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“Perfect way to see Thomas!”
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Alresford, Hampshire, England

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Ian L
Chichester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Perfect way to see Thomas!”
Reviewed 15 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We stayed at the campsite with 2 children and it was perfect! Cars are parked away from the tents so children can play around the tent without worrying about cars. The site borders the Watercress line and the kids loved standing by the fence in the morning watching Thomas 'wake' up. Toilet block was spotless as was the washing up area with a freezer for ice blocks.

Will be going back again as the perfect site for us to get away for a couple of nights.

Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Rhonda M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Superb self catering lodges set in a picturesque location close to the steam trains”
Reviewed 13 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

One of our best holidays ever! We stayed in one of the 6 self catering lodges and it was so clean and new looking- everything was spotless! Very modern and up to date accommodation. I am really fussy about where we stay and about cleanliness and these lodges are exceptional. Everything you might need is catered for. Being so close to the steam trains and railway line was brilliant- we couldn't quite believe how close we were to the station! This is a beautiful place to stay and very tranquil. We will definitely be back and already trying to organise our next visit.

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Liked best: The superb self catering accommodation set in a picturesque location close to the steam trains.
Liked least: Nothing! It was brilliant
Travelling group: Young Children
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Peter T
Southampton, United Kingdom
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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
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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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9 reviews
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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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