Holiday cottage, Itchenor, West Sussex
May in Itchenor
"The things that would have made the Ship Inn Cottage even better were more light in the sitting room - otherwise it was excellent. "
Itchenor has to be one of the prettiest harbour side villages within the Chichester Harbour area. It is a mecca for boating and sailing activity along with offering plentiful opportunities for walking in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Ship Inn Cottage enjoys a perfect position just 150 yards from the quayside. The cottage is next to The Ship Inn, so for those who enjoy the social hub that a village pub provides, and the benefit of having a full and varied menu on the doorstep, then it could not be in a better setting!
In the heart of the High Street, Ship Inn Cottage is a cleverly converted single storey cottage that benefits from having its own off road access along with a private courtyard area to the rear. The cottage will sleep six and is perfectly suited to young families as the third bedroom has two bunk beds ideal for kids. Although it only has a single family shower room, the cottage does benefit from a separate cloakroom as well.
It comes fully equipped for a comfortable stay and the two feature windows in the living room and main bedroom with their deep sills make quite a feature.
Itchenor is abuzz with sail and pleasure boats and even if you don’t have a passion for sailing it is a fascinating quayside to sit and watch the constant activity. Unlike nearby Bosham boats can reach the quay at low water which is why many harbour tours also depart from here.
The Chichester Harbour Conservancy is also based by the quayside and provides a lot of information on the harbour area. Chichester Harbour is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a plethora of wildlife which co-exists at ease with the sailing activity that abounds. It is made up of a series of tidal creeks and Itchenor along with Bosham are probably the best known of the quayside villages within the harbour.
Taking the foot ferry across to Bosham Hoe directly to the north opens up a beautiful walk around the Hoe to Bosham unfolding a wonderful view the nearer you get.
The coast road at Bosham floods twice daily, giving Bosham a changing outlook between low and high water. The church which is prominent in the village dates back to Saxon times, the earliest parts having been constructed during Canute’s reign and it is the only church to be depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. Bosham is always bustling and is a joy to be part of. The arts and craft centre, a popular visitor attraction contains many small craft shops each with their own speciality.
Chichester, four miles north of Itchenor is the cathedral city for Sussex. It is one of the great well-preserved Georgian cities in the UK. The city’s broad streets are packed with listed buildings, headed by the towering presence of the cathedral, now home to a family of peregrine falcons who swoop over the city at dusk.
The city centre is neatly enclosed within the ancient city walls, and this helps to make Chichester compact and pleasant to explore on foot. There are plenty of good shops and restaurants, and if you enjoy the theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre is worth booking due not only to the quality of productions, but the fact many world premieres are featured here as well.
The famous beach at West Wittering is only a couple of miles away. It is a beautiful stretch of sand offering stunning views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, and merging seamlessly with the East Head Nature Reserve a totally unspoilt headland at the entrance to Chichester Harbour. It is a wonderful piece of coastline to explore and enjoy.
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