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YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite is a family friendly site, set in the beautiful surroundings of Fairthorne Manor, near Southampton. Call us on 01489 785228
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As a group of three families consisting of 6 adults and 8 children (between 8yrs and 14yrs) we were looking for a site to satisfy our ever growing list of requirements. These include: being allowed to have a camp fire; decent showers; a hairdryer point; a stream for the kids to play in and no eco-loos (we had a bad experience of some poor ones!).
It’s a YMCA site that had, the day we arrived, started operating a Family campsite, so we had no reviews to read. In fact, I am almost reluctant to leave a review as it might get too busy!!! So how did it meet our criteria? Well, you can hire fire pits (although we took our own) and they supply wood at a reasonable price. The brand new shower/toilet/washing up facilities were great and there was power for hairdryers available in the Clubhouse building (also had male showers). The new toilet block would benefit from slightly more frequent cleaning (esp to keep them looking good) but it was their first weekend operating as a Family Campsite so still learning! As we filled in a questionnaire on leaving am sure this will be dealt with and if it had been a real problem then sure the very jolly helpful and friendly site manager would have sorted it out. The stream was great fun for the kids and not an eco loo in sight!
You can also hire large BBQ’s, there is a small bar in the Clubhouse serving a good range of drinks (reasonably priced and good when the ice in the cool box has melted!) and also food – although we didn’t try this but would be a good back up if wet! Also sell ice creams, milk, bacon and other camp essentials. The site is in a beautiful setting, quiet (apart from the Dawn Chorus!) and lots of flat grass for pitching (being an ex golf course), sheltered and a nice stream leading to the River. Then there is the added bonus of activities!! Our kids did archery, abseiling and kayaking which can be booked on arrival or on the day and again good value. The staff were all great and the addition of an overnight security person meant not being kept awake by rowdy parties (although it was also not overbearing so can still enjoy yourself!!). We only left the site to do a quick shop – there is a Co-op in nearby Hedge End and also a HUGE Sainsbury’s (and M&S!) along with a Cotswold Camping should you realise you’ve forgotten something vital!! Botley village also good with pubs, restaurants etc and within walking distance. The only extra thing they could do is offer ice block freezing but with fresh milk and beer on site not a real issue!! So the site met all our criteria…and some – we will definitely be back! Just hope not too many people find out about it….
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