Holiday cottage, West Chiltington, West Sussex
In the leafy village of West Chiltington, Little Birches is the perfect apartment for a couple looking for a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. All your daily needs are provided for nearby or in the neighbouring villages of Storrington and Pulborough, with a choice of supermarkets and independent food shops, as well as tea rooms, pubs and restaurants to tempt you. The apartment is on the first floor with a wide balcony overlooking the patio below, and owners’ garden beyond. Inside there is a living room with corner dining area, perfect for relaxing over a meal during your stay. The shower room is equipped with a shower cubicle, WC and basin, and heated towel rail for comfort and warm towels.
Off the living room there is a kitchen with all the necessities for cooking, and a washing machine if you should need one. The bedroom has a feature sloping ceiling, and a comfortable double bed, and ample storage for all your clothes and personal items.
Outside as well as the first floor balcony there is a patio area at ground level, which is just perfect for a barbecue on a warm evening, or to relax over a glass of wine perhaps.
West Chiltington lies in the lea of the South Downs. This sprawling village has a 12th century church, a quiet charm and like many Sussex villages provides a tranquil retreat from the pressures of modern living. All this, and only 50 miles south of London.
The attractive church of St Mary is un-restored and has a spire covered with oak shingles and a roof of Horsham Stone. Ancient paintings dating from the 12th, 13th and 14th century can be clearly seen on the walls inside the building.
The village stocks and whipping post are preserved outside the church and are believed to have been constructed in the mid 17th century. A small very interesting museum stands behind the church. West Chiltington is a village full of charming cottages, winding lanes and friendly shops and pubs. It is this unique charm that makes the village so special.
The South Downs National Park is three miles from the village, West Chiltington being approximately half way along its entire length.
The Wildbrooks on the flood plain at nearby Pulborough offers many excellent walks along the banks of the River Arun and uninterrupted views south towards the Downs. The Pulborough Wildbrooks also contains one of the RSPB’s major reserves in the south and it all falls within the National Park. We carry a link to the RSPB reserve within “Places to visit” on our website.
Three miles away on the edge of nearby Storrington and nestling at the foot of the South Downs is Parham House a magnificent Elizabethan home that is a real jewel. Again have a look at it under “Places to visit” - a half day there is time well spent.
To the west from West Chiltington is the historic market town of Petworth. It is best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House and deer park which was landscaped by Capability Brown. The house 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 a visit to Petworth House and Park.
This area of West Sussex has a variety of events that occur through the year from Glorious Goodwood, the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, to the Arundel Festival, racing at Fontwell and polo at Cowdray.
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