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Hoburne - Bashley Park, New Forest
At the time of booking our key priority was a dog friendly self-catering accomodation that accepted pets and was available at a weeks notice for October Half Term. Clearly with such little notice almost anything was considered. Static caravans weren't high on our list but they were the affordable option and the only one under £2000.
We rented privately but paid £23.50 direct to Bashley Park for use of all the additional facilities.
On arrival we drove down a well maintained long tree lined private lane with multiple zebra crossings past a golf course, tennis courts, a crazy golf course and large childrens play area to recpetion where we collected our keys. We were given a welcome pack containing a map of the park, the opening times and locations of the various facilities and an entertainment timetable.
The site has approximately 400 static caravan pitches and three fields for touring caravans accomodating an additional 450 caravans and motorhomes. The site operates a strict no tent, no pup tent, no trailer tent policy in addition to very specific pitching instructions. The pitches are all very generously proportioned with ample space between each.
The site boasts a well stocked Costcutter general store offering the essentials at reasonable prices although there is a large Tesco 3 miles away in New Milton. The launderette is open from 8:30am until 8pm and is token operated meaning a 200m walk to reception before you start. There were plenty of machines available throughout, not surprising at £2.75 a load and 50p for 5 minutes drying time.
The Club House (and the reason for the additional charge) houses a very popular self service restaurant with large portions at £4 per childs meal which was big enough for the under 12s. It also offers a two lane indoor bowling alley, an over 18s bar area, an amusement arcade, a sauna, steam room and a heated indoor swimming pool with a remarkably long slide and bubble pool. Its worth noting that the design of the pool is such that no matter where you stand you can't see everything which is why Hoburn insist all under 12s are accompanied in the water at all times. The poolside offers three voyeristic showers one of which is cold. Theres always a queue to use them, the only alternative is to head back to your caravan or one of the touring fields shower blocks to shower off in privacy but that can entail a ten minute walk.
Outdoors during the summer there is an enormous childrens paddling pool and outdoor swiming pool. Additionally theres a snooker and games room where a snooker tables costs £3 per hour and both darts and table tennis are £1 per 30 minutes.
For the more adventurous theres a nuture trail around the primiter of the 100 acre site althought he majority is not paved and wellies are advisable. Despite the requirement that children are supervised at all times and that pedal bikes are fitted with lights driving after dusk is downright scary as black clothed toddlers lurch across roads imediately in front of traffic without a second glance, or even a first one chaperoned by marginally elder siblings. Children roam in goodnatured packs of 20 or more which can be intimidating.
Overnight the site was quiet with the majority of noise centred around the clubhouse which closes at 11pm.
There was plenty of entertainment laid on. The site has resident entertainers who during the day don the costumes of Sammy the Seahorse, Larry the Lobster and Tommy the Turtle providing daytime childrens entertainment and a childrens disco each evening until 7:30pm. Elsewhere in the complex is a nightly game of bingo followed by adult dancing and cabaret. Not my cup of tea so we avoided that but there were plenty of places to sit out of ear shot. For the sports obsessed Sky Sports was on constantly in the adult bar.
The park is clean, well maintained and relatively quiet. The entire site is wheelchair friendly with a number of caravns adapted with ramps for easy access.
We are - my Gran (79), Mum (54), Sister (27), Me (33) and my 18 month old son. We go away every year but since having my son we've found it harder to find a hotel to accomodate us cheaply enough so this year we opted for a 3 bedroom caravan at Hoburne Naish which is just outside Christchurch.
Location - Just off the A35 on the A337 outside New Milton. Within walking distance is a tesco metro (20 mins walk) in the village of Highcliffe. There is a bus service just outside the park that takes you in to Bournemouth (although haven't used it). The park is situated on a cliff edge (you can see where some of the park has, at some time, fallen in to the sea). There is a beach which is accessible from the park, through a woodland area and down some stairs, difficult, but not impossible, with a buggy but impossible if you have mobility issues.
Indoor and Outdoor Pool - They are in the process of building/extending the swimming pool area to include a children's pool, spa facilities and a gym, this was desperately needed as their old facilities were inadequate (particularly the changing rooms). These are due to open in the next few months.
Park - with a separate area for toddlers - both well kept and my little boy loved it.
Small indoor play area - good if fancy a drink as there is seating nearby
Mini golf course (which could possibly do with updating)
Arcade games room.
There is also something on nightly in the entertainment hall (although we didn't go so cant comment)
Adults only bar
Pub - which isn't actually that over priced and is typical pub fayre food.
Kiosk - in the Arcade/crazy golf area selling drinks, ice creams etc
There is also a takeaway service, we didn't use this and I didn't see it so can't comment
On site shop which sells basics that you may run out of, we just used the Tescos in Highcliffe.
We had one of the basic caravans, the bedrooms were tiny and we had to ask them to come and remove one of the twin beds as there was no where to put my child's travel cot (even though they were aware we were bringing one). I personally, couldn't have slept on the single beds, they were as wide as I am (and I'm big but not that big!) and I like to spread out a bit, however, my mum and sister, who both sleep straight found them comfortable. The toilet was tiny - made pulling your trousers up difficult if the door was closed! Shower room was slightly bigger and adequate for our needs, the living area was probably the best bit, good sized table with plenty of seating, tv, fire, and a sofa area. The kitchen was clean and looked to be fairly new - full cutlery/utensils provided. There was also ample storage for us all.
Each area has it's own parking bay - we requested a caravan nearer a bay as my gran has difficulty walking.
I imagine in high season it could be very noisey, we had someone in the next caravan to us for 1 night and we could hear them walking around and the children shouting/playing (not great at midnight) but after that we found that the carvans around us were pretty much empty (we stayed at the beginning of July).
Overall this is a nice location and slightly cheaper than other sites nearer Bournemouth or Poole (both in 20-30 mins driving distance), a lot of the staff were new and clearly hadn't finished their training yet but everything was offered with a smile and all the facilities were clean and tidy, even if some where a little dated.
On arrival we were warmly and efficiently greeted by the park management and directed to our lodge, and what a lodge!! Total home from home comforts with everything you need. We were 4 adults staying in one lodge and there was plenty of room. The decor is simple but tasteful and everything was spotless.
The site itself has a golf course, several good walks and a brilliant traditional games room.
If you want noisy clubhouses then don't go but if you want to escape for some peace and tranquility then give it a try, I don't believe you will be disappointed. We went in the middle of December but plan to go again in the warmer weather too.
If you don't fancy cooking there's an excellent pub in Polperro 'The Blue Peter'. Serves delicious food and the staff are friendly.
An honest 10/10 for both Hoburne and The Blue Peter.
Hoburne is a great holiday with a total of 7 parks around the south west of the country. These are: Hoburne Bashley in Hampshire, Hoburne Naish in Hampshire, Hoburne Park in Dorset, Hoburne Cotswold in Gloucestershire, Hoburne Torbay in Devon, Hoburne Blue Anchor in Somerset and Hoburne Doublebois in Cornwall. Hoburne offer a variety of accomidation ranging from camping and caraving to staying in chalets, lodges and apartments. They're a great family company as most of their parks are child friendly and they all have a lot of childrens entertainment. This is mostly in the form of 3 characters (people in suits) Sammy the Seahorse, Tommy the Turtle and Larry the Lobster. Kids will just love spending time with these loveable characters. Also all the parks contain a childrens play area, swimming pool and loads of other great activities. For the adults there are restaurants, bars and evening entertainment often performed by professionals. Well worth visiting!
Part of the Hoburne group, this is a large campsite near to Swindon. In addition to the touring pitches there are static caravans and wooden lodges, but these are well separated from the touring units. Pitches are all on hard-standing and are very regimented, but when we visited there were quite a few tents and motorhomes which broke the monototy that would have occurred with all the caravans and awnings in line. There are several toilet and shower blocks all in good condition, and frequent water and waste points. There are two bars, a snack bar, games room, TV and evening entertainment for adults and children. Outside there are tennis courts, a childrens play area and crazy golf. There is also fishing available, but interestingly the people in tourers have to fish in a different lake from those staying in statics. All pitches have electricity, which is included in the £13 per pitch per night fee, whether you have the facilities to use it or not. One disadvantage of this site for weekenders is that the leaving time of 10am is strictly enforced; at 9:30am I saw wardens knocking on the doors of caravans which we slow to pack up!
Hoburne Holiday Parks offer a wide variety of holiday types in seven different holiday parks.