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Idle Hours Owlsbury Park

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General

  • Wildlife-packed park with foxes, deer and badgers
  • Coarse fishing ponds stocked with carp, roach, tench and perch
  • Shops, pubs and eateries within a mile

How might you fancy a peaceful break in a rural wildlife haven, with countryside views to the South Downs, spectacular westerly sunsets and a night under the stars around a campfire? Then Idle Hours could be the place for you.

Set on around three and a half acres, Idle Hours is an adults-only quiet site (strictly no groups and no noise after 11pm, please), with two attractive and peaceful coarse fishing ponds stocked with carp, roach, tench and perch. The site welcomes dogs, but please do keep them on leads while on site and remember to clean up after them.

Pitches are on gently sloping grass, and amenities include ladies' and gents toilets, a hot shower, a hot water washing-up area and a chemical disposal point. Fire baskets are available and logs and kindling are available for sale. Please note there is no mains electricity on site.

Despite its serene, pastoral surroundings, this site is very handy for shops, pubs and eateries, all about a mile and a half away.

Please note

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Guests under the age of 25 are not allowed on site.

There is no mains electricity on site. Bring a torch!


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9.4

Overall rating based on 196 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

 

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Ideal campsite to stay in the High Weald. 04/12/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Christopher P. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The fire baskets were a really useful for us, especially in such cold weather! The site has all the facilities you could want: hot showers, sinks for washing up after meals and picnic benches to sit down at.
    The campsite is ideally situated near the town of Crowborough, where there are plenty of pubs and shops for beer and food, but far enough away that you feel completely isolated in the countryside. Lots of historic properties/interesting towns to visit nearby in East Sussex and in Kent.
    The couple running the site were extremely friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay again if in the area!

    Disliked: 

    Not much to dislike, really. Just stay away if you're a fan of your creature comforts and would rather be away from the great outdoors!

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Friendly attentive staff, good value for money, clean facilities, beautiful ... 05/11/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stuart W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendly attentive staff, good value for money, clean facilities, beautiful scenery

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Very friendly owners, helped us out with a last minute ... 30/10/2017

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    Very friendly owners, helped us out with a last minute pitch. Beautiful setting, lovely views, with local walks. Clean toilets and wash up room. Will definitely visit again.

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Very friendly, great to have a fire 28/10/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Very friendly, great to have a fire

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superb 27/10/2017

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    peace , quiet , tranquile setting

    lovely owners, and quiet and well setup small and remote setting

    the site is superb , very helpful staff and accomadating and a good sence off humour

    whitch made me ad my wife chuckle . log fire in a basket was wonderful and cooking
    steak and a cider was superb

    washing facilites were great , toilets very clean and homely ,,

    Disliked: 

    nothing at all

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Lovely campsite and beautiful views. 23/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Evan H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely campsite and beautiful views.

    Disliked: 

    Toilets were great but sure about the showers.

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Atmosphere 17/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom neil_w839211 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Atmosphere

    Disliked: 

    Going home

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Excellent site, well maintained, nice helpful staff and dog friendly. 16/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lucie G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Nice site, well maintained and perfect for dog owners. Poo bags and bins on site and a little area around the wood and ponds to walk them around. Nice views over the fields with cows, sheep and chickens. Staff extremly friendly and helpful. Toilets block small but one of the cleanest I’ve come accros.

    Disliked: 

    Only one porta shower on the site but I didn’t need to use it as I only stayed for one night. I think this might put me off from staying any longer.

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Quiet with good facilities and campfires allowed. 10/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nicola C. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Quiet with good facilities and campfires allowed.

    Disliked: 

    Shower is quite small making changing without getting wet a bit difficult.

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Very friendly and accommodating owners who made us feel very ... 09/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Matt T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Very friendly and accommodating owners who made us feel very welcome. Nice, quite and well maintained campsite with good facilities given it's a small and basic site. Camp fire is a great bonus.

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Features

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

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Adults only

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Hadlow Down Road Crowborough, East Sussex, England, TN6 3RG
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.0267°N 0.1723°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Nutley (E Sussex): High Street Coach Stop — 5.1 miles
Uckfield Bus Terminal — 5.2 miles
Forest Row Coach Stop — 7.9 miles
Train stations
Crowborough Rail Station — 1.5 miles
Buxted Rail Station — 3.1 miles
Eridge Rail Station — 4.5 miles
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 17.1 miles
Airports
London Gatwick Airport — 17.1 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 17.2 miles
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 17.9 miles

Directions


From the A26 Uckfield, head north to Crowborough. Take the right turn 0.7 miles after The Crow and Gate pub signed to Millbrook Industrial Estate. Go straight on, over the golf course, over the small roundabout, down the hill and past the fish and chip shop, antiques shop and vets on the left, then after the Plough and Horses pub, go over the narrow bridge and turn immediately right to Hadlow Down Rd. The site is 1.2 miles on the right.

From Hadlow Down (A272), the site is 2.5 miles on the left on Crowborough/Jarvis Brook Road. Do not turn into Dogetts - this is a satnav error. The site is half a mile further up the hill on the left.

From Rotherfield-Crowborough Road B2100, take the Hadlow Down/Buxted Road (after Tesco). Go 0.25 miles and turn as indicated above.

Beware of the satnav error; do not turn into Doggetts Drive.

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

For those who fancy ditching the car for a bit, the site is close to public transport links: trains and buses from Crowborough (a mile and a half away) go to Tunbridge Wells, London, Lewes and Brighton.

Crowborough village has plenty of amenities, including an indoor swimming pool and gym, and a miniature railway. The area is great for golfers, with a number of courses nearby.

The spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells (to give it its full title) is eight miles from Owlsbury, and well worth a visit for a stroll round the specialist shops in the Georgian Pantiles, a taste of the water from the Chalybeate Spring, or a trip on the steam railway. The town also has plenty of food and entertainment options, including a multiplex cinema.

Other potential day trips include a jaunt to the coast at Eastbourne or Brighton; to Lewes, home to a castle, gardens and the biggest Bonfire Night celebrations in the country; the National Trust gardens at Sheffield Park and Wakehurst Place; the William Morris interiors at Standen; Ashdown Forest, home of Winnie the Pooh; or a steam through the Sussex countryside on the historic Bluebell Railway.

Must see

  • Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest (6.3 miles)
  • Sheffield Park Garden (7.3 miles)
  • Bluebell Railway (7.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Sheffield Park Garden (7.3 miles)
  • Bateman's (9.3 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:  11 a.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Please call when you are on your way if you are running late and may arrive after 9pm.

Idle Hours Owlsbury Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 day of arrival date.

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. Idle Hours Owlsbury Park 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.

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.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
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.

Occupancy
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Additional terms

Guests under the age of 25 are not allowed on site.

Fishing costs: £5 per person for a day pass and £3 per person for a half day pass. A fishing licence is required.

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