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Muddycreek Farm (New Forest)

· Milford On Sea, Hampshire, England
12 acres hosted by Polly W.
50 tent pitches
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.

This site is suitable for families and couples, we have a quiet policy after 10pm so very relaxing. We do not take groups of more than 4 adults unless they are small family groups with young children. Infants are free! Our spacious, soft grass pitches are suitable for tents and small campervans only (sorry – no caravans or motorhomes). The site has loos, unlimited hot water showers and washing up facilities for up to 60 pitches, within 15 acres, so plenty of space. We allow small campfires. Firewood is sold from the office. Please bring a fire basket or something similar. Also, we ask that only wood sold on site is used. Dogs are permitted at no extra charge, providing they are on leads and well behaved. Friday nights we have organised for the Rural Pizza Co to set up a stall and make yummy locally sourced pizza's to order from 5pm - 8pm. 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. There is a shingle beach just down the road, plus a number of lakes offering great fishing day outs. In August, Bream and Bass are in season.
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133 Ratings · 199 reviews
Matthew S.recommends
August 2, 2023
Grass pitch
Lovely Stay
We had a lovely time here. Great location, nice atmosphere, loads of space. It was a very pleasant couple of days. Everyone was very helpful too.
Emma M.recommends
August 22, 2022
Grass pitch
Wonderful Site Cant wait to go back
What a lovely camp site - no pitches but loads of space for our small group of campers. felt very safe for the children. The 10 o'clock curfew was adhered to which meant easy bedtimes for my small people. Our host was knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. The facilities were fantastic there - always clean and lovely hot water. Our only slight issue was that it was very hot while we were there and we found the office hours and access to the freezers a little restrictive (for replacing freezer blocks).
Victoria T.recommends
August 19, 2022
Grass pitch
We loved our stay at Muddycreek. Despite being in the middle of a field the amenities were beautifully maintained and the girls loved the fancy portaloo toilets and the soft water showers. Really lovely laid back vibe and the nearby village was chocolate-box cute.
Richard R.doesn't recommend
August 19, 2022
Grass pitch
Been to a lot better
Could be better, this is essentially just a field enclosed by barbed wire. The facilities aren't great, just some mouldy cubicles for showering and toilets. There is litteraly nothing for children to do, so parents get zero respite when setting up or packing away. The host is very friendly and helpful but there are so many betters options for camping in this area. I wont be using again.
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!
Milford On Sea, Hampshire, 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
From the host
Throughout some of July and August, our traditional New Forest Pony farm, less than one mile from the beach, 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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