Downsview Vineyard

UK England South East England East Sussex Crowborough

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Simple but sophisticated, adults-only bell tent camping on a tiny vineyard with distant views of the South Downs

Well-drained soil, a gentle south-facing slope and protection from the prevailing winds: these are the key characteristics that make Downsview the perfect place for a vineyard. They also make it a pretty perfect place to pitch a tent. It’s something that didn’t go unnoticed by the vineyard’s new owners, Katy and Toby Spiers, who have decided to pitch one for you. That’s assuming you like the sound of a fully-equipped bell tent on a vineyard, with campfires allowed and a tiny, exclusive, on-site bar. Who wouldn’t?

There are four bell tents at Downsview, each kitted out for a couple (or a pair of friends), and pitched, not between the vines, but in a little orchard next to them. The native fruit trees provide privacy between pitches though facilities, in two little shepherds huts, are shared. It’s pared back, rather than ramped up, providing everything you need for a stay where the focus is on the simple things: campfires, countryside, views, vines and, of course, wine. The comfy double airbeds are made for you, a fire pit and logs are provided and a welcome glass of Downsview wine will be served in this three-acre vineyard’s tasting room/bar on arrival night (that’s Friday). This place does weekend-only stays – which is just right for the grown-up crowd it aims to attract.

It’s simple but sophisticated camping, a little over an hour south of London, in the High Weald, where a two-day itinerary is easy. Pre-book a barbecue box of local produce then, after your arrival drink, head back to your pitch for a campfire dinner. Next morning, take a short drive and a bracing walk at the nearby Ashdown Forest or South Downs National Park. You can stop off to stock up on more local goodies at Lewes Farmers Market or the even-closer Oast Farm Shop. On your return to Downsview, join Katy, if you can, to find out more about how this tiny vineyard produces 4,000 bottles of English still and sparkling wine each year. If you want to head out for a special dinner, Royal Tunbridge Wells, has plenty of options – or simply stay on site and drink in Downsview in all its glory.

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Facilities

There are two toilets and two hot-water showers and stand pipes for water. Bell tents are kitted out with a made-up, luxury double airbed with a simple box of cooking kit and tableware provided. Outside, there’s a fire pit at each pit and logs are provided. The vineyard has a tasting room/bar above the on-site winery which is open for a welcome drink between 5pm and 7pm on Friday nights.

Suitable For

Glampers over-21 only, dogs on leads – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, children – no.

Nearby

The main attraction is right here on site; the vineyard and winery itself. Tours and tastings are an informal affair, led by Katy and can be arranged on arrival. The edge of the Ashdown Forest, the largest open access space in the south east is just a couple of miles away. A good place to start your exploration is to head to the forest visitor centre at Wych Cross (nine miles away). The National Trust’s Sheffield Park and Garden is 13 miles away. It’s also close to a station on the Bluebell Railway where you can hop aboard a steam train for a ride through High Weald scenery. If you fancy a mooch around town, Royal Tunbridge Wells is nine miles away with its historic shopping arcade, The Pantiles, and another heritage railway The Spa Valley Railway. Lewes is a little further, on the edge of the South Downs National Park, 15 miles south.

Food & Drink

It goes without saying that you’ll be wanting to taste the wines produced at Downsview and if you want more than just the included welcome drink (5pm-7pm on Fridays), you can request a tour and tasting with Katy during your stay. Local produce is also for sale in BBQ and snack packs which need to be pre-ordered with your booking. For more supplies head to Oast Farm Shop (01825 733592) in Buxted, five miles away, which is a café, well-stocked farm shop and a PYO. The closest pub is The Wheatsheaf (01892 663756), just a mile away but, as it’s on a busy road, you’ll need to drive. For more of a gastro-pub try The Buxted Inn (01825 733510), about five miles away, or, for a wide selection of great places to eat and drink, head for Royal Tunbridge Wells. There’s a choice of supermarkets in Crowborough, about 10 minutes’ drive from site.

Open

April–September.

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The Owner Says

Come and visit our vineyard and winery!

Accommodation

Four bell tents.

Bacchus

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Luxury bell tent with super comfy airbed

Dornfelder

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Luxury bell tent with super comfy airbed

Pinot

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Luxury bell tent with super comfy airbed

Chardonnay

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Luxury bell tent with super comfy airbed

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Location

Contact Downsview Vineyard, Downsview Vineyard, Hadlow Down Road, Crowborough, East Sussex TN63RG

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Getting There

From Royal Tunbridge Wells take the A26 towards Lewes. After about 10 miles and passing through Eridge and Boarswood at the roundabout go straight ahead on to Eridge Road. At the next roundabout, go straight ahead again on to Green Lane. Continue straight on for another mile and a half then turn left on to Western Road and take the first right on to Hadlow Down Road. After half a mile, Downsview will be on your right.

The closest station is Crowborough Station, less than two miles from site. From there, take a taxi to site.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews

★★★★★

A wonderful getaway

We had a lovely weekend glamping at Downsview Vineyard - Katy and Toby were wonderful hosts, we could not have asked for more! The bed in the bell tent was very comfy, and we had everything we needed to cook our meals and make tea/coffee in the morning, as well as a shared sink area to wash up, brush teeth and also provide drinking water. Due to the heavy rain our car got stuck in the mud and Toby not only drove us to Tesco to pick up a few bits, but also phoned around to get someone with a 4x4 to pull us out which was much appreciated. We did the wine tasting which was very generous, and it was really interesting to hear about how the different wines are produced and how weather conditions affect the type of wine made. We are definitely planning a return visit and hope to bring friends and family with us too. Lastly, the showers were amazing!
Jul 14, 2021 by Emma Dexter Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing

Beautiful setting and wine tasting, really enjoyable weekend. We were very well looked after and the wines were all lovely. Would highly recommend!!
Jul 5, 2021 by Joanna Nye Verified Review

Response from Downsview Vineyard

Hi Joanna, thank you so much for visiting! You were very lovely guests, and I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed our wines. Hope to see you all again soon. Best wishes, Katy DV
★★★★★

A Magical Weekend and Fantastic Hosts

East Sussex's best kept secret! A remarkably lovely winery located in beautiful surroundings. Downsview definitely puts the "Glam" in glamping where they provided excellent wines and snacks in the gracefully appointed tent. We enjoyed the sunset barbeques by the vineyard, and the powerful hot and cold showers were a welcome treat! Thank you so much Katy and Toby for an amazing experience, and we will tell everyone to come and visit this magical gem in Crowborough.
Jun 19, 2021 by Wesley Sturridge

Response from Downsview Vineyard

Hi Wesley, thank you so much for this kind and generous review. You were so much fun to host, and we're really happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in the lovely sunshine. Do please pop back if you're ever cycling our way again! Best wishes, Katy DV
★★★★★

Loved our glamp weekend!

We loved our glamp weekend at the Vineyard. The drive down from London on Friday eve was relatively easy, and Katy and Toby were such gracious hosts, making settling in a very low effort process! Our two dogs were welcomed and given lots of treats and pets. We didn't do a full tasting, but got to try a couple of the wines which were super nice! The vineyard itself was lovely to walk around, and there are plenty of great day trips to take from the awesome location. Would absolutely go back!

Response from Downsview Vineyard

Hi Amalie, thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful review, we really appreciate it. I'm so glad you enjoyed your little holiday here with us. Hope to see you all again soon! Very best wishes, Katy DV
★★★★★

Peaceful getaway

Beautiful location in a small vineyard with amazing facilities. We had everything we needed for our stay. The tents were immaculate and had complimentary snacks, wood for bbq, cooking stove, pots, pans and wine. The hosts Katie and Toby could not do enough for us, really down to earth friendly couple. The toilets were great and the shower was hot and powerful. We were able to sit and relax either at the tent or at the vineyard. We could not have asked for anything more and look forward to staying again. Massive thank you to Toby and Katie for making our stay magical.

Response from Downsview Vineyard

Hi Monique, this is so kind, thank you for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your glamping experience with us. You were the perfect guests and we hope to see you both again soon! With best wishes, Katy DV
★★★★★

Fantastic Stay

We had an amazing stay. Lovely setting and Toby and Katy couldn't have been more accommodating. We're not the most knowledgeable wine drinkers but they tailored our tasting perfectly for us. The bell tents and showers were great too. Highly recommend.
May 19, 2021 by James Higgs

Response from Downsview Vineyard

Hi James, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, it's very much appreciated. I'm so pleased you had a nice time with us! It was lovely to have you to stay and hopefully you can come and again in the future. With best wishes, Katy DV
★★★★★

The best weekend ever

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend Glamping at Downsview Vineyard. So many nice little touches by the owners and everything you could possibly need was provided. The wine tasting & snack platter was incredible! We’ll 100% be going back! Thank you Katy and Toby for making our weekend so special.

Response from Downsview Vineyard

That's so kind, thank you ever so much Jenny! You were both so lovely, and the perfect guests - we hope you come and see us again soon. Katy DV

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