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Dogwood Glamping

89%
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49 reviews
· Rye, England
1 acre
4 units
4 Glamping
The luxury option to one of the Sussex High Weald's loveliest rural retreats

Walkers have their Sensations; Tesco's have their Finest range; even Megabus offer a 'gold' service for those who like to do their M1 gridlocks in the utmost comfort. And now, the team behind the delightful Dogwood Cottage Camping (aka Phil and Katy) bring us their luxury exclusive hire offering, the Dogwood Glamping yurt. That's not to call the original campsite next door the 'value' option (although it certainly is an affordable choice for a relaxing rural break in the heart of the High Weald), but rather this more high-end accommodation is squared at those more accustomed to a night on mattresses of the strictly non-inflatable kind. So if you're more Twinings than Tetley's, this glampsite might just be your cup of tea.

It's hard to argue with what this latest venture boasts. The Dogwood yurt is a mammoth 20ft diameter felt-lined Ornate Turkmen built from Ash trees sourced from the Glyndebourne Forest. Inside, it's a veritable riad of colourful scatter cushions and rugs that will happily accommodate a family of four, two on deluxe handmade Taurus beds (with firm orthopaedic mattresses) and two have to bring their own camping beds and bed linen. All the basics are included, plus a few welcome extras like a radiator, kettle, toaster, mini fridge, Egyptian cotton bed linen (freshly laundered and ironed) and the Morso wood-burning stove really sets it off. Outside, the spacious pristine decking area comes complete with a picnic table, parasol and firepit for enjoying a lazy al fresco evening meal.

New for 2015, the ever-resourceful Phil and Katy have masterfully crafted a brand-new camping cabin. From its secluded pondside spot amidst ash and willow trees, the Dogwood Cabin is a cosy abode for any glamping couple. This full-insulated and heated lodge has all the mod cons – futon double bed, silent mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and a compost loo. For all the creature comforts, campers can still immerse themselves in the sights and smells of The Great Outdoors by flinging open the French windows or lazily reclining on the sun-trapped veranda.

Location-wise, this little site ticks all boxes. All the facilities of the adjacent low-key campsite are available to use, while the quaint village of Brede lies at the heart of the Sussex High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's vast undulating grasslands are ripe for long country walks, before collapsing in a comfy sofa at one of the region's innumerable country pubs for a pint of the local ale. Rye's ancient cobbled streets beckon you to visit its timbered houses and picturesque harbour, while the pivotal towns of Battle and Hastings (1066 and all that) are also nearby.

Though a wealth of attractions await in all directions, you'll want to make sure you get back to camp for a spot of stargazing. Dogwood lies under some of the UK's clearest night skies – a real boon for a campsite this close to the capital. With Brede free of streetlights, light pollution is non-existent. As the video below of the recent Geminid meteor shower shows, Dogwood's glampers are in for a treat. So stoke up the firepit and toast the marshmallows, or if it's just the two of you, recline on your deluxe bed and admire the twinkling stellar tapestry through the roof wheel in your cosy canvas retreat.

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Hosted by Phil C.Joined in March 2016
89%
28 Ratings · 49 reviews
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Adam P.recommends
October 31, 2022
Dogwood Yurt
Real glamping luxury!
The yurt is beautiful and the interior is really luxurious. Beautifully and comfortably furnished with careful thought given to everything. Phil was very friendly and amenable and dealt with a couple of annoying questions I had before - and the issue of posting a favourite water bottle after - all with good grace and charm. We loved all the animals and enjoyed giving the tiny pony a handful of grass and meeting all the chickens and ducks.
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Hannah T.recommends
August 22, 2022
Dogwood Cabin
10/10 lovely getaway
Great stay! Nice getaway, cabin was very cosy and was lovely to have such a great view of the night sky
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Hayley L.recommends
June 14, 2022
Dogwood Yurt
Loved the couple of nights at the end of May staying at Phil and Katie's yurt in Brede. Peaceful camping spot with pygmy goats, chickens and runner ducks freely wandering. We were woken one morning by the runner ducks doing laps around the yurt, wonderful humour to start the day!! Katie and Phil were very welcoming and were on hand if we needed anything. Facilities were great and a peaceful walk through green nature takes you to the village of Brede with shops, a bakery and pubs. Lots of places to visit nearby if you have a car but I noticed a bus stop just outside the campsite as well. A lovely break away in the countryside - would highly recommend! ☺️
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Siobhan ?.
March 20, 2022
I have just spent a weekend in the cabin with my 11 year old son. The cabin went way beyond our expectations, had everything we needed and Wi-fi was an added bonus. The cabin is secluded so very private. Waking up to a good morning from the ducks, chickens and Olive and Pumpkin (goats) was the nightlight of the weekend for my son, as well as stopping my to pay Dino the Shetland pony. We came by train so no carS Easy bus ride into Hastings. Short taxi journey to Battle or Hastings. We ate in both of the 2 local pubs (within walking distance), both we lovely but we would highly recommend The Red Lion, it didn’t have a children’s menu but they were really friendly and put together a meal for my son, food was amazing. This was a last minute get away and we are so pleased that we came to Dogwood, we will definitely be back. Thanks to Phil and co for a very lovely weekend.
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Wendy G.recommends
February 1, 2022
Dogwood Cabin
We stayed a night in this lovely, cosy cabin in a tranquil, private setting that also feels part of the campsite. It’s a great place to chill and relax. We loved the outside area, especially the firebowl and cooking tripod. The cabin is spotlessly clean and the bed very comfortable – best night’s sleep for a long time! The showers and toilets are new, pristine and close by. We loved all the animals wandering around and in particular the ducks and goats, making this place truly unique and memorable. The hosts were on hand to answer any questions, make recommendations and nothing seemed too much trouble. It’s secluded, too, not overlooked by anything except trees. All in all, great value. Have already recommended to friends!
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Vivien E.recommends
November 6, 2021
Dogwood Yurt
When you stay in a yurt in November the downside is that it’s a little chilly, but… you can combat that with some well-planned fires in the log burner which makes it so cosy and gives a lovely glow at bedtime. Also, we had the whole campsite to ourself - well apart from the resident animals who were very entertaining. Phil was great and provided us with apparatus and provisions for our campfire cooking which helped us achieve our culinary ambitions! I wouldn’t hesitate to book the yurt again - even in the colder months. Very clean toilets with hot water sinks and the showers looked new. We will remember the stay fondly.
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Ross ?.
September 26, 2021
Amazing campsite, super friendly and helpful owners, beautiful site, really peaceful. The kids had the best time and really loved the animals, also, amazing location for any number of amazing things and places to do. We will definitely be back
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Fainche A.recommends
September 21, 2021
Bell Tent in the Wood
We can’t recommend this enough. The bell tent had everything we were looking for. We escaped the city for a little treat and had such a blissful time. Phil was the perfect host generously leaving us a few treats and even introduced us to his ducks, birds, fabulous ponie Deano and goats Pumpkin & Olive on the mast day. We had a lovely campfire and brought our portable pizza oven so enjoyed delicious pizza with some whiskey old fashioneds by the fire. We visited a really cool brewery called The Three Legs snd even got to hold a prize winning marrow. What a great time altogether. Would definitely stay again and recommend to others. Thanks for everything Phil.
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Sarah W.recommends
September 12, 2021
Dogwood Yurt
We stayed in the Yurt at Dogwood Glamping in Sept 2021 and what a fantastic weekend we have had! It was a birthday surprise for my husband and our two children (8 & 2) and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay, even myself who is definitely not the biggest fan of camping. The site itself was easy to find and Phil sent out a great welcome pack filled with all the details we needed for getting there and checking in, in a contact free way. The yurt is fantastic! It's a great size, more than enough room for us all and there was already a travel cot in there for us to use. The fridge and kettle were a great addition along with the tea and coffee provided. Although we were blessed with fine weather, it was good to know the woodburner was there in case the nights turned cold. We enjoyed using the firepit outside both nights to toast marshmallows and even though we had forgotten our matches/lighter there was a shop only a 15min walk away where we could gain supplies. The site has great facilities which were a very short walk away, always clean and ready to be used. The yurt also had a small toilet tent located next to it which was handy. There was also a small basket of goodies that you could purchase for your stay such as vegan marshmallows and local produce which was such a lovely touch too. We loved the decking area outside the yurt which was perfect for an outdoor breakfast in the sunshine, which was made even more exciting when the chickens, ducks etc came to visit. The children loved walking around and spotting the animals on our walks to the facilities. The area is lovely, with lots of beautiful places to visit in the Sussex countryside. Whilst staying in the yurt we visited Bodium castle, Rye and Camber Sands beach, all short drives away. Thank you Dogwood Glamping for a lovely weekend, you have helped to convert a (reluctant) camper to try some more glamping in the future.
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Kay W.doesn't recommend
September 5, 2021
Dogwood Cabin
The bed was very uncomfortable, thin foot on can feel wooden slats underneath. Hammock was black moody. was not very clean Accomadation needed good hoover. . Black mold on drinking water bottles lid inside. Composting loo absolutely stank. Could small it cooking our food on fire. The owner lingered about the cabin, his property overlooks it. Even tho unable to check in before 4 pm you have to leave by 10am and the owner comes round to check ur packing to leave . Children come in to your private area playing. Animal dropping on floor from goats and chickens were you eat and cook food, they in or anything you leave outside of cabin. Dog barking woke us up at 7 am. Exspensive for what you get .
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Tara O.recommends
August 17, 2021
Dogwood Cabin
We stayed in the cabin and loved our time there - the campsite is cosy, friendly and welcoming. Thank you!
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James R.
July 30, 2021
I've stayed at hundreds of campsites but none are quite like Dogwood... It's small and quiet, attracts interesting people and has a small resident population of free-to-roam chickens and ducks that kept us amused throughout. Great facilities, mellow vibe and 15 mins to Winchelsea Beach. Will be back.
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Tasnim Y.recommends
July 26, 2021
Dogwood Yurt
Booked this so the kids could enjoy days on the beach and it didn’t disappoint as it’s such a short drive. We stayed in the yurt, which had everything needed for a fun adventure for my boys. The facilities are excellent and the host is really friendly and accommodating. We had a really comfortable night and we thoroughly enjoyed our family stay, with the boys really appreciating being in the outdoors with the chickens, goats, rabbits and ducks roaming freely. We can’t wait to go back!
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Joanna M.recommends
July 20, 2021
Bell Tent in the Wood
Absolutely loved the animals roaming free, particularly the Shetland pony. Just added another magical dimension to the experience! The tent was spacious and comfortable, and the site is pleasantly secluded in its own corner of the site. could not reccomend enough! Thank you Phil! ( Also really enjoyed the red lion pub down the road, authentic and very friendly! )
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Bernadette ?.
July 19, 2021
Just come home from a wonderful weekend at Dogwood Glamping. We stayed in the yurt which was gloriously authentic and cosy. It had a private garden area with benches and even our own picnic table, it was a lovely setting in which to gaze at the night time sky by the light of a campfire. The facilities were pristine and our beds were very clean and comfortable. I adored making friends with Pumpkin and Olive, the friendly goats who roam freely around the campsite along with the chickens. Phil was a lovely, welcoming host who was happy to help with any enquiries. I can't wait to go back!
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Sarah G.recommends
July 18, 2021
Dogwood Yurt
Dogwood was absolutely wonderful. We stayed in the Yurt. It was unique, quiet and beautifully and thoughtfully decked out. All the joy of camping but with beds that were really clean and comfortable. Set in what was like a small forest, it had goats, chickens and grouse roaming during the day and by night starry skies and the crackle of camp fires. The showers and toilets block were immaculate. If you want time away from the fast hubbub of everyday life, this was perfect. Phil was always at hand to help if you needed it and advice on where to go if you wanted it. Would definitely go again.
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Gemma R.
July 12, 2021
Dogwood Yurt
The location is great with the pub and a bakery within walking distance. We did the observatory and castle Saturday then went to Hastings on the Sunday of our stay. The bed sheets were stained, and the blankets / rugs were grubby. The water bottle left out for us, which we drunk from, had green algae in the bottom so doubt it’s been cleaned recently. The communal toilets /showers were clean though. It was a nice stay, the wood burner and fire were great fun plus all the chickens/goat/pony.
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Jasmin F.recommends
June 17, 2021
Dogwood Cabin
The cabin was just the right size and slightly secluded from the rest of the campsite behind the pond. We loved the animals that visited us every now and again and that were roaming around the campsite. I'm an early bird so while my partner was still snoozing I enjoyed the sounds of the birds in the provided hammock with view of the pond. A fire bowl and bbq grill were provided, too but we haven't used it in the end. Toilets and showers were cleaner than in any of the hotels I've stayed in as well as the cabin itself. Everything is very nicely kept without impacting on nature. What I didn't realise when I booked it which I think is worth mentioning (and also thanking Katy and Phil for being so thoughtful) is that the whole place is very sustainable! They have a good recycling system, eco friendly products, eggs from their hens, all the signage etc is reused and repurposed wood and some of the building materials are reused aswell. I appreciated this very much and wanted to let them know that people do care and notice ;)
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Rachel B.recommends
June 14, 2021
Dogwood Caravan
We stayed in the caravan and had the best weekend. Phil and his family are so welcoming and friendly. Great communication and information pack prior to arrival. So clean. Beautiful sites for all the different camping and glamping options. Spaced out enough for privacy. My son loved looking at the animals and just generally toddling around the site. Loo block spacious and clean. Short walk to the most perfect pub. I really can’t recommend this place enough and will certainly be back. Thank you! Oh and bed in the caravan really warm and comfy.
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Zara ?.recommends
June 7, 2021
Dogwood Cabin
We just returned from staying in the cabin for a night and it was an amazing experience! Phil is a brilliant host, the showers were hot and the toilets were clean...despite the many animals on-site we were not woken up too early! Had a restful, gorgeous time escaping the city and would thoroughly recommend to anyone!! I can't wait to return!
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Donna G.recommends
May 20, 2021
Dogwood Yurt
I organised a night in the yurt for a much needed night off baby duties for my son and daughter-in-law. Amazing location, yurt warm and comfortable, goats and chickens ambling around, friendly hosts and beautiful campsite and local area. Wished I'd booked it for myself!
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Maz T.recommends
October 17, 2020
Dogwood Cabin
We stayed Dogwood Glamping's Log Cabin this October (2020) and absolutely loved the ambience, tranquility and service of the campsite. A truely lovely escape, the site is walkable distance to quaint old pubs and from there you can drive to countless historical sights, namely Rye, Battle and Hastings. Coming from London it was the perfect city escape, and cannot reccomend enough! Thanks Dogwood for a lovely holiday.
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Ella L.recommends
October 6, 2020
Dogwood Yurt
We absolutely loved our stay in the yurt: beautiful, spacious and wonderfully warm in spite of torrential rain! I woke on our last night to see the moon above me - would be totally magical on clearer nights than we had! Our girls were delighted with the tiny goats and the chickens who came visiting. Facilities are simple but freshly done and good - regularly cleaned and good COVID measures. It poured all weekend and we still absolutely loved it!
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Ana ?.
September 28, 2020
We spent 2 nights in the cabine with our 2 year old. The owners were very friendly and we felt very welcomed. The toilets and showers were always clean to a great standard and the cabine was super comfortable and beautiful. Highly recommend and will definitely come back!
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Anjelica S.recommends
September 24, 2020
Bell Tent in the Wood
We had a lovely 2 nights staying at Dogwood in the Bell Tent. The tent is located in a beautiful little clearing just off of the main camp site, so it feels really secluded and peaceful, but still close enough to all the amenities/showers/water you need on site. Everything in the tent/campsite facilities was really clean and orderly -- and cleaning of all the toilets/showers seemed to be happening very regularly which was great to see in these times! We had everything we needed for a beautiful peaceful trip -- a great firebowl, fresh eggs in the morning and comfortable little camp beds inside the tent. We can't reccomend Dogwood enough !
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Samantha W.recommends
September 14, 2020
Bell Tent in the Wood
Dogwood glamping was awesome, my friend and I had two nights in a bell tent and we had the best time ever. Very peaceful. We will definitely be returning. 👍👍👍 To this glamping.
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Natalie C.recommends
September 4, 2020
Dogwood Yurt
we stayed at dogwood in the yurt for 2 nights - what a great, peaceful place to be to totally relax and chill!! we had a fab couple of days. the toilets/showers were so clean, and having the chickens, ducks and goats wondering freely and visiting us at the yurt was lovely to see! we totally chilled out! we will definitely be back!! thanks for a great experience
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Craig D.recommends
September 2, 2020
Bell Tent in the Wood
Had a great four night stay in the bell tent, even in windy weather. The most important thing for us was somewhere private and suitable during these Covid-19 times. The washing, shower and toilet facilities were clean and washed regularly. We had a lovely peaceful stay, and loved exploring the nearby woods, Rye and Hastings. We’ve already discussed planning our stay next year.
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Josh C.doesn't recommend
September 1, 2020
Bell Tent in the Wood
Arrived here to celebrate my wife’s 30th birthday with a stay in the woodland bell tent. Upon arriving the general area of the tent was untidy and unloved, this theme was continued when entering the tent itself. We were asked to bring our own bedding but didn’t realise we should of brought our own bed also. The “beds” provided were sun lounger sponge mattresses, - and this is not an over exaggeration - covered in bedsheets, not raised, with no comfort whatsoever. To put it bluntly we may as well have slept on the ground, there was no difference. The mugs had tea dried in the bottom of them from the previous occupants. Certainly not great in the times in which we currently live. Mitigating factors being that the weather wasn’t great, and the owner was very nice, but having spent £80 I felt extremely underwhelmed. We genuinely considered driving home if it wasn’t for the long journey coupled with the late 4pm check-in. I feel this is a very fair review that will hopefully help other customers from making a mistake or give the owners the motivation to make things better.
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Si H.recommends
August 28, 2020
Dogwood Yurt
Our overall stay with Dogwood Glamping was absolutely brilliant. We booked the Yurt very last minute (literally the day before) as we'd been let down on another site we were meant to be going to and we didn't want to let our children down. Phil and Katy were brilliant with communication from the offset which was a great relief so we instantly knew we were in good hands. The Yurt is exactly as the pictures look on their site- a really amazing place. Very cozy, amazing interior and very clean. The wood stove was great! The twin handmade beds were amazing- very comfy with fresh, crisp linen. The Yurt has it's own personal little courtyard with decking, a firepit, pic nick bench seating (with sun umbrella) and two bench seats for the firepit. The kids (8 and 10) loved the whole adventure. The whole site is very family friendly with chickens and goats running around (which the kids loved) and lovely and peaceful at night. The shower and toilet facilities were just spotless and very modern and literally 20 seconds walk from our site. Dogwood clean the block constantly and there is hand sanitizer freely available. We really, really enjoyed our stay and will be making this a regular stay. Would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting a charming and friendly place to camp or glamp!
From the host
Glamping and yurting in the heart of the East Sussex countryside... Open all year round! Dogwood Glamping is situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, deep in the heart of the East Sussex countryside. It affords glampers and caravaneers, from all over the world, a rare chance to relax in lovely surroundings and a base from which to explore the area's fine beaches, ancient woodlands and rich, historic diversity. We have two cosy, warm abodes for your stay in East Sussex – choose from our stunning Turkmen Yurt or our Pine Cabin. Close to Rye, Battle and Hastings, we're open all year round!
Nearby attractions

Amid the High Weald AONB (01580 879500), there are plenty of good walks in the local area while a stroll in Brede High Woods is a particular highlight, the stunning ancient trees are over 400 years old and home to an array of birdlife. Head south to the numerous beaches that are within driving distance, Camber Sands being perhaps the most well known, or stop at one of the coastal towns. Hastings is an excellent place, not only for its historic old town and famous connections with the invasion of 1066, but also for the spattering of fantastic seafood that can be found. Further inland, Battle, is where William the Conqueror defeated Kind Harold II and the spectacular Abbey (01424 775705) he built to commemorate the event also has a visitor centre with a wealth of information. History lovers should also visit Rye, a wonderfully unspoilt ancient port town. The 14th century Bodiam Castle (01580 830196) is a few miles north of the campsite, while Scotney Castle (01892 893820) and Bateman's (01435 882302), Rudyard Kipling's former home, are further but still less than half an hour's drive. Those hoping for something walkable need look no further than wine tasting in the Carr Taylor Vineyard (01424 751716) or The Giants of Brede (01323 897310), a steam museum with free entry.

Food and drink

There is a small onsite shop selling home-grown organic seasonal veg, free-range eggs and other essentials. The Red Lion (01424 882188) pub is just 10 minute stroll across the fields and serves great local seasonal British cuisine, while The Rainbow Trout (01424 882031) is a 15 minute walk towards Broad Oak and provides a great selection of meals as well as a sizeable beer garden. Both are dog friendly. Brede Farmer's Market (01424 813928) runs every Friday 10am-12 noon in the village hall. It offers a fantastic selection of local produce and a warm welcome is guaranteeed... as are a few delectable tasters as you wander round! There's also a convenience store within walking distance and a large Sainsbury's 10 minutes drive away. For those fans of the grape, the family-run Carr Taylor Vineyard (01424 752501) offers tasting tours from £10.

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