The Old Vicarage is a 17th-century house in the village of Elkesley, six miles from Worksop and 25 miles from Nottingham. Its grounds run down to the banks of the Poulter river, and are lined with stands of acacia, sycamore, ash and oak trees which were originally donated to the first vicar by the Duke of Newcastle in the 1830s. You’ll sense the history all around you, from the old house to the remains of the water mill in the river bed.
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 reserves to walk around, or to head back further in time, you could take one of the trails through ancient Sherwood Forest, around quarter of an hour’s drive away.
Guest facilities on site centre around the Cave Bar, at the foot of an exposure of 500 million year old sandstone, with a chillout room, TV room and games.
Other amenities include a washing-up area and bathrooms with plentiful hot showers, toilets and baby changing facilities.