Holiday cottage, Petworth, West Sussex
"My family stayed at The Poolhouse as my daughter was getting married at the church in nearby Tillington. The location is excellent in the centre of Petworth. The house had everything we needed and it was great to have the three bathrooms. We enjoyed a lovely swim in the pool the day after the wedding and the house , garden and pool exceeded our expections."
Comfortable, well-equipped house in a great location
"We had a wonderful time at the Pool House. The owners were very friendly and welcoming and the house met all our expectations. The house is comfortable, well-equipped and ideally located on the edge of Petworth, so it is ideally placed for walking into the town or for visiting Petworth Park."
Short Stay at The Pool House
"The location of this property is excellent especially with the local village on its door step and many tourist attractions located within a short drive. The property is very stylish and is well suited to a short stay, the kitchen area is well equipped and ideal for making breakfasts, snack etc., but would be a little cramped if more than one person were to use it at the same time. The style is open plan, decorated in white and neutral tones, with two large couches, a table for six and kitchen area all within a large room, very light with windows and french windows leading to the parking area. The pool is excellent, but you must be prepared that access is via the downstairs bedroom, perhaps a little more lighting in this area for alfresco evening dining might be an idea. To sum up, excellent accommodation, in a brilliant position and owner contact at all times "
The Poolhouse sits in the spacious grounds of its owners' house, adjacent to the heated swimming pool which is available for use from the Whitsun weekend in May to the end of September each year. It was formerly simply a pool house and has now been entirely reconfigured to create a wonderful holiday home for up to six guests. Work has been carried out to the very highest standards to create a contemporary open plan living and kitchen area, along with three double bedrooms each with its own shower room ensuite.
You enter the house through glazed double doors directly into the living area. The dining table will comfortably seat six for any meals prepared at home in the well equipped kitchen, and there is a comfortable seating area with comfy sofas ranged near the smart TV for those relaxing evenings indoors. The whole living space is modern and bright, flooded with light from windows on two sides.
Also on the ground floor is a bedroom with ensuite wet room, furnished in cool, crisp, contemporary style with a king sized bed covered in luxurious bed linens to snuggle up in. This bedroom has French Windows opening onto a small raised veranda with steps down to the pool area. This is the access to the garden from the house, as the pool area will be for the exclusive use of guests whilst they are at home.
On the first floor are two more double bedrooms. Each has an ensuite shower room with a shower cubicle, basin and WC. One bedroom has a standard sized double bed and the other has a king sized double bed. In much the same way as the bedroom downstairs these two bedrooms are crisp and contemporary with the same standard of luxurious bed linens. The beds look so inviting you might want to settle down for a quick snooze as soon as you see them.
If flexibility of sleeping is required there is a sofa bed available on the landing suitable for one person. The overall sleeping capacity remains six people and there is a £50.00 charge per booking for bedding if the sofa bed is to be used.
Outside in the garden by the pool there are some loungers for post swim relaxation, and a table and chairs for alfresco dining. The garden around the pool is only available while the pool is open for guests.
This historic market town 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.
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 your enjoyment of Petworth House and Park.
Attractive villages surround Petworth such as Fittleworth and Byworth to the east and Lodsworth and Lurgashall to the west. Journey further and you reach the market town of Midhurst nestling next to Cowdray Park. The Cowdray Estate is most famous for its polo club particularly in June and July when the polo set meet for the Gold Cup. The Cowdray ruins are also of note since they were important early Tudor courtiers' palaces built from 1520 and form an impressive backdrop to Midhurst.
The drive south from either Petworth or Midhurst over the South Downs to Chichester is equally picturesque. Taking either road will lead you close to Goodwood about eight miles away, famous for its horseracing and more recently for the motorsport events that Lord March is so passionate about. The South Downs all around Goodwood offer plenty of good walking opportunities and provide you with classic Downland scenery and fine views towards Chichester Cathedral and the Isle of Wight beyond.
The cathedral city of Chichester is one of the great well-preserved Georgian cities in the UK. Chichester has played a key role in the affairs of Sussex since at least Roman times. 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 considering as it features many world premieres.
This is just a flavour - consider as well Arundel Castle home to the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk which is a 20 minute drive away, while the south coast and its beaches are within 30 minutes.
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