Holiday cottage, Bury, West Sussex
Martins Cottage is a picturesque 17th century thatched cottage bursting with character which is set in the grounds of the owners' residence. The living area, with an open wood fire at the centre, has a comfortable sofa for two and a dining table available. There is Freeview television and books provided for evening entertainment and Wi-Fi is available throughout. The compact kitchen leads on from the lounge and has a full oven and hob, fridge freezer and microwave.
The welcoming bedroom has a fitted wardrobe with a chest of drawers and the bathroom is accessed via the lounge and has a full bath with telephone shower attachment, WC and basin.
Outside the cottage, guests have access to the gorgeous shared gardens with views over the pond to the lovely countryside beyond. There is a table and two chairs provided to enjoy a beverage in the garden on clement evenings.
Off road parking is provided for one car.
Bury is the perfect English village with the River Arun passing close by the 13th-century church at the old ferry wharf and the South Downs Way stretching out on either side. It is one of four very picturesque villages that sit below the slope of the South Downs close to Bury Hill. West Burton is a mile to the west, with Bignor and Sutton villages just a couple of miles further west. There are fine local pubs to be found as well, the Squire and Horse at Bury is just a ten minute stroll up the lane.
Footpaths climb to the Downs from West Burton, however, if you are feeling less energetic, there is a car park at Whiteways by Bury Hill or you can take the lane to the Downs from Bignor village and park at the top beside the South Downs Way. This is where Stane Street, the Roman road crosses the South Downs en route towards Eartham and Chichester. From here there is a choice of good walking, east, west or south.
Three miles to the south, Arundel is 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 tearooms. It’s a great place to wander and just enjoy its hospitality. Arundel Castle is the seat of the Dukes 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. Climbing the 131 steps to the Keep, which dates from the 11th century to take in the views over Arundel and The South Downs, is definitely worth the effort.
The picturesque village of Amberley is a lovely walk from Bury and is a village that has managed to retain its character and appeal over the centuries as it is noted for its many thatched cottages. This is also the location of the Amberley Museum a 36 acre open air museum set into a chalk quarry and dedicated to the industrial heritage of South East England. Depending on the timing of your visit there are many themed events so it is worth taking a look to see what is on.
The historic market town of Petworth is a ten minute drive from Martins Cottage and 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. Petworth is full of quaint houses and cottages, many within their own courtyard settings. They are interspersed with antique shops, pubs and restaurants, so it makes the ideal place for a stroll at any time during your stay.
The Sussex coast is less than ten miles drive from the cottage with both Climping Beach and Littlehampton’s West Beach providing a lovely coastal day out. Other attractions in the area include events at the Goodwood Estate such as the Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and, of course, Glorious Goodwood.
A trip to nearby Chichester is also a delight, with its magnificent 12th century cathedral and host of independent shops, stylish restaurants and pavement cafés. Situated in the centre of Chichester, is Pallant House Gallery which holds one of the best collections of 20th century British art in the country. There is an extensive exhibition programme and a lively events, education and outreach programme.
With easy access to Portsmouth, you can also take the opportunity to visit the Historic Dockyard which is situated within a working Naval Base and is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future - a must see for anyone visiting the south of England.
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