The Old Vicarage

Park Lane, Elkesley, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 8AS

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Ideal for ...

  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Fishing
  • Pub on site
  • Scenic views
  • Waterside stays

Why stay here ...

The Old Vicarage is a 17th-century house in a small village conveniently located just off the A1, 6 miles from Worksop and 25 miles from Nottingham. Pitches are located around the grounds, which run down to the banks of the Poulter.

There's plenty of space around the site for traditional outdoor activities, with a rope swing and stepping stones over the shallow river and a bridge that's perfect for playing Pooh Sticks. In the surrounding area there are animal parks and nature reserved to walk around, or you could follow one of the trails in the historic Sherwood Forest.

Guest facilities on the site centre around the Cave Bar, at the foot of an exposure of 500 million year old sandstone, and with a chillout room, TV room and games to play open Bank Holidays.

Other amenities include a washing-up area and bathrooms with showers, toilets and baby changing facilities. Family friendly. Groups welcome. Barbecues, campfires & dogs allowed. Recycling available. Free WiFi. Ice pack freezing. Parent & baby washroom and disabled facilities. Grass pitches. Electric hook ups available.

Twin Axle vehicle onwers please speak to owner at time of booking and note the length restriction.

Please keep to the left and approach the CL slowly.  Please note that motor movers are advisable for caravans.

Nearby attractions and activities include:

  • Golf course: 3 miles
  • Clumber Park (National Trust-owned country park): 5 miles
  • Idle Valley Nature Reserve: 6 miles
  • Walking and birdwatching in Sherwood Forest: 7 miles
  • Wetlands Animal Park: 8 miles
  • Creswell Crags Museum and Heritage Centre (archaeological museum in a limestone gorge): 10 miles
  • Sundown Adventureland: 10 miles
  • Lace Market, Nottingham Comtemporary Art Gallery and Nottingham Castle: 25 miles
  • Sherwood Forest and The Major Oak
  • Bolsover Castle
  • Thoresby Park
  • Rufford Park
  • Hardwick Hall - Bess of Hardwick
  • Newstead Abbey - one home of the poet Lord Byron
  • Nottingham City can be reached by train on the Robin Hood Line at Whaley Thorns station which is within walking distance.
  • Newark, with its antique shops - and time your visit to coincide with one of the Newark Antique Fairs (or visit Hemswell Antique Centre)
  • Chesterfield with its Crooked Spire.

Nearby Leisure:

  • Canoeing/kayaking, climbing, cycle hire, cycling, fishing, golf, horse riding, indoor pool, leisure/theme park, mountain biking, restaurant, sailing, tennis, watersports.

Nearby Amenities:

  • Bar, farmers' market, public transport, shop.

Facilities on site ...

  • Bar
  • Coarse fishing
  • Disabled facilities*
  • Dog walk from site
  • Pub
  • Recycling facilities
  • Shower (shared use)
  • TV reception: fair
  • Unfenced water
  • WC (non-exclusive use)
  • Wi-Fi

* Please confirm with owner

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Latest arrival time: 8:00 PM

Latest departure time: 12:00 PM

0.5 acres

Electric amperage: 16

Lawned site

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Postcode:
DN22 8AS
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GPS:
Lat 53.27236 / Lon -0.964153
OS field ref:
SK692753
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Retford
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest train station: Retford
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Chill, relax, unwind !

The Old Vicarage
Loved this site, greeted on arrival my a nice gentleman who directed us to our pitch and pointed out amenities. Very quiet, 2 Moho’s and 2 tents. Lovely walks around the site and stream. Great site will definitely be back.

scruffy1962

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Reviewed on 17/10/2021 10:31

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I arrived thinking I would definitely stay again and left knowing I will never return

The Old Vicarage
The location is convenient, just off the A1, and the noise from traffic is not excessive. The site is attractive, with a pretty stream running through it. I arrived mid-afternoon, rang the doorbell and waited (as the notice suggested arrivals should). I was trying to be helpful as I was due to be a few miles away for a walk. No reply. I had a walk round. No-one was to be found. To cut to the chase... noone came, so I returned at 7ish. A very pleasant young woman told me which (three) pitches were available. One would have blocked access of other arrivals (there were none), one had a tree in the way (yes) and the other meant the wheels were level but there was a big dip between them and the tree overhead dripped rain for part of the night. There seemed to be plenty of alternative spots to use (without overhanging trees and on level ground) but when I asked I was told that that is where the pegs were. In the morning I found nowhere for grey water, no rubbish bin or recycling other than a paper bin. I left with a full tank of grey water. The toilet waste disposal looked as if splash back was inevitable so I didn't use that. This has the potential to be a great site. However, I won't be returning. I did not perceive any interest in the visitor or their comfort.

The Plant Botherer

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Reviewed on 11/05/2021 19:14

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Our favourite place to escape to

The Old Vicarage
We found this beautiful site not long after it opened to camping. Sue and the team always makes us feel welcome. We find it far more relaxed that other sites we've visited which is just what we want. If you have children or grandchildren they will absolutely love this place! The pretty river is shallow and children love floating down it on their inflatables. The Cave Bar is really quaint and very reasonably priced. They have uncovered a 300 yr old oven in one of the caves and now offer delicious homemade pizzas. Sue and her team are constantly making little improvements to the site which makes each visit even better. I've never seen any health and safety problems as per a previous reviewer. Yes, people have fire pits, no I've never seen anyone setting anything alight with them. Each fire pit and legs and comes with a fireproof mat that sits under it to protect the ground. If you want a site where everyone camps in uniform rows this isn't for you. However, if you want a relaxing break in a beautiful location with welcoming hosts and staff it most definitely is

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Reviewed on 10/08/2020 15:33

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Beautiful setting shame about the site

The Old Vicarage
We spent a bank holiday here with some friends , we had visited the wkend before and looked idyllic, when we returned for the bank holiday we where met with loads of tents camper vans trailer tents. To say it's a 5 van site we weren't expecting this. Electric was tripping all the time due to splitters being installed " fire risk? Fire pits being used with ppl clearly inebriated Fire risk? So we only stopped one night as it was very unsafe how many where crammed in. So to charge £5 per dog and having no electric £15 pn we won't be returning!

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The Old Vicarage
This weekend I found the most idilic cirtiified camp site and only 10 minutes from home, the warm and relaxed greeting from Sue, Sean and all the staff made a refreshing change from some sites I’ve visited. The site had a quaint stream running through it, zip wire, rope swing and numerous toys provided free of charge, I took my two teenage kids and only saw them when they were hungry, so if your looking for a peaceful break in a beautiful location and only three minutes off the A1 this place is definitely for you, we’ve already booked again for August and hopefully another in October, cannot recommend it highly enough and at very satisfactory rates

mecco

Reviewed on 09/07/2018 13:36

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