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Address: Riverside Cottage Rye Road | Riverside Cottage, Newenden TN18 5PP, England
Phone Number: +44 1797 253838
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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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Fantastic weekend camping

Spent the weekend camping and loved the whole site. Had tapas in the cafe for dinner...by far the best campsite meal I've ever had!! They do a great breakfast too! All good value... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 13, 2016
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Spent the weekend camping and loved the whole site. Had tapas in the cafe for dinner...by far the best campsite meal I've ever had!! They do a great breakfast too! All good value and in a fantastic setting. Also hired boats for a couple of hours which was really enjoyable and very relaxing! Will definitely be back!

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review! So pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope to have you visit again soon! More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Went with a group of friends and camped over for two nights. It was brilliant! There were loads of lovely touches like when we hired a fire pit and got free mashmallows, to swimming in the river. What a fantastic venue, lovely owners and staff, loads to do, great food and brilliant camping facilities. Not the cheapest but well worth... More 

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

Thank you for your review, happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and the campfire, you can't have a camp fire without marshmallows! We hope that our customers find us good value for money, for what we provide here, and hope to have you visit again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

We've been here several times and enjoy it immensely. Great facilities, good staff and the river is fantastic. Bringing your own boats is allowed if you pay a reasonable launch fee.

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

Thank you for your kind words, you will have to come and try out our SUP boards when we get them in the new year! More 

Fleet
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Our first visit to Bodiam Boating Camping, were well impressed. The owners Alex and Vanessa in four years have a thriving little business, their passion for life being passed to everyone who ventures through the gates whether for hiring a boat and messing around on the river, enjoying the camping or eating and drinking at Lime Wharf Café of which... More 

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

Thank you for taking time to write such a detailed and great review! We will be landscaping some of the lumps and bumps over the winter, all ready for next season. Also we have listened to comments and will be reducing the number of pitches next year to give everyone more room to spread out. Our toilets are cleaned daily... More 

Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

Wanted to visit Bodiam Castle and whilst looking up on trip advisor, I discovered the Bodiam Boating Station. Called to check availability and we were in luck, pre booked our tickets. When we arrived we were greeted by friendly members of staff. We were early so decided to have a cake and a cup of tea before catching the boat.... More 

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

Thank you so much for such a lovely review! I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our trip at its best, in the sunshine and with all the beauties of nature. Next time you visit you will have to try some our Spanish tapas in the garden with a bottle of wine. More 

Tonbridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Stopped for coffee and a row up the river on the way to Rye/Camber . Sunny day so was a very nice break . They have spent some money on the campsite/boating station and it's in a loverly spot where you can see the steam trains in the distance. Cafe service is friendly and helpful but slow and amateurish ,... More 

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

I'm so sorry you thought us amateurish, the team all work so hard to look after all aspects of the site. Weirdly half our team has been wiped out by some kind of virus the last week or so (just in time for bank hol w/e) so those that have been here have been stretched. I can assure you we... More 

Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

3 nights camping trip stay at the bodiam boating station was a very nice break. The campsite is small, and the pitches are very close to each other, but there is a good space in the middle for the children to play in. The staff are friendly and helpful and the cafe/restaurant is very good, though a little bit pricey.... More 

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

Hi, Thank you for taking the trouble to review our site. I'm glad that overall you enjoyed your experience here but it's shame you only think us worthy of 3 stars. The cafe is a tricky one as we're trying to cater for campers and day-trippers alike and each can have a different price point they think is acceptable. For... More 

Northiam, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

My daughters 7&10 went down the river this morning in a kayak youngest shared with me. Was lovely staff who were helpful. all booked in promptly and well organised. Followed by another delicious English breakfast. Be interesting to know more about loyalty schemes and kids kayak classes will be visiting again soon.

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

So glad to hear you enjoyed your kayaking trip and had a good experience with us. Next time you come you will have to start one of our loyalty cards, when you purchase 10 hours of boat hire, you get one free. There's also a coffee one to match, to go with your breakfast! If you would like instructional lessons,... More 

Goudhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

A quick kayaking excursion with our 9YO. Hire was easy if a bit slow as we seemed to be in rush hour with lots of people coming off the water at the same time and only one person helping to get the boats out. Simple to kayak and the scenery is pretty if very similar. The kayak we were in... More 

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

Thank you for taking time to write such a great review. We agree that it can be a bit busy with everyone coming in and out at the same time, but at busy times there should be two boys to help get in and out of the boats, so we will make sure we organise this better. During the winter... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We lucked across Bodiam Boating Station after a trip to the castle - what a find! Rowing boat and canoe hire by the hour or longer - we had great fun getting to grips with a rowing boat - on a gorgeous little river, and a cafe with a huge selection of fab cake. Lovely. Now we've found it we'll... More 

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

So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and like what we have here. You should definitely give us a visit to try our warming crumble and sticky toffee pudding this autumn! More 

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