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Tent Reviews: Lichfield Sandwood 4+2

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25.70 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.62/10 from 13 reviews

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13 Reviews of the Sandwood 4+2         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Monkey13  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

We bought this tent in August 2014 for £199.99 and used it for the first time this Easter weekend (April 2015) with our 4 children. It took 35 minutes to put up (including herding our children), and was spacious enough for us all to live comfortably, including being tent bound for the first evening due to heavy rain. We genuinely feel like we have got ourselves a real bargain though it is proving difficult for us to find accessories. The 3rd 'bedroom' has proved too small for 2 single airbeds/ 2 camp beds or even a single airbed and a toddler bed however, my husband and I were comfortable enough sleeping in the main body of the tent while the children had the 'bedrooms'. It was straight forward to pack away. We did experience heavy rain and the tent remained watertight. Not looking forward to strong winds after reading the other reviews but, all in all, very pleased with this tent and looking forward to spending more holiday time in it.
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By: Mrcfodder  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Excellent Value for money, lots of space, easy to put up. Not leaked yet after quiet a few wet and wild nights on the Scottish coast. Plenty space for 2 adults and 4 children. Put it up myself (with the help of a four year old) in 25 minutes. Plans to take it out again this Easter for a week. Have since bought footprint, carpet and awning.
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By: Shanjack6  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I've used this tent 3 times on different sites. Last 2 holidays we have pitched it in fairly good weather and stands very well, loads of space inside for a family of 4 offering 3 bedrooms but you can put 2 up and snuggly put 2 single campbeds in each, this gives you more living space. I would recommend having the extention and extra canopy for tent as its great for storing items out of the way, the tent itself has a small canopy above the main entrance and helps when its raining. Stays dry most of the time but did find a small trickle one morning after very heavy rain but not sure if this was due to condensation. Last time we used it we tried to pitch up if very high winds and this did cause the side fibreglass pole to bend and split but still held the tent firm. The case is large and heavy but is handy to store tent in without a struggle. Overall would recommend this tent but bare in mind it does need 2 people to pitch and takes a good 30 minutes. A good family size tent.
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By: Bry99  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

An update to my previous review. We have now had a thorough testing of this tent.

I still love the space, design etc.

I have also now added the porch extension as this was required for cooking and eating in when it rains, this is by no means water tight where it butts upto the tent and you have to extend the lines to peg it over the top of the tent. However, it did the job and providing you didn't leave anything near the gap where the rain came in, it was fine. I couldn't have been without it.

We pitched in terrible rain and the tent did develop a couple of small leaks but actually found these rectified themselves! given a few hours (as this was the first time the tent had experienced rain).

On one of the days we woke to high winds and found that the curved pole at one end of the tent was buckled completely nearly touching the floor of the inside of the tent! So we will be avoiding coastal campsites from now on. We actually moved our tent so the rear of the tent was then facing the winds and managed to attached additional guideropes to the back door (which wasn't in use) This seemed to be a lot better, unfortunately the wind changed direction later. I watched the other tents in the field which were supported by thicker steel poles and they seemed to be withstanding the wind a lot better (Vango & Coleman), I think the thin bendy foldable poles are not strong enough to cope with the weather elements. I never had a problem on our last tent with these thin poles, so I feel the quality over the years has changed.
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By: Vicky3796  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Just been away for the first time with this new tent and it was pushed to its limits!Arrived at campsite in monsoon conditions, I know not to put a tent up in wind but didn't have a choice, only one pole bent! 14 hours of heavy rain and not one leak,impressed! Only downside I can see is that in windy conditions the back of the tent pushed inwards and could do with more guy ropes attached to the tent fabric to stop this as we had a very long night thinking the fibreglass pole was going to snap from being pushed down. Dried the tent out the day after and would you know sunny no wind!

On a lighter note loads of space in this tent and as a bonus we got the one with one big room at the back with a divider so you don't lose that extra 20cm.Yes the case is big but we have everything in it tent,carpet,extension and still room for a ground sheet,which we have not got yet,ordering extra poles to take away when we go to Cornwall in August as you never know but priced between £12 and £16 I don't think that is bad,as people have said before shop around, we got ours with extension for £259.
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By: Bry99  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We finally decided to treat ourselves after 14years and upgrade to a real family sized tent as we are going to start using electric hook up facilities ie tv, coolbox etc. Our old tent was a Suncamp tourist and was great and of real quality, but not enough wet weather living area!

So, I needed a tent to house 2 adults and a 6 year old. I did some research and really liked the look and design of this tent, bags of living area and 2 separate bedrooms (with an additional bedroom which we do not need).

I paid £180 on ebay for tent, bargain! New.

I pitched it in our garden as soon as the courier delivered it, it took me 45mins on my own and the hardest bit was lifting the main steel poles up and supporting with guide ropes on my own. I think when my husband helps me it should take around 20mins (Bearing in mind we are very experienced at tent pitching and make a good team).

My only concerns were the lack of peg anchorings around base of tent, only 4 down the longest sides (including the corners) This, even after careful realigning left a slightly baggy appearance to the stitched in ground sheet.

I am not looking forward to high winds in this! Purely due to the lack of pegs/guide ropes and the height of the tent. However, having said that I love the design and space (and value for money) so much that I am willing to accept that no tent is perfect.

I love the way you can choose which door to use, either side or at the end, personally I love to set the kitchen/living area at one end (open end door whilst cooking on wet days) but use side door as main door.

I also love the hoods (created by the carbon fibre poles) above each doorway,stopping you getting soaked if its raining.

Yes, the suitcase on wheels is huge, but we are not going backpacking. We take a small car with a roofbox and manage to get everything squeezed in still. We tried to fit the carpet we purchased in with the tent but found it put too much strain on the suitcase zips, we did however, manage to fit the footprint groundsheet in, (something else I would recommend buying which we haven't had before), we always used to spend ages cleaning the bottom of our tent with tea towels before packing away, no need to do this now, great!

We purchased the carpet also, this would be better if there were anchor points in each corner. I guess my next purchase is a handheld vacuum! I've already found a washable door mat that matches the carpet in a pound store.
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By: Lisamikejosh  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Our family were newcomers to camping in June 2011 so we are now 4 trips down and able to give a better review!

Tent bag - I have seen reviews on the size as its large however we can fit the carpet, groundsheet and porch in the bag too (we are yet to use the porch) so you can fit loads of extra bits in it and the bag is on wheels with two strong handles each side for manoeuvring.

Pitching - definitely feel that this needs two people to get it spot on and assist should there be any strongish wind, after our initial practice run that took 1 hour and nearly a divorce we can now erect it in around 15 to 20 mins amicably! It always looks as it does on the picture and instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

Size - this is a really roomy and great height tent for our family of 3 and labrador. I am 6 foot so the height was really important. The handy storage hanger is great and there are a few extra velcro loops for lighting. The 3 separate doorways mean you can have greater flexibility in how you have the layout and whether you use the extra room or not.

Bedrooms - are roomy - we have tried it a few ways - 2 rooms with 2 people in 1, 3 rooms with us all having our own room, using 1 for storage etc, the best way and was using 2 rooms then you get a super living space and are able to use the front door which has the large windows to the side - this is the downside of using the 3rd bedroom as it blocks the window light somewhat.

Weather protection - in the sun it can get very warm as do most tents so open all your vents, you do get a bit of condensation due to the really good waterproofing quality so getting air in is important. When its cold the heater works really well keeping it warm for a good time after its switched off. We have had 2 holidays where heavy rain occurred and we did not get any leaks apart from a bit of rain through the vents when it was horizontal at one point! In strong wind it withheld but sadly when the winds reached 30 MPH plus on our recent holiday the height of the tent meant that it could not withstand these severe gales, i'm sure that other family tents would be very similar in these rare situations, we only lost 1 pole and damage to the footprint groundsheet, the tent fabric seemed to hold up when were forced to take it down in 50 MPH winds.

Overall this is a great family tent that we are very fond of. The couple of things that have left me to rate it as a 9 rather than a 10 are:

- It would be better if the 2 side by side bedrooms were connected to make 1 large bedroom with a privacy screen between as this would give more space in each room and even more layout flexibility rather than a 20cm or so gap which is wasted down the centre.

- It could do with some anchor points for the carpet in the corners as when you are on a slope it does tent to slide itself down to one end and if you are using the 3rd bedroom its difficult to get at it to reposition as the carpet sits underneath.

Oh and shop around as the cost ranges are vastly different from place to place - we paid £249 but I have seen it at £349 plus.
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By: Caro71  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

The suitcase was an issue as way too big for the tent but was advised it was for the carpet accessory. Ressolved that issue by buying a compression bag and now the tend fits in the car.

I have had a leak in the grounsheet on an anchor point,causing water to nearly get to the electrics. However this was exchanged with no problems.

Like the separate bedrooms makes the tent very flexable. I use 2 bedrooms one for storage which leaves a lot of space for living. The height of the tent is excellent. It is a dark fabric tent which is great for sleeping but not dark during the day. The doors are very flexable.

It is extremely easy to put up within 15 minutes for two although can be done by one.

I would strongly recommend this tent, but get a compression bag to reduce wasted space.
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By: Shanjack6  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Just bought this tent, Tried it out Yesterday in the rain. It was great, No faults at all, lovely size tent for a family of 4 with lots of space, we used the 3rd bedroom as a storage room, it came in a large roller bag which was quite heavy and bulky maybe it could do with being a bit smaller and there is lots of room inside. It took 2 people to put the tent up and about 40 mins but this was our first time doing it, I'm sure next time it will only take 30 mins. Great quality you can feel it on the tent itself. Well worth the money, I would recommend this tent whether it be weekends away, 2 weeks it will be more than enough, The great thing I liked about it was the fact that you could buy carpet, this really made a different, lovely home comfort and kept the tent with that warm feeling. If your looking for a family tent, then look no further than the Sandwood 4+2. Great.
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By: Urbtaf  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Just an update on my last post. A few days in Boroughbridge and still very pleased with our tent, most of the leaks have cured themselves apart from one under one if the steel poles, will try a sealant on that bit, there was some very heavy rain one night. Wife has put an axminster carpet in the living area which helps keep the groundsheet from lifting with the wind, and adds a bit of real luxury.

Spent a bit of time making sure the groundsheet was pegged down and the tension was right this time and it seems to make the whole tent a bit neater
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Manufacturer's Description

An excellent tent for families or groups of friends who want to get away for the weekend. Use of Lichfield’s unique Tied Arch System (TAS) gives maximum headroom throughout the tent in relation to footprint.

Flysheet: Protex® 5000 polyester
Inners: Breathable polyester
Groundsheets: Polyethylene 10,000
Windows: PVC
Poles: TAS – Steel x 2 & fibreglass x 4
Pitching: Flysheet first


Zippered front access with full mesh door
Zippered access from both sides with full mesh doors
Poled canopies over side doors
Side mesh vents with covers
2 front windows with internal covers
‘Full-floor’, sewn-in groundsheet
Zippered inner doors with upper mesh panels
‘Sleep-Easy’ darker inner tents for improved sleep
Pelmets concealing inner attachment points
Sewn-in inner groundsheets
Tent tidy, cable entry point, inner storage pockets and hanging loops
Supplied in roller bag


Capacity: 4 + 2 person
Weight: 25.70kg
Pack size: 78 x 51cm
Pitching time: 15 mins

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