Roly and Ginny Cooper have owned Fish Pond’s Bottom at Hale in the New Forest National Park for 25 years.
Local knowledge says that around 300 years ago fish were farmed at Fish Pond’s Bottom to feed the local community. It is a beautiful place with grassland and mixed woodland covering just under 4 acres.
It has been a place of much fun and relaxation for their family and friends over the years and was recently the setting for a beautiful wedding reception.
Fish Pond's Bottom is a different camping experience, a place to get away from it all. It is a family run, quiet, peaceful camp site. We have spacious pitches spread over a 3 1/2 acre site of mixed woodland and pasture. This is a 'real' campers site and we do not accommodate large groups. We do not allow music on site and ask campers to be quiet between 11.00p.m. and 9.00a.m.
We are keen environmentalists and all facilities at Fish Pond’s Bottom reflect this.
The compost loo and outdoor shower have been built using reclaimed or recycled materials whenever possible. We have made this a feature of our campsite.
The facilities include:
Fish Pond’s Bottom is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
New Forest deer wander through the land most days stopping to graze here and there. There are badgers in the area and numerous rabbits. Foxes are often seen.
The bird life includes resident buzzards, lesser spotted and green woodpeckers, warblers, and nightjars have been heard after sunset.
It is also a good place to spot lizards bathing in the sun!
The National Park lies mainly in southwest Hampshire – from east of the Avon Valley to Southampton Water and from the Solent coast to the edge of the Wiltshire chalk downs.
It is a haven for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Hale is on the northern edge of the New Forest National Park, a quieter part of the New Forest and a great place from which to explore both the National Park and surrounding area.
There is a riding stable in neighbouring fields and there are many cycle paths across the Forest and nearby cycle hire.
You can just walk out onto the Forest from Fish Pond’s Bottom or explore the great variety of scenery the New Forest has to offer by cycle or car. There are several country pubs offering good food within walking distance.
Leaving the Forest Stonehenge and historic Salisbury are to the north and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset is only 45 minutes away to the South.
Fish Pond’s Bottom is a place where you leave only your footprints and take only your memories.