This is a business in its infancy, the family having taken over in April 2012. Vanessa grew up in the area and they have returned to the area after 10 years in Bath, operating a cafe & starting a family. Keen to run a business more conducive to family life, they stumbled across Riverside Cottage & knew it was for them.
You can take a ferry ride to Bodiam Castle - there are three return cruises along the River Rother a day - or hire a rowing boat and amble up the River Rother at your own leisure. Approaching the spectacular moated medieval castle by boat is a perfect way to start your exploration of this well-known National Trust property.
Alex is Captain of the ferry and is learning and sharing knowledge about all sorts aboard the Dannie Lee! There is an abundance of wildlife along the 4.5m stretch of river between the boating station and Bodiam Castle and Alex is getting good at spotting the various birds nesting in the area. There are owl-nesting boxes along the way and a family of resident kingfishers, not to mention John the Swan and many more.
Alex is particularly interested in history and is enjoying finding out as much as he can about the Castle and Newenden - Did you know that Newenden is the birthplace of cricket?!
Bodiam Boating has recently signed up to Our Land, a website that promotes businesses based in protected landscapes who have pledged to care for their local landscape and promote what is special about it.
Enquire about a boat trip or hire a rowing boat