Gypsy Caravan

UK England South East England Hampshire Ringwood Fernwood Glamping

  • Sleeps 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
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.

The Owner Says

This bow top gypsy caravan was built this spring by Mark, a second generation gypsy van restorer and builder. It has been constructed on a 1930's original dray base and also has a small reclaimed leaded window above the main bed. It has been painted in traditional colours with a cream base and burgundy sides, decorated by Cathy, a gypsy caravan painter with wild woodland flowers, ivy, ferns and chickens! We have chosen to use more modern materials for the bow top with a heat resistant insulation layer, designed to keep the van cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The outer layer is a traditional green.This gypsy caravan is comfortable for two but can be used by a family of four There is a fixed 4 foot wide double bed of normal length with a sprung mattress (from John Lewis) which can be reached by climbing up onto the bench seats. Underneath, we decided not to put the traditional cupboards but to make a small double bed (4 ft wide but only 5 ft long so that it can be used easily by families with up to two children, aged approx. 4 - 9 years old. Alternatively, it can be used to store your bags during your stay or as additional accommodation for your family if you have booked our shepherd's hut.We charge an additional 5 pounds for each younger guest per night and will provide a sleeping bag with integral pillow and a towel. We have installed a low level heater, table lamp and double plug socket, we also have fairy lights and tea lights (although we do provide an LED lantern and light incase you want to read).There is a small wood burner, which makes the whole van toasty warm in a few minutes and even after you let it die down, it will continue to keep you warm over night. We provide you with a basket of wood which you can use here or on the fire pit outside as you sit and enjoy the sunset (perhaps even toast marshmallows!). We have a beautiful octagonal thatched summer house with decking that overlaps the pond. There are no fish so it has been naturally colonised by local wildlife including dragonflies, frogs and newts. There are power points here and you are welcome to make yourself a hot drink or recharge your mobile phones etc (plenty of tea / coffee/ hot chocolate supplied).We have built a compost toilet for our guests. With accessories in bright colours- fairy lights, funky toilet seats, voile curtains, a cold water tap and a hand sanitiser we are sure this will get more use than our traditional toilet in the garage block. Guests are also welcome to use the shower in the house and we provide plenty of bath and hand towels and two towelling robes for your use during your stay.Our gypsy caravan is close to the fields behind, regularly grazed by deer who have become quite used to us now. We have even seen both fallow and roe deer at the same time. A fox will do his nightly rounds and walks across the fence line daily although he can sometimes be seen in the middle of the day too.

About Fernwood Glamping

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.
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Location

Fernwood Glamping is located at 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. 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.