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“fire pit”(12 reviews)
Affordable, fun family days out. Tranquil river cruises to Nat Trust Bodiam Castle. Mess about on the river in kayak/rowing boat/canoe/SUP. Stay in our small campsite; campfires encouraged. Enjoy hearty breakfast, lunch (speciality Spanish Tapas) or...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Riverside Cottage Rye Road | A268, Newenden TN18 5PP, England
+44 1797 253838
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

On our way to Camber Sands, my husband and I fancied a coffee and stumbled on this lovely cafe. They made lovely coffees and even allowed our dog to come through into the back garden. I was after a sandwich as well as I was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your comments. If you swing by again on a rainy day, we are happy for dogs to sit inside too! Hope you get a chance to make use of the river next time.

Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

The kayaks are fun and safe especially with little ones in tow. We also took a ferry down to the castle. The driver on the way chatted to us giving us lots of information and was very friendly- the little ferry was a bit noisy...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Amy M
Reviewed 24 December 2018

A nice place for a family day out. Had a nice boat trip to the castle and a nice brunch on our return. Typical UK weather, it bloody rained and we didn't have an umbrella with us. Will certainly take one next time

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steve B
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Fantastic breakfast menu. Lunches also good. Not an enormous menu but everything we have had has been good. Daily specials are worth.a try.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

We had a chance to do the river cruise on a most beautiful October day it was an absolute delight,so reasonably priced and staff so lovely Danni Lee was just perfect for this,how lucky are we to have fantastic places like this in the U.K....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank baywhey
BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words- makes all the hard work worthwhile! Look forward to seeing you again here soon I hope.

Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

We recently visited Bodiam Boating Station for a 2 night camping trip, we had a new tent to try out and wanted to see how our young grandsons 3 & 18 months would like camping. All the staff were welcoming and helpful, we had a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 22 August 2018

We pre booked online for a kayaking trip last saturday from start to finish we were looked after really well we were safe in the knowledge that our chevy van was in safe hands whilst we enjoyed the water. The experience was amazing so much...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Emma C
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

We took the boat and had lunch at The Lime Wharf Cafe. Boat trip was lovely,the staff were friendly, the food was wonderful and we shall certainly go again & would highly recommend it.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Marion M
BodiamBoatingStation, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. So pleased to hear you enjoyed the boat trip and lunch, I hope this means you will be visiting us again soon!

Reviewed 11 August 2018

We started to phone first thing in the morning , kept trying ( on redial as well) for 2 hours . . . .no one answered... , line busy . . . . We gave up ... We are amazed at the lack of professionalism...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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BodiamBoatingStation, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

I'm sorry to hear you couldn't get through to us. We are answering the phones constantly from 8.30-6pm hence the line was busy. We picked up every phone call yesterday and if we were ignoring calls, the phone would have kept ringing. This is not...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

We went as a family from 3 generations for a afternoon out . We took a picnic which we are at the cricket ground about 3 minutes walk from the boat station. The premises had a lovely quaint cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Vanessa F, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

So pleased you enjoyed your trip. The weather has taken us all by surprise, but today's reprieve has been welcome by many! We do have a cover for the boat, but it's a three man job to put it on and take it off and...More

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Julia R
21 May 2018|
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Response from Vanessa F | Property representative |
I’m so sorry I’ve only just seen this. We’re looking into an online booking app but in the meantime please call ahead or fill out (short) booking form on our website. Thank you
7 May 2017|
Response from Vanessa F | Property representative |
Yes, of course! Dogs ride for free and you are welcome to bring your dog into the cafe & garden - we even sell doggy frozen yoghurt!! Hope to see you soon
29 August 2016|
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Response from BodiamBoatingStation | Property representative |
Hi, we have 3 separate rooms attached to the cafe, each with wc, shower cubicle & sink. There's a separate block in the campsite with 2 X wc & 2 X urinals. Hope this helpd