by the waters – and take one of the regular seasonal ferries across to the old fort. Once you’ve finished exploring the atmospheric rooms and admired the views, you can walk back via the 1.5-mile shingle spit, returning to Keyhaven via a narrow road that skirts a marshy nature reserve. Along with the coast a huge draw is the vast New Forest, right on your doorstep, and its excellent traffic-free cycle routes – keep quiet to enjoy the best of the wildlife. Lymington (01590 689000) is a handsome, well-to-do harbour town that warrants a day or so out of anyone’s itinerary. The old town, clustered round the quay, is an attractive medley of cobbled streets, boutiquey shops and cafés – all just 4 miles from the campsite.
Food and drink
Milford-on-Sea is technically a village but it's town-size proportions mean there's a wealth of choice to be found. For a traditional ol' pub try The Smugglers Inn (01590 644414), right in the heart of 'town', or The White Horse (01590 642360) near the village green. The Beach House (01590 643044), is a particularly good spot, serving wonderful local draft ales and good quality food. It's also a fantastic art deco building, which still retains the original fittings such as stained-glass windows and oak panelling. In terms of restaurants The Raft (01590 645300) and La Perle (01590 643557) are two top bistros while Verveine (01590 642176) is the place for fresh (and rather fancy) fish.
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