Wattle Hill Oast

UK England South East England East Sussex Bodiam

  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Call this camping? We don't think so...

Those of you who think camping should involve a good, solitary three hours of foraging, followed by another two hours of tinned cooking and a post meal hike will probably feel a little overindulged at a place like Wattle Hill. Their stunning pre-erected bell tents means you can deduct the time spent fussing over tent pegs and spend more time exploring the goods on offer, including the onsite PYO veggie patch, piggery, hen house, woodlands, shower facilities, swimming pool and sauna. Deciding on trivial things such as supper is a breeze, as there’s plenty of locally reared meat to purchase, plus you get a welcome hamper in your tent on arrival. Offsite, there’s a whole host of hiking and biking opportunities at nearby Bedgebury. But whatever you end up doing here, at least you know there’s a pool and sauna waiting for you back at camp – a perfect reason to push yourself even further, no? 



To keep with the ’relax, we’ll take care of it’ theme, your first port of call is your hampered-up 7m bell tent with a full sized double futon and a couple of single futons for the children. The washing facilities are as expected, well kept and in decent nick with brand new changing rooms, (male and female), 2 hot showers and 1 toilet in each. Entertainment wise, gone are the days of crowding round a little flashlight playing rummy and telling naff ghost stories, for the options are almost limitless. Outdoorsy types will opt for the woodland area – hours of fun with the children. And if that doesn’t wear them out, the kids will go barmy for the animal feeding opportunities at the piggery and the egg collecting in the hen house. Those escaping the urban mentalities will appreciate the PYO Veggie Patch plus the available home grown meat to buy – great for cooking a PROPER barbecue. Now, the truly special treats come in several shapes of an indoor pool, sauna, commercial standard fitness suite, personal training, beauty therapy and babysitting service. WIll you ever leave the site? Doubtful.

Suitable For

Couples, families– Yes. Loud groups, caravans, campervans and dogs – No.


If you manage to break up with the consuming personality of the site, you'll notice the coast is a mere 20 mins drive (Camber Sands being your closest sandy beach). Bodiam castle is only a 5 min drive away and well worth a quick visit. The nearby fishing port of Hastings offers plenty of fun for the family: Blue Reef Aquarium, Smugglers Cave and an impressive journey through the cliffs and glenns of Hastings with the East Hill Lift in the Old Town. And if you're close to the water, you might as well get wet with Bewl water a temptingly close 15 mins away, offering a host of water festivities including fly fishing and key watersports. If you're planning on briging a bike, pop into nearby Bedgebury for off road biking for all the family.

See our website for lots of fun things to see and do locally. 

Food & Drink

We advise you to make full use of the onsite PYO veg and meat on sale, however, there's nothing wrong with grabbing an afternoon drink at the Cross Inn in Staplecross – a classic old drinkers pub (somewhat a rarity these days) full of lots of local characters. To treat someone special (or yourself), check out the Curlew restaurant in Bodiam – a Michelin star gastro delight and a personal favorite of the WHO camp owners.

The Cross Inn Staplecross, The castle Bodiam, The White Dog Ewhurst Green... to name but a few. 


Open all year.


Weekend Fri–Sun £250, Weekly Fri–Fri £500. Bank holiday weekends Fri–Mon £275.



Wattle Hill Oast, Beacon Lane, Staplecross, East Sussex TN32 5QP

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Getting There

We are 45 minutes from Junction 5 M25. 

Robertsbridge Main Line Train Station is our nearest station.


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Rated ★★★★☆ over 2 reviews


Great is definitely an understatement!

We decided to set off on our first glamping experience this weekend, and this place was a perfect choice to say the least. Upon arrival we were very kindly greater by Sarah and her team who took us down to the campsite. We were shown around the site which had a great swimming pool jacuzzi and indoor showers and toilets that were spotless! Our bell tent was huge with a beautifully made double bed and two deck chairs. We were even given fire wood a little fire burnerr, a bench with hobs on it and all the cutlery and cooking pots pans and plates we needed. Everything was perfect here, the little touches is definitely what this place apart from all the others. - things like a hamper on arrival full of local produce.. The hospitality of Sarah and her team.. And the cleanliness of the place... We are already planning our next trip (even though we left less than 24 hours ago)
Jun 23, 2014 by Niksy88

No, no, no

Not quite what it's cracked up to be - misleading statements unfortunately and other issues
Apr 10, 2013 by Humph!

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