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Idle Hours Owlsbury Park

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Idle Hours Owlsbury Park: Barley, our Lakeland Terrier enjoying her camping trip

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

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

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

Fishing costs: £10 per person for a day pass and £5 per person for a half day pass. A fishing licence is required.

The showers are portaloo-style showers.


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9.6

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96% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

  93% described as Peaceful ?

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Everything27/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChris M.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Everything

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    Nothing

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Really lovely, very clean, very quiet.23/05/2022

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The facilities were immaculate! Didn’t try the showers but toilets were amazing. Beautiful site, very peaceful and well done. Sunsets, campfires, animals and a lovely little fishing lake. Pitches are a good size, choose any unreserved spot.

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The owners were extremely helpful and friendly, the place is …23/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlice D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The owners were extremely helpful and friendly, the place is simply stunning, relaxing and the perfect spot to unwind. Great walks all around and you can order meat from your bbq directly with the farm next to the campsite!

    Our new favourite campsite!

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Excellent site17/05/2022

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The owners are lovely and the facilities are clean and tidy. Overall I did enjoy my stay here and happy to comeback.

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clean facilities, friendly staff and immaculate pitches16/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSam R.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Was incredibly impressed by the settings, cleanliness and facilities of Idle Hours. Welcoming owners who made you feel incredibly welcome. Will definitely be coming back.

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Lovely views, warm welcome, clean facilities12/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKimberley W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Lovely views, warm welcome, clean facilities

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Very nice pitches, good clean toilet facilities, free to use …10/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomShaun N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Very nice pitches, good clean toilet facilities, free to use fire pits and benches was awesome. Very peaceful

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    (small gripe) was told fishing is £15 per day which is too expensive

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Well run and friendly site, good sized pitches.08/05/2022

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Well run and friendly site, good sized pitches.

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Lovely friendly owners, peaceful, quiet location but very short drive …06/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Lovely friendly owners, peaceful, quiet location but very short drive to shops/restaurants if needed, very dog friendly, facilities very basic but clean

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Julie and Paul were great hosts who made our first …03/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlotte T.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Julie and Paul were great hosts who made our first camping trip exceed expectations, we have booked to go back at the end of May. The facilities were very clean and we enjoyed the hot showers. The site has many pitches to choose from and there is a lovely pond with benches to relax in. We purchased wood from Julie and Paul and borrowed a fire pit which was also great. Julie made some excellent local recommendations, the Boards Head Inn, a lovely circular walk and of course the vineyard next door.

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    Our tent lol

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Features

Coronavirus

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Hand sanitising stations

Meal delivery to unit/pitch/outdoor seated area

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

Adults only

Barbecue provided

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

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

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Location

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  • Hadlow Down Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, England, TN6 3RG
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.0267°N 0.1723°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
School Lane — 5.1 miles
School Lane — 5.1 miles
Bus Station — 5.2 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:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. 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.

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 Idle Hours Owlsbury Park have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Idle Hours Owlsbury Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Idle Hours Owlsbury Park? 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 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Idle Hours Owlsbury Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Idle Hours Owlsbury Park? From £23 (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
Guests under the age of 25 are not allowed on site.

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.
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Occupancy
Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Safety
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

Additional terms

Fishing costs: £10 per person for a day pass and £5 per person for a half day pass. A fishing licence is required.

The showers are portaloo-style showers.

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