Bodiam Camping

UK England South East England East Sussex Bodiam

  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A wooded dell with camping pitches and quirky ‘tin tabernacle’ camping cabins within strolling distance of Bodiam Castle

A secret, shady glade near an old castle may sound like the stuff of fairy tales, but Bodiam Camping is no fantasy. It’s an idyllic campsite with little grassy clearings on the edge of an ancient woodland and the banks of a gently flowing river. Camp here and you’ll be surrounded by trees, wildlife and the soundtrack of British farmland in summertime. You can mess about on the river or settle beside your tent and cook up a storm on the campfire – all within walking distance of a castle, a country pub, a vineyard and a steam train.

On arrival at Bodiam Woodland Campsite, you check in at The Hub, the on-site cafe-bistro-shop, where you’re likely to meet Anna or Nick Eastwood. They’ve been in the camping and glamping business for more than a decade so they’ve got a good idea of what us campers need. They’ve seen enough people turning up frazzled after a week of work that they introduced Friday-night pizzas during summer so the cooking is taken care of. And The Hub is fully licensed so they can mix you a G&T too.

After checking in, cars are parked away from the two camping areas (quite possibly next to a tractor as this is very much a working farm) and you’ll be directed to your pitch a short walk away. Half of the 30 pitches are in a poplar woodland next to the River Rother and in sight of Bodiam Castle and half are in the Hop Pickers’ Wood above an orchard. Which is more idyllic, it’s hard to say.

The facilities are in keeping with this low-impact place. Each camping area has eco loos, hot showers and washing up facilities housed in a discreet shepherd’s hut. There’s also a handy sheltered area with an open fire which makes it ideal for small group gatherings. You can even bring along friends who don’t have their own tent (or leave yours at home for the weekend) as there are seven ‘tin tabernacles’; unique little glamping cabins that offer a solid roof, futon-style beds and basic camping kit. If you’d prefer not to bring your own bedding, you might want to consider the more luxurious shepherd’s huts at Quarry Farm’s glamping only site, The Original Hut Company.

With food and fun on site and attractions so close by, you might want to forget the car altogether during your visit. The local pub, the Oastbrook Vineyard and mighty Bodiam Castle are just a short stroll away from your tent, while the steam trains of the Kent and East Sussex Railway puff to a stop at Bodiam Station, within the farm’s own boundaries. "All aboard!" The uniformed conductor cries, as if to complete the fairytale scene.

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Facilities

Camping pitches can be found in two separate areas – each has its own shepherd’s hut for facilities which include two loos, two hot showers and washing up sinks. Each camping area also has a communal covered area with a fireplace. Campfires are allowed and logs are for sale at The Hub, a short stroll from the huts. You can also stock up on camping supplies and local produce here and dine or drink at the fully-licensed cafe-bistro. The Hub has space for a wide range of workshops and activities ranging from yoga to foraging and there are treatment rooms for pampering too. You can also hire paddleboards and kayaks to use on the River Rother. Contact the site directly to pre-book activities.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, tents, groups (up to five tents) – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no.

Nearby

The National Trust-run Bodiam Castle is a mere 10-15 minute stroll across three undulating fields. You can travel from the castle by boat (01797 253838) to nearby pub, The White Hart (01797 252166) in Newenden, or by a Kent and East Sussex Railway steam train to Tenterden. The Bodiam station is actually within Quarry Farm and there’s a 10% discount for midweek glampers and campers. Tenterden itself (12 miles away) has a lovely high street of independent shops and cafes and is home to both The Old Dairy Brewery and the well-known Chapel Down Vineyard, a little way out of town. Even closer to site (within walking or kayaking distance) is the Oastbrook Vineyard where tours and tastings are also available. The huge sandy beach of Camber Sands is about half an hour away (17 miles) and well worth a visit on a sunny day. Battle, with its famous abbey, battlefield and small high street of independent shops, is eight miles away. The enchanting medieval port town of Rye is 13 miles away and it’s about the same distance to seaside Hastings. There's lots of lovely walks, bike trails and Go Ape at the National Pine Arboretum at Bedgebury (nine miles from site) and the nearby Bewl Water reservoir.

Food & Drink

This part of East Sussex is renowned for food and at the heart of the English wine renaissance. You don’t have to go far to find either. On site, The Hub is a shop and a licensed cafe-bistro where you can buy and try local produce. A range of catered options are available for groups too (if booked in advance). The Oastbrook Vineyard is within walking distance of site and just one of the vineyards within easy reach. Chapel Down, Sedlescombe and Oxney Organics are others. Pub-wise, The Castle Inn (01580 083330) is within walking distance, just the other side of the river and does some great homemade pub fare. The Salehurst Halt (01580 880620) and The White Dog Inn (01580 830264) are both lovely local free houses and about an hour’s walk (or a five-minute drive) away.

Opening Times

March–December.

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The Owner Says

We love camping and have developed Bodiam Camping to tick every box that we would like to see in a campsite.  The site is quiet, off grid and of minimal environmantal impact.  Campfires are positively encoraged (but only within clearly marked fiepits).  Within this tiny non-commercial site each pitch has space around.  It is possible to see you children anywhere within the confines of the site which allows them the freedom to explore while you the knowledge that they are safe.  We never allow a group to take more that 5 pitches so the site shouldn't ever be over run with one party.  The loos and showers are attractive and the showers piping hot.  The wash facilites are regualy cleaned.  We love the restored hop Pickers cook house.  This offers campers a communal covered area with a huge fireplace to sit and dry out in the warm should the Great British Summer let you down.  This has proved to be a great space for families and friends to get together in the evenings even if the weather isn't perfect (and has been the birth place of the odd hangover!!). 

There is loads to do in the Local area with the Historic towns of Rye, Battle,  Hastings and Tenterden all within 10 miles.  There are loads of Gardens and woodlands to visit, National Trust and English Heritage Sites. Locally there are great Beaches, proper old fashioned sea side fun. As well as fantastic Local Gastro experiences. 

Bodiam Woodland Camping is on our family run farm where there are 200 acres of grass land and orchards to explore.  The River Rother flows through the bottom of the farm and can be fished during the season for a variety of course fish. The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway runs into the farm enabling guest to catch a steam train to Tenterden for Lunch. Or hop on a boat trip down the river from the castle to the next pub. 

We are very happy to accommodate groups on a seperate site on the farm - just ping us an email or give us a call!  This offers the same wash facilities and a covered communal area, but is removed from the main Bodiam Woodland Camping site.

Social Distancing Measures

Two extra fields will be opened to allow us to create spacious pitches that are 18m wide. One person at a time is allowed in a toilet/shower, the only exception is parent and child. Hand sanitisers have been put on the outside of the toilet blocks & must be used on entering and exciting the block. We will deep clean the toilets in the morning, throughout the day, and when possible, in the evening – they will be closed whilst this happens. To allow for social distancing and you will be allowed to park next to your tent. Should you feel ill, are showing signs of the virus or live in the same household as someone with the virus, please do not attend our facility. For guest that are at greater risk or are medically vulnerable please be extra cautious.

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Accommodation

30 tent pitches and 7 ‘tin tabernacle’ cabins

Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 59 Available
Spacious camping pitch which can accommodate a 5m bell tent or a regular 6x4m family tent. There are a wealth of activities to enjoy onsite as well as cafe/bar.

Tabernacle

Cabin Sleeps 4 7 Available
Camping without the hassle of bringing a tent in one of our beautiful hand-built tin Tabernacles – situated on our tiny riverside campsite.

UDIAM

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 60
Private Camping - Exclusive Hire Site. Contact us directly to book this.

Tent Pitch

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6 9 Available
Spacious camping pitch which can accommodate a 5m bell tent or a regular 6x4m family tent. There are a wealth of activities to enjoy onsite as well as cafe/bar.

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Location

Contact Bodiam Camping, Hop Pickers Campsite, Quarry Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5RA

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Getting There

From London, head South on the A21 through a village called Hurst Green. On the south side of the village, bear left (signed to Bodiam Castle). Continue along that road to a crossroads at the end. Go straight over. As you drop down into the village, the castle is on your left. Continue over the bridge and railway crossing. The farm drive is clearly marked on the right.

Most guests drive; however the site is only a few minutes by car from the main line stations at Robertsbridge or Etchingham. Taxis are available from local firm AK Rother but pre-booking is essential (01424 401424).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 94 reviews

★★★★☆

Extremely relaxing, beautiful place.

The campsite was very secluded and quiet, could hear all the wildlife, very peaceful. Nice walks around and close to Bodiam Castle and the local pub. The hub is very warm and welcoming, food delicious. Would definitely visit again. Thank you.
Sep 19, 2020 by Emily & Mike
★★★★★

Great setting ~ With all you need

Lovely setting, with really nice local walks. Very accessible as it is near a few roads, so perfect for families and maybe even those who are not driving. The amenities are just perfect, hot water, covered communal fireplace, a lovely pub/restaurant, just what you need, with delicious cider made from the apples grown on site. The campsite is the most wonderful setting for watching both sunrise and sunset. We had a wonderful time.
★★★★★

Idyllic family holiday

We camped in the woods with hot water and showers and a tin roof in case it rained. We wandered along the riverbank to the castle and we hired a canoe and paddled up the stream. We drank delicious tea and cider in the Hub cafe and enjoyed the company of the ducks and the goats and Erin the goose. They even had a swing! I cannot imagine a better place to go camping with young children. Thank you Bodiam Camping!
Sep 8, 2020 by Lucy Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful camp site with amazing staff

So we arrived pretty late on the Friday night after a delayed journey from London. We pulled into the car park and wandered down to the Hub to check in, and were greeted by friendly staff who gave us directions to find out pitch. After driving down, it was quite difficult to see where our pitch was meant to be, so we phoned the Hub to clarify. One of the staff members offered to walk down and show us exactly where we were meant to be, which made it much easier in pitch black! All the tents has huge amounts of space to allow for social distancing between groups, and the toilets and other site facilities were cleaned regularly. The atmosphere at the camp site is lovely, and the location is superb. We ate breakfast at the Hub on the morning that we departed, and the food was excellent. I genuinely can't fault this camp site, and will be returning again soon.
Sep 7, 2020 by Christopher Dunn
★★★★☆

Beautiful location- would definitely return!

We loved our stay at Bodiam. The location is beautiful, spacious and clean. As a group of 4, 25 to 30 year olds, the idea was to have a relaxing get away with some drinks and board games around the campfire. And Bodiam certainly delivered. We were given the Poplars campsite which is right by the river but within the woodland, so very picturesque! We enjoyed a lovely walk along the river which takes you right by Bodiam castle and you can follow the river as far as you like. We stopped at the castle inn on the way back which is a short walk from the campsite; food delicious and service good, also good value! The services at the campsite were very good. The hub served amazing coffee and the food looked great although we didn’t actually eat there over the weekend. The hub also served goods like coal, toilet paper, games etc at a reasonable price. The Toilets were decorated beautifully and cleaned regularly, unfortunately they did smell quite a lot but I guess this is something you can’t get away from when camping! Each camping plot has a fire pit/bin and plenty of space to cook, play games etc. Over all very enjoyable and would definitely return!
★★★★★

A great little end to a long and unique summer.

Pitched between early autumnal trees, beside a determined little river, at the far end of the Udiam campsite, we couldn’t have been happier with our secluded spot. We craved a couple of peaceful days; and only the wind in the higher branches and the gently flowing water skimmed the silence. The surrounding sites and walks here (especially by the river to the nearby pub) are equally charming, clean and civilised. Staff at The Hub were welcoming, friendly and helpful throughout our stay. Overall, this is our favourite camping experience so far.
Sep 5, 2020 by Pete Reynolds
★★★★★

Relaxing, Calm, Free & Family friendly

Such a beautiful place to stay! I came with my partner, daughter (1) and two best friends and we had such a lovely exp. Just what we needed to get away from city life. Got many activities for kids and a cute park and restrant with animals! Would definitely come again!
Sep 5, 2020 by Katie
★★★★★

Brilliant camping week with our two grandchildren

We camped in a lovely site in Hop Pickers Wood ... a perfect, secluded and quiet pitch in the woods close to all amenities (toilets, showers, drinking water, etc.). The two children (5 and 7 year olds) soon made friends with others and played very happily in a safe, child-friendly and adventurous space. The Hub was a real bonus ... great pizzas, beers, BBQ box and coffee and cakes. Staff really friendly and helpful too. Ideal little children's play space nearby. We visited Bodiam Castle and kayaked on the River Rother (directly from the site). Great fun for grandparents and grandchildren! A great way to spend the last few days of the school summer holidays. Thank you ... we hope to be back!
Sep 5, 2020 by Peter C Verified Review
★★★★★

Great campsite, beautiful river

We stayed for 2 nights in the Hop Pickers Woodland campsite, my son age 8 and myself. Our pitch was on a raised bank which was just the right size for our 4 man tent. I was hoping for a river pitch but the woodland pitch in my option was much better! We were lucky to have great weather and had a fire both nights using the provided fire pit (enough available for each plot but we did have to go look for one!). We had prebooked pizzas at The Hub the first night which were very tasty and fresh and with 'Eat Out to Help Out' were half price - bargain!. The Hub, river and Epic Life Adventures were a 10-15mins walk from the woodland campsite. We prebooked a tandam kayak online and it was an awesome experience, the river was so peaceful. The shower and toilet facilities were good, shower temperature did fluctuate but was bearable. The toilets were smelly but did improve after the tanker came the second day and emptied them. There was air freshener cans is there but it might be a good idea to have an automatic air freshener too to help. The toilet seats were black which was hard to see as its so dark in there, maybe changing these to white or improving the lighting to help see at night would be good. The rope swing in the woodland campsite was brilliant, even I had a go! All the kids loved it and my son made loads of friends and was off playing with them most of the time. Would definitely recommend camping here and will be back again next year.
★★★★★

Great campsite, beautiful river

We stayed for 2 nights in the Hop Pickers Woodland campsite, my son age 8 and myself. Our pitch was on a raised bank which was just the right size for our 4 man tent. I was hoping for a river pitch but the woodland pitch in my option was much better! We were lucky to have great weather and had a fire both nights using the provided fire pit (enough available for each plot but we did have to go look for one!). We had prebooked pizzas at The Hub the first night which were very tasty and fresh and with 'Eat Out to Help Out' were half price - bargain!. The Hub, river and Epic Life Adventures were a 10-15mins walk from the woodland campsite. We prebooked a tandam kayak online and it was an awesome experience, the river was so peaceful. The shower and toilet facilities were good, shower temperature did fluctuate but was bearable. The toilets were smelly but did improve after the tanker came the second day and emptied them. There was air freshener cans is there but it might be a good idea to have an automatic air freshener too to help. The toilet seats were black which was hard to see as its so dark in there, maybe changing these to white or improving the lighting to help see at night would be good. The rope swing in the woodland campsite was brilliant, even I had a go! All the kids loved it and my son made loads of friends and was off playing with them most of the time. Would definitely recommend camping here and will be back again next year.
★★★★☆

Good walks, great site and space to explore

We loved the spacious grounds and roomy pitch, friendly staff, the shop and food options at the hub! Simple but good facilities. The rain had made the tent field track for cars pretty muddy and the loo huts can get chilly at night but otherwise a fantastic stay! We will be back! Definitely pre-book food if you plan on using the hub or catering vans to avoid a long wait and expect the hub to be busy in the days! But lots of space to escape the hubub and roam in orchards, the river track and take in the surroundings.
★★★★★

Beautiful grounds and great facilities

Lots of spaced out camping grounds, beautiful surroundings and a wonderful cafe for the essentials and finer things. I was impressed with the number of hand sanitizer gels scattered everywhere and the toilets were cleaned on a regular basis. It felt safe and clean during my stay.
★★★★☆

Idylic setting

We had a lovely stay at Bodiam camping that unfortunately we had to cut short due to the storms and bad weather. Really enjoyed the food at the Hub and would definitely recommend a visit to all campers. We had a cute pitch in the woodlands and our boys enjoyed exploring the woods and playing on the rope swing. The chemical loos were a bit wiffy, but as regular festival campers we are used to this. The hot showers were absolutely wonderful! Agree with previous reviews that it would be good to have more large bins closer to pitches. Good recycling facilities by the Hub though.
★★★★★

Was ok

Place is lovely despite the tremendous wind on the first couple of days. Only disgruntle is that we were told that our woodland pitches had been given away to someone else by the owner despite our request which caused our first night for all six of us to having to camp in one tent after 3 attempts and few pole breakages due to the wind. If only we had been given the pitches we were going to be given in the first place. However, the team were accommodating and having changed pitches twice we had been given the ideal and favourable spot which was amazing. One other area of concern was the toilets and showering. All with hot water which was awesome. I understand and have experienced many variances (if not all) types of toilet even chemical ones. But the ones by the apple orchard were beyond tolerable. The strong chemical was unbearable and tough to endure resulting with us using the toilet going in with masks covering our noses with our tshirts. This resulted in one of the party enduring a severe migraine and being sick because of the smell was so strong.
Aug 31, 2020 by S-Line
★★★★★

Much needed great long weekend spent with friends

Perfect location in a lovely surrounding. Lots of great facilities for the whole family. Huge pitches and so much space for the kids to run and play safely. It was just great to be away even for a short time and with friends who had never camped before who are now converted. The river was great for Kayaking and Paddle Boarding and so easy to book and arrange. The Hub was super and everyone was friendly and helpful. Although a slight queue at times it was to be expected as we are in such different times at the moment so nothing is normal just a little more patience is required. Food was very tasty and Pizza's was perfect for the first night on arrival just meant that whilst they cooked the pizza's fresh it was a chance to sit and have a cheeky cocktail - what's not to love about that! Toilets and showers were OK - fine for a few days away. We will definitely be back next year as a group and probably with another family or 2 as it is a great spot to visit.
Aug 31, 2020 by Lisa La Marca-Price
★★★★★

Great campsite and location!

We had a great three night stay on a tent pitch in the woodland area last week. Despite storm Francis and some heavy rain, we were sheltered and (mostly!) dry in our pitch. The woodland pitches are wonderful and would recommend staying there if you can. Clean loos and showers, and we loved having a fire every night. All the staff we spoke to were brilliant, super friendly and helpful. SomeOne really kindly showed us to our pitch, it was really helpful to be able to borrow cool packs, and we had nice coffees and drinks from the Hub. Loads to do in local area. We will definitely be booking again and have already recommended to loads of friends!
★★★★★

An escape close to home

Really good site, lovely hub space with fantastic food and drinks, a few animals dotted around and bits for the kids to play on. Facilities were really clean and the location for the surrounding countryside and nearby coast was perfect. My son and I camped for 3 nights, appreciated the space we were given, our own little firepit and to be so close to the river. We found boat and kayak hire costly so will come prepared next time. Our pitch was in quite a large open field (additional covid space), not the woodlands, which we expected and quite liked. Toilets and showers were basic, but clean, always well stocked and actually worked. Somewhere closer to wash dishes and get rid of rubbish would have been nice - especially as there were quite a few slugs and wasps enjoying our offerings. Check in was unnecessarily slow and could have been staggered. Overall though, top site, lovely place and would stay again.
Aug 28, 2020 by Luke Currall Verified Review
★★★★★

Great place even in a storm!

Located close to Bodiam castle there is loads to do. Onsite, the Hub provides fantastic food and locally sourced produce wherever it can. Staff are extremely helpful and Erin the goose is very friendly! We had a great site by the railway in woodland. Then a great storm descended in late August! We had help at hand if we needed it, but the sheltered woodland was perfect for us. Cannot recommend this campsite enough. 10/10
Aug 27, 2020 by Andym1300 Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely spot

Great place to base yourself for local sightseeing. Despite Storm Francis doing her worst, we had a lovely time. The tabernacle was warm and cosy. Power pack was a bit sporadic but we lit tea lights instead and it added to the charm. Fab pizzas and the staff were great.
Aug 27, 2020 by Kate Watson Verified Review
★★★★☆

Great location and space

Excellent location and huge pitches for those oversized tents. Loo's and showers were functional, if not a little odourous. The Hub is great for snacks and food - excellent pizza. Nice playground for the kids too. A really nice place to get away to.
★★☆☆☆

Lovely restaurant and animals, tiny pitches and chemi loos

We had a fab time with our family and the other campers on site we’re delightful! The staff were also lovely... However, the facilities need to be improved, the chemi loo, shower and washing up area really smelt bad. There should be a regular camping shop for bread, basic food and ice block service, but only cafe service on offer. The pitches in the woodland mostly suitable for small Tents. I would recommend the site for a short stay only.
Aug 24, 2020 by Anne

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Anne, thankyou for taking the time to review us. We're sorry that the toilets and showers were not quite what you were expecting. As described on our website, the loos are not plumbed in due to our limitations caused by being in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Unfortunately there is no way we can plumb them in, as I explained to you during your stay. There are plumbed in, flushing loos at The Hub which are available for our customers to use from 9am until 8pm every day.

We do offer the option to purchase bread and locally sourced food, we have a gorgeous selection of local hampers that can be ready for collection on arrival or kept chilled until later on in your stay. We send an email containing this information prior to arrival. The bread is made locally, therefore if asked we can order it in specifically for guests to minimise food waste. As you were unhappy during your stay regarding the ice blocks, we did offer you free ice every day because we can appreciate for a longer break, it can be harder without the refreezing facility. If we could offer it, we would but we couldn't justify the refreshing of ice blocks on our COVID risk assessment.

Given that it is a woodland site, we are unable to accommodate tents larger than 6m x 4m. There are larger pitches in the field, however this year we have kept the wooded pitches for longer breaks.
A x
★★★★★

Lovely relaxed easy-going family camping

Camping was so easy here. There were food options in the evenings, a playground the kids loved, great coffee from the cafe, good toilet/shower facilities, massive field for kids to run in, starry skies and a winding river great for paddleboarding! We had a lovely weekend with friends.
Aug 24, 2020 by Natalie Cane
★★★★★

Great 5 days camping in the woods

We had a great week camping in the Hop Pickers Wood despite the British weather throwing most things at us! Pitches are nice and spaced out within the woodland. Pitch was probably slightly small for our VERY large tent but we had a good amount of space around our tent to sit. Kids loved the rope swing. Epic life kayaks were fun for the kids and we loved strolling through the campsite and along the river to Bodiam Castle. We also saw the steam train at Bodiam Station. The Hub was a lovely cafe and would recommend the pizza and Breakfast Hampers. Staff very friendly. All felt very safe and clean. Noisy guests on the campsite were spoken to so we think the no noise policy after 11pm is taken very seriously. Facilities were clean but basic. Only negative aspects were that, like others, we found the wood from the Hub did not burn well at all (other local supply from Tesco in Hawkhurst was much better) and although clean (and indeed we saw them being cleaned very regularly), I would echo the comments about the smell of the toilets in the Hop Pickers Wood! However this didn't put us off and we will definitely be back again. Thanks for a great week.
★★★★☆

Well run campsite in a beautiful setting.

A beautiful, spaceous campsite set over several nooks and crannies. A mixture of on-site glamping and space for tents to be pitched. We were on the camping field alongside the river. Large pitch with plenty of space to be able to distance yourself from your neighbours without compromising your camping experience. Basic washing and toilet facilities, no hot running water for washing up but just boiled the kettle to overcome this. Quiet campsite, even with groups on site. The HUB serves food daily, can recommend the pizza and the selection of cakes. Convenient for local walks, paddle boarding & kayaking with Epic Life, Bodiam Castle and steam railway with Battle and Hastings a short drive away. Campfires allowed, fire pits available on site and supplies can be purchased at the HUB. Friendly and helpful staff on site. Would definitely stay here again if visiting this area.
Aug 22, 2020 by Julie Davies Verified Review
★★★★★

A gem of a family holiday just 90mins from London!

We booked a tabernacle for a short stay with our two children and loved everything about this campsite. For young children there is little reason to leave the site itself as there are swings and rivers to play with all over the site, but Camber Sands makes for a good day trip, Yes the loos can smell a bit, but if you really can't face them, there is always the option to pop over to the Hub. Staff were great and the food trucks that park up each night in the summer offer you a good reason not to cook! It's a 10/10 from us - we will be going back for sure.
Aug 22, 2020 by suzanne bold Verified Review

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Suzanne, thankyou for your lovely words! We're so glad you had a great stay. Hopefully we'll see you again at some point in the future. A x 
★★★★★

Fabulous campsite

Bodiam was just adorable. The Hub is an excellent and welcoming area with yummy breakfast. We had punk tacos as well the night we stayed which was delicious and well priced. The facilities were cleaned regularly so felt safe with covid requirements. We camped in the little area away from the field in the trees which was lovely. I would definitely recommend Bodiam and would stay again.
Aug 22, 2020 by Katie
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite in fantastic setting

Just returned from 2 nights at thi s fabulous campsite.. we loved it, even the rain didn't dampen our spirits, it ticks all the boxes, beautiful setting, great pitches - we looked out next to a tree and rope swing for our son, clean toilets, warm showers and the amazing cafe/ restaurant hub on site. On site cocktails and food vans, yet only a short walk to local wonders, couldn't wish for more! We will hopefully be back again soon
★★★★★

Chilled Out Vibes and Woodland Pitches

A lovely relaxed campsite with peaceful woodland pitches this campsite has a chilled out vibe and the sound of the River Rother nearby is super peaceful. The facilities near the pitches (shepherds huts with toilet, shower, sinks and drinking water) and at the Hub (shop, cafe, bar, food vans) make it a really easy as well as enjoyable place to stay.
★★★★★

Chilled out, woodland vibe

Lovely relaxed campsite with a chilled out atmosphere and woodland camping pitches. Lovely to hear the river Rother from the campsite. The facilities both on site (firepits, shepherd huts with showers, drinking water and toilets) and at The Hub (cafe, bar, shop, themed food nights) make it a really easy place to camp as well as an enjoyable one.
★★★★★

Fab site, stacks of space,

We have just had a camping trip with you from 17th - 20th Aug. We were two families and had pitches 1 and 2. The location was superb and the space was absolutely fantastic both around the pitches and across the field. The 4 children had plenty of room for cricket and football and the location of the river was perfect. Great facilities in the Hub which proved very welcome on a wet Wednesday afternoon, especially the cocktails! Our only negative comment are regarding the toilets and showers. It was obvious that the staff were doing their best to keep the toilets clean by visiting a few times a day but I feel that their efforts were in vain. They smelt almost all the time and it wasn’t a pleasant experience, especially first thing in the morning. A toilet block/trailer surely would be more hygienic and attractive with a little more space. The showers were great and provided plenty of room however the water was tepid. Other than that, a great stay and somewhere we will be visiting again next year.
Aug 21, 2020 by Lisa
★★★★★

Lovely location!

Good location for walking. Huge pitches in the main field and some smaller private wooded pitches. All had a good feel about them. We had some noisy neighbours but the site warden acted very quickly to combat this. The Hub is great with really friendly staff and there were simple but clean Loo and shower facilities. We didn’t go in the river but It was lovely seeing people swimming, kayaking and kids using the rope swing and mud slide!
Aug 20, 2020 by Lisa
★★★★★

Fantastic Family Camping

We are a family of four with an 11 and 14 year old, from South London and needed some fresh air, peace and space after months of lockdown and working from home. We had five brilliant, peaceful and easy days at Bodiam camping in our own woodland pitch with nearby shower and toilets, a fire pit and lots of space. The Hub was cheap and sold good food, and the nearby River Rother was great for swimming in, we spent a whole day on the riverbank in the sun enjoying swimming and kayaking.
Aug 15, 2020 by Janet MacLeod
★★★★★

Simple the best

We have stayed at many sites, mainly caravan and camping club sites, and we found Bodiam by far the best by a country mile, we loved the set up for the field (pitches round the outside) the fact you where given a fire drum and was allowed to burn was a big plus as our kids love a toasted marshmallow! The setting was perfect 👌🏻 with the river basically running the perimeter of the site the kids couldn’t wait to get in, so we headed to the mud slide situated towards the hub end of the field was a good laugh even if I was the eldest going down the muddy bank!! When all washed up we went to the hub for a cocktail and a cider whilst the kids played in the park, on the Saturday night we ate from the Mexican van that comes to site, we pre booked kayaks from Epiclife that are situated on the river on site ( you must book) we will def be using them again all in all well loved the site and can’t wait to come back
Aug 14, 2020 by Luke Martin
★★★★★

Lovley place for my birthday

We spent 6 nights camping at Bodiam Camping. We had a spot under the trees near the river. It was the hottest 6 days in a row so we were glad of the shade. All the staff working at the site were friendly and went over and above to be helpful. The standard of cleaning was impressive and Covid measures made you feel safe without it being intrusive or spoiling the atmosphere. As stated in previous reviews the local pub is a few minutes walk and served reasonably priced food. Again in a warm friendly atmosphere.We also enjoyed food from one of the food vans in the evening at the Hub. The charging lockers which cost £1.00 are also very handy for your phone. There are lots of places to visit within a short drive of the site but you could easily not go anywhere far and have plenty to do. One of the best campsites I have been to in this country.
Aug 14, 2020 by jacquie
★★★★★

Idyllic, peaceful and beautiful spot

We had a 2 night stay at Bodiam Camping and our expectations were exceeded numerous times each day. From the stunning location of our pitch in the HUGE field with all of the pitches beautifully spaced around the outside, clean and simple facilities in the field. The river running alongside the camp is the absolute highlight, canoeing down to the castle was blissful and a must for anyone staying. The hub is a fab cafe and shop selling everything you need and the food truck outside in the evening was incredible, the shrimp quesadillas were another massive high! All of the staff are so helpful and friendly. We can't wait to be back again very soon. Thank you Bodiam camping!
Aug 14, 2020 by Charlotte Mills
★★★★★

Great campsite for families

We stayed at Bodium in Aug 2020 - two families with four children aged 8 and 9. During our stay it was the heat wave 30+ temperatures. So the river was a welcome relief. The kids loved it. Not only can you hire the paddle boards etc but you can also go for a wade, slide down the mud slide, swing on the rope swings or just jump off the edge. The river came up to our knees so safe for all. The camp site itself is really well run and very clean. All the staff were super friendly and the kids particularly grew attached to the resident goose Erin. We loved the hub. Great food, cold drinks and a play area for the kids. There is loads to do too. Bodium castle, the railway, your 30 mins for Hastings or camber for the beech and I am sure much more. The vineyard for example would be on my list for next time. Highly recommend and would be happy to return. Thank you to the whole Bodium camping team!
Aug 13, 2020 by Tammy
★★★★☆

Lovely campsite

We spent 5 nights in the hop pickers field (more like a wood) and loved every minute. My girls are 10 and 8 and they found plenty to occupy them. The trip down the river Rother in a canoe was the hightlight of our stay. Only slight criticism is that there is no bin or recycling point in the wood and we had to carry all our rubbish down to the hub, a ten minute walk away. Apart from that I would thoroughly recommend this campsite.
Aug 12, 2020 by Nathan
★★★★★

Sunny bliss!

Spent 2 nights and we weren’t sure what to expect, but this place has it all. We were lucky enough to be placed in a very tidy, expansive extra field. Facilities were clean and welcoming. The sheep and other animals sounded like they only got paid for one cursory “Baa” in the morning, it was very peaceful. A hot air balloon was launched one night, near the “Hub”, which the kids loved. Being Inexperienced campers, We took some small Instant BBQs from the pound shop, which fitted nicely into the fire pit contraptions. We only did this twice for breakfast boiling water, warming sausages etc, and other times were invited (Socially distanced) to friendly (More organised) neighbour’s camps. A very chilled vibe all round. There is a little playground at the “Hub” bit, and A lot of food options There, if required. At Bodiam, we had a delicious dinner at the “Castle Inn” one night, (Which has loads of room inside and out) after perusing the grounds of Bodiam Castle. We also hired a long canoe onsite through “Epic Life”, to fiddle up the river a little. It was gorgeous. We had one adult in front, another at back and 2 kids under 5 in middle- life jackets were provided, but the river doesn’t really get that deep, you can stand in many places of it and just walk along. This was a fantastic place to stay with loads going on. Would definitely recommend and will return. Even if you aren’t sold on the idea of camping, this will be great.
Aug 11, 2020 by Bex
★★★★★

Fab, friendly site

Lovely site with woodland, access to the river, activities on site with Epic Adventures, excellent coffee from the Hub and friendly staff. A particular thank you to Anna for allowing us to move pitches to the one initially allocated to allow our super large tent to fit in on what was the hottest day of the year. We'll be back for sure.
★★★★★

Lovely place to camp

We stayed couple nights at tent camping. Staff very friendly and helpful. Go above and beyond to make sure needs were met. Toilets were cleaned daily and shower was nice for camping. Great place to camp and definitely will be back again.
Aug 10, 2020 by Danielle
★★★★★

Thoughtful touches & great location

We had a lovely 3 night stay in a small group in one of the extra fields opened up down by the river. The ground was nice and flat without stones, a bit windy in the field and no shade but we made a very comfy camp. It was very relaxing, with people about having fun in the day but very peaceful at night. The pitches were widely spaced and there was a friendly atmosphere. Basic fire pits are dotted about the field and you just grab them if you want to use one. The wood from the shop was a bit smokey, I'd bring some from home another time. There was a mixture of hut toilets and showers (both really good), plus some basic portaloos. The Hub cafe is a very attractive building, with delicious cocktails and very pleasant open areas around it to relax in. We felt so lucky to see a hot air balloon take off from the grounds around the cafe, it was fascinating and one of the campsite owners took the trouble to drive around telling people about it. We drove to Bodiam Boating Station (it's not really in Bodiam, it's a few miles away) and had a brilliant time in kayaks and canoes and swimming in the river. Walked up the pretty river bank to visit the beautiful Castle and ate in the pub over the road. You don't really need to stray far from the campsite, it's a lovely place. Very yummy tacos from the truck, worth waiting for. I'd probably just queue up another time though, there didn't seem to be much advantage to pre-booking as it was quite a faff on the taco truck's website. The only thing that would have improved it for me really is if we'd been given a bit more information about the camp site on arrival. It was a friendly welcome but if there was a basic map showing the named camping areas marked including the new ones, plus where the facilities are located for washing up, Covid-19 measures etc. that would have been useful to snap a photo of for reference.
Aug 9, 2020 by Christina Lamb
★★★★★

Beautiful escape

This is an amazing place to camp with the river, footpaths, castle, steam trains all right there. Loved kayaking and the hot air balloons taking off from the site was an unexpected treat last week. The owners were friendly and helpful and clearly working hard to do extra cleaning of the toilets and showers and there were separate facilities for each area. Such a perfect spot.
★★★☆☆

Open field not wooded dell!

A lovely campsite in usual times but I agree with a previous review that they could be far clearer on their website that as a result of COVID and opening up a huge field there are (a) a lot more people here now and (b) the great majority of pitches are on this flat open field (with no shade, little charm, and less privacy) not in the wooded dell. The website rather implies the field is just a bit of extra space for a few extra tents so I think downplays the risk you'll end up in a big field. It's a shame as a wooded dell is special. A huge field with 60+ pitches isn't, and we ended up feeling pretty disappointed as a result. So be prepared! That said, great to have river activities like kayaking on site, and it is still a lovely part of England.
Aug 9, 2020 by Hugh Harris

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Hugh, thank you for taking the time to review us. I can see that your booking was made after our Social Distancing Policy was introduced. This includes the reasons why and how we have introduced the additional field. This alongside our booking policy is provided prior to booking and must be read before payment is made. By making payment you are agreeing to these policies we have introduced along with our Terms and conditions. We have ensured it is listed on our website, however prior to COVID we were an entirely woodland campsite therefore our marketing previously was directed that way. We have actually changed the name of our campsite to avoid any mis-understandings. We have 40 pitches in the field, all of which run around the edge. This allows for 18meters wide pitches. The woodland pitches are premium pitches and so are kept for longer breaks. If we could give everyone a woodland pitch whilst ensuring their safety, we would, but unfortunately we cannot.

Hopefully we will see you again at some point in the future!

A x
★★★★★

A fantastic campsite in a beautiful setting.

This is a brilliant campsite in a fantastic location. Arriving at The Hub you begin to relax, it has a high quality but rustic vibe with great cake and coffees. Checking in was easy and the staff very relaxed and friendly. Our friends rented a Tabernacle and we pitched next door and we had a huge area to ourselves amongst the trees and just by the river. We walked to Bodiam Castle which is absolutely stunning and we had Sunday lunch at The Castle Inn which was excellent. Paddleboarding on the river amidst the reeds and blue dragonflies was very memorable. We enjoyed the food from the taco van on the Saturday night. All in all it was a very enjoyable stay and we'll be back.
Aug 5, 2020 by Jade Verified Review
★★★★★

Peaceful family fun

The campsite is lovely and spacious with plenty of room for the kids to explore, in what feels like a nice secure environment. The toilets and shower facilities were clean and workable (the shower was pleasantly warm and powerful) and the standpipes were clean easily accessible. The fire pits provided were great and freely available too. The Hub cafe was clean and very clearly COVID safe which put our minds at rest - with plenty of hand sanitizer dotted around for us to use. The food and drinks were reasonably priced and the quality was excellent - especially Pizza Monday! The staff were attentive and friendly. With Bodiam Castle just a short walk away and the River Rother right next to the site, we couldn’t have asked for a more idyllic setting. Just remember to book a castle visit in advance (we didn’t and couldn’t get in). We only stayed for a couple of nights but we’d definitely go back to try out some of the water based activities which looked great fun. All in all an absolutely lovely three days!
Aug 5, 2020 by Andrew E Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely camping withchildren

We had a shaded pitch at Hop Pickers site at the edge of a field. It’s great setting for children to run around and explore. Great views and we loved the shady pitch in the woods. Facilities are clean, but the smell of the two chemical WCs is very strong. Only one sink to do the washing up. Although not too many people, due to Corona spacing, so never had to wait long.
Aug 5, 2020 by ssw
★★★★★

Great family friendly campsite with brilliant facilities, super location and a chilled vibe

We spent 2 nights with our 3 young kids and loved: the location - easy to walk out from (we strolled along the river to the castle and stopped for a delicious pub lunch on the way); the ease of The Hub for pizza and additional coffees and drinks as well as good showers; and, the relaxed vibe. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this place and we hope to return before long- there are plenty of things to do locally.
Aug 4, 2020 by Emily M
★★★★★

Nice little woodland campsite

We had a very nice shady pitch at Hop Pickers’ Wood with a beautiful view, a field for the kids to run around and hedges full of blackberries which they picked for breakfast. A short walk through the orchards to the river where we spend one whole afternoon swimming, the following day we hired paddle boards and a Kanu and had a lot of fun paddling down the river. The Hub is great, sells drinks and good food all at reasonable cost. The food from the taco van on Saturday evening was delicious. The only downside, the toilets smell very bad although they were very clean! And you do hear the traffic noise from the road.
★★★★★

conveniently located site for a couple of nights

We had a lovely weekend here, with a few 'buts': the woodlands glade pitches shown on the website look absolutely charming, but we were allocated a pitch at the edge of a large field - which was a rather exposed site for the searing heatwave on the day of our arrival. Toilets are chemical portaloos, which make good hand hygiene difficult, although tbf the owners had done a good job of leaving anti-bac hand gel and spray everywhere for all to use, and the toilets were cleaned regularly. It's a site mainly set up for those 'down from London' for a few days, wanting to eat at the Hub rather that cater for themselves - the lack of a communal freezer to re-chill ice packs would make a stay of longer than a few days difficult.
Aug 4, 2020 by Fiona
★★★★★

Incredible camping holiday

We've just come back from the most fantastic time with Bodiam Camping. The site is well planned out and clean with good facilities. The HUB is a stunning cafe/shop on site, with lots of our door seating overlooking a playground for the children. An added bonus was the availability of vegan treats, meaning our son with allergies could tuck in too! We enjoyed boating on the river, a trip to the beach and a stroll to the castle, just a stone's throw away from the campsite. There was plenty of room for the children to run around and explore and fly kites. Bodiam Camping have planned well around COVID restrictions and the staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. The two little goats that live on site were an added bonus for our small children. We thoroughly recommend this campsite.
Aug 4, 2020 by Fiona Green
★★★★☆

Lovely time!

The Hub was great, we loved the Mojito's and Friday night pizza was nice. Well organised in these difficult times, pitches clearly marked & toilets & showers clean with hot water. Plenty of fire pits to go around, so no need to bring your own! My only issue is that the site is described as a 'secret shady glade' 'grassy clearing on the edge of ancient woodland' 'Camp here and you’ll be surrounded by trees' which is just what the pictures show. However, we were on a pitch round the edge of a massive field!? I do see the website says further fields have been opened due to social distancing - but it is not clear that you'll be in a open field rather than amongst/edge of woodland... So I did find the setting rather disappointing when compared the the pictures on the cool camping website. That said we had a lovely time here and would fully recommend it as a safe, clean, good facilities site - just don't expect to be amongst the trees!
Aug 3, 2020 by The Barrow's

Response from Bodiam Camping

Thankyou for taking the time to review us, we're glad you had a lovely stay! Unfortunately extending our campsite into a field was something we had to do to abide by the Government's Social Distancing Guidelines. We have tried to outline this policy in our Booking Policy & our Social Distancing Policy that is provided at point of booking, but we apologise if it wasn't clear enough. Our campsites are on an 120-acre farm with the River Other running through, we like to think wherever you are is stunning! We love our woodland pitches too and if we could accommodate everyone in one, we would! A x 
★★★★★

Brilliant!

We had such a good time staying here. The tin tabernacle was perfect for our family (3 year old and 5 month old). The kids slept better here than they do at home. We’re already planning how we can come back.
Aug 3, 2020 by Sonia Stevenson
★★★★☆

Beautiful, idyllic spot

We are just back from a week’s camping at this beautiful location. We were fortunate to be allocated a woodland pitch - really lovely spot, stunning views, and plenty of space between pitches. We took advantage of the onsite kayaking, walking to the village pub (lovely food), walking to the castle, swimming in the river and seeing the steam train at Bodiam station - it was like stepping back in time. The hub is great, but for us, it was just a little bit too far for us to quickly pop to from our pitch so we didn’t use it as much as we thought we might. The field pitches are a lot closer to the hub. Showers are great, toilets were a bit basic, they won’t be to everyone’s liking, but overall we had an amazing stay at this lovely campsite, lots to do on your doorstep.
Aug 3, 2020 by Vic C
★★★★★

Lovely campsite

We had a fantastic holiday! Probably the best campsite we have ever stayed at. We booked fairly last minute as our planned campsite fell through. We stayed for 10 days with our 3 young children. We had a woodland pitch which was great. We loved having campfires and BBQs, canoeing as a family, swimming in the river, visiting Bodiam castle, eating pizza, drinking wine, and our children making friends at the playground. We also enjoyed days out to Camber sands, going on the steam train from Tenterden, biking round Bewl water and Bedgebury pine forest. We loved the cafe and bar at the hub. It is a really friendly place and fun to stay at. Highly recommended! The downside for some is that the toilets do smell quite bad - they are cleaned extremely often - but they are what they are. My 9 year old daughter didn’t like them, but she got over it! Overall, this is a fantastic campsite in a great location.
Aug 2, 2020 by Fiona Munn
★★★★★

Relaxing week in the woods

Had a lovely stay camping at Bodium. We were pitched up in the hoppickers wood with a stunning view of the countryside, especially at sunrise and sun set. Loved being able to have a fire pit as it really adds to the experience. Facilities good. Relaxing week. Would definitely book again
Aug 1, 2020 by Nichola Spice
★★★★★

Great river On site, good quality Cafe, short walk to pub with nice garden

The paddle board and kayak hire was great and the campsite was friendly , good for young families and the cafe good quality . We loved it and I think we will be back.
Aug 1, 2020 by Peter Treacher
★★★★★

Beautiful location, friendly staff and clean well kept facilities

This was our first time camping with our 3 young children and we couldn’t have been more happy with the whole experience. Beautiful location, friendly and helpful staff, clean and easily accessible facilities. My children enjoyed the chickens and goats as well as the small play area next to the Hub cafe. We felt save and secure enough to let our children explore, run and play as they wished. We will definitely be back again.
Aug 1, 2020 by Kathleen
★★★★★

Idyllic

Myself and my ten year old daughter have just got back from a three night stay at Bodiam camping and it really was idyllic. We stayed in a tabernacle near the river which had everything thing you need for a ‘back to nature’ stay. The site was clean and eco-friendly, with very helpful staff and I can highly recommend the BBQ hamper we ordered online beforehand- quality, fresh local ingredients. We also pre booked the kayaking which made the holiday for me- beautiful views and you really got a sense of being away from it all. We were sad to leave and will definitely be back!
Jul 31, 2020 by MissP
★★★★★

Just lovely

We stayed in one of the tabernacles and had a really delightful time. Our 4 year old loved the goats, chickens and goose, as well as the play area and the river, which we swam and boasted in (in our own blow up dinghy!). The hub is fantastic, the location is great and we will definitely be back.
Jul 30, 2020 by Lauren Bracewell
★★★★★

Wonderful

We stayed in a tabernacle. Fabulous pitch in a wooded area with enough breaks in the canopy to let the sunshine peep through. We loved the little touches - supplies of coffee, night lights and the drive past deliveries of frozen cold water bottles for our cool box. The kelly kettles were fab to try out and use too. A lovely site with the castle, pub and old railway station all within walking distance. The kayaking was amazing. Only a few yards from the pitch.
Jul 29, 2020 by Tasha
★★★☆☆

Great location but noisy

We were camping in the main area of the campsite. This was great with the river close by. The hub is nice and there is stuff to do for kids. The only problem was there was a really noisy group in the private camping area just behind the main area. They kept up the music, drinking and shouting until 1am at least. Not necessarily a problem, but if you like peace and quiet as we really do then the 11pm limit on noise advertised by the campsite is not enforced at all.
Jul 27, 2020 by Rich DC

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Rich, thank you for taking the time to review us. We apologise for the issue you encountered during your stay. We do have a strict quiet policy after 11am and a no plugged in music policy. At every point of the booking system we highlight that we are a family campsite and do not cater for parties. If we are aware of the noise we will always intervene and implement the noise/music policy. However if we are not told, unfortunately there is nothing that we can do. We do an evening welfare round and can usually spot if there is a nosy party emerging. I think I know the party you are speaking about and they were spoken to on several occasions over the weekend.  We have site wardens who are on call throughout the night and whose sole responsibility is this.

Hopefully we'll see you again at some point in the future.

A x
★★★☆☆

Lovely site but ....

We booked Bodium before lockdown ended as we were looking for some different and woodland camping. Sadly the woodland camping part didnt happen and ended up in a field next to said woods. I brought this up with staff straight away but was told woods were being kept for long stay bookings 🤷‍♂️. Sorry just not good enough ok website started to state just before stay that woods not guaranteed but we were booked by then and other sites full. What we ended up with was a field with awful smelling portable toilets and makeshift shower block with water that ran cold or turned off if 2 people used at same time But appartly its ok to use said woods wash up faciltys (which i paid for) cus there is none on the field. We stayed and made the best of it as the site and staff are lovely along with the food etc. Big up the staff running kayaking etc to it was good fun 🙂 Please Bodium management I know you need to make a few quid this summer and we were there to support you but didnt get what we paid for😔
Jul 27, 2020 by mark p Verified Review

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Mark, thank you for taking the time to review us. I would like to apologise that the site was not quite what you expected. From the 16th May we introduced a Social Distancing Policy that explained why we were extending our Campsite to include a field, to allow for social distancing. For those booked prior to this we explained the Policy and for some, we moved their booking to accommodate them. We are on an 120-acre farm in the countryside next to the Rother River with stunning views, for some they have preferred the new pitches.  You will notice that only a couple of weeks ahead of your arrival we were lead to believe that we would not be able to open facilities at all so had maximised the spacing of the pitches to allow guests to bring their own portable toilets.  Since then we have managed to source new loo and shower blocks with individual external opening doors to ensure the safest most Covid secure use possible.  However they are what they are.  Is is a portable chemical  loo and a mobile shower block in a field with hot showers and a stand pipe for cold drinking water. We do deep clean the toilets 3 times a day and they are pumped every 48 hours, we are doing our best. We have recognised the issue that arose with washing up facilities and have began building a washing up station up at The Hub.

A x
★★★☆☆

Lovely campsite, toilets below par

We had a lovely week in Bodiam Camping, the location is stunning and there is plenty to do onsite for the kids. Ours are small so loved the goats, chickens and playground. We were located in the woods which was shady and cool so very welcome in the hot weather. The only downside to our experience was the toilets and shower facilities. The toilets were smelly and not very inviting, the light was really small so it was difficult to see inside properly. I am all for eco friendly loos but have experienced less ‘pungent’ ones than these. Also the minute someone else used the other shower or did their washing up, the water went cold so we had a few cold showers which wasn’t the end of the world but meant we preferred to shower properly once we got home.
★★★★★

Surprisingly Peaceful

I was a little concerned prior to my stay at Bodiam Camping, I was longing for a peaceful break without too many people after a few stressful months. I had read some reviews that Bodiam Camping can get noisy and there were likely to be some large groups and a lot of children due to the schools finishing. This did not sound promising. HOWEVER.... it was really nice. There were some groups, and there were kids, but the site itself remained very peaceful and there was a really relaxed vibe. We pitched in the large field, which i believe is an extra space available. We had plenty of space around our pitch, enough room to park the car and have seating and tables etc. Our neighbours were pitched a good distance away so we didn't disturb each other. During the day the site remains really quiet, you can just about hear families playing and canoeing next to the river in the distance. There's a nice walk along the river to Bodiam Castle which is worth a visit. The pub was also open serving food, which was great. There is a great shop/cafe called 'The Hub' which does coffee, cakes breakfasts etc. The staff in there are really friendly and seem to really enjoy working there. I would definitely recommend ordering the breakfast box hamper... it's amazing, really nice food and there's a lot of it. The site loos were absolutely fine. Previous reviewers had commented that they smelt and weren't nice. They're chemical loos so have a certain aroma, but they were always clean when i used them and there was plenty of soap and hand sanitiser. So, to sum up, I was really pleasantly surprised by my stay at Bodiam Camping. It wasn't as noisy as i'd feared and I got my peaceful 3 days away! I'll definitely go back, but maybe when the kids are back at school so I can have a go in a canoe ;-)
★★★★★

Spacious pitches in beautiful countryside

Each pitch felt private as tents were only pitched along the edge of the field. The trees were handy for rigging up a washing line and we all enjoyed being able to have a camp fire in the evening. I was pleased there was antibacterial spray in the toilets so you could clean handles etc before and after to minimise any viral transmission. Location was beautiful and just a short walk along the pretty river to the castle. We will definitely be back. Thank you!
Jul 26, 2020 by Sarah
★★★★★

Just what we needed

We spent 5 nights there and enjoyed every moment! First day setting up, it was pouring with rain and the owner apologised to everyone about the rain... It immediately made us feel like they cared; the whole atmosphere was very family orientated and down to earth. It was easy to fall in love with nature and the accompanying peace and quiet! Our pitch, albeit a bit small, was surrounded by trees and offered a lot of privacy. The ablution block was also really clean, neat and perfectly situated. The staff were super friendly and helpful!! It is also great that everything is ecofriendly, from all the food, produce they sell to the materials they use in and around the camp. With plenty of outdoor activities and places to explore, boredom was not an option!! We really had an amazing time and hope to be back for another visit.
Jul 25, 2020 by Charlé Ferreira
★★★★★

Excellent campsite

This Bodiam campsite is fantastic, we had the pitch no 1 which backed on to the river and was very close to the hub too. The hub was a great source for food, drink and supplies, the prices were really fair too, £6 for a bag of logs (often shops in campsites are over pricey for their captive audience). The cocktails were great and actually one of the real wonders, is that hot air balloons take off from the site and you can watch them serenely float off whilst having a pizza and a glass of wine. The campsite was very COVID friendly and you can park next to your tent. The only thing I had as a negative was there was no washing up station in the big fields but the showers were good and drinking water too.Thanks Bodiam for a great stay,
Jul 25, 2020 by Campers
★★★★★

Beautiful and quaint location.

On arrival the staff were friendly and the site was well laid out. A small drive over the steam railway tracks takes you to the tent pitches. The toilet and washing facilities were nice and clean. Loved that you could buy wood and charcoal in the onsite shop and cafe to use in burners that were available to use on site. You can also hire kayaks to use on the river which we may do next time. Just a short walk along the river takes you to Bodiam castle which is beautiful. Although you do need to climb over a small safety rail by the bridge. Opposite the castle is a lovely pub that we stopped in for a drink and some lunch. We purchased some cider and beer from the shop which was made with local produce and there are some cute goats in a pen nearby. It’s truly back to nature as phone signal is very limited. So nice to switch off and enjoy the countryside. Overall we were really impressed by the site and have booked again already with cool camping for another adventure at another site.
Jul 24, 2020 by Trish C.
★★★★★

Probably the best campsite we've ever camped at

Let's be clear about something. This is no ordinary campsite. Bodiam Camping is totally off the scale amazing!! Well at least, we thought so :) The campsite is in a fantastic location. It's right by the River Rother....which is so nice and peaceful. You can rent all manner of canoes and stand up paddle boards by the hour which the kids absolutely loved though you must book them in advance. For the record, the river is very tame and seemed to be safe for our kids who were able to stand when they fell out of their boat as it is mainly waist deep. From the campsite there is a lovely ten minute walk along the river to Bodiam castle which is worth a visit. The campsite has a really great cafe called The Hub with very nice staff, delicious food and boozy drinks (including cocktails which my wife was a huge fan of!!). It made such a nice change to have an on site cafe for food without having to traipse off to find restaurants and cafes etc. The campsite itself is huge...there are fields by the river and woodland pitches further up the hill. They also had clamping and shepherd huts which we liked the look of. The showers were fantastic, hot and very powerful...the loos are organic so a bit smelly on a hot day but at least they're good for the environment! All in though, this campsite rocks. The lady Anna who owns and runs the site is really nice and was very helpful. In fact all the staff were very pleasant and we have no complaints at all about anything apart from the rain on the last day, and we can't really blame them for the weather. We were camping with a group of families and we all agreed that we would definitely be coming back to Bodiam Camping. ⛺️ 🏕
Jul 21, 2020 by Jay Rowden
★★★★★

Exceptional facilities

We were very impressed with the site. Spacious, great views, the river and all the activities available. The Hub cafe and shop is particularly impressive! The best coffee ever!! Great breakfast baps, sandwiches, cakes pizzas and even cocktails!
Jul 20, 2020 by Mrs H
★★★★★

Lovely place!

We had an absolutely fantastic stay at this campsite when last weekend. There's loads of space. We stayed in the field and it was wonderful. I've seen a couple of reviews mention the toilets but honestly we thought they were totally fine! (Just remember to bring a torch because they aren't very light inside) There are basically portaloos but I don't expect much more from camping haha! They were regularly cleaned and we don't have any complaints about the facilities - the showers were lovely and warm and very clean as well. There's a very nice cafe onsite which serves food and drinks - I think they were having a few issues as they'd only just opened so there were a few things that were out of stock and pizza night was a little disorganised but the staff were so lovely that I'm sure this was just down to opening in the middle of a pandemic. The good things is there are good options for breakfast lunch and dinner so if you wanted to come here but couldn't be bothered to bring the camping stove you'd be fine! We can't wait to go back!!!
Jul 19, 2020 by Rachel Hobbs Verified Review
★★★★★

Exactly what we needed - a fantastic space!

We visited Bodiam camping for a couple of nights in July, as soon as lockdown restrictions lifted. The space was exactly as described and exactly what we needed for a couple of days away from London. We were greeted warmly on arrival and when our first pitch proved a little too tricky for tent assembly due to the deceptively windy day (our our lack of skills!), we were offered an alternative spot in Hop Pickers' wood. This is a tranquil space - nicely spaced pitches with fire pits and chairs and logs for sitting. We visited the Hub a few times for logs, coffees, drinks and snacks and also walked around the surrounding tracks and into Bodiam. All in all a wonderful place to stay!
★★★★★

Breath of fresh air ! Stunning

We had an amazing stay ! Our pitches looked over the stunning views . The owner were very accommodating to our needs. The BBQ hamper was delicious 😋! Great area so much to do for the children. Coffee and food in Hub were delicious. We will definitely go back . Thanks very much Bodiam camping 🏕
Jul 16, 2020 by Andrea Stevenson
★★★☆☆

This is a beautiful campsite in a great location which we thoroughly enjoyed, but could do with slightly better facilities.

This site is in a beautiful part of the country on the Kent/Sussex border with lots of pretty countryside around and great places to visit and things to do locally . The campsite itself is in a large field with tents around the edge, leaving a wonderful wide open space in front of the tents which the kids adored running around in and was great for games of football and the like. There is also a good cafe and shop on site. We really enjoyed our time here. The only downside was that the loo and shower block were very basic - horrible smelling chemical toilets and whilst there was a hose for drinking water there were no proper facilities for washing up. If there had been a proper block with nicer toilets and where you could wash up in a sink with hot water, this place would definitely have got 5 stars.
Jul 16, 2020 by Gudrun Young

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi thank you for taking the time to review, I'm glad you enjoyed your break with us.  Our site is on a scheduled ancient monument, and in an area of outstanding natural Beauty, therefore we are very restricted with the facilities we can put in place.  Believe me it would be much easier for us to have a flushing loo but that is sadly not possible here.  the waste is managed with a system called 'safe chem' which is the most environmentally sound way we can deal with waste material.  The loos are pumped our every 48 hours and cleaned several times a day, so sadly it is what it is.  You will notice that only a couple of weeks ahead of your arrival we were lead to believe that we would not ab able to open facilities at all so had maximised the spacing of the pitches to allow guests to bring their own portable toilets.  Since then we have managed to source new loo and shower blocks with individual external opening doors to ensure the safest most Covid secure use possible.  However they are what they are.  Is is a portable chemical  loo and a mobile shower block in a field with hot showers and a stand pipe for cold drinking water.  It's not for everyone
A x 
★★★★☆

Brilliant 2 days

We had a pitch in the Udiam field, the one with the trees. Lovely site between tracks (vintage railway not working at the mo) and river. Dry and flat pitch. I would have also liked the very open field next door, as maybe you would hear the B 2244 a little less. Loads of things to do, between castle, hiking and water sports. It's so very beautiful. We ordered the boxes from the HUB, and the food was excellent, opening them was like Christmas. The pitches could have been a bit further apart, as we suffered a bit from the late night bragging of our neighbours, but, hey, that's camping. Didn't stop us enjoying ourselves immensely . So the missing star goes to the Road and the Neighbours.
★★★★★

A good deed in a naughty world

I needed a break. Like everyone else the process of defeating Covid was taking its toll on my health, my patience and my waist line. On a whim I booked a 3 day recharge in a tabernacle (no I didn't know what they were either) in Bodiam Camping. Without much in the way of anticipation I threw my stuff in my car and set off. Driving through the Sussex countryside is like having a beautiful Swedish girl rub your shoulders, the stress just drops away (or so I am told). Bodium camping is glamping at its very finest. They had taken every precaution to minimise the risk of Covid whilst maintaining a comfortable and very well run site. Check in was seamless and fuss free. The Tabernacle (it's a posh shed) was lovely and well equipped. The only thing you need to take is bedding and a towel. I found the staff exceptionally friendly and I cannot recommend Bodium camping highly enough. The castle is worth the trip on its own. a cross between a fairy tale and that Monty Python scene with the French Knights. Take my advice, if you wasn't a minimum fuss, comfortable and safe site, this is it.
Jul 12, 2020 by Cliff Verified Review
★★★★☆

We had a lovely time

We enjoyed our first experience camping at this site. It's was nice to have a bit of shade from the trees and could put the hammock up. Set it a very beautiful place with a cafe and a few animals for the little ones to check out.
Jul 9, 2020 by michelle comrie
★★★★★

Lovely area perfect for families

We loved our little trip to this campsite. We went for one of the tabernacles, which was incredibly warm and cosy in the evening. A short walk to castle and then the boat hire which was a bonus, made the adventure all the more fun. We will be returning when the steam engines are running again, as my son is mad about trains. Only down side was the hot water didn't work during our stay.
★★★★★

A perfect slice of English countryside

This has been one of our favourite campsites for many years. We have stayed here several times and every time it’s magical. The owners are really helpful and the site is very quaint with a lovely block of two toilets and two showers with sweet touches and an overall feeling of charm. We came here back in April and it was idealic. We have just returned from a second weekend there and hope to fit in another couple of trips this year. The nearby Castle Inn pub and Bodiam Castle Is all you need for a perfect weekend.
Jun 12, 2018 by Nicole
★★★☆☆

Sadly our last visit..

We returned yesterday (2 days early) from our third and probably last visit to this site. Since we stumbled across this lovely site in 2013 its been our firm favourite but, unfortunately, this trip has put us off completely.  Our first night was fine but, after a lovely day at camber, our second night was just awful. We ended up hemmed in ( literally feet away ) from a large group with four pitches . Part of the group had set up in the afternoon but the rest arrived at 9.15pm and proceeded to spend the next couple of hours setting up their camp with absolutely no thought for anyone else trying to have a peaceful evening or our two young children trying to sleep. We thought things would quieten once the tents were up, how wrong we were - 1.30am they finally decided they'd drunk enough and made enough noise and went to bed! We had such an awful night we decided to pack up and leave (something we have never done in all our years of camping) as we had no doubt that last night would be equally as bad, if not worse! We had always had the impression that large groups were separated from small ones to stop people feeling overtaken and that people were asked to quieten things down by 10pm!! Sadly it seems that the ethos has changed and large groups will be accommodated to the detriment of small ones. Really sad as the site is lovely, the owners always helpful, the views beautiful and the whole area has so much to see and do :(

Aug 30, 2015 by SianH

Response from Bodiam Camping

Thank you very much for taking the time to review, I’m so sorry that on this occasion you didn’t have an enjoyable trip, I wish you could have found it within you to let me know the problem at the time as I could have addressed it with the other guests. As you know we implement a quiet policy across the whole site which is well flagged on our website, by email from the point of making an enquiry and again throughout the booking process. It is very much within our ethos, so I would have been very comfortable to speak to them regarding a noise complaint.

Camping is a lovely relaxed way for families to enjoy spending time together as you know, you were traveling with another family yourselves over the Bank Holiday weekend. The group in question did not raise any alarm bells for me. They were a group of four families each with children. I don’t accept bookings for 4 pitches if they are an adult only party and potentially rowdy. You must understand it is incredibly difficult for me to tell from an email enquiry how people are likely to behave on the site.

In terms of arriving at 9.15 pm I can understand that this is not desirable. However given the volume of traffic on a Friday night this is something that we encounter most weekends. We have to accept if we are going to accept bookings from people who have had to work go to on Friday and then get on the road. We do run the campsite as a business and within that we need to be accommodating to a range of different needs from different guests.

We hope that maybe we will see you again one day as you are exactly the type of guest we hope to encourage to the site. I apologise that in this occasion the cohort of guests on site didn’t gel as well as happily it normally does.

★★★★★

A very special place

Tucked in between an old railway line and a river and fields, this magic spot is totally hidden from any public roads. 

We were told tents had to be a certain size, but the pitches were huge and we easily fitted our little and larger tents on our site... They are not marked.

There are some pre erected bell tents for hire too.

The loos are not of the modern flush variety, which was a problem for my daughter, but they didn't smell and the rest of us didn't mind. Showers were great, with huge shower heads and the facilities were in cute little shepards huts.

In our field there was a mini wood for the kids to play in and the wonderful Bodium castle is a walk along the river away. Camber sands is also not too far to visit.

Unfortunately, the wood we got was quite wet so perhaps bring/buy your own, but that's my only negative.

We did try to go back again one bank holiday, but it was understandably full. 

Lovely site, and look out for the entrance of what looks like an industrial park, to find the site. Don't worry, it's not surrounded by factories, just a tricky access to find if you don't expect that.

May 25, 2015 by Taitin
★★★★★

would highly recommend

This is the first campsite I booked completely the opposite of what we had previously used.  We loved it!!

I can't stress how much this takes you back to nature, the raised levels make it private for your camping party but the woods you camp in are fab, it is like you are freestyle camping.  I loved that you could have a campfire and everything felt so relaxed no air pollution so stargazed everynight.

Yes the toilets are eco but hey we are in the middle of nowhere i wasn't looking for a shower block, we brought airspray and took that in with us when we went but it was clean all of the time.  My kids were 7 and 11 and a year later are still talking about this site and we have stayed at many since and recommend this site to everyone.

This by far has been our favourite on this whole site so far!!

Sep 25, 2014 by Phunky_saz
★★★★★

Amazing

Five of us (all adults) camped at Hop Pickers Farm in June and had the most amazing time ever. It was 100% perfect and we could not find fault with anything.....except we had to call Anna for directions once we got close but not one of our five phones had a signal, so I suggest you keep an eye on your phone and call sooner rather than later. In saying that, we just had to drive back the road a little to pick up a signal.

Thank you very much for a great camping experience.

Aug 7, 2014 by Emily
★★★★★

New annual camping site!

Slightly late in posting my review but we spent the last weekend in June at this site. This is the 2nd year we've been to the farm and we will certainly be making it a regular occurrence. Just as background, we're a group of 4 dads with 4 boys all around 3.5yrs old and last year was our first foray into camping which was such a success (well most of us managed to get our boys to sleep at a reasonable hour!). We stayed on the upper site (the dell) last year and this really was idyllic & picturesque but this year we were at the "overflow" site down by the river which is slightly more open but has more room for the kids to explore and kept themselves occupied. Both have virtually identical facilities which are wonderful and really make the difference to your stay. It may seem rather rudimentary having a compost toilet (yes it can smell a little in warm weather so you just need to open the window) but the toilet/shower/washing block are all perfectly kept and have lovely hot water whether that's for washing or a shower. The overflow is a little easier to walk to the castle inn, Bodiam castle and the steam station which are all definitely worth a visit.  Other nice points are each pitch has an open fire and there is plenty of wood available to buy. Anna is lovely and always helpful. Not sure what else to add but would certainly recommend to anyone.

Jul 22, 2014 by woody5479
★★★★★

Perfect family camping

We stayed at Hop Pickers during the last weekend of May, and it is one of the best campsites I've stayed at. There are two main camping areas, a terraced one nestling in a dell at the top of a small hill, and another with very large pitches spread out by the river. We opted for the dell, which we loved. My daughters quickly made friends with the other children, and the lack of cars within the campsite proper meant they had total freedom  to run around, climb trees, and hide in the woods etc. it was absolutely blissful to come out of London and just let them go free range for a few days. Others have commented about the long-drop loos. To be honest, the only day they smelled of anything other than disinfectant was the Thursday when we arrived, so they are clearly emptied and cleaned regularly. More of an issue was the slightly temperamental boiler for the showers, but a bit of basic tlc soon had it running. Oh and did I mention that they are the cutest facilities ever? the Castle pub (next to NT Bodiam Castle), has decent beer, a large garden, and very decent pub grub, and is only a 20 min walk away along the river. All in all, a great experience, and we can't wait to go back.

Jun 5, 2014 by Matt
★★★★★

Glorious!

This is the loveliest site with the friendliest owners and nicest facilites that i have ever visited. The location is wonderful with a beautiful walk along the river to Bodiam castle. Our children were free to safely run and play and relished the independance it offered. There are a few different camping areas within the farm. Each are lovely and have have clean, comfortable facilities. The campsite quietens down between 8 and 10pm and after that there is just the sound of the campfires crackling and aduls quietly chattin. Its not the place for large rowdy groups! There is nothing bad to say about Hop Pickers Wood - its perfect.

Jun 2, 2014 by Joanna
★★★★★

Just what the doctor ordered!

As a group of friends, we go away camping somewhere different every year for the end of May bank holiday.  This is our 7th year away, and we chose Hop Pickers Wood.  We weren't disappointed!  We were in the 'overflow' field - with about 15 or so tents (there were 3 tents in our party).  So, quite a few people about, but it didn't feel crowded, and I never had to queue for the toilets!  Loos and showers were cleaned daily, so all up to the standard we'd expect.  Anna and Nick were helpful, friendly, and left us to our own devices - apart from when we had some dinner to share with them!! We always go for a camp site where we can have a fire, and the fire pits here worked a treat - they were half of an old oil drum - recycling at it's best! Logs and kindling were available at a reasonable price. We 'cheated' and had Sunday breakfast at the local pub, The Castle, less than 10 minutes walk away - and it was worth it!  We'll be recommending this site to our friends - hope you enjoy it too!  Donna

May 28, 2014 by Donna Mitchell
★★★★★

Naturally gorgeous

Just back from a weekend at Hop Pickers. It's unlike any other site I've been to, absolutely delightful and certainly exceeded our expectations! 

Hidden in a little wooded glade, there are a handful of pitches, each on a different level, with its own fire pit nearby. The layout gives privacy and the feeling of seclusion and there is also a communal fire pit and dining area with a wood burner for anyone preferring to socialise.

The showers were great - piping hot, and the toilets are long drop but every effort has been made to make them as fragrant and pleasant as possible. 

There's zero light pollution so great for star gazers but do make sure to pack a torch! 

The food and service in the Castle pub was fantastic. It was fully booked but they just managed to squeeze us in, so we'll be making a reservation to be on the safe side next time!

All in all a great little site, and we'll definitely be back and inviting our friends to join us.

Sep 8, 2013 by Sassieb
★★★★★

First Time Camper Hooked

I have always avoided camping at any cost, like my home comforts too much but after recently spending  a couple of nights here I'm hooked. Fabulous setting, everything you could need and most important for me being so fussy about facilities, the loos were fine they are a long drop but well presented and regularly checked and emptied.

Aug 22, 2013 by naomi
★★☆☆☆

Nice campsite but the toilets ruined our stay

We have just returned to from this campsite after a four day stay.  The site is lovely and well sheltered.  However, our stay was ruined by the toilet situation. They have a long-drop which smelt terribly by the last day of our stay. The site was at full capacity and the toilets were not cleared out during our stay. We were not alone in our views on this site - such a shame.

Aug 12, 2013 by vix

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Vix – thanks for your feedback. The loos are a constant problem for us. We have very strict planning guidance which prevents us putting in conventional loos. It also prevents us from being able to excavate to build a compost loo which would have sufficient capacity for the number of bottoms, as we would have to have above ground tanks which would need to be very high off the ground. There is also the problem of getting everyone to use the loo correctly. We have had comments from other campers that they prefer our system to composting loos they have used previously. With composting there is the additional problem of  removing and storing the waste as it is not safe to bury for 6 months – so we would potentially have tanks all around the farm of waste waiting to be safe enough to bury.  The sitting waste can also attract flies and vermin. 

When we started with the huts we did use loos with the waste pan in but this also proved to be problematic. If the solid waste does not slide down into the pan of its own accord, people often leave it as a gift for the next user. If this is added to, a pyramid effect forms which also proved to be very unpopular with our guests. 

The long drop is a long way from being perfect and sadly when the weather is very warm it does smell (as does any none flushing loo). We have invested in a slurry tanker to enable us to empty the loos ourselves much more regularly as we are no longer reliant on contractors to come in and perform the task for us as they have proved to be unreliable at this busy time of year. We found it difficult to get them to arrive when the service most needed performing. Hopefully this investment will improve the situation.  

We are always on the lookout for better systems, we have come across a solar powered compost loo which separates liquid and solid waste (hopefully preventing fermentation and, in turn, the smell), then with the help of the solar powered fan dries the latter (ingenious!). However, this is horrifically expensive and the manufacturers are not sure at this stage whether it can cope with a capacity of more than 4 users. I'm sorry not to be in a position to offer you a more positive answer but, fingers crossed, we can come up with a better solution. 

In the mean time I can only offer my apologies for any discomfort caused, and reassure future users that with the new tanker we are now able to empty the tanks more frequently!

Anna x

★★★★★

Hop Pickers' Wood

We really enjoyed ourselves here for a couple of nights away. It was perfect for a group of three 12-year-old friends, one of whom had never been camping before, to live wild for a bit, away from roads, with water, a fire to build, room to play and with mum in a nearby nook in the woods (think Ewok village - the pitches are all on different levels with tiny solar lights between) reading a book or watching the amazing variety of wildlife. No need for a car with Carole's taxi from Etchingham via the shop. And either steam train or bus to take you out for the day. Glorious. 

Jul 25, 2013 by KMcG
★★★★★

Hop Pickers Wood

The other half and I were lucky enough to stay here last weekend, (17/18 May) for what ended to being up being an amazing little getaway. Essentially on a trial run with new gear and first camping trip together, this could've been a disaster. However, being greeted by the lovely site owner Anna, we found Hop Pickers Wood to be an enchanting, beautiful retreat away from our busy lives at home. The site was clean, scattered with bluebells and subtly made convenient touches such as tiny solar panelled lighting across the pitches that guided our way to the Shepherds hut which houses some very pretty toilets and showers that were nicer than my own! Bodiam Castle and surrounding towns of Tenterden and Rye are a must. We will be back. Thank you Anna and Nick x 

May 22, 2013 by Smithstock
★★★★★

Hop Pickers Wood

We had this campsite to ourselves for a couple of nights, it's probably the nicest campsite i have come across in England. We camped amongst the primroses and bluebells and had clear moonless skies to watch the stars around the fire. It's a short walk along the river to the steam train station and the castle, and a short drive to the farm shop. Ticks all the right boxes for me.

NB, You could backpack this with a taxi from the station if you pick up food on the way or eat out in the village, otherwise it's a couple of miles to the shop. Plenty of firewood at the campsite for a small charge.

May 3, 2013 by amoeba
★★★★★

Dingy dell

Just back from a brilliant night at Hop Pickers. Slightly reluctant to review as would secretly like to keep it just that - a secret. Peaceful, private and scenic with great facilities that encourage the occupants of the 10 pitches to socialise. An open sided shed with brick fireplace and long dining table for wet weather, very cool loos and showers and views and walks to occupy campers until it’s time to gather around the campfire and turn on the fairy lights. As all 10 pitches can be booked at once, it would make a very cool destination for a group of families and friends. Have rebooked for later in the month. Hooray.
Aug 8, 2012 by kate duthie

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