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Little Oak Campsite

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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 newly renovated shower and toilet block for guests' use. 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

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

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

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

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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9.1

Overall rating based on 29 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

  79% described as Peaceful ?

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The site was lovely and not cramped. Owners were very …07/31/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    The site was lovely and not cramped. Owners were very hospitable and friendly with the kids.

    The owners are taking Covid very seriously!

    Disliked: 

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Best campsite we've ever been to!07/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKayleigh M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    friendly staff, clean toilets and showers, enough fire pits for everyone! The location was amazing, it's right in the countryside with neighbouring fields and a woodland footpath a few mins walk away, but only a 5 min drive/25 min walk from supermarkets and the town centre!

    Disliked: 

    absolutely nothing

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Excellent facilities, great location and amazingly friendly hosts!07/23/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomZeph L.Confirmed

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

    Amazing little campsite with great facilities and fantastic hosts. Allows open fires (in the fire pits set out), great location in the middle of farmland with great walks in the area and a short drive to shops in the town for supplies. We had a great few days with our dog and were made to feel very welcome. We look forward to returning soon!

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Anonymous user

Lovely small site with level pitch’s and clean facilities.07/16/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely level ground, great welcome from Andy. All very well organised. Lots of birdsong.

    Disliked: 

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Anonymous user

Open, friendly, gorgeous setting in gardens, nice shade in the heat.07/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful setting in the countryside, lovely flat pitches, some trees for shade, clean toilet block, great hygiene measures implemented, laid-back and friendly owner and an absolutely wonderful open feel to the whole place. I'll definitely return.

    Disliked: 

    Not the fault of the campsite at all!! Unfortunately there seemed to be a dog in heat on the next farm along which resulted in my seasoned camper (neutered) male dog slipping his collar and galloping along the nearest field to find said dog. He wouldn't settle after that, kept trying to escape the tent and I left early the next morning after a relatively sleepless night.

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Haven't pitched up for quite a while; But decided on …09/17/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Haven't pitched up for quite a while;
    But decided on this campsite stay;
    For the before and after of;
    Running the Robin Hood 100 mile!

    Fine Autumn weather;
    Not too hot and not too cool;
    Friendly advice on where to go;
    To get the cheapest fuel!

    Compact, clean and countryside feel;
    good price for the basics;
    And most importantly for me;
    Recovery and sleep;
    And heating up a meal!

    Choice of two spots - both quite nice and flat;
    After much indecision - I thought f*** it;
    I went for the pitch next to the fire bucket!

    For £10 per night;
    Very hard to moan;
    Added bonus on offer;
    Free socket to charge a phone!

    Made it back alive - from the 100 mile run;
    So I'm wondering if I have the right to sue?
    Or failing that perhaps;
    Cover weekend costs with the prize money won;
    For writing this review!

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Nice, peaceful campsite09/11/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely peaceful campsite. Lots of room around our tent because everyone was nicely spread out.
    The firepits were a great idea. Have to pay for firewood and marshmallows.
    Great location to visit Sherwood Forest.
    Although it was someone's back garden we camped in, it really didn't feel like it.

    Disliked: 

    Toilets could have been cleaned more often. In the evening we could hear birds screeching. Lots of birds. Apparently there's a man who lives near by and he has hundreds of birds. The noise doesn't last too long.
    No free WiFi like it says on their website. Wi-Fi is for guests staying in the clamping cabin only.

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Overall very relaxing break, lovely site, great fire pits, walkable in09/02/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBarry D.Confirmed

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

    A very warm welcome from the owners and always helpful but not intrusive.
    Lovely small site with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy camping.
    Toilet and showers were basic but kept clean with plenty of hot water.
    Washing up facilities were not undercover so might be a pain if you had a wet holiday.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Anonymous user

Friendly staff, good pitch sites with fire pits.08/27/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Nice atmosphere, relaxed.

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Lovely site with clean facilities, friendly and helpful staff08/27/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    It was very quaint campsite. Was perfect for a short 2 night away break. It was a very spacious campsite. We definitely would return.

    Disliked: 

    It didn't have hot water to wash your pots in and not many wash basins. Lighting wasn't great in the evenings.

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Bath available

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Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

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Portaloo

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Shower available

Tents for hire

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Wifi

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Bar nearby

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

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Indoor swimming pool

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Golf nearby

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Themes

Budget/backpacker

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

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

Camping 2.0

Gypsy wagons

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Small (11-25 sites)

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.

Policies

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.

COVID-19 : within 3 months of your original arrival date, guests can move their booking to another 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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. 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.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Little Oak Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Little Oak Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Little Oak Campsite? 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 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Little Oak Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  noon –  Anytime
    Depart by:  noon
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Little Oak Campsite? From R368,38 (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
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.

Additional terms

There are five fire pits available onsite, guests can use them on a first-come first-served basis.

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