Dogwood Cottage Camping

UK England South East England East Sussex Rye

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Secluded camping and caravanning situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, deep in the heart of the East Sussex countryside

Flick through the Dogwood Cottage visitors book and you’ll struggle to find words that haven’t been penned before: “so secluded”, “so quiet”, “so friendly”, “so close to the pub!” The bulging book reflects the charm of this small site that has grown its custom largely through word of mouth, every visitor leaving with high praise and a vow to return the next year. Pitch up for a night or two and, nestling into one of the 15 prized pitches available, you’ll quickly realise what makes this place so special.

On the edge of Brede, a rural East Sussex village, this campsite is set in one of the countless grassy meadows that sweep across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding trees and hedgerows provide shelter, as well as somewhere for kids to build a den, while a woodland pond also attracts plentiful wildlife. Sanitary facilities are fairly basic, with two toilets, a hot shower and a washing up sink, but they are faultlessly well-kept and, with just a handful of campers, these rustic necessities are all you’ll need.

While the spacious pitches and secluded surroundings make for a winning campsite, the Dogwood Cottage experience really comes down to the friendly welcome you receive from Phil and Katy. These laid-back owners are helpful, yet unobtrusive, and passionate about their local area. Stacks of handy information can be found in the onsite shop where you can pick up camping essentials, groceries and logs. Their friendliness also seems to exude into the village beyond, where two walkable pubs boast excellent food and the warmest of atmospheres.

Despite its quiet countryside location, Dogwood Cottage Campsite is a short distance from a wealth of attractions, with the historic towns of Hastings and Battle just a short drive away. The nearest beach is just 15 minutes by car, while expansive Camber Sands with its famously dynamic dune system is five minutes further. The ancient town of Rye is just as close. Its half-timbered, skewed-roofed buildings clustered along cobbled streets are as quintessentially English as they come and refreshingly uncommercial.

In the evenings, return to the campsite for some late night stargazing. With the village free of streetlights, the unpolluted sky is crystal clear. So, when the clouds are at bay, toast marshmallows round the campfire and keep an eye trained for shooting stars.



There are 2 toilets, a shower, an outside washing up sink and chemical disposal point. At the entrance there is an information room and onsite shop selling camping essentials, food and logs. Fire bowls are also available to hire.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campervans, motorhomes and dogs. No groups.


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 & Drink

There is a small onsite shop selling food, seasonal veg, free-range eggs and camping essentials. The Red Lion (01424 882188) pub is just a short stroll across the fields serving 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 guaranteed... 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.


All year.


From £10 – £24 a night. See website for further details.

The Owner Says

Welcome to Dogwood Cottage Campsite - a small, family-run site in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set in the pretty East Sussex village of Brede, we offer campers the chance to relax in quiet, friendly surroundings and a base from which to explore the area's fine beaches, ancient woodlands and rich, historic diversity. Dogwood is blessed with two fine country pubs  within walking distance as well as a sensational micro-brewery. Dog and animal-friendly, we are an ideal site for hikers, cyclists, families with young children or couples. However, please note that since the site is of limited size we are more suited to smaller tents and vans rather than larger units. We do not accept groups and are best suited to single families, single couples and single singles. Close to Rye, Battle, Camber Sands and Hastings, we're open all year round.


Contact Dogwood Cottage Camping, The Dogwood Cottage Caravan and Campsite, Cackle Street, Brede, Rye TN31 6DY

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Getting There

From London take the M25. Exit at A21 towards Hastings, turn left onto A268 at Flimwell, follow onto A28. Located on A28 between Westfield and Broad Oak. Look for white sign at entrance to drive. Go to end and through gate to site (approx 150 yards).

By rail the closest stations are Rye, Battle or Hastings, with buses running from Rye and Hastings stopping just outside the campsite.


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