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“Watercress Campsite - Tipi Tent One Night Stay”
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Alresford, Hampshire, England

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Peter T
Southampton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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“Watercress Campsite - Tipi Tent One Night Stay”
Reviewed 5 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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My wife and I stayed here for one night with our 5 year old as his birthday treat. As we are novice campers and don't have any camping equipment at all, we booked a tipi tent plus ordered extras: two air mattresses (£6 for double and £4 for single) and a portable cooker with butane canister (£6). We found the Tipi tent pre-erected and situated quite close to the shower/toilet block. On their website, it says can accommodate six people but that would be a bit of a squeeze, I think four is a comfortable number. We managed to park our car just a few yards away. On a warm sunny day, the inside of the Tipi got quite hot and at night on a rather chilly summer evening it was comfortable but a little cold.

A good sized utility tent was set up next to our Tipi so that we could store our other stuff that we bought with us (e.g foldup chairs, bags etc)

The location of the campsite and lodges is wonderful. It is situated just a few seconds walk above Ropley station on the Mid-Hants heritage railway (Watercress Line). In fact, you can access the platform and the station's picnic/play area via a gate behind the shower/toilet block. (You don't need a ticket unless you're actually travelling on the trains). This is great if you're a steam enthusiast but even if you're not, this is a great location for a campsite. There are good views of the surrounding Hampshire countryside. During our visit, the pub in Ropley was closed but Alresford town is a short drive away (4 miles).

The site is easily accessible up a short hill from the main A31 and is signed. There are two Tipi tents; across the road that runs through the site from the Tipis are two luxurious looking Safari tents, which were both occupied on our short visit and wouldn't look out of place on the African savannah. (They're named Annie and Clarabel after the carriages pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine; the Tipi tents, probably due to their impermanence, are unnamed! ).

The pitching area had only one tent despite it being peak season but this campsite was only recently built.

The shower/toilet block is very new and very clean. There is a basic kitchen area with a freezer for ice packs and sinks to clean your pots and pans. The reception block though, was closed throughout our visit with a note stuck to the door saying that as it was new, the owner didn't know what times it could be opened. I suggest that it should be manned at a set period during the day, as peering through the window, it did look well stocked with drinks/snacks and miscellaneous items.

Further up the site are the lodges.They're all painted nicely, with the colours and design blending very sympathetically to that of the railway station below. One of the lodges is very new, having been opened in May this year - according to the plaque - by some guy called Alan Titchmarsh.

We really enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it for the location and facilities.

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Liked least: Reception not being open
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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“Enjoyable week away”
Reviewed 5 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We booked the Itchen Abbas lodge for the last week in July, for a family holiday with our sons and their children (who were camping). Two children stayed with us for the week.
On arrival, Jo met us and showed us around; a very pleasant lady.
We had requested a gas barbecue (free of charge) so that we could all get together on the Saturday. Unfortunately, the bbq was rather gummed up and it proved difficult to cook on. Still, a good evening was had by all.
During the week, we were constantly disturbed by a family and their dog a couple of lodges away. We did not enjoy their children running around our lodge screaming until late into the evening. This was not something that the owners could forsee though.
Jo had kindly provided some discounted tickets for the Watercress line which we put to good use.
The only small niggle was the lack of replacement bin liners and insufficient dishwasher tablets for our stay.
Overall, a very enjoyable week in a well specified lodge.

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Nick174
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“Nice campsite”
Reviewed 30 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Stayed weekend of 25th July for two nights, campsite is small with excellent facilities right next to Ropley station so plenty of steam train action. The weather was pretty awful but the actual campsite drained really well. The showers, toilets and washing up facilities were pretty spotless. The campsite is on top of a hill so was windy when we stayed so be mindful of Wind direction when pitching.There is a reception however not open at any stage which was a shame. It may be worth putting up times of when its planned to be open to assist. All in all despite the weather a nice place to visit and well placed to visit other south coast attractions once you have done the trains.

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K H
Greater London, United Kingdom
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“train lovers dream - for little and big kids”
Reviewed 14 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

A site with a bonus for any train lover, a well kept site with lovely facilities and the safari tents and lodges looked amazing. We had a lovely time there, thank you

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Andy W
Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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“Lovely campsite!”
Reviewed 23 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Booked for two nights at the campsite using my own tent, beautiful location, excellent toilet and shower facilities and a very warm welcome from Jo, would love to return at some point however I would choose the time of my return very carefully.
This is in no way the fault of the campsite owners BUT my stay was marred by a very selfish group which I am led to believe was a number of teachers and a large number of their pupils who proceeded to put up their numerous tents around mine and then basically run riot with no control from the teachers at all, the children were running around shouting after 11pm and doing the same before 6 in the morning usually around the tents of other campers, in fact I had to shout at some who were running so close behind my tent on the Saturday night they were running into the guy ropes nearly collapsing my tent, again no control from their adult supervisors, but I would like to repeat I don't hold the campsite owners responsible for this.

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