We are thrilled to announce that we are open! Cameron’s Cottage, nestled in the RSPB Franchises Lodge reserve, has had a complete make-over from derelict cottage to a phenomenal residential education retreat.

In partnership with the RSPB, we were able to fulfill our vision to create a place where young people can be immersed in nature.  We are so grateful to everyone for the tremendous support you have offered us over these last years to enable this to happen. 

Cameron’s Cottage is completely off-grid with heating and electricity provided by solar power, so it really is the ultimate nature experience

Beth Markey, RSPB

The Cottage, which sleeps up to 19 people, has been renovated to create a sustainable place where groups of young people can experience and learn about the natural world. 

Booking Cameron's Cottage

For more information about booking Cameron's Cottage please visit the the RSPB website.

Book Cameron's Cottage

Rates are £15 pppn with a minimum booking of 8 young people. The Cottage can accommodate up to 19 people, including leaders in 5 bedrooms. Additional discounts are available for groups who meet certain financial requirements.

Activities include:

  • nature: bioblitz, bat detecting moth trapping, wildlife walk
  • team building: slacklining, blind fold trail, team all maze, wild art
  • survival skills: outdoor cooking, kelly kettles, shelter building, pioneering, navigation

Latest news:


Cottage Roof Completed

25 July 2020

We are thrilled to report that Steve Cuff, who very generously and kindly offered his services, was able to completely water-proof and fix the roof of the cottage.

Thank you to Steve for this fabulous work! He also installed a bat box for the Rhinolophidae bat (commonly known as the horseshoe bat) and one for the Common Pipistrelle bat, giving them places to roost. 

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Cottage roof completed

Cottage roof completed

Architect selected for Cameron's Cottage

02 February 2019

We have been very busy these last few months and are delighted that RSPB have appointed an architect, Joe Moorhouse,  who shares our vision to renovate Cameron’s Cottage.

We are looking at the endless possibilities to transform this run down, three bedroom cottage into a place where groups of young people can stay in the heart of the 1000 acres RSBP Franchises Lodge Reserve. Not only are we looking to up-date the cottage, we hope to create a field study centre that will be a base for young people to carry out research and other nature related activities. 

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Architect's Plan of the Cottage

Architect's Plan of the Cottage

Architect's Plan of the Cottage

1000 acres RSPB Reserve, Franchises Lodge


Generous Support

Thank you to Garfield Weston and the National Lottery Heritage fund for their generous support.

Garfield Weston Foundation


Cameron's Cottage

Read all about how we came to be partnering with the RSPB to create this wonderful retreat and learning centre deep in the New Forest.

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Cameron's Cottage Video

Young Ambassador Amy Hall has produced a great video of Cameron’s Cottage before the work begins. Take a look at this magical place, immersed in nature and nestled in the woodlands of RSPB Franchises Lodge in the New Forest.    

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Birds Eye View

Take an aerial tour around Cameron's Cottage and the surrounding forest: