Holiday cottage, Steyning, West Sussex
A week's holiday in Steyning, West Sussex.
"A smart and comfortable one- bedroom 'cottage'. Good facilities and small side garden to sit in and enjoy. Considering its position in the small town, it was quiet in the garden. The parking is a problem now that the Council has put charges on all the car parks as it is not possible to stay in anyone of them all day. The owners provide a car park disc, which does help for a while but sooner or later you need to move your car or pay, as there is no room outside the cottage to park. Unloading is possible. We found a side road and used that as parking space eventually! Local scenery and walks are great. As is the i360 tower in Brighton and the Pavilion. All worth a visit!"
"On the approach we were very shocked by the location, in such close proximity to the rear of the bakery, dirty bins right outside the front door, lack of grassy areas to take my dog to relieve herself was a real bind, unable to park even for the short time it took me to pick up my elderly mother, very disappointing as the cottage inside is very comfortable and warm. "
Fantasy Cottage is very central to the high street in Steyning, and in that regard it makes it a perfect base for proximity to the local independent shops, coffee houses and restaurants. They are literally just metres away. It is restricted on outside space, and parking, but we do highlight this. For some guests the location and the lovely internal presentation will suit perfectly, however we accept that it will not work for everyone. We hope overall it was not too much of an issue for your Mother.
"This is a very nice little cottage right in the heart of Steyning. There are 4 pubs, various coffee shops and all the usual facilities of a small town. There are numerous walks directly from Steyning with no need to take the car. We did a very pleasant 7.5 mile circular walk incorporating the South Downs Way (leaflet in cottage) There also seems to be a decent bus service although we didn't use it Arrival is straightforward with the key being in a key safe at the front door. The parking permit was just inside. We soon dropped off our stuff and parked the car in the nearby carpark. If you want a nice little bolt-hole with everything to hand this is a good choice"
Three night stay in Fantasty Cottage
"We rented the cottage for three nights to be close to the South downs and Brighton. The cottage is in an amazing location with a cosy interiour. I would recommend this cottage for a short stay in Steyning to explore the surrounding areas - and super dog friendly :)"
Fantasy Cottage is certainly unusual. It is a fantastic conversion of a ground floor building right in the heart of this traditional market town that sits at the foot of the South Downs. The cottage is just behind the High Street meaning everything you want is ideally placed for you, so the tea rooms, local independent shops, restaurants and pubs are all within a five minute stroll. Steyning is very traditional and this cottage places you right in the heart of it.
There is a comfortable and contemporary living space for two with a handmade kitchen being a major feature of Fantasy Cottage. A traditional brick pillar cleverly divides the two areas and with windows front and back it is a bright and attractive space. The double bedroom with a 4' 6" double bed is offset from the main living area making it feel very private. The cottage also has a modern shower room. Outside there is a small seating area for guests to enjoy.
Steyning is a vibrant small town that is well preserved. It is full of narrow streets with many timber framed Tudor style buildings as well as some fine Georgian townhouses. It only has the one main shopping street, the High Street which retains many small interesting and attractive independent shops which is quite rare in today’s modern society, so it makes Steyning an interesting town to browse.
The Norman church contains some of the best Romanesque architecture in England; have a look in Steyning Museum next to the library, it tells the story of the area from prehistory to the present day.
Steyning’s immediate neighbour is the small village of Bramber. It has remained largely unchanged over the centuries and is overlooked by the remains of the castle built after the Norman Conquest and now looked after by English Heritage. Also in Bramber, St Mary’s House is a magnificent late medieval house and has interesting connections - King Charles II hid there on his escape to France and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chose the house as a setting for one of the Sherlock Holmes stories. It is well worth visiting and we have information on St Mary’s on our link ‘Places to visit’.
Just west of Steyning is the famous landmark of Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs. It is a three mile walk picking up the South Downs Way from the Roundhill above the town. Chanctonbury Ring was originally an Iron Age hill fort and following that a Roman temple was located there. It is most famous though for the ring of beech trees planted in 1760 by Charles Goring. The great storm of 1987 ripped through the Ring and, following a second storm in 1990 the Goring family replanted the trees and today Chanctonbury Ring is regaining its former glory. At 238 metres there are fine Downland views in each direction. Walk south from Chanctonbury and you reach Cissbury Ring another Iron Age hill fort. It is a picturesque walk and a great introduction to the chalk Downland of Sussex.
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