The Old Vicarage

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

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Ideal for ...

  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Fishing
  • 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.

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.

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
  • Recycling facilities
  • Shower (shared use)
  • WC (non-exclusive use)
  • Wi-Fi

* Please confirm with owner

Prices

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Additional £5 for awning. 

Extras

Pitches

Types of pitch: grass

Electric hook up available

Useful Info

Latest arrival time: 8:00 PM

Latest departure time: 12:00 PM

0.5 acres

Electric amperage: 16

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Postcode:
DN22 8AS
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GPS:
Lat 53.270666 / Lon -0.963402
OS field ref:
SK692753
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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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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

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Beautiful location by a stream - shame about quality of the site!

Liked: Picturesque setting by a stream Obviously great fun for younger children Toys and games provided outside Has basic facilities for campers Some electric hook up points Ice cream van came on site One general shop in village within walking distance. We had good weather all weekend. Disliked: Price - expensive compared to similar quality sites. £20 without electric. Entrance very narrow for motorhomes and caravans. NOT as advertised - only came because son and daughter-in-law visited last year and raved about The Cave Bar! Sadly it wasn't open! When we asked we got a number of excuses from only used for weddings/functions to they do not have a licence to sell alcohol. There was a large marquee attached to the bar but it looked like it hadn't been used for ages. Untidy full of random stuff and not at all clean. Not sure where the advertised chill out and TV room were either- we didn't find them. Nearest pub was around the corner but closed and derelict. Site generally untidy. No pitches marked out and uneven field. Very low trees - witnessed two motorhomes hit their roofs on branches. Also if motorhomes went off site their pitches could be taken by someone else before they got back! People also pitched up randomly in front of you or behind you without leaving adequate space. Toilets frequently ran out of toilet roll and soap and were not cleaned all weekend. No mop and bucket provided so campers could clean up after themselves. Hot water proved to be very intermittent in both the shower block and washing up facilities. Rubbish bins inadequate and not emptied for 2 days. Some of the toys lying about looked broken and unsafe. Dogs wandered about unsupervised as did some very young children. Hard to believe this is advertised as a wedding venue - the site does not look like the photographs! Also no regular bus services to get anywhere else.
Motorhomer from South Yorkshire

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