Review of Honeypot Cottage
"A clean, spacious and comfortable cottage with a delightful garden with views over the countryside. It is also in quiet location. Convenient for the town and shops (15 minutes walk to the Co-op store and delis). We recommend the Leconfield Restaurant in Petworth for a special night out. Interesting places to visit: Petworth House and Park, Parham House, the little church in Hardham , near Pulborough and Chichester for the Cathedral and Pallant Gallery. The only slight problem in the Cottage was the DVD player which will only play German region DVDs."
Honeypot Cottage is a lovely home set in a rural location and yet just a short walk into the centre of historic Petworth. The living accommodation is open plan with a wood burning stove central to the comfortable seating area with Freeview television and Wifi throughout. The dining table is set next to the the galley kitchen which has everything you would need for your stay including a coffee machine, oven, dishwasher and a small utility area with a washing machine. Leading on from here is the family bathroom with a full size bath and shower overhead. Also on the ground floor is a cosy snug which has the option of an additional single sofa bed for a 25GBP per week supplement. On the first floor, you will find the two bright and airy kingsize bedrooms with the principal bedroom having its own television and both offering lovely views.
There are double patio doors leading from the dining area onto the spacious, covered wooden deck where you can enjoy the outlook with a morning coffee or take advantage of the BBQ for an alfreso evening meal. From here there are great views down the well established garden, over the shepherds hut to the countryside beyond. There is also an additional seating area at the bottom of the garden with gate access on to public bridleways leading to the Petworth surroundings and beyond.
The local public house is a couple of minutes walk from Honeypot Cottage or, alternatively, there are renowned restaurants in Petworth should you decide to take a holiday from cooking!
There is unrestricted street parking available on the road in front of the cottage.
Honeypot Cottage is set in the beautiful countryside of Petworth. This historic market town is best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House and deer park which was landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The house and its grounds are now owned and maintained by the National Trust. Petworth House has a rich and varied history waiting to be discovered with state rooms saturated with internationally important paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian and Blake together with classical and neo-classical sculptures. You can follow in the footsteps of JMW Turner and whose paintings of Petworth Park can still be seen at Petworth today. The town itself 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.
The market town of Midhurst nestles next to Cowdray Park and is a short ten minute drive from the cottage. 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. Cowdray played host to both Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII and Guy Fawkes once worked at the house, which later caused the Montague Family to be implicated in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Partially destroyed by fire in 1793, the magnificent ruins now tower over the town’s water meadows and visitors can explore where Kings and Queens of England once stood.
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. 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 it features many world premieres.
You may also consider a trip to Arundel Castle with its 1000 year history, home to the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk, which is a twenty minute drive away or explore the south coast and its beaches. Littlehampton, which is within 30 minutes drive, is a beautiful length of unspoilt beach designated as of Special Scientific Interest.
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