Fernwood Glamping

UK England South East England Hampshire Ringwood

  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Secluded, peaceful glamping on the edge of the New Forest

The approach to Fernwood is like a steady fizzle out of the urban world. As you leave the historic market town of Ringwood, the houses gradually seem to retreat from the edge of the road, before a church and a thatched-roof cottage mark the start of the New Forest proper. From here, the road weaves into the smudged shade of the trees and the holiday begins. You feel miles away from anywhere.

It’s through a wooden gate and down at the end of a large garden that the shepherd’s hut at Fernwood is eventually found, it’s wood-lined interior rustic and warm. Inside, it sleeps up to four (though it works well as a romantic break for couples) with a double bed that folds away into a dining space and two pull out singles for children. At one end an all-important wood-burning stove provides heating throughout the year with a free supply of logs included. It’s also cleverly backed by a strip of shiny, corrugated metal, reflecting the heat and filling the place with warmth in seconds.

There’s something very apt, in this environment, about staying in a shepherd’s hut. The lightly painted structure has an agricultural feel that fits among the surroundings, where foxes and deer can be spotted. An old treehouse works nicely as a deer and bird-spotting hide and there’s a small pond that also attracts the critters – frogs and newts can be found bathing along its edges. Indeed, Fernwood itself also plays host to chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs and a pet tortoise. So though this may be a quiet hideaway from the rest of the world, you’re not entirely alone!

Also available is Fernwood's beautifully painted gypsy caravan. Snuggled into a woodland area in the garden, this cosy caravan was built on an original 1930's dray base overlooking fields where deer and rabbits are frequently seen. The cool caravan arrived here in 2016 and is ideally booked alongside the shepherd's hut for a family with older children or two couples going away together.

Finally, the the wooden summerhouse in the garden is a handy accomplice to the shepherd’s hut and gypsy caravan. The structure has electricity for charging phones, powering a small fridge and running the kettle, with free tea and coffee for you to use. And it’s a great spot for powering up in the morning before you set off on foot or by bike to explore. Head east to submerge yourself further in the trees and heathland of the New Forest or return to busy Ringwood for the Wednesday market and a visit to the local restaurants. The choice is yours.

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Facilities

The shepherd's hut has a double bed (all bedding provided) that folds into bench seats and a table, with storage underneath for bedding. An extra 2 children can sleep in a pull down bed above and a pull out bench by the wood burning stove (sleeping bags and pillows provided).  There is a double plug socket inside and fairy lights and lamps provide lighting. The locally made gypsy caravan is in the wooded area at the end of the garden and has lined curtains, cushions and bedding. It has a 4-ft wide double bed with a mattress which can be reached by climbing onto the bench seats. This also has a double plug socket, a low- level heater and a wood burner. There is also electricity in the summer house overlooking the pond – recharge phones, use the electric kettle (tea/coffee provided) and put drinks in the mini fridge (fresh milk provided). There's a compost toilet with hand washing facilities, a mirror and its own fairy lights. For the faint hearted, there is also a toilet outside the main house too, along with shower facilities. Campfires are allowed in the fire pit / chiminea provided and guests can buy wood for this on site (£5 charge). Towels, bathrobes, wood for the wood burner indoors, marshmallows, matches and firelighters all included.

Suitable For

Glamping only. The shepherd's hut and gypsy caravan sleep 2 adults and up to 2 children. Sorry, no dogs permitted.

Nearby

On the edge of the New Forest National Park, Fernwood has plenty on the doorstep, including a wealth of cycling and walking trails – stay quiet to spot wild ponies and deer. If you struggle to find them on your bike though, try heading to the New Forest Safari in Burley or the deer feeding station in Bolderwood – both a short drive away. Lyndhurst (02380 282269) is seen as the central town for the New Forest, with extra tourist info if you need. Alternatively, it's a very easy drive through Ringwood to Bournemouth and the coast. Passing Go Ape! (08456 439215) en route – a good, organised family day out – or continue to the beaches and the magnificent sandbanks peninsula. A favourite recommendation from Fernwood is to visit Hengistbury Head (01202 451618), with a visitors centre and a train which can take you back at the end of the day.

Food & Drink

Order a continental breakfast hamper by e- mail or text in advance. It includes cereals, freshly baked bread, jam, fresh fruit, a muffin or pastry, milk and juice. Alternatively, there are several local cafes in the town worth exploring which can serve breakfasts or brunches. There are some great pubs in more rural locations which make a fantastic point to start or finish a walk such as The Alice Lisle (01425 474700), The Red Shoot Inn (01425 475792) or The High Corner Inn (01425 473973). Within half a mile and easy walking distance there is a Tesco local (0345 026 9408), a fish and chip shop (01425 478310), a fantastic bakery with take away pizzas twice a week (01425 480666) and The London Tavern (01425 473819) – well known for its quiz nights and live bands.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

It is through a wooden gate and down at the end of a large garden that the shepherd’s hut at Fernwood is found. Facing south and over looking the fields grazed by deer, it is hard to imagine you are only a mile away from the friendly market town of Ringwood. Inside, it sleeps up to four (though it works well as a romantic break for couples), with a comfortable double bed that can be converted into a dining space and two pull out singles for children (aged 4 -10). At one end a cosy wood-burning stove provides heating throughout the year, with a basket of wood included. Alternatively, on a summer evening, guests may use the fire pit outside ((Wood can be purchased for this for £5 - should last 1 -2 evenings). The hut is lit by fairy lights and lamps are provided. Guests have a choice of using our compost toilet or a more traditional one outside the garage. A shower will also be available for guests to use.

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Accommodation

1 shepherd's hut and 1 gypsy caravan.

Shepherd’s Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
The single, lightly painted structure has an agricultural feel that fits among the surroundings, where foxes and deer can be spotted.

Gypsy Caravan

Gypsy caravan Sleeps 4
This unique and beautifully painted gypsy caravan will offer you the quirky clamping experience you and your partner or family are looking for. Snuggled into a woodland area in our garden, overlooking the fields behind where deer and rabbits are frequently seen, it is hard to believe you are only minutes from the friendly market town of Ringwood, on the edge of the New Forest. Ideal for booking alongside our shepherd's hut by a family with older children or two couples who want their own space too.

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Location

Contact Fernwood Glamping, Fernwood, Ringwood, New Forest, Hampshire BH24 3JN

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Getting There

From Salisbury direction (on A338): When the A338 meets the A31 Ringwood roundabout take the first exit onto the A31 dual carriageway towards Southampton / Winchester. Ignore the first exit to Poulner and continue up Poulner Hill. At the top of the hill, take the exit off the dual carriageway to Hangersley by the In Excess Garden Centre. Continue down the hill, ignoring the first turning on your right sign posted to Hangersley Hill. Look out for "Fernwood" on the left hand side, which has a sign on the fence. It is the house after “Woodpeckers”, which has a circular reversing mirror on their brick entrance. If you get to the London Tavern at the bottom of the hill you have gone too far!

From Bournemouth direction (on A31): Go past the turn off to Ringwood (stay in right hand lanes) and continue on the flyover past the main church and the town. Ignore the first exit to Poulner and continue up Poulner Hill. At the top of the hill, take the exit off the dual carriageway to Hangersley by In Excess Garden Centre. Continue down the hill, ignoring the first turning on your right sign posted to Hangersley Hill. Look out for "Fernwood" on the left hand side, which has a sign on the fence. It is the house after “Woodpeckers”, which has a circular reversing mirror on their brick entrance. If you get to the London Tavern at the bottom of the hill you have gone too far!

From Southampton direction (on A31): After following the A31 across the forest you will pass the exit for Burley (by the Picket Post services) After 1 mile look out for the exit sign posted to Hightown and Poulner. Turn right at the mini roundabout, which takes you over the A31 towards Poulner and continue until you reach a second mini roundabout by The White Hart pub. Turn right here into Gorley Road. Take the second turning on the right which is Linford Road. You will pass the London Tavern on the right hand side. Continue up the hill, past St John The Baptist's Church. The road then forks so keep right, around an S bend. You will go past a gravel track on the right and "Fernwood" is the second five bar gate / house on the right hand side.

If the gate is shut, please do not try to push it open, but press the button on the fence (driver's side) to open the electric gate. Please park in front of the five bar gate. Please come to the front door of the house to meet us unless we have made arrangements to leave a key.

Ringwood has a bus station with regular coaches from London and other cities. From there it takes just over half an hour to walk, so it's best to grab a taxi, though your hosts can collect you if they're around so ring in advance. Local buses also run to and from the centre of Ringwood to Poulner (at the bottom of the nearest hill – 10 minutes walk from the site). The X3 runs from the centre of Ringwood into Bournemouth every thirty minutes.

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