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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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Trip on the Dannie lee

Decided to go out for a boat trip, and would highly recommend going on the Dannie lee to everyone. The captain was very friendly and let all of the children drive the boat. If you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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9 reviews 9 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Decided to go out for a boat trip, and would highly recommend going on the Dannie lee to everyone. The captain was very friendly and let all of the children drive the boat. If you get the chance pop down to Newenden for a trip up the rother.

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

Thank you for your lovely write-up and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. Another time, you might like to do our sunset cruise, which takes you on a journey in the opposite direction (towards Rye). At this time of the day you are more likely to see the kingfishers and owls as they hunt and also the... More 

Tamworth, Staffordshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

On 22 April 2015 we went for a trip on the river Rother to celebrate my husband's cousin's birthday. Although it was quite cool, we were well wrapped up and enjoyed a leisurely cruise on the river from Bodium Castle to Newenden. The only negative was that the flood defences were so high that we could not see much of... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely write-up and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. Another time, you might like to do our sunset cruise, which takes you on a journey in the opposite direction (towards Rye). At this time of the day you are more likely to see the kingfishers and owls as they hunt and also the... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Owners Alex and Vanessa couldn't have been more welcoming, friendly or helpful on our camping weekend. Brand new showers and toilets, very clean and hot! Great facilities, everything we needed. Peaceful and family friendly. Loads to do and see. We took the boat trip to Bodiam Castle and my husband took a kayak out on the river, which he thoroughly... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. So glad you enjoyed your w/e here and we very much look forward to welcoming you here again soon. The new cafe is going from strength to strength so hopefully we'll be able to further impress if you do come back! More 

Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
30 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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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
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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
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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 

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