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? 

The Owner Says

After a really promising first season we are open for business again from April this year. The pool and sauna were a real life saver for many of our guests in 2012, given the generally wet weather. Many of you loved Camber Sands on the sunny days and the Castle Inn at Bodiam proved a popular destination for food. Our W.H.O Sausages and eggs were gobbled up for breakfast and we are adding locally sourced bacon to the menu this year. We are also stocking up our Turkey Pen this summer for those that may want to put in an order for Christmas Day 2013. I know a few of you took some fab photos of you and your familiy and friends with our camp landy. We would love to see them and for you to share your experiences from wattle hill oast with cool camping. 

Our favourite spot

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

The local area

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. 

Best local places to eat and 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. 

Why stay with us?

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.


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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)

by Niksy88

No, no, no

Not quite what it's cracked up to be - misleading statements unfortunately and other issues

by Humph!

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