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Badgers Retreat

9.5

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General

  • Small and friendly family-run site in the Nottinghamshire countryside
  • A 10-minute drive from Retford town centre or the river Trent
  • Barbecues allowed; pets welcome on leads

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? For many years the family behind Badgers Retreat Retford had notions of opening up a little site and sharing the simple pleasures to be had in this part of Nottinghamshire. In 2020, they fenced off a green and grassy acre of their 15-acre patch and opened their gates to folk looking to settle down for stays between Retford and the river Trent.

There's a fair bit to big up about this part of the county – kids will likely appreciate its proximity to Sundown Adventureland (10 minutes' drive), while travellers who like to stretch their legs are within easy reach of Clumber Park and the Creswell Crags (both 20 minutes).

After all that gallivanting around, Badgers Retreat Retford does its best to be a place where you can relax and unwind. Things are by and large quiet at this rural spot (that means no amplified tunes or generators, ta), with views over neighbouring farmland giving a further boost to its laidback vibes. You may also spot the owners' horses grazing nearby (dogs are welcome here, but as there are animals about you'll need to keep them on leads).

Feel free to get cooking on a raised barbecue – let the owners know in advance and they'll drop off a concrete slab for the occasion – or head down to the communal firepit. Supplies can be easily sourced in Retford town (10 minutes) with its vast array of independent business and supermarkets.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 136 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

98% would stay here again.

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Clean but quirky facilities and friendly owners.15/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNicholas J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Quirky but good facilities. Friendly owners. Nice walks from very close by.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Outstanding site, highly recommend. Excellent facilities.04/07/2022

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

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Little on site shop
    Perfect location
    Well thought out facilities
    Welcoming, relaxed atmosphere

    Absolutely outstanding set up, the facilities are lovely as are the people that run the site. Information on arrival was excellent and they were so welcoming and approachable. You can see a lot of thought has been put into making this an excellent site. Handy little shop on site for ice creams etc.

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    Nothing,

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Clean large spacious pitches very welcoming owners04/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMiriam E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Clean large spacious pitches very welcoming owners

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Friendly owners and a family friendly site03/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLisa S.Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Thank you for a lovely stay at your campsite this weekend. We were here with our two children. The site was relaxed. Everyone was friendly. The owners were always about when needed and couldn’t have been nicer.

    The pitches are set around the edges of the field with the centre left open for the kids to play which was perfect! The toilets were clean and close by. There were outdoor games for the kids to use (ball games etc).

    Our kids loved the horses in the field behind our caravan. The train line was running nearby but didn’t bother us at all. In fact our youngest loved spotting them across the fields.

    We will certainly be returning!

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a gem of a site with lovely owners30/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlice S.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    A lovely site in great surroundings. The facilities were great, they were quirky, clean and tidy. The owners were lovely and had a good time putting the world to rights. My daughter has special needs and the owner went to the effort of using Makaton to speak to her. Fantastic value for such a lovely site

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Great hosts, weather was good, really hot for a couple …27/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJonathan F.Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Great hosts, weather was good, really hot for a couple of days.
    Good honesty shop with a freezer for beer and ice packs. Toilet block in old horse box is a nice re-cycle and worked fine, bit quirky.
    Water, electric all ok.
    Field was flat enough, dry, no mud, it was hot but a bit of rain didn't do much to the ground.
    Walking access to Retford is about 3km/30 mins and can de done via a set of tracks just across from the site access to avoid the main road.
    Good for visiting Lincoln, Sherwood, Newark

    Disliked: 

    Bit noisey from the road and the kennels at times.

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Lovely site,peaceful,lovely surroundings,,looked after,kept clean and26/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJane S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Quiet site, owner very helpful and friendly.

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Excellent site26/06/2022

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

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Quiet, well organised,good facilities,friendly owners.

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Well kept site friendly and helpful owners. Close by A1..25/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBob w.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Well kept site friendly and helpful owners. Close by A1..

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Nice small campsite24/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLaine P.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Nice clean basic campsite. Plenty of benches and tables avalible. Handy as a motorcycle camper. Large communist fire pit. Which would be nice to share. Nice large showers. A well thought out little campsite.

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Amenities on site

Bath available

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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

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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

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

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Mountain biking nearby

Location

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  • Greenfields, Grove Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, DN22 0RN
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.3037°N 0.9149°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 1.6 miles
Hardy Street — 8.7 miles
Hetts Lane — 11.8 miles
Train stations
Retford Low Level Rail Station — 1.4 miles
Retford Rail Station — 1.6 miles
Gainsborough Lea Road Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Ferry ports
Hull Ferry Terminal — 40.3 miles
Airports
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 12.9 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 13.2 miles
Sheffield City Airport — 20.4 miles

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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

Some seriously scenic walks can be had in this part of the Midlands – the rather grand grounds of Clumber Park (20 minutes' drive) are apt for fancy forays through landscaped parkland, while the limestone gorge on display at Creswell Crags (20 minutes) has prehistoric caves you can seek out among the greenery.

Badgers Retreat Retford is about a 10-minute drive from the rivers Trent and Idle, where the waterside paths are likely to prove a favourite for any dogs you've brought along. There are lots of angling spots about as well, like Wetlands Lakes (15 minutes), a 10-peg fishery that's kept well stocked with carp.

Young kids who are down for some thrills may well catch wind that Sundown Adventureland is a mere 10 minutes away and try and steer you in the direction of its rip-roaring rides. Once that's out of their system, take them to other family-friendly spots like the Bassetlaw Museum (10 minutes) or Newark Castle (25 minutes).

Must see

  • Sherwood Forest Country Park (9.3 miles)
  • Mansfield Museum (16.2 miles)
  • Lincoln Castle (16.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Clumber Park (6.7 miles)
  • Mr Straw's House (8.3 miles)

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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.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Badgers Retreat have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Badgers Retreat dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Badgers Retreat? Some seriously scenic walks can be had in this part of the Midlands – the rather grand grounds of Clumber Park (20 minutes' drive) are apt for fancy forays through landscaped parkland, … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Badgers Retreat?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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