Downsview Vineyard

UK England South East England East Sussex Crowborough

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Individual toilets per camping pitch
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • One-way flow
  • 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.

Opening Times

April–September.

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The Owner Says

Come and visit our vineyard and winery!

Accommodation

Four bell tents.

Bacchus

Bell tent Sleeps 3
Luxury bell tent with super comfy airbed

Dornfelder

Bell tent Sleeps 3
Luxury bell tent with super comfy airbed

Pinot

Bell tent Sleeps 3
Luxury bell tent with super comfy airbed

Chardonnay

Bell tent Sleeps 3
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.

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