Hare & Hounds Campsite

UK England South East England East Sussex Rye

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
A small, peaceful campsite with a relaxed atmosphere and an unbeatable location for visiting Rye and East Sussex
A small town atop a sandstone promontory that was once a strategic port, Rye has retained its charming cobbled streets and higgledy-piggledy houses to now look like a piece of old England pickled in a jar. Just two miles to its north, The Hare & Hounds has a strangely similar vibe. The red tiled roof and old, strutted windows look across Rye Road to a stretch of orchards, while a tiny thatched cottage is almost hidden behind its own greening garden hedge. A blackboard sign beyond the cottage door reads simply, ‘please drive in for free range eggs’, though you half expect a lady on horseback to gallop down the drive with a basket of them swinging under her arm.

It’s the view from the back windows that we’re interested in though. Behind the old pub – sadly they recently called last orders and it’s now been converted into a tasteful B&B – two simple grassy fields offer camping for tenting folk looking for a laid-back place to pitch. If you still fancy a pint, though, it’s an easy walk down the road to The Oak or you can head back to the bustling lanes of Rye, close enough to reach by bike.

The campsite itself has a wonderfully honest feel. There’s no one marching round with a rule book or designating pitches and the place exudes and incredibly informal atmosphere, yet everything operates with an air of mutual politeness – kids playing ball games in the ample space without getting on anyone’s nerves. The washing, toilet and shower facilities are all brand new, bringing and oddly modern contrast to this obviously historic area, and a policy of limiting the pitches to just 30 in the two and half acre field means you’ll never get your guy ropes tangled with the neighbour.

Beyond the picture perfect townscapes you can escape the summer crowds by heading into the surrounding countryside – within the High Weald AONB, there’s plenty of top walking to be had, with particularly good local routes following along the banks of the River Rother. Or head down to the beaches of the south coast to dabble in the sea and build sand castle replicas of Bodiam Castle, a perfectly formed, moated keep just 10 miles from the campsite.



4 hot showers, 4 toilets, washing up facilities and a large car park.  We also have a fridge, freezer, microwave and phone charging points.  Fire baskets and fire wood are available for hire and there's loads of room to play in the field (ball games e.t.c. allowed). Campfires must be in off the ground braziers and BBQs must be raised too. We also have 8 electric hook ups.  During busy periods we also have a site shop.

Suitable For

Tents, Campervans, small Motorhomes, couples, families and well-behaved dogs – yes. Caravans, big groups, young groups – no.


Amid the High Weald AONB (01580 879500), there are plenty of good walks to be found but the campsite is perhaps best placed for enjoying Rye and the famous 1066 area. Hastings is worth the journey, not only for its historic old town, but also for the spattering of fantastic seafood to enjoy. Further inland, Battle, is the place where William the Conqueror actually defeated Kind Harold II and the spectacular Abbey (01424 775705) he built in commemoration has a brilliant visitor centre. Head a few miles south of the campsite to the numerous beaches within driving distance, Camber Sands being the most well known and offering loads of watersports – kite-surfing becoming particularly popular. 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 just half an hour away.

Food & Drink

It's an easy 10 minute stroll to The horse and cart pub and The Bell is a short drive/cycle away in Iden. For more choice, of course, Rye is just 2 miles away and has plenty of top restaurants such as The Ship (01797 222233), The Kings Head and Ypres Castle Inn (01797 223248). Fish and chips are also pretty essential! The nearest supermarket is a few minutes drive and there's a local farm shop just down the road that has a fantastic selection of fresh local produce.


April – October.

The Owner Says

A small, peaceful campsite with a relaxed atmosphere and an unbeatable location for visiting Rye and East Sussex.

Social Distancing Measures

We want to make your stay with us safe and we have put the following measures in place

  • Limited the amount of guests
  • Ensured there is plenty of space between pitches
  • Hand sanitizers provided in key areas
  • Deep cleaning in toilets and use of anti bacterial cleaning products
  • Anti bacterial soap In all toilets
  • Contactless payment available
  • Glamping tents cleaned thoroughly between guests
  • Extra toilets added


Contact Hare & Hounds Campsite, Rye Road, Rye Foreign, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7ST

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Getting There

The Hare & Hounds is situated on the A268 between Peasmarsh and Rye. Post code is TN31 7ST. Note sat Nav will take you to Lea Farm which is opposite the site. From London direction: follow the A21 towards Hastings, at Flimwell turn left at the lights and follow the road through Hawkhurst and Sandhurst. Then take a right as you come into Northiam signposted for Rye. After going through Peasmarsh you will come to Rye Foreign. The campsite is on the left, shortly after The Oak Pub. From Hastings and Ashford follow the signs for Rye and when you get to Rye follow the signs for Peasmarsh travelling on the A268. As you come into Rye Foreign the campsite is about a mile on the Right. There is a bus stop (labelled Lea Farm) directly outside the site that runs around once an hour. Trains from Ashford and Hastings run regularly to Rye and you can get a bus or taxi from the station straight to the campsite. If you are a keen walker then there is a public right of way/footpath from Rye (around 45 minutes) to the site.


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