Holiday cottage, Wepham, Arundel, West Sussex
Candle Cottage enjoys an elevated setting in a small hamlet with great views across the Arun valley towards Arundel and the historic castle. There are country walks available from the doorstep where you can experience the beauty of the South Downs countryside or walk down to the River Arun valley to the wildlife and wetlands park.
On the ground floor, there is a wonderful open plan living area complete with a wood burning stove set in the middle of the two comfortable sofas. The sleekly designed kitchen is perfectly proportioned and fully equipped with all modern conveniences with a dining area next to it. There are full length bi-fold doors leading onto a sunny terrace with ample seating for alfresco dining or a place just to enjoy the views with a morning coffee. There is also a ground floor cloakroom available.
On ascending to the first floor you will take in the lovely view from the stairwell picture window and at the top you find the family bathroom which is equipped with a full bath and overhead rainshower. The principal bedroom is set as a superking double and has stunning views of Arundel Castle in the distance from the window, the second bedroom is set as a twin. Both bedrooms have zip and link beds (6ft 6" in length) and therefore have the option of being superking doubles or two large singles. The bedrooms are spacious, decorated to a high standard and well equipped with plentiful storage for your stay.
There is allocated parking for two cars directly outside the cottage entrance.
Wepham and Burpham are reached by road from the south, go any further north and you are on the Downs themselves! This area is ideal for walking, immediately behind Candle Cottage there are paths to climb the lower slopes of the Downs offering wonderful views to the coast and to the east and west.
Burpham is an attractive village with many period properties in the village and it is a delightful place to wander through. Many visitors arrive on foot from walking on the Downs and take the opportunity of refreshment at the George Inn a delightful gastro pub in the heart of Burpham. Opposite the pub is the Norman Church of St Mary's and walk through the church grounds and the views quickly open out on to the Arun Valley and the South Downs.
Arundel sits between the South Downs National Park and the Sussex coastline. It is a historic market town dominated by the symbolic castle and the rising spire of the cathedral. It offers a plethora of craft and antique shops as well as restaurants and tea rooms. It's a great place to wander and just enjoy the streets lined with Georgian and Victorian buildings. Arundel Castle is the seat of the Duke of Norfolk and is set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens. The castle has been seasonally open to visitors for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England and is home to priceless works of art in stunning rooms. The 11th Century Keep has amazing views over Arundel, the South Downs and towards the Sussex coast. There are 131 steps to climb in order to get to the top, and it's well worth the effort.
The River Arun winds its way around the town and is a magnet for wildlife. With more than 60 acres of ponds, lakes and reed beds, Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust attracts some of the worlds most spectacular ducks, geese and swans. The best way to enjoy the river is on a river cruise stopping off at the Black Rabbit pub before proceeding further north towards Amberley.
Further afield Wepham and Burpham are well placed for the coast. Climping Beach and Littlehampton's West Beach are only a short drive away. This is a beautiful unspoilt length of beach of Special Scientific Interest and at the eastern end beside the mouth of the River Arun is the West Beach Cafe built by local craftsmen using materials sourced locally. It is worth a visit, the fish and chips come highly recommended!
Goodwood and Fontwell racecourses are nearby holding many prestigious meetings throughout the year. Of course, Goodwood is also renowned for their wonderful motor sports meetings, the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, which boast an intoxicating mix of cars, stars and motorsport royalty. You can also take advantage of the proximity of the cathedral city of Chichester with its excellent Festival Theatre which is noted, not only the quality of productions, but also the fact many world premieres are featured here as well.Places to Visit
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