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The Old Vicarage

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General

  • Riverside site in grounds of a 17th-century house in Nottinghamshire
  • Close to Sherwood Forest and 25 miles from Nottingham
  • Bar, TV room and traditional games

The Old Vicarage is a 17th-century house in the village of Elkesley, six miles from Worksop and 25 miles from Nottingham. Its grounds run down to the banks of the Poulter river, and are lined with stands of acacia, sycamore, ash and oak trees which were originally donated to the first vicar by the Duke of Newcastle in the 1830s. You'll sense the history all around you, from the old house to the remains of the water mill in the river bed.

There's plenty of space around the site for traditional outdoor activities, with a rope swing and stepping stones over the shallow river and a bridge that's perfect for playing Pooh Sticks. In the surrounding area there are animal parks and nature reserves to walk around, or to head back further in time, you could take one of the trails through ancient Sherwood Forest, around quarter of an hour's drive away.

Guest facilities on site centre around the Cave Bar, at the foot of an exposure of 500 million year old sandstone, with a chillout room, TV room and games.

Other amenities include a washing-up area and bathrooms with plentiful hot showers, toilets and baby changing facilities.

Please note

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Bookings must not be for more than 15 consecutive nights.

Group bookings of 15 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).


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8.7

Overall rating based on 77 reviews

 

90% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

 

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Exceptional campsite with clean facilities and nice friendly staff! 17/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Freya B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Lovely little campsite, 10/10 for letting us chose where we wanted to pitch up! Stream running through the campsite was a nice touch too, Amenities close by so that’s always handy if you’ve forgot sugar for your morning cuppa! Plenty of cycling routes near by too! All in all we absolutely loved it! We’ll definitely be returning before the season ends!

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    Nothing to dislike!

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Lovely friendly campsite 03/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom hana c. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    - Paddling in the stream
    - Cave bar with music
    - Nice family feel
    - Friendly welcome
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Beautiful scenery and lovely quiet feel to site . 14/09/2018

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    Beautiful scenery and lovely quiet feel to site .

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Lovely location quiet and great for the kids to play ... 03/09/2018

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    Lovely location quiet and great for the kids to play especially in the stream

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Absolutely loved our stay here, the grounds are absolutely beautiful ... 03/09/2018

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    Absolutely loved our stay here, the grounds are absolutely beautiful with a stream, stepping stones, swings and trees which kept my children thoroughly entertained. We also found the WC facilities to be clean and well kept with warm water and hand towels. We will definitely be returning for another visit.

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Beautiful location. Very peaceful and relaxed site Helpful owners. Would ... 03/09/2018

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    Beautiful location. Very peaceful and relaxed site Helpful owners. Would recommend this site

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nothing 03/09/2018

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    love this site so beautiful and peaceful

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Beautiful clean spacious site. 31/08/2018

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    Very spacious and was able to pick where we wanted to pitch up. The staff was lovely and very helpful. Price was reasonable. Location was easy to find. And such a beautiful place

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    nothing major but could do with a few bins scattered maybe.

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Great weekend, good facilities and friendly staff. Would reccomend! 28/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ben S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Great area for the kids to play
    Lovely stream running through
    Friendly staff
    Great facilities

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Friendly staff, clean flat site, river and swings for the children 28/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Mandy L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Site was clean and tidy. The river was excellent for the kids to play in with a rope swing over it. The site has a zip wire and a swing play set. They also had toys for the children to borrow. The owners try hard to make it fun for everyone and I will definitely go again.

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    Toilet and shower facilities are not adequate for the number of people on site. They need another block the other side of the river.

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Gas cylinders available

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Barbecues allowed

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Dogs allowed all year

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Groups welcome

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Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Bar nearby

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Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

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Location

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  • Park Lane, Elkesley, East Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, DN22 8AS
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.2725°N 0.9644°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Retford Bus Station — 3.5 miles
Worksop: Hardy Street Coach Stop — 7.1 miles
Warsop (Notts): Coach Stop — 9.1 miles
Train stations
Retford Low Level Rail Station — 3.0 miles
Retford Rail Station — 3.0 miles
Worksop Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Ferry ports
Hull Ferry Terminal — 43.3 miles
Airports
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 14.5 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 14.9 miles
Sheffield City Airport — 19.3 miles

Directions


Exit the A1 where signposted 'Elkesley village only'. The site entrance says 'Guests' and is at the end of the slip road.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The surrounding countryside offers cracking opportunities for walks and wildlife-spotting, with trails around the lakes and wetlands of Idle Valley Nature Reserve (15 minutes' drive) and lakes for fishing too.

Then there's Sherwood Forest, 25 minutes away and hiding within its combined nature reserve, country park and Sherwood Pines Forest Park some 450 acres of wildlife among ancient oak trees, alongside a wealth of biking and walking trails to take you through them. Adventure-seekers can see it all from the tree-tops on ropes and wires at Go Ape, and the kids can clamber about at Robin Hood’s Hideout, an acclaimed natural play area.

For family antics out of the forest, Sundown Adventure Park (20 minutes) has rides and themed playgrounds for the under-10s and families can also make tracks for Ferry Farm Country Park (45 minutes), to feed lambs, meet pigs and zoom about on go-karts and the adventure playground.

An hour away and a major hub since Robin Hood's days, Nottingham still draws the crowds. Tour the castle and the caves, stop for a snifter in Ye Trip To Jerusalem (oldest pub in England, perhaps...), skate on ice at Motorpoint Arena and see what law and order meant in the Sheriff’s days at the National Justice Museum.

For further historical wanderings, Creswell Crags presents an array of prehistoric caves in a cracking limestone gorge and Newark's castle, Air Museum and National Civil War Centre sum up the centuries very entertainingly, all around half an hour away.

Must see

  • Sherwood Forest Country Park (6.3 miles)
  • Mansfield Museum (13.2 miles)
  • Bolsover Castle (13.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Clumber Park (4.2 miles)
  • Mr Straw's House (6.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

The Old Vicarage cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Modifications are subject to a £10.00 fee.

Group bookings of 10 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Old Vicarage will debit the balance from your card 3 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 3 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Pitches: a £15.00 deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a £10.00 fee.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 15 consecutive nights.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 01/05 and 30/09.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Occupancy
Group bookings of 10 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 15 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Pitches
Pitches: a £15.00 deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between 01/09 and 31/12.
Reception is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. between 22/03 and 31/08.
Reception is unmanned after 4 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m..

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 10:30 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

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