Bodiam Camping

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  • 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
Camping pitches and quirky ‘tin tabernacle’ camping cabins within strolling distance of Bodiam Castle

Camp here and you’ll be surrounded by wildlife and the soundtrack of British farmland in summertime, providing a wide-open escape from bustling city life. 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 Campsite, you check in at The Hub, the on-site cafe-bistro-shop, where you’re likely to meet Anna or Nick Eastwood. In the summer during busy periods you can check-in at an additional hut located in the top car park. Anna and Nick have 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 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. There are 90 pitches on site spread across four seperate area's named Hop Pickers, Poplars, Udiam and Gabil Meads. Most pitches are located in a large open meadow next to the River Rother, while a small number are hidden within a wooded dell in the Hop Pickers’ Wood above an orchard. Which is more idyllic, it’s hard to say and although woodland pitches are limited and in demand, your preference will be noted!

The facilities are in keeping with this low-impact place. Each camping area has eco loos and hot showers housed in a discreet shepherd’s hut. Washing up facilities & bins are located up at The Hub, along with additional plumbed in loos and showers. There’s also a handy sheltered area with an open fire in the Hop Pickers' Wood camp which is 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

All of our camping pitches are in Gabil Meads; our field meadow. We have eco thunder boxes and piping hot showers throughout the campsite, with plumbed in loos, showers and washing up facilities a short walk away at The Hub. Campfires are allowed and logs are for sale at The Hut. 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 is a treatment shepherds hut for pampering too. The Hub also boasts Wi-Fi. 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.

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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 environmental impact.  Campfires are positively encouraged (but only within clearly marked firepits).  Within this small non-commercial site each pitch has space around. It is possible to see your 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 than 5 pitches so the site shouldn't ever be overrun with one party. We offer eco thunder boxes throughout the campsite with plumbed in loos, showers and a washing up facility a short walk away at The Hub. We opened The Hub in 2016 and offer breakfast, lunch and throughout the summer season, evening pop-ups along with a bar. We have both indoor and outdoor dining areas - it has proved to be a great space for family and friends to get together in the evenings even if the weather isn’t perfect (and has been the birthplace 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 seaside fun. As well as fantastic Local Gastro experiences.

Bodiam Camping is on our family-run farm where there are 200 acres of grassland 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 guests 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 separate 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 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

90 tent pitches and 7 ‘tin tabernacle’ cabins

Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 60 Available
Spacious camping pitch on our 200 acre family run farm, next to the River Rother. Each pitch can accommodate a 5m bell tent or a regular 6x4m family tent. There are a wealth of activities to enjoy onsite as well as a licensed café. A maximum of 7 people and one tent, per pitch.

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Location

Contact Bodiam Camping, 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 158 reviews

★★★★★

Brilliant

Stayed 3 nights with a 2 & a 4 y/o. Found our experience to be fantastic from booking all the way through to checkout. The site location is perfect for walking along the river to Bodiam Castle. We didn’t kayak etc as felt the prices were a little steep. About 30min drive to Camber Sands. Good local Curry house in Etchingham (ClayPot) that we ordered takeaway from one night and the food/coffee at the Hub also great. Fire pits spread around the site. Toilets what you’d expect from a portaloo!!! People do need to remember to flush before use though :) showers were hot and no issues whatsoever with smells although can imagine areas getting a little boggy if heavy rain. Playground at Hub an added bonus. Would come back again in the future. Thanks for having us.
Sep 2, 2021 by Cliff Verified Review
★★★★★

Converted me to camping!!

I have enjoyed our short stay here beyond my expectations! It’s rural and beautiful, quirky and adventurous! I am a lover of my creature comforts and was persuaded to camp this year despite a lot of complaining! However, I’ll definitely be back to this site. Friendly, helpful staff, great facilities, great views, lots to do locally and above all a nice hot shower! Thank you 🙏 xx
Sep 2, 2021 by Jenny Rumsey

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Jenny, Thankyou for taking the time to feedback to us! We're glad you had such a lovely stay. Hopefully we will see you again at some point in the future! A x 
★★★☆☆

Decidedly average

We camped here in a group of 3 families over the bank holiday weekend and were located in the bottom field right next to the field roadway. It’s a massive field, not like the photos imply. The pitches are big but being right next to the access road was a constant concern with 7 young children between us and not everyone drove slowly. The location is generally very nice close to bodiam but I have to agree with other reviews that whilst the field toilets are clean, the smell from them is over-whelming and completely dark at night. After a couple of days we all walked up to the main block which were much better. The field showers were actually ok (when they worked) but the unplumbed nature makes it a mud-fest around them and a haven for mosquitoes which you have to bat off. Putting children in cold showers isn’t fun and that was 50% of the time there. It was really disappointing. There seemed to be a knack to getting the gas to fire up when you turn them on. Luckily the weather was very dry and so the field wasn’t at all muddy but being so close to the access road, it wouldn’t have been nice if it had been wet. The lingering mud in other places is obvious as to what it could be like. This summer we have camped in 5 locations and the facilities here were the worst by a very long way and there are some simple, environmentally friendly solutions that could resolve that. The Hub is nice and we had pizzas on the Friday night which were nice and very efficient. The shop sells a lot of non-essentials which aren’t very useful unless you need loads of vintage style games? We could see there was sufficient cleaning, that wasn’t the problem, & there are good bits like the Hub and the playground but the basics need attention and honestly, we wouldn’t go back.
Aug 31, 2021 by KNREJ Verified Review
★★★☆☆

Great Location

We stayed over the bank holiday weekend and had a lovely time. Positives: The Hub is great and we had a delicious Pizza on the first night, great service, friendly and attentive staff. Great location for Bodiam Castle, great for a walk along the river with the kids. Firepits all around the campsite (free!) and lovely to be on a flat site as have camped on hilly sites and it's not so great!!. Negatives (only a couple) Toilets are a bit pongy (but I think some people forget to either put the lid down or pump the toilets and needs washing up facilities on the field (or let people use the Udiam site for washing up) You probably also need to put a sign up on Udiam toilets etc. to say that these are exclusive to that site so that people know. Also, on check in it might be worth just giving a bit more information on what is available (freezing ice blocks etc.) as we didn't realise that was on offer (so would have been handy!!) Hub is also a little expensive, particularly on soft drinks! I would also suggest booking kayaking etc. in advance as it gets booked quickly!! Overall a really nice weekend, despite the English weather!!
★★☆☆☆

Great location. The worst tolets and shower i have ever suffered.

A Great location with beautiful views and interesting attractions within walking distance including castle and paddle board. Hub cafe/bar onsite also an asset with good food and drinks. We had a woodland tent pitch and nice to have the firepit. However sadly the toilet/shower block really let this place down. The smell from the toilets in the woodland camping area was atrocious. On our first day the smell was overpowering and come night the light did not work. The next morning there was no hot water. There is nowhere to put you rubbish and have to take it back to the Hub which is a 10 mins walk plus a steep hill. The road to the back of our pitch is made from building waste , glass,tile,metal and is defiantly not suitable for children to play and was not comfortable driving on this. The toilet facilities at the woodland pitch site are the worst I have ever smelt (even 3 day old festival port aloo ). Not sure being told to use the toilet facilities at the back of the Hub is acceptable a long walk or car drive just to use the toilets or shower with 2 adults and 3 children.
Aug 26, 2021 by Michael Shaw Verified Review
★★★★★

Great Site, staff very accommodating

Staff very accommodating allowed us to move pitch. Great camping, showers on pitch excellent enough space and clean. Toilets are best a chemical toilet can be, staff clean them regularly. The field doesn’t have great drainage so very grateful it was a fairly dry week. However as mentioned staff accommodating to allow us to move to higher pitch- thanks Owen!! Really nice site, previous reviews I found to be unfair will def come again. Reasonable priced food and goods at Hub, allergy friendly menu.
Aug 25, 2021 by Natalie Verified Review
★★☆☆☆

Maybe the original but not the best

The Original Hut Company was a fantastic location with beautiful views and interesting attractions within walking distance including castle, steam trains, local pubs etc. Hub cafe/bar onsite also an asset with good food and drinks. We had a woodland tent pitch which we enjoyed with a decent degree of privacy and nice to have the firepits - although be aware uneven and soft ground and the pitch sizes varied a lot. However sadly the toilet/shower facilities really let this place down. The smell from the toilets in the woodland camping area was atrocious. Essentially portaloos encased in stained wooden boxing in a tin shed which had the added benefit of being pitch dark with the door shut and no lights. The smell from the loos also over powered the showers and washing up area. I don't know if the issue was with them not being emptied / cleaned often enough or couldn't cope with the number of people using them but there's really no excuse for toilets to smell like that. We had to walk to the bottom field 5 mins away to use a shower that stayed warm and didn't reek and the Hub a 10 min walk away for the slightly better loos (they at least flushed and didn't stink). One other minor point, other cheaper sites we've stayed at with no hook up also offer courtesy facilities like charging points and ice pack freezers which wasn't the case here. Think they are relying on location and the appeal of the Hub but they really need to sort out the basic facilities.

Response from Bodiam Camping

Thank you for your feedback. The toilets have always been an issue for us so we have introduced the plumbed in shower and toilet block at the Hub and although this is a short walk from the woodland site is a more pleasant experience. We made the decision to leave the un plumbed blocks within each of the sites for the convenience of our guests and to ensure that we offer above and beyond the legal quota of facilities required for the number of guests. We operate a vigorous cleaning schedule and always act as swiftly as possible if a problem arises. we do have charging facilities located in the Hub Café along with a communal freezer for ice packs, I am sorry if these were not pointed out to you on your arrival. 
★★★★☆

Comfortable, peaceful and lots to do

Check-in was smooth and the pitch was easy to find. We were able to park our car beside our medium-sized tent, and we had a view of the open field in front of us. The field was peaceful with a fair amount of facilities to use, which we all considered to be in good condition and fairly clean. There was also ample supply of toilet roll and soap provided. We read reviews about poor conditions and bad smells and nearly considered booking elsewhere. However, we are glad we didn’t as we had a great time, with no issues at all across the days we stayed. The Hub, located on site, is a great cafe/restaurant with a big selection of reasonably priced and delicious foods. The outdoor seating area is charming, enjoyable to use and really added good value to the price of staying at Quarry Farm. A staff member said she would get up a fire pit set up by our tent when we asked at the Hub, and when we returned to the tent, it was there for us. The Hub sells fire wood, fire lighters, etc, at a reasonable price too. Overall, a lovely stay and we would recommend Quarry Farm to others.
Aug 23, 2021 by Kim
★★★★★

Great place to stay with good things to do

We stayed on the field. Decent gaps between pitches, decent distance to showers/toilet/drinking water. Bit of a trek to do washing up, so bring a washing up bowl. They have fire pits but you will need to ask or one.
Aug 21, 2021 by David Bailey Verified Review
★★☆☆☆

Tons of potential

Staff were super friendly and helpful. We initially could not fit our tent on our pitch, so they helped relocate us. Can’t fault the customer service. Sadly lots of disappointing aspects for our stay. Tent pitches were very small, our tent isn’t huge, but was hard to make it fit in. Considering the space the site has, perhaps a rethink on how these are done. Pitches were also too too each other. The showers and toilets in the woodland pitch need replacing. The smell was vile. I know people say that they are eco loos….I’ve been on a site actually not far from here which have composting loos which don’t stink like these. I don’t think all the wood helps around the toilet itself and is probably adding to the smell. Perhaps it’s time to completely replace the facilities. Our pitch perhaps once had a beautiful view. The area just in front of our pitch had recently been dug up, with piles of dirt to one side. The top layer was covered with what looked like low grade building waste. There were bits of tiles, tiling trim, plastic piping and all sorts of other stuff mixed in. I don’t think this is a suitable area for children to play. But completely ruins what would have been a beautiful view across the countryside of East Sussex. Not peaceful. I get the A road you can not change. But the pitches are the other side of a working farm, so don’t expect a lie in! Noisy from work going on for most of the day, some sort of digging. Over the weekend although you are not allowed music on the pitch, we could hear some sort of music festivals going on into the early hours of the morning. I know this isn’t the fault of the site, but it is something that would put me off. The Hub is a great idea, but the food prices are what I’d expect to pay in central London. Site has so much potential, some small adjustments would make the world of difference. Happy to share suggestions with the team.
Aug 19, 2021 by Vicki Noonan Verified Review
★★★☆☆

Not all bad

On the plus side, the facilities were good. The toilets and showers were cleaned and well stocked at least twice a day. The Hub served good food and the service was friendly. My younger son enjoyed the swings every day. However, the campsite itself was a bit disappointing. We were expecting to be in woodlands, or at least near them. Instead, we ended up in a field, near a track were cars were driving by. To go to the toilets/showers, you need to either cross this track or walk along it. So it was not ideal. The photos were deceiving, to say the least.
Aug 16, 2021 by Stephanie Verified Review
★★★★☆

Really enjoyed our stay

We really enjoyed our stay at this campsite. I read some of the reviews and felt they were really unfair. We found clean toilets (I saw cleaners at least 3 times in a day but must have been more) and lovely warm showers, great washing up facilities and helpful friendly staff. I thought the toilet and shower huts were rather cute actually! Yes there was a bit of toilet wiff but as the owners say this is because it’s an eco loo. I’d rather the natural beauty of the area was respected as they have done rather than having loads of flushing loos! We enjoyed the variety of foods on offer from the different vans at the hub. I loved the lack of signal my husband didn’t. The location is wonderful! So much to do and lots of space to run around! Our Son loved chasing the chickens. Thanks for a lovely stay.
Aug 14, 2021 by Holly Jerrom Verified Review

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Holly, thank you for taking the time to review us! We're glad you had such a lovely stay with us. Hopefully we will see you again at some point in the future. A x 
★★★★★

A wonderful holiday!

This was the perfect camping holiday for a family with young children (4 and 20 months). We had a pitch in a gorgeous woodland glade, (on raised ground so really well drained and we stayed dry in the heavy rain). Car parking away from the pitch but option to bring closer to unload was the perfect balance between keeping camping atmospheric and car free but avoiding multiple lengthy trips to and fro with kit and kids that we’ve experienced elsewhere. Clean chemical toilets, hot showers with fantastic water pressure (really!), excellent washing up facilities and covered picnic tables for meals out of the tent on rainy days. For grown ups in need of a proper coffee (and maybe an Eggs Benedict?) it’s a gentle walk through the orchards to the Hub cafe, where you can eat at a leisurely pace while the kids are entertained in the playground or visiting the goats and chickens. Pop ups in the evening served excellent food and a great atmosphere. The service from the team couldn’t have been better - kind, friendly and a general go-the-extra-mile approach to keeping guests happy. Particular thanks to Sophie and Chris. Loads to do in the surrounding area - the castle, great beaches at Camber Sands and Winchelsea, the steam railway - and for rainy days the leisure centre in Tenterden kept the kids happy with its pool toys and water slides. If it wasn’t for the flooding we would’ve loved the kayaking/stand up paddle boarding too I’m sure. If you want proper camping, but good coffee, service with a smile, plenty to entertain kids, and a commitment to low impact, sustainable holidays, this is the place. We will definitely be coming back. Thank you to Anna and all the team.
Aug 13, 2021 by Tim Knowles Verified Review
★★★☆☆

The campsite potential but the campsite has many flaws unfortunately

Firstly, when we arrived someone had arrived earlier and set up two huge tents on our pitch, they are two families and we could not ask them to move although they were probably aware that they had stolen our pitch! The facilities were ok, however the main gripe and annoyance was having no immediate access to running water to drink, cook or to wash our cups/dishes. This facility was at the hub which was a drive away and there was only two sinks which seemed inadequate considering how many people were camping on site. The showers were good and very warm, although the toilets smelt awful and could have been cleaned more often, however there was a constant supply of toilet roll which was good. The site was also waterlogged and as someone had taken out pitch we were close to the edge of the campsite and I worried about being hit or being splashed unintentionally by muddy water, it was also very difficult to navigate on foot and also in a car and the water logged areas were not clearly marked out. I also saw two young boys playing on the train tracks narthex campsite so maybe more emphasis to parents to ensure that the children don't wonder off and get into trouble. The hub had a decent selection of food and drinks, but it was expensive and too far way from the campsite, the location was lovely and enjoyed seeing Bodiam castle but we were unable to take advantage of walking round the area as the weather was appalling. If the weather was better we would have spent more time there and in the area, but the lack of access to drinking water meant that we are unlikely to return.
Aug 11, 2021 by Marie
★★★☆☆

Camping site was ok

A lovely big space in the middles for family’s and kids to play and the and site pitches were good. I fell there needed more toilets and the portable toilets didn’t flush in an effective way to wash away your poop. The toilets were too high for children, and if you are small in height it’s not a comfortable position. There was no sanitary bin! But nothing was advised that you take your sanitary away. The only flushable toilets were a cars drive away located at the hub cafe, so not good to keep driving for your needs. The smell from portable toilets was often not nice if you pitched near the portable loo’s. The water often ran out from the tap! The section of field that was water logged should have been roped off! And there should have be signs for cars to drive at a 5mph, as some cars were driving too fast driving in and out of site. The Cafe hub food and drink was expensive! Lovely area though and nice or kids to play. Showers were nice and hot, but if someone used the cold water tap on the side of the shower the water went hot in the shower! I feel this site needed better toilets and cleaned more regularly, with the amount of people using them, and more water taps. The only facility to wash plates was in the hub! Again a cars drive away. I advise to take your own toilet and to bring washing up stand and big water carrier.
★★★☆☆

Good in places - could be better in others

The central Hub bar and playground is great and provides a good space for all to socialise. Pitches for camping were well marked. The shop could cover the basics better - milk, yogurt etc.. would be more handy than vintage kites. The camping field is a a bit of an odd layout with plenty of space but long distances between facilities which are pretty basic. The lack of washing up facilities and basins in the camping field meant a long trip up to the Hub. The circular road around the field was close to the tents in places and after the heavy rain pretty treacherous. Maybe moving the road a few metres further away would be better in the future. Overall a bit of a mixed bag.
★★★★☆

Great place full of nice people only let down by some bad advertising

We like many thought this was going to be a lovely woodland campsite, sadly only for the few who probably paid extra. Instead we were in a large field running alongside a river, chemical toilets and good gas showers kept us happy only thing would have been an area to clean our pots. Saying that the Hub was great with good facilities for cleaning "everything" as well as supplying nice food and drinks, nice things going on and some lovely staff. Good place to stay
Aug 6, 2021 by Nathan Verified Review
★★★★★

Good camping experience!

Plenty of room and lots of facilities. Toilets and showers within easy reach in the camping field. Firepit is nice to have for campfires and the centre of the field is reserved for kids and families to play without disturbing other pitches. The hub did good breakfasts. Easy access to Bodiam Castle and river watersports activities. I'd come again.
★★☆☆☆

Very disappointed - not at all like the description or photos

We booked this camp site in high hopes based on the photos, description and reviews (pre-covid) indicating a tree lined, woodland based camping experience. How wrong we were! The truth is a HUGE open field with a large track running around the outside whcih was used by the cars at all times of the day to get in and off site. All pitches were on the edge of the field (close to the track) and there were very limited facilities (2 portaloos and 2 showers for each quarter of the field) and no washing up facilities apart from at the Hub which was a drive away. To make matters worse, the field in parts was flooded whcih was not pleasant (obviously not the fault of the owners given the poor weather recently). The central Hub area was nice serving good food, coffee and drinks and there was the option to have spa treatments (which were good) and to book water activities on the river. Unfortunately, given the high winds, our paddleboarding booking was cancelled. The campsite is within walking distance to Bodiam Castle and to the Castle Inn (which serves good food) and is in a lovely area of the country to explore and close to the south coast. Hence, the site has the potential to be excellent. In conclusion, unless you can guarantee that your pitch is in the wood, I would not recommend this campsite. We will definitely not be returning.
★★★★☆

Great location; quiet and well-run campsite

This campsite is in a great location with easy access to Bodiam Castle as well as any number of other places to visit and activities to try out. The Hub is a great feature and the service and food were good; prices were no higher than I would have expected in a tourist area. We had no problem with the toilets. There are more permanent toilet blocks near to The Hub and we knew from the information on the website that the campsite toilets were chemical toilets - and these are what they are. The toilets and showers were cleaned regularly and facilities were well maintained when we were there. The campsite was very quiet and staff were really helpful. We had a great stay in spite of some fairly extreme weather though clearer information in advance about the size and location of pitches, including information about the potential for pitches having to be relocated if the site floods, would have been useful.
★★★★★

Book early and get in the woods.

We stayed in Hop pickers Wood and it was lovely. Big pitches and felt secluded. The pitch we had meant we could let the kids roam a bit without loosing sight of them. Toilets are smelly, not an issue really. Showers were hot but time it well because it goes cold when people are doing their washing up. We only visited the hub once and it is a lovely place to grab a cider and the kids can play. We all had a wonderful time and you will too. I'm very glad we didn't get the open field.
Jul 31, 2021 by Chris Weston Verified Review
★☆☆☆☆

False advertising. Miserable camping

The pictures posted and the description given did NOT describe the incredibly muddy and wet cornfield we ended up on. We had asked for wooded camping. We had booked in February for a week in July. We were packed in right next to our neighbors on a bare field that had been churned up by the tractor and several cars. This was not camping. This was misery. The toilets were clean and they were flush toilets, but they were also located along walk across a flooded field, over railroad tracks, and up a hill from the camping sites. We have young children. We're lucky we brought a portable toilet. There was zero shelter from the elements. We left two days early because the wind destroyed our gazebo and tent. Will never go back there, will never recommend to anyone.
★★★★★

Great camping trip!

This was our first trip as a family of 3 with a 1 year old. We arrived on a day where it was hammering down with rain and the field was pretty boggy - not a lot to be done about that considering it’s the Great British weather. We were pitched literally next to the toilets and apart from the one day they emptied them, we can’t complain about any smells unless you were actually in the toilet. Again, in true camping style, you can’t expect a proper toilet! They were cleaned 3 times a day and can’t fault the staff for ensuring they were well stocked. The showers were always warm and done the job of keeping you clean during camp. The HUB was only a short walk away and had phone charging facilities as well as a bar / cafe. A little disappointed in the menu, especially breakfast, could benefit from a English breakfast, but it served well otherwise. And the sausages and fish fingers were delish! Reading reviews regarding no bins etc, the leaflet / map provided clearly stated to use the rubbish and recycling centre up at the HUB, so we had no issues regarding this and regularly took our waste up there. We enjoyed the use of the recycled gas canisters and kegs for our campfires and the relaxed vibe the camp had. Would happily return!
★★☆☆☆

Beware the overflow field

Unfortunately, the photos and descriptions on the Cool Camping website and even the reviews from national newspapers on the Original Hut Company's own website are not representative of the vast overflow field that the majority of campers will be placed in when they book Bodiam Camping. The websites promised enclosed areas for children to play safely in each with toilets, showers, sinks, fires...a leafy and magical experience. Sadly, those placed in the field will not even be provided with bins for their rubbish or sinks to wash up in. Instead they will have to make their way uphill either across a railway track or across a rocky uneven road to the 'Hub' each time they want to wash up or dispose of rubbish. The recent rainfall has turned the vast field (zero magical atmosphere) into a marshland with deep muddy puddles and the area by the toilets and showers is particularly bad as it also the main route out for cars. The combination of the shower overflow water and the significant rainfall has made this a terrible setting for those with young children who will find themselves ankle deep in mud or for anyone trying to use the toilet/shower who will have to navigate the sticky mud each time they pass by. We asked to be pitched in a lesson boggy area and a very unaccommodating Owen said this was not possible. The owners quickly agreed & the original pitch remained empty for 3 days. A check would have shown the pitch was not booked & a better spot allocated initially. Campers know that rain and puddles are no one's fault but simply providing bins and sinks in the field would mean less passing traffic in the boggy, muddy area. I kept thinking is cooking for yourself made deliberately difficult so that you spend your money on food in the very expensive 'Hub' cafe? It's a shame that the large field experience hasn't been given some thought as the playground, animals, river setting could make for a great experience. Images must be updated to give a true representation.

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Alice,

Thank you for taking the time to feed back to us. As explained to your party in previous reviews/emails, we are very proud to have refunded or moved every booking affected by coronavirus with very little government support and failure to pay from our business interruption insurance. In order to do this and remain financially solvent we had to extend the amount of accommodation available, this is described on the CoolCamping website. Therefore, we are unfortunately unable to guarantee woodland pitches.

As I am sure you are aware we have experienced exceptional wet weather this summer, compounded by the most extraordinary storm on Sunday the field's ground was left very wet. On Sunday afternoon we were met with he difficult decision to either cancel families long-awaited holidays or to carry on. In order to do this we had to adjust some of our pitch placements, as some of our woodland sites were underwater. The pitches you requested to move to were booked but remained vacant as many customers decided to cancel or move their break due to the inclement weather conditions.

In order to avoid the risk of attracting vermin to the camping areas, the washing up station and bins need to be kept at The Hub. I can assure you the railway through the farm is not used.

I'm very sorry you didn't enjoy your stay with us. A x

★★☆☆☆

Disappointing, not as advertised!

We were really looking forward to camping at Bodiam after reading about the shady woodland pitches, the ‘Dingley Dell’ feel and the ample facilities. However, on arrival we were plonked in an open field, which due to rainfall was sodden and flooded. The pitches we were allocated were like a bog with a huge pool of mud in front of it, right by the toilets and where the ground was all churned up from cars driving up and down. We requested to be moved to one of the several other empty pitches that weren’t flooded but we’re told (in a rather rude manner) by Owen that they were fully booked and we couldn’t switch pitches. Luckily the owners arrived after we called them and they agreed that we could move. Interestingly in the 3 days we were there the same pitches remained empty, so Owen telling us it was impossible to move us seems surprising?! The facilities in the field are terrible. We were a group of 3 families with kids and there were no washing up areas in the field! The only way to wash up was to carry everything on the long walk up to the hub and back again! So laborious! Also, no rubbish bins?! We had lots of bags of rubbish at the end of our stay which we ended up leaving in our field by the toilets as our cars were all too full to fit them in to transport up to the bins at the hub. Talking of the toilets… they STANK… the original pitches they tried to make us have were right next to them, it would have been extremely unpleasant. Also we had to pay extra for a gazebo pitch… but can’t actually see what we were paying for?! Everything seems to centre around the hub and the ‘dingley dell’… how you get allocated a pitch in that bit I don’t know?! As it was we were very let down by the facilities in the field and felt that what we got was not what we signed up for based on the description and photos on this website.

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Helen,

Thank you for taking the time to feed back to us. It is a shame you weren’t able to address your complaints with us whilst you were onsite. We are very proud to have refunded or moved every booking affected by coronavirus with very little government support and failure to pay from our business interruption insurance. In order to do this and remain financially solvent we had to extend the amount of accommodation available, this is described on the CoolCamping website. Therefore, we are unfortunately unable to guarantee woodland pitches.

As I’m sure you are aware we have had an exceptional wet summer compounded by the most extraordinary storm on Sunday afternoon which left the field ground very wet. On Sunday afternoon we had to make the difficult decision to either cancel families long-awaited holidays or to carry on. To do this we have had to adjust some of our pitch placements meaning that in the short term pitch sizes were slightly reduced. The pitches you requested to move to were booked but remained vacant as many customers decided to cancel or move their break due to the inclement weather conditions.

The toilets are chemical recycling loos, which we explain in detail on our website. They are pumped every 48 hours and cleaned four times a day. Alternatively we have 2 blocks of plumbed in loos & showers, along with two washing up stations up at The Hub. The washing up does need to go into the mains drain to avoid the risk of attracting Vermin to the camping area.

I'm very sorry you didn't enjoy your stay with us. A x

★★★☆☆

Lovely location, let down by facilities.

The place is very pretty, next to a river with paddle boarding and canoeing available and a really pretty walk to the amazing castle. But we felt a bit cheated that most of the pictures on here, including of the facilities, are of the private camping area. If you book a tent pitch, you of course have no access to that and will instead find yourself on the edge of a huge open field with no shade. The toilets there are chemical portaloos, which as previous reviewers pointed out smelled pretty horrible, I felt sorry for the guys assigned a pitch right next to them, and the only washing up facilities were a very long walk back to the "Hub". The very basic showers at least did have hot water. The Hub itself has a play area and is a nice place to get a coffee and cake or a hand crafted wooden bowl, but not very well equipped for campers' needs, no fresh food and hardly any camping supplies so make sure you have everything you need before you leave.

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Luke, thank you for taking the time to feedback to us.  We have now got in touch directly with each member of your party that have expressed their unhappiness via a review on here and on Google, I hope that our resolution does suffice. It is a shame you didn't contact us during your stay to give us the opportunity to rectify some of the issues you have raised.

Many of the photographs on our website are of our three woodland sites, only one of which is a private hire site. As I am sure you are aware we have had an exceptionally wet summer which left the field ground very saturated. We have farmed here for 35 years and it has never been so wet. Therefore we had to take the decision to utilise Gabil Meads capacity, as the ground in our woodland sites was incredibly saturated. With the forecasted storm, we didn't want anyone to have to move if the rain got worse.

The toilets are chemical recycling loos, which we explain in detail on our website. These are pumped out every 48 hours and cleaned four times a day. Any of our cleaning staff would have been happy to help you with any of your concerns throughout your stay, site staff are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  The mobile numbers of the owners are clearly displayed on each toilet block, with information on how to get in touch if you have any problems or concerns during your stay.  It is very difficult to address issues raised after your stay. There are two washing up station next to the plumbed in loos & showers by The Hub. The washing up does need to go into the mains drain to avoid the risk of attracting Vermin to the camping area.

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your stay with us and hope that our resolution does suffice.

A x
★★☆☆☆

poor shower and toilet facilities, no local produce available, pitching site-ok

pros proximity to bodiam castle camp fires allowed cons toilets are few and smelly-badly maintained no place to do the kitchen washing up local produce advertised but we could not even buy eggs from the Hub pictures look fantastic on website but not representing reality-the majority of campers will camp on a field with no trees at all

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Stathis,

Thank you for taking the time to feedback to us.  We have now got in touch directly with each member of your party that have expressed their unhappiness via a review on here and on Google, I hope that our resolution does suffice. It is a shame you didn't contact us during your stay to give us the opportunity to rectify some of the issues you have raised.

The toilets are chemical recycling loos, which we explain in detail on our website. These are pumped out every 48 hours and cleaned four times a day. Any of our cleaning staff would have been happy to help you with any of your concerns throughout your stay, site staff are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  The mobile numbers of the owners are clearly displayed on each toilet block, with information on how to get in touch if you have any problems or concerns during your stay.  It is very difficult to address issues raised after your stay. There are two washing up station next to the plumbed in loos & showers by The Hub. The washing up does need to go into the mains drain to avoid the risk of attracting Vermin to the camping area.

The Hub does not operate as a convenience store it is run as a café and restaurant. However the hampers are a service we are happy to provide. We send out an email a week before your break encouraging customers to pre-order any hampers/local produce. We don't have sufficient demand to be able to permanently stock The Hub with produce.

The field is planted with willow trees right around the edge, in fact that is what the pitch numbers are attached to.  A x
★★★★★

Fab few days away

I am a single parent to 5 sons and bought 3 youngest away camping for a few days. We had the best few days which was well needed after a really tough few years. Even though I am a woman on my own with young children.. I felt very safe here. We did kayaking and visited the castle. We had bikes and the children were safe riding around the site. The staff were very friendly and the amenities were clean. We were given a lovely spot and I can't thank the site enough for a few needed days respite away from home life and stresses. Defo recommend this site. Thank you
★★★☆☆

Lovely- toilets and showers let down the experience

Lovely beautiful views! The hub was great if anything slightly overpriced. Beautiful area and loved going into bodiam via canoe to look at the castle and railway. The toilets though looked nice smelt horrendous. To the point me and my partner washed our hands in outdoor taps with having the belief maybe the smell was sticking to the taps inside therefore staying on us! Loved the campsite and though the toilets were pretty maybe in the heat of summer they could think of an alternative plumbing system?
★★★★★

Relaxing beautiful place but could be made perfect with a few little updates. But good value.

The field is huge so there is a lot of space and we were able to have two pitches allocated next to each other so we could camp with extended family. the camp is very quiet at night and great for watching stars etc. the walk along the river is lovely and i would really recommend the Castle Inn for food and their field for the children to run around in and the canoe hire which we all really enjoyed. I was glad to have booked pizzas before we arrived as this kept the boys happy while we set up the tent etc. As others have said i felt the facilities were a little bit disappointing on the toilet/washing up side. the website showed there being a tap for washing up - where were in the field we were miles from 2 portaloos and the hose for drinking water. the showers were hot when i used them but others in the group found them intermittent. with small children the other gripe i had was that many campers used their cars to go up and down to the toilets which meant that we couldnt comfortably let the kids run around with a football all the time etc. I did enjoy my visit but i would have loved it if perhaps we were closer to the nicer looking toilets or were in the wooded area. next time i would book in that area as it looked much nicer and enclosed. The staff were very helpful and the toilets etc were all clean etc so cannot fault that. Worth visiting.
Jul 20, 2021 by Liz Verified Review
★★★★☆

Lovely peaceful stay

I would love to have given this place 5 stars but we did have a few niggles. Firstly the site is beautiful and we felt like we were in tuscany with the hot weather looking at the Orchard. The staff are really helpful and friendly and our booking was moved twice due to covid rules and isolation. The hub does a fantastic breakfast and there is a lovely play area for kiddies too. Niggles..we had two small children and the toilets and washing up facilities were just too far away. There was no washing up facilities in our field so we did have to drive to use those although everyone else in our field did walk to the hub. We had to drive to use the toilets in the middle of the night and one little camper had a few accidents not being able to get to the toilets in time. Also the showers were not the best. I get they are eco so you have to press a button every so often to continue the flow but this was a bit of a pain trying to shower two kids. For adults and older kids completely fine though. Just be careful as you clothes do get wet in the cubicle. The other little niggle but not the end of the world. On the website it said to check in at the hub. You actually check in at a little hut in the car park. We ended up driving around the industrial bit trying to find it. A sign saying you check in here at 2pm would be much better. When our kids are a bit older we will definitely come back as I said the place is lovely. My kids also loved feeding the baby ducks on our field. Thank you for a lovely stay.
★★★★★

Amazing

It was our first time camping and it was a fabulous experience. The showers was hot and clean (a massive hit from us) and the toilets were fine, you can’t expect luxury when camping on a field!! The pitches were spacious and we had such a lovely time! We can’t wait to book our next trip!!
Jul 19, 2021 by Hayley Reeve Verified Review

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Hayley, thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We're glad you had a lovely stay & look forward to seeing you again at some point in the future. A x 
★★★★★

Wonderful!

We had an absolutely lovely time, we stayed three nights in the Hop Pickers Woods. Each of the tents had lots of space in their own pitch with their own fire pit. Toilets and showers were nearby, toilets had a slight smell but this was expected with camping loos and not offensive, everything was very clean. We explored a lot of the huge farm, seeing the other camping facilities, and spending time at The Hub for breakfast or a pint in the sun. The food was incredible- I don't understand how a bowl of yoghurt and berries can taste that good. A walk along the river to the castle, the pub and the vineyard was very much enjoyed (the vineyard can be accessed from walking alongside the right hand side of the river from the bridge), much better than the other route along the busy road! And to top it all off, we were able to have a refreshing dip in the river. Thank you so much. Our stay truly was wonderful.
★★★★★

Fabulous camping trip

We had a wonderful time at Bodiam camping. Lovely location and great hosts. The pizza on Friday was fabulous and our girls loved the playground and animals! Thank you.
Jul 12, 2021 by Helen Loach Verified Review
★★★☆☆

Big deal breaker....unbearable smell from toilets

We stayed in a lovely woodland glade, flat pitch, great atmosphere. The hub proved useful (in more ways than one) for very good mocha coffees and extra facilities. Food menu rather complicated, but that's the vibe so can't argue. What DID spoil it for us and means we won't visit again, were the unbelievably offensive smelling chemical toilets in the woodland pitch area. I gagged every time I had to use them; the smell permeated the showers next door so I didn't want to use them either. In fact we could smell the toilets from within our tent. Absolutely as you would imagine a medieval cess pit to smell. I know the camp personnel are aware as I saw them brace themselves when they had to enter to clean them! Please please sort the toilets out!
Jul 11, 2021 by marguerite bartlett

Response from Bodiam Camping

Thank you for your feedback. The loos are a constant problem for us.  We have very strict planning guidance which prevents us putting in conventional or composting loos within the camping and glamping sites.  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. 

The long drop is a long way from being perfect and sadly occasionally they do smell (as does any none flushing loo) We are always on the lookout for better systems, and we have a rigorous cleaning schedule in place to help combat any issues. We have also installed two flushing toilet blocks and a shower block situated close the the main area for all customers to use as an alternative. I can only offer my apologies for any discomfort caused, and reassure future users that we are doing all we can to improve the situation. 

★★★★★

Fantastic break

This has been one of the best campsites we have ever visited. The staff are excellent and extremely helpful, we arrived late on Friday after a long drive from London, managing 2 hungry boys is never easy and despite not having a prior booking the staff were great at accommodating us and making some pizzas. Camping site was perfect, plenty of space, great location and possible the best hot showers i've had on a campsite. Finally top marks to the 'hub' which is a great spot for food, drink and relaxing. Loved the Taco Truck and Pizza night. We'll be definitely be coming back!
Jun 29, 2021 by Phelan Hill Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful place, great weekend

We had a great time! The campsite is gorgeous with good facilities. The kids enjoyed running around, going to the playground, canoeing on the river. Lovely to be able to have a campfire too.

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Rachel, thank you very much or taking the time to review us! We're glad you had such a lovely stay with us. Hopefully we will see you again at some point in the future. A x 
★★★★★

Idyllic Woodland pitch

Very difficult to fault this experience in any way, we all had a wonderful time
★★★★☆

attractive and convenient camp-site

The onsite cafe did very nice food and drink, which was extremely welcome. I would note that a) it's fairly pricey; and b) if you want the friday night pizza or the Saturday tacos you need to book a slot and they get booked up well in advance (none of our group were aware of this until a 'reminder' email came out from the Hub a couple of days before we were due to camp, saying the slots were going fast, and we all thought 'what slots?!'. So by the time we realised we had to book in advance only the very early and very late slots were available so we didn't bother with the tacos and had to find an alternative source of breakfast. The advance booking of food should probably be made more clear). The site staff were very friendly and helpful. There is a little river behind the tent pitches which is fun - it's not very wide or deep so we weren't too worried about the safety of the kids as they were running about. Overall a great experience.
★★★★☆

Excellent Location but with room for improvement.

We stayed with my partner at the campsite in Hop Picker's wood during the weekend (2 nights). The location was excellent. The walk to Bodiam castle was approximately 20 mins along the river. Although the weather was terrible we had a lovely time. We also drove to the Chapel Down Vineyard which was a 25 minute drive. There were also opportunities for water activities and there was a cafe serving food during the day. The woman at the reception greeted us with a very friendly manner. Unfortunately, the main downside was the horrible smell in the toilets and the availability of only 2 toilets and 2 kitchen sinks (with cold water from the tap) in an area with approximately 40-50 campers. The breakfast served at the Hub was not the best too. The bread was rock hard and there were very limited options available. I would avoid relying on the cafe and stick to traditional methods of preparing breakfast at your campsite. Please also drive extremely carefully as there were a ridiculous number of pot hotels in the area.
Jun 21, 2021 by Tutku Bektas Verified Review
★★★★☆

Lots of things to like ...

But knee high washing up sinks are a killer for tall people with bad backs (me) and the smell of the chemical loos permeated a lot of the woodland campsite.
Jun 21, 2021 by William Ryan Verified Review
★★★★☆

Great stay in a beautiful setting with perfect pitches

Each pitch is set out in a very natural way, with bark on the ground to show where the spot is which makes a perfect pitch, but surrounded by grass and woodland. The only very slight downside was only two portaloos (made to look more rustic by being in shepherds huts). This is a small number to service potentially 30-40 people. They were well maintained each day though. The hub, is amazing. Serves beautiful food and just a really perfect little stroll to enjoy a bit of niceness!
★★★★★

Phenomenal

Amazing campsite with lovely friendly staff, river is set just behind the tents so you can wild swim in the morning. Had the place to ourselves on Sunday night which was wonderful. Thank you so much…we will be back soon!
★★★★☆

Lovely stay, great for families

The site was lovely with extra touches such as the hub and having food available in the evenings, taking the hassle out of camping. I would however say that the cafe was over priced and so we didn’t really use it. Fortunately our pitch wasn’t too far from the showers and toilets. There were no queues for either which was a bonus. I did however have 2 cold showers during my stay which was not pleasant. And the toilet taps are on a pump system so subsequently they kept running out. Other than this, I had a lovely stay. Pitches are organised and spaced apart nicely and the river runs down the back which was amazing.
Jun 14, 2021 by Lisa Murray Verified Review
★★★★★

Great Space and great location.

A wonderful open field, with pitch space large enough so that you don't feel overcrowded by the pitch next to you. A wonderful view from your tent as you look onto the meadow and, depending on what side of the field you are, either the orchards or the river behind you. We were able to drive onto our pitch so no unloading and carrying required. Chemical loos on site (so the experienced camper knows to get up early) :-) Showers available - in a field! Added bonus. Washing up facilities up at The Hub and they had even provided bowls, washing up liquid and sponges at the 2 sinks there. Play area for kids up by The Hub as well as the resident chickens and goats. Open fires were allowed using the fire pits provided (plenty of those available dotted around the site that you can pick up and take to your pitch if there isn't one there already) and nothing beats roasting marshmallows over an open fire as the sun is setting. Fire wood and kindling (and matches I think) are available to buy at The Hub which was open til late. You don't even need to cook in the evening as you can download the app (info given on booking) and order from the pop up kitchens that varies over the summer (we had a fantastic pizza). Plus The Hub was open for breakfasts and lunches. It ticked everything we wanted off the list and the added extras of having The Hub there for food, drinks and camping supplies. The staff were friendly and helpful. Any queries were answered promptly. Definitely recommend. We'll be coming back for sure. Thank you to every one of the team there.
★★★★★

Beautiful setting, really fabulous place

What a fabulous setting. It's a really well set up off-grid camp site. The hub allows you to have an easy food and drinks option, the playground provides the kids entertainment, boating on-site, river running past, a castle an easy walk away. We had a magical time.
Jun 14, 2021 by Kate Wilson Verified Review
★★★★★

Great location, excellent services at the site and amazing food and drink available

The campsite itself was brilliant, situated with water sports right on the doorstep. The facilities for toilets and showers etc were all kept well and fire pits were placed by all campsites ready for your arrival. The food and drink provided nearby were fantastic from the Hub. My only issue was the lack of availability at local entertainment spots like pubs that all seemed to be fully booked everyday but that was probably poor planning on our part. Thanks
★★★★☆

Great wend out at the Bodiam

Love the HUb food, the vibe was totally amazing and the campsite was busy but tents have enough space to allow you to listen to birds and the close buy string. The lowest point was the facilities cleanness particularly. Will repeat it for sure
★★★★☆

Great campsite, beautiful woodland settings, good facilities.

2 families with youngish children for 4 days of the 1/2 term break - We chose this campsite as it was only about 1 hour away from us and didn't want to spend all day travelling. It is by far the best campsite we have been to that is fairly local. There are several areas for camping, a field, woodland areas and others. We were in the Poplars woodland by the river. It's a smallish area with it's own loos and showers, and right next to the Epic Life business that hires out kayaks and provides Paddling boarding lessons, which was perfect for us. The showers are superb and better than most campsites. The loos are always clean but irrespective of how clean they Arte kept, they will always have that Chemical loo smell. They allow campfires which was lovely for the chilly evenings and we spent a lot of time camping on site. The Hub was a very nice looking convenient place to eat, with a little shop that had lots of things that are useful for camping like firewood, matches, drinks etc. If you are looking for a lovely local pub with good food, The White Dog is one I'd throughly recommend, great quick service, lovely food and a really nice setting. THE most important thing for us was that it had a rural feel, was so beautifully quiet in the evenings and a really gentle pace. Very accommodating with space and we could also take the car down to the pitch and keep it there which makes loading/unloading so much easier.
★★★★★

Brilliant campsite!

Lovely campsite, it felt quite secluded, staff were very friendly and accommodating. Great facilities, location was perfect for day trips. Lots of space for the kids to play and explore. Loved the taco truck and drinks at the Hub!

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Seema, Thankyou for taking the time to review us! It's always lovely to hear positive things about the staff. I'm glad you had a lovely stay with us!

Hopefully we will see you at some point in the future! A x
★★★☆☆

Great location and friendly staff

We were pitched in a massive field, which was actually really cool for kite flying and general children’s frolics. The field lacked a place to wash up and other reviews had warned us that the chemical toilets were inevitably rather unpleasant. It was a 5 minute walk up to the hub which did have usable loos and showers, but it was too far to send children without an adult and certainly not a late night option. We were lucky with the weather so it was still a great stay and we loved visiting the castle and our beach day at Camber Sands. The fire pit was fine and good that it was provided. The play park at the hub was fun for the children but we were terrified to see our two youngest children disappear accidentally tumbling down a steep slope directly adjacent to the play area. We managed to rescue them before they slid into the railway line at the bottom (which seems not to be in use we discovered later) but there is also a wire across the lower end that could have been horrific. It only needs a bit of fence to discourage very little children from falling over the unprotected edge. The shock did boost the bars’s gin sales that evening! (Both children were fine and rescue party only had minor scrapes and bruising). We only managed one meal at the restaurant as the hours were a bit strange and it wasn’t clear what was available when. The meal we did have was delicious though and we would have eaten there more if we could have worked out what was actually offered. If you’re not squeamish about the loo situation and enjoy the adrenaline of an unpredictable shower setup (which, to be fair caused great hilarity in our camp) then this is a fantastic spot for a few days. We didn’t even go to the river so if water pursuits are your thing then that’s probably another pro.

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Debbie, thankyou very much for taking the time to review us - it's really lovely to hear positive things about staff members! Regarding the toilets we provide double the capacity of loos that are required by license, with the addition of the flushing loos to alleviate pressure of the chemical loos. Thankyou very much for bringing the play area edge to our attention, it has now been fenced. It would have been great to know at the time so that we could've rectified it there & then.

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

Fantastic!

Great camping. Great service. The lady at the check in is very friendly and proactive. The river and the woods are nice features. Loads to do in the surroundings. Only suggestion it would be to make more charging points available. Definitely would go back to explore more. Tks
★★★★☆

Recommend for families

Best bits - Lovely site, very natural, quiet and wild. Great if you like water activities as river easy to access and is clear to travel through. Hub and food lovely, but closes early and food finishes at 4. Worst bits - The toilets and showers were probably the worst I’ve experienced and the ammonia stretch, actually made my eyes hurt! Beware of sat nav directions, mine sent me to Horsham and the nice man that lived there said he quite often gets Bodiam campers arriving!
★★★★★

Camping in the trees

We stayed at the woodland camping area, which was lovely. The hub is a really nice facility. You get to camp somewhere that feels quite remote and special, even though it's a short walk to get a coffee, drink or nice breakfast. The pitches are quite large and slightly enclosed by trees away from other pitches. The the ground seems pretty stone-free, so tent pegs were a doddle. Our pitch was in front of a rope swing, which meant our space became something of a childrens' highway! The campsite toilets are chemical so don't smell great, which was worth it for us but is worth knowing if that's really offputting to you. It's wonderful to visit a storybook castle within easy walking distance of your tent. The pub opposite the castle does delicious food, as do the visiting food vendors at the Hub. I'd also recommend the breakfast hamper, if you have a way to cook it. I think we'll be back!
★★★☆☆

Not as expected

'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' - possibly due to Covid this wasn't the case. Tents were pitched in a large field. The toilets were portaloos and were absolutely disgusting (the other loos were no better) and it was a walk to the main Hub if you wanted to use a sink to wash up. The website states acoustic guitars only but music was blaring out until 11pm with a group screeching out the words to every song! There is no wifi and no mobile signal (I think EE might get one bar). I think this is a proper old fashioned camping site (with a nice bar), if you like that kind of thing then great, you'll like it - the river swimming was amazing, but overall, the write up and website give the impression it's a little bit boujie and so we expected more.

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Zoe, thankyou for taking the time to review us. We have extended our campsite into a hayfield by the river to allow for spacious pitches, increased social distancing, and to allow people to park their cars adjacent to their pitch which previous feedback had shown demand for. We supply double the amount of loos required by our license.  The chemical loos are cleaned 4 times a day, and the plumbed in loos and showers are accessible 24 hours a day. Many of our customers enjoy a digital detox, but we do have WIFI up at The Hub for guests to use. It's a shame you didn't enjoy your experience with us. A x 
★★★★★

Gorgeous spot with great facilities

It was great to be so close to the river and to be able to hire kayaks. The little playground next to the Hub was fun for the kids once they had got bored of running in the long grass. And showers and toilets were pretty decent. All in all would definitely recommend!

Response from Bodiam Camping

Hi Sarah, thank you for taking the time to review us! Hopefully we will see you again at some point in the future. A x
★★★★★

Beautiful Stay at a lovely site

Loved our stay. They even managed to help connect us to a local bell tent glamping company taht came on site and pitched us our very own bell tent for the weekend. Fabulous break and perfect weather.
★★★★★

Exceptional campsite

One of our fave spots. Hard to fault: beautiful setting, fun paddling, spacious pitches and v clean shared toilets / sinks etc. Lovely playground and the Hub does decent coffee and great bacon baps. Kids loved the castle, river and steam train. Two tiny negatives: the Hub had v little shaded seating. Could do with a few sun umbrellas. And the firepits were very hard to cook over. They need some air vents at the bottom and drier logs.
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite and lovely friendly staff

The setting was absolutely delightful, a wooded area with so many bluebells last week. Although I camped in what has probably been the worst weather this year it didn't dampen my spirits LOL. Waking up to birdsong and such a picturesque site was a great start to my day. The toilets, showers and washing up sheds were clean. My friends who stayed in a Shepherd's hut were in another very pretty spot, each hut had a fire pit and cooking pot where we sat and ate our cooked meal at the picnic table/benches. Their hut was all warm and cosy, so I spent my evenings with them b4 doing the short walk past the blossom laden apple orchard back to my tent. The Hub was a great meeting place for coffee, and a bite to eat when we wanted; the staff were very friendly and helpful. Bodiam castle was a short bike away or a pleasant walk following the river Rother. Opposite was The Castle pub which had good food too. The Hub book £5 has lots of local information and walking routes. I did my 1st SUP while there, highly recommend that too. All in all a great 4 night camping break in a lovely area, would definitely go back.
May 23, 2021 by Jenny Cowell Verified Review

Response from Bodiam Camping

Thankyou for taking the time to review us Jenny. We're glad you had a lovely stay and look forward to seeing you again in the future! A x 
★★★★★

Absolutely beautiful camping spot!

We camped here in mid October and were prepared for some really cold nights however this amazing campsite is surrounded by trees and in a slight valley so you are protected from the elements and surrounded by the beautiful sounds of nature! The actual site itself has loads to offer with The Hub supplying everything you need, including a bar and great company, an incredible huge Apple Orchard you can walk through, stunning sweeping valleys and fantastic staff! We felt so relaxed and peaceful the entire time here we booked an extra night, we really didn't want to leave. My partner and I camp regularly and this is officially our new number one spot! The facilities were great and very clean also. Ticked every box! We will be back.
Oct 20, 2020 by Jade Ginn Verified Review

Response from Bodiam Camping

Thankyou for taking the time to review us, it means the world!

We're so glad you had a lovely stay with us, hopefully we'll see you again at some point in the future.

A x
★★★★★

Lovely campsite

The campsite is well situated, quiet, but still with plenty to do nearby. It's well set up with toilets and showers, although I can imagine there might not be enough for when it's very busy during summer. The pitches can handle rain well, with wood chippings being included to avoid soggy ground, and the shelter with fireplace is a welcome area to hang out on wet days.
Oct 6, 2020 by Tom
★★★★★

Brilliant trip despite terrible weather

Fantastic campsite. Staff were brilliant. We had terrible, terrible weather but the amazing facilities at the Hub meant we could still have a great time. Not just a campsite cafe, somewhere we all said we would actually visit normally if we lived nearby. Campsite itself was lovely, perfect mix of nature and good facilities. Beautiful views
Oct 5, 2020 by Zoe
★★★★★

Amazing Place and Friendly Staff

We tayed 2 nights in one of teh Tabernacles and had a great weekend. The place is in lovely countryside and the staff are all friendly. The Hub Cafe is a great place to get a drink in the evening and the site is only 15 mins walk from Bodiam Castle and the pub in the village. We arrived late on the friday and took advantage of preordering a pizza, they are also very good.
★★★★☆

Beautiful woodland pitch with great local food

We planned for a relaxing 4 night camping getaway for the two of us. Our woodland pitch was beautiful with nearby views over the countryside and a firepit for our use. We pre-orders hampers which included great local food for us to BBQ and take on picnics. We enjoyed walking to vineyards and kayaking along the River Rother through the helpful information provided on the Hub website. Our first two nights were incredibly peaceful. Unfortunately, on the second two nights a few loud groups arrived for the weekend and the peace was somewhat disturbed late into the night which was the only downside. Overall would definitely recommend.
Sep 24, 2020 by Emily Woodason
★★★★☆

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 Andy M 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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