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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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9.3

Overall rating based on 209 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

 

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Very enjoyable stay with friendly helpful owners and clean facilities. 11/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Angela K. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Beautiful views over fields of sheep, cows and deer. A pretty lake with plenty of fish and ducks enjoying the water. The owners were really helpful but laid back with no strict rules on times of arrival/departure etc. Clean facilities. The weekends got a bit busy but the rest of the week was very quiet with plenty of space to spread out.

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Very welcoming site with all the facilities. It's obvious that ... 11/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom paula_r262482 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Very welcoming site with all the facilities. It's obvious that the owners really take pride in their business, many thanks for having me.

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This site is so well cared for and a lot of love goes into it. 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom rebecca_w4 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The peace and quiet
    The beauty of the scenery
    Huge pitches
    Wonderful to see the animals in the attached fields
    Stunning sunsets over the downs
    A wonderful welcome from Julie
    Immaculately clean facilities- never seen a cleaner toilet block with lovely homely touches.
    Peaceful as no children running about

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    Could the light timers be on for a little longer in the gents toilet???

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Owners were friendly and the site was great with clean facilities. 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom maria_v529318 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    I loved the site as soon as I saw it; an unexpected hidden gem. The facilities (washing up area and toilets) were very clean and well maintained by the owners daily. There was a shower available but we did not need to use it as we only stayed the one night. We were greeted by the friendly owner when we arrived and she showed us around and even recommended things we could do in the area. I booked two pitches, one for myself and my boyfriend and one for my sister and her boyfriend. As the pitches were first come first served, the owner was very kind to give us a reserved sign so we could reserve the pitch next to us for my sister who was arriving a bit later. The site was quiet and beautiful. The ground was perfect for pitching our tent. We enjoyed a BBQ during our stay and the owners provided fire baskets which was a nice touch and perfect as we needed to light a fire to keep warm in the evening. There were also several tables with benches which were great for us to enjoy our meal!!

    Disliked: 

    The majority of the pitches were on level ground but I did notice that a few were on a slope down the far end. However, this is not a really a negative as those pitches benefited from privacy and outstanding views.

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Lovely site, good facilities, can't wait to return 04/09/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Small, quiet, picturesque

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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Lovely two night stay at this peaceful adult only site. ... 02/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Karen H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Lovely two night stay at this peaceful adult only site. Despite the thunder storms I had a very relaxing break and will definitely be back. Everything was super clean in the facilities. The only down side was that I would have liked one of the firepits but the logs were all locked up for the duration of my stay.

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A beautiful quiet site, with great and clean amenities. 01/09/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    A beautiful quiet site, with great and clean amenities.

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Great site will be going back. Quiet well maintained. Could ... 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Martin P. Confirmed

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    Great site will be going back. Quiet well maintained. Could do with another shower, but no big deal.

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Excellent site. Very good atmosphere. 28/08/2017

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

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    Nice quiet and clean site

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Everything. Really fantastic simple campsite, lovely facilities, warm welcome. You ... 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jessica D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Everything. Really fantastic simple campsite, lovely facilities, warm welcome. You can tell a lot of love goes into this site.

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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 BST (GMT+01:00)   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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