|Sunset on the River Rother|
I met Vanessa and Alex at the Bodiam Boating Station in Newenden last week. They moved from Bath, where they used to have a tapas restaurant. Alex then took a 'normal' job, but really missed being his own boss. Vanessa hails from Kent and in January 2012 they came back to Bethersden for a wedding and decided later that evening that they would move back if they could find the right business. They had been looking at businesses in Devon and South Wales, but the reality of the winters there made them think they would be better off in the south east; so they concentrated their search for a business in Kent and found the Bodiam Boating Station.
|Cruise onboard the Dannie Lee|
They moved in just two months later in March and have been building the business up over the last year. When I went down last week, they were living in a caravan while their house is being rebuilt. The original cottage was tiny and took just a few hours to knock down; Vanessa and Alex are delighted with their builders' progress and a gorgeous timber framed house to suit their family needs will soon be in its place.
|Hire a kayak|
Along with the boating station they have taken on a campsite and tea room. They have plans to build a new café, open a small farm shop and educational facilities. This year also sees a new range of merchandise with the Bodiam Boating Station logo. The boats, campsite and tea room are all open and ready for business.
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