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.
Boldre, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Teddy P.Joined in February 2019
103 ratings · 120 reviews
August 8, 2022
Camping par excellence!
Having not camped for several years and as a man reaching the more delicate years (49) I was bowled over by a. the quality of the location and views b. Teddy and family's wonderful generosity c. the Barista Airstream, Lamb burger Airstream, Cocktail Airstream (all exceptional quality) and the overall camping experience. Thank you Teddy. We'll be back soon. Si, Sarah and Ella xx
August 2, 2022
Would 100% recommend
Really lovely friendly site, and the showers were amazing! My only comment is that the second field wasn't well signposted and we probably would have camped there, had it been clearer where it was.
July 31, 2022
A lovely, quiet campsite with one of the nicest camp owners I’ve stumbled upon! Teddy was there to greet us when we arrived, was always available if you needed him at at time day or night, and even let us walk down a part of his farm that followed the main road as we were walking to Lymington so we could avoid the worst of the road. We had booked a fire pit but due to the lack of rain we sadly couldn’t light it by our tent, but Teddy made us a space to have our fire by the main farm.
Amenities are basic (compost toilets dotted around) but this is part of the appeal to get back to nature. Showers are hot and there is just SO much space to pitch your tent.
A lovely bonus is that a coffee cart is there every morning with coffees and treats, and on Fridays there is even a bar and an outsider caterer.
June 14, 2022
Beautiful settings, peaceful, lots of space, clean compost toilets and hot showers all day.
Close to Brockenhurst and Lymington. Close to the forest and the sea. Teddy, the owner is really friendly, attentive and helpful. Great coffee truck owned by a very kind and chatty guy.
We really enjoyed our stay over the Jubilee Bank holiday weekend and would highly recommend this campsite!
Toby and Amba
June 14, 2022
Camping with kids in a large group
Teddy’s farm was a delight. The reviews are so right, the most spacious and accommodating campsite I’ve been to.
We were a large group celebrating my 40th over the jubilee weekend in May/June. Teddy was very helpful with our group’s enquiries and replied promptly to help us get organised beforehand. The communication from him was second to none close to our booking with all the information needed for our stay. The delicious coffee on arrival was a very welcome addition after the drive!
We went to the inflatables at Lymington sea baths, hung out at the campsite for a 90s rave party (taking full advantage of the pop up cocktail bar) had a delicious lunch at Rosie Lea House’s garden and paddled in the river at Balmer Lawn. All round a spectacular stay! Thanks for having us and we will be back for sure! Xxx
June 8, 2022
This is our favourite site. It is a beautiful place. Been twice definitely an annual trip. Teddy and his family are so lovely and welcoming. Great location for exploring the area with the bonus of having fires which is rare in the new forest. Lamb from the farm is on offer, showers are always hot and they have the best thunder box loos don’t be put off by compost toilets!
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 recommendations.