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Address: Rye Road | Riverside Cottage, Newenden TN18 5PP, England
Phone Number: 01797 253838
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Description: Welcome to our family run home and business, linking the garden of England...
Welcome to our family run home and business, linking the garden of England and 1066 country! Enjoy a ride abord our ferry, the Dannie Lee; 4.5m along the River Rother to the National Trust's Bodiam Castle. We also offer 15 pitches on our family friendly campsite, rowing boat hire, fishing permits and refreshments in our delightful cafe and tea garden. The Bodiam Boating Station at Riverside Cottage in Newenden is situated right on the Kent/East Sussex border, equidistant between Rye and Tenterden; and just 10 miles from the beautiful sandy beaches of Camber.
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Interesting day out; pleasant cafeteria

Bodiam Boating Station on the River Rother. They are pleasant and helpful, and do good food. I had a good tortilla with chorizo, with salad and aioli.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
JamesHappyWalker
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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Bodiam Boating Station on the River Rother. They are pleasant and helpful, and do good food. I had a good tortilla with chorizo, with salad and aioli.

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BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

Thanks for your write-up. I hope you also heard that Lime Wharf Cafe has only just opened (this week) and we are brimming with ideas for our menu and service. I hope you will come again! More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Held my birthday at the boating staion last year, we hired the whole field for the weekend. They couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, from arranging boat trips to feeding all of us in the cafe on sunday morning. We hope to be going back this summer!

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BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

Thanks for going to the trouble of reviewing us. You MUST come back and see what we've done this winter! We've not got the cafe we'd planned and have been opened a week. It should be showing up on Trip Advisor soon as Lime Wharf Cafe, so check it out. Have also upgraded the toilets and showers for the campsite.... More 

Chatham, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We used Bodiam as a geographically well-placed campsite from which to base a wine tour (on bicycles). They were very accommodating and the location was spot on, with a pub only a stone's throw away and a picturesque setting. The cafe area is a stylish and good-looking place to have breakfast or lunch in keeping with the surroundings. It was... More 

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BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

We're so pleased you loved it here; it makes all the hard work really worth while when we read a review such as yours, so thank you very much. We've just closed (sadly) for the season, and fingers crossed, we'll be starting building works shortly. Please do remember us next year as we'd love to see you here again. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We stayed a tee nights at bodium and thought it was great. We have stayed in a few camp sites in the area but this is by far the nicest! The staff are great and nothing was ever a problem for them. The activities with boating and swimming in the river gives it a uniqueness over all the others. My... More 

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BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I'm delighted you enjoyed it here so much. Hopefully we're well on the way to starting our big build to put to rest any issues with the camping facilities; we met with a potential builder today, so watch this space! More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We camped for 3 nights in August and were very nervous first timers. As soon as we arrived, the warm welcome made us feel better at once! The size of the field was great as the children all played together in the middle and we could keep an eye on them. We made use of the fire pit hire which... More 

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BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

Oh my! Was that you with those m'mallows! I remember them well; they put ours to shame and I will endeavour to hunt them down! So pleased we had the privilege of accommodating your 1st camping trip ... and that it went so well. You'll be pleased to know that our neighbours have found a solution to the noisy vehicles... More 

East Sussex, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

A lovely place to hire rowing boats, really helpful team when setting off and returning to the hire location. Some good picnic spots quite close by in great countryside. Buoyancy jackets provided looked quite new, boats in good condition, easy parking. Enjoyable afternoon

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BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

So pleased you enjoyed your boating here. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review; it really does make a difference. Hope to see you again More 

Gateshead
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Camped here for one week, having chosen the site because we needed to exploit our National Trust membership (and it's near Rye and the coast too); also attracted by the fact that it's quite small, plus the opportunities offered by the riverside location and the free wi-fi (I'm self-employed, and need to check my emails every day - and no,... More 

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BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

I am disappointed that you have not entirely enjoyed your recent visit. In the week that you stayed, I did check in with you a lot and you seemed happy; I'm surprised you didn't feel that you could raise these concerns then. It's a shame you didn't use our boat hire or river cruise to explore the river, otherwise I... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Lovely relaxing stay at Bodiam Boating Station. Lovely location and right next to the river with a great range of rowing boats, Kayaks and a brilliant ferry boat to the castle. Lovely food served throughout our stay. An all round wonderful experience and would recommend this site to anyone wishing to have a great camping experience.

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Ashford, England, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I took two boys to the boating station this afternoon and we all went kayaking. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The kayaks were great and then we went to their cafe for a delicious hot chocolate and something yummy to eat. It was all set In a wonderful setting and it was all so well looked after. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We recently spent just one night at the Bodiam Boating Station but wished we could have stayed longer. A very small site ( in a good way) -owners and all staff were charming and helpful. There is some minimal noise from the adjacent business but this is more than compensated by the fragrance of the wood being cut ! Facilities... More 

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