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Dogwood Glamping
47 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
26 Ratings · 47 reviews
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! ☺️
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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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