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Family-friendly pop-up camping in the heart of the New Forest.
When your campsite lies in the thick of one of the country’s great national parks, swimming pools, games rooms and onsite entertainment seem wholly redundant. You won’t find any such fripperies at Teddy’s Farm, a cracking New Forest pop-up between Lymington and Brockenhurst. This is camping as it should be, with acres of space for kids to run themselves ragged playing games and building dens.
A refreshingly relaxed atmosphere reigns here, with dogs welcome, campfires permitted, no formal pitches to hem you in and an uncommon sense of space that makes you appreciate what a find this place truly is. As a working sheep farm, kids will love meeting their bleating new friends and may even be lucky enough to catch the resident sheepdog at work. Facilities are basic but more than adequate for a site of this size that only pops-up fleetingly for a month or so at summertime. Best of all, the farm’s very own pasture-fed lamb is available to buy – a fitting and delicious centrepiece for your campfire cookout.
Though titular host Teddy’s family have been rearing sheep at the 170-acre Battramsley Farm since the late 1970s, his family’s farming roots in the New Forest go back over 200 years. So if ever there was a campsite host who can claim to know a thing or two about these parts, it’s Teddy. And with a wealth of walking routes, scenic seaside spots and little-known gems to seek out, there’s no end to the adventures that await beyond the farm gates. The pretty port town of Lymington lies five minutes’ drive away and boasts a plethora of olde worlde pubs and charming chocolate-box shop fronts on its quaint cobbled streets. Henry VIII’s Hurst Castle and the innumerable woodland trails of the national park will capture your interest, while beaches aplenty await – the sandier varieties can be found further west towards Bournemouth, Mudeford and the Christchurch Harbour.
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Hosted by Teddy P.Joined in February 2019
130 Ratings · 132 reviews
August 31, 2023
We had a great time at Teddy's. The information we received before we arrived was very clear and we had no problem in finding. Once we arrived Teddy was very friendly and helpful. Great location and we loved the coffee van in the morning - a great idea! Thanks - we hope to be back again next year
August 29, 2023
Great family camping experience!
This was a lovely campsite if you like a wilder camping experience. We were on Field 2 which suited us perfectly. We washed our dishes by the tent with water we heated up on our stove. The compost toilets were perfectly suitable and urinals as well. It's a muddy walk to get to the barn with washing up facilities. If you prefer these you should stay in Field 1. It felt so remote and peaceful. The ability to have a fire pit in the evenings added to the experience and overall cosy camping ambiance. There was plenty of space and privacy as tents were spaced apart very well. We would come back again.
August 22, 2023
Camping with family enjoying nature
I went camping with my daughter and grandchildren to Teddy’s Farm for the 4th year running. we pitched up in a good spot, compostable toilets were kept very clean, a big bonus having hot showers and a freezer to keep ice packs frozen, as well as a mobile coffee van in the mornings.
Had amazing lamb burgers from the farm.
Teddy and his family are very friendly and accommodating we will definitely come again next year.
August 14, 2023
Great campsite, we will definitely return! Teddy was welcoming. The pizzas amazing and a lovely added extra was the little cute bar!
August 12, 2023
It's a different and unique experience to use a compost loo. Showers are plenty and also has unique design. It's made of wood and steel. Just wishing there are more dishwashing station.
August 6, 2023
Perfect place to pitch and have our anniversary with family. Very friendly hosts, amazing pizzas served and a cute bar.
Weather was a little drab but our spirits were high in such a lovely place
From the host
Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your dog. Immerse yourself in some of life’s simple pleasures. Reconnect as a family. Watch the sheep grazing. Spot deer. Discover The New Forest. Meet New Forest ponies. Explore new places. Sail from Lymington. Enjoy delicious local produce. Hire a fire pit and chatter the evening away. Gaze at star filled skies. Relax. Unwind. Go home happy.
The farm lies in the heart of the New Forest, with the national park eminently explorable by foot
from the campsite. There are plenty of scenic trails and cycle routes – ask your hosts about
local bike hire. The scenic port town Lymington is just 5 mins drive away. Its quaint cobbled
streets boast cute shops and cafés. Be sure to visit Lymington Sea Water Baths (01590
678882) – the UK’s oldest lido. Beachwise, there are sandy stretches of coast nearer
Bournemouth. Alternatively, seek out the sailing hub of Keyhaven (6 miles away) and stroll
its shingle beach to Hurst Castle (0370 333 1181). This 16th-century fortress was built by
Henry VIII to safeguard the entrance to The Solent. Learn about its fascinating history whilst
admiring the views towards The Needles and the Isle of Wight. The National Motor Museum
(01590 612345) at Beaulieu (7 miles away) makes for a perfect rainy day activity.
Food and drink
Farm-reared, pasture-fed lamb from Teddy’s flock is available to buy onsite (usually from August
onwards). The pick of the local pubs is The Red Lion (01590 673177) in Boldre – just a 10–15
mins walk from the farm. This quintessential New Forest inn boasts timber beams, a lovely beer
garden, a fine variety of ales and a menu of hearty dishes that celebrate the best local produce.
Wine aficionados should seek out Setley Ridge Vineyard (01590 622246) 5 mins away, just
outside Brockenhurst. Tasting tours can be arranged and you can stock up at the onsite farm
shop. The vineyard also boasts a cracking bistro in the Rosie Lea Kitchen (01590 622908).
There are plenty more dining options in Lymington – ask Teddy for other local