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Shepherds Cottage

The South Downs
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Shepherds Cottage

Steyning
  • 2 guests
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • No pets
  • Adults only
  • Garden
  • Linen and towels included
  • Television
  • Washing facilities
  • Wi-Fi

Enjoy the enchanting downland view from this cosy Sussex holiday cottage in the heart of historic Steyning with direct access on to the South Downs

Situated right in the heart of historic Steyning with the town’s Clock Tower to the front and wonderful views that look straight to the South Downs and the Steyning Roundhill to the rear, Shepherds Cottage is in the unique position of providing everything you want from having a small market town right outside your door, to offering the backdrop of uninterrupted Downland views just as if you had booked a cottage in the country!

Built in 1851 to house shepherds from the nearby Wiston Estate, it is a cottage full of charm retaining many original features together with a tight steep staircase common with a cottage of this size. Please note that the fireplace in the sitting room is not a working fireplace. The kitchen is equipped with an oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine. This then leads to the wonderfully light conservatory with a dining area overlooking the charming garden.

As a working cottage it would formally have had two bedrooms and most likely toilet facilities outside! Today that happily is no longer the case; the second bedroom has been converted to provide a spacious bathroom space with a rolltop bath, which just adds to making Shepherds Cottage feel such an ideal retreat just perfect for two.

The garden has its own access to the playing fields behind, giving you green fields right to the Downs, while from the front you are immediately into the town being just a few yards from the High Street with the individual shops, pubs, restaurants and tearooms that Steyning has to offer.

Steyning and beyond

Steyning is a vibrant small town that is well preserved. It is full of narrow streets with many timber framed Tudor style buildings as well as some fine Georgian townhouses. It only has the one main shopping street, the High Street which retains many small interesting and attractive independent shops which is quite rare in today’s modern society, so it makes Steyning an interesting town to browse. The Norman church contains some of the best Romanesque architecture in England; have a look in Steyning Museum next to the library, it tells the story of the area from prehistory to the present day.

Enjoy the enchanting downland view from this cosy Sussex holiday cottage in the heart of historic Steyning with direct access on to the South Downs

Situated right in the heart of historic Steyning with the town’s Clock Tower to the front and wonderful views that look straight to the South Downs and the Steyning Roundhill to the rear, Shepherds Cottage is in the unique position of providing everything you want from having a small market town right outside your door, to offering the backdrop of uninterrupted Downland views just as if you had booked a cottage in the country!

Built in 1851 to house shepherds from the nearby Wiston Estate, it is a cottage full of charm retaining many original features together with a tight steep staircase common with a cottage of this size. Please note that the fireplace in the sitting room is not a working fireplace. The kitchen is equipped with an oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine. This then leads to the wonderfully light conservatory with a dining area overlooking the charming garden.

As a working cottage it would formally have had two bedrooms and most likely toilet facilities outside! Today that happily is no longer the case; the second bedroom has been converted to provide a spacious bathroom space with a rolltop bath, which just adds to making Shepherds Cottage feel such an ideal retreat just perfect for two.

The garden has its own access to the playing fields behind, giving you green fields right to the Downs, while from the front you are immediately into the town being just a few yards from the High Street with the individual shops, pubs, restaurants and tearooms that Steyning has to offer.

Steyning and beyond

Steyning is a vibrant small town that is well preserved. It is full of narrow streets with many timber framed Tudor style buildings as well as some fine Georgian townhouses. It only has the one main shopping street, the High Street which retains many small interesting and attractive independent shops which is quite rare in today’s modern society, so it makes Steyning an interesting town to browse. The Norman church contains some of the best Romanesque architecture in England; have a look in Steyning Museum next to the library, it tells the story of the area from prehistory to the present day.

Steyning’s immediate neighbour is the small village of Bramber. It has remained largely unchanged over the centuries and is overlooked by the remains of the castle built after the Norman Conquest and now looked after by English Heritage. Also in Bramber, St Mary’s House is a magnificent late medieval house and has interesting connections - King Charles II hid there on his escape to France and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chose the house as a setting for one of the Sherlock Holmes stories. It is well worth visiting and we have information on St Mary’s on our link ‘Places to visit’.

Just west of Steyning is the famous landmark of Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs. It is a three mile walk picking up the South Downs Way from the Roundhill above the town. Chanctonbury Ring was originally an Iron Age hill fort and following that a Roman temple was located there. It is most famous though for the ring of beech trees planted in 1760 by Charles Goring. The great storm of 1987 ripped through the Ring and, following a second storm in 1990 the Goring family replanted the trees and today Chanctonbury Ring is regaining its former glory. At 238 metres there are fine Downland views in each direction. Walk south from Chanctonbury and you reach Cissbury Ring another Iron Age hill fort. It is a picturesque walk and a great introduction to the chalk Downland of Sussex.

Places to Visit

St Mary's House Bramber

Parham House and Gardens

Amberley Working Museum

What's On

Brighton Festival - May

Sussex Steam and Country Fair - June

  • Local shop - Steyning
  • Nearest supermarket - Steyning
  • Nearest restaurant - Steyning
  • Local pub - Steyning
  • Bus service - Services to Brighton, Storrington, Henfield
  • Rail service - Shoreham by Sea 4 miles for services to Brighton and London Victoria
  • Gatwick Airport 30 miles
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Shepherds Cottage - 18741 Shepherds Cottage. A delightful cosy cottage in the heart of Steyning with views to Steyning, Round Hill and Chanctonbury Ring. Easy access to walking on South Downs Way.

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