Foxlease Activity Centre Hampshire
Region: South East EnglandDisabled Facilities: Yes
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: Girlguiding Foxlease, Clay Hill Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7DE
Contact: 02380 282 638
Foxlease is an activity centre in the New Forest set in 65 acres of land in Lyndhurst. The site offers a range of accommodation including self-catering buildings, campsites and tented village as well as catered residential visits in our 17th century manor house.
We have a wide range of activities and can offer additional resources and activities to create an exciting programme all in one place for your day visit or residential.
There is one access road on to the site and a car park suitable for coaches.
The site boundary is clear with two footpaths into the forest, ideal for Duke of Edinburgh explorations.
Our reception/office is situated in the main manor house and a member of staff is contactable 24 hours a day in case of emergencies.
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What size groups do they cater for?
We cater for groups from 10 to over 200 dependent, on the type of residential required.
For fully catered residential in our Princess Mary House, we can accommodate up to 60 people. Our three self-catered buildings and 14 campsites can accommodate a range of group sizes and can be booked together for larger groups. We can accommodate a total number in excess of 2000 for large scale full-site events.
Please provide location information?
Just outside Lyndhurst Town Centre and approximately 10 miles from Southampton, Foxlease is excellently located for travel by road, rail and air.
Brockenhurst station is a short distance away with regular direct trains to London and Southampton inc Southampton airport – transfers can be arranged at additional cost.
National Express coaches operate to Southampton, from which local buses are available and stop at the entrance to Foxlease. National Express also operates coaches to Lyndhurst which is less than a mile from the site.
why you are great for educational visits?
Foxlease offers a range of on-site adventurous activities and can create a package suitable for a wide range of requirements covering the curriculum, relationship building, confidence building and much more.
Based in the New Forest with easy access to the Forest from the site, we have a relationship with the New Forest Visitors Centre who can offer talks and walks and visits to their museum. We are also close to attractions such as the Beaulieu Motor museum, Buckler’s Hard and the Titanic museum, as well as Southampton city centre.
Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?
Our on-site activities cater and align to key stage objectives and curriculum topics. We tailor each visit to the specific needs of the group and create a bespoke package including activity worksheets where relevant.
Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
A range of accommodation options exist from our 14 campsites to self-catering and fully-catered indoor accommodation.
Princess Mary House and Annex: 30 en-suite bedrooms in a range of single, twin and shared rooms totaling 65 beds. Bedding, linen and towels are provided and teachers rooms (eight singles dispersed amongst shared rooms) would have refreshments available.
There are two rooms (four beds) on the ground floor for restricted mobility access. Princess Mary House has lounges and a classroom available.
Princess Margaret Lodge accommodates up to 30 in bunk beds over two floors (bedding to be supplied by guests). Dormitory rooms are a combination of two to six beds with two shared toilet and shower rooms and en-suite facilities for smaller dormitories. The lodge has two fully equipped kitchens and a prep room, a large communal room and a garden. Princess Margaret Lodge can be booked as a whole building or in two halves. A lift is available for disabled access.
The Barn accommodates up to 28 people in bunk beds. Two large dormitories sleep 10 in each with two smaller dormitory rooms for four with en-suite facilities. There are two communal toilet and shower rooms as well as a large hall for activities and a fully equipped kitchen.
The Coach House accommodates 22 people in bunk beds. A large entrance hall leads to a multi-purpose common room leading to a fully equipped kitchen. Also off the entrance hall is one large dormitory for 18 with an adjoining toilet and shower room and one small dormitory for four with en suite.
The Tented Village accommodates 30 people across five “tents” with nearby toilet, shower and outdoor cooking facilities.
There are 14 campsites catering for a range of groups, including restricted mobility access sites. All have access to toilet, shower and outdoor cooking facilities. Camping equipment can be provided where required.
Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?
There are no copyright restrictions but refrain from taking images of other groups.
What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
All the activities have risk assessments available for guests to view on request. We are happy for guests to pre arrange site visits in advance of their booking in order for them to carry out their own risk assessments for their visit.
What is the cost of the accommodation?
Please visit our website; http://www.foxlease.org.uk/how_to_book__prices.aspx
Please list facilities available?
The site has a number of visitor services and facilities including;
Souvenir and snack shop
WiFi in the main house
Packed lunches available
Hot food available in our dining room on arrangement
Each building has a communal room for the exclusive use of the group
Bar and lounge areas in the main house
Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Groups are required to cover their own first aid requirements. There are qualified first aiders available if support is required or in the event of an emergency.
Are there disabled facilities?
Each of the buildings has ground floor access with bedrooms and communal rooms on the ground floor. The Princess Margaret Lodge also has a lift to the first floor which can accommodate a wheel chair user and carer. Each building has at least one bathroom fitted with handrails.
We would recommend groups visit the site to check the suitability of the accommodation for their specific needs.
Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?
‘Another great visit to Foxlease! The children (and staff) had a brilliant time; we all felt very welcome and, once again, enjoyed the lovely, homely atmosphere of Foxlease. Our special thanks must go to the catering staff, who made every effort to accommodate all the children’s needs! The children all gained much from their experience; discovering qualities and skills they never knew they had. On the way home, one of the Year 6 children expressed his sadness that he wouldn’t be visiting Foxlease again next year, which is definitely a testament to all the staff!’
Chris Watson Head teacher, The Cedars School
‘Returned from our fabulous trip to Foxlease . Your staff could not have been more helpful.’
Yvonne Mercer head Teacher Haberdasher Askes’ Preparatory School
Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College
Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December
Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Campus Lodges Outdoor Residential Centres