Holiday cottage, Petworth, West Sussex
Spacious, but quirky, cottage
"If you want an interesting, pretty country cottage, then the quirky, multi level Barrington Cottage is probably for you. We were a party of four adults, wanting 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, space to park two cars, wifi and a pub within easy walking distance and we were not disappointed (especially with the pub). The cottage is surprisingly large, especially the 'upstairs' lounge which opens on to the patio and garden. There was a heat wave during our stay, so we even breakfasted on the patio and sought the shady garden seat in the late afternoon. Downsides? There are no wardrobes in the single and twin bedrooms, so clothes have to be hung on the back of the door. There are plenty of hangers, but this could be irritating if you are staying for more than a few days. Also, only one of the bath rooms has a shower. There is a useful washing machine, but no dishwasher, although there is plenty of crockery and kitchen equipment. We enjoyed our stay in the lovely Sussex countryside."
"The cottage was perfect for our grown-up family, plenty of space and quiet location, ideal for walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Good places to eat, just down the road or an enjoyable 15 to 20 minute walk along footpaths into Petworth."
Easter break for the JK orienteering event
"We stayed at Barrington cottage over the Easter break as we were taking part in an orienteering event in the area. The cottage was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The gardens are lovely and clearly very well looked after.. "
Looking for a great family friendly cottage? Then Barrington Cottage is the one for you. It has excellent amounts of living space, and bedrooms for five or six people, as well as a large garden for all ages to relax in. The cottage is split level as the ground slopes up behind it. As you come in you will find the kitchen and dining room at the front of the cottage. The kitchen is large and well equipped, and contains a breakfast table. The dining room next door has a slightly larger table, perfect for the family to gather around and enjoy a meal.
From the dining room a short flight of stairs leads up half a level to the large living room space and the first of the bedrooms. Also on this level are two bathrooms, one of which is reached from a different branch of the stairs from the dining room. The sitting room has wide windows giving a view of the garden, and French windows lead onto a patio with table and chairs for outside dining and relaxation. This room is very light and has a high ceiling increasing the feeling of space and helping this part of the house to be very relaxing and airy. For the cooler evenings there is an open fire place to encourage evenings at home listening to the crackle of logs as you sit with a book, or listen to music on the audio system, or watch the TV. However you choose to relax, this is the perfect room to do it in. The bedroom on this level has a single bed, with a second trundle bed that can be pulled out for an extra person should sleeping accommodation for six be required. Each of the bathrooms contains a bath, WC and basin, and one of the bathrooms has a shower fitted over the bath.
Another half height flight of stairs leads to the first floor at the front of the cottage, where there are two bedrooms. One has a king sized double bed, and the other has two single beds, and both have views over the rooftops and chimneys of some of the nearby cottages to the South Downs stretching into the distance beyond.
Outside as well as the large rear garden there is parking adjacent to the cottage for up to two cars in tandem. More cars can be parked in the lane in front of the cottage near the Black Horse pub, which is just at the end of the drive shared by Barrington Cottage and its immediate neighbours.
This historic market town is best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House and deer park which was landscaped by Capability Brown. Petworth is only one mile from Byworth and is an enjoyable walk over country footpaths. Petworth Huse and its grounds are now owned and maintained by the National Trust. The magnificent country house contains an internationally renowned art collection with numerous works by Turner. Petworth itself was immortalised in his paintings.
The town is full of quaint houses and cottages, many within their own courtyard settings. They are interspersed with antique shops and tearooms so it makes the ideal place for a stroll following your enjoyment of Petworth House and Park.
Attractive villages surround Petworth such as Fittleworth to the east and Lodsworth and Lurgashall to the west. Journey further and you reach the market town of Midhurst nestling next to Cowdray Park. The Cowdray Estate is most famous for its polo club particularly in June and July when the polo set meet for the Gold Cup. The Cowdray ruins are also of note since they were important early Tudor courtiers' palaces built from 1520 and form an impressive backdrop to Midhurst.
The drive south from either Petworth or Midhurst over the South Downs to Chichester is equally picturesque. Taking either road will lead you close to Goodwood about eight miles away, famous for its horseracing and more recently for the motorsport events that Lord March is so passionate about. The South Downs all around Goodwood offer plenty of good walking opportunities and provide you with classic Downland scenery and fine views towards Chichester Cathedral and the Isle of Wight beyond.
The cathedral city of Chichester is one of the great well-preserved Georgian cities in the UK. Chichester has played a key role in the affairs of Sussex since at least Roman times. The city's broad streets are packed with listed buildings headed by the towering presence of the cathedral, now home to a family of peregrine falcons who swoop over the city at dusk.
The city centre is neatly enclosed within the ancient city walls and this helps to make Chichester compact and pleasant to explore on foot. There are plenty of good shops and restaurants and if you enjoy the theatre the Chichester Festival Theatre is worth considering as the quality of productions is always exceedingly high.
This is just a flavour — consider as well Arundel Castle home to the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk which is a 20 minute drive away, while the south coast and its beaches are within 30 minutes.
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