Sandy Balls – New Forest

sandy balls - new forest

This is one of the Sandy Balls giving the site it’s name

It was only a month ago that we last took our caravan out for a weekend break and now it’s all been ‘wintered’ and sits outside our home with her winter jacket on.

One month ago we were in Sandy Balls *snigger* I know we all chuckle at that name and I discovered there is a reason for the name too, look at the photo here –>

Sandy Balls is to the west of the New Forest and it really is easy to get to, even towing a caravan. In fact as you come off the motorway, you’re already in the midst of nature but don’t be surprised to get caught in a traffic jam because some cows have stopped in the middle of the road and don’t particularly feel like moving.

Our journey across the forest was one through chocolate box villages with wild horses nibbling on the flowers over the garden walls, I so wish I’d had my camera handy.

Sandy Balls is the most expensive place we’ve camped in our 6 week stint coming in at £35.00 a night (as opposed to £20 – 25 previously) but it was worth it for the position and the convenience of having your own personal drain for grey water and a tap for fresh water on your pitch.

I used the Panasonic V700 camcorder to take a few shots whilst I was there and discovered it has this amazing feature that connects all your shots taken and adds music underneath – take a look it’s amazing and saves a whole lot of editing.

The site is set by the River Avon and is quite hilly so perfect for nature trails and walks in the fresh air. See our ‘boats game in the photo below? There is also a fabulous centre with a shop, a pizzeria and a pub which also serves food.

sandy balls new forest

The two swimming pools are very well looked after, one indoors the other outdoors and there is a soft play area plus two excellent parks for children to play in.

The beauty of Sandy Balls is you can choose from various types of accommodation if you don’t want to camp. The most superior being a Vista lodge which are currently being sold off in 8 week periods for around £35.000 for a 15 year contract. *sigh* The view is simply breathtaking and they’ve been furnished to a very high standard, I smiled on seeing Other Half had brought home a brochure with him.

sandy balls new forest

Of course you can choose a mobile home, a cabin lodge or a tent, whichever takes your fancy but trust me you will have a wonderful time and I can’t wait to return

We spent two nights in September and although it wasn’t cold it wasn’t hot either, jackets, cardigans and welly boots were the perfect attire to enjoy this fabulous resort to the hilt.

sandy balls new forest

I’d love to go back one day and try a log cabin. Actually I’d love to go back one day and try a Vista lodge but I imagine they’ll all be sold by then


  1. Anya from Older Single Mum
    October 20, 2012 / 3:04 PM

    I grew up in Bournemouth, just the other side of the New Forest and it’s always good to be reminded of its beauty. I didn’t know about this site, but am glad you had a wonderful time.

  2. October 20, 2012 / 8:31 PM

    You came to the New Forest and you didn’t tell me?! X

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