Kate's Guidebook

Kate
Kate's Guidebook

Sightseeing

Only one mile from the house. Beautiful walks down through the fields to get to the Castle which is owned by the National Trust. Very good shop and cafe. From the car park there are great walks along the River Rother towards Northiam.
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Bodiam Castle
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Only one mile from the house. Beautiful walks down through the fields to get to the Castle which is owned by the National Trust. Very good shop and cafe. From the car park there are great walks along the River Rother towards Northiam.
Travel on a steam railway between Bodiam and Tenterden.
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Kent & East Sussex Railway
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Travel on a steam railway between Bodiam and Tenterden.
National Heritage site of the Battle of Hastings. Good visitor centre.
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Battle Abbey
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National Heritage site of the Battle of Hastings. Good visitor centre.

Food scene

The Hub in Bodiam is a great community asset. Cafe and shop. Lots of themed evenings - pizza or Mexican food for example. There is an activity centre attached to the Hub where it is possible to hire kayaks or bicycles.
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The Hub @ Quarry Farm
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The Hub in Bodiam is a great community asset. Cafe and shop. Lots of themed evenings - pizza or Mexican food for example. There is an activity centre attached to the Hub where it is possible to hire kayaks or bicycles.
Our local pub. Only a half a mile walk into the centre of Ewhurst Green. Super pub garden looking down over Bodiam Castle. Excellent fish and chips.
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The White Dog Inn
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Our local pub. Only a half a mile walk into the centre of Ewhurst Green. Super pub garden looking down over Bodiam Castle. Excellent fish and chips.
Fantastic burgers on the seafront in St Leonards. Vegan options.
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Half Man! Half Burger!
7 Marine Ct
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Fantastic burgers on the seafront in St Leonards. Vegan options.
Our favourite pub in Hastings. Fantastic seasonal and organic food. No reservation system.
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The Crown
64-66 All Saints' St
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Our favourite pub in Hastings. Fantastic seasonal and organic food. No reservation system.
Lovely independent cafe near the pier in Hastings.
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Cake Room
30 Robertson St
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Lovely independent cafe near the pier in Hastings.
Best fish and chips in Hastings. Great setting in a fishing hut in the old town.
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Maggie's Fish & Chips
8-9 Rock-A-Nore Rd
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Best fish and chips in Hastings. Great setting in a fishing hut in the old town.
Fantastic pizza restaurant in Battle. Eat in or take away.
Rustico Italian
42B High St
Fantastic pizza restaurant in Battle. Eat in or take away.
Sister restaurant of Rustico’s in Battle. Next to the Cake Room cafe. Very close to the pier.
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Rustico Italiano
60 Robertson St
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Sister restaurant of Rustico’s in Battle. Next to the Cake Room cafe. Very close to the pier.
Located just through the Landgate in Rye. The Daily Telegraph named KNOOPS the best hot chocolate cafe in the UK.
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Knoops Chocolate Bar
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Located just through the Landgate in Rye. The Daily Telegraph named KNOOPS the best hot chocolate cafe in the UK.
Excellent burger restaurant in a quaint building in Rye. Famed for its milkshakes.
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Hoof
35 The Mint
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Excellent burger restaurant in a quaint building in Rye. Famed for its milkshakes.
Pretty pub near Robertsbridge.
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The Salehurst Halt
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Pretty pub near Robertsbridge.
Our favourite Indian restaurant. On the A21 in Hawkhurst. Eat in or take away.
Claypot Indian Cuisine
40 London Rd
Our favourite Indian restaurant. On the A21 in Hawkhurst. Eat in or take away.
High end dining in a former coaching inn on the edge of Bodiam.
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The Curlew Restaurant
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High end dining in a former coaching inn on the edge of Bodiam.
Our favourite local vineyard in Beckley near Rye. Largest organic vineyard in the UK. Book a tour and tasting. A nice bike ride away.
Oxney Organic Estate
Our favourite local vineyard in Beckley near Rye. Largest organic vineyard in the UK. Book a tour and tasting. A nice bike ride away.
Lovely restaurant near the beach in Camber.
The Gallivant
Lovely restaurant near the beach in Camber.

Sporting Activity

Kayak hire.
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Bodiam Boating Station
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Kayak hire.
Very good food. Boats and kayaks for hire.
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Lime Wharf Cafe
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Very good food. Boats and kayaks for hire.
Large reservoir. Great place to go for a walk, cycle or hire a boat.
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Bewl Water Outdoor Centre
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Large reservoir. Great place to go for a walk, cycle or hire a boat.
Mountain bike hire. Excellent mountain biking tracks. Forest walks.
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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
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Mountain bike hire. Excellent mountain biking tracks. Forest walks.
Beautiful expanse of sandy beach and sand dunes.
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Camber Sands
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Beautiful expanse of sandy beach and sand dunes.
Hire a kayak, canoe or paddle on the river next to the Hub in Bodiam.
Epic Life Bodiam
Hire a kayak, canoe or paddle on the river next to the Hub in Bodiam.

Gardens to visit

Rudyard Kipling’s home in Burwash. Beautiful gardens and house to visit. National Trust. Pleasant cafe on site.
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Bateman's
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Rudyard Kipling’s home in Burwash. Beautiful gardens and house to visit. National Trust. Pleasant cafe on site.
Voted one of the top ten most beautiful gardens in England. Nice shop and cafe. It is close by in the next village.
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Great Dixter House & Gardens
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Voted one of the top ten most beautiful gardens in England. Nice shop and cafe. It is close by in the next village.
National Trust garden created by Vita Sackville-West. Combine with a visit to the picturesque Cranbrook.
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Sissinghurst Castle Garden
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National Trust garden created by Vita Sackville-West. Combine with a visit to the picturesque Cranbrook.

Our favourite towns to visit

Beautiful cobbled streets and attractive architecture. Full of independent shops. Combine with a visit to Camber Sands.
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Rye
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Beautiful cobbled streets and attractive architecture. Full of independent shops. Combine with a visit to Camber Sands.
Completely unspoilt medieval town a few miles from Rye.
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Winchelsea
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Completely unspoilt medieval town a few miles from Rye.
Picturesque market town characterised by clapboard houses. Full of independent shops.
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Cranbrook
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Picturesque market town characterised by clapboard houses. Full of independent shops.
Lots to see and do. The Old Town by the fishing huts is very picturesque and has a lively arts and music scene. Independent and antique shops as well as great places to eat. Our favourites on the high street in the Old Town are Penbuckles deli and Judges bakery.
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Hastings
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Lots to see and do. The Old Town by the fishing huts is very picturesque and has a lively arts and music scene. Independent and antique shops as well as great places to eat. Our favourites on the high street in the Old Town are Penbuckles deli and Judges bakery.
Picturesque market town. Super shopping hub with all the main supermarkets as well as lots of independent shops.
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Tenterden
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Picturesque market town. Super shopping hub with all the main supermarkets as well as lots of independent shops.

Farm shops

Hartley Dyke farm shop is located on the outskirts of Cranbrook. Wonderful fresh produce and delicatessen. Fishmonger and butcher selling home reared meat.
hartley dyke business centre
Hartley Dyke farm shop is located on the outskirts of Cranbrook. Wonderful fresh produce and delicatessen. Fishmonger and butcher selling home reared meat.
Stylish farm shop and cafe on the A21 in Hawkhurst.
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Eggs to Apples Farm Shop
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Stylish farm shop and cafe on the A21 in Hawkhurst.
Wonderful deli specialising in home smoked fish and meats. Super cafe. Off the A21 in Flimwell.
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The Weald Smokery
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Wonderful deli specialising in home smoked fish and meats. Super cafe. Off the A21 in Flimwell.

Buildings to visit

The pier re-opened in 2016 following a fire. The newly designed pier won the 2017 Stirling Prize for architecture.
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Hastings Pier
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The pier re-opened in 2016 following a fire. The newly designed pier won the 2017 Stirling Prize for architecture.
Art Deco exhibition and music venue in Bexhill-On-Sea on the seafront. Great cafe overlooking the sea.
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De La Warr Pavilion
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Art Deco exhibition and music venue in Bexhill-On-Sea on the seafront. Great cafe overlooking the sea.