In this glamping New Forest guide I’ll cover everything you need to know to plan the perfect escape including – the best places for glamping in the New Forest, top things to do, what to pack as well as some crucial top tips to make your trip run smoothly!

The New Forest, situated in Hampshire, is a popular destination in the UK and for good reason. The area has ancient woodland, sweeping moores, cliff-top hikes and most famous of all….lots of wild horses!

Easy to get to by train, just 90 minutes from London, most venture to the area in pursuit of some time spent in the countryside. There are lots of activities on offer to get you outdoors. Including hiking, biking and rock climbing. As well as fun family activities alongside tempting afternoon teas, pub lunches and spa breaks.

Combining your visit to the New Forest with a glamping stay is the perfect way to get back to basics and up close and personal with the beautiful nature of the region.

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Best places for glamping in the new forest

What to do with your time glamping in the New Forest?

There are no shortage of activities, museums and attractions in the area. Here are my top suggestions of things you might like to include in your itinerary:

There are also some brilliant festivals that take place in the New Forest each year!

MAY: Dogstival takes place over a weekend
JULY: The 3 day New Forest and Hampshire County Show
AUTUMN: 2-week food and drink celebration with The New Forest Food and Drink Fortnight
SEPTEMBER: runners can join the New Forest Marathon
HALLOWEEN, GUY FAWKES & CHRISTMAS: are all celebrated Beaulieu

Getting to the New Forest

There are lots of ways to get to the New Forest. It can be reached in an hour and a half from London and the stations connect up the area to nearby towns including Bournemouth and Southampton. There are 8 railway stations in the New Forest:

  • Ashurst
  • Beaulieu Road
  • Brockenhurst
  • Hinton Admiral
  • Lymington
  • New Milton
  • Sway
  • Totton

Alternatively, you could catch a coach. National Express run a coach from London Victoria to Ringwood. And once in the New Forest, there’s a well-connected bus network. You can see the full network and routes on this map.

Finally, there are also ferry links to the area. The Hythe Ferry connects Hyth to Southampton and the Wightlink connects Lymington to the Isle of Wight.

New Forest Glamping

What to pack for your glamping adventure?

Check out my complete glamping packing list so you don’t forget anything important!

You might also be interested in reading: 19 Fun campfire games for adults if you’re a planning a grown-up getaway.

Glamping New Forest: where to stay!

There are lots of towns to choose from when deciding where to go glamping in the New Forest. Each has it’s only personality and advantages. In short, your options are:

  • Lyndhurst: known as the ‘capital’ of the New Forest this is a popular base for visitors. There are lots of cafes, pubs and museums in the area.
  • Brockenhurst: a great choice if you are travelling to the New Forest by public transport as this is the main bus and train hub. The village is pretty and hosts lots of walking and cycling trails.
  • Beaulieu: home to the National Motor Museum and Palace House and has nice character as you’ll often find donkeys and ponies wandering the narrow streets.
  • Lymington: has lots of independent shops and a busy quay so great for those that would like to be by the coast or who are travelling by ferry.
  • Ringwood & Burley: Ringwood hosts a brilliant market or you could aim to be in the quieter traditional village of Burley where you can sample some local fudge and cider.
  • Sway: is usually visited by those wanting to see the impressive tower which dominates the skyline.
  • Fordingbridge: is a small ancient town on the River Acon and is often called the ‘northern gateway to the New Forest’. There are watersports and nature reserves nearby.
  • Hythe: is a bust town that has a market and lots of restaurants to choose from. It’s a good base for accessing watersports or taking a cruise while also being close to the New Forest National Park.

3 best New Forest bell tents

So let’s get down to business….you want to know the best places to stay for glamping in New Forest. I’ve split the below categories into sections depending on what it is that you are looking for.

First up are bell tents (also called belle tents). Think classic Glastonbury tipi style tents! What’s great about bell tents is they are spacious and you feel like you are camping, although with the luxury of a bed.

#1 Secret Garden Glamping

Website (booked through Airbnb, follow this link you for £34 off your first stay)
Where: Lymington
Pets allowed? No
Price: from £99 per night (based on 2 people sharing) plus an additional £25 per extra person (max 4). Special offer: 2 nights midweek in Sep/Oct for just £150

Situated 10 minutes from Lymington town, Secret Garden Glamping have beautiful 5m Bell tents. As the name suggests, there’s a beautiful garden on site. The tents are well equipped – double bed, sofa, lighting, WiFi, electric, heating, BBQ area and private shower room/toilet. You’ll also get a hamper with continental breakfast, tea and coffee on arrival.

#2 Harry’s Field

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Where: Frogham
Pets allowed? No
Price: 4m bell tent (sleeps 2-3 people) £320 per weekend (3 nights, Fri-Mon)

At Harry’s Field each tent is uniquely furnished and accessories – with vintage and bohemian furniture, soft feather cushions, throws and rugs. The character of the tents really makes a stay here special. They come equipped with everything you need including kitchen items and a gas stove plus a personal fire pit area. You’ll just need to bring your own towels.

#3 Bluebell

Website (booked through Airbnb, follow this link you for £34 off your first stay)
Where: Fordingbridge
Pets allowed? Dog friendly glamping
Price: from £110 per night

tucked away in a New Forest cottage garden is Bluebell, a luxurious alternative to camping. From here you’ll find great access to the New Forest and also the pub! The tent comes with a double bed, bohemian furnishings, camp kitchen, fire pit, flushing loo and shower just 50 yards away! Sleeps up to 5 (2 adults and 3 children)

Best New Forest yurts

2 Best New Forest yurts

So let’s get down to business….you want to know the best places to stay for glamping in New Forest. I’ve split the below categories into sections depending on what it is that you are looking for.

#4 Forest Yurts

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Where: Bransgore
Pets allowed? Dog friendly glamping
Price: £130 Sunday – Thursday off peak, £180 Friday, Saturday & bank holidays are all peak periods.

This yurt camp is ideally situated just 3 miles from the edge of New Forest National Park, is within easy walking distance to 2 pubs and only 15mins from the nearest beach. You’ll be staying in traditional hand made Mongolian Yurts, beautifully crafted and furnished and all with stunning lake views. All yurts have private facilities including a bathroom, towels, eco-friendly bath products, kitchenware, BBQ, gas rings, campfire, covered outside dining area wood burners and hammocks. Space for 2 adults and 2 children.

#5 Back of Beyond (luxury yurts, glamping pods)

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Where: St Leonards
Pets allowed? No dogs allowed in the yurts
Price: from £65 per night

An adult only glamping park conveniently located near Ringwood. There are 2 yurts on site, cosily fitted out with a wood burner. You get all the facilities needed to make a comforatble stay including a double bed, camping kitchen, great facilities, private deck, green space, electric, heating, chiminea, BBQ, loungers, tables, chairs.

3 best new forest Safari tents

So let’s get down to business….you want to know the best places to stay for glamping in New Forest. I’ve split the below categories into sections depending on what it is that you are looking for.

#6 Gambledown Farm

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Where: Sherfield English
Pets allowed? Dog friendly glamping
Price: from £ 135 per night

Gambledown Farm hosts 270 acres of beautiful rolling countryside. On-site you can stay in one of their 4 luxury safari tents, all with views over the valley. Each has an en-suite, wood-burning stove, fire pit and BBQ. Children can collect hen’s eggs and in spring can bottle feed the lambs. On a Saturday night, you can look forward to wood-fired pizza.

#7 Midgham Farm Glamping

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Where: Midgham
Pets allowed? Dog friendly glamping
Price: from £140 per night (2 nights min stay)

Stay in a luxury safari tent nestled in quiet woods. The safari tents can sleep up to 6 people making them perfect for families or friend groups. You have everything you need for a perfect glamping getaway including comfy beds, wood-burning stove and a private toilet. On-site you’ll find playgrounds, fire pits and pizza ovens to hire.

#8 Verwood Campsite

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Where: Verwood, near Ringwood
Pets allowed? No
Price: from £119 (for 3 nights)

Stylish safari tents with features including full beds, sofas and dining facilities, perfect for short or long stays. Each tent has a pretty decked terrace providing the perfect spot for star gazing. There are also 2 separate bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with a triple bunk bed – double on bottom and single on top) making it ideal for families or friend groups. Just bring bedding and towels.

New Forest camping pods

2 best New Forest camping pods

So let’s get down to business….you want to know the best places to stay for glamping in New Forest. I’ve split the below categories into sections depending on what it is that you are looking for.

#9 Stonehenge Glamping Pods

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Where: Berwick St James
Pets allowed? Dog friendly glamping
Price: from £80 per night

This is a family-run park hidden in a quiet semi-wooded area near the New Forest. This is 4 star luxury glamping at its best. Each New Forest camping pod is well-kept and carefully laid out. With over 500 positive reviews and awards to their naem, Stonehenge Glamping Pods is a great choice.

#10 Back of Beyond

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Where: St Leonards
Pets allowed? Dog friendly glamping
Price: from £65 per night

Back of Beyond’s biggest sell is that it is an adult only glamping site! There are 4 camping pods to choose from and all are well equipped with double bed, camping kitchen, great facilities, private deck, green space, electric, heating, chiminea, BBQ, loungers, tables and chairs.

3 best new forest shepherds & gypsy huts

So let’s get down to business….you want to know the best places to stay for glamping in New Forest. I’ve split the below categories into sections depending on what it is that you are looking for.

#11 Fernwood Glamping B&B (Shepherds and gypsy hut)

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Where: Ringwood
Pets allowed? No
Price: for two adults per night: £75, Additional charge for a single night stay £20, Additional children: £10 per child per night (sleeping bag with integral pillow included)

Fernwood Glamping B&B have both Shepherds and Gypsy huts on site. Both hidden away overlooking pretty fields. Guests are welcomed with a breakfast hamper and can look forward to real showers, ‘posh’ composting toilets and access to a summer house. Ringwood is just a 5 minute drive away making it a great base. Both huts sleep 2 adults and 2 children (aged 4-10).

#12 St Leonards Farm Park (Shepherds hut)

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Where: West moors
Pets allowed? No
Price: from £60 per night

Basic but comfortable, the St Leonards Farm Park has a pretty shepherds hut ideal for a romantiv getaway for 2. The double bed comes with all linen and there is a seperate kitchen with electric hob and fridge. You also get a picnic table and toilet/shower block a short walk away. Towels are not provided.

#13 Vinegar Hill Pottery

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Where: Milford-on-Sea
Pets allowed? No
Price: from £80 per night

Stay in an amazing 1885 Showman’s Gypsy Wagon for something a little different. Nestled in a seaside village, guests can look forward to a yummy continental breakfast and a heated private wet/shower room. What makes this place really special are the pottery courses that are offered on-site!

Guide to glamping New Forest

3 best New forest Glamping with hot tub

So let’s get down to business….you want to know the best places to stay for glamping in New Forest. I’ve split the below categories into sections depending on what it is that you are looking for.

#14 Cosy log cabin with hot tub

Website (booked through Airbnb, follow this link you for £34 off your first stay)
Where: Ringwood
Pets allowed? No
Price: from £129 a night

Sandford Lodge is a really unique and quirky log cabin, full of character! It was handmade by the owners. Downstairs is a living area, wood burner, bathroom and kitchen. Upstairs you’ll find a cosy bedroom. The rocking chairs on the outside veranda are the cherry on the cake….as is the hot tub of course. Situated on the edge of the New Forest National Park, it’s a perfect base for cycling, hiking or horse riding. There are pubs nearby and Bournemouth is just a 20-minute drive away.

#15 Acorn Cabin

Website (booked through Airbnb, follow this link you for £34 off your first stay)
Where: Sway
Pets allowed? No
Price: from £175 a night

This cabin looks out across the fields so you can really enjoy the view while soaking in the hot tub. Inside you’ll find a large bed and a sofa to make your stay nice and comfy. Other features include under floor heating and soft towels. Located just 3 miles from the market town of Lymington. Price includes a welcome breakfast hamper, bottle of prosecco, sausages, bacon, milk and orange juice. Towels, linen and dressing gowns are also included.

#16 Stud Farm Glamping

Website (booked through Airbnb, follow this link you for £34 off your first stay)
Where: Sway, near Brockenhurst
Pets allowed? Horses are welcome
Price: from £85 per night. £20 per horse per night

Enjoy this luxury shepherds hut with countryside views. The hut is larger than your usual shepherd’s hut which means it fits a double bed, bunk beds, kitchen area and a luxury bathroom with victorian style toilet and monsoon shower. Other features include underfloor heating, large decked area, sun loungers, BBQ, fire pit and a continental style breakfast hamper.

Top tips for your Glamping New Forest adventure!

Here are a few top tips to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible…

  • Always check what is included and what you need to bring as this varies greatly between sites
  • If you are planning to stay for a longer visit (week or more) see if you can get a discount or at the very least get something thrown in free of charge (such as breakfast or wood for the burner)
  • If you have the flexibility, going off-peak will get you a better deal and the New Forest will also be a lot quieter from visitors
  • The National Park really is the highlight of the area so ensure you make time to fit in some walks, bike rides or horse riding
  • Do not feed the New Forest ponies; there is a forest bylaw which forbids the feeding of forest stock and can get you a £200 fine and a criminal record if you do

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