Dogwood Cottage Camping

UK England South East England East Sussex Rye

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Secluded camping and caravanning situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, deep in the heart of the East Sussex countryside

Flick through the Dogwood Cottage visitors book and you’ll struggle to find words that haven’t been penned before: “so secluded”, “so quiet”, “so friendly”, “so close to the pub!” The bulging book reflects the charm of this small site that has grown its custom largely through word of mouth, every visitor leaving with high praise and a vow to return the next year. Pitch up for a night or two and, nestling into one of the 15 prized pitches available, you’ll quickly realise what makes this place so special.

On the edge of Brede, a rural East Sussex village, this campsite is set in one of the countless grassy meadows that sweep across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding trees and hedgerows provide shelter, as well as somewhere for kids to build a den, while a woodland pond also attracts plentiful wildlife. Sanitary facilities are fairly basic, with two toilets, a hot shower and a washing up sink, but they are faultlessly well-kept and, with just a handful of campers, these rustic necessities are all you’ll need.

While the spacious pitches and secluded surroundings make for a winning campsite, the Dogwood Cottage experience really comes down to the friendly welcome you receive from Phil and Katy. These laid-back owners are helpful, yet unobtrusive, and passionate about their local area. Stacks of handy information can be found in the onsite shop where you can pick up camping essentials, groceries and logs. Their friendliness also seems to exude into the village beyond, where two walkable pubs boast excellent food and the warmest of atmospheres.

Despite its quiet countryside location, Dogwood Cottage Campsite is a short distance from a wealth of attractions, with the historic towns of Hastings and Battle just a short drive away. The nearest beach is just 15 minutes by car, while expansive Camber Sands with its famously dynamic dune system is five minutes further. The ancient town of Rye is just as close. Its half-timbered, skewed-roofed buildings clustered along cobbled streets are as quintessentially English as they come and refreshingly uncommercial.

In the evenings, return to the campsite for some late night stargazing. With the village free of streetlights, the unpolluted sky is crystal clear. So, when the clouds are at bay, toast marshmallows round the campfire and keep an eye trained for shooting stars.



There are 2 toilets, a shower, an outside washing up sink and chemical disposal point. At the entrance there is an information room and onsite shop selling camping essentials, food and logs. Fire bowls are also available to hire.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campervans, motorhomes and dogs. No groups.


Amid the High Weald AONB (01580 879500), there are plenty of good walks in the local area while a stroll in Brede High Woods is a particular highlight, the stunning ancient trees are over 400 years old and home to an array of birdlife. Head south to the numerous beaches that are within driving distance, Camber Sands being perhaps the most well known, or stop at one of the coastal towns. Hastings is an excellent place, not only for its historic old town and famous connections with the invasion of 1066, but also for the spattering of fantastic seafood that can be found. Further inland, Battle, is where William the Conqueror defeated Kind Harold II and the spectacular Abbey (01424 775705) he built to commemorate the event also has a visitor centre with a wealth of information. History lovers should also visit Rye, a wonderfully unspoilt ancient port town. The 14th century Bodiam Castle(01580 830196) is a few miles north of the campsite, while Scotney Castle (01892 893820) and Bateman's (01435 882302), Rudyard Kipling's former home, are further but still less than half an hour's drive. Those hoping for something walkable need look no further than wine tasting in the Carr Taylor Vineyard (01424 751716) or The Giants of Brede (01323 897310), a steam museum with free entry.

Food & Drink

There is a small onsite shop selling food, seasonal veg, free-range eggs and camping essentials. The Red Lion (01424 882188) pub is just a short stroll across the fields serving great local seasonal British cuisine, while The Rainbow Trout (01424 882031) is a 15 minute walk towards Broad Oak and provides a great selection of meals as well as a sizeable beer garden. Both are dog friendly. Brede Farmer's Market (01424 813928) runs every Friday 10am - 12 noon in the village hall. It offers a fantastic selection of local produce and a warm welcome is guaranteed... as are a few delectable tasters as you wander round! There's also a convenience store within walking distance and a large Sainsbury's 10 minutes drive away.


All year.

The Owner Says

Welcome to Dogwood Cottage Campsite - a small, family-run site in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set in the pretty East Sussex village of Brede, we offer campers the chance to relax in quiet, friendly surroundings and a base from which to explore the area's fine beaches, ancient woodlands and rich, historic diversity. Dogwood is blessed with two fine country pubs  within walking distance as well as a sensational micro-brewery. Dog and animal-friendly, we are an ideal site for hikers, cyclists, families with young children or couples. However, please note that since the site is of limited size we are more suited to smaller tents and vans rather than larger units. We do not accept groups and are best suited to single families, single couples and single singles. Close to Rye, Battle, Camber Sands and Hastings, we're open all year round.


Contact Dogwood Cottage Camping, The Dogwood Cottage Caravan and Campsite, Cackle Street, Brede, Rye TN31 6DY

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Getting There

From London take the M25. Exit at A21 towards Hastings, turn left onto A268 at Flimwell, follow onto A28. Located on A28 between Westfield and Broad Oak. Look for white sign at entrance to drive. Go to end and through gate to site (approx 150 yards).

By rail the closest stations are Rye, Battle or Hastings, with buses running from Rye and Hastings stopping just outside the campsite.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 11 reviews



We stayed 3 nights from 15th of July. The site is small and perfectly formed. There was never more then half a dozen tents and camper vans and it was bliss! There are free roaming chickens (beware one quite took a fancy to my lap!) 2 goats called Pumpkin and Olive as well as the owners dogs. Lets not forget the rabbits making like a scene from watership down! Whilst it is relevantly quite there is some noise from the road but it really is not a bother. It is a perfect base for exploring as everything is nearby! Phil the owner is lovely boarding on eccentric but everso helpful and very passionate about the enviroment. if there were anything bad then i would say the toilets and 1 shower, i am no princess but i dont do spiders and i could not use these at all. The pub is reached through a field of sheep or by road and either way is only ten minutes. Much more fun going through the field in the dark through! This is an awesome site and i cannot wait to return.
Jul 18, 2019 by Emma Stewart


Such a sweet, well thought-out, pretty site. Simple, perfect, clean facilities and the wildlife, stunning walk to pub and microbrewery and small friendly set up make for the most wonderful camping experience.
Jul 7, 2019 by Sez & Garry

Great people, great location, wonderful cabin

We have been traveling around Europe for many years now, but I have to say, the campground of Phil and Kathy is one of the bests we've ever visited. The location is only a few minutes from Three Legs microbrewery (an other hidden gem), Rye and the Camber Sands but it's still a remote, tranquil place. Luckily we also had the chance to spend one night in their new cabin which was a unique experience after sleeping so many nights in our campervan.
Jul 1, 2019 by George Ruisz

loved it

Fabulous site, perfection for me. The site is secluded and surrounded by mature trees which offer shelter from the wind. Sunlight is plentiful with shade also available for the hotter weather. The site is level with well maintained grass. You can have a barbecue using stones around the site to protect the grass and can hire a fire pit. There is a wash up area, shower and one toilet. All were clean but basic. Good recycling area. There are ducks, jaunty little goats, cheeky hens and lots of beautiful bird song in the morning, a few bunnies hopping around too. The owners are very friendly and take good care of the facilities. You can buy fresh eggs which I heard from other campers were delicious. If you are looking for serenity this is the place to go. EHU available, water tap and good recycling facilities. Follow the directions on the website not sat nav. It's a compact site so would think that larger units may not be suitable.
Jun 24, 2019 by Saffron Romero

very poor facilities and single shower

Expensive for the very poor facilities. Otherwise a nice situation.
Jun 13, 2019 by Chris

Response from Dogwood Cottage Camping

Many thanks for your feedback. We're very sorry to hear you were disappointed by our facilities, which we maintain to the highest standards and have, in the past, received overwhelming positive reviews. Ours has always been a small and modest campsite, which to many is a big part of its appeal, but this does mean we are unable to offer larger scale facilities you may find at commercial touring parks. This intimate nature of our site is what makes us so special. Nonetheless, we would be happy to address any concerns you may have had if you brought these to our attention during your stay.

Peace, quiet and the lovely people who run it

A beautiful secluded campsite away from the hustle and bustle. A relaxed experience from start to finish. Phil and Katy were fabulous hosts as were the pygmy goats and chickens! Phil kindly helped get our campervan started when she had a flat battery. Nothing was too much trouble. Would definatley go back and recommend.
Oct 4, 2018 by Laura

Lovely camping experience in the nature

We loved staying at Dogwood campsite, and Phil is a super kind and welcoming man. Everything was more than perfect, starting from the peace and calm which surround the place, the bonfires at night,to the friendly rabbits, hens and goats. Moreover, in the little shop it is possible to get some delicious vegetarian marshmallows and other organic goods. We definitely would choose it again and recommend it to everyone!
Aug 20, 2018 by Giulia and Paul

Loved this site!

Loved this site! Beautiful location and the place definitely qualifies as a 'cool' campsite - lots of laidback character with really friendly and helpful owners. The facilities are basic but seemed clean enough to us and the shower was absolutely fine - hot and free, which is all you really want. Great to have a kettle and microwave provided in the information/ map room. Loved the walk through fields to the Red Lion village pub and the starscape on the way back to camp was just amazing - rare to have such dark skies in the UK. Best thing was the sense of nature on site with wild rabbits hopping about and I've never heard such a beautiful chorus of birdsong at dusk. All in all we felt we'd found a really special getaway and will definitely be back soon. Oh yes, and don't miss Phil's delicious organic bread if he's baking.

Mar 11, 2016 by Ianwid

Basic camping

Very basic sanitary facilities, 2 toilets, clean. No hot water to wash or wash dishes, you have to boil the kettle. Electric shower, clean, but if you are over 5ft 6 you will not get your head under the shower head. The toilet block smelt damp. Charged £24 for electric hook up for motor home... Think that's too expensive for the facilities. Quiet field with only 2 others on, but still had to wait for a shower, so wouldn't  like to see it if more people there. Plots not marked out, most in heavy shade. Fire pits allowed but no sand/nearby water to put out if unmanaged.  The best thing about this site is the short walk to the Red Lion pub. Won't return, facilities far too basic for money asked.

Sep 11, 2015 by MRSR

Response from Dogwood Cottage Camping

Thank you for your feedback - we are glad that you found our small, back-to-basics campsite quiet, well situated and with clean facilities. The walk to the pub is wonderful as you say! Since we are a small site our pricing reflects space taken up and so large motorhomes/tents are classed as jumbo's at £20 per night. A small tent with no car is only £10 per night. A standard sized tent and car is £15. Electric hook up costs £4 per night. We feel this is fair on all our guests, especially since we charge the same price all year round and do not penalize families with school-age kids. With us, there are no hidden extra costs, just a fair and honest pricing structure. There is plenty of light onsite, as you can see from the photos, and as you say, we hire out fire pits, perfect for toasting marshmallows at night! Thank you again and best wishes, Katy & Phil 


Dogwood Cottage Camping

Lovely little site with very friendly, helpful owners. We stayed here during the summer holidays and despite being booked up it never felt too busy or full. The kids loved it and I'm sure we'll be back soon!

Aug 21, 2015 by Antje

Dog wood cottage camping

Stayed here over the Easter break and had a fantastic time. Really lovely site. Very relaxed with hens roaming round the site. Great to be able to have fire pits. Owners are very helpful and friendly. Looking forward to next visit.!

Apr 9, 2015 by RUTH BLADES

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