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General

  • Deep in the Nottinghamshire countryside near Sherwood Forest
  • Surrounded by fields and a wild garden
  • Fresh produce, chutneys and jams for sale

Liza and Andy have set all up very much oak-ay at Little Oak Campsite deep in the Nottinghamshire countryside near Robin Hood land and Sherwood Forest – sites run by campers are always very much an oak-ay thing. It's a small and back to basics site, that feels peaceful and secluded despite not being far from civilisation.

Little Oak is near the north Nottinghamshire market town of Retford and is surrounded by fields and a handsome wild garden – just the place for a bit of hide and seek, football or general running around...? This is a cosy place for couples too on quieter weekends, and is a good stopover spot for journeys north or south or vice versa as it's only three miles from the A1.

Other most welcome little touches are the seasonal produce on sale from the Little Oak vegetable patch as well as homemade chutneys and jams from the site fruit trees; free wifi throughout and the park pond (please take care to monitor small campers around the pond).

Little Oak has a shower and toilet block for guests' use, newly added in 2017. Campfires and barbecues are allowed and a gastropub serving food at reasonable prices is a short walk away. No electricity is on the field but there's a socket in the loo block for guests' use.

Please note

Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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


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9.5

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100% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

  90% described Little Oak Campsite as Peaceful ?

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Clean and tidy. Very well thought out and welcoming. 06/29/2019

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  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Friendly owner. Peaceful site. Bought bread and preserves from them which were excellent.

    Disliked: 

    Not really a dislike but I would have preferred a fire at the tent. I had a communal pit to myself so no issue.

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Safe, clean, beautiful. Wonderful hosts. The most amazing experience! 06/22/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Courtney Y. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Hosts were AMAZING. Made us feel incredibly welcome and safe. Congratulated us on our engagement in the most generous way. Even drove us to the train station on our departure- so so kind!! Property is beautiful, safe, and family friendly. Rental equipment is good quality. Camping + rentals is affordable. Water station/toilets (running water) and showers available and clean. Overall, this is the campsite to choose!

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Very nice campsite 06/17/2019

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  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Small campsite, surrounded around trees, little pond, quite, fireplace

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Very welcoming, lots of space and gardens. 06/12/2019

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  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Very welcoming, lots of space and gardens.

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Excellent acomodation with all the facilities 06/10/2019

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  • 1 bedroom hotel or motel (family)
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    We loved the place and the people.

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Hidden Gem 06/07/2019

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  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Small, uncrowded field
    Lovely peaceful area
    Nice walk into Retford
    Allows campfires
    Clean toilets and showers

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    Washing up may have been a problem if we’d stayed more than one night

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Fantastic stay. Owners very friendly and helpful. Very clean toilets ... 05/29/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom William B. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Fantastic stay. Owners very friendly and helpful. Very clean toilets and showers. Great stay and will be back.

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Lovely quiet relaxed with adequate facilities for its size. 05/28/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Andy N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Quietness, lots to do in local area, relaxed and welcoming. Lots of space and not busy

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Lovely setting, we especially enjoyed the way the pitches were ... 05/28/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jeremy T. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Lovely setting, we especially enjoyed the way the pitches were set up up in the beautiful garden. We had our own little section with a fire pit. The free marshmallows were a hit with the kids. The owners were very helpful.

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    The cleaning of the showers/loos could have been scheduled at a less busy time. A power cable hanging across a tree was a bit of an accident hazard, especially in the dark.

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Just perfect. 05/22/2019

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    Fabulous. Quiet, friendly, yet not too far from the A1. Certainly it is on my favourites list and will use again next time I visit the area.

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Amenities on park

Bath available

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Free wifi

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Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

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Pick-up from public transport

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Shower available

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Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

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Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

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Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Small (11-25 sites)

Camping 2.0

Gypsy wagons

Location

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  • Grove Coach Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, DN22 0PW
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.3092°N 0.9210°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Retford Bus Station — 1.8 kilometres
Worksop: Hardy Street Coach Stop — 13.7 kilometres
Warsop (Notts): Coach Stop — 19.2 kilometres
Train stations
Retford Low Level Rail Station — 1.7 kilometres
Retford Rail Station — 1.9 kilometres
Gainsborough Lea Road Rail Station — 13.3 kilometres
Ferry ports
Hull Ferry Terminal — 64.6 kilometres
Airports
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 20.0 kilometres
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 20.5 kilometres
Sheffield City Airport — 32.2 kilometres

Directions


From the south: take the A638 off the A1 to Retford and after 3 miles as you come into town go towards the centre of town over the first and second roundabouts then over the railway bridge. Take the first turn on the right, where there is a letterbox on the corner; this is Grove Coach Road. The major road turns right becoming Cavendish Road but you continue straight on, on the very minor road marked "restricted byway" until you get to a T-junction where you turn right. We are the first place you can see, on the right-hand side.

From the north: take the A1 to Blyth then take the A634 to Retford and after about 5 miles you come into the town. Turn left at the major roundabout (just after the hospital on your right) onto the ring-road. Following signs to the A1 you will pass Morrison's, where you need to turn right, cross a few sets of traffic lights and then turn left onto the London Road heading south out of town. Grove Coach Road is half a mile along the London Road, after a pedestrian crossing and has a letter box on the corner. The major road turns right becoming Cavendish Road but you continue straight on, on the very minor road marked "restricted byway" until you get to a T-junction where you turn right. We are the first place you can see, on the right-hand side.

By train: Retford has excellent train links due to it being on the East Coast Main Line. Lincoln and York are both 35 minutes away while London, Durham and Hull are all about 90 minutes away. Newcastle is 105 minutes away, Edinburgh 195 minutes away, Sheffield 45 minutes away, and Doncaster 15 minutes away. We will usually be able to pick people up from the station if you arrange this in advance. It is a 20 minute walk at Andy's pace (or 30 minutes at Liza's) from the station to the campsite.

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

Several walks start straight from the site, or you could see the forest from high up with a swing in the trees at Go Ape. Adventurous/energetic walkers can tramp the Peak District just over an hour away or critique Ice Age rock art at Creswell Crags.

Elsewhere, history fans have three castles (Lincoln, Bolsover and Conisbrough) to visit and grand stately homes and parks to roam such as Rufford Abbey, Harwick Hall and Lord Byron's ancestral home Newstead Abbey. Chatsworth, setting for the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and the film The Duchess, is just over an hour away.

City slickers at Little Oak Campsite can take their pick from trains to Lincoln, York and Sheffield and Doncaster. All these could be waxed lyrical about at great length, but quick recommendations include Lincoln's castle and cathedral (which has a copy of the Magna Carta, democracy fans); York for the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Dungeons, the Railway Museum and the Chocolate Story, and Sheffield for its gardens and art gallery. Nottingham is about an hour's drive away.

Kids have Captain Jack's soft play and the Sundown theme park (for under 10s) to trot along to, or the Wetlands' animal park to feed animals like llamas, deer and wallabies. Or have wheely good fun at the Wheelgate all-weather adventure park which has a new waterpark among its many things to do. Looking for something a bit more old-fashioned? Pick your own fruit just down the road from the campsite.

Feeling sporty? Try Doncaster Race Course, Trent Bridge cricket ground and, right next door, the Nottingham Forest and Notts County football grounds.

Finally, the active and energetic will find loads to do in the area too: ask Andy and Liza about the local fishing, clay pigeon shooting, golf, quad bikes, rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning, caving, go-karting, pony trekking, paintball...

Unless otherwise mentioned, all the above can be reached within 40 minutes.

Must see

  • Sherwood Forest Country Park (15.2 kilometres)
  • Mansfield Museum (26.2 kilometres)
  • Bolsover Castle (26.3 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Clumber Park (10.7 kilometres)
  • Mr Straw's House (12.9 kilometres)

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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  noon –  Anytime
Depart by:  noon
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Little Oak Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Little Oak Campsite will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 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.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

General
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.

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.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

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

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Admission
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorization from their parents or legal guardian.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

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