Holiday cottage, Lurgashall, West Sussex
A lovely character cottage.
"Parkhurst Cottage was ideal for our needs. We loved the layout and character of the cottage and there was ample storage. We used it as a base for walking and orienteering so often returned with muddy shoes - so it was useful that the dining room was uncarpeted. The private garden which caught the morning sun was lovely too."
great place to stay
"This was a great place too stay. A home from Home. we had a good time and would recommend to others. It might be useful to advise in the details that there is direct access to the road and the garden is not enclosed. "
A perfect location for a Christmas break
"We stayed here whilst visiting our home county and family/friends for Xmas. Fab views, v well appointed and quality kitchenware, quiet, comfortable and warm. Close to good pubs and the nearest large town is only a 10 minute drive away. Great walks in the vicinity to burn off the excesses of Xmas! We very much look forward to visiting again soon."
Autumn half-term at Parkhurst Cottage
"We had a great week in this comfortable cottage and had great walks out on the South Downs as well as a trip into London from Haslemere on the train. The cottage is really well-equipped and spotlessly clean and we would definitely make a return trip. "
27th October 2016
"We very much enjoyed our week's stay in the lovely, comfortable cottage. Many thanks for the generous welcome pack and supply of wood for the fire."
Ideal breakaway cottage
"Park hurst Cottage is a delightful cottage set in beautiful , peaceful countryside. The Cottage is well furnished and has all you need and if you have any questions the housekeeper is super helpful. We have been twice and will go again, give it a try."
Lovely house, a few drawbacks
"This is a lovely house with very comfortable beds and mostly well- equipped ( there was no chopping board, pans were minimal for 2 let alone 4, it would be nice to have some wood provided for the woodburner to start it off, and to have a larger mirror and perhaps a hairdryer in the bedrooms). Generous welcome pack with bread, butter, cheese, milk, homemade jam was much appreciated. A drawback for us was the absolute reliance on a car, because it felt like taking one's life in one's hands to try and walk along the road. This was a not terribly busy country lane but with blind bends, barely room for 2 cars to pass and no footpath, it was not walker- friendly. For small children this would not would not be an ideal place to stay because of being right on the road, and with an unfenced garden , including a stream. Some great pub food nearby ( Noahs Ark at Lurgashall, and Duke of Cumberland at Henley)."
This traditional estate cottage with its period door latches throughout and much character is perfect for anyone wanting a rural and relaxing break away. Set at the foot of Black Down the highest point in the South Downs National Park at 280 metres or 919 feet the cottage is easy distance for Petworth, Midhurst and Cowdray. The northern boundaries of the national park encompass some beautiful areas hence why the park boundary was extended to to the north beyond the Downs.
The cottage enjoys a completely private setting with wonderful rural views to the south east. Downstairs there is a traditional sitting room, separate dining room and fully equipped kitchen. From the latched door in the sitting room you head upstairs to two double bedrooms. The super king sized bed in the principal bedroom can be configured as twin beds where required. Between the bedrooms there is a family bathroom which is a good size with a full bath and power shower fitted above the bath. There is also a separate toilet downstairs.
Outside the cottage enjoys a private and secluded garden with to the side a very small brook. The lane outside leads south towards the Lurgashall Winery just a mile away and the picturesque village of Lurgashall just a short distance further. To the north it is just a short drive over the county boundary to the picturesque market town of Haslemere.
The pine and heather covered slopes around Black Down are a favourite walking spot and there are many numbers of wonderful trails and footpaths to follow. Black Down also has strong literary associations with the poet – Alfred Lord Tennyson. It was also a favourite with many well known artists including Helen Allingham.
Lurgashall is the nearest village to Parkhurst Cottage just two miles along picturesque lanes. It is a delight, with cottages, a post office and village pub that surround the village green which combines as the cricket ground as well! On the edge of the village just a mile from the cottage is the Lurgashall Winery set in 38 acres against Black Down Hill. The Winery commenced production in 1985 and offers regular tours and wine tasting as well as having tearooms in the award winning 17th and 19th century farm buildings that are on site.
Head south towards the Downs and pass through the quaint village of Lodsworth. The village larder beside the pub is worth a visit just to see the Ben Law designed building constructed from locally sourced wood from the nearby Cowdray Estate. From there either head east towards Petworth or west towards Midhurst.
The historic market town of Petworth is best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House completed in 1696 and the deer park which was landscaped by Capability Brown. The House and its grounds are now owned and maintained by the National Trust and feature the Summer Festival of musical concerts held within the park which make a perfect setting to enjoy a picnic and open air concert.
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 the house.
In Midhurst the grand Tudor ruins of Cowdray House form an imposing backdrop to Midhurst, a market town full of character and old world charm. The town is home to many fine 17th and 18th century buildings and provided the setting for many stories by past resident HG Wells. Today Midhurst is closely associated with Cowdray Park well known for the Polo held from spring onwards and in particular the Gold Cup events which are hosted each summer.
Parkhurst Cottage and Black Down is close to the Surrey border. The Devil’s Punch Bowl at Hindhead is within five miles to the northwest and is one of the best known beauty spots in the area. It is a large natural amphitheatre where until recently the A3 London to Portsmouth road passed around the side. The new Hindhead Tunnel has changed all that and the beauty spot is returning to its former tranquility. The 1.2 mile tunnel, the longest road tunnel in Great Britain has itself become an attraction with its own vantage point overlooking the southern tunnel entrance.
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