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Downsview Vineyard
22 reviews
· Crowborough, England
1 acre
4 units
4 Glamping
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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Crowborough, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Katy S.Joined in October 2020
30 Ratings · 22 reviews
Dawn ?.recommends
July 31, 2022
Bacchus Tent
Peaceful site all Glamping mod cons
I had such a wonderful time, I just wanted to escape and read and spend some 'me' time and Downsview ticked every box. Toby & Katy were wonderful friendly hosts and made me and my dog feel very welcome. The Yurt was so cosy and very comfortable. All Glamping Mod Cons were catered for and the ground coffee and cafetière was a lovely surprise. I will be back but will bring some friends next time!
Christine D.recommends
July 31, 2022
A quiet, beautiful location. The hosts were exceptionally friendly and there to help. Great that dogs are welcome too (on leads).
Phillip J.recommends
July 17, 2022
Bacchus Tent
Very well-provisioned, quiet, beautiful spot. Nice wines. Very hospitable hosts.
Nellie M.recommends
July 17, 2022
Camping in the vines
Such a beautiful setting for relaxing under the stars. Katy has thought of everything and there are many little touches that make this place special. Our stay was really comfortable and we will be back again. The wine was amazing also - we ended up buying a few bottles and enjoying one whilst we relaxed in the evening. Walking through the vines in the morning was such a great way to wake up.
Jo J.recommends
July 16, 2022
Bacchus Tent
Katy and Toby are wonderful hosts. The location is idyllic and close to beautiful walks and places to visit. The facilities are clean and you have everything you need. Can’t wait to come back!
Dean B.recommends
July 10, 2022
Pinot Noir
From the very start of the weekend (being welcomed with a glass of some of the best wine I’ve ever tasted) to the end Katy and Toby made us feel at home. Beautiful location with nice walks and peace and quiet. The tasting was a great experience and can’t recommend it enough (Katy was very knowledgeable and relaxed). Thank you both
From the host
Hello! We invite you to come and stay in our lovely little English vineyard. The our luxe bell tents are nestled within the vines, with gorgeous views of the Downs. We're a quiet, adults only campsite, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Let us know if you'd like to book in a wine tasting with the winemaker.
Nearby attractions
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 and 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.
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