Holiday cottage, Amberley, West Sussex
In Praise of heaven!
"We found the Painters Old Studio absolutely delightful - and the owners were so kind - lovely people. We had a heatwave during our stay and were able to take all meals outside - had it not been so good, we would have found the kitchen/dining area very cramped indeed. Amberley is a beautiful village - an excellent village shop - and a very good tea shop - all within easy reach of the South Downs and/or river walks. Anna"
Wonderful Studio, brilliant hosts and glorious countryside
"We had a wonderful time in the Studio and our hosts Mary and Guy couldn't have been more helpful - everything had been thought of and there were lots of little touches that we really appreciated - it was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Being able to use the laundry room was a bonus as well. Amberley is a gorgeous village and the shop was great - we called in for our fresh bread most mornings and they've got a bit of everything. The area is lovely for walks and there are lots of things to do. We were lucky enough to hear the cuckoo most days and there were nightingales down the track at the side of the garden. Absolutely brilliant - we will be back!!"
It was great
"Ideal quiet get away, great location lovely walks nothing too much trouble for the owners. Made to feel both welcome and valued. I hope to return."
The Painters Old Studio is the perfect getaway.
"The Painters Old Studio is the perfect getaway. Set in the picturesque village of Amberley, it is only a very short drive from Arundel and well located for access to Brighton too. Our hosts were friendly and unobtrusive but at the same time readily available. The property enjoys Vista of the surrounding countryside and is exceptionally well maintained, with every attention to detail and tastefully decorated throughout. We felt welcome and private too. Little touches like special toiletries and a welcome pack made all the difference to how our stay felt like a treat. A local post office store is lovely and stocks interesting range of basics and luxuries alike! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to return ourselves and recommend to others. Thank you, Mary and Guy"
A lovely little cottage
"This was a very welcoming, cosy cottage in an excellent location. The owners were welcoming and helpful. The cottage was very clean and well-equipped and the kitchen had everything we needed. Amberley was a lovely place within an easy drive of many must-see places. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone."
Ideal for are lazing short break
"Our stay at the Painter's Old Studio was perfect for our needs. We had an email from Mary before arrival asking if we needed her to get any groceries for our arrival, which was much appreciated. We were welcomed by Mary and shown around the small, but perfectly designed accommodation. Although the property is within the main house's garden, it was very private and very quiet. The village of Amberley is very pretty and has an excellent pub within a short walk which serves good beer and good food. Mary and Guy were friendly and welcoming without being intrusive. The accommodation provided comfortable seating, a wonderfully comfortable and large bed, good shower room and the kitchen was well equipped for our needs. All in all an ideal location for our visit. We would certainly return when we visit our family nearby. "
A lovely relaxing stay
"We had a wonderful few days here in October. It was beautifully peaceful and the owners did everything they could to ensure we had a good stay. Would definitely recommend it."
Wonderful accomodation and lovely hosts
"We stayed at the Painters Old Studio for a blissful but all-too-short long weekend and loved everything about it, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. The place itself is compact but perfect for 2, and backs on to the owner's beautiful, terraced gardens. The surrounding countryside is lovely and Amberley is itself a fascinating and picture-postcard gorgeous village. The hosts (Mary and Guy) are so friendly, accommodating and helpful - nothing is too much trouble. This also happened to be the only place we've ever slept over where the bed was more comfy than our own and didn't leave us yearning for our own creature comforts. All in all it's a truly delightful place and we'll be going back, hopefully soon!"
Excellent hosts & attention to detail
"We were more than happy with our stay, the place was even better than expected & was made by the friendly, informative hosts, Mary & Guy. We would certainly recommend it."
Painters Old Studio
"A really cosy little stay for two people. It's a good bolt hole in a beautiful location. The main hose has a lovely garden which we enjoyed exploring with amazing views. The village has some lovely properties and the pub is good with good food and an outside area again with great views. It's well located for exploring the surrounding area."
"We were tempted to give a terrible review so that this lovely studio would always be free when we want to rent it, but that would be unfair to the generous and helpful owners, and an injustice to this compact, but well equipped, home away from home. Everything was as it should be. My one slight proviso, which didn't apply to us, is that if you're over six feet tall, the ceilings in the kitchen and bedroom might be a bit low for you."
In the heart of the picturesque village of Amberley lies this lovely holiday cottage for two. Adjacent to its owners’ own home, and set in multi level gardens with views over the unspoiled Amberley Wild Brooks, this is the perfect bolt hole for those seeking peace and tranquillity in the Sussex countryside.
As its name suggests, Painters Old Studio was once an artist’s studio. The living area is light filled and double height with a mezzanine bedroom above. The compact kitchen is under the mezzanine level, and has a dining table and chairs for meals taken at home. The combined microwave and conventional oven and separate two ring hob provide the means to cook your home meals, but you may prefer to dine at the local country pubs. Accessed via the kitchen is a shower room, with a large shower enclosure, basin and WC. There is also a heated towel rail to ensure warm and dry towels all year round. The bed in the mezzanine bedroom can be set up either as a super king sized double, or separated into two single beds. Just let us know what suits you best.
Guests also have use of the owners’ washing machine and tumble dryer during their stay, very handy if a walk on the South Downs Way leaves you a little muddy!.
The living area has French windows opening onto the guests’ outdoor sitting area, with wisteria covered pergola providing dappled shade in the summer, and beautifully scented flowers each spring. The owners’ garden lies through a small gate, and guests are invited to enjoy the garden, which is on many levels, and has an attractive outlook over the Amberley Wildbrooks. The garden is planted with a wide variety of interesting plants and is well worth exploring.
Amberley is at the foot of the South Downs and is noted for its many thatched cottages. It is a village that has managed to retain its character and appeal over the centuries and it will delight. The River Arun with its tidal plain cuts through the South Downs at Amberley. The South Downs Way crosses the river beside the village where a walk either east or west will soon present you with stunning Downland views and total seclusion.
The tidal river plain north of the village forms the Amberley Wildbrooks — a Site of Special Scientific Interest known for its wildfowl and maintained by Sussex Wildlife Trust. The RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks neighbours Amberley, and is a wetland haven for bird life, and an overwintering ground for many migrant species. It has many opportunities for studying the wild life from several strategically located hides.
Only a mile away is the Amberley Working Museum which was used as a set location for the James Bond Film ‘A View to a Kill‘. It is a 36 acre open air museum set into a chalk quarry and is 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.
Two miles to the east Parham House and Gardens is an imposing Elizabethan house facing the Downs. The rooms are graced with fresh flowers cut daily from the four acre walled garden. The main rooms are the Great Hall, Great Chamber and the Long Gallery which at the top of the house does leave a tremendous visual impression.
Five miles downstream from Amberley immediately south of the Downs you come to Arundel, a historic market town dominated by the symbolic castle and the rising spire of the cathedral. If you fancy making your visit a little different why not catch the train one stop down the line and come back on the river, but do allow plenty of time.
The town offers a plethora of craft and antique shops as well as restaurants and tearooms. A trip to Arundel would never be complete without visiting the castle. The seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been seasonally open to visitors for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England and to climb the 131 steps to the Keep to take in the views is worth the effort.
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