Harry's Six-Metre Bell Tent
The Owner Says
We are keen and happy campers and we know exactly what we would want in our dream tent. Over time we have been sourcing and saving and gathering the best ingredients to furnish our new bell tents to make our customers feel truly relaxed and comfortable whilst still having a camping experience.
Forget the hours of packing the camping gear together and trying to squeeze it in to the car: let us set up camp for you; all you have to do is bring your towels, and you'll have everything you will need to enjoy a weekend's glamping in the beautiful New Forest, including an outside cooking area for your camping cuisine.
Our tents are British-made of very heavy duty canvas and have many ventilation vents and double zips. They are furnished with a real double bed and proper mattress and two single mattresses for kids if needed. The linen and duvet, pillows and blankets are provided for the double bed but you will need to bring bedding for the single beds if needed. We have tables and chairs, trunks and lights, a kettle and teapot and crockery and glasses, a few good books, some playing cards and even a homemade cake to tuck into on arrival. Lighting is provided by LED hurricane lamps, lanterns and fairy lights.
Please let us know if you would like an extra mattress which we will provide at a cost of £15/night.
You will be able to cook outside your bell tent and we will provide a camping stove, kettle and pots and pans. Your safety is our concern, so for that reason we would request no naked flames inside the tents (the image shows a chimney but these are not provided nor allowed).
We hire out firepits and sell wood, kindling and charcoal. We can also provide a grill so you can BBQ and charge a £5 cleaning fee.
Bell tents may not be booked as part of a group booking. The tent and all fixtures and fittings are strictly only for the use and enjoyment by those sleeping in them.
A refundable deposit of £150 is required for all bell tent bookings to insure against damage/breakages - refunded within a week upon inspection on departure.
What you may need:
- Bedding for the children beds – we supply a mattress and mattress cover and ask that you bring sleeping bags and pillows for the kids.
- Towels (essential)
- Torch (for the midnight toilet visit),
- Clothes (of course)
- Wellies (hope you won’t need them)
- Walking shoes/ boots
- Paddling shoes for the kids to go in to the numerous stream and (try) and catch minnows.
Food and drink, although we have a great little stable shop which sells amongst other things local meat from the farmer in the village.
We have freshly baked croissants and pain au chocolat. We have a wonderful pizza oven cooking the best pizzas this side of Venice on Saturday nights and The Foresters Pub right next door is one of the best pubs in the New Forest and you would be wise to book if you would like to dine there.
Features & FacilitiesPlenty of flushing toilets, hot powerful showers, washing up sinks with hot running water in the sheltered camping kitchen barn, with electric kettles, fridges and freezers available for communal use. You can charge your phone and blow up airbeds as we have many electric sockets for the use of our guests.
ActivitiesWalking and cycling are the most obvious attractions and the best way to take in the New Forest's diverse wildlife. The New Forest boasts some of the best walking in the country. From the gate you can walk for mile upon mile without ever seeing a road or a car. The open New Forest is all around us and the cycle trails are legendary around our village of Frogham.
Food & DrinkThere is a small shop onsite selling local produce and our local – The Foresters Arms (01425 652294) – is right next door. Their traditional pub food is very good and there's a selection of fine local ales on tap. For a secret spot, walk across the forest to the Royal Oak (02380 812606) at Fritham (1.5 hours walk or cycle ride with no roads or vehicles in site) or try quite walk across Hyde Common to The Potting Shed Cafe, half a mile away, where they make outstanding cream teas and lunches. – The friendly and welcoming Horse and Groom (01725 510739) in Woodgreen is a lovely, quintessentially English forest pub, serving really great food, excellent beer and a very friendly atmosphere.
Terry's Chocolate Orange, Gordon's Gin, Harry's Field... We're not sure who all these people are but we like what they do. And they all do exactly what they say on the tin. This really is just a field. But what an excellent field it is.
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From junction 1 of the M27: At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto B3079 and go through Brook, following signs for Fordingbridge, and across the open Forest for 5 miles. Take the slight left fork on to B3078 and follow for 4 miles. Go past the Fighting Cocks Pub in Godshill, past Sandy Balls Holiday Centre and then take the first left hand turn onto Blissford Road. Follow down the hill, through the ford (dry in summer unless very wet!) and follow the lane for 1 mile (dont turn off) . Go up windy hill on to Abbotswell road. Go past Abbotswell carpark on the left and continue straight on. Harry's Field is on the right before the Foresters Pub.
Salisbury train station (0845 748 4950) is 12 miles away with regular trains from London. The X3 bus between Salisbury and Bournemouth stops at Fordingbridge and Harrys Field is a 1.5 mile walk up from the bus stop on Southampton Road.