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Bodiam Boating Station

Riverside Cottage Rye Road | A268, Newenden TN18 5PP, England
+44 1797 253838
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Rented kayaks for 1 hr. - loved it

We rented 5 kayaks for a hr. and loved it. Easy parking by the Cafe. Walk to the small dock and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
WalkingInLA
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Los Angeles, California
via mobile
Disappointing, could be greatly improved with some effort.

The river here is quite ordinary and the banks are quite steep so some commentary about it would... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DaveJJenk
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Hvar, Croatia
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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 afternoon tea in our licensed café & garden. BBQ/Paella summer weekends. Kids play area. Dog friendly. Events
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boat trip” (19 reviews)
“steam train” (15 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Riverside Cottage Rye Road | A268, Newenden TN18 5PP, England
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+44 1797 253838
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We rented 5 kayaks for a hr. and loved it. Easy parking by the Cafe. Walk to the small dock and the boys help you in the kayak. Life vests included. We started paddling left, which was a better call. There are boats to the...More

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Vanessa F, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for taking the time to write us a lovely review, so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Yes, definitely agree that sun cream is a must - especially with all the hot glorious weather we've been having! Hope to see you all...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The river here is quite ordinary and the banks are quite steep so some commentary about it would make the trip much more enjoyable. The boat is a former lifeboat. It is advertised as having a canopy to protect from sun and rain. This was...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

Really enjoyed time on the boat and received excellent service. As I had an arthritic knee was pleased to get the help I needed to get in and out of the boat each time. Thankyou.

1  Thank Marilyn M
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Vanessa F, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Thank you for your kind review Marilyn. We are always here to help and hope to have you visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 4 June 2018

What the Bodiam Boating Station don't tell you either on their marketing materials, website or on the phone (all of which I checked) is that they DONT RUN their ferry to and from Bodiam Castle unless people have BOOKED onto it!!!! Unbeknownst to us -...More

1  Thank MrMenandWives
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Vanessa F, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Hi, very sorry to hear that your disappointment. Our website does say that booking is advisable and we tell people this on the phone, sorry if this was not made clear to you. If you knew you were coming we would have happily booked you...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Spent a few nights camping here with my husband and two small boys. Our first ever camping trip! Such a lovely place, really friendly staff, great cafe and a beautiful spot. Can’t fault it, we’ll be coming back!

Thank ryanandmelissa2014
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Vanessa F, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review. So pleased you enjoyed your weekend and are now on board with the camping hype! Hope to have you stay with us again soon!

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

I first came here two years ago and manned a two person canoe with my 9 year old daughter. It was a delight to be on the river on a sunny day with friends. Loved it so much, I've been back several times even though...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

My partner and I returned this may to try and kayak down the river to the castle (we went straight to the pub 💪🏼) We visited last September and hired a rowing boat which we just couldn't get the hang of but had such a...More

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Vanessa F, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review! So pleased to hear you had a nice day and made it to the pub this time! Hope to see you again next year to slice some time off in time for some food in the garden...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

First time we have been here since it has been transformed even though we only live down the road. Well, what a pleasant surprise. Had a light lunch in the sun. Lovely drop of Malbeck and some sharing Nachos with plenty of sauses and cheese...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

I was a little apprehensive being a first timer but as soon as we arrived we were signposted to the facilities and given some practical assistance as how best to pitch our tent! it was very much appreciated. We had a great time even though...More

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Vanessa F, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and thank you for writing us a review! We do close in the evenings, but in the summer hold evening BBQs, paella and live music events (with lots of gin!!). So you will have to come back...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Im local-ish and come here every few weeks for naughty but nice full english with the kids. My omelette had a soft centre of cheesy tomatoey goo and kids polished generous kids portion plates off with not a single baked bean left in sight. Sunday...More

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Vanessa F, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for writing us a lovely review, and I'm glad to see you keep coming back for more!

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Julia R
21 May 2018|
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Response from Bin1945 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure best phone them before you travel
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places2seeplaces2go
8 May 2017|
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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
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Sea_Pea_Bee
30 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
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