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The Old Vicarage: The house and grounds

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

Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.

Reception is unmanned after 6 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.

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

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Bookings must not be for more than 15 consecutive nights.

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

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

The games room is open between 19/04 and 30/09.

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

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

The Cave Bar is only open 10-13 April, 8-10 May, 22-24 May and 28-30 August.


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9.1

Overall rating based on 186 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

91% would stay here again.

  61% described as Peaceful ?

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Absolutely loved it here. Lodge was cosy and warm. Had …12/12/2021

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  • Luxury Log 1 bedroom cabin
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    Absolutely loved it here. Lodge was cosy and warm. Had everything you need and was very clean.

    Disliked: 

    No tin opener.

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Everything was clean and friendly08/11/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Luxury Log 1 bedroom cabin
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    Location was amazing and quite we had access to the site 24/7 so could leave for a night out

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lovely site with river running through it, reasonable pitch fees, …15/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomjennifer h.Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch (small)
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    lovely site with river running through it, reasonable pitch fees, ground mostly flat, a little muddy, but it was october. lovely cave bar, pity it wasn't open! wifi hit n miss! toilets clean, would stay here again.

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We loved this site, family friendly and clean.03/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChristina H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch (medium)
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    The staff here were amazing. The site itself is really nice with a river running through. Really child friendly. Lots for the kids to do. Beautiful cave bar. We had an issue with our tent location and the staff were fantastic. They offered us lots of solutions and couldn’t do enough to help us. They resolved our issue and kept checking in on us to make sure we were happy. Looking forward to going back.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing. There was only 1 shower if I had to pick anything negative.

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Great campsite and close to Lincoln and Nottingham for days out30/09/2021

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  • Electric grass tent pitch (medium)
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    Site was beautiful

    Staff very friendly and helpful throughout stay

    Facilities were always clean

    Disliked: 

    Facilities were adiquite

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Beautiful areas, clean stream and lots of things for the …28/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLouise C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch (large)
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    Beautiful areas, clean stream and lots of things for the kids to enjoy

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Liked pretty much everything about the site very friendly staff …27/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch (medium)
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    Liked pretty much everything about the site very friendly staff not to big so our girls could go of and play and not get lost. Great for the kids. The cave bar was open the boxing on the tv. The water was great for the kids and the little park to. Will definitely be back

    Disliked: 

    The toilets was ok but one toilet seat was a bit wonky and they didnt lock very well. I never had a shower but was told by another camper to be carefull because if your in the shower when a toilet is flushed or the taps turned on the water becomes to hot. But as only there 1 night we didnt use the shower

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Friendly staff, Pitches roomy, fire pits available - bar on site.27/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSuzie G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (medium)
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    Fantastic site- quiet , brilliant river fun, zip line , rope swings , easy to move around, facilities great! Perfect for a family like us that like a fun day and quiet night!

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Beautiful, quiant campsite which has everything you need26/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomClaire J F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch (medium)
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  • Liked: 

    This is a lovely, quiant, little campsite just down the road from where we live.
    We camped for our son's 10th birthday. My children can be quite clingy but as soon as we pulled up they were off playing on the many swings, rope swings, zip wires etc.
    The river is shallow enough for the children, dogs and adults to play in.
    The river is just beautiful, such a picturesque view to relax in front of. Pitches are a good size, plenty of space to set up. This particular weekend fellow campers were so friendly and the site staff made a great effort to get to know us and our dogs, making us feel very welcome.
    The Cave Bar had a great atmosphere and provided opportunities to meet other campers and share our toasted marsh mallows.
    The sound of the owls/wildlife during the night was amazing.
    Considering the proximity to the A1 we barely heard the traffic, the site was full of laughter and tweeting birds.
    Was so sad to have to pack up and go home but work/school calls.
    Will definitely return

    Disliked: 

    As mentioned by many others the wash and toilet/shower facilities do need upgrading, there is really no privacy whilst brushing your teeth or using the loo with doors that don't shut/lock very well, can be quite embarrassing. But they were kept clean.

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Love it, fantastic stay, would highly recommend this place,26/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHolly R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch (large)
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    Wow what a lovely place, beautiful to look at and fantastic little stay, the people are so friendly and smiley. Has lots to do for children to keep them entertained such as the park or playing in the river, has rope swing over the river and stepping stones, there are toys for them to play with near the bar so you can keep on eye on them while you have a beer or glass of wine.
    There are some lovely walks near by for the dogs, ours loves the water so was perfect for him to go swimming.
    There are pubs, shops and restaurants within driving distance but if you like a good walk then I would recommend walking. However the campsite dose have a cave bar so if you wanted to stay on the site then it dose pretty much have everything you need.
    They have chickens so you can buy fresh eggs from them for breakfast 😋
    We will definitely be coming back!
    Big thank you from Holly, Tom and baby leo

    Disliked: 

    The only thing I can think of is that there was no shower matt, I got dirty feet when getting out the shower.

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: one group at a time

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Extra spacing in seated areas

Hand sanitising stations

One-way flow for entering/leaving buildings

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 3.5 miles
Hardy Street — 7.1 miles
Hetts Lane — 9.0 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: 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

The Old Vicarage cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Modifications are subject to a £10.00 fee.

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

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

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. The Old Vicarage will debit the balance from your card 10 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 10 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

Pitches: a £10.00 deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does The Old Vicarage have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Old Vicarage dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Old Vicarage? 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 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Old Vicarage?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at The Old Vicarage? From £12.50 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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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.

Coronavirus
Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.

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 (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

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 games room is open between 19/04 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 £10.00 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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. between 01/01 and 31/12.
Reception is unmanned after 6 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.

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.

Additional terms

The Cave Bar is only open 10-13 April, 8-10 May, 22-24 May and 28-30 August.

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