Embers Beaulieu

Our PERFECT Location In The New Forest

You really are spoilt for choice when you stay at Embers Beaulieu – you can do as much or little as you want!  If you’re like us and love camping, you’ll know that the fun shouldn’t be over when the sun goes down. That’s why when night-time falls at Embers Beaulieu, your own personal campfire lights up! To cook on, to tell spooky stories around, or just to warm your toes with a nice bottle of red.


Our campsite is located at Hazel Copse Farm, Hatchet Lane above the village of Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest.  You can walk into Beaulieu Village or stroll down the "River Walk to Bucklers Hard", where you can have a well earned beverage at the Master Builders pub (http://www.hillbrookehotels.co.uk/the-master-builders/) which is one of the best in the area!  As we are in the most convenient part of the New Forest National Park, which boasts an impressive array of wildlife, most notably the wild ponies that roam the forest, you are ideally situated to explore the remarkable open landscapes of grassland, open heath and woodland from our campsite.  Walks and trails criss-cross this beautiful open landscape spanning many miles.

Address: Embers Camping, Hazel Copse Farm, Hatchet Lane, Beaulieu, SO42 7WA

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The campsite is located within the iconic New Forest containing abundance of birdlife, deer and, of course, the famous ponies that roam the forest.  Lowland habitats such as grassland and open heath, along with the woodland, provide a visually remarkable and historic setting of this open landscape.  The Wildlife Park, located within the New Forest National Park, houses native animals from Britain, otter and owls from all over the world. There is also a Reptile Centre for the snake and amphibian enthusiasts in the New Forest.

William the Conqueror created the New Forest as a royal forest around 1079 for the royal hunt, mainly being deer.   More recently, the forest became a source of timber for the Royal Navy in the 18th century from which many famous battle ships were built.  Today it provides the setting for a wide variety of outdoor activities ranging from horse riding, trails and walks to kayaking and biking.


There is everything an outdoor enthusiast would want at the New Forest from taking a scenic walk through the forest, spotting deer and ponies on a nature trail, to riding on mountain bike tracks directly from the campsite.  Most of these activites are located nearby such as horse riding, falconry, animal feeding are a few more of the many activities you can experience during your visit to our campsite.   

All in all, with such a wide and diverse area of fauna and wildlife to explore in the New Forest National Park, you’ll never be short of options.


You can still attend the Animal Feeding tours at Home Farm on selected weekends, collecting the morning’s eggs from the chicken coop’s or milking the goats.  There are rabbits, pigs, donkeys and sheep to keep the little ones occupied.  Please get in touch if you'd like to feed the farm animals whilst camping with us or if the dates don't work you can visit Longdown farm which is located near us (http://www.longdownfarm.co.uk)


There are plenty of water sports nearby to keep you busy from sailing, windsurfing, boat hire to kayaking and canoeing. 


There are also numerous types of beaches nearby for bathing or swimming such as Milford on Sea with pebbles located 11 miles away or the famous sandy beaches of Bournemouth located 20 miles away.  The beaches of Bournemouth won’t disappoint stretching over 7 miles of sandy coastline with swimming, surfing, windsurfing and beach volleyball being the main activities.


Buckler’s Hard – 2 ½ miles walk from campsite

Buckler’s Hard originally was the birthplace of many British naval vessels, including many of Nelson’s Fleet, using the timber sourced from the New Forest.  The master shipbuilder Henry Adams was responsible for building many famous ships during the 18th and 19th centuries at the “Hard”, some of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar.  More recent naval history involved the river being a base for many of the landing craft used for the Normandy invasion during the 2nd World War in 1944. 

One of the best pubs in the area is at the end of this meadering walk, aptly named the Master Builders Pub, serving local ale and in the summer you can enjoy a family BBQ in the gardens overlooking the river.  There is a naval musuem, boat rides, and the high street unbelievably still has a gravel track giving it a rural atmosphere to the hamlet town. 


The National Motor Museum has a remarkable collection of over 250 vehicles including a construction of a 1930’s garage offering a wide variety of cars from the old vintage cars, Formula 1 racing cars and shows.

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Home Comforts

We want you to enjoy your stay at Embers just as nature intended. But that doesn’t mean going without clean facilities.  Our new refurbished washrooms at our Embers Beaulieu campsite in Hampshire, will provide all the home comforts you will need whilst camping. All of our bathrooms are clean, spacious and all of our showers are piping hot! A real comfort when you are camping, leaving you refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead!

We are a tent only site. If you don't have a tent you can hire one from us, so you need not worry if you don't have all the equipment. Choose from our Premium Outwell Tents or new 5m Bell/Safari tents (sleeps upto 6 persons) for a "real" camping under canvas experience from £65/night! You can include a deluxe option by adding lights, rugs and fairy lights too!

We also are offering high quality cookware that will make you have a superb BBQ at our campsite - add the BBQ option on the main booking page.  If you want to keep your food cold for the weekend, hire one of our high quality ice boxes that comes with ice.  

Pizzas are also a highlight at our campsites, made fresh on site and cooked in our very own wood fired ovens, from £7 each. Once you have made a booking, we'll email you with pizzas choices closer to your arrival date.

When making a booking, add the tent and other options under the heading "Add Your Camping Options", once you have selected your campsite here.

Local History


The campsite is located within the New Forest, less than ½ mile from the historic village of Beaulieu.  The New Forest was designated a royal forest by William the Conqueror around 1079 mainly for the hunting of deer.  As a result he evicted the inhabitants of 36 parishes, however most of the areas where uninhabited as there was poor soil in much of the forest. 


Years later tragedy struck when his two sons, Prince Richard and King William II, died in separate “hunting” accidents almost 20 years apart in the New Forest.  In 1100, King William II “Rufus” was struck by an arrow while hunting which proved fatal – the reputed spot is marked with a stone called Rufus Stone.


The village of Beaulieu has been accepting visitors since the 13th century when Palace House was constructed in 1204, to act as the gatehouse to Beaulieu Abbey.  Palace House, a fine example of gothic architecture, has been the ancestral home of a branch of the Montagu family since 1538 when they bought it from the Crown, following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. 


The Abbey was of a scale and magnificence reflecting its status and importance in the Kingdom.  The structure was designed in gothic style with influences of French churches of the day.  The church was 102m long and had a semi-circular apse with 11 radiating chapels.  South of the church stood a cloister around which were the Chapter House, refectory, kitchens, storehouses and the monks quarters.  Most of the church was destroyed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the groundplan of the 102m can be seen in the gardens.  The Domus now is a museum depicting scenes from monastic life and history of the Abbey since 1204.


In the New Forest, Common rights were confirmed by Statue in 1698 for inhabitants of the area to allow grazing of farm animals in the Forest, provided that the deer and its forage was not interfered with - a punishable offence.


In the 18th and 19th centuries, the forest was used as a source of wood for making the famous battle ships that fought against the French and Spanish fleets to gain supremacy of the seas including some of Lord Nelson's fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar.  These ships were built in Buckler’s Hard, a small hamlet a few miles from the village of Beaulieu along the river.  More recently, naval history involved the river being a base for many of the landing craft used for the Normandy invasion during the 2nd World War in 1944. 


Today many people from diverse backgrounds live in the New Forest National Park enjoying the beautiful setting, numerous outdoor activities, cultural events and wildlife that it offers.

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