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

We are set on a three acre vineyard with a working winery.

Suitable For

Adults over 21 and wine lovers.

Nearby

There is so much to see and do locally! Visit traditional Sussex pubs, local nature reserves, or walk the Ashdown Forest.

Food & Drink

At Downsview Vineyard we offer wines by the glass or by the bottle, and a variety of foods from local farmshops.

Open

April–September.

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The Owner Says

Downsview Vineyard and Winery is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the Ashdown Forest and Tunbridge Wells. We hand make gorgeous English Sparkling and Still wines from our grapes hand harvested on site. We have a small campsite in our orchard with four gorgeous bell tents and luxury beds. We also offer wine tastings and vineyard tours, and picnic or barbecue boxes with delicious local produce.

Accommodation

Four bell tents.

Bacchus

Bell tent Sleeps 2
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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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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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Why book with Glampingly?

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  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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